The Hunger Games

Hunger Games Halloween, Mockingjay Style

Brace yourselves! It’s our final look at how you can embrace The Hunger Games this Halloween!

We know fans may be dressing up at Hunger Games characters for years to come, but after Mockingjay Part 2, there won’t be any new designs for the crafty fans to minic and the rests of us to purchase in knockoff form.

But now, there’s still time. So like we did for The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, let’s consider our Mockingjay Halloween options!

Naturally, we start with THE MOCKINGJAY. Or “Warrior Huntress”, because legal purposes.

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There’s a strange spindly phoenix logo, but close enough. Unless you’re good with manipulating catcher’s pads into costumes, this is probably one of the closer designs you’ll find.

There’s even has a take on Katniss’ three-finger glove, which is key for fake arrow shooting!

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Do the suit come in red? Not yet! But you can always gamble with red fabric paint!

We searched the Internet far and wide for suitable Star Squad replica costumes with no luck. BUT there’s costume body armor. Throw it over a long black collared jacket and some tactical pants and maybe it could work?

It’s pretty sad that there’s no Peeta specific costumes for Part 2, those guys could always grab a white suit and a turtleneck and go for Capitol Captive Peeta!


Still guys, remember, EFFIE IS THE BEST AND POSSIBLY EASIEST COSTUME. Poofy wig. Outrageous dress. Questionable makeup. Accessories, accessories!

Happy Halloween!
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The Final Fiery Action Hero Katniss

In the midst of earlier chaos, the final movie poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 arrived! And with it, the last misguided attempt at convincing non-readers that Katniss is a sleek, shoot-em-up style action hero.

Let’s start with the image, which may also end up being the DVD cover, if existing patterns remain:


Particularly with Mockingjay Part 2, Lionsgate has been trying to make Katniss look like a badass war hero who will destroy ALL THE THINGS that oppress the Districts of Panem, gloriously outfitted and armed to handle to worst of situations with ease. For instance, in a red suit (that’s gotta be a District 13 propo suit… Irony kills us), bow and arrow pointed in the distance as a fiery, freed Mockingjay symbol bursts into flame just behind her.

It’s probably a sexy concept for people who aren’t too familiar with the books or the movies so far. If they’re into mostly mindless action, perhaps it will draw them in. But then they’ll be kind of shocked because they were presented with a totally false version of the story’s heroine and a bit of a disservice to the character.

Don’t get us wrong! Katniss Everdeen is a badass. But she’s not a badass because she runs out, arrows blazing, to single-handedly destroy the enemy in fearsome battle. It’s because she hates battle. She hates killing people, but she’s constantly put in situations in which she doesn’t have a choice. She wants to save her loved ones and she’ll go through hell to do that. Because she hates the attention and the way people look to her for answers she doesn’t have. Because she’s frightened and scarred, not some goddess warrior chick come to lead the troops and save the world. Katniss Everdeen is a badass because she doesn’t want any of it, but she comes to terms with her reluctance in the hopes that she can make a difference for the people she loves. To us, that matters so much more than the action, adventure, high-powered-thrills appeal this poster wants to convey.

We don’t know about you, but that’s not what this poster conveys to us. Yes, “reluctant hero” is a harder message to convey, but we don’t think anyone even attempted that route here. Instead, they just got stuck on the whole “Let’s try to make it look like the wings are hers” bit again.

It’s cool, though. We know the real Katniss Everdeen, thanks to the books and the much more accurate ways she’s portrayed in the movies. That Katniss Everdeen is our homegirl.

At Least The Beak Isn’t Coming Out Of Her Neck This Time,
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What Those Mockingjay Part 2 Stills Are Really Saying

For so long, we sat at our computers bemoaning the total lack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 promotion, begging Lionsgate to “just give us something!”

Now they’re giving us ALL THE THINGS. Right now. At the same damn time as all the other things. Yesterday, we got a poster. Today, tickets went on sale and Fandango users will get a new clip if they purchase when 24 hours (if you’re in a prominently region like us, look to the inevitable piracy). Entertainment Weekly also released a still cover featuring photoshop-y Katniss, Peeta, and Gale from Tim Palen’s upcoming book o’ portrait wonders and eight new stills. Tomorrow, the final trailer hits… but only at Best Buy. Again.

Clearly, that’s a lot to talk about. AND WE WILL. But today, we’re gonna focus in on those stills. You may not realize it, but there’s a message in each character’s eyes. There’s some serious thought there that they’re trying to get out. We’ll translate for you.


“Urghh… It looks like we’re still committed to playing out the love triangle that nobody wants. Seriously, it’s giving me a migraine…”



“Da na na na, da na na na, da na na na, da na na na… CROSSBOW! The weapon for guys who want to impress chicks but don’t have any real skill!”



“We’re all pretty psyched about confronting the enemy! ..Except Peeta. He still doesn’t know what the fuck to do with his gun.”



“I’m just the basic bitch behind the camera, so Imma sit back and encourage the real badass to do all the killing despise her worst fears blooming to life before her eyes. How else do you think I keep my hair firmly to one side?”



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“Why are we in The Hunger Games franchise playing bad cop/reluctant cop, again? We were born to play Legolas’ twin sisters in Lord of the Rings, thank you very much!”



“Look, Katniss, it’s not that I’m not saddened by your sister’s death. It’s just that.. if I’m going to drop you off in District 12 in place of Plutarch and mourn with you for a moment, I’m gonna look fly as fuck as I do it. Plzkthx.”



“You thought you had your shit together by this point in the movie, didn’t you? THINK AGAIN, WOMAN!

That’s Our Story And We’re Stickin’ To It,
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Mockingjay Is SO Down With The Kids

Thanks to the power of social media, The Hunger Games fans have been able to keep up with Mockingjay Part 2 promotion from all over the world. Most recently, the official Mockingjay UK Twitter account has gathered a lot of attention for its latest Mockingjay ploy: DubSmash.

We don’t use DubSmash, but thanks to off-screen Marvel television cast “wars”, we have an idea what the app does. It’s essentially soundboard app with which you record yourself lipsyncing to popular songs or movie quotes. And The Hunger Games is now part of the soundboard.

We’re not saying there’s no fun in this. It’s good, silly fun! We partake in silly funs sometimes too! All fandoms have a bit of that, though usually it’s a natural occurrence among fans and not something marketers promote for an action drama franchise.

The more important question is… What audience are they trying to reel in? Between the Facebook stickers and Snapchat and now DubSmash, we have one message for Mockingjay Part 2 marketing teams worldwide:


SnapChat and DubSmash: Advertising is legit as a District 13 make-up job!

SnapChat and DubSmash: Advertising as legit as a District 13 make-up job!

You know who really loves and supports The Hunger Games and has done so all along? Teens and younger 20-somethings. You know who you’re gearing all your advertising dollars toward? The people who will watch the movie and fangirl it without you proving you totes understand their love of smartphones.

Sure, it could be argued that the marketers are giving back to the fans. But really, they’re only giving back to a small slice of them. The fansite types we know are all in their mid-twenties or older, and really, we were over all the marketing ploys mentioned above before they even started.

Come November, we know pre-teens to the college-aged crowd are pretty much a lock. They have been since around the time Catching Fire. Now, how the heck are you gonna convince everyone else to see the movie? The fact is, marketers need to care about interesting the outliers too, because a truly successful movie needs to attract a really wide audience. If you’re narrowing your advertising down to impress only a portion of the people you’ve already impressed, how does that help the film? How does they convince the hesitant adult to gather up some interest in the series?

We just ask, THG marketers— lovingly, kindly– that you have your fun, but also grow up a bit. We’re kidults at best. Just get on our level!

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The Missing Mockingjay Part 2 Soundtrack

It’s less than two months until Mockingjay Part 2, and we’re pretty surprised that there’s been no news about a soundtrack yet. In previous years, we had confirmation of it’s existence and at least the credits song by now. SO WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN????

There’s probably only two possibilities here:

  • There will be no “inspired by” original soundtrack this year, just a score and maybe an original song that plays during the credits.
  • There will be a separate “inspired by” original soundtrack and a score, like with the past 3 movies but it’s taking more time than usual to get the details all worked out.

With every day that passes and no news, we’re starting to think that it’s the first option. Moreover, as pointed out by, the latest poster does not list a Music Supervisor (THG and CF had them, and these people were responsible for the original soundtrack albums, MJ1 did not as Lorde “curated” the original soundtrack album).

soundtracksWe were big fans of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire original soundtracks but thought Mockingjay Part 1’s missed the mark. The Mockingjay Part 1 original soundtrack had far lower sales than the two previous as well. (Jennifer Lawrence’s The Hanging Tree was the biggest hit, and that was originally packaged with the theatrical score). Just because we weren’t fans of 1 out of 3 doesn’t mean we wouldn’t be open to a final one… if the music truly captured the tone of the movie. We’re sure lots of fans feel the same way. Would Lionsgate really just say “screw it” to the possibility of extra money for this last installment? Sounds strange to us, but maybe our rioting over the horrible Hanging Tree remix made them decide not to bother?

Granted, if it’s the first option, having the score (which we know will be solid) and a truly fitting end credit song could be enough to really tap into those final movie feels. We’re all about QUALITY over QUANTITY. If the right songs aren’t there, we’d rather they not release an “inspired by” album. We respect that. But ARE THE SONGS REALLY NOT THERE?

Who wants to bet that end credits song gets a dance remix?


“Trailer” Talk: Prim-O-Rama

Okay, people! Let’s talk about that “For Prim” trailer!


Starting with this question: IS IT REALLY EVEN A MOCKINGJAY PART 2 TRAILER?

Yes, it’s over two minutes long and it hints at the importance of Katniss and Prim in the final movie. But it’s only got a few seconds of footage from Mockingjay Part 2! Ninety-seven percent of this sucker is a recap of the previous movies! Isn’t it most of a promo or a sister-centric franchise trailer than anything?

If you’re not sure, watch again and decide for yourself!

Perhaps it’s an unpopular opinion but we’re just gonna go out there and say it: This one just didn’t get to us.

We know the final movie really needs to emphasize the importance of Prim so fans really feel the loss of Prim as something horrific. We struggled with this in both the books and the movies. We get that Katniss loves Prim dearly but we were never felt invested in her personally. Don’t get us wrong– It’s sad that she dies! We see Katniss mourn and we mourn for her, because anyone can imagine the pain of losing someone close to them. When we watch the movie, we’ll probably get a bit emotional when it happens. But in the meantime, this is kinda just feels like stalling without actually giving us new things from the movie.

Visually, this is a fun experience. The smoky, blended images lend a really unique look to this, but it sometimes reminds us of a good fan-made video or a music video rather than an actual studio-made trailer for a major franchise. But we suppose that’s a compliment to fan video creators, right?!

REMINDER: Fragile 12-year-old is fragile.

REMINDER: Fragile 12-year-old is fragile.

The song, however, kills it. In a bad way. M83 is a talented group and I think most of their songs are a great choice for films and film promotion, but this doesn’t work for us here. It’s properly moody, but the random yell-y bits in between nostalgic dialogue were super jarring and took us right out of the moment.

Of course, it also comes back to another big question: IS THIS A GIANT SPOILER?

We don’t think all unfamiliar audiences will see this trailer and immediately know that Prim is going to die, but it certainly raises red flags. We’ve all seen enough movies to know that when a relationship that’s NOT romantic is emphasized, something significant is about to happen to them. More often than not, one of the people involved is about to die. And this focuses very specifically on Prim– not on family, not on District 12. It’s Prim-o-rama!

Not to mention the cyclical clusterfuck of a “possible spoiler” warning inadvertently making people aware enough to look for said possible spoilers when they wouldn’t have found them otherwise.

So Lionsgate going “SISTERS ARE IMPORTANT, Y’ALL!” doesn’t quite guarantee death, but it hints at death well enough. They likely made the trailer with the diehard types in mind, but we diehards also like the unfiltered, unspoiled reactions of the non-book reading masses on occasion!

At Least We’re Doin’ It All For Prim, Right?
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FEAST YOUR EYES! Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer and Poster

Consider this a PSA of sorts, people!

There’s a new Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 trailer and poster! Watch! Observe! PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR THE IMPENDING BREAKDOWN ON VICTOR’S VILLAGE!


Right now, the real world beckons. But we’ll discuss this all as soon as possible. The effects! The possible spoilers! The Photoshop! That WTF tagline! Charlie Brown connections!

The Part 2 Swerve Possibilities

Today, Lionsgate made what we can only describe as an “awkward turtle” move with its other ongoing franchise, the Divergent series.

They long ago made the decision to (unnecessarily) split the final book into two movies. They were the formulaic The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1 and The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 2– UNTIL TODAY. Today, they became The Divergent Series: Allegiant and The Divergent Series: Ascendant. They also announced they’d be building up the world more, a statement so nerve-wracking after the creative license taken in Insurgent that even the author’s outwardly supportive response seems hesitant as hell.

AllegiantAscendantRealistically, this is probably because of “Part 1” title backlash. The critics were quick to hate on Mockingjay Part 1 simply because it was a Part 1. A couple of the major reviewers fixated on that fact, accusing the movie studio of exploiting the popularity of the franchise. And even though it did very well, it didn’t do as well as its predecessor– possibly because the not-so-die-hards are willing to wait rather than watch half of the final story.

And so the name change happens. For the record, we think it’s kinda ridiculous. You may hate the Part 1 / Part 2 thing, but we dodged a bullet! Can you imagine if Lionsgate had split up with last book and gave the 4th film a new of their own invention?

We imagine we’d get a glorious final film name along the lines of these:








We could go on, but we think you get the point. The two-part split may not be ideal– we personally doesn’t mind it for THG but hate it for some other series, but at least we’re calling a spade, a spade when it comes to what we’re getting. No one’s pretending that these are two distinctive stories within the overall arc, mainly because almost everyone knows it’s from the same book.

What Does “Ascendant” Mean In Relation To That Series Anyway?!
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No Word From Our Sponsors

As we head into less than 90 days until Mockingjay Part 2’s release, there’s something a little bit different this year. Something’s missing. We’re not really upset that it’s missing, but it makes us wonder…

Where are all the sponsorships?

Cover Girl Star Wars

Thanks for distracting Cover Girl from THG this year, Star Wars!

THG franchise movie marketing have been loaded with brand cross-promotion. From the early days with China Glaze nail polish and Barbie, to the full on onslaught of Capitol Cover Girl, Subway, Samsung, Doritos, Mazda, Whole Foods, Hallmark, and more. Not that we haven’t gotten hints and rumors so far this year. Tim Palen posted some suspicious Barbie heads on his Instagram and then deleted it. (well “Ken” heads I suppose since they looks like the male characters). The Hallmark holiday ornament catalog has a Mockingjay Part 2 ornament. There may be some Funko action to come. Cover Girl is doing a makeup line with Star Wars so it looks like at least their brand of makeup won’t be tied to Katniss this year (and we are so relieved).

We are relieved on many levels. Because it’s really tough to find brands and cross-promotions that don’t clash with the themes of the series. We’re sure that there will be lots of tie-ins – that’s a crucial part of marketing (and profiting) off blockbuster movies. Hopefully some will excite us and make us happy. There will inevitably be some that are an awkward fit for the themes of the movies, but are done anyway because it makes financial sense for both parties. Even when it is awkward, it can be fun if you just don’t think about it too much. I will confess to liking the Doritos promotion last year, even though a Hunger Games tie-in to snack food is bizarre and uncomfortable. And people had fun those Catching Fire Subway standees we suppose.

As long as no company tries to “buy” the final trailer release we’ll probably be ok. We’ll still make fun of the awkward ones though. It’s what we do.

Watch – there will probably be a press release on the brand sponsors on Monday now.


Snapping The Mockingjay

Yes, we’ve already complained about how we’re already over the SnapChat element of the Mockingjay Part 2 campaign. And honestly, that still stands! We will take one website reveal of images over twenty 10-second snaps ANY DAY. But today was kind of an exception!

Over the course of the week, the MockingjayPt2 Snapchat has been running various contests to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Mockingjay novel. Today, fans were tasked with drawing their own version of the Mockingjay cover.

This contest proved something we already knew: The world has waaaayyyy too much time on its hands!

But also, somebody get these kiddos a real art-based program to mess around on, because some of them are pretty good!

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We’re Snapchat amateurs, at best. We can barely manage to add short spurts of text to our snaps. Our drawn in hearts and smiley faces are lopsided like it’s nobody’s business. Yet these damn users created in tact shapes and shading!

Seriously, how long do you have to spend drawing with one finger to get that good at it?! Maybe they just have natural skillz that we don’t. Let’s hope it’s that and not the rabid dependency on the app!

My Mockingjay Would Look Like Tic-Tac-Toe Gone Wrong,
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