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).

In dubious battle set

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 ;(


May The Force Be Ever In Francis Lawrence’s Favor

Today we’re talking about a big, unconfirmed rumor that could be a load of bunk, BUT WE LOVE THIS RUMOR SO MUCH THAT WE DON’T CARE.

According to (which appears to be a Star Wars fansite), Francis Lawrence “is being sought to write and direct” Star Wars Episode IX. The site doesn’t list the source, so as we say, it could be completely untrue, but it got our pulses racing at the possibilities.

Francis Lawrence on Mockingjay set

Why? Because we LOVE what Francis Lawrence did with Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1. He respects source material, hires great people, and seems to have great working relationships with his cast and crew.  He knows how to world build yet doesn’t over-use CGI. It also doesn’t hurt that he deals with the demands of crazy fans well too. That’s a pretty important quality if you’re taking on Star Wars.

Even if he doesn’t end up taking on this job, we’re excited to see what Francis does next. Well, I guess that’s technically Mockingjay Part 2, SO WE’RE ACTUALLY REALLY INSANELY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. But we’ll be in line to see whatever comes after that too.

Go get, ‘em F-Lawless


Mockingjay Part 2 Logo Win

After much fandom flailing, Lionsgate released that Mockingjay Part 2 teaser that’s running in front of Insurgent in theaters!

And no surprise, it’s a logo reveal.

However, this is a good logo reveal!

Yes, because we managed our expectations, we were able to enjoy this quite a bit! As far as logo reveals go, this is one of the better ones out there. It could have been silent besides some sound effects or a little hum of the score in the background, not offering much for the fans to enjoy. Sure, the visual is cool, but it was cool when we all saw it at the end of Mockingjay Part 1 too. We needed more and we got something.

The title, “Remember”, actually seems relevant now. It wasn’t just a reference to one quote, but rather a boatload of nostalgia stuffed into 44 seconds. As it cycles through popular quotes from the previous films, you’re able to think back on them pretty fondly but you’re also able to anticipate a new Mockingjay Part 2 quote that’s probably coming. AND IT DOES!

“Tonight, turn your weapons to the Capitol!”

It’s probably not the most exciting line from the whole movie, we admit. But it does fit in with the theme for these quotes, which seems to be the way the Panem audiences (and to a point, real audiences) are seeing this story play out. Also, it gets you a little riled up because Katniss is clearly riled up as she says it. We hoped for a more famous book quote, but it’ll do.

Annnnnnd we now know the next teaser is coming with Age of Adaline and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, so now is the time for the fandom to feel good!

Tonight, turn your fandom feels to the Internet!
The Girl With The Pearl

Guess the Mockingjay Part 2 Teaser Tag!

A Mockingjay Part 2 logo teaser is coming this week with Insurgent (and of course online) so we’ll get to see that final transformation at last. Or again, if you stayed through the end credits of Mockingjay Part 1 to see it. Some are hoping for more than just that. WHO KNOWS, but we’re doubtful that it’s anything more than the logo shifting.

But there is one new thing that may come of it – A TAGLINE. You know, MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR for The Hunger Games. EVERY REVOLUTION BEGINS WITH A SPARK for Catching Fire. FIRE BURNS BRIGHTER IN THE DARKNESS for Mockingjay Part 1.

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The common thread with all of these is BOOK QUOTES in some form or fashion, so it’s highly likely to continue here. But what could it be? Let’s play with some possibilities.

“There are much worse games to play.” Non-readers will find this chilling out of context. Readers will find it bittersweet understanding that it’s the last line of the book.

Violent. Distrustful. Manipulative. Deadly.” Katniss is not giving much of a sales pitch here, but oh so dark. We like dark.

A need for revenge can burn long and hot.” From the Tigris scene, it’s got the whole fire aspect going for it.

You’ve got to get through it to get to the end of it.” Greasy Sae (not gonna happen but HAHAHA)

What are your ideas?

If you’re right, you win all the glory of knowing you think like someone at Lionsgate. YAY YOU!


It’s STARTING. Mockingjay Part 2 Logo Teaser Time!

We were wondering when we would finally get a Mockingjay Part 2 logo teaser poster, and it looks like it’s SOON. As in next week. A short Mockingjay Part 2 logo teaser reveal is slated to run with Insurgent, which opens March 20. That teaser will likely be very similar to the logo animation that ran at the very end of Mockingjay Part 1 and no footage, but still, it means THE PROMOTION IS STARTING.

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By next week, we may actually have a REAL Mockingjay Part 2 poster to share.

With the logo teaser debuting, it means that the first official poster for MJ2 will likely be revealed next week too. Maybe a tagline along with it. And we’re grateful, because while the fan versions are good, we just want the real thing at this point!

We’re taking the timing of this reveal as a good sign of things to come, in greater frequency. Last year, there was nothing Mockingjay Part 1 before Divergent, and promotion didn’t really start until May. With this logo debut now, a teaser trailer with actual footage in late April seems to be a smart thing to do timing-wise. WINK WINK LIONSGATE.

Keeping those fingers crossed.


When That DVD Just Isn’t Stylish Enough…

If you bought the Mockingjay Part 1 DVD this past weekend, I’m sure you’ve had a great time watching the movie and all the BTS features. But even with the greatness of all that content, I bet you thought something was missing. Fortunately, we know what that huge absence in our soul was now.

Yes, friends. Our pretty DVD with the nice firery pictures of the rebellion needs a Capitol makeover. With Hunger Games-era Effie? Well, we suppose ANY incarnation of Effie will do, but we still don’t get it. At all. It sounds like something WE’D include in a “Let’s Make Up Some Silly Promotional Ideas” post.

Well, in that case, let’s play. Here’s my contribution to the effort. I spent as much time on it as I think was merited.

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EFFIE – Hasn’t Katniss endured enough?

We think this is a sign to move on to Mockingjay Part 2, don’t you?


It’s DVD Day!

It’s the big happy day for fans in the US, Canada, and Australia. The day we can own a physical copy of Mockingjay Part 1 (as opposed to just those digital versions). We at Victor’s Village opted for the Target 3 disc set because IT’S GOT THE MOST STUFF. And the art is pretty too.

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When you remove the plastic overwrap with the Mockingjay, you have the Mockingjay just in black. As it should be.


Our hearts hurt with the choice of the “It’s the things we love most that destroy us” quote. So mean.


Yes, Gale, “Everyone has choices.” Your choices are going to take you down and interesting path soon.


We love this picture but question the insistence to make Cressida the third featured character in the set. Natalie Dormer’s great, and of course they made Cressida look really badass, but the role was still pretty small. Whatever, she looks cool.

We’re still digging in to all the bonus features, but I have already checked out the audio commentary with Francis and Nina, and it’s definitely worth your time. Lots of fun details about the making of the movie.

Enjoy your weekend watching!


Where’s the teaser poster already?

All this talk about how the “Beakniss” poster was finally fixed for the DVD release has got us thinking… Where’s the Mockingjay Part 2 teaser poster?  We learned the hard way last year to not expect Lionsgate to follow the same promotional timelines from one movie to the other.  The Mockingjay Part 1 teaser poster was released in late January 2014 only to be followed by four months of absolutely nothing about the movie, so we don’t mind them delaying the poster release if it’s followed by some more frequent teases along the way this year.

mj2 teaser poster

Here’s a fan version – where’s the real one?

We have reached March now, and still crickets. And yes, the MJ1 DVD comes out in the US this week so the focus is still on selling the hell out of that. But since we’re really bored with all the nothing going on, here are some theories on when the teaser poster will be released.

  • Week of March 16 to accompany an animated logo teaser before Insurgent’s theatrical release – basically a repeat of what was at the very end of the Mockingjay Part 1 credits, but why not show it again to remind us that the movie exists?
  • Week of April 13 to tease an actual Mockingjay Part 2 teaser trailer the following week to play with Age of Adaline (a Lionsgate film) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (not Lionsgate, but you know, a HUGE blockbuster).
  • Or, just some random week for funsies.

We repeat – these are just our theories about what timing would make sense from a promotional perspective (including the talk of any teasers before movies, it’s all guessing games at this point).

When do you think we’ll finally see the last version of our favorite birdie?


Beakless Beakniss

As DVD time approaches, we’ve made a small but exciting discovery.

See, we love it when it seems the movie studios are listen to what’s being said in the fandom, and in this one case, they seemingly listened and corrected themselves.

Just before the release of Mockingjay Patt 1 came a poster that became know in the fandom as “Beakniss”:


Named so because of the giant and painfully obvious beak from the Mockingjay pin protruding out of Katniss’ neck. It upped the WTF factor of the poster by about 60%. We weren’t quite sure how that sucker made it past an entire creative design team and into production, but it did.

To make matters worse, the Beakniss image was the main promo for the film. So Katniss had a beak stabbing through her neck in movie theater cutouts, giant banners… everywhere!

Thankfully, as DVD time rolled around, someone at Lionsgate realized how painful the image is. Because the regular Blu-ray/DVD cover is…



Perhaps a lot of people won’t notice or care, but to us, it’s a major relief. We’re glad we don’t have to stare that poorly placed background beak down every time we want to watch the blu-ray!

We Were Partial To Batniss, Anyway!
The Girl With The Pearl