The Hunger Games

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!
The Girl With The Pearl

Mockingjay Part 2: Proud To Be 3D Free

…In the US anyway.

Look, we get it. 3D is a big thing. Some people really like it and in the grand scale of things, it’s revolutionized the way that audiences view and appreciate films in recent years. But can we just say…

THANK GOODNESS MOCKINGJAY PART 2 WON’T HAVE THAT BS!

Yes, 3D is amazing, but only when it’s done right.

Personal favorite 3D experience!

Personal favorite 3D experience!

There’s two ways 3D comes about:
1) The film is intended to be a vast visual experience from the get-go and the director and studio agree to shoot the film with 3D technologies and that style in mind.
2) The studio decides to convert the film to 3D in post, creating a lesser quality version that adds little to the film and gives some people headaches.

The Hunger Games franchise uses the latter. Why? We assume it’s because 3D ticket prices are higher, driving up overall profits when people inevitably get lured in by the idea of seeing the biggest, “best” version of the film. But in recent years, audiences have wised up to the conversion method most studios use and 3D sales have declined. And ya know, those tickets are effing expensive!

Sadly, this guy was only available in Fake 3D.

Sadly, this guy was only available in Fake 3D.

Don’t get us wrong, there are some GREAT 3D films out there. But we weren’t planning Mockingjay Part 2 in IMAX 3D because we weren’t about to pay extra for poorly converted nausea. Now, we’re really, really excited to see it in IMAX 2D without the silly, unnecessary “effects”. We’re just bummed that IMAX versions are still only being offered in 3D for the rest of the world!

So movie studios, know this– We’re not total fools. If you’re not going to commit to REAL 3D for your films, don’t come at us with the cheap conversion. We don’t want it!

2D Or 3D? You Tell Us!
The Girl With The Pearl

REACTION POST: Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer

We’ve got a Mcokingjay Part 2 trailer and lots of new feels along with it!

To celebrate our first glimpse at the franchise finale, we’re presenting you with another zany reaction post! We’ve got a lot to say about the new trailer, so let the gushing begin!

Oh, and this sucker is pretty long, so don’t forget to click READ MORE the see the whole thing.

THE FEELING IS BACK!

THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL: So how does this trailer stack up against the mountain of other THG trailers we’ve seen?

JJ: It’s right at the top for me. I love the teaser and theatrical trailers for CF, and this one made me feel that same level of astonishment/amazement.

normal_Mockingjay-Part2-Unite024TGWTP: I’m in the same boat. The second CF trailer was my favorite up until now, but I think this one actually beats it!

JJ: That feeling of “THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN I EVEN DREAMED. PRAISE FRANCIS LAWRENCE” type of feeling. I didn’t quite get it with the MJ1 trailers. But now it’s back, baby!

THEM THERE EYES: Not joking, I’ve had to go back and watch them all… I tend to forget.

TGWTP: Nina and Francis got harassed about wanting an amazing trailer a lot on Twitter. WE DO NOT APPROVE OF THIS. Buuuut they certainly delivered!

TTE: I wonder if they have the same team on the trailers?

JJ: It varies. I believe this one was by Trailer Park. But they’ve had different companies work on them.

TGWTP: I have no idea. The teams behind trailers obviously need way more credit than they get.

JJ: But it was just overall well done. The structure, the shots they chose, it gave us hints at a lot of scenes throughout the movie… but not TOO much.

TTE: Yes, even the music they choose to buy, and sample from the scores are perfectly placed.

WEDDING FEELS HIDDEN BEHIND SOME SERIOUS HAIR

normal_Mockingjay-Part2-Unite017TGWTP: How many feels did you have when you realized it began with the wedding scene?

JJ: THAT was a great choice.

TGWTP: I made an uncomfortable gaspy-sob sound that was probably not meant to come out of a human.

JJ: First, it just LOOKED beautiful, but then you realize what it actually is, and as a fan, you’re hooked in completely from the start. And Katniss’s voiceover for that moment is so perfect. Well played.

TTE: Well, the first time I viewed it I was in a hot car, watching it on my cell phone… but I had the sound up on my car’s stereo… so that made it kind of dramatic in probably not the way they wanted it to be… for me at least.

TGWTP: I must admit though… I didn’t notice Johanna in that scene until about the fifth time I watched it. Too distracted by Effie’s Edward Scissorhands hair

JJ: I didn’t notice her either. But that doesn’t take points away for me. There will be moments with Johanna later, I’m sure.

TTE: I didn’t see her! *runs off to pause video like crazy person*

TGWTP: How could you behind Effie’s flair, really? Though man… Jena is handling that bald cap like a champ in the scene when you DO notice her

TTE: Oh, there she is… ten seconds in, over Effie’s shoulder.

normal_Mockingjay-Part2-Unite081TGWTP: And did you guys notice that when we finally see Katniss talked to Coin, she’s still got the bruises on her throat?! *weeps* Then you realize that her voice sounds REALLY ROUGH.

JJ: Yes, the bruises are a great detail. And her voice. Poor dear.

TTE: I was about to say “Her voice sounds really trashed.”

TGWTP: Obviously, we know the story picks up immediately after Peeta’s attack. But knowing and seeing are way different

JJ: “Snow has to pay for what he’s done…” Cue Lionsgate logo lol

TGWTP: BAM!

EFF YOU, SPEECHES!

TGWTP: I also find it funny that Katniss says “I can’t make another speech about it…” and then is launches into her District 2 speech shortly thereafter lol

JJ: “Can’t” versus “God help me I DON’T WANT TO”

TTE: I think that’s on purpose! she’s very speech-y.

JJ: But Katniss, you do some pretty good speeches. Impromptu is hard to do after all.

TGWTP: Exactly. Poor girl is just like “NO MORE FUCKING SPEECHES! LET ME TAKE OUT MY RAGE ON THE BATTLEFIELD.”

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The Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer: Reactions on the Fly

No, this is not this official bomb diggity trailer reaction post we do for every film, sadly. Getting a bunch of busy ladies together to chat takes time, but it’s coming!

Here's a hug. We all need one!

Here’s a hug. We all need one!

In the meantime, let’s discuss some off the cuff reactions!

For me, this was probably the best trailer for the series we’ve seen so far (followed by the second Catching Fire trailer, if you’re curious!) Some really awful fans have been jumping all over Nina and Francis on Twitter demanding that this trailer be freaking fantastic because they’d had to wait so long– as if Nina and Francis control the release of trailers– and now those two can be smug. It WAS freaking fantastic!

We got a major sentimental scene, Finnick and Annie’s wedding, for which the visuals were gorgeous. We see the extreme sister love between Katniss and Prim. And then the tension seeps in and we remember that it is NOT ALL GOOD. War is happening, people are rallying, Katniss is dressed up as the Mockingjay, and Effie and Haymitch are there to attempt to be reassuring but probably kinda failing.

Then there’s the hug continuation that hit all the feels, as noted here by a Twitter user:

Shot through the heart!

Shot through the heart!

From there, the action begins! Did anyone else think the Star Squad was running from a crazy huge deluge of oil when those set photos from Paris hit the Internet? WE SURE DIDN’T.

Altogether, it was an exciting, uplifting, heartbreaking, INSANE experience to watch the first trailer for the final film.

However, there has been one thing pointed out to us that we can’t un-see. Something straight out of the Catching Fire trailers:

THIS NOVEMBER
COMES THE EVENT
THE WORLD HAS BEEN WAITING FOR

We mean… both “events” have that November release and the world is waiting / waited for both (not the whole world, of course. There’s undoubtedly some countries out there where people do not give a daaaaamn about these films.) The lettering is the same in each but the background is different– CF is black, MJ2 is crimson with little embers floating. Still, are there NO OTHER WAYS to say “Everyone is anticipating this movie coming in November” without recycling?! Are we budgeting the biggest franchise Lionsgate has?

Still, we’ll try to let it go because all the other stuff.

Real Freak Out Reaction Post Coming Soon!
The Girl With The Pearl

The Rogue Rumor

Let’s focus on good news, even if it’s,just a rumor: A resident of Panem may be headed to a galaxy far, far away!

Sam Claflin aka our very own Finnick Odair is reportedly being considered for a role in Star Wars: Rogue One! It’s still a rumor, but we’re clinging on to this rumor for dear life because it makes our fandom-loving hearts want to burst!

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In case you’ve been living under a rock (or you don’t follow Star Wars), Rogue One is the first of many planned standalone spin-offs set to hit the franchise. Chronologically, it will take place before Star Wars IV: A New Hope, aka the first movie.

He's probably a little short for a Storm Trooper...

He’s probably a little short for a Storm Trooper.

Sam is reportedly being eyed to play one of several freedom fighters without Jedi powers who fight back against the Empire and form the rebel alliance. According to The Wrap, the role would be more substantial than his role in The Hunger Games.

AND PLEASE LET THIS BE TRUE BECAUSE WE LOVE IT!

First and foremost, Sam is an excellent actor. He’s got chops and thankfully, he’s been given many more opportunities to display them following the end of Hunger Games filming. But we think there’s something particularly special about joining the Star Wars universe, the franchise that exposed the magic of cinema to many. It would be amazing for any actor, so we want that for an actor we adore!

More than other actors in the franchuse, Sam also comes off like a massive fanboy in general, so we imagine he’d have a lot of fun with this opportunity. Also, Sam Claflin isn’t commenting on the rumors, which means we’ve avoided the Fight Club casting jinx!

So what do you think? Are you ready to see Sam playing an action star in a galaxy far, far away?

Because We Just Need Something To Happen!
The Girl With The Pearl

The Hunger Games Exhibition Comes to Town (Well, NYC)

We’ve been teased about it, and now we can book advance tickets. Yes, The Hunger Games Exhibition comes to Discovery Times Square in NYC starting July 1 through the end of the year to let fans immerse themselves more in the world. Well, at least as much as you’d want to, since Panem doesn’t seem like a great place to live.

Per Lionsgate:

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition celebrates the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise and Katniss’s epic journey like never before. This dynamic exploration of the art, science, pageantry and history of the world of Panem features iconic costumes, props, and set recreations that highlight the technological wizardry and amazing artistry that brought this world to life. High-tech, hands-on interactives let you dive into exciting behind-the-scenes content, engage deeply with the world of the films, and discover a whole new side of the stories that took the world by storm.

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The poster is again centered around our Girl on Fire looking a bit sad and stoic, as you’d imagine she would in this type of situation.

From this promo pic it looks like they’ve recreated the Hob as part of the exhibition too, complete with Mockingjay pin. But Madge, you say, what about Madge? Forget about Madge here, this exhibition celebrates the world of movie Panem. Which is still really cool.

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Since we love learning about how these movies have been made, we’re looking forward to checking it out. You can visit www.thehungergamesexhibition.com to purchase tickets and get more information. The site has some high-level info on the different exhibition areas, such as District 12, the Tribute Train, and “Katniss’s Journey.”

We hope this is just the first step in lots more news to come.

JJ

Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer Speculation Shootout

Look, we get it. Waiting for an anticipated movie trailer sucks. Waiting for a Hunger Games trailer is perhaps even worse because Lionsgate is obsessed with keeping it sooper sekret right up until the day of release, whenever the high hell that may be.

But seriously guys, stick a fork in us… because we’re done.

THE OBSESSIVE TRAILER TALK IS TOO FREAKING MUCH.

It started off pretty chill with the Age of Ultron rumors. Someone said the Mockingjay Part 2 trailer would come out in front of Marvel’s surefire smash, which was easy to believe because regardless of whether it’s true or not, Lionsgate would be straight up idiotic is they DIDN’T do this. LG’s upcoming release Age of Adaline was also named as a potential suitor for the trailer. Then somebody asked Lionsgate and they denied it all, and the people who are new to this rodeo actually believe Lionsgate’s denial without question. Hint, folks! LIONSGATE NEVER TELLS THEIR FANS ANYTHING UNTIL MAYBE A COUPLE DAYS IN ADVANCE, IF WE’RE LUCKY. They deny all rumors straight up to that point. Don’t know why they think this method is useful, but they do it anyway!

Speaking of overdone...

Speaking of overdone…

Then somebody confirmed with a source that the trailer isn’t happening until summer, while somebody else confirmed with a source that the trailer IS indeed coming with Age of Ultron/Age of Adaline. THE AGES, if you will. All these sources, by the way, tend to be movie theater employees. So someone in there is completely fucking clueless and just making answers up.

And somebody in South America has now posted a trailer list for Age of Ultron without a Mockingjay Part 2 trailer on there, so now we’re supposedly meant to believe that the rest of world isn’t getting it either because that one theater isn’t with that one particular film? Because all theaters always show the same things internationally and trailers never end up under codes names and these lists never change, right?!

Then the superfans and even some fansites (though most have wised up to this by now) are posting and retweeting and commenting on every. freaking. rumor. Sometimes we’re pretty sure they just want to sound like they’re in the know. It’s enough to make us want to tune out any mention of the trailer.

Look, we honestly don’t know whether the trailer is coming with Age of Ultron or not. We don’t believe any of you on either side anymore. You know when we’ll know? WHEN IT HAPPENS. And all this constant, rampant speculation ain’t gonna make it happen any faster.

So let’s try some patience, okay guys? We know it’s new to everyone, but it’s time.

Sorry, Temporarily Possessed By The Spirit of Lewis Black This Time,
The Girl With The Pearl

“I Don’t Have A Fuck To Give!”: The Hunger Games and Fan Award Shows

As massive Hunger Games fans, we try to be active in all facets of fandom. But man, it’s just not as simple as it seems! That’s especially true with one fairly regular fandom happening: Fan voting based award shows.

See, we should be really excited about Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Musical Moment and Elizabeth Banks winning Best Transformation at this year’s MTV Movie Awards. They’re great! Maybe we should even be bummed about the other awards the film didn’t win. But like Effie says in the show’s opening monologue…

I don’t have a fuck to give!

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We’ve mentioned this one part time and time again: Voting-based award shows that don’t limit voting in any way are pointless. Winning isn’t even based on who has the most fans. It’s based on who has the most fans willing to sit in front of the computer all day and vote repeatedly. We’re too busy and important for that shit! We got stuff to do! NO. *mic drop*

Of course, some members of The Hunger Games fandom still get really caught up in winning fairly meaningless awards, so we get comments on the MTV site like this:

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YOU HEARD HER, FANDOM! YOU DIDN’T DO YOUR JOB! Bill Belichick would be very disappointed in you!

But really? What is the job of a fandom, other than to like the stuff their fandom is based around? We certainly advocate for the series plenty, but we also talk about the things we don’t like. We don’t always jump up and down screaming every time the series is mentioned, nor do we care enough to vote for every award the fandom or movies are nominated for. Does that mean we’re not doing our “job”? WHOOPS!

There’s also lots of people bashing the actual winner of that category, Shailene Woodley. Which will forever drive us crazy, because seriously guys, the rivalry between Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley and their various movies is NOT REAL. There’s also a fair amount of hate for The Maze Runner and The Fault In Our Stars for beating out Mockingjay Part 1, which is equally silly. Why hate on everything that beat out the THG fandom? It’s okay, really! Hell, you can even like all three of those fandoms without a nitpicky bitchfest! We know it’s a novel idea for many, but you should try it sometime!

If this is your thing, that’s cool! Let it be your thing! But please, respect those of us who aren’t going to take up fandom arms around every corner just for the sake of doing so.

And THIS Is Why These Awards Drive Us Cray Cray,
The Girl With The Pearl

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.”

AND WE ACTUALLY AGREE.

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

Creating a Fun-Filled Panem, in Dubai?

There were lots of funny pranks pulled throughout the fandom last week in celebration of April Fools, however there was one legit piece of news that was real, but it ALMOST sounded like a joke.  The Hunger Games Theme Park Attraction – It’s happening. In Dubai.

dubaiWhen the news came out on March 31, we knew it wasn’t a joke, because Lionsgate executives have said on multiple occasions that they were exploring opportunities to add the Hunger Games as a theme park attraction. It will be a part of a larger Hollywood theme park, Motiongate Dubai. According to the press release, it will “feature state-of-the-art theme park attractions and a retail facility inspired by … The Hunger Games franchise.” Not much in the way of details beyond that were released, other than it would be located in Dubai and another Lionsgate movie property, Step Up, will also be a part of the attractions when it opens in October 2016.

We’ve been very wary of this theme park idea all along and nothing about the announcement has changed our perspective on it. The Hunger Games costume exhibitions and the upcoming touring Exhibition starting this summer in New York have focused on showing how the books have been turned into movies. They’re basically extensions of the behind the scenes goodies of a Blu-ray, and we like that. The word “theme park attraction” invites broader world-building that could be problematic if not handled with care. So what are they going to do? Will this be some amped up version of the Samsung-sponsored Comic Con event last year, complete with Capitol Gallery and a Capitolized Peeta’s Bakery? District 12 themed rides? An arena?????

Ok, we need to stop thinking of the possibilities cause this is just getting dark and we’re probably just thinking of the worst possible scenarios. After all, remember this passage from The Hunger Games when Katniss is about to enter the arena?

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They wouldn’t do that, right? No. No, they couldn’t. THEY WOULD NOT DO THAT. True, these books/movies are just stories, so if they created an arena attraction no one would have truly died there. But it would definitely be creepy and way too “Capitol” for us to fathom.

Even if they don’t make the “attraction” an arena, placed in the context of the super-wealth of Dubai, there’s a lot of ways for this to be way too Capitol for our tastes. But then again, us three American women of Victor’s Village are clearly not the intended visitors for this attraction. I spent a week in Dubai in 2011, and while it was a fascinating experience, I’m certainly not taking that long of a journey again simply to go to a theme park when there are plenty of other places still to visit in the big, beautiful world. The Hunger Games attractions will draw in people who live closer to the geographic area, people who were planning to visit Dubai anyway for the larger theme park experience, or people visiting to gawk at the fabulous buildings and ski slope inside a mall.

We just hope they keep the story’s themes top of mind when putting this all together, otherwise it’s going to be really awkward and gross.

We really don’t want this to get awkward and gross.

JJ