The Hunger Games

Mockingjay Music Goes Premiere

So the coolest opportunity ever for young musicians was held in the UK a while back: James Newton Howard, the composer behind each score in The Hunger Games franchise along with loads of other good films, invited over 2,000 student musicians to submit pieces meant for the Mockingjay Part 2 soundtrack. Then 24 of those pieces were chosen to be featured in the film!

What a scoring session actually looks like!

What a scoring session actually looks like!

Besides being fwatured in an “OMG THIS IS A BIG DEAL!” type of film and having that on their resume for life, there was another prize involved as well. In an interview with a local newspaper (via QQ), one winner divulged she “has been told she can attend the film premiere at either London, Paris or New York.”


London, we expected. That’s the home base for pretty much any franchise that hits Europe. Paris has practically become a staple for The Hunger Games as well. We’re a little more skeptical about New York and here’s why: Technically, there’s been a premiere in NYC for every film in the franchise. But it’s what we’ll kindly refer to as a “Rich Kid Premiere”. Mostly private, held for the executives and distributors and important members of the press and their families. Fancy, but more quietly so.

And the boys choir is back to make things sound eerie as well!

And the boys choir is back to make things sound eerie as well!

And no, Lionsgate isn’t going to confirm anything at this stage. They don’t announce anything until juuuuust before it’s bound to happen. The premiere details will leak like a punctured water balloon all over the Internet before they confirm anything! It’s especially true for NYC if it’s another RK premiere– We know because we’ve asked about the New York promotion every year and Lionsgate never even acknowledges our question.

Then again, a public NYC premiere for Insurgent was held last year, though that film didn’t get a LA premiere and The Hunger Games has a track record of LA premieres to uphold. So maybe the actual US premiere will hit NYC instead? We’re just getting our hopes up now, aren’t we?!

Back to the students, it’ll be cool to see how JNH takes the student pieces and blends them in to form the overall arc, the highs and lows of the score that will offer so much to the final film. Just pick a really cool premiere destination, okay winners?!

It’s Music To Our Ears!
The Girl With The Pearl

Quenching Capitol Curiosity

Entertainment Weekly promised us “intel” on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in the teaser for their Fall Movie preview double issue and they shelled it out today!

The piece doesn’t get too in depth– which hopefully means we’ll be getting some in depth articles closer to the release of the film (but no promises since Lionsgate essentially nixed the entire print campaign for Mockingjay Part 1)– but it talks a bit about putting together the Capitol. And we learned a few things!

For instance, Francis Lawrence and the gang made full blueprints of the Capitol to get a feel for the layout. And it’s mostly just Paris but with some fun twists as an homage to the city where they shot most of the Capitol scenes.




The architecture of the Capitol has gone from brutalist to Stalinist. The Soviet Era style honestly seems pretty close to brutalism, but it’s a little edgier and probably helps convey the narcissistic vibe of the citizens a little better.



Aaaaand set designers didn’t really think ahead, therefore creating more work for themselves than at all necessary:



So we didn’t get too much this time around. But included on that first page was a nice little still that we reeeeeally wish we could find without the captions:



We can’t help but wonder… Is it us? Why can’t we revel in an Entertainment Weekly piece with a new still and a few details? Is it that our attention span is too small or that the details are too little? We’re three months away from the movie! Patience is a virtue, but any fandom will you it’s certainly not a requirement. Either way, here’s hoping the studio wises up about print campaigns for this film and we get some articles that really delve into the story, the characters, and the on-set experience for the final film in the franchise!

The Girl With The Pearl

Hunger Games On The High Seas

Every now and then, we get an email that makes us say “Hmmmm… Where the heck did that come from?”

One of those was from Angry Goat Productions, who wanted us to talk about their Cosplay Cruises— more specifically, The Hunger Games themed one. Because “It’s not just a Con… It’s a Concation!”


The idea of a con cruise is not an original or uncommon one, but it’s something that certain fans clearly enjoy. Angry Goat knows, because they’ve got Cosplay Cruises for just every about every major fandom out there right now. They’re working in the business of fandom, working on our passions and hopes of being around like-minded people.

But our first question, of all things, was this: How the heck do they think they’ll get this passed Lionsgate legal?! Either they have a deal in place or they’re about to face some fury, because LG comes down pretty hard on people who could even potentially profit using the namesake of their major franchise.

We’re not saying it’s a terrible idea, but we don’t know if this would take off YET. Most fandom cruises follow fandoms that are heavy on nostalgia and only 3 1/2 years after the movie franchise began, we don’t think the fandom is quite ready for nostalgia.

So what do you think? Would you celebrate with other fans on the high seas? Or is this something meant to cash in on fandom?

Thoughts Of The Island Arena In 3.. 2.. 1..
The Girl With The Pearl

Going Back For The Cat (Or Dog)

So today we’re going to get serious because we work out all our feelings by relating them to books!

This is an apology to a fictional character– more specifically, Primrose Everdeen.

At the Mockingjay Part 2 panel at Comic-Con, Conan O’Brien joked with Willow Shields, saying “I was so mad at you when you went back for the cat!” And mostly, our reaction was “Well.. duh.” It was a rash, irresponsible move made by a young girl who’s almost too sensitive for this world. Buttercup was an adult cat and hell, cats don’t even live that long. Why would anyone risk anything for a cat?! Katniss, while we loves her sister, thinks she’s an overly sentimental piece of work when it comes to this issue and audiences kinda do too.

Well, I’m sorry, Prim. It’s unfair to judge you because I really do understand.


This picture is roughly 17 years, 8 months old. I’m 10-years-old– hence the bad hair, fashion, etc. The puppy here is Jake, my family’s Jack Russell Terrier who died of old age this past Sunday, four days before my 28th birthday. He was the best dog ever… though perhaps I’m biased.

And truthfully, I totally would’ve gone back from him in an emergency situation.

It’s not that uncommon. In scary situations, people rescue their pets. They sometimes get injured or even die themselves in the attempt. To some, that just sounds crazy, but not to me. I don’t consider myself all too sentimental, but pets become an important part of your life in a way that most humans don’t even. They’re a furry ball of friendship, playfulness, and companionship without an ounce of judgment. And dammit, we all need some of that! So risking it all for our animal friends makes sense.

It’s silly to think of the continuum of the story after the final chapter (but before the epilogue) because everything is just head canon from that point on, but we can’t even imagine how Katniss felt when Buttercup finally went. We see the two forming a bond over the loss of Prim at the end of Mockingjay, and I’d like to believe that they stuck together and learned to love each other. That means that things would be rough for Katniss not just because she lost a pet, but because that pet was one of the few things she had that linked back to her sister. And urgh… we can’t even.

Though the most minor of minor characters in The Hunger Games, Buttercup makes a major impact on the plot and the characters’ emotional wellbeing, which says something big. So we get it, Prim. And really, you’re awesome for doing it.

And Without That, There’d Be No Buttercup: Evil Overlord Fanon Memes,
The Girl With The Pearl

GIANT ASS Photographs From The Hunger Games

Hot off the presses: You are not a real Hunger Games collector if you’re not willing to spend your savings on a RIDICULOUSLY LARGE BOOK!

imageSo, Tim Palen’s Photographs From The Hunger Games came out in June. And it was lovely! Though coffee table books aren’t a common thing for us, we couldn’t resist picking it up and reviewing it. You know. For science.

You’d think Tim Palen and Lionsgate and the seller, Assouline, would be happy with the solid response. NOPE! Because holy hell, they’re reportedly making an “Ultimate Edition” that kindly reminds us just how Capitol this shit is!

Are you ready for this?

The “Ultimate Edition” will reportedly be a 2-foot tall display version of the book available for $800.

Maybe we doubt because we don’t know any, but ARE THERE REALLY THAT MANY RICH ASSHOLES RELATED TO THIS FANDOM?! Lawd! We thought the $75 version was expensive! You either have you be obsessed with Hunger Games collectibles or irrationally pretentious to buy this sucker. Because who has a portion of their home that they can just dedicate to the display of an oversized photo book?!

We’d say this has to be some special order thing created for Palen, Lionsgate execs, and maybe the actors to have. BUT NO! Assouline actually sells 2-foot tall photo books, sometimes for much higher prices.

big book

*blink blink*

Dear Assouline/Palen/Lionsgate/Whoever else is behind this, we love The Hunger Games. Really, we do. And we get that you’re rich enough to throw money at whatever you’d like. But your fandom is not so special that it requires a ridiculous “artsy” product for a niche market. We went through this with the clothing line, too.

You are not a ballet or an opera, you are a three-ring circus trying really hard to look like ballet or opera. STAWP.

Planning on buying the $800 display book? Be our guest! Fandom is a multi-billion dollar industry after all. We’ve all spent more than we probably realize on fandom. But, you know, this time you’re gonna REALIZE IT and maybe even realize that sometimes, you’re just getting suckered into unnecessary products. If you’re cool with that, cool.

Where The Heck Are You Going To Hang That Up?!
The Girl With The Pearl

REACTION POST: MockingJay Part 2 Trailer #2

We have another trailer, so you know what that means! It’s time for a Victor’s Village reaction post!

This one starts off on a bit of a sad note– You’ll notice that Them There Eyes is no longer with us. She’s stepped away from the Internet for a while to focus on some real life commitments, but we still love her to death and wish her all the best!

As for JJ and The Girl With The Pearl, We March Together with you through the glorious battlefield of fandom (See what we did there?!) And so, the reaction post goes on!

Be aware that this baby contains spoilers if you haven’t read the books! Also, there’s lots to it, so be sure to hit the “READ MORE” link if you’re viewing from the main page!


The Girl With The Pearl: Let’s start with this: The trailer has a name, which is not always something we’ve seen in the past. What do you think of We March Together?

Are we referring to this *cough* TOTALLY NATURAL marching scene?

Are we referring to this *cough* TOTALLY NATURAL marching scene?

JJ: Eh, it’s got that revolution vibe, which is good. And there is that scene of Katniss strutting down to “get” Snow. But… is does it add much to the actual trailer? Not sure. It feels like something they did to track views better online actually.

TGWTP: Being the picky bastard that I am, I couldn’t help but think about how they NEVER march together

JJ: Lol. But Paylor wants them too.

TGWTP: All these District are essentially using the same guerilla warfare tactics. No marching! Katniss sure never marched anywhere with anyone

JJ: Katniss doesn’t march with anyone, you’re right. It’s more of an afterthought of something that sounds good for trailer title.

TGWTP: It should be called We Want To March Together, then! Though it doesn’t have the same ring to it.

JJ: Marching together is for winners!


The greenhouse! The mansion in the distance! Hoooooly....

The greenhouse! The mansion in the distance! Hoooooly….

TGWTP: But I suppose the title doesn’t matter, because man… did this start with Snow’s final conversation with Katniss?!

JJ: Yes, I think they did. That’s one of the amazing thing about both the teaser and this trailer. They mush the timeline all around, yet it presents the story beautifully!

TGWTP: It’s not something non-readers would recognize, but for books fans… OOF! You can hear the raggedness of his voice, plus the image of Katniss approaching the greenhouse…

JJ: If you’ve got Donald Sutherland, use that’s man’s voice for all it’s worth. What a chilling open.


TGWTP: And then we get Paylor, which is just so welcome. I kinda worry that characters like hers will be written off, but she’s prominent in a trailer!

Pay attention! Paylor knows what's up!

Pay attention! Paylor knows what’s up!

JJ: I love that they are building her up. In the books, we don’t really see her rise because it happens away from Katniss, but I like how they’re really going to show her as a leader. Will make the ending make a lot more sense. And it was a great way to explain the plot of the movie quickly too.

TGWTP: Yes! We saw the tar before, now the people who haven’t read the books know what that’s about. And it establishes Paylor as a tactical leader.

JJ: Just in those few secs of her speech it solidifies her credibility as a leader. Good stuff

TGWTP: I did kinda laugh at the beginning of her speech though, because we get a quick look at Plutarch, Effie, and Haymitch– our only look at all three from this trailer– and it’s THE SAME CUT from the last trailer. We couldn’t find three different shots of those three?!

JJ: Yeah, bah, come on! There were a bunch of those reused shots.

TGWTP: Oh, I get that. We got plenty of recycling of scenes but that was so very obvious because it was a montage-y sequence.


JJ: But can we talk about the timing of when she talks about THE FUTURE STARTS TOMORROW.

TGWTP: YES. YES WE CAN. Because we see the future there! *flails*

The moment at which we all squealed!

The moment at which we all squealed!

JJ: That was just for us fans. Thanks to whoever cut that. You could think that was just a natural thing… but WE KNOW. A lot of the trailer has those type of fan-friendly moments. So thanks, guys!

TGWTP: Yes, somebody definitely said “Let’s throw THIS in here real quick for the big fans.”

TGWTP: And there were a couple moments where everything was combined to inflict maximum hurt, so let’s discuss those. Katniss talks about nothing good being safe while Snow is alive as she dances with Prim.

JJ: Yup, another moment taken from the teaser, but understandable since it’s the core of what she’s fighting for. And we need to make that end hurt more.

TGWTP: Gale talking about how Katniss needs to make her one shot count. URGH. That got to me.

JJ: Oooh, I didn’t pick up on that.

Tigris' hair: Cockblocking Gale's lines since last week

Tigris’ hair: Cockblocking Gale’s lines since last week

TGWTP: It’s very quick. She says she only has one shot. He says “Let’s make it count”

JJ: Oh yes, when he’s in Tigris’s shop. I was distracted by Tigris’s hair! But “making it count.” Ugh.

TGWTP: Exactly. Those are probably two different scenes (and yes, it’s Tigris!) but they’re blended for the best effect to reference Coin’s death later.

JJ: Messing with the timeline again! But it works. Then you have Peeta’s part.

TGWTP: I think it’s NO COINCIDENCE that they’re showing lizard mutts while Peeta is talking about Snow owning their deaths and how the deaths matter if Katniss defeats Snow.

JJ: “Our lives were never ours…” *tears* Finnick battling the lizards was a great shot.

TGWTP: That is an incredible line. Screenwriting prowess, ftw!


A Snaphat Update From The Mockingjay

Oh hai, red Mockingjay suit! We heard you’d be coming soon!

We must admit, we were somewhere between horrified and embarrassed when we saw this yesterday:

To be clear, we don’t hate Snapchat. It’s great for sending out images and short videos of funny faces and landscapes and adorable pets and “No seriously, there’s someone walking down the street wearing THAT.” But we hate Snapchat as a promotional tool. It guarantees that everything will be short and choppy. That damn timer will be in every screencap forever until the studio deems fit to put it online elsewhere– and WHY DIDN’T THEY JUST DO THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE?!

Not to mention that the app is most popular among tweens and teens, so you’re really hacking up your full audience reach for a major franchise there. Sure, it makes sense for The Duff or even the Divergent series, which tend to run and advertise a little younger on the whole. But really, you’ve got one big YA franchise with a steady adult reach and ignoring that in favor of the latest teen trend is… ugh.

Thankfully, the propo ended up online very shortly after the fact:

Our first thought was “Holy lousy special effects, Batman!” But really, that’s what you’d expect from District 13. They are not, in fact, cinematic experts. Their technology and skills DO NOT EQUAL quality imagery. And then there’s the voice over, which got annoying but works in the sense that it reminds us of a commercial. This “Katniss Everdeen must be the symbol of our glorious revolution!” isn’t really all that different from the overly enthusiastic Arby’s guy (Ving Rhames, if you didn’t know!) trying to get us to buy a sandwich. There’s a product to sell here– whether it’s revolution or brown sugar bacon– and dammit, SOMEONE has got to talk it up!

This style of advertising has its pros and cons. We’re not madly in love with the in-world takes on the story, but we know that’s a big draw for other fervent fans.

Then, of course, the propo was followed by the poster to end all character posters. Motherfuckin’ Katniss Everdeen on the motherfuckin’ throne!


Gah, we love this image. LOVE IT. There is nothing at all wrong with adding some color to the Mockingjay suit. The red against the all white background! Katniss’ resting bitch face! It’s deliriously perfect.

So Snapchat aside, today was a really interesting one for the fandom.

Can We Do It Again Tomorrow?!
The Girl With The Pearl

REVIEW: The Hunger Games Exhibition Experience

Welcome, welcome to our review of The Hunger Games Exhibition!

A few lucky fansites were given an early preview of this massive undertaking over the weekend! Kait and JJ attended the event (though JJ very skillfully avoided all the cameras). Now, we’re breaking down everything you need to know if you’re considering a visit to what seems like the franchise’s very first East Coast attraction!

Without any further ado…


Yes, all the major costumes and set pieces are there, perfectly positioned and lit in all their glory. You’ll be tons of familiar outfits, designs, and set arrangements. You’ll also see so things you didn’t notice in the films. For instance, did you know Effie was wearing these shoes in District 13?!


We’ve never seen them before and it’s tragic!

The costumes are spectacular, but there’s also full set pieces to adore. They’re set up in ways you’d easily recognize the film and pretty dazzling up close. For example, the Hob set in full of props that look faded and distressed, but seeing it all in person adds a whole new dimension to it. As you end with one section and walk into another, you’re usually turning a corner to find a massive, beloved scene RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. It was enough to make us squeal, even enough to make some others get all teary-eyed!

Just a real casual Capitol party display... SQUEE!

Also, Josh, Jen, Willow, Jena, and Francis went through the exhibit yesterday, the day after the fansites. They touched what we touched. WE PRACTICALLY EXCHANGED FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS. Just kidding, but it’s still pretty awesome!


If you’ve gone to an exhibition for Harry Potter and/or The Lord of the Rings, you probably think you know the drill by now. What you’re NOT accounting for are the boatload of unique interactive features that make this stand out, even for people who are not super familiar with the series (you know, in case you bring a mostly clueless friend or parent along!)

When you enter the exhibition, you’ll be given a handy cell phone sized device. It seems like it’s just an audio guide, but there’s lots to do with it! Namely, it finds “Hidden Spots” throughout the exhibit that unlock deleted scenes and show how the props in front of you. They also pull up holographic maps, allow you to take pictures, and give you a special ally with whom you can explore!


Every here and there, you’ll find polling stations that ask how you would react in certain Hunger Games style situations. Turn the lever and your vote is counted– a pellet falls into a glass cylinder. Then you can examine the cylinders to see how your vote compares to others.

Be prepared for your photo op! Get cozy in the back of the train to the Capitol, where Katniss and Peeta worked out their tentative friendship in Catching Fire, and snap a pic! Built-in screens give the illusion that you too are headed to the Capitol.

Kait with Adam from HG Fireside Chat and Brittany from Down With The Capitol

Kait with Adam from HG Fireside Chat and Brittany from Down With The Capitol

Caesar Flickerman is one hell of an interviewer, even when his head is a television screen! You can stop and have a photo op with The Capitol’s favorite television host but be warned, those fancy seats are really hard to sit upright in!

Also, it's hard to get his face to show up at certain angles!

Also, it’s hard to get his face to show up at certain angles!


Think you got the moves? A movie stunt coordinator is ready to test them! See how well you can learn and bust out a quick defensive sequence used in the films. It’s harder than you think!

A special station in the Mockingjay section of the museum allows you to choose your setting and record a propo message in support of the Rebellion! Your image will then show up on the big ol’ HD TV screen behind you.


It’s your turn to join the Tribute Parade! Instead of explaining, here’s a video of me and Down With The Capitol’s Ellie making fools of ourselves for good old fashioned fun! Shelve it under “So horrible that it’s actually kind of amazing.”


At the end of the road, we hit the gift shop!

Like most, there’s lots of items in here that seem a bit random, like mints and “Capitol confections” that are just regular candies bottled up pretty. But there’s also some really awesome stuff, exclusive mug and t-shirt designs, Buttercup plushes, Tim Palen’s new photo book, and jewelry ranging from simple ($5 arrow ring) to “SERIOUSLY.. WHO THROWS AROUND MONEY LIKE THAT?!”($7400 diamond encrusted gold Mockingjay pendant necklace.)

Disappointing news– the Katniss Cowl is in the gift shop, but it costs $130. Yup, the mass produced version is just as much as (if not more than) most Etsy sellers. We just want to own a Katniss Cowl and still pay off our student loan debt in a timely fashion, Lionsgate!

For a small fortune, all this can be yours!

For a small fortune, all this can be yours!

And so ends our adventure. If you’re a Hunger Games lover and you’re heading to New York City this year, we highly recommend it!

Want more images? Check out our full gallery!

GALLERY: The Hunger Games Exhibition

You’ve probably noticed that there’s been lots of goodness from The Hunger Games Exhibition all around the web, including over on our Instagram page. Now, we’re sharing all the photos from our Hunger Games Exhibition with you!

If you like these glimpses, stay tuned for a detailed report on the super fun exhibition!

Looking Through Tim Palen’s Photographs from The Hunger Games

Today Tim Palen’s Photographs from The Hunger Games became available. Even as a super fan, I was on the fence about this purchase with the $75 list price, but when I saw it in person I had to take the plunge.

imageThis is a hefty, gorgeous book, filled with large beautiful pictures from the first three movie campaigns (or to be more fair, 3.5 movie campaigns) and explanations of the creative choices behind them in the introduction. As the title indicates, the photos are the focus – specifically character portraits, with movie and Suzanne Collins’ book quotes interspersed throughout the pages.

For The Hunger Games, we see alternate shots of the characters with their eyes closed, as well as different takes on released promotional images. For Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1, we again see the familiar images from posters and other promotional images with unreleased versions or additional character shots.  Some of the unreleased images from Mockingjay Part 1 are staggering.
imageWhat about Mockingjay Part 2? Well, as anticipated, there’s not that much you haven’t seen. There’s no Katniss in that mysteriously red Mockingjay outfit that we’ve been hearing about from CineEurope. Nope, nothing new. Unless you mean the several new pictures of Peeta (one in a hospital gown and several in battle gear) and one of Gale crying in the style of the “Sister’s Portrait.”

Oh, yeah, I guess those count. You might like those. A lot.

This book is clearly a collectable item at the size and price tag. I think the best way to decide if it’s worth it to you is to see the book in person, either at an Assouline bookshop or the Hunger Games Exhibition Gift Shop (it should be available more widely in about a month). My only twinge of regret is that I wish this were released next year so that the Mockingjay Part 2 section could be more complete.

Every book needs to leave room for a sequel?