We’ve got a special guest post from a fansite friend today! Specifically, Arowana Flounder from Panem Propaganda is hear to talk about the new Catching Fire poster and the references we all REALLY thought of when we saw it! Not everyone knows their art like Them There Eyes, but dammit, we know our Disney movies!
Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon?
From the looks of the new Catching Fire Movie Poster, Katniss has. Look at her, she’s probably wondering why the grinning bobcat grinned too.
I can’t say I wasn’t a little disappointed when the Catching Fire poster was revealed. I know a lot of people had been expecting stills or a second trailer or some sort of footage, but I was pretty excited to hear it was a movie poster. Great! Maybe we’ll see a bit of the arena, or some of the new characters!
Many of my friends see my obsession with the Hunger Games series as amusing (and, I think, a little psychotic) so I was looking forward to being able to show them a kickass poster. Instead I see Pocahontas pondering plunging into the waterfall…wait…those clouds…they kind of look like wings or something…It’s a Mockingjay! Katniss is the Mockingjay! I get it!
No one else will! Not if they haven’t read the book! It isn’t kickass like I wanted it to be so that I could show off to people who don’t know the series. It’s mellow and picturesque, and I’m afraid people are going to think it’s a Homeward Bound story where Katniss traverses Panem on foot to find her mother and Prim, who’ve gone on a vacation to San Francisco.
I saw a fan made poster that was absolutely amazing, and it’s probably the reason I’m so disappointed with the official one:
It’s just so atmospheric, and there are new characters holding weapons! That’s pretty exciting right? And two of the characters have their shirts off, something for the ladies *wink wink nudge nudge*. I mean the arena scenes are obviously the best bits of the second book, aren’t they?
Why would Lionsgate make a poster NOT using the most exciting bit of the story, but, instead, featuring the main character looking like Chief Powahatan’s daughter? It’s not like she’s a well-respected member of her society fighting against the oppression of a more technologically advanced (and rather dandy) culture… no, wait…
Ok, it’s not like she’s been trapped in an organised relationship with a guy that it seems to make so much sense for her to be with, but she has confusing feelings for another…oh no wait.
And she doesn’t have a best friend that seems to always get forgotten about in retellings of the st—wait… (Poor Madge).
I’ll admit that last one was pretty tenuous, (this is my first ever blog post and you should be nice!) but the first two strike a chord right? At least they did with me. Suddenly I DID get it. She’s the girl watching her home change. The trailer showed us the changes, all the excitement, now the poster shows us the girl that we saw go through some pretty tough stuff in the last movie, finally home like she wanted to be.
Now here she is, her arrow nocked in place, ready to struggle again, a new day dawning, a new fight ahead of her.
Actually, ok, it might be a little exciting! Who cares if she’ll never know how high the sycamore grows?!
I Bet Peeta Paints With The Colours Of The Wind,
Greetings for the land of no Internet (and pre-scheduled posts!) It’s time for our super exciting round of guest posts to begin!
We kick things off with Aeris, aka The Girl With The Flowers, a French Tribute with a special perspective on the promotion of Catching Fire in Cannes! Take it away, Aeris!
It’s that time of the year again. Spring? First of all, rain, wind and me hugging my hot water-bottle because the heating’s been officially turned off in my flat does not constitute spring to me. But the point is, I’m actually talking about the Cannes Festival! You know, the stuffy red carpet event which takes place near The Croisette each year in France.
Pretty, isn’t it? *sigh*
Now, I used to take an interest, because I like independent, artsy movies and the Cannes selection usually does a good job of pinpointing which ones are going to be great. Until last year that is, when Amour received the Palme d’Or. And I unsuspectingly, even anxiously went to see it. And thus lost 2 hours of my life and promised myself I would never listen to the festival’s opinion again.
I had to eat my words though, because rumors have been swirling since early April that our very own The Hunger Games: Catching Fire possibly, maybe, might be Cannes bound. Oh, not in the official competition, because Catching Fire is not the type of movie to be selected for that. I mean, even Lord Of the Rings didn’t make it so, you get what I mean. Franchise movies aren’t big in Cannes, sadly. Awful, boring, cringe-worthy, badly acted Movies like Amour are, though. Anyway, where was I? Right. Catching Fire! *channels her inner Jen and shakes like a Chihuahua in anticipation*
So we very recently got confirmation that some kind of promotion for CF was being made in Cannes, at the Majestic Barrière hotel, and let me tell you, it looks good.
Actually, no, it looks FANTASTIC. Can I have one of those for my garden please? And maybe the fiery posters too? No? Even if I say pretty please?
They are going all out on this, and then we hear that Jennifer Lawrence was in attendance at the Catching Fire party on Saturday! Why do I not live in Cannes? (Well, because I live in Paris and other than the fact that the weather is better in Cannes and yes, this year, Catching Fire is actually there, there wouldn’t be much of a point of me living in Cannes. Also the Catching Fire Premiere will take place in Paris, so I’d rather stay there).
Rumor has it they are using this to promoting Mockingjay Parts 1&2 to “international buyers”. Eh. I have to say, I’m not quite convinced about this rumor. Are there really any “buyers” left who are not convinced by the power of The Hunger Games franchise? Who still wonder if they should distribute the movie in their countries?
Europe seems pretty involved with it already. (That being said, I’m a little disappointed in my own country’s “fan attitude”. Or maybe I’m just an über-fan, as in a Tribute, and they are just normal people whose lives do not revolve around The Hunger Games. I can’t quite remember how that feels, so I’ll let it go).
Well, whatever the reason, being in Cannes is giving Catching Fire some cred, even though it isn’t in the running for the Palme d’Or. It also might give us news, as they’re most likely going to do some sort of presentation, or even show some footage. And of course, any Jennifer-at-an-event-where-she-will-be-interviewed-and-NAIL-it possibility is something to be thankful for. Also, she and I will be in the same country for a few days, and although I won’t see her, it’ll make the possibility of us becoming BFFs slightly (very slightly) more possible for a few days.
Who said telepathy didn’t exist?
Aeris (The Girl with the Flowers)
After seeing the first trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, we’re all really excited at the confirmation that certain scenes made it into the movie: The District 11 man’s salute! The Katniss/Gale kiss! The whipping!
Even though it’s just the tip of the Catching Fire iceberg (…Fire iceberg?! Whaaaaat?), the trailer also helped us come to terms with some things that were cut. When you see the man from District 11 being murdered, are Bonnie and Twill’s open-ended deaths in the woods still a huge deal? Is the brutality against Darius necessary to portray when you see the Peacekeepers being equally brutal with Gale or the rioters?
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: IT’S A MOVIE. Things will change… or more likely, they’ll be cut. We don’t always love it, but we accept it.
In that spirit, we’ve been thinking of some other things that can be cut from the movie without really hurting our feelings.
- The Storm of the Century - No, not the Stephen King book (though that has no place in Catching Fire, obviously). Remember in the beginning of Catching Fire when there’s a massive storm that snows in all the residents of District 12 for about two weeks, thus giving Katniss precious time to try (and fail) to glean some information about The Rebellion? Since nothing really comes of it, we could probably go without it.
- Broken Foot - WE KNOW. This is the “Always” moment! Of course we need that line. If that line doesn’t make it in there, we will hit a bitch. Perhaps only figuratively… we’ll see. But the line doesn’t have to come in the context of Katniss breaking her foot after the fences in District 12 are electrified. On screen, the scene in which Katniss returns home and tries to hide her injury while the Peacekeepers give her information she and the audiences already know followed by her recovery wouldn’t seem as dramatic and would take up precious time from more deserving scenes. Peeta and Katniss have ample opportunity to be adorable elsewhere!
- The Second Quarter Quell - We were once desperately hoping for this video or flashback, but now we’ve pretty much accepted that there won’t be a full-on breakaway to Haymitch’s brilliant bit of betrayal. New actors and new locations are probably way too much work for one scene not even featuring the main actors. Hopefully, we’ll get a quick, gritty recap for older Haymitch in there!
- “The Baby” - Some people love this moment, but we’re in love/hate with it. It’s complicated! What Peeta did was a brilliant move if Capitol audiences are stupid enough to really believe it. For some readers, it’s an eye-roll worthy first step off the Hunger Games bandwagon. A moment when you stop and go “REALLY? The majority of this society actually feel for that? C’MON.“ The alleged marriage should be enough to get Capitol interests in the film without running the risk of Peeta’s good intentions being too far out there.
- Victors Training - We know there will be some of this, based on the still of Katniss and Finnick, but we could live without it being too involved. The politics of the Victors’ alliances don’t become clear until the arena, so it shouldn’t take too long to show that Katniss isn’t sure how to interact with these people when she still doesn’t know who to trust when the training session ends. The varying strengths and skill sets also become most apparent in the Arena, like Beetee introducing the crew to his specially designed wire, so we’re not missing much.
- The Spile - How many Victors does it take to get water from a tree? Four. Plus some serious thinking over the course of several hours. Or how about Mags already knows how to use a spile and we don’t watch giant tropical beaver-rats chew down the trees to drink as our protagonists dehydrate? Pretty please?!
Of course, this is an open floor! What Catching Fire book moments that weren’t already included in the trailer could you do without?
We’re Not Picky (Except We Totally Are),
The Girl With The Pearl
Guys, it was a big deal! Didn’t you hear? Didn’t you know?! The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came to Cinema Con and it was like FLASH! BANG! SURPRISING AWESOMENESS!
Let’s recap, shall we?
- Lionsgate’s new space-themed logo is pretty boombastic! Out of this world, perhaps? *symbol crash* At least we know our new cue to start hyperventilating when we get to see the movie in November, right?!
- Elizabeth Banks made an appearance with Grizzly Adams, who filmed the movie back when we knew him as Liam Hemsworth (Just kidding, of course! We <3 beards). Either way, they were both pretty as they introduced the teaser trailer!
- The teaser trailer that debuted during the MTV Movie Awards got played on a big screen!
- FLaw says filming has finally wrapped, something we thought had happened like two months ago. Guess those rumors about the movie taking too long and being over budget held some weight. Ouch.
Okay, so fans were slightly underwhelmed. But believe it or not, that was probably MEANT to be the case. This convention is one geared toward industry insiders, so frills weren’t quite necessary. The audience was filled with cinema owners and operators. They don’t need to be convinced as to why they should be playing Catching Fire, but just in case– HEY CINEMA OWNERS! PLAY CATCHING FIRE OR YOU ARE GOING TO MISS OUT ON AN AVALANCHE OF PROFITS, IDIOTS! (Unless you own an art house theatre, in which case we dig it and forgive you!)
There’s really no one to impress at CinemaCon. Every person in that room could hate the premise of the movie, yet they would still play it because it will not fail them on the business end of things. And sadly, no all conventions are created for the flashy panels that us broke-ass fans can watch on YouTube later, because life is unfair.
Good news, though! This is probably the first of many conventions, because the con circuit NEVER ENDS (Some people started going there not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue going there forever just because…)
Don’t worry! There are Catching Fire promos that will blow our socks off, we’re sure! But patience is a virtue pain in the ass that we’ll have to put up with for a while!
That Song Is In Your Head. Sorry We’re Not Sorry,
The Girl With The Pearl
Time for another reaction post, this time for the NEW CATCHING FIRE TRAILER! As you can tell, we’re still flailing!
If you’ve never seen our group reaction posts before, they can get pretty damn long. Therefore, we’ve contained most of it under a cut! So refresh yourself by watching the trailer once more, read on, and don’t forget to hit READ MORE for the full effect!
HELLO THERE, TENSION DRIVEN ANXIETY!
TGWTP: Okay! Let’s start with Katniss and Peeta and the Victory Tour. Was it what you were expecting?
Twiffidy: This seems like a much darker version of what I imagined the Victory Tour to be, but I like it!
Them There Eyes: Yes and no. I was expecting more glamour, but I honestly like the grittier side of it that they’ve shown in this.
Twiffidy: Yes exactly, a lot grittier.
Them There Eyes: I like it a lot. I wanted more darkness in the 1st film, so… this is actually living up to my expectations more than that, and I’ve only seen snippets.
TGWTP: Yes! I loved the first film, but I didn’t feel the tension like I wanted to, This time around. It’s there. You definitely see how the experience changed the characters too. The settings aren’t just dark, they are too.
Twiffidy: Totally, even Peeta who was smiling and waving on the train in the first movie
Them There Eyes: Yes! The 1st time I watched this trailer I didn’t take it all in. The second time, it took my breath away, it was so intense.
Twiffidy: He pretty much doesn’t smile.
Them There Eyes: Peeta’s lost his innocence, I think that’s what this trailer is telling the world.
TGWTP: I love that he’s unhappy but still gentle. They cut out his outburst in the attic from the trailer, but I hope it’s in the movie. It’s so powerful because he usually IS so sensitive.
Them There Eyes: I just remember how non-fans of the series watched the 1st film, and said they thought Peeta was weak. I don’t think they can call him weak anymore, he looks kind of pissed actually.
PEACEKEEPERS LOVE DOCTOR WHO
Them There Eyes: Can we please talk about the symbolism, of those Peacekeepers costumes!
Twiffidy: I’m really believing that “riot gear” theory from a while back
Them There Eyes: It’s seriously disturbing how their backs resemble a reptile, and then they go crawling, or slithering into that crowd of earth tones like they’re evil ice reptiles.
Twiffidy: Oh man, if that’s any foreshadowing to the reptile mutts…!
Them There Eyes: I never thought of that! But… yes please!
TGWTP: They’re definitely meant to look like a insect or reptilian sort of SWAT team
Them There Eyes: Oh, their helmets remind me of a monster from Doctor Who as well. I can’t recall, but it was a motor cycle geared up soulless cyborg type thing. I think it was from the Tennant era?
THE WHITE ROSE OF BROMANTIC DESIRE
TGWTP: Snow and Plutarch, anyone?
Twiffidy: I swear it reminds of Varys and Littlefinger talking at the counsel table on Game of Thrones
Them There Eyes: I am digging this whole new kind of canon, where the Gamemaker, and the president have little chats.
Twiffidy: Plotting the Games together.
Them There Eyes: And yes, it’s very Game of Thrones-y. I wish Tyrion would walk in and drag a chair to the other side of the room, and just… be amazing
TGWTP: Guys… I think I ship Snow/Plutarch now. Is that wrong?
Them There Eyes: Plutarch/Snow will be braiding each others hair soon… it’s bound to happen.
TGWTP: They bonded over their love of antique furniture and death and now they’ll live happily ever after, right?
Them There Eyes: Yes, happily ever after watching Finnick Odair do what he does best…
TGWTP: Until Plutarch totes turns out to be the best spy ever, that is. He’ll reluctant sneak out at that point, never to be heard from again!
Twiffidy: Snow seems to have way more respect for Plutarch than he did for Seneca.
Them There Eyes: Oh, yeah. He absolutely has more respect for him, he probably thinks he’s less of a threat ’cause he’s older, and a little bit fat, and more old fashioned.
Twiffidy: I think it’ll make the twist of Plutarch’s character that much more surprising. Also, Plutarch seems way less comical than he does in the books.
Them There Eyes: Yeah… maybe that’s just a persona he puts on for Katniss, and this is Closed Doors Plutarch?
TGWTP: Yes! They’ve made him sinister with Snow, which I think works better for film. Maybe in Mockingjay, we see that other side more?
Twiffidy: It’ll be interesting to seem how he acts in the open. The first movie implied that the Head Gamemaker is kind of a public figure.
Them There Eyes: Seneca was more than a figure, I think he was a celebrity in his own right, and then he got a big head because of it.
Them There Eyes: Also, gotta say it… I think it’s telling that Hoffman kept his New York accent. I also think it’s a “tell” to those who are paying attention that he’s a rebel.
Twiffidy: And yes, he could’ve done so many different kinds of voices for Plutarch, it seems like an interesting choice.
TGWTP: Yes, especially where Donald Sutherland’s voice is some much more structured and rigid.
TGWTP: I love how PSH says “They’ll hate her so much, they might just kill her for ya”. Honestly, that is my favorite line in the whole trailer. I DON’T KNOW WHY.
Them There Eyes: Because it’s so delicously evil?
TGWTP: YES, because it is so deliciously evil and so how I picture Plutarch!
Them There Eyes: Yes, a slimy pig in a great suit?
We know. WE KNOW! You want to talk about the trailer, because oh my goodness… that trailer! But we’re holding off one more night, because such an event requires a thoughtful, collective FREAK OUT. You know we love to break things down, so marinate for a while and we’ll get back to you with that goodness later on!
We did, however, get another reveal yesterday! As the MTV Movie Awards started, the Hunger Games Explorer opened its virtual door to fans! We came, we saw… we said “That’s it?”
For all intents and purposes, Hunger Games Explorer is a fancy Tumblr or Pinterest board that gathers up fan reactions to the Catching Fire teaser trailer, along with a link to the teaser and a smattering of stills and gifs and fan art.
We enjoy all those things, of course. We just have multiple sources for this information already. We guess it technically is a way to explore The Hunger Games, but we had high hopes for a chance to explorer the world behind The Hunger Games, aka the districts introduced in Catching Fire and more of The Capitol, in an interactive format.
One idea gives us hope: Soft Launch! Maybe? Possibly? (Probably not.) The time between the teaser trailer announcement and release was not long enough for Lionsgate to create an advanced, detailed advertising experience. We’re hoping that there will be bells and whistles later on, closer to the release date. Think of Lionsgate as a classy lady who’s not going to give it all up on the first date! …We hope.
Capitol Tour v2.0… GO!
The Girl With The Pearl
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Lionsgate, it’s this: They really enjoy suspense.
We may have lost of the suspense of not knowing WHEN the trailer would be released, but they were quick to replace that with something else: THE HUNGER GAMES EXPLORER.
Before we get into it– We gotta give love to Mia on Twitter, who let us know we weren’t the only ones to see the URL http://www.hungergamesexplorer.com and have our trash-filled gutter of a mind see Sexplorer… as if that were an actual word (though it sounds like it would be a fun word, if it were one!)
So far, all we’ve got is a countdown noting that the site will open after the trailer release. We know the trailer will be featured there… all glorious two and a half minutes of it. And then what? Well, we don’t know! SOME OTHER STUFF!
Remember the huge build-up for TheCapitol.PN? Remember watching and waiting? Then remember finally getting on and signing up? Remember plastering your Panem I.D. Card all over the Internet? …Then remember pretty much nothing else ever happening on the site? In all fairness, it’s still open and will probably be used in some capacity for advertising the next three movies, but last we saw, it was pretty static.
Given that, we see Hunger Games Explorer and the old fears creep back in. It’s like that time you start dating again after a lousy breakup. This website is going to make us love it, then leave us high and dry, isn’t it? ISN’T IT?! And then the website doesn’t want to see us anymore because it thinks we’re made of crazy. Anyway…
We’ll explore the districts of Panem just like Katniss and Peeta on the Victory Tour, perhaps one by one! But will there be movie stills? Will there be new information? Will there be interactive awesomeness? We’ve seen the locations and material goods provided by each district before, so we’ll skip any more of that filler, PLZKTHX. Most Hunger Games fans could write a graduate thesis on these books (some have!) and marketing campaigns should be geared to meet the expectations of those people rather than your average 8th grade student.
And what if we’re totally off base, and this doesn’t even have anything to do with exploring the districts? Where do we go from there? We just can’t handle it!
All We Know Is It Better Be Freaking Fantastic!
The Girl With The Pearl
Victor’s Village, along with several of our fansite friends, are thrilled to be Capitol Tastemakers for this year’s Victory Tour!
Lionsgate already released triumphant character portraits for Effie Trinket, Caesar Flickerman, Haymitch Abernathy and our Mockingjay, Katniss Everdeen.We’ll be analyzing them all Victor’s Village style later this week, so stay tuned for that!
Now, the Capitol Tastemakers are pleased to debut the portrait introducing you to the infamous Volts of District 3, Beetee!
Check Beetee out, sitting in a chair reminiscent of the electric chair, ready to pop the head off that white rose!
Welcome back to the world of “Things that probably won’t make it into the Catching Fire movie but hey, here’s hoping!”
Today, we’re talking about two minor characters who will likely be featured for a minute, if at all, but have such a poignant background that were really want them to be portrayed correctly. They represent a very recognizable parallel to our society and relate to many of us in a surprisingly personal way.
That’s right: The Morphlings
Growing up, my uncle was a heroin addict who constantly struggled to get clean. He also happened to live with my grandmother in the house just behind mine, so I saw him often. As a child, you understand that something isn’t quite right, but you don’t analyze it. He adored my sister and I as kids, probably because we didn’t understand anything enough to judge him, and it was a shock when I finally did catch on in my pre-teen years. I’d be told to “Just Say No To Drugs” about a thousand times by that point, but drugs weren’t really out there, people didn’t really do them, and no one had to over-think it because it wasn’t part of that immediate universe you maintain as a child… until IT WAS.
In many ways, that was Katniss’ concept of the morphlings. She knew about the drug and the addiction, but she had never been exposed to it on a close, personal level. At first, Katniss does her judging. She knows that the horror of the game led them to this, but that doesn’t mean she has to feel comfortable around them. She sees it as something they did to themselves. She realizes that they’re not much use to her in the Quarter Quell and thus makes no effort to examine them as people. (Surprisingly, at the end of Mockingjay, Katniss becomes dependent on morphling pills and has to be weaned off them before being released from The Capitol. She even hoards them and considers overdosing when things look bleak.)
Everything changes when the female morphling saves Peeta’s life and Katniss realizes that despite a major character flaw, these tributes are no different than any other. They’ve just let their past trauma consume them in a different way. It’s refreshing in a world where all people who have ever had problems with addiction are portrayed as crazed lunatics out to hurt whoever they can get their hands on.
When the headshots of the District 6 morphling tributes were released, we worried. They’re models. Thin models with angular features which might make it easier for a makeup team to make them look drugged-out and shaky, but still models. We think Justin Hix is pretty damn attractive and sadly, this is a problem, because the physical damage drug addiction takes on a person should be evident if this plot point is included. Hair and makeup gurus, don’t fail us now!
The morphlings work as a poignant plot point with surprisingly little required. All they have to do is be seen up close briefly as one of the main characters explains their addiction and how it was caused by The Hunger Games. That’s heartbreak right there. Hopefully, we may actually see Megan Hayes up close and personal as her character falls victim monkey mutts, but we’re guessing they won’t put precious time aside for that.
Let’s Hope They Put Precious Time Aside For SOME Of It!
The Girl With The Pearl