“I Don’t Have A Fuck To Give!”: The Hunger Games and Fan Award Shows

As massive Hunger Games fans, we try to be active in all facets of fandom. But man, it’s just not as simple as it seems! That’s especially true with one fairly regular fandom happening: Fan voting based award shows.

See, we should be really excited about Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Musical Moment and Elizabeth Banks winning Best Transformation at this year’s MTV Movie Awards. They’re great! Maybe we should even be bummed about the other awards the film didn’t win. But like Effie says in the show’s opening monologue…

I don’t have a fuck to give!

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We’ve mentioned this one part time and time again: Voting-based award shows that don’t limit voting in any way are pointless. Winning isn’t even based on who has the most fans. It’s based on who has the most fans willing to sit in front of the computer all day and vote repeatedly. We’re too busy and important for that shit! We got stuff to do! NO. *mic drop*

Of course, some members of The Hunger Games fandom still get really caught up in winning fairly meaningless awards, so we get comments on the MTV site like this:

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YOU HEARD HER, FANDOM! YOU DIDN’T DO YOUR JOB! Bill Belichick would be very disappointed in you!

But really? What is the job of a fandom, other than to like the stuff their fandom is based around? We certainly advocate for the series plenty, but we also talk about the things we don’t like. We don’t always jump up and down screaming every time the series is mentioned, nor do we care enough to vote for every award the fandom or movies are nominated for. Does that mean we’re not doing our “job”? WHOOPS!

There’s also lots of people bashing the actual winner of that category, Shailene Woodley. Which will forever drive us crazy, because seriously guys, the rivalry between Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley and their various movies is NOT REAL. There’s also a fair amount of hate for The Maze Runner and The Fault In Our Stars for beating out Mockingjay Part 1, which is equally silly. Why hate on everything that beat out the THG fandom? It’s okay, really! Hell, you can even like all three of those fandoms without a nitpicky bitchfest! We know it’s a novel idea for many, but you should try it sometime!

If this is your thing, that’s cool! Let it be your thing! But please, respect those of us who aren’t going to take up fandom arms around every corner just for the sake of doing so.

And THIS Is Why These Awards Drive Us Cray Cray,
The Girl With The Pearl

Getting Trailer Twitchy

560x829xfirst-poster-692x1024.jpg.pagespeed.ic.88GNMkj7CVWe’re getting closer and closer to the time when we all assume there will be a Mockingjay Part 2 teaser trailer.  (Basically we’re assuming it comes out the week of April 20th and yes we know that’s a dangerous game considering the unpredictability of last year). We’re going to keep the faith and hope it happens anyway.

Of course, in this fandom, the teaser trailer itself must be teased, so by our math this means –

STUFF NEXT WEEK. PLEASE LET THERE BE STUFF NEXT WEEK. WE NEED SOMETHING!

What stuff? Well, since we learned our lesson last year about expecting too much too early we’re not even gonna go there with a wish list. We just hope that a teaser trailer release date is announced next week. Maybe a little gif/quick video tease/still. Oh shit, we started a wish list. Stopping now. Please at least just announce it next week. Yes, that will give us something to look forward to in the days ahead.

But of course, if Lionsgate would be so kind as to relaunch Hunger Games Explorer with some new content, that’d be even sweeter. (Ugh, MUST STOP THE WISH LIST).

In the meantime, we’ll be here, waiting for the cool stuff to go down.

Let’s get the positive vibes going.

JJ

Live From San Diego, It’s Comic-Con International!

Wait… Did Lionsgate actually listen to the fans orrrr….? This could be a massive coincidence, but maybe somebody– Lionsgates of all somebodies– heard our plea!

comic-con-logoSan Diego Comic-Con International, aka THE MAC DADDY OF ALL CONS, is working with Lionsgate to develop a streaming service. HALL H PANELS FOR EVERYONE! Of course, it can’t just be that simple. The streaming service for Comic-con related movies, shows, and original content will play year-round. So instead of paying a one-time fee to watch the panels on a livestream from the comfort of our couches, you have to pay monthly and hope the rest of the content is actually worth your time.

Here’s what Lionsgate’s Jim Packer has to say about the service:

“The fan base for the kind of films and television series showcased at Comic-Con has grown exponentially, and a subscription video-on-demand service is the ideal platform to capture the magic excitement of the Comic-Con experience year-round as well as the perfect vehicle for Comic-Con fans to discover new content.”

AND WE ACTUALLY AGREE.

But will this mean Lionsgate will actively focus on getting its important content featured at Comic-Con this year and in years to come?!

One of the major faux pas of the Mockingjay Part 1 campaign was not breaking away from filming for a bit to attend SDCC. Yeah, they stole the idea for some Hunger Games pastries and distributed them last year, but that didn’t do much of anything to hype people up for the film. Yes, the film’s are popular, but any good studio worth its weight knows you can’t take that for granted. Getting a Mockingjay Part 2 panel together this year will (hopefully) be easier.

Assuming the MJ2 panel makes it this year (and we feel confident it will), it works. But it’s still pretty lousy timing. The Hunger Games is LG’s major property and they’re only going to catch the tail end of it in this deal. No, we don’t count Divergent as a MAJOR property. A large one, but clearly it’s not quite as big. There will be “undisclosed other studios” involved, so hopefully some of them will have blockbuster movies and television programs to sweeten the deal.

But sadly… RIP Free versions excluding footage that will eventually make their way onto YouTube. You’ve been good to us over the years!

Think There Will Be A Free Trial?
The Girl With The Pearl

Creating a Fun-Filled Panem, in Dubai?

There were lots of funny pranks pulled throughout the fandom last week in celebration of April Fools, however there was one legit piece of news that was real, but it ALMOST sounded like a joke.  The Hunger Games Theme Park Attraction – It’s happening. In Dubai.

dubaiWhen the news came out on March 31, we knew it wasn’t a joke, because Lionsgate executives have said on multiple occasions that they were exploring opportunities to add the Hunger Games as a theme park attraction. It will be a part of a larger Hollywood theme park, Motiongate Dubai. According to the press release, it will “feature state-of-the-art theme park attractions and a retail facility inspired by … The Hunger Games franchise.” Not much in the way of details beyond that were released, other than it would be located in Dubai and another Lionsgate movie property, Step Up, will also be a part of the attractions when it opens in October 2016.

We’ve been very wary of this theme park idea all along and nothing about the announcement has changed our perspective on it. The Hunger Games costume exhibitions and the upcoming touring Exhibition starting this summer in New York have focused on showing how the books have been turned into movies. They’re basically extensions of the behind the scenes goodies of a Blu-ray, and we like that. The word “theme park attraction” invites broader world-building that could be problematic if not handled with care. So what are they going to do? Will this be some amped up version of the Samsung-sponsored Comic Con event last year, complete with Capitol Gallery and a Capitolized Peeta’s Bakery? District 12 themed rides? An arena?????

Ok, we need to stop thinking of the possibilities cause this is just getting dark and we’re probably just thinking of the worst possible scenarios. After all, remember this passage from The Hunger Games when Katniss is about to enter the arena?

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They wouldn’t do that, right? No. No, they couldn’t. THEY WOULD NOT DO THAT. True, these books/movies are just stories, so if they created an arena attraction no one would have truly died there. But it would definitely be creepy and way too “Capitol” for us to fathom.

Even if they don’t make the “attraction” an arena, placed in the context of the super-wealth of Dubai, there’s a lot of ways for this to be way too Capitol for our tastes. But then again, us three American women of Victor’s Village are clearly not the intended visitors for this attraction. I spent a week in Dubai in 2011, and while it was a fascinating experience, I’m certainly not taking that long of a journey again simply to go to a theme park when there are plenty of other places still to visit in the big, beautiful world. The Hunger Games attractions will draw in people who live closer to the geographic area, people who were planning to visit Dubai anyway for the larger theme park experience, or people visiting to gawk at the fabulous buildings and ski slope inside a mall.

We just hope they keep the story’s themes top of mind when putting this all together, otherwise it’s going to be really awkward and gross.

We really don’t want this to get awkward and gross.

JJ

Those MTV Movie Award Shenanigans

It’s that time of the year again, when the people at MTV try to annoy the crap out of fandoms by having social voting for those magical internet ponies (you might just call them awards). You can vote for various ponies on their website. But every year they do some kind of social vote award too. Last year they made the “Best Hero” category something you voted for just on their website (and Katniss was left out of that in lieu of more traditional male action hero types). We remember being really annoyed about that. The fandom even started a petition about it, which was nice, but ultimately ineffective.

Like Gale, we're sitting this one out.

Like Gale, we’re sitting this one out.

But yes, last year their “social vote” category was “Best Character” and the two main contenders were beloved YA heroines. It wrecked havoc on our social feeds for over a week, and if you followed the voting on the day of the awards, the huge voting comeback for the character with the actress actually attending the awards was quite amazing. Pretty much unbelievable actually. MTV even overtly helped that along by keeping voting open long after their own communicated deadline. So in the end, all the time the fandom spent clogging every timeline was for naught. And we learned not to bother and spend our time doing more enjoyable things.

This year, here we go again. Although MTV has made the social vote category for “Best Hero” and actually including our dear Katniss Everdeen this time. Gee, thanks a lot for including her this time. How generous of you. Also included are the two other big YA book to movie characters, whose fandoms really love to vote for the internet ponies. And also Bilbo Baggins and Starlord, whose fandoms seem less inclined to care.

We get the purpose of these shows – they’re one big ad for movies and MTV. And MTV wants to award the actors and actresses who are willing to attend to promote movies and MTV. If you want to devote yourself to voting, go for it. We love Katniss too, so we can’t blame anyone for wanting to sing her praises everywhere. But please, don’t take the results too hard and realize that there are other agendas at play in all these games.

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Katniss won’t hold it against you – she doesn’t have any use for golden popcorn either.

JJ

The Hunger Games Fandom Prank Parade

As fandom lovers, we have a bittersweet relationship with April Fools Day. Because it’s okay to get tricked every once in a while, but fangirls and fanboys are OBSESSIVE, it put it lightly. We believe everything. We react strongly to everything. We lose our cool… A LOT.

Yesterday, watching Twitter was essentially watching a bunch of fans freak out when they read a fake headline, then freak out again when they realize what day it is and feel like an idiot. But it’s okay, people! Everyone falls for April Fools Day jokes! So let’s recount the best of them.

It started with THG Australia. BECAUSE TIME ZONES. They came right out the gate with this baby:

Without calling anyone out specifically, we think it’s straight out hilarious that actual entertainment websites picked this up and reported it as fact. Did they look at the schedule?! The cast toured six countries for Catching Fire and had massive issues with exhaustion and disease, to the point where Jennifer Lawrence went straight from the last stop on the LA red carpet to the hospital. An 11-country tour schedule would kill them.

For getting news outlets to truly believe this, THG Asutralia wins the day. But there were still tons of other funny ones!

Down With The Capitol played on the fandom’s worst (and most irrational) fear:

Jabberjays worked that angle in a different way. One in which Liam Hemsworth pulled a Kim Kardashian:

Quarter Quell stirred up the crowd by announcing the Mockingjay Part 2 has been pushed back until March of 2016 to properly celebrate the first film’s anniversary. People were pretty sure that one was the end of the world, for which we applaud them.

It is fun getting duped? NOPE. But on that special day, we were all reminded not to take ourselves too seriously and always, ALWAYS consider what you’re reading before you react. Kudos, guys!

We Would Have Participated But We Take Our Days Off SERIOUSLY,
The Girl With The Pearl

Commence (The Final, Final?) Blond Josh Watch

The fandom had a quick, yet fun, freakout this weekend because of a picture from the In Dubious Battle set (where Josh is currently filming).

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fake blond joshDon’t see it? Look beyond all the people in costume towards the person in the plaid shirt.

Is Josh Hutcherson blond again?!?! Epilogue time!!!

Well, no, more like blond Josh doppelganger, unfortunately. But thanks for freaking us out, guy we don’t know.

Now, it doesn’t make sense for Josh, who’s been seen in period attire and his natural brown hair on Friday to just suddenly pop up in the middle of set platinum blond. I mean, I suppose the set hairstylists could be trusted to do a first round of the Peeta blond before sending him off to film any of that final epilogue-y goodness. But I think we all know it’s too soon for that. Jen is also still in the middle of filming Joy as well.

So even if we’re crazy impatient, it is not quite time yet. We need to be a bit more into deep spring. That meadow needs more time to be in full growth.

You can’t blame the fandom for having a momentary freakout though. Josh is known to favor the “plaid + sunglasses” casual uniform. Observe the Google Image search results.

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This was a good drill though. Get ready for the final blond Josh meltdown. Cause while it won’t be this week, it’s coming.

Unless it doesn’t and he just wears a wig or something ;(

JJ

Liam Hemsworth’s Awkward Phase

Everybody goes through some awkward phases, even celebrities. And after his appearance last night at the Kids Choice Awards… Man oh man, is Liam Hemsworth going through one RIGHT NOW.

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First off, don’t get us wrong! Liam Hemsworth is a wonderful actor and a total hottie no matter what. He also seems like a nice dude, though we don’t actually know from experience because it’s not like we hang out with him every other Saturday night or something. But as we sit here, occasionally having a bad outfit day or in desperate need of a haircut, it’s nice to know IT’S NOT JUST US ALL THE TIME!

Clearly. nobody takes the Kids Choice Awards seriously and it’s really not a dressy event– even though a celebrity’s “dress casual” shirt probably cost more than all of our wardrobes combined. The event is also known for being obscenely orange. Hemsy took that to heart and wore a faded orange t-shirt that we’re pretty sure he left on after working on his radiator or carburetor or some other -ator located under the hood of a older model, slightly beat-up-but-classic car.

And then there’s the hair. Oh man, the hair!

Your input is requested! Is it a bowl cut or not?!
Bowl cuts were all the rage in middle school and we definitely think this qualifies. We’re confident that if we stuck a bowl on someone’s head and cut around it, it would look similar. However, some site friends say it’s just more of a surfer dude haircut. We’ve no consensus, but we all agree it’s wonderful and terrifying all at once.

We figure there’s a couple possibilities for the hair:
1) He’s styling it that way for a role or an audition. We can’t imagine it’s for Independence Day 2, though, unless his “former president’s son-in-law” character is a real rebel
2) He’s growing back his longer sexy Jesus hair and it’s just in that not-long-enough-but-not-short-enough growth stage.

We can’t help it, okay?! When news dies down, weird things start happening in our heads! You all know we love Hemsy, but it’s good know that just like everyone else, even studly actors have their off days. They’re human after all!

Remind Me To Get A Haircut Next Week, Y’all!
The Girl With The Pearl

Josh and Franco

While we’ve been toiling away wishing for more Mockingjay Part 2 news, the principle cast of our favorite franchise have all gone off and got them selves some fancy new gigs. Now this is where I’d usually wax on and on about Jen working with David O. Russell again, but not today! Today it’s all about James Franco. Yes, you read me right– JAMES FRANCO, shout-y letters and all. Our beloved Peeta is currently filming a film with James Franco, the man who collects advanced degrees, and makes memes out of himself on Instagram, has about 80 different jobs at once, is starring and directing. Awkward runs on sentences aside, this is pretty interesting news! Why? ‘Cause the film is an adaptation of one of John Steinbeck’s lesser known novels, In Dubious Battle. Steinbeck of course is the American fiction writer best known for novels like East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, and a collection of short stories including The Red Pony.

This is the second Steinbeck adaptation I have heard anything about in the last twenty years. The last was oddly enough Gary Ross’s announcement that he’d like to try his hand at a two part adaptation of East of Eden, starring Jennifer Lawrence no less. However, instead of our dear Jen stepping into a role created by Mr. Steinbeck– it’s Josh. I gotta say I like this development.

Now everyone stare at Josh in Great Depression Era clothes, and not think “District 12 is calling for its clothing back!”

Check out that pageboy cap!

Check out that pageboy cap!

Yes, that's Selena Gomez.

Yes, that’s Selena Gomez.

All right, that’s enough! Now everyone go read In Dubious Battle!

Them There Eyes

Francis Lawrence Fiesta!

GUESS WHAT GUESS WHAT GUESS WHAT?!

Hemsy and Lawrenced Squared. BECAUSE WE SAID SO.

Hemsy and Lawrenced Squared. BECAUSE WE SAID SO.

Today is Francis Lawrence’s 44th birthday! And we’re celebrating with this appreciation post!

Francis Lawrence is THE main man behind the last three films in The Hunger Games franchise. Though we’ve yet to see Mockingjay Part 2, we can definitely say they we loved his work on Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1.

If you were around when Gary Ross left the franchise after the first film, you remember the collective groan from the fandom and the general sense of “Now what?” It’s not that Gary Ross was the undeniable leader of the film franchise, but he had done a solid job on a limited budget. Who knew what to expect from a new director?! It definitely had the potential to be a disaster.

Then rumors of Francis Lawrence directing came about. He had three movies under his belt– one of which was Constantine (In retrospect, we blame the screenwriters, Francis!), but another one was I Am Legend, which was actually really good. More than his limited movie history, we went into throwback mode because F-Law started off with music videos and HE DIRECTED THIS:

This alone is proof of what this man could do with effects (which weren’t a strong point in the first movie) and a limited budget.

Soon after, Francis was announced as the definite director for Catching Fire. The first photos of Francis and Jennifer meeting wound up online and LAWRENCE SQUARED WAS BORN! Because unnecessary nicknames are our favorite!

This guy is immediately MOBBED by the fandom. He definitely feels the pressure. But he shoots his movie and the same and when fans get their first trailer… It’s really, really good. As more clips and footage finds its way online, it’s more than good. This movie looks fan-freaking-tastic!

Lionsgate announces that Mockingjay will be split into two films and Francis will direct both before Catching Fire is even out. We’re divided on the split, but no one has any complaints about Francis directing. He talks about the films passionately and articulately.

At the Catching Fire premiere, Francis comes out for a signing. The fansites stand in a media pit a few feet away, not expecting much attention. He introduces himself (as if we didn’t know!), asks up how we’re feeling as we stand in the hot sun, asks us what sites we’re from (Them There Eyes is wearing a Victor’s Village shirt and replies “It’s on my chest!” He doesn’t even flinch.) Someone thanks him for saving the franchise from a sophomore slump and we all agree pretty heartily. He’s nothing but gracious.

And then we watched Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1, which were tonally different but both superb. And we are super thankful for his part in this franchise!

At Least We’ve Stopped Calling Him Frank,
The Girl With The Pearl