In case you missed it, with “The Mockingjay Lives” trailer also came a new edition of Hunger Games Exclusive featuring interviews with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Natalie Dormer, quick bios of Boggs, Pollux, Castor, and Messalla, and a boatload of new stills.
And oh, there’s messages behind messages about the movies in those stills!
1) Gale and Cressida either hate each other or totally get each other
There are a couple pictures of Gale and Cressida together that make us wonder about how other character relationships will be expanded in the TWO parts of Mockingjay (because hell, that’s definitely room to expand things!) Yes, they’re facing away from each other which suggests that this isn’t a romantic twist– THANK GOODNESS– but there’s some sort of deal going on between these two. On one hand, neither looks particularly happy and they won’t look at each other. On the other, they have each others’ back and it seems like these two share a similar ideology that might have them teaming up quite a bit.
Are we just talking nonsense? We’ll find out in two months!
2) Jen’s wig is pretty solid.. except for when there’s running.
Witness ZEE WIG.
Not bad, right? Flowy, realistic frizz, and a hair line that doesn’t make you facepalm. It’s not very noticeable at all!
Now.. a second glance:
IT JUST GOT SO MUCH MORE NOTICEABLE.
Stills of action scenes are very rarely kind to the characters involved. This just proves it. We probably won’t notice it so much with actual, rolling footage, but this shot is a definite reminder that our homegirl got wigged up for these movies.
3) There’s always that one guy.
Extras. Very rarely does one really catch your eye because they’re out of place, but it happens.
Take the District 8 shot. Almost everyone looks tense, resilient, perhaps even a bit frightened and then… Wait. Is that one guy smirking at her?
It may not be enough to draw most people’s attention, but something about this guy’s look here says “Dude! They put me right next to her! I’m totally going to be in the movie.”
4) Everyone posed in those D13 uniforms (also, see #1)
Military or not, we’re guessing everyone had a photo-op in District 13’s gray fatigues, just to reassure us that all the characters hate them and even the pretty ones look a bit drab. Alas, more reassurance that District 13 is a fashionista’s worst nightmare.
5) Someone put a tiny braid in Natalie Dormer’s hair EVERY. DAY.
And yet we can barely manage to braid our own hair without it looks like a rat’s nest. Kudos to Mockingjay’s official braider (we assume that’s their title) and their tiny little hands!
Happy trailer eve!
Tomorrow we finally, FINALLLLLLLLY get the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. “About damn time” doesn’t even begin to say how much this trailer is needed, but we’ve already talked about that.
Instead, we’re going to discuss the mini-previews of the trailer that have been released in anticipation of the big day.
First off.. Don’t blink. Not because there’s weeping angels or anything.
Just kidding, there totally are weeping angels here. Just to make you aware that we are THAT serious right now! (Non-Whovians: These things can kill you in the blink of an eye. Pay attention to the previews!)
These bits are about 10-15 seconds, but how much is actual footage?
3 seconds of footage, 7 seconds of President Snow quotage.
2 seconds of footage. Almost 3. 2 1/2, to be fair.
The trailer is short, so we suppose it should be no surprise that even their trailer previews are short. Most movies give you a solid 5 to 10 seconds of actual footage in mini-teasers. Buuuut we’re nitpicking because we’re desperate for more.
There’s really not much to comment on, but we are liking what we see. Katniss looks positively horrified as she discovers the beautiful white rose amongst the dead flowers in her abandoned house. Katniss and Gale fighting off Capitol predators together in District 8 is pretty much the only form of Katniss/Gale “togetherness” we can get behind.
And that right there is the big point:
The campaign for this movie has been very slow and some fans are losing enthusiasm, but we’re still pretty damn sure the movie will be among the best for the year. Why? Because the movie was made by Lawrence Squared, J-Hutch, Hemsy, Nina Jacobson (we don’t have a fun nickname for her), and some of the most celebrated actors out there and the promotional packaging, well… isn’t. In the end, the overall experience feels dimmed, but the movie will probably still leave us all like “OHMYSWEETGOODNESS DID YOU SEE THAT?”
And hopefully the trailer makes us super excited too. Because if we’re only getting one full trailer, it better be freaking glorious.
Looking For To Basking In The Glory With You (Hopefully),
The Girl With The Pearl
So, this happened.
Along with that we also got the other equally as anticipated for character posters. The Girl With The Pearl, and JJ both covered this topic, but they didn’t cover this topic. Liam Hemsworth has one facial expression. You can take that one of two ways, that I’m poking fun at him, or that he’s got to make the best impression on casting directors– because if they paid more attention to his ability to express emotions with his face alone– he’d have to do a whole lot more than chat, or say lines, or whatever the hell those crazy kids are doing in casting rooms now.
In all seriousness, look at the evidence.
I don’t know about you, but to me that looks like the same expression he has in the character poster! Maybe I’m being overly critical, because there’s been so very little promotional material of real circumstance for this film as of yet. Yeah, we’ve got the tie-in propos, we got the teaser trailer, but we’re only now getting in character representations of new and old favorites– it feels a little stagnated. And then we get a patented Hemsy Blue Steel expression.
I feel like we’ve been hoodwinked a little bit, ’cause seriously! That’s the same friggin’ facial expression! True, it’s the same person in all of these photos, but isn’t he supposed to be expressing something else? Capitol Portrait Gale looks a little like he’s holding down a sneeze, I’ll give him that much! But the rest, even the examples of Liam not playing a character other than himself, those are undeniably similar to uncannily similar facial expressions. I’ll throw Liam one bone, ’cause I know I haven’t been that nice to him today. He’s much better outside of still photographs, granted he’s done his fair share of modeling, and he is without a doubt a very handsome young man, but his acting ability is not in his Blue Steel, it’s in his presence on screen, his entire body in movement, acting opposite other people– or with a better director off to the side giving him feedback. Stills are not his game, it’s just unfortunate, or fortunate depending upon how you look at the world, that the world at large’s first impression of Commando Gale looks about as annoyed as he might if his mom asked him to take out the trash.
Until next time– this has been Them There Eyes with her wacky point of view on a piece of still photography.
IT’S MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Posterama! We got six brand spankin’ new posters of what will be Star Squad 451 minus Finnick, Peeta, and Katniss; our first official look at the crew in their gear.
And OF COURSE we’ve got lots of feelings we need to share about all this! BEHOLD!
Oh, Hemsy! Your eyebrow game is just through the roof in this poster. We just want to brush them methodically for you (as we assume someone else did shortly before this picture was taken.) But we don’t love this image nearly as much as we should.
Book!Gale most certainly had some rage at this point in the story line. Yes, he’s finally made it to the rebels, but Katniss still describes him as intensity and fire when all is said and done. WHERE IS THAT? We all know Liam has epic emo face, but what about the other faces?! This is stern, at best. We want RAAAAAGE! He pulled that off much better in the Catching Fire character poster.
Dammit, Natalie Dormer! Even in 1,000 layers including various padding, you still look glam! The last time we tried to look fancy, we still looked worth than that. URGH!
We’ve also discovered the new game we’ll be playing through the rest of the Mockingjay Part 1 promotional period: What exactly is the proper brightness of Cressida’s tattoo? It looked much darker and less green in the trailer, but it might have just been the lighting?
YES! THIS! THIS FOREVER AND EVER!
If you can’t tell, we really like this poster! The image alone justifies Mahershala Ali’s casting as Boggs. Intimidating but serene, focused and powerful. The kind of guy who seems serious but has a solid sense of humor underneath it all. He definitely comes off as a leader and we are officially excited!
Is it just us or was anyone else thinking Messalla had more of a Capitol flare?
Yes, he’s relocated to District 13, joined the rebellion, and probably toned down has look a bit. But still, we expected more than a bridge piercing and a line tattooed on the bottom lip. That modifications aren’t as “Oh so Capitol!” as we’d expected and despite not believing in the government, Messalla was still culturally Capitol. In the book, he stood out much more drastically. Why change that here?
When… When did one of the camera guys get kinda sexy?
We understand why it was easier to make Castor and Pollux brothers instead of twins… even though it kills the whole Greek mythology reference but WHATEVS. Still, aren’t these guys the “insects”, the background characters that have their special moments but mostly kinda blend in? How are we supposed to focus on military strategy and political strife when there’s lean muscle and faux hawks in our faces?!
Not sure how we feel about ponytail and beard combo, but we’ll let this one slide because its FULTON REED (aka Elden Henson). Pollux is a former Avox and admittedly, the styling choices give the character the look of someone who’s been worn down after seeing too many horrors in the world. Also, you can see their “insect” camera bags really well in this one ad we’re digging it!
Everyone’s Worried About Katniss and I’m like “BUT WHERE IS FINNICK?!”
The Girl With The Pearl
It’s swept the internet over the past couple of weeks and made over $50 million (and counting for) ALS Association. Some think it’s wasteful and silly, but from a fundraising perspective, it’s worked phenomenally. And it’s given us some priceless videos of people getting cold water dumped over their heads.
Thanks to a fan and PanemPropaganda, the challenge got on Nina Jacobson’s radar, who took up the call and nominated the Mockingjay cast’s leading ladies.
— Josh Hutcherson (@jhutcher_) August 18, 2014
Then Francis Lawrence joined in the, fun, nominating the Mockingjay boys.
Julianne Moore heard your cries for MORE WATER.
Liam Hemsworth showed love for Ninja Turtles his challenge.
Willow Shields put on a brave face (but it was COLD).
Jena Malone has plans to take part too. Anyone else thinking about how Johanna was tortured with water? Ok, this just got dark.
— Jena Malone (@MaloneJena) August 19, 2014
Sam Claflin seemed to be game, but we’re still waiting on him too.
@Hibbits wow! Thanks man. Thanks so much for the nomination… it’s considerably colder here in England, but expect video soon ;-) x
— Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) August 20, 2014
He’s probably just devising a plan to out-water Benedict Cumberbatch (I know he’s not Mockingjay, but this was impressive. *Applause*)
And what about Natalie Dormer, Josh Hutcherson, and Jennifer Lawrence? No word on their plans. Though Josh and Jen may be having flashbacks to those freezing days filming Catching Fire water scenes?
Update: Friday night, Josh took up the challenge (while wearing one of his signature white tees, of course). The person pouring the water did it tortuously slow too. Eeeevil.
Update #2: On Saturday, Sam bundled up and got dance-y!
You can show thanks to all those who’ve spread the word with their challenges and support ALS by donating.
Over the last two days the internet has been inundated with photos featuring the hashtag #OLTM, an acronym for Our Leader the Mockingjay. The photos have been spread, and shared all over social media, from Tumblr, to Twitter, to Facebook, and of course Instagram. The photos them selves started out pretty broad, pretty scenes from famous locations across the globe, places like the Great Wall of China, Times Square in New York City. And then they started to get less predictable in location, or– they became photos featuring indiscernible buildings, and landscapes that lacked mundane clues to their specific locations. Corrogated steel sided buildings, graffiti covered walls.
The photos have been steadily streaming in over the last day, and they’ve been diligently collected by most, or all prominent Hunger Games fan sites. Every time a new photo was shared by a fan site or sometimes a seemingly random Hunger Games fan usually known through Twitter, all the fan sites like Welcome to District Twelve for example, would latch on to it, and post it for the masses to gobble up, and spit out. This morning, to be honest, I was starting to wonder when Victors Village would be sent an email containing our stock photo, decaled with the now almost infamous hashtag, and phrase. It showed up though, and I honestly don’t know where the photo was taken, or what it’s of. But who cares! We got one! Yaaaay!!
Perhaps the most important detail has yet to be addressed however? There’s a series of number, a date actually, that has accompanied all of these photos– 21.08.14. Also known as August 21st, 2014– tomorrow to be precise. The question on everyone’s finger tips, and lips, and brains is this though–
What’s happening tomorrow? Also, why did Liam Hemsworth decide to wear a Ninja Turtle costume when he accepted, and did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?
Them There Eyes
We’ve still got another full year of promotional images and trailers and premiere and press junkets for The Hunger Games franchise, but man.. It’s certainly starting to feel like the end is nigh.
Filming wrapped weeks ago, but only now are we starting to see the celebrities out and about at events, answering the media’s questions (and in doing so, totally filling us with our fandom end-of-days dread). In particular, Josh Hutcherson was out for the TCAs and Straight But Not Narrow celebrity basketball tournament. He talked about preparing for the press tour and friendship with Jennifer Lawrence:
(Thanks for tip, HG Girl On Fire!)
It’s one thing to hear the stars say in the past that they were going to miss each other, but it’s another to hear them say they are missing each other. PRESENT TENSE. At least they still see each other, according to Josh. And they’ll probably be outright sick of each other after spending days and days together on the press tour. But besides the obligatory answering of monotonous questions over a probably-too-long stretch of time, we’re reminded again that the actors have done their part.
We’d like to think that they’ll all be BFFLs once Mockingjay Part 2 press time is said and done, but who knows? It doesn’t always work out that way. While many actors remain friendly, they move on and seem to mostly forget about each other. More importantly, who are we to say how things should work out for them? Shipping celebrity coworkers-turned-friendships isn’t as weird as starting a tumblr to obsess about your favorite celebrity couple or anything, but it’s still a little odd.
Our take is that people (including us) get attached to the idea of the celebrities starring in a fandom franchise staying friends because deep down, it represents the idea of the fandom sticking together. The Hunger Games franchise isn’t just going to go “POOF!” and disappear once the last movie is on DVD, but things slow down. They change. We fear change the way Johanna fears genuinely happy social situations. We just don’t know how to handle it.
So hopefully, Josh’s words about remaining friends with the cast remain true. But either way, let’s not let the end of the movie release road get us down, because this fandom isn’t going anywhere even after the actors are officially done with their jobs.
Viva La Revolution!
The Girl With The Pearl
We’d like to think that more promotional material of real substance has dropped within the last day or so, but I’m remiss to admit that there has not. Therefore we’re stuck pondering the existence of our navels, and this picture that Elizabeth Banks posted on her Twitter.
Let’s see, we’ve got Liam Hemsworth, we’ve got Elizabeth Banks, and we’ve got Jennifer Lawrence all partaking in a much trending activity of “Selfie” taking. Jen’s not unfamiliar with that phenomena, as she participated in the most passed around group selfie in internet history.
If selfies are just the beginning of the promotional craze that’s bound to fall into our laps within the next couple of months, because if you’re doing the math like so many of us are– there are only 99 days until Mockingjay Part 1 is released in the US. 99 days is not very long at all– especially when you think of the promotional campaigns that have been inundating the popular culture media streams of the last several months for other films, and franchises– the Mockingjay campaigning is a little bit late to the party if we’re doing a little comparing and contrasting. In all honesty though I’m tired of comparing this franchise to other films that are in near, or direct competition with it. However, until we’re given more than what we’ve already got, like the characters posters, the teaser trailer, and the news of the procuring of a soundtrack– we’re a bit stuck. I mean seriously, at least give me a shot featuring some furniture, at least I can go to town on that!
Is it November yet?
Them Them Eyes
Saturday was the day for Mockingjay in Cannes! As mentioned before, the Cannes events are about the big money of film production, so from a fan perspective, it’s mostly about getting pictures of the stars looking really good in expensive clothes.
And they certainly did. Look at the attractive cast in day attire.
And now the attractive cast in more formal night attire. Whoop.
There was also an amusing article about some of the shenanigans of the evening. Hey, if your boss makes you work on the weekend, might as well have some fun with your co-workers, right?
The Mockingjay party, like last year’s, was heavy on the Capitol vibe. But I read accounts from attendees about how this year’s party was more “subdued” than last year’s. Maybe attribute it to the tone of Mockingjay? Or maybe Lionsgate (and sponsors Skullcandy and Chopard) realized they don’t need to spend insane amounts of money on a party at Cannes for the film to be successful. Instead they settled for spending just a WHOLE LOT of money.
The sponsors of the event made me very curious too. Last year, Cover Girl sponsored the party, and then came out with the Catching Fire licensed Capitol Cover Girl line of makeup. Does this mean there are Mockingjay licensed headphones and watches in the works? Or is this merely a party-only sponsorship?
Back to the party, even if it were a bit more “subdued,” a party held at a Russian oligarch’s 230 million euro villa is going to be contrary to the tone of Mockingjay no matter what. With the success of these movies, the whole “THE CAPITOL IS A REAL AND PRESENT DAY” aspect becomes more difficult to hide. With these Cannes parties, it’s like they try to be meta about it, but there’s no escaping the fact that Katniss Everdeen would be judging it HARD.
The Mockingjay don’t have no time for that.
It’s Katniss Everdeen’s birthday, but we’re all being spoiled with presents!
New photos AND video from the Mockingjay Part 2 set made their way online over the past day, giving up our first bits of Mockingjay related news in PRETTY MUCH FOREVER.
It started with photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and a whole bunch of Capitol extras on the streets of Paris. Observe!
This bit started pretty hilariously. Media outlets shared plenty of headlines similar to “Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth hide from paparazzi and/or hide costumes behind overcoats!” Of course, we’re sure that like us, most of you noticed immediately that THOSE COATS ARE THEIR COSTUMES because this is the scene were Katniss and Gale disguise themselves to blend into the crowd evacuating to Capitol Square.
Seriously, did they think Liam Hemsworth just happened to have a little shredded leather number that makes him look like Andre the Giant handy?! And Jen’s coat has an over-the-shoulder cape situation. C’MON NOW!
Spoiler-ish in nature as it may be, we’re thrilled to get a first look at the fashion and Capitol “look” behind this film. It’s definitely going to be hard (perhaps impossible) to meet our Trish Summerville standards, but Kurt and Bart are doing well so far!
It seems the filming continued to take place in a pretty public area, because it wasn’t long after that that we got video of the actors, this time with the addition of Josh Hutcherson and Natalie Dormer:
And… SWEET BABY JESUS! WHAT HAPPENED TO JOSH HUTCHERSON’S HAIR?!
Peeta’s always been slightly blonder than you average blond man, but never has it been such an invasive shade of straight up yellow. Blonds don’t look like that! Did the Capitol somehow permanently fuck with his hair color during hijacking? Do you think it’s just the poor lighting? Seriously, somebody help us understand this. It hurts our eyeeeeees!
Now we need promo photos and video just to confirm that his hair is not as yellow as we think it is. For serious!
On another note, damn you Natalie Dormer for being one of like four women in the world who can rock the half-shaved head look! You’re unknowingly encouraging people other than you four to make terrible hairstyle decisions!
Sure, this is paparazzi info and not anything official. But hopefully now that SOME of the movie details are already out there, Lionsgate will actually feel compelled to release some quality looks into the film! We may not be that lucky, but a girl can hope.
Wishing For The Beginning Of The End Like A Dummy,
The Girl With The Pearl