Share Your Feels And Win An Awesome MOCKINGJAY PART 2 Prize Pack!

The Hunger Games franchise is coming to an end in a matter of days, but there are other things to do besides watch cast interviews and premiere footage and weep. For instance, you can win yourself an amazing prize pack from Victor’s Village and Lionsgate!


·         The Hunger Games DVD Pack – The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay Part – 1

·         1 Mockingjay Part – 2 Gold Pin

·         1 Black Revolution Leaders Pin

·         1 Final Katniss Poster

·         1 IMAX Katniss Poster

·         1 Faces of the Revolution Poster (Gale, Peeta or Katniss, at random)

Sweet deal, right?!


The books are important. The movies are important. But let’s not focus solely on them for a second. Let’s talk about fandom. Let’s talk about YOU!

We’re gonna get deep. To enter, comment on this post with your favorite experience as part of The Hunger Games fandom. Tell us the most profound moment you’ve had as a fan and what the fandom means to you!

Even if you haven’t traveled to an event or met the actors or any of that, your moments still matter. So let’s gather ’round to share and appreciate everyone’s! ..Okay, yes, we’re total sentimental suckers. SO SUE US.

Per Lionsgate, this contest is open to US Residents Only! Sorry guys.

Contest ends on November 20th, at which time we’ll number all of the comments and pick a winner at random. Just one thing– make sure to fill out the email section of the comment form! Otherwise, we can’t contact you if you win.

And because it’s practically obligatory at this point…

May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor!
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Jetting To The Hunger Games Set

Finally, The Hunger Games franchise is getting a major television specials that will promote the film and perhaps attract the attention of new audiences!

But not really.

See, we’re a sucker for big TV events that highlight popular projects. We’ve sat down for many a pop culture special that delves behind the scenes of a movie franchise or musical act, so long as it gives us something new to quip about our favorites. They are eight thousand percent better than 3-minute segments on gossip news shows any day of the week.

So when we heard about Jet to the Set: The Hunger Games, we were actually pretty psyched. But, my fellow tributes, the devil is in the details. And the details have Lionsgate cockblocking their own franchise.

As you may know, Lionsgate also has a handful of TV stations to its name. One of them is the POP! channel– formerly the TV Guide Network, which is probably one of the reasons you’ve probably never heard of it. The other is that the channel features mostly re-runs of older shows, including a soap opera block on weekday evenings, cushioned slightly by movies you might watch if there’s reeeeeally nothing else on TV.


Should Lionsgate be excited to get some prime original programming that may attract more views to POP! ? Sure. However, they’re also actively screwing themselves over because so few people are going to know its there. If this aired on a major network, thousands of fans and curious passerbys could watch. Maybe it would even entice new viewers (they’d be massively late to the game, but IT HAPPENS.) Instead, only a limited number of fans will know– the ones who check The Hunger Games official social media and fansites often enough that they see the news and make plans to 1) find the channel (182 for Comcast New England customers. You’re welcome!) and 2) watch it. Even the more casual fans will be in the dark.

But there’s another part making us itch too– The special, hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Carly Steele and “Hollywood insider” Laurie Feltheimer (if that name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s married to Jon Feltheimer, the CEO of Lionsgate) will be “providing the ultimate insider look at what’s hot and what’s not in Atlanta”.

Look, we’re sure Atlanta is awesome. we’ve never been, but we’d go and explore a city like that in a heartbeat. And if you want to briefly feature the cast talking about the places they love in Atlanta, AWESOME. But this sounds like we’re gonna be pulling away from the Hunger Games highlights to advertise the city. If I wanted to figure out what’s hot and what’s not in a city on TV, I’ll watch the Travel Channel, thanks!

We’ll figure out what it’s really all about Thursday, October 29th at 9pm. Or maybe the next day depending on how sleepy we are.

Just Call This Epix Part Deux,
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The Hunger Games Tribute… And That Non-Tribute That Snuck In

Yesterday was the launch of THE HUNGER GAMES TRIBUTE campaign.  Per Lionsgate, this is “a celebration of the dedicated fans that have made this franchise a global phenomenon.”  Participants get a chance to win tickets to a Global Fan Appreciation Event in Los Angeles in late October (contest is US only but we presume a livestream will make it “global”). To participate, you can go the easy route and just vote in some of the categories, or you can submit your own fan works.

best drawing

We were some of the lucky few who were asked to help whittle down the nominees, and it was tough because there’s a lot of great fan work out there. Each week will have different categories and we’re happy with 4 of the 5 this week.  There’s some awesome fan art whether it’s drawing/painting or people channeling their inner Peeta with the edible variety. And there’s movie scenes to vote for – Best Katniss Moment and Best Action Sequence. It’s all good fandom fun.

best food

Well, it’s nice, fandom fun until we get to the Best Trailer Parody category. Most of these we enjoyed – they exaggerate and poke a little fun at the movies, but harmlessly. The Lego one is creative and lots of fun. “Jon Snow Must Die” is a great crossover if you’re a Game of Thrones fan. Literal Hunger Games, a little biting, sure, but still funny. The Honest Trailers Catching Fire video takes a lot of jabs at the movie but doesn’t come from a hugely mean place.

The Honest Trailers Mockingjay Part 1 video though. Why on earth is this a part of this awards? We have to wonder if anyone at Lionsgate actually watched this video before adding it to the contest. We almost don’t want to bring it to anyone’s attention. Just let it lose and hopefully not another soul watch it. But since it’s up there we have to think it’s getting some good extra exposure by being a part of this campaign, so we’ll address it. It’s so out of place. This video is four + solid minutes of hating on the movie. That it’s boring, a waste of time, Katniss cries too much, etc.  Bottle up all the overblown negative reactions from that movie and put it in a video, that’s this one. You really get the sense that the video makers HATED the movie. Oh, and just for good measure, throw in a gross joke about Jennifer Lawrence’s picture hacking at the end. We can handle people hating on Mockingjay Part 1, some people aren’t as invested in this journey as us, we get it. But adding in Jen’s picture hacking as a joke at the end really pisses us off.

Sure, Lionsgate could argue that “fans” nominated the video, but I’m sure somewhere in the extensive official rules, you’d think Lionsgate & Samsung would put in the ability to have some control over the nominations in cases such as these. And you’d think they wouldn’t want to include a video that makes light of a serious crime that happened to their lead actress. Moreover, Honest Trailers does videos for practically every big movie. It’s not that they are Hunger Games fans, they’re in it for the views. And the views may be why they included that awful joke, but it’s so out of place in a fan celebration.

So go have fun and vote, for anything but THAT.


News Bits from the Lionsgate Q1 Call

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

Here it is… ALL THE BIG NEWS


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

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

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

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

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

Unfortunately, that’s it.


Time for a -Revised- Trailer Countdown (3 Days!)

So about that Mockingjay Part 2 trailer on Friday, July 24th news… Today Nina  Jacobson and the Hunger Games Social Accounts messed with our heads a little by posting these announcements.

First Nina tweeted this:

3 Days? That means Thursday, right? *Counts on fingers to confirm.*

We figured she may have posted it a day early or something. No big deal.

But then came this one:

One tweet can just be a simple error, but 2? Now we’re convinced. So the trailer is coming on Thursday. One day earlier. We’re cool with that. But we have to wonder what went wrong here. Did they not think we would interpret a teaser video released on Friday that said ONE WEEK to mean it would happen next Friday? Did they just now realize that Friday (especially in the summer) is a really weird day to release a trailer? Or did they decide over the weekend to move things up because the Mexican film distributor is getting trigger happy releasing unauthorized screenshots from it?

We don’t really care which day Lionsgate releases the trailer this week, but please give us maybe a day’s notice to prepare ourselves emotionally. We think we’re gonna need that.

Come on, Thursday! (?)


The Red Mockingjay Suit of Chaos

We’ve already got a “teaser” for Mockingjay Part 2, which was trailer length but WE’RE NOT COMPLAINING. Now it’s time to prepare for the theatrical trailer!

See, we know it’s out there! Some lucky folks in Spain got to see it today as part of Cine Europe, which is an event for studio types and film distributors that’s similar to CinemaCon. There isn’t too much description out there yet, but there was ONE gem in the reports:

J-Law was like "I'll take it in RED, plzkthx." (No, not really.)

J-Law was like “I’ll take it in RED, plzkthx.” (No, not really.)

Come November, Katniss will be rocking a red Mockingjay suit!

You may be thinking back to April right now. Because in April, Funny Or Die released a gif of Jennifer Lawrence in a red Mockingjay suit talking into a banana as if it were a cell phone. We assumed nothing of the suit, only that it was a discolored imitation of the suit from the films. Hell, it’s Funny or Die! They clearly weren’t being serious!

Buuuuuuut then Lionsgate started asking that all the image be taken down pronto. From all the places. At the time, we just assumed this was Lionsgate getting antsy over their ownership of all things even kinda sorta mentioning the series and shrugged it off as silly. LO AND BEHOLD, THERE WAS A SECRET IN HERE!

Lionsgate nixed the images, so we can’t post them here, but the Internet is a vast entity where nothing ever disappears, especially if you check tumblr. Just sayin’!

Now to the big question — WHY ADD A RED MOCKINGJAY SUIT?

Artistic flair, we suppose! To give the audience something they didn’t expect and make Katniss stand out. We would assume it was used for was the execution scene if we didn’t already see that in the teaser. Maybe it’s another propo outfit designed to make her stand out more on screen. In which case, goal achieved!

To be clear, we give zero fucks about the additional of this suit. It’s actually pretty cool and not everything is always going to be straight off the page. We’ve been blessed with pretty minimal changes throughout the series and the color of an outfit in now way changes the plot. So yeesh, naysayers, calm yourselves before you pop a vein or something, ‘kay?

It’s More Of A Crimson, Anyway. The Crimsonjay!
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Ranting and Raving

Time keeps marching on and still no news on the Mockingjay Part 2 front. None. At all. If you’d like to hear me and some of our friends at be baffled by this, you can listen to the latest Jabbercast, “Age of Ranting.” Laugh, cry, get angry, laugh some more. It’s therapeutic.

What else? What else?

Well, tonight, Jennifer Lawrence is co-hosting the Met Gala in NYC. ($25,000 a ticket). Here she is in some fabulous Capitol Couture (er- Dior).

Jennifer looking gorgeous.

Jennifer looking gorgeous.

Elizabeth Banks was there too, being on-point with the fashion herself. Yay, more pretty pictures!


Yep, that’s pretty much it. 


Reserve the Right to Be Impatient

Last night at CinemaCon, Francis Lawrence gave a couple quick interviews to Collider and MTV about Mockingjay Part 2. There’s some nice tidbits about the upcoming Epilogue filming, the current cut of the film’s length, and his plans to attend the Hunger Games Exhibition opening and Comic Con.

That’s some good stuff to get fans excited for this summer. When asked about when we would see the first footage from Part 2 he said he didn’t know (because honestly he doesn’t control the timing of these releases).  He also said that fans should “practice patience” because it hasn’t been that long since Part 1 came out.

We totally understand Francis being annoyed about fans harassing him on Twitter about a trailer because as he said, while he has input into the creation of the trailer, he does not control the release of them. Or other facets of the movie’s marketing plan. So stop bugging him (and Nina) about those things, please.

But the thing about being patient for teases of the movie… sorry, but NO. NO WE DO NOT ACCEPT. WE ARE PROUDLY IMPATIENT.

i am super chillAnd we don’t think anyone involved in the movies should want us to become more patient. Listen, die-hard fans WANT news and teases of the thing they love. It’s normal. IT’S A PART OF OUR DNA AS HUGE FANS. It’s what differentiates huge fans from casual fans who just watch the movies but don’t really pay attention to trailers or other things along the way. The day we become patient is the day Lionsgate should get seriously concerned. Because casual fans show up whenever and once. We show up first and often. We talk repeatedly about what we love and drag our friends and family along. We get hyped and make it contagious.

It’s the end of April and within the context of movie marketing, we are not unreasonable to expect some things now. Stills, a new poster, a teaser trailer. Yes, these are all reasonable things to expect. The Hunger Games movies are huge – they deserve blockbuster-level hype and attention. If blockbusters such as Star Wars (opening Dec 2015) and Batman v Superman  (Opening March 2016) can release stills and teasers already, yes, we’re going to expect the same for Mockingjay Part 2 now. We see you at this level. YOU CAN DELIVER TO THIS LEVEL.

As fans, we do our part by getting excited when STUFF IS RELEASED. The day we sit patiently for it is the day we stop caring for it to come at all. Don’t play that game of chicken with us. We certainly don’t want to play.

We just want to enjoy all we can of the time that’s left.


The Fire Will Burn… Out?

Plutarch: May I speak freely?

Coin: You don’t appear to do anything else.

Plutarch: I’m only talking about salesmanship. The thing with revolutions, they’re a tender flame. They need to be nurtured with a little kindling. And warmth. A bit of oxygen. One sure way to put it out is to smother it.

We all know this exchange from Mockingjay Part 1 and it feels fitting for the state of the Hunger Games fandom. It’s depressing right now, with the desperate back and forth speculation about when a trailer will be released. Yes, 7 months out from release (and 11 months from the end of filming) it’s high time for a teaser trailer to debut. But perhaps even worse than no trailer news is THERE’S NO OTHER NEWS ABOUT PART 2.

Today's "Secret Message" word of the day. Hope it doesn't strain you too much to figure out.

Today’s “Secret Message” word of the day. Hope it doesn’t strain you too much to figure out.

The Hunger Games social media accounts seem to spend most of their energy promoting Willow Shields on Dancing With the Stars, and while we love Willow, can we all agree that this does not count as Mockingjay Part 2 promotion? Sure dress her up in a red fire dress to dance to Atlas. That’s a fun call back to THE PREVIOUS FILMS that makes us smile, but it isn’t really getting us hyped for the upcoming one.

Starting this Wednesday, a graphic has been released daily with a “secret message” for us to uncover, the first three being “THE FIRE WILL” and the fandom seems pretty assured it’s the tagline on the Mockingjay Part 2 logo poster, THE FIRE WILL BURN FOREVER.

But, will it though? Will it “burn” even through this last installment, or will our beloved franchise go out with a whimper? Last year, when we were stuck in the “no news” black hole, we speculated that it was because The Hunger Games franchise had reached “Cash Cow” status for Lionsgate and so they were going even more lean than usual on promotion. We don’t know what they spent on marketing Mockingjay Part 1, but we can all agree that from a fan perspective, it was definitely leaner.  Sure, Part 1 suffered from some “two parter” backlash and an overall weak year at the movies in 2014, but the opening weekend being down more than 20%? That means you didn’t create the same urgency from fans too.

One would think that kind of drop would indeed motivate a stronger push this year, THE FINAL YEAR. GO OUT WITH AN INFERNO! We know now that the trailers for Mockingjay Part 1 were delayed because a lot of the District 8 footage was shot at the tail end of filming in May/June. What’s the reason for the dearth of news this year? We hope it ends soon. Maybe this “secret message” will lead us to some Part 2 goodies and there will be joy again in the fandom. We are completely ready to keep the fire burning, but it’s hard to maintain excitement when we keep waiting… and then there’s nothing to feed it.

In need of some kindling, warmth, and oxygen, STAT.


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.”


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