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Awhile back, like a couple of years ago– I wrote about the prospect of The Hunger Games utilizing the tried and truth money-making method of product placement. However, now that a few major companies have made brief, and lasting partnerships with the franchise (Cover Girl, Subway) I’m struck with the thought again of “what if?” In the case of the most recent news of Lionsgate having sold the trailer debut of the first Mockingjay film to Samsung, I’m struck even harder with “what if?” But now it’s pulsing, and loud, and um… annoying.

What if Samsung are the makers of all those futuristic projection televisions we’ve seen in the last two Hunger Games films. Or worse, what if in Mockingjay: Part Two the Holo that Boggs carries around in the field is made by Samsung as well? What if for some ridiculous reason Lionsgate decides that in the last installments of the series to throw integrity aside, and forget that the companies of our world no longer exist, and have no place in the world of Panem. But alas they start

I totes want an Audi now

I totes want an Audi now

throwing in familiar, contemporary logos and symbols left and right, like a Spielberg or Robert Zemeckis film. Granted those directors were more tasteful than gratuitous with their usage of product placement, dare I say it– they perfected it, but things could change. They could do close ups on Snow’s white, blue veined hand reaching out and clicking a button on his projection television, and the Samsung logo is clear and prominent, like Audi in iRobot, or Omega in Casino Royale, or Ducati in Tron: Legacy– or the worst offender of them all, almost every frame in Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

Speculation you will be the death of us!? Damn… I want a Coke.

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The Rebels Are At It

The Rebels are at it again, and the famdom is buzzing with anticipation for something, anything– seriously, give us something! This is our natural state of being though, playing the waiting game until we’re about to burst forth and have kittens, or just go full on troll-under-the-bridge (you know who you are!).

The rebels have hacked thecapitol.pn’s Twitter as well as left a snazzy hidden message on Thecapitol.pn website, and not only have they done it once– nope they’ve done it twice in the last two days, and that can mean only a few things: We’re about to get more viral marketing promotional material thrown at us at odd times of the day, and well– I think that’s about it. But what ever could it be? I know what I want it to be, I know what a few of my friends want it to be, and I think I know whathacked_by_xxdigipxx-d4ozzco every other Hunger Games fan on the planet wants it to be.

Like the last propo address from the illustrious President Snow showed us the Rebels are highly capable of dropping a nice, shiny surprise on us. If only for a matter of a few short seconds. But that’s what we live for, right? Those ever so brief moments of excitement when a familiar, and beloved character’s face takes up residence on our screen, big and little. We’re over the moon seeing Peeta, and his pants– of course his pants. And we’re tickled to see Johanna in her gravity defying gown, and yes– we’re even pleased seeing President Snow on his thrown, playing the resolute, and distinguished dictator. I think we’re chilled to the bone though when we see glimpses of District 13 however, Beetee better yet. Because even if you’re not a fan of the story, or the over all delivery of the novel Mockingjay, you have to admit on some level that when you read it initially you thought it would make a killer film, if it ever was made into one that is. And look at us now, a fandom so big, so vast, and so ready to see not one, but two films made out of the novel so many of us have been up in arms about. We’re ready though, we’re ready for more than Beetee flicker across our screens, so ready to relish in more than the ridiculousness of Peeta’s pants, or the sassy stance of one of our favorite victors.

By all means give us The Mockingjay, by all means.

Tick tock, tick tock.

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Wedded Bliss

Sometimes reality takes a hold of us here at Victor’s Village in both good and bad ways. Jobs take us away, holidays to locations where Internet access is shoddy at best, or maybe perhaps there’s a wedding to celebrate? I didn’t ask if it was alright to bring this up before hand, but if you haven’t noticed lately that The Girl With The Pearl has not been posting articles penned by her self lately, you all should tumblr_lr9sagvJTd1qztwteknow by now that that’s because she’s been body snatched by a white gown wearing lady person. Der, she’s getting married! Or better yet, she got married– today actually. So if you’re not ready to throw virtual confetti at her (’cause rice kills birds fools), you’re sad and need to go regroup post-haste!

Ahhhhhh!! Congratulations The Girl With The Pearl!!

All the wedding planning was probably both a challenge as well as a bit of a thrill. But I can’t help but think of parallels between our dear founder’s wedding planning, and subsequent wedding bliss (I saw pictures, looked pretty blissful to me), with the only wedding fully realized in the beloved series that brought us all together here at Victor’s Village. I’m speaking of course of the wedding of Finnick Odair and Annie Cresta in Mockingjay. Annie and Finnick’s wedding wasn’t that different from most people’s I think, there was cake, there were vows, there were tears, and there was dancing, and music. Only difference I can think of between a normal North American wedding like our dear Girl With The Pearl’s, and Finnick and Annie’s was a lack of planning. I know that The Girl With The Pearl’s wedding and reception took months on end to plan out, Annie and Finnick’s was somewhat spontaneous, and more of a reprieve from the chaos, and upheaval of the war situation their world was surrounded with, as well as by. The Girl With The

No idea if it looked like this, but yum anyway

No idea if it looked like this, but yum anyway

Pearl and her now husband do not live in a war state, and planning of their wedding was an absolute necessity considering logistics of family, as well as most other contemporary expectations, and I’d also like to think of their wedding and reception as the reprieve from planning all of it! Annie and Finnick seemed to just kind of show up, Annie wore a borrowed dress from Katniss’ vast Capitol wardrobe, not out of choice, but out of necessity as she literally owned nothing wedding worthy after being rescued from the clutches of the Capitol. The Girl With The Pearl on the other hand found her dress months ago, and went to multiple fittings so it would fit perfectly. Annie, well– Annie dawned Katniss’ dress and hoped for the best on the day of her wedding. Who had the right idea though? That’s a question that can never be answered I’m afraid. Why? Because one’s a fictional wedding between two fictional people, and The Girl With The Pearl and her husband are very real people.

On that note, let’s all wish them a happy Honeymoon, and all collectively hold our breath for those few minutes in Mockingjay: Part Two when we finally get to see Finnick and Annie’s wedding on a flickering screen and not playing out in our heads.

Congratulations Kait, erm… I mean The Girl With The Pearl!

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Unity: President Snow’s Second Address

The second Mockingjay: Part 1 teaser trailer rolled out today, or more like this morning around 9am PST. We were better prepared this time I’d like to think, what with the rumors, and then the um, well this thing.

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I like surprises as much as the next person, and face it surprises are few and far between on this wonderful thing called the Interwebz (yes… with a Z). Where it comes to promotional material however, especially promotional material for gigantic film franchises that have grossed a bazillion dollars world-wide– the element of surprise is as rare as a polar bear on a tropical island. In the case of this mega-huge franchise, surprise is really more of a game of cat and mouse between some movie theatre employees with loose morals, and perhaps under paid Lionsgate employees and/or contractors. Loose morals seem to mostly be what the Interwebz is based on though, so it really shouldn’t be so disappointing that snippets, or entire swaths of secreted promotional material keeps leaking out before it’s planned release date. Like I said, it’s a game of cat and mouse, but this time around I think Lionsgate won the round, and I’m not exactly sure who was the cat or the mouse anyway.

Who cares about all that though, jeeze! Let’s talk about the damn teaser trailer!

I hate saying this, who am I kidding– no I don’t! But, Peeta’s pats are very distracting, perhaps I was sleep watching the first teaser, or perhaps I was too busy being simultaneously creeped-out, and amazed at Josh’s turning his face to the camera, and looking down the lens like a soulless Child of the Corn. But, yeah– damn Peeta’s pants are on the screaming side of tight. Not painted on tight, more– “oh hey, I’m noticing things I don’t always want to notice on a person who’s supposed to be playing a character who is significantly younger than my self.” I digress though, ’cause even if my previous words sound a little Judge-y McJudgerson, I’m not complaining about the tightness of Peeta’s pants, I’m just noticing it like the heterosexual female that I am, and forever dubbing Josh the new carrier of the name Captain Tightpants.

Pants aside, the subtlety of these first two teasers is something I’ve been personally yearning for as a Hunger Games fan. The fact that the teasers themselves are based on content from Mockingjay the novel, or information from Mockingjay the novel, tickles my little booknerd heart. Because as much as Lionsgate has tried to play the audience as the Capitol and nothing else seemingly, what with its partnership with cosmetics companies, and fast food restaurants, I think they’ve finally realized that the series’ content its self was material enough for some killer concepts behind promotional material, and also that the audience is not solely the Capitol, we’re also the Districts. That’s why the teasers are augmented and/or altered versions of the propo addresses Snow conducted in the novel.

I brought up subtlety a bit ago, and I’m attesting that to the background players. Hats, shoes, socks off to Josh Hutcherson for either his choice, or Francis Lawrence’s direction to very slightly shake his head at certain points in President Snow’s address. Like when Snow says “never have we been more unified…” Peeta shakes his head. Or when Snow says “Panem is speaking with one voice.” Now, the head shaking can be interpreted several ways, one of which could be that he’s shaking his head to try to clear his foggy hijacked brain thing. Or two, that he’s disagreeing with what Snow is saying. Either way, the choice looks and feels like a good one from this particular fans point of view. There is a third possibility of what those head shakes mean however, they could mean nothing at all. As a fan of the series though, I’m hoping with every fiber of my being that they do mean more than head tremors, and that Josh can’t stand still to save his life!

Oh yeah, and then Beetee broke through the transmission, said his line, and the crowd went wild!

Is it November yet?

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The Hunger Games Franchise: No Foodie In Sight

I like food, no I love food, and one joy I have in being a self-proclaimed Foodie is this– Foodie Movies. The Hunger Games franchise are not foodie movies however, and to say that I’m disappointed by this would be a mild understatement. The Hunger Games books were Foodie books though, what with Suzanne Collins’ pros about delicious dishes like lamb stew with dried plums, and back story that Katniss was named for the wild Katniss tuber (potato like plant). Safe to say it, but the book entire series is chock-a-block full of heavenly Foodie enticing material, right down to even the squirrels, and the unfortunate exposition that the people of District 12 sometimes had to prepare mice as food for themselves.

There are Foodie movies out there though, a lot actually. And thankfully you have me here to tell you about a select few, well– if you’re into that kind of thing. And face it, if you’re a Hunger Games fan you just might be if you think about it. Let’s start with the classics, no not Arsenic and Old Lace, ’cause believe it or not there are a lot of food references in that one– I do highly recommend that one however. Let’s go with the award-winning 1980s classic Babette’s Feast though, winner of the 1988 Oscar for best foreign language film, and there are several reasons why it won. One of them is most definitely the amazing food that’s cooked and displayed, one other is the comedy of culture, and cultural biased. Watch the movie, you’ll get what I mean, and also have a mad craving for French food afterwards. Oh, and the story was originally a novel, hmmm.

Like Water for Chocolate is a film that probably gets taught in a lot of film studies courses, because it’s a perfect example of surrealist film making. Think Pan’s Labyrinth only less scary, and a lot more funny. Like Water for Chocolate is a love story, a love story about people who can’t be together, and the food that’s made to quell the need to be together. It’s a sexy piece, but it’s a moving piece, so if you’re squeamish about nudity, oh and hate reading subtitles, steer clear. However, if you like to watch Mexican food being made expertly, watch it now, now, now. Or read the book! ‘Cause guess what?! The film was originally a novel and a cookbook in one!

Chocolat, like the last two films mentioned was also originally a novel, a delicious novel full of chocolate and the stories of an emotionally repressed town in France in the 1950s. The film version was released in the year 2000, it starred Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, and my favorite cameo performance was from none other than Leslie Caron (An American in Paris). Stellar cast, right? Hell yeah. But the real star is you guessed it… the chocolate. The center focus of the entire story in the shocking opening of a chocolatier (chocolate shop), in this small very catholic town during seemingly the entire towns observance of lent. The shop owner however is not catholic and sees no problem with her opening her shop during a time of self deniance. Her food, her sweets become a subject of great contention amongst the townspeople, and it’s seriously great fodder for character development, and examinations on culture, as well as human nature. Also, did I mention there’s chocolate?

Lastly we have a recent film, one that may or may not be still playing in your own respective towns. It’s the Jon Favreau passion project called Chef. Chef is as clCHEF_OSose to a family film as you’re going to get in the Foodie movie category, it’s a gooey heartwarming story focused around the redevelopment of a stagnated relationship between a semi absentee father, and his prepubescent son. Favreau is a celebrity chef in the piece, and one that has reached a point in his career where he’s sort of backed into a corner creatively by obligations to the people who pay the bills. He shucks their yoke however, buys a food truck, and spends probably the best summer of his life driving from Miami to Los Angeles with his best friend, and sous chef John Leguizamo, and Favreau’s character’s son. They cook great food all across the south, and southwest of the United States, cultivating relationships together, and a great appreciation, and education in each other and of course food. It’s a sweet, modern film that utilizes some of today’s favorite social media tools, Twitter, Vine, and Instagram. Oh, also it’s got so many cameos from famous-y people, blink and you might miss ‘em! But that’s okay, ’cause you learn about Cuban sandwiches, and see the most delicious grilled cheese ever being made. I made noises watching this grilled cheese, lots of noises.

About The Hunger Games franchise though, it’s no great surprise that the food aspect of the series was seemingly omitted from the plot. The film makers took thematic stance, and they did choose wisely. Food is awesome, but we all know that it’s a niche audience they’d be pleasing if they’d focused on the stew, the focus they chose was right on many levels– oppression, war, social injustice.

I’m content with the message, but damn I did want to see Katniss going gaga over the food more.

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Show Me the Chair

This week we finally got the teaser trailer, and while everyone and their imaginary friend was having kittens over how creepy President Snow is, or how creepy Peeta’s turn of the head was, I was having a gay ol’ time deciphering the thing the President was sitting his creepy ass down in. Yep, I was doing my usual thing, analyzing the scenery, ’cause um– it’s fun! Also, nine times out of ten it tells us something insightful that otherwise we’d all just be ignorant of, which is fine if you’re into that whole ignorance being blissful thing.

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I like to call myself an amateur antique furniture expert, ’cause my stack of reference books only allow me to say amateur. Anyway, since a vast majority of the furniture President Snow surrounds himself with are antiques, or amalgamations of antique styles and designs– there’s a lot to explore! Fun stuff, huh? You’re damn right it is! Where would we be without history?! Oh yeah, Ikea. Sorry, if you’re into Swedish style furniture, it’s okay, I don’t judge! However, if the only tools you own are the tiny Allen wrenches that come with Ikea kits, then I have a problem– actually, you do.

The chair though, oh my– the chair! I saw a picture of it first of course, and quickly had a time taking out my books, and trying to find a match, or something that closely resembles the pristine, white chair. Second off, it’s not an exact replica of anything that’s still in existence from the past, it’s like I said above, an amalgamation of styles and designs. And the styles it is it this, William and Mary, with a dash of Charles II, the eras are at the tail end of the Baroque period, 1680s-90s in time frame– only you’d never ever find a white washed arm-chair like Snow’s gracing anyone’s rooms. And that my dear friends is what makes it so very Capitol. But what does it mean?! Why a William and Mary style arm-chair with sky-high -1finials?! Um,’cause they can. The thing about the Capitol is they like to take the commonplace, the fur shrug for example and give it a jab of crazy, and whammo– fashion personified times a million-zillion! In the case of their furniture however, the white washed armchair is another example of the Capitol taking what was once common, and turning it into something kind of sort of scary. And I don’t think for a second the choice of the thick white washing is an accident. Purity is one of the basic meanings behind the color, but I’m going to take it a few other steps down the line of meanings, “the Capitol are the good guys.” Why? ‘Cause the good guys where the white hats, and the bad guys where the black hats, this is what so many myths, folktales, and fairy tales have told us over the last millenia or more! Reverse psychology is such a good propaganda tool! And to top off my hypotheses, Snow is the King of Panem, only he’s titled himself “President”, he looks, at least to me, like a chess piece on the white end of the chessboard. And then there’s Peeta, well what else could he be but “a piece in their game”.

Peeta’s a Pawn, dressed in white, and standing at the ready to serve his King.

“Unlike other pieces, the pawn does not capture in the same direction as it otherwise moves. A pawn captures diagonally, one square forward and to the left or right. In the diagram to the left, the white pawn may capture either the black rook or the black knight.” – W

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The Beginning of the End

While we’re all having a bit of an emotional time with the news yesterday that the franchise we’ve all collectively become obsessed with, having wrapped. I’d like to reiterate the sentiment JJ wrote yesterday, “… while we’re all sad, just think of all the good stuff yet to come!” She’s right, while an exorbitant amount of us were crying into our proverbial hankies yesterday, there’s so very much to look forward to where it comes to the fruition, and/or “true completion” of this film series!

We’re all on our tippy-toes now, ’cause there’s a brand, spankin’ new rumor that a teaser trailer will be debuting in cinemas next week during the midnight premieres of the new Transformers film. Yeah, so if you’re one of the people who likes that particular franchise (Transformers I mean), I’m sure you’ll be the first ones to start tweeting, Instagraming, Youtubing, and Facebooking about how “The teaser trailer is so freakin’ awesome you guyz! Go see Transformers, Mark Wahlberg

Because it's Mark Wahlberg with a chimp on his back, that's why!

Because it’s Mark Wahlberg with a chimp on his back, that’s why!

FTW! : D” Meanwhile back on earth, the people who prefer films like Begin Again will be tweeting about how they snuck into Transformers showrooms to watch the trailer reel, and then promptly left after The Mockingjay: Part 1 teaser ran, and then had an awesome time watching Keira Knightley not die… finally. So, trailer rumor, I’m good with it.

Ah yes, but trailer releases are just the beginning of the fanfare to accompany the gradual release of promotional material for the first and last Mockingjay film. We’ve also got soundtrack artists announcements to wait for, new product ads to fawn, and gag, and gasp over, as well as contests both fan-run, and mainstream media run to enter, and win, as well as lose. And then, and then we’ve got interviews, so many quirky, Gif-able interviews that Jennifer Lawrence and co. will do together, solo, and jointly. Personally, I’m waiting for the soundtrack list, ’cause my gut is telling me that Lorde may be on it, also maybe other solid female artists– ’cause that would make me happy. Cross my heart, and hope to die that Ingrid Michaelson is on there as well!

Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed guyz! Psst, please don’t make me watch Transformers Lionsgate, release it online first!

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The Capitol.pn, It’s Awake

We’re still watching, and waiting, and planning, and hoping– however not for some poor, silly wretch to drop do their knee and propose to us. Nope, still waiting for real Mockingjay: Part 1 news. Thankfully there’s this thing called the internet, and resting quietly, more dormant actually, there’s this thing we all pretty much forgot about called TheCapitol.pn. I kind of forgot about it, TheCapitol.pn that is, and I’m pretty damn sure that most of us did, because it’s less of a news breaking apparatus, and more of a thing you look at a couple of times, and then get bored with it, like a child with a toy that was never going to be the favorite as much as who got it for us hoped it would be.

That being said TheCapitol.pn actually did something yesterday, and those of us who were paying attention (not me), had mild conniption fits, and shared their wonder with the rest of us sorry, inattentive sods.

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That’s just a screengrab, but if you actually mosey on over to TheCapitol.pn, you can see that Captiol Eagle spin, yes– like the Evil Rainbow Pinwheel of Doom, all Mac users are familiar with, and secretly want to rip from their screens and kill it ’til it’s dead, dead, dead. However, in the case of the spinning Capitol Eagle I think we’re pretty happy that it’s spinning, and existing, and um DOING SOMETHING, even if it’s rather innocuous.

Now do more of something and give us our first Mockingjay trailer, looking at a spinning eagle is giving some of us vertigo! Wheee!!

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The Exhibition

IMG_0864It’s everything we’ve ever wanted, right?! A traveling exhibition featuring props, costumes, and other Hunger Games paraphernalia for our eager as ever eyes to devour. I for one am kind of intrigued by this concept, it’s not a new one by any stretch of the imagination, only in my own personal experience I’ve only ever plunked down my cold, hard cash to see art exhibitions, and science based ones as well. Film themed ones are a bit new to my blood. That being said, I think putting The Hunger Games franchise on a similar level to say, the ever traveling King Tut Exhibition, is a good way to go from a marketing perspective. Unfortunately the news of the 2015 exhibition came with more hype from the dear, lovely media, of that ill conceived of, but money making cow of the concept of a Hunger Games themed theme park.

Can I get an ugh? I mean seriously, will the theme park idea just die already? I feel like every time something outside of direct promotional material is brought up that damn theme park thing rears its pointy head again. And then I get sad, and then a lot annoyed, and then I write articles like this one, and then to top it all off– I lose a little more of my faith in humanity.

Lionsgate, we like you lots– love the idea of the traveling exhibit, I’ll send you a check for $25 to $28 right now, ’cause I know your exhibit will probably cost that much for admission. But please, for the love of Buttercup give up on the theme park idea, will ya’, huh? I promise you there other, and maybe better ways to make money off of this already proven money making machine you’ve got your hands on.

Capisce?

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The Newsy Round Up

Mockingjay: Part 2 filming is drawing to a close, and X-Men: Days of Future Past was released in theaters in the US yesterday. This means one thing to the Interwebz! Tons of Jennifer Lawrence appearances on the talk show circuit, and yep pesky paparazzi shots of her milling around Berlin, the last location allegedly being used on Mockingjay: Part 2 film shoot. I say “allegedly”, ’cause I’m not the location scout, and for all we know, or I know, they’re off to Belgium to film, and drink awesome, tasty, delicious beer!

I’m sure you’ve heard, or seen, or perhaps done your best to ignore the press of Jennifer Lawrence repeated

20140524-173756-63476797.jpgchatter over the last several days. I know I would be one of those people however! So, yeah… Gotta admit that this particular editorial writer has very little to say about Jen’s mounting social faux pas, i.e I saw a blip about a rape joke she made, then immediately knew to turn and virtually walk away. Erm why? Because I wasn’t in the room the so-called joke was let loose in, and I’d rather not examine a joke or whatever the hell happened, as a second or third, or billionth party, because in my humble experience it would be like playing the worst game of Telephone ever. Or make me dislike her, which is something I’m not ready for yet, thank you very much!

Anyway, if you’re like me and like to do your best not to care that Jen is sometimes not a role model, and is just a 23 year-old girl! I suggest relishing in going to see X-Men, or… Yeah, maybe not.

Happy Memorial Day!

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