Author: The Girl With The Pearl

Beakless Beakniss

As DVD time approaches, we’ve made a small but exciting discovery.

See, we love it when it seems the movie studios are listen to what’s being said in the fandom, and in this one case, they seemingly listened and corrected themselves.

Just before the release of Mockingjay Patt 1 came a poster that became know in the fandom as “Beakniss”:

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Named so because of the giant and painfully obvious beak from the Mockingjay pin protruding out of Katniss’ neck. It upped the WTF factor of the poster by about 60%. We weren’t quite sure how that sucker made it past an entire creative design team and into production, but it did.

To make matters worse, the Beakniss image was the main promo for the film. So Katniss had a beak stabbing through her neck in movie theater cutouts, giant banners… everywhere!

Thankfully, as DVD time rolled around, someone at Lionsgate realized how painful the image is. Because the regular Blu-ray/DVD cover is…

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BEAKLESS BEAKNISS!

Perhaps a lot of people won’t notice or care, but to us, it’s a major relief. We’re glad we don’t have to stare that poorly placed background beak down every time we want to watch the blu-ray!

We Were Partial To Batniss, Anyway!
The Girl With The Pearl

MOCKINGJAY PART 1 DVD GIVEAWAY

It’s that time again!

The Mockingjay Part 1 DVD is almost here. We’re beyond excited to add thix DVD to our collection and devour all the special features!

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But more than that, we’re thrilled to share the love with you!

To celebrate the DVD release, we’ll be giving away 2 dvd/blu-ray editions and 2 Best Buy editions!

Simply click the link below to enter!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

To enter this contest, you must have a Region A compatible blu-ray player.

Contest ends at 11:59pm on March 4th!

May the odds… and all that jazz,
The Girl With The Pearl

Primrose Everdeen and Dancing With Celebrity

Well, it’s happened.

But apparently she's a gymnast?! Daaaamnnn!

But apparently she’s a gymnast?! Daaaamnnn!

The MOCKINGJAY movies finished filming less than a year ago (not counting the epilogue, of course) and already one of the cast is hitting the reality TV show circuit as a celebrity contestant.

14-year-old Willow Shields will be the youngest star to ever hit the dance floor on Dancing With The Stars, an ABC dancing competition filled with “Wait… Who is that again?” celebrities and the occasional A-lister who wants to shake things up.

While we’re not straight-out embarrassed by Willow’s involvement, it does hurt our hearts a little. Willow, you’ve got your whole career ahead of you, darling! You’re just breaking out! Don’t you realize that with a few exceptions, this is where most celebs go when they’re looking for a quick, artificial comeback for their otherwise failing career? Or to be remembered when they’re feeling kind of forgotten? You’re better than that, kid!

Seriously... where does one even DISPLAY this?!

Seriously… where does one even DISPLAY this?!

Thankfully, Dancing With The Stars is one of the less obnoxious celebrity reality programs out there. There’s a lot of cheeky costumes and giddy judges, but at least there’s some performance art… right?

We can also remain positive because Willow is not resting her laurels on DWTS. She’s also got three movies she’s tie to in the near future: A Fall From Grace, Conversations with Andy, and The Wonder. So this new reality competition role isn’t her telling us “I have no prospects.” She’s young, she’s got energy, this show has been on TV since she was teeny tiny so she grew up with it. So we’ll let the girl dance!

Hope She Can Foxtrot Like A Badass Motherfucker,
The Girl With The Pearl

Breaking Down The Mockingjay Part 1 Documentary Snippets

You know, holding out for the DVD isn’t nearly as hard as we’d expected. Why? Because half the special features are already online anyway!

Not that we’re complaining, of course! We have no problem on getting closer to the Digital HD watchers level. And we’re learning A LOT from these documentary mini-clips! For instance…

1) BREAKING SHIT IS FUN!

Destroyed District 12 was an actual demolition site– an abandoned factory plant– with some set pieces added in. And tearing apart District 12 was apparently really cathartic for the crew, especially Production Designer Philip Messina!

2) DISTRICT 8 ALMOST HIT HORROR MOVIE LEVELS

Though the film wanted to portray realistic injuries, Francis Lawrence asked that most of the make-up be toned down from the department’s original plans, because they wanted to make people look gnarly. REALLY GNARLY.

3) THIS CAST IS MADE OF AWESOME

Not that we didn’t already know this, of course. Still, it’s great to hear how Julianne Moore was enticed into the series and Mahershala Ali checked off multiple boxes on his career bucket list by working on these films!

4) RAPPELLING FASTER THAN AN ELEVATOR DROPS IS INTIMIDATING

This was one of the few moments of the story caught and videotaped during the filming process, but back then, we didn’t realize how big of a deal it was. Considering our stomachs sometimes flips when an elevator lurches too quickly, this is kind of a thrill ride.

5) IT’S MIGUEL’S FAULT

We didn’t really like the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack much (CUE THE TROLLS! ..It’s a matter of opinion, y’all. Deal.) The most heinous song of all was The Chemical Brother’s and Miguel song, “This Is Not A Game”. We liked the intro of the song, but then it just went straight to hell. If we’re understanding Lorde correctly in this short, the intro is the only part of the song that The Chemical Brothers crafted. Soooo yeah… that disaster is Miguel’s fault.

The Mockingjay Part 1 Digital HD Dish

MOCKINGJAY PART 1 is out on Digital HD today, two weeks and a half weeks prior to its DVD release!

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And even though we could watch and re-watch the movie RIGHT NOW, we’re holding out for the DVD. We know… we know…

See, it’s not that we don’t love the convenience of Digital HD. It’s just that– as many fans have learned over the course of the day– Digital HD sales can be deceptive.

Digital HD is a Special Features smorgasbord. iTunes is the only Digital HD version with all the major special features– the only one with the “The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of Mockingjay – Part 1“ documentary, the major draw for many people. The rest has a mix of a few minor special features. Down With The Capitol has a great guide, should you need to compare said Digital HD editions.

It’s not that DVDs are much different. There’s varying features for every DVD with one company getting the much better deal. The catch, then? It’s much hard to find and compare the Digital HD special features, and thus harder to know the deal you’re getting. For instance, Amazon and Vudu are charging exactly the damn same as iTunes ($19.99) for far less content. And the only reason some of the fandom might realize this is that DWTC was badass enough to go full-on investigative journalist and contact the companies for details, in some cases. Meanwhile, DVD special editions practically scream their features from the rooftops, which is pretty damn convenient for us!

Maybe it’s just us, but shouldn’t these companies be trying really hard to sell us their product in all its glory? And if that product is slightly lacking, shouldn’t they use competitive pricing? Maybe we’re crazy, but don’t these people want us to buy stuff from them?!

We Just Want To Feed The Special Edition Craving With No Hassle!
The Girl With The Pearl

FINNICK ODAIR IN HIS UNDERWEAR

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is out on Digital HD on February 17th, so the behind-the-scenes clips are starting to roll in. There have been three so far, but we’re only going to take about ONE. Because as great as hair and costumes are, there’s something else involved here.

FINNICK ODAIR. IN HIS UNDERWEAR.

The infamous Finnick scene from Mockingjay, the book, was cut from the movie. And we understand why! Finnick was so emotionally heavy in this movie that a sudden joke and strip tease may have come off as awfully out of character.

But man, did we miss that scene. It’s funny! …And Sam Clafin shirtless, obviously. (We’re not even gonna try to pretend that we didn’t care whether or not we saw Sam shirtless. WE CARED.)

Thankfully, the very first bit of behind-the-scenes goodness we get is all about Sam Claflin’s experience as Finnick. AND THERE IT IS!

Unfortunately, it’s a brief flash with a District 13 weapons room missile blocking off part of the view. Which makes it really, really hard to screencap. But we sure tried!

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This confirms something great for us: Even though the deleted scene may not be on the DVD (There’s a possibility that is could be in the announced “Katniss and Boggs walk through District 13″ scene mentioned but we doubt it), they’re probably going to discuss the hilarity of that sequence somewhere in there.

Underwear aside, we love Sam. Because he talks about how he still gets nervous coming on to set and feels such a great responsibility to the franchise. And to us, that’s both very modest of him and massively important. Confidence is wonderful and he should have it, but it’s amazing to see just how much he wants to get things right and impress the fanbase.

Also, FINNICK ODAIR IN HIS UNDERWEAR!
The Girl With The Pearl

Exhibiting The Mockingjay: We’ve Got Expectations!

Straight on the heels of the IMAX 3D announcement, another big Hunger Games news story hit the web: We’re getting an exhibit, y’all!

Exhibits are trendy for franchises nowadays. It started with Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, as most recent movie series trends do. Now, just about every franchise out there has to prove its worth by making sure it has a museum exhibit in its repertoire. We’ve been to the Harry Potter exhibit and it was straight-up delightful, but Potter has a much different tone, on the whole.

We don’t know much about this baby yet, except that it’s starting up July 1st in New York City and has a vague description on its website:

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The Hunger Games: The Exhibition™ will ignite fans of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise as never before. Immersive themed environments, hundreds of authentic costumes and props, and highly interactive digital and hands-on experiences will invite visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created by the films.

So clearly, we’ve got expectations, especially for those interactive bits.

1) FULLY FUNCTIONING REPLICA OF THE DISTRICT 13 WEAPONS ROOM
We understand that we shouldn’t shoot the explosive arrows inside. Beetee told us so! But damn it all, we better be able to shoot the incendiary ones! Gale got to!

2) 3D MONKEY MUTT ATTACK OF DOOM
If you’re going to try to make fans interact with the special effects, it better not be chillin’ and singing songs with Mockingjays. We want excitement and TERROR! How about the monkey mutt attack from Catching Fire? Preferably with a replica of Finnick’s trident on hand so we can stab at those suckers!

3) CORNUCOPIA WRESTLING
We fully expect to be able to climb the cornucopia with another person, then try our damnedest to throw them off before they manage to throw us off. Nobody even has to get eaten by mutts afterward because the shame would be enough!

4) EFFIE TRINKET SALON
Seeing Effie’s outrageous costumes won’t be enough. Without the opportunity to dress ourselves up in Capitol clothes with extreme hair and makeup that would make a drag queen look tame, the interactive portion of this exhibit is SIMPLY NOT COMPLETE!

5) OH… AND SOME PART 2 STUFF, WE GUESS
You’re probably shooting yourself in the foot a little by doing all this before MJ2 is out in theaters. Maybe so you can do the “bigger, better” version of this later? But hey– Book readers know what happens. So maybe give people a look at how that all goes in the exhibit too, plzkthx!

You’re welcome to our ideas, exhibit folk! Just holla at us somewhere in there!

Better Than Staring At Costumes, Right?
The Girl With The Pearl

That Time Lenny Kravitz Got Screwed

CONSIDER THIS A LENNY KRAVITZ APPRECIATION POST!

Because goodness, he needs some after the total lack he got from Katy Perry.

Sure, Lenny is not in the Mockingjay movies, but he still has a place in our fandom-loving hearts! So when we heard he would be part of the Super Bowl halftime show with bubblegum pop princess Katy Perry and another special guest, we were relieved that Lenny would be there to break up what was mostly a very well-crafted live performance of Yo Gabba Gabba.

Reference stolen from John Green, side-by-side comparison by some other brilliant person.

Reference stolen from John Green, side-by-side comparison by some other brilliant person.

And then we got to showtime. And Lenny was there– for perhaps a full minute. I wasn’t fully paying attention to the halftime show, I must admit. I thought maybe I missed most of his appearance or his eventual reappearance? NOPE!

There’s Lenny singing two lines and the chorus of a Katy Perry song. Katy dances all up on that, Lenny shows about 20 seconds of mad guitar skillz, and then he’s GONE.

WTF?!

Of course, there was another guest who got a much larger spot: Missy Elliott. She got a medley of her own songs. But we don’t blame Missy! She was probably the best thing in the whole show because HOLY FLASHBACK, BATMAN!

But really? The NFL advertised Kravitz’ guest appearance for weeks and Katy Perry essentially gave him a cameo. Could he at least have finished a whole verse? Or played one of his own damn songs? There was a very disappointing lack of “Are You Gonna Go My Way?”, for sure.

Lenny is super fun and seemingly enjoyed the hell out of the experience. We just wish we got to enjoy the hell outta his performance for a little longer. Great talent, totally under-utilized!

Whatevs… Missy Won It All Anyway,
The Girl With The Pearl

Hunger Games Expansion Woes!

Lionsgate has made it pretty clear that they want to ride The Hunger Games franchise into the sun. And we get it! They have the right to… buuuuut that doesn’t always necessarily mean they should.

Possible harbinger of post-2015 THG DOOM?

Possible harbinger of post-2015 THG DOOM?

The only majorly WTF moment outside the usual memorabilia and games you’d expect in a franchise has been the expensive, “luxury” Capitol Couture clothing line and an upcoming stage show. But there have been threats of other outrageous things like a theme park and more recently, additional movies added in to the franchise.

Here’s what Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has to say:

The Hunger Games franchise wraps in November. What’s the future for Lionsgate in the YA space?

We’re always looking for ways to extend all of our intellectual property. We’ve seen that’s what happened with Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. So we’re always looking for worlds within the IP that we haven’t explored yet.

So you’re saying something else in the Hunger Games world isn’t out of the question?

Not saying specifically for The Hunger Games, but we have other franchises, too. If you look at Divergent, for example, after the third book, [author Veronica Roth] actually put out a novella called Four. There may be other material there. One never knows when we dig into the treasure troves of these brilliant writers what we might find.

Like the short, but with a bigger budget!

Like the short, but with a bigger budget!

We’ve said previously that we could probably deal with a Haymitch Quarter Quell movie if it was really, really well-made. But really, that’s it. And the idea of Lionsgate working beyond that is kind of horrifying.

So we have some questions for the studio as they consider all this:

1) What does Suzanne Collins have to say about all this?

THIS IS IMPORTANT. Consider Harry Potter, because Feltheimer brought it up. Yes, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is happening. But it’s being written and produced by JK Rowling, who clearly supports the project very much and will ensure it’s true to Harry’s world. Suzanne Collins gives interviews about one every forever or so, but we’re really interested on her thoughts about Lionsgate expanding upon the intellectual property she sold to them. Would she be involved? Would she openly support this? Suzanne certainly doesn’t seem the type who would smile and nod if she didn’t like the direction in which Lionsgate is taking the franchise.

2) Where’s your source material?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them started with a companion book JK Rowling wrote, followed by a script she’s writing. The Hobbit trilogy is loosely based off JRR Tolkien’s actual Lord of the Rings prequel– just expanded to the point where a lot of fans are kinda offended. We’ve started to use the term “hobbiting” to describe unnecessary additions to popular book or movie series that clearly exist for the sake of cashing in. We say that we could handle Haymitch’s quell because there’s an outline in the books. But very little else could really be considered part of the fandom’s source material like the other two franchises.

3) Can you handle fan reaction?

If you expand a franchise and it’s not up to fan expectations, you’re in for a world of backlash. We’re not stupid and we have A LOT to say. Many people already calling out the cash ploy that is splitting both Mockingjay and Allegiant (Mockingjay, we can handle. Allegiant was going to be bad as ONE movie. Why draw out that torture?!) We hate to tell you, but if any spinoffs aren’t damn near perfect, you will face fan criticism until the end of time. The media won’t be nice to you, either. Hell, they aren’t even nice when you follow the source material!

4) Is there no other YA worth adapting in your eyes?

Okay, so massive popular YA franchises are few and far between, but let’s give up on the cash cow model for a moment. Other studios have been pretty successful in creating decent adaptations of modern YA that connects well with audiences. And there are amazing stories to be told in the modern day. Or what about some of the amazing fantasy coming out in YA? But instead you just cast Emma Roberts and Dave Franco in Nerve, which is based off a little known book, seems to be The Hunger Games + Internet, and is marketed specifically to THG fans (which we hate, btw). If you think you’re going to get the same reaction every time if you just keep playing that YA dystopian hand, YOU’RE WRONG. Switch up your game plan before you really get hurt. We say that with love!

We know your audience because we are your audience.

Trust us!
The Girl With The Pearl

Mockingjay Part 1 Edition Additions

If you’re like us, DVD Special Editions are IMPORTANT!

Yes, seeing the movie over and over is great. But the opportunity to dig into the experience, get behind-the-scenes perspectives, see the running gags on set, watch deleted scenes, etc is priceless.

Well, not priceless… if someone wanted me to pay $100 for a special edition DVD, we’d tell them exactly where they could shove it. But you get the point!

Now, our special editions have been unveiled and they. look. glorious! Dive into the details with us, okay?! Start off with all that’s included in the Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack (and thus the Target edition) courtesy of DWTC!

THE TARGET EDITION

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We start with Target, which always has the bomb special edition that everyone actually wants in comparison to the others. Because Target offers all the features you’re going to get out of this film until they introduce some sort of MAC DADDY EDITION at least five years from now.

On top of that mega-list of features, Target with also have a whopping 45 minutes of additional footage! This sucker is like the extended edition!

They’ve also got another fabric poster available if you pre-order, which straight up makes us gigglesnort. Does anyone really want the fabric poster? EVER?! Why do they still think that’s a selling point?

THE WALMART EDITION

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This cover irks us. Cressida is being amped up in this movie in comparison to the book. But so much that she’s cover art? WE THINK NOT. We’re not anti-Cressida, but this is kinda ridic.

This edition will have the basic DVD features– Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson, Deleted Scenes, and a Sneak Peek of Insurgent– plus a behind-the-scenes featurette from Vudu. How long, entailing what? We don’t know! You’d think they’d want to give us that information!

THE BEST BUY EDITION

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Speaking of mystery… Enter the Steelbook Edition!

Other than the basic three DVD features, once again, we literally have no idea what is going on with this. Other than a shiny, shiny steelbook cover. And that’s enough for some people, so it’s cool!

The last steelbook came with a freebie ticket for Divergent, since the two films do technically market to the same audience, but whether that’s worth it to you is a personal choice. I like mostly Divergent, but wouldn’t buy the steelbook just for a ticket.

So there you have it, ladies and gents! The special editions!

Will you go for one of these babies or will the regular Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack do it for you?

We Want ALL THE EDITIONS!
The Girl With The Pearl