The simultaneous production shoots for Mockingjay: Part 1 and Part 2 have wrapped in Atlanta, Georgia. Which I just found more difficult than it should be to spell, weird week guys– it made spelling major US city names hard. However, now that production has wrapped doesn’t mean in the slightest that production as a whole has ceased! Nope, fear not fannish people of the world, for production is merely moving eastwards to the great continent of Europe.
If the tweet fits like Cinderella’s glass slipper, the cast, I’m guessing a chunk of the original crew (because many of them are Atlanta-based and they’ll need to hire new crew in Europe), are on their way to the City of Light. This means several things, one being that we may start getting touristy Twit-pics courtesy of our girl Nina Jacobson, and homeboy Josh Hutcherson. Also, if you’re not following either of them on the Twitter, do it soon– Josh occasionally goes crazy about college basketball, and Nina’s probably going to adopt the cat that’s playing Buttercup. Follow the linky links if you’re Twitter inclined. Alright, so what else does moving production to Europe mean? Well, it means that we’re in for even more awesome production value in this franchise, because if there’s one thing that Europe can boast, other than having amazing food most of the time, is its interesting, gorgeous, and interesting locations to shoot films. Paris for one has a bevy of film worthy spots to capture, from the catacombs, to the grand buildings, to the parks. But this is Mockingjay, so I can only guess that the locations their going to utilize are much less grand than say, the Arc de Triomphe, although it would be awesome if they could fit some of that grand, picturesque, and beautiful architecture into the films.
I’m jealous that they get to eat fresh Croissants.
Them There Eyes
Mockingjay Part 1 is a really mysterious movie. Keeping things under wraps big time. Sure, there’s a logo, some cat tweets and a few paparazzi set pics. But it’s all super-hush-hush-deny-everything-this-movie-practically-doesn’t-exist so far. Some other movies’ official twitter accounts go crazy retweeting grainy fan-posted set pics and have their actors tease things on their accounts. These things are not for us, my friends. And so we sit here and stew. I think I may be developing anger issues about it, but let’s not dwell on that.
Once the filming wrapped, the director, Susanne Bier seemed to take quite a while putting it together. She’s won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, so the woman knows how to make films. It seems like her perfectionist streak was a big reason why the film has taken so long to come together. But, in the absence of other information, there are rumors circulating that it hasn’t found a distributor yet because it’s too slow and boring. This is a prime example where keeping quiet for too long hurts you. Have a PR person issue a statement. Give a short interview with the trade press and quash the doubt.
About two weeks ago several stills were released from the film. But there’s still no distributor, and no confirmed release date either. Although there are rumors that it will be releasing somewhere in September of this year.
All so mysterious. I’m very curious about the film, and hope it took so long to come together because the director had a passion to have it made right.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate, your mystery is no longer cute. Promote the movie!
The fanfare, and the whispers, and screams over the new X-Men film are starting to assault us here in Pop-Culture-World. And I gotta confess, I’m kind of jealous of Jennifer Lawrence. Her first X-Men film was released in
May of 2011, a good year or so before The Hunger Games, and truth be told– I don’t remember a whole bunch about it, except that three actors I’d been keen on for a good while, or a good long while were in it. And those three actors are James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult.
If you’ve been a regular reader here at Victor’s Village, you’ll know that I’m a fan of the 2007 film Atonement, one of James McAvoy’s first projects after his awards nominated work in The Last King of Scotland, both films I highly recommend by the way– not only for James’ work however, okay maybe a lot for James’ work. And then there’s Michael Fassbender, or “Fassy”, as some people call him. Man, oh man, is that a actor who’s not afraid to look like a totally disgusting, abhorrent, example of a human being. There’s just something about Fassbender, I think it’s a lack of ego– or maybe the biggest ego you’ll ever come across in history. I say this because not that many people have the guts to play a sex addict, and have the character work, the story, or anything about the project be glamorous. Or maybe it’s playing a slave holding, alcoholic, angry, abusive, rapist? Oh, and then he played an
android. I don’t know, all I know is is that Fassbender is going to win big awards in the future once those awards giving out people get over the fact that he has a giant man-hood, and they do not. Yep, I went there. Nicholas Hoult, what can I say about Nicholas Hoult? I know! He will always be the little, sensitive boy in About A Boy opposite Hugh Grant, and then there’s Tony. Tony Stonem, one of the main characters from the first generation of the ground breaking, British drama called Skins. Nicholas, or Nick as I believe his friends and family call him, showed a remarkable amount of range in the 19 episodes he was privileged enough to portray Tony Stonem, a cocksure, arrogant, arsehole at first glance– later a numb tongued, insecure, memory addled recluse. The character’s Nick has chosen to play aren’t typical, if I do say so myself. He could have very easily gone from About A Boy to doing more sweet and unassuming work, but instead he aged up and chose to grace us with his presence as Tony. Now the world knows him as Beast though, and Jack the Giant Slayer– but mostly Beast. He’s got several other projects in the works, and I’m crossing my fingers toes and eyes that one or more of those projects will show the world that he’s more than just a Brit who can do a decent North American accent who looks good in blue hair, fur…? Is it fur?
To add to the jealousy factor, the X-Men: Days of Future Past cast list is rounded out by none other than everyone’s favorite New York tourist/ Star Fleet Captain, everyone’s favorite Aussie, everyone’s favorite Canadian FBI agent, everyone’s favorite little serial killer/ Ryan Murphy’s muse, and everyone’s favorite, and sexiest little person ever.
Our love is strong for Jen, but if I was in a room with all of those people and her– I’d have a nervous breakdown.
Them There Eyes
The Hunger Games is kinda a thing nowadays, if you haven’t noticed! As such, you expect it to make its rounds through pop culture. Like the string of awful parodies and the joke Ellen made at The Oscars.
But some references are more ridiculous and hilarious than others! For instance, the latest song from rapper Drake, “Draft Day”:
On some Hunger Games shit I would die for my district
Jennifer Lawrence you can really get it
I mean forreal, girl you know I had to do it for yah
You can listen to the whole song here. We’ll wait. *blocks ears because once is enough*
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! WE CANNOT EVEN! REALLY?!
Though this is just more evidence showing how popular The Hunger Games and Jennifer Lawrence really are, it is pretty random in the middle of a fairly tough rap number (though Drake comes from a middle class background and once starred in DeGrassi, so no one’s really calling him hardcore.) It’s all bitches, fuck this and that, and n-bombs… and hey, Jennifer Lawrence!
Aaaaaand when exactly do we hit the wall with The Hunger Games references? When do we say “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”? Neverrrr! The song is bad, but this reference is so awesomely bad that it’s actually good!
For Drake’s next single, we’ve got some phat Hunger Games rhymes to suggest:
“I’m so fly I’d survive The Hunger Games arena,
Got more dough than Josh Hutcherson as Peeta”
“I’m a killah, I don’t fail
Droppin’ bombs, just call me Gale”
“Rappers be so obsessed with all the fame and riches,
Strutting around like they Snow’s Capitol bitches.”
*cough* Check my flow, y’all!
The Girl With The Pearl
It’s the time of year when college basketball fans (and fans of guessing things and gambling in office pools) get crazy. And I imagine the crazy is hitting the Mockingjay set quite a bit. The usually tweet-taciturn Josh Hutcherson is clearly excited – he’s actually tweeted THREE THINGS in the past two weeks, all March Madness related. But we already knew that Josh was a big Kentucky Wildcats fan, and I really dug the crowd’s reaction to him when he was at a UK game last December *THREE FINGER SALUTES FOREVER*.
But I’d imagine there’s definitely some fun sports-related tension going on now with fellow Kentucky native Jennifer Lawrence and her preferred team, the University of Louisville Cardinals. As the odds, and the teams’ quality of play would have it, Kentucky and Louisville are playing each other in the Sweet Sixteen round of the championship tonight. Louisville is a 4 seed and Kentucky an 8, which theoretically means Louisville is favored to win. But if there’s one thing March Madness teaches us every year, it’s that the seedings don’t dictate the outcome, especially this year with all the upsets. I watched the Kentucky game during the last round, and even a relatively sports-phobic person like me enjoyed it – it was exciting right down to the end.
For undergrad and grad school, I attended universities where basketball is a religion, so I understand what it’s like to get caught up in the fervor of March, even when the rest of the year I could usually care less. But the schools I went to also mean another thing for me tonight– I don’t want either Kentucky or Louisville to win! So while I have no stake in the outcome, I hope that Jen and Josh have some kind of bet going on related to it. That always makes the game more interesting.
I’ll probably be watching tonight out of curiosity and remembering fondly how North Carolina beat both Louisville and Kentucky in the regular season this year. (Ok, I revealed one of my schools, you’ll have to guess at the other).
All I know is that Katniss and Peeta would’ve been UNC fans anyway.
Hollywood is not a nice place, okay maybe it is on the surface. The sun’s out 90% of the time, people smile a lot, they’re tan, and fashionable for the most part, but you know what? Beyond all that surface crap, it’s a really cut throat, superficial place, and populated also in part by some pretty disingenuous souls. Which brings me to this fact: We’ve got some more than nice people populating the cast of our favorite franchise.
Jennifer Lawrence, quirky-no-filter Jen is the head of the nice cast. Or at least she’s never come off as faking her weird, or the gratitude for the exceptional places her career has taken her over the last several years. She’s too odd, and unapologetic for her personality traits to be a back stabbing, evil, Hollywood starlet like so many we’ve seen and heard about over the years. Great for us I think, because it means if we run screaming at her down the street (don’t do it kids), she’ll maybe not snub us if we give her a compliment, and of course tell her she needs to be our best friend (also don’t do this kids).
Which brings me to this other fact: Sometimes the really nice people who populate the cast of our favorite franchise are nice even to us– personally. If you haven’t noticed over the last few years here at Victor’s Village when we write about the cast, we don’t exclusively write about the principles, i.e. Jen, Josh, Liam, and Woody. No, we also write about the other players, the Amandla’s, the Dayo’s, the Jackie’s, the Jeffrey’s, the Meta’s, and the Bruno’s. So, here’s the deal– one of those people has been very nice back to us, and we have to acknowledge that right here, and right now, because it’s the right thing to do damn it.
Bruno Gunn– we’ve written about him more than a handful of times, and he has returned the favor in a rather public, and perfect way. This is how it begins, several months ago The Girl With The Pearl and I were in LA to attend the US premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and we decided as a team that we should wear matching Victor’s Village t-shirts to the fan camp grounds down at LA Live to stand out as more than just random fans milling about aimlessly waiting for Sam Claflin to show up– which he did, and he was also a genuine, and pleasant chap.
Conveniently we were photographed in those t-shirts, and well– Bruno saw them, because as we should all know by now he’s very up on social media. Long story short, he told us through the magic of social media that he wanted a Victor’s Village t-shirt. Well, we got him one, and we sent it to him– and finally he had a good place to sport it proudly and publicly, and no we don’t mean at the gym, although that would be okay with us as well. Nope we mean a much better place than the gym, we mean at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire DVD/ Blu-Ray release in Chicago this past week. So in freezing cold climes he dawned his short sleeved black and yellow Victor’s Village t-shirt, and posed graciously with fellow fans, talked with parents of fans, more fans, and also gave our little site that could, some pretty snazzy free advertizing. Can I get a big giant “hell yeah!” And also add an equally giant “thank you!”?
Guess being all inclusive pays off every now and again, huh? Now to get Sam to read our blog and forgive the fandom for being asshats when he was first cast, ’cause we were– and we’re sorry.
Them There Eyes
The Magical Internet Pony has let us down. Well, not really, but it has stung us a little. The MTV Movie Awards nominations were announced a few days ago, and Catching Fire got a bunch of them. Best movie, Best Female Performance (Jen, duh), Best Male Performance (Josh), Best Fight (Jen/Josh/Sam vs. the monkey mutts), Best Shirtless Scene (Go Sam! No need to be self-conscious), Best On Screen Transformation (Elizabeth Banks), and Best Villain (Donald Sutherland). Very impressive. And a nice job of spreading out of the love to several actors.
However, Catching Fire was not included in two categories that had fans crying foul. Best Hero and Best Kiss. I agree that there is a tremendous case for CF to be nominated in these two categories as well, but I’d guess that it was left out as a way to include other movies in the show. You nominate more movies, you have a better shot of having more actors come, more movie fans are inclined to watch and you make more movie studios happy. If Catching Fire and Jennifer Lawrence won everything, it might be a bit too much for some people. Not me, but I could see it annoying other people.
Looking at some of the nominees in those two categories irritates me though. Channing Tatum, you are adorable and lovely and quite the strong buff guy. But MTV, are you seriously telling me that his role in White House Down deserves a Best Hero nod over Katniss Everdeen in Catching Fire? No. The only reason he’s nominated is they want to include him in the broadcast for a reason other than just promoting 22 Jump Street. The other noms are Marvel/DC superheroes and Bilbo Baggins. Fine, I can understand you picking superheroes and another beloved literary figure. But you leave out Katniss Freaking Everdeen when Catching Fire was the number one domestic release of 2013 MTV? Tsk, tsk. That is one big miss, and it kind of stinks of sexism, which makes it even more uncomfortable.
For what it’s worth, some fans have channeled their outrage into online petitions. The Best Hero one already has over 11,000 signatures and I even saw E! News posting on it today. I mean, I don’t know what would possibly come of it, but it makes me smile to see fans support Katniss. It’s nice.
[I don’t even want to dwell the Best Kiss category because we all know it’s a travesty that the beach kiss was not included. Completely ridiculous oversight made for some of the reasons mentioned above. It makes me angry. And then I get angry at myself for being mad about a silly MTV awards show. It’s a cycle of just bad feelings so I must stop.]
Yes, I’m very annoyed at myself for even writing this post because really, the true value of the MTV Movie Awards for Hunger Games fans is that last year it gave us the Catching Fire teaser trailer premiere. And maybe this year, it will give us something else (purely rumor at this stage). I can’t say I enjoy watching the rest of the show. So why am I wasting my life writing about this. Damn you, MTV and your Movie Brawls, Movie Awards, etc. Just. Ugh.
After all this MTV, I hope for your sake that Lionsgate is hooking you up with something Mockingjay-related to make us forget.
It’s okay, people. It’s okay.
There’s a lot of us bumming out because Jennifer Lawrence didn’t win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle. The award went to Lupita Nyong’o from 12 Years A Slave, who gave a really wonderful, stirring acceptance speech. Shortly after, Twitter broke. The world had THAT many Oscar feels just then.
While we’re a bit bummed, Lupita also gave a stunning performance and either way, it’s not the end of the world. In case you’re hopes are so squashed that you’re forgetting that, here’s why:
1) No one’s career is over.
Nothing is ever decided by an Oscar win. As much as everyone wants to win, it won’t ruin careers. Hell, there are some great movies and performances that don’t even get nominated. Despite not winning, she got herself a huge recognition. She’s got plenty of roles lined up. She’ll still get all sorts of movie offers after this. So why are people worried again?
2) Jennifer Lawrence is still Jenny from the… stables?
She grew up with horses, right? We’re not just making the up? ANYWAY, losing out this year won’t make her less perky or less lovable. It certainly won’t make any any less talented! And she’s still Katniss. Freaking. Everdeen. We just can’t see a thing like this sucking the life out of her. Girl knows a thing or two about real life priorities, from what we’ve seen.
3) Other movies.
East of Eden, anyone? How about rumors of another with David O. Russell (who comes off as somewhat creepily obsessed with her, but WHATEV)? Those will probably get some love from the awards world. And frankly, we don’t need all her films to be Oscar nominated. We will see them anyway.
4) We still got to see Jen looking fab on the red carpet.
Damn, that girl can rock a dress AND a hairstyle that’s questionable on most people!
So rock the good vibes, Jen! You’ve earned ‘em, girl! Don’t mind any downers, we’re just busy living vicariously through movie stars.
The Girl With The Pearl
This is going to come as a shock to pretty much every single Hunger Games fan on the planet, but I do not want Jennifer Lawrence to win at the Oscars tomorrow night. Yeah, throw tomatoes, or bags of dog poo at me (I’d prefer tomatoes, thank you), but I think I have a good reason for not wanting her to win, or perhaps more than one reason.
Reason number one: I don’t want any more Jennifer Lawrence hate flooding the Internets at large. See, in our sick, twisted, stupid, and fucked up society, we tend to really, really, really, really like to kick people when they’re at a high point. Example: Remember when everyone loved Anne Hathaway, or at least liked her acting, and mostly tolerated her perkiness, and her eager to
please attitude? Yeah, well– have you seen much of Anne Hathaway lately? I’ll answer that question for you. NOPE! She’s been working, true– but she’s had one of the lowest public profiles since her breakthrough role in 2001. And do you know why she’s been so low-key lately? Welp, because the media, and the Internets started becoming an all out hate mongering death trap for her. Jen’s different though, talent wise she’s on par with Hathaway, because come on– even if you don’t like Hathaway you cannot deny that the woman is talented at her craft. However, where Jen and her differ greatly is their all out public persona. Jen’s kind of no-nonsense, quirky, and unapologetic for her inability to conform. Hathaway, um– yeah, she’s kind of a bit of a conformist, a bit faux, and kinda sorta a priss. Seriously, I don’t think we’ll ever see Hathaway making the faces that Jen does, which is okay– Jen’s doin’ her thang, and I will never not enjoy her weird. But Anne, even after all the praise, and the awards, and the hard work she put in, she got a hate storm of epic proportions thrown at her after she won, and was nominated for everything under the sun, and she got that storm thrown at her because she was doing well, and people got tired of her doing well. I do not want that to happen to Jen, therefore even though I do think that her performance in American Hustle was commendable, in full disclosure mode– I
don’t think it’s her year.
Which brings me to my second reason: Lupita Nyong’o– her performance in 12 Years a Slave is earth shatteringly good, actually everyone’s performance in 12 Years a Slave is more than good, all the way down to Garret Dillahunt, and one of my personal favorite character actors, Paul Dano. You know how there are films that just deserve to be recognized because they go places that have never been gone to before? For example Philadelphia, or Midnight Cowboy, 12 Years a Slave is like those films and the performances are above board, and without qualms, or mercy, or affectedness– American Hustle, and Jennifer Lawrence– I can’t with a clear conscience say that either has those same facets in my opinion.
May the best woman win!
Them There Eyes