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About that Revolution…(pn)

With each new Hunger Games movie, there is (at least) one new website launched that has a cool, in-universe style. From TheCapitolTour.pn (now offline but captured here), Capitol Couture, TheCapitol.pn, to district13.co.in there’s been a whole lot of digital real estate tied to the movies not even counting the “real world” marketing sites of hungergamesexplorer.com (RIP) and the current hub thehungergames.movie.

With this track record, no one was surprised when revolution.pn launched a few months ago. As the official digital home for Panem’s revolution, THE REVOLUTION REALLY WANTS YOU TO JOIN THE FIGHT (by providing your email address or linking your Facebook account) and then sharing the various propaganda of the cause, like the Rhythm Nation-esque propo.

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We wonder what the future plans for this site are, because they’re spending a lot of time trying to drive people to sign up. At least once a week, there’s a message released on socials about joining the cause. This message is from today.

We spy a new hashtag in that one too. This may be a tease of some new social campaign or a maybe a release of new posters. We hope it means something new content-release wise, because we get cranky when long, drawn out teases result in nada.

Long live the Revolution.pn!

(Well, as long as it keeps pushing out new content)

JJ

Mockingjay Music Goes Premiere

So the coolest opportunity ever for young musicians was held in the UK a while back: James Newton Howard, the composer behind each score in The Hunger Games franchise along with loads of other good films, invited over 2,000 student musicians to submit pieces meant for the Mockingjay Part 2 soundtrack. Then 24 of those pieces were chosen to be featured in the film!

What a scoring session actually looks like!

What a scoring session actually looks like!

Besides being fwatured in an “OMG THIS IS A BIG DEAL!” type of film and having that on their resume for life, there was another prize involved as well. In an interview with a local newspaper (via QQ), one winner divulged she “has been told she can attend the film premiere at either London, Paris or New York.”

NEW YORK, YOU SAY?!

London, we expected. That’s the home base for pretty much any franchise that hits Europe. Paris has practically become a staple for The Hunger Games as well. We’re a little more skeptical about New York and here’s why: Technically, there’s been a premiere in NYC for every film in the franchise. But it’s what we’ll kindly refer to as a “Rich Kid Premiere”. Mostly private, held for the executives and distributors and important members of the press and their families. Fancy, but more quietly so.

And the boys choir is back to make things sound eerie as well!

And the boys choir is back to make things sound eerie as well!

And no, Lionsgate isn’t going to confirm anything at this stage. They don’t announce anything until juuuuust before it’s bound to happen. The premiere details will leak like a punctured water balloon all over the Internet before they confirm anything! It’s especially true for NYC if it’s another RK premiere– We know because we’ve asked about the New York promotion every year and Lionsgate never even acknowledges our question.

Then again, a public NYC premiere for Insurgent was held last year, though that film didn’t get a LA premiere and The Hunger Games has a track record of LA premieres to uphold. So maybe the actual US premiere will hit NYC instead? We’re just getting our hopes up now, aren’t we?!

Back to the students, it’ll be cool to see how JNH takes the student pieces and blends them in to form the overall arc, the highs and lows of the score that will offer so much to the final film. Just pick a really cool premiere destination, okay winners?!

It’s Music To Our Ears!
The Girl With The Pearl

Trying to Unsee the C Word

This week marked 100 days until Mockingjay Part 2 comes out. Which is important for people who give special meaning to time when it hits nice round numbers. Lionsgate acknowledged the countdown with this edit of Katniss’s character poster.

100 daysWe saw it when it was released and didn’t think anything of it. Well, we actually thought, “100 Days until Mockingjay Part 2… Could we mark this with some actual news please?” and then moved along with our lives, because there was nothing else released that day.

Then a few days later, we notice this E! Online posting.

We took a look. We squinted. Didn’t notice anything. Squinted some more at the left side of her nose.

OH.

Oopsie. Our immediate reaction was a bout of huge laughter, cause it’s pretty clear that this was just a case of unfortunate type placement, and we’re confident it was accidental and not some rogue designer trying to pull a fast one. Since it wasn’t created with ill intent, it’s just hilarious. We’ve never considered the dangerous consequences of breaking into a “0” with the word “until.” And once you notice it, YOU CAN’T UNSEE IT. Sorry. You’ll never look at it with innocent eyes again.

We know the internet LOVES stuff like this, so this little graphic that only the fandom was every going to notice gets posted everywhere. Soooo, bright side, the 100 Days Until Mockingjay Part 2 message gets more buzz, just with an embarrassing twist to it. (Lionsgate had already pulled the it from their social sites as of at least Friday afternoon).

I can be a critical person about flubs, but I feel a certain amount of empathy to the designer and people who reviewed this before release. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in the larger design that you don’t stop to squint at it through all the angles. When you’re releasing loads of edits like this, something is bound to happen. It’s not like it’s a theatrical movie poster with a mockingjay beak sticking out of the heroine’s neck or something.

Chins up, smiles on, and let’s move on to the next promo.

JJ

Quenching Capitol Curiosity

Entertainment Weekly promised us “intel” on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in the teaser for their Fall Movie preview double issue and they shelled it out today!

The piece doesn’t get too in depth– which hopefully means we’ll be getting some in depth articles closer to the release of the film (but no promises since Lionsgate essentially nixed the entire print campaign for Mockingjay Part 1)– but it talks a bit about putting together the Capitol. And we learned a few things!

For instance, Francis Lawrence and the gang made full blueprints of the Capitol to get a feel for the layout. And it’s mostly just Paris but with some fun twists as an homage to the city where they shot most of the Capitol scenes.

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The architecture of the Capitol has gone from brutalist to Stalinist. The Soviet Era style honestly seems pretty close to brutalism, but it’s a little edgier and probably helps convey the narcissistic vibe of the citizens a little better.

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Aaaaand set designers didn’t really think ahead, therefore creating more work for themselves than at all necessary:

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So we didn’t get too much this time around. But included on that first page was a nice little still that we reeeeeally wish we could find without the captions:

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We can’t help but wonder… Is it us? Why can’t we revel in an Entertainment Weekly piece with a new still and a few details? Is it that our attention span is too small or that the details are too little? We’re three months away from the movie! Patience is a virtue, but any fandom will you it’s certainly not a requirement. Either way, here’s hoping the studio wises up about print campaigns for this film and we get some articles that really delve into the story, the characters, and the on-set experience for the final film in the franchise!

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The Girl With The Pearl

Hunger Games On The High Seas

Every now and then, we get an email that makes us say “Hmmmm… Where the heck did that come from?”

One of those was from Angry Goat Productions, who wanted us to talk about their Cosplay Cruises— more specifically, The Hunger Games themed one. Because “It’s not just a Con… It’s a Concation!”

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The idea of a con cruise is not an original or uncommon one, but it’s something that certain fans clearly enjoy. Angry Goat knows, because they’ve got Cosplay Cruises for just every about every major fandom out there right now. They’re working in the business of fandom, working on our passions and hopes of being around like-minded people.

But our first question, of all things, was this: How the heck do they think they’ll get this passed Lionsgate legal?! Either they have a deal in place or they’re about to face some fury, because LG comes down pretty hard on people who could even potentially profit using the namesake of their major franchise.

We’re not saying it’s a terrible idea, but we don’t know if this would take off YET. Most fandom cruises follow fandoms that are heavy on nostalgia and only 3 1/2 years after the movie franchise began, we don’t think the fandom is quite ready for nostalgia.

So what do you think? Would you celebrate with other fans on the high seas? Or is this something meant to cash in on fandom?

Thoughts Of The Island Arena In 3.. 2.. 1..
The Girl With The Pearl

News Bits from the Lionsgate Q1 Call

On Friday, Lionsgate had their Fiscal 2016 Q1 Conference Call. Usually this brings at least some interesting bits, so we gave it a listen for some Hunger Games-related news.

Here it is… ALL THE BIG NEWS

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Sure the Exhibition ticket sales were good, but what about the Buttercup sales?

The Hunger Games Exhibition had record sales in the first week of open for Discovery Times Square. (Mentioning only the first week of sales sounds suspicious to us considering it’s been open for 5 weeks but anyway we like the Exhibition, so we’ll believe you when you say others are visiting en masse). The 2nd stop of the tour in San Francisco, was also mentioned.

The global Mockingjay Part 2 marketing campaign has launched with an incredible response (YES WE LIKE TO RESPOND TO THINGS) and November will have the company’s largest day and date theatrical launch in their history.

The Odyssey, which will have creative leadership from Francis Lawrence and Nina Jacobson, will be a multi-movie deal “in the vein of The Lord of the Rings.” This is somewhat expected, because no one just makes ONE movie these days. FRANCHISES, man. It’s what all the cool (money making) kids do.

And that was pretty much it. Slim pickings. Granted, it’s just a Q1 call, but really, THAT’S IT?

Unfortunately, that’s it.

JJ

Going Back For The Cat (Or Dog)

So today we’re going to get serious because we work out all our feelings by relating them to books!

This is an apology to a fictional character– more specifically, Primrose Everdeen.

At the Mockingjay Part 2 panel at Comic-Con, Conan O’Brien joked with Willow Shields, saying “I was so mad at you when you went back for the cat!” And mostly, our reaction was “Well.. duh.” It was a rash, irresponsible move made by a young girl who’s almost too sensitive for this world. Buttercup was an adult cat and hell, cats don’t even live that long. Why would anyone risk anything for a cat?! Katniss, while we loves her sister, thinks she’s an overly sentimental piece of work when it comes to this issue and audiences kinda do too.

Well, I’m sorry, Prim. It’s unfair to judge you because I really do understand.

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This picture is roughly 17 years, 8 months old. I’m 10-years-old– hence the bad hair, fashion, etc. The puppy here is Jake, my family’s Jack Russell Terrier who died of old age this past Sunday, four days before my 28th birthday. He was the best dog ever… though perhaps I’m biased.

And truthfully, I totally would’ve gone back from him in an emergency situation.

It’s not that uncommon. In scary situations, people rescue their pets. They sometimes get injured or even die themselves in the attempt. To some, that just sounds crazy, but not to me. I don’t consider myself all too sentimental, but pets become an important part of your life in a way that most humans don’t even. They’re a furry ball of friendship, playfulness, and companionship without an ounce of judgment. And dammit, we all need some of that! So risking it all for our animal friends makes sense.

It’s silly to think of the continuum of the story after the final chapter (but before the epilogue) because everything is just head canon from that point on, but we can’t even imagine how Katniss felt when Buttercup finally went. We see the two forming a bond over the loss of Prim at the end of Mockingjay, and I’d like to believe that they stuck together and learned to love each other. That means that things would be rough for Katniss not just because she lost a pet, but because that pet was one of the few things she had that linked back to her sister. And urgh… we can’t even.

Though the most minor of minor characters in The Hunger Games, Buttercup makes a major impact on the plot and the characters’ emotional wellbeing, which says something big. So we get it, Prim. And really, you’re awesome for doing it.

And Without That, There’d Be No Buttercup: Evil Overlord Fanon Memes,
The Girl With The Pearl

Is Trailer Peeta the REAL Peeta?

One subject that’s been debated in the fandom since the theatrical trailer release has been… Peeta. Because we will always want to talk about Peeta, and analyze every last detail about this character. It’s what we do. Relating to this particular debate is whether Peeta’s speech in the trailer is out of character for him (Thanks to Satsumarena for bringing this up in our Trailer Reaction post comments).

Peeta says,

Our lives were never ours. They belong to Snow and our deaths too. But if you kill him, Katniss, if you end all of this, all those deaths…they mean something.

peeta trailer 2I think the main question is whether we think Peeta would be encouraging Katniss to kill Snow at this point in the plot. Or even broader, if he would ever encourage killing Snow. Considering the blurry objects in the background, I’m assuming this is in Tigris’s basement. At this point, Peeta has struggled with the deaths that his hijacking episode helped provoke, but felt real remorse and sorrow at it. He was suicidal after this happened. This is after the “Stay with me. Always” kiss in the sewers. All of his energy is being taken up with staying in control so he doesn’t hurt any more people. He’s fighting to get back to his “Real” self in the most stressful of circumstances, but you can see the real Peeta is slowly winning that battle.

Book!Peeta tells Katniss this in Tigris’s basement

I think…you still have no idea. The effect you can have… None of the people we lost were idiots. They knew what they were doing. They followed you because they believed you really could kill Snow.

We know Francis & Co have put book quotes in the movie whenever possible. So why the change? What is it about this reworked version that’s more evocative? And does it make sense for Peeta to say?

Well, first of all, I think Trailer!Peeta’s speech fits better for a trailer, and I think it will work well in the film. And Trailer!Peeta is raising the personal stakes here a bit. When he says OUR lives, I interpret that as his and Katniss’s lives, how their lives and deaths belonged to Snow from the reaping on. And when Peeta speaks of all those deaths, there’s a cut to Finnick fighting the lizard mutts (SO heartbreakingly good there). The reworked version flows so well.

Although worded more strongly in favor of killing Snow in the movie, from the book quote above, Peeta is telling Katniss she should kill Snow for all those who have been lost. And Katniss gets it. She thinks to herself

I don’t know why his voice reaches me when no one else’s can. But if he’s right, and I think he is, I owe the others a debt that can only be repaid in one way.

And then she makes plans to kill Snow.

So what we have here is some nice reworking of the book to help us more clearly see what both Peeta and Katniss are thinking very quickly. Well done.

Movie Peeta is Real Peeta. And we can relax.

JJ

 

GIANT ASS Photographs From The Hunger Games

Hot off the presses: You are not a real Hunger Games collector if you’re not willing to spend your savings on a RIDICULOUSLY LARGE BOOK!

imageSo, Tim Palen’s Photographs From The Hunger Games came out in June. And it was lovely! Though coffee table books aren’t a common thing for us, we couldn’t resist picking it up and reviewing it. You know. For science.

You’d think Tim Palen and Lionsgate and the seller, Assouline, would be happy with the solid response. NOPE! Because holy hell, they’re reportedly making an “Ultimate Edition” that kindly reminds us just how Capitol this shit is!

Are you ready for this?

The “Ultimate Edition” will reportedly be a 2-foot tall display version of the book available for $800.

Maybe we doubt because we don’t know any, but ARE THERE REALLY THAT MANY RICH ASSHOLES RELATED TO THIS FANDOM?! Lawd! We thought the $75 version was expensive! You either have you be obsessed with Hunger Games collectibles or irrationally pretentious to buy this sucker. Because who has a portion of their home that they can just dedicate to the display of an oversized photo book?!

We’d say this has to be some special order thing created for Palen, Lionsgate execs, and maybe the actors to have. BUT NO! Assouline actually sells 2-foot tall photo books, sometimes for much higher prices.

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*blink blink*

Dear Assouline/Palen/Lionsgate/Whoever else is behind this, we love The Hunger Games. Really, we do. And we get that you’re rich enough to throw money at whatever you’d like. But your fandom is not so special that it requires a ridiculous “artsy” product for a niche market. We went through this with the clothing line, too.

You are not a ballet or an opera, you are a three-ring circus trying really hard to look like ballet or opera. STAWP.

Planning on buying the $800 display book? Be our guest! Fandom is a multi-billion dollar industry after all. We’ve all spent more than we probably realize on fandom. But, you know, this time you’re gonna REALIZE IT and maybe even realize that sometimes, you’re just getting suckered into unnecessary products. If you’re cool with that, cool.

Where The Heck Are You Going To Hang That Up?!
The Girl With The Pearl

REACTION POST: MockingJay Part 2 Trailer #2

We have another trailer, so you know what that means! It’s time for a Victor’s Village reaction post!

This one starts off on a bit of a sad note– You’ll notice that Them There Eyes is no longer with us. She’s stepped away from the Internet for a while to focus on some real life commitments, but we still love her to death and wish her all the best!

As for JJ and The Girl With The Pearl, We March Together with you through the glorious battlefield of fandom (See what we did there?!) And so, the reaction post goes on!

Be aware that this baby contains spoilers if you haven’t read the books! Also, there’s lots to it, so be sure to hit the “READ MORE” link if you’re viewing from the main page!

WHY ARE WE MARCHING?!

The Girl With The Pearl: Let’s start with this: The trailer has a name, which is not always something we’ve seen in the past. What do you think of We March Together?

Are we referring to this *cough* TOTALLY NATURAL marching scene?

Are we referring to this *cough* TOTALLY NATURAL marching scene?

JJ: Eh, it’s got that revolution vibe, which is good. And there is that scene of Katniss strutting down to “get” Snow. But… is does it add much to the actual trailer? Not sure. It feels like something they did to track views better online actually.

TGWTP: Being the picky bastard that I am, I couldn’t help but think about how they NEVER march together

JJ: Lol. But Paylor wants them too.

TGWTP: All these District are essentially using the same guerilla warfare tactics. No marching! Katniss sure never marched anywhere with anyone

JJ: Katniss doesn’t march with anyone, you’re right. It’s more of an afterthought of something that sounds good for trailer title.

TGWTP: It should be called We Want To March Together, then! Though it doesn’t have the same ring to it.

JJ: Marching together is for winners!

THE SNOW-DOWN

The greenhouse! The mansion in the distance! Hoooooly....

The greenhouse! The mansion in the distance! Hoooooly….

TGWTP: But I suppose the title doesn’t matter, because man… did this start with Snow’s final conversation with Katniss?!

JJ: Yes, I think they did. That’s one of the amazing thing about both the teaser and this trailer. They mush the timeline all around, yet it presents the story beautifully!

TGWTP: It’s not something non-readers would recognize, but for books fans… OOF! You can hear the raggedness of his voice, plus the image of Katniss approaching the greenhouse…

JJ: If you’ve got Donald Sutherland, use that’s man’s voice for all it’s worth. What a chilling open.

RECITING AND RECYCLING

TGWTP: And then we get Paylor, which is just so welcome. I kinda worry that characters like hers will be written off, but she’s prominent in a trailer!

Pay attention! Paylor knows what's up!

Pay attention! Paylor knows what’s up!

JJ: I love that they are building her up. In the books, we don’t really see her rise because it happens away from Katniss, but I like how they’re really going to show her as a leader. Will make the ending make a lot more sense. And it was a great way to explain the plot of the movie quickly too.

TGWTP: Yes! We saw the tar before, now the people who haven’t read the books know what that’s about. And it establishes Paylor as a tactical leader.

JJ: Just in those few secs of her speech it solidifies her credibility as a leader. Good stuff

TGWTP: I did kinda laugh at the beginning of her speech though, because we get a quick look at Plutarch, Effie, and Haymitch– our only look at all three from this trailer– and it’s THE SAME CUT from the last trailer. We couldn’t find three different shots of those three?!

JJ: Yeah, bah, come on! There were a bunch of those reused shots.

TGWTP: Oh, I get that. We got plenty of recycling of scenes but that was so very obvious because it was a montage-y sequence.

THE FUTURE STARTS WITH REFERENCES OF BOOK LOVERS

JJ: But can we talk about the timing of when she talks about THE FUTURE STARTS TOMORROW.

TGWTP: YES. YES WE CAN. Because we see the future there! *flails*

The moment at which we all squealed!

The moment at which we all squealed!

JJ: That was just for us fans. Thanks to whoever cut that. You could think that was just a natural thing… but WE KNOW. A lot of the trailer has those type of fan-friendly moments. So thanks, guys!

TGWTP: Yes, somebody definitely said “Let’s throw THIS in here real quick for the big fans.”

TGWTP: And there were a couple moments where everything was combined to inflict maximum hurt, so let’s discuss those. Katniss talks about nothing good being safe while Snow is alive as she dances with Prim.

JJ: Yup, another moment taken from the teaser, but understandable since it’s the core of what she’s fighting for. And we need to make that end hurt more.

TGWTP: Gale talking about how Katniss needs to make her one shot count. URGH. That got to me.

JJ: Oooh, I didn’t pick up on that.

Tigris' hair: Cockblocking Gale's lines since last week

Tigris’ hair: Cockblocking Gale’s lines since last week

TGWTP: It’s very quick. She says she only has one shot. He says “Let’s make it count”

JJ: Oh yes, when he’s in Tigris’s shop. I was distracted by Tigris’s hair! But “making it count.” Ugh.

TGWTP: Exactly. Those are probably two different scenes (and yes, it’s Tigris!) but they’re blended for the best effect to reference Coin’s death later.

JJ: Messing with the timeline again! But it works. Then you have Peeta’s part.

TGWTP: I think it’s NO COINCIDENCE that they’re showing lizard mutts while Peeta is talking about Snow owning their deaths and how the deaths matter if Katniss defeats Snow.

JJ: “Our lives were never ours…” *tears* Finnick battling the lizards was a great shot.

TGWTP: That is an incredible line. Screenwriting prowess, ftw!

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