The Hunger Games

What’s Up With the New/Old Victory Tour Posters?

Yesterday, Mashable revealed a strange addition to the world of Hunger Games propaganda- posters from the “archives” of Capitol Couture covering the 38th Victory Tour.

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Well, this was a surprise. And we don’t really understand why they’re doing this. What does it mean? First of all, why would the rebels, now controlling Capitol Couture, release old Capitol propaganda glorifying the games? Who is this Porter lady? Is she someone’s relative? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

The Mashable piece teases that there will be other Victory Tour posters revealed later this week, but doesn’t have any further information. So again, what the huh?

Stepping back from our confusion for a second, they are cool looking posters. Futuristic, yet not, with the weird neck brace (evidently from an injury suffered winning the games). It invited so many Mean Girls references on social media, which is always fun. But what is this leading to? Was this just a side project Tim Palen took on for kicks and decided to release now, or is this actually leading to something else? Is this the WORLD OF THE HUNGER GAMES spin-off building, or just another piece of in-universe color to get us excited for next week?

We’ll just have to wait, but it did bring up so many questions about what’s next.

JJ

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 FABULOUS PRIZE PACK INCLUDES…

·         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?!

HERE’S HOW TO WIN…

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!
The Girl With The Pearl

Mockingjay Part 2 Premieres: The Beginning Of The End

The last round of The Hunger Games franchise premieres have begun. We’re trying really hard to to get too sentimental, but man, it’s hard to know the days of this wonderful promotion-driven lunacy are numbered. There’s a lot of monotony, but there’s always some brilliant moments that rise from the ashes.

With Berlin and London already in the bag, here’s a little catch-up on those premieres!

First off, the ladies of our franchise are not afraid of their boobs. To which we say YOU GO, LADIES!

These dresses are gorgeous and we’re glad they look so confident, because we’d just be a mess of double-sided tape and anxiety in anything that sassy. Hell, Jena looks like a work of art!

Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Willow probably hid their movie theater snacks in their dresses and we forever applaud their ingenuity.

In London, Julianne Moore wore in 19th century nightgown designed by Chanel. At least she seemed comfy?

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Yeah, we’re not sure what to make of it either.

As for the news we’ve actually been freaking out about? SAM CLAFLIN IS GOING TO BE A DAD! Like really soon! And somehow they managed to keep it a total secret until the premiere! He and wife Laura Haddock were absolutely adorable, all smiles and cuddles and fawning over the baby bump. AWWWWWWW!

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Mainly, it’s just good to see the reassurance that these cast members love each other and have so much fun together. Urgh, we love them!

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This isn't goodbye, it's a see you soon. #friendsforlife #mockingjaypart2 #londonpremiere

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WE’RE NOT GETTING SENTIMENTAL, DAMMIT!
The Girl With The Pearl

The Hunger Games Set, Jetted

Thanks to a little getaway this week, I fell a bit behind on my Hunger Games stalking.

Particularly, I missed that big “Jet To The Set” special. But DVRs are a wonderful thing and I caught up.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, we understand why this “Hunger Games special” was hidden away on a little-known station that’s most consistent feature is soap opera re-runs. As we’d feared, this really wasn’t much. Clearly, the idea for this special was conceived after filming already stopped. There were some good elements, though, so let’s break it down. Here’s what we saw:

1) Quick interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth
It’s always a positive to hear from the cast and really, this is the first video-based promotional interviews we’ve seen so far. But this part of the special was way shorter than we’d hoped.

Pretty building, but we've seen it before, folks!

Pretty building, but we’ve seen it before, folks!

2) Empty set locations
Ehhh… This wasn’t so much “Jet To The Set” as “Walk into empty spaces where the glorious set used to be”. It was basically the equivalent of going on an unofficial fan tour, except you weren’t there in person. Yes, the building are set pretty but it’s not quite the same as seeing them in action.

3) A rich white woman dressing up like Effie Trinket
The irony does not escape us. Also lady, you’re about the millionth person in the world to dress up as Effie Trinket and you’re not a trendsetter, even with professional makeup backgrounds in your corner.

Proof that interviews actually happened!

Proof that interviews actually happened!

4) NeNe Leakes
We got significantly more of this Real Housewives of Atlanta star than we did Jen or Liam, which says a lot about how trivial this special was. Yes, she’s from Atlanta and she can talk about Atlanta but man, we couldn’t get anyone related to the series to talk about what they did out there? Really?!

So, we’re feeling a little disheartened. The Hunger Games is a big deal and we think it deserves a big, glorious send-off with a proper TV special that actually celebrates the series itself. Instead, we got this. Now, we can only hope that the interviews and promotion yet to come will renew our faith!

You Can’t Always Get Whatcha Want…
The Girl With The Pearl

Goodbye (And Good Riddance) To Capitol Couture

A Hunger Games marketing staple has come to an end. Yesterday, Lionsgate released the final issue of Capitol Couture titled ULTIMA VOLATUS (which means “Final Flight”, if you were curious).

And all we’ve got to say is SAYONARA SUCKAAAA!

We’re totally cool with in-world advertising, but Capitol Couture grated on our every nerve. It’s a fashion feature that glorifies the story’s villains and ignorant oppressors while adding in a few scraps here and there that relate back to the characters we actually care about. Sure, it’s stylish and pretty, but meaningfulness to The Hunger Games franchise and its fans is at about 30%.

For instance, ULTIMA VOLATUS has a photo shoot and fashion bits, a story in which Capitol citizens comment on Katniss, and an article on “Revolution styles”… because apparently the Capitol appreciates the revolution and its style now?!

When the very first issue dropped pre-Catching Fire with loads of district styles, we read through it all, but we were cautious even then. When fans, including us, began to express worry that the campaign was too Capitol and a little ignorant to the story, BuzzFeed suddenly released an article explaining why the campaign was BRILLIANT that just screamed “Somebody paid us to write this” (though we don’t have official confirmation, don’t sue us). That was the day that damn fashion side piece became the bane of our existence.

Occasionally, we did get new stills in the mix and new stills are ALWAYS appreciated, but the rest of it? The in-character interviews were vaguely amusing but without substance, and everything else just felt like a perfectly good waste of time and resources. And here it stands, more than two years later, when so many other interesting features and official websites were left to fade and die. Yikes.

This might be the one part of The Hunger Games franchise that we’re genuinely happy to say goodbye to. It means we’ll spend the few weeks left in the campaign focusing on the movies for real!

Also, SURGE AND SWELL? Is this a porno?!
The Girl With The Pearl

Hunger Games Movie Rewatches Ahead!

You were probably planning on watching the three Hunger Games movies in advance of Mockingjay Part 2, but now we can do it together and be tempted by prizes (451 of them, nice number there).

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Yes, Lionsgate is organizing movie watching parties for all 3 movies for the next 3 Fridays. We love a big group live tweet, so we’re totally in for a nice fandom-wide rewatch. Hopefully our friends in Europe are night owls so they can tweet along too.

And 451 prizes! We have a suspicion that a lot of these are Mockingjay pins… But we can always use another Mockingjay pin or 4.

We just hope the official account doesn’t get too crazy tweeting about the #feels or other embarrassing fan speak. That language is cool for FANS to use, but when official accounts use it too much, it comes off as cringey and trying way too hard.

Get your popcorn and devices ready!

JJ

A Witchy New Look For Our Hunger Games Favorites

Earlier this week, The Girl With the Pearl had some fun with the new features in the Mockingjay app. You can use the app to scan your face, and then you can apply crazy Capitol makeup or the red rebel Mockingjay.

We discovered this week that Lionsgate has another nifty facial manipulation tool in support of another one of its movies, The Last Witch Hunter. Only instead of applying “Capitol” looks, the face is transformed into “witch” style from the movies, and then you use potions to hide your inner witch. We haven’t seen the movie, so this could be wrong, but we’ll go along with it for the fun of using this tool. It’s not as snazzy as the Mockingjay app, so instead of being super high tech and scanning your face, this little feature works from still images (the image just needs to be facing forward, not in profile).

Almost instantly I knew which pictures I had to use to try this baby out… Not ME. NO! Our favorite Hunger Games movie characters!

So in honor of promotional crossover, Halloween, and general hilarity, I give you our Hunger Games favorites, if they were in the Last Witch Hunter universe.

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Katniss looks even more menacing now, huh Snow?

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Hijacked Peeta has a whole new meaning now.

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Prim looks less of a witch a more a teen having a goth phase.

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Gale, a few years after the war goes all mountain man (and Witch Hunter, if Vin Diesel’s look in the movie is any clue).

I imagine this was not the intended purpose of that site, but oops.

Creativity just cannot be contained.

JJ

Testing Out The MJ2 App (And Looking Like An Unconvincing Drag Queen)

O hai, it’s a Mockingjay Part 2 app!

In a less complicated, cutesy twist, the OLTM (Our Leader The Mockingjay, in case you forgot) app has become MJ2 to promote the final Hunger Games movie.

Honestly, not too much has changed. The big new draw is that that graffiti feature has been readjusted for YO FACE!

This post contains my face… and for that I apologize.

First off, the Mockingjay war paint!

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Apparently, my forehead is not big enough for this feature. But otherwise, not terrible!

Fun fact: You CANNOT smile when you take this picture. Something about the facial shift angers the overlay and it disappears. So go for your war face!

Next, you can get into the Capitol spirit and become Effie with a bazillion different make up options. Mind you, all of these options will make you look like an unconvincing drag queen or perhaps a six-year-old who has raided mom’s make-up stash.

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The stupid duck face WAS intentional. I regret nothing.

The old feature has also been given an upgrade. You can still point and shoot at certain clear surfaces to add “graffiti” to your surroundings, but there are plenty of new graffiti options.

Remember the MockingToilet? IT JUST GOT BETTER.

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Katniss is on the throne while ON THE THRONE and we are not even a little bit sorry for this.

So if you love The Hunger Games and like to go crazy with funny picture sharing on social media, today is your day! Dance through the fields of Internet glory! …But charge your battery first, because this app will kill it in about 5 seconds.

I Barely Wear Real Makeup And I AM OVERWHELMED,
The Girl With The Pearl

FANSITE EXCLUSIVE: Watch Two New Mockingjay Part 2 TV Spots!

Can you believe that we’re a month away from the release of the final Hunger Games movies, tributes? Less than a month, even, given that screening start on Wednesday the 18th!

We’ve loved The Hunger Games since the day we picked up the first book, so now we’re thrilled to debut two never-before-seen television spots for the final film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, alongside our fansite friends!

Check them out, savor the peek inside the series, and let us know which one is your favorite!

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Haven’t purchased your tickets yet? Click on that lovely Fandango banner on your right to snag your seats!

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.

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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,
The Girl With The Pearl