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CONTEST RELAUNCH! Win Your Tickets To The Hunger Games Marathon Event

IT’S TIME! CONTEST RELAUUUUUNCH!

Update: AAAAAAAAND IT’S GONE. SORRY FOLKS! These babies went fast. Congrats to our winners!

Lionsgate will be holding a Hunger Games marathon from 10am to 11pm on March 20th at The Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will include Hunger Games cast Q&A (mystery guests!), trivia, a green screen booth, treats from Peeta’s bakery, and a costume contest with a reportedly amazing mystery prize!

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BUT THERE IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW FIRST.

Ready? You need to be in the Los Angeles area or willing to get there via you own means on March 20th by 10:45am. We can’t get you to Los Angeles. We can’t even get ourselves to Los Angeles. We love you all… but we’re broke.

Now, are you prepared to celebrate the franchise in all its awesomeness? It’s this easy:

Click this link to reserve your tickets, LA-based fans!

But DO IT REALLY REALLY FAST! We only have 5 sets of tickets and these puppies are first come, first serve.

If you don’t get your tickets here, fear not! Several other Hunger Games fansites will be giving away tickets, though we don’t know when or how. Get on social media and keep your eyes peeled, Tributes!

May The Odds… And All That Jazz,
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UPDATED: Win Your Way Into The Hunger Games LA Marathon Event!

OH HAI! REMEMBER HOW THERE WAS A CONTEST HERE?

BAD NEWS – Some really pathetic “fans” cheated and tried to claim The Hunger Games marathon prize for themselves before we officially launched the contest last night. We weren’t the only site they did it to, either.

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GOOD NEWS – We caught those suckers and invalidated their tickets with extreme prejudice! MUAHAHAHAHA!

For you patient LA-based fans who follow the rules and still want tickets to The Hunger Games Marathon Event, we’ll relaunch the contest later today, but we’re not going to tell you when!

Much love and respect for everyone waiting patiently for their tickets. We’re thrilled to be able to give you another opportunity!

Mockingjay Part 2 Extras Excitement

As caught up as we are in the prospect of old school, never-before-seen footage coming our way in The Hunger Games 4-Film Collection, it’s also pretty damn exciting that we’re getting Mockingjay Part 2 special features for the first time, as well!

Today, we got not one but TWO Mockingjay Part 2 DVD extras to drool over. Observe!

First, check out the story behind Johanna’s bald cap!

We love this. LOVE IT. Why? Because Jena Malone was ready to go all way. She wanted to shave her head for ten months for five scattered days of shooting. But when that was shot down, she went through a pretty grueling bald cap process to get an authentic look. Holy fuck, that is a ride or die kind of chick if I’ve ever seen one!

We’re really glad Johanna was bald. It wasn’t necessary, but it was a stark reminder of the torture the Rebellion members received in Capitol. So bless Francis and Jena for going there, seriously!

Of course, most of these sites are trying to keep their exclusive by refusing to include embeddable video– Get ads on video embeds and get with the times, CraveOnline– so you can click the picture below to watch the second clip about the mutt attack!

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While we admittedly don’t pay THE MOST attention to set design, it’s really cool to see how, even though the scene obviously required special effects, a lot of the shriek-worthy fear we experienced was actually due to a wonderful location and expert lighting. And DAMN was it effective!

There’s always a few humorous gems behind the scenes and sadly those are missing here. But fear not! We’ll devour them and every other moment when the Blu-ray comes!

Featurette Obsessions Are Totally Legit, Right? Right?!
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Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch and the Deleted Scene We’ve Been Waiting Four Years to See

The first deleted scene from the Hunger Games Complete 4 Film Collection was released this weekend via Popsugar, and excuse us for having a mini-meltdown about it, but WE DID. Because it was one of those scenes that we knew existed. There was BTS footage of them filming this scene. WE WANTED TO SEE THIS SCENE SO BADLY.

So here it is – Katniss and Peeta having a little chat in the Tribute Center.

First of all, who didn’t immediately get a little nostalgic for the beginning of the series with this clip? They look SO young here. So much tragedy and angst. Our Everlark hearts are in pain at their pain.

The kicker in the scene that we didn’t know about is the inclusion of Haymitch eavesdropping on them. What is that, Haymitch? Do we see concern, empathy for these kids? (Of course we do). It was a great way to bring something extra to the scene, and build upon the “Haymitch as mastermind of the star-crossed lovers storyline” that ultimately saves them in the first games. And of course we end the scene with Haymitch chugging some booze, something he really didn’t do much of in the first movie, but is a significant part of this character.

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It’s a particularly great way to end the scene because it implies to us regret about giving a damn about these kids, and regret about what he’s going to set in motion to try, however impossibly, to give (at least one of them) a chance to live.

We admit to being very disappointed that the Hunger Games Blu-Ray didn’t have deleted scenes,  but getting these treasures from the past now is pretty exhilarating. Like a really really really belated birthday present.

We’ll take it.

JJ

 

Lionsgate’s Contention Detention

So this weekend brings the biiiiig event that everyone in the film industry is always in a tizzy about: The Academy Awards. The Oscars. THE BIG CHEESE.

…Okay, nobody actually calls it that last one. But you get the picture!

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Lionsgate has only two films in the race with 4 nominations total: Excellent drug thriller Sicario and familu fun animation Shaun and the Sheep. That’s all. And frankly, it’s from lack of trying. You see, these films were reportedly the only ones even brought forward for consideration.

Look, we’re realists. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was sure as hell not going to be nominated for Best Picture. WE KNOW THIS. Additionally, Lionsgate’s 2015 line-up was pretty lousy overall. It was absolutely not their year.

But are we saying that The Hunger Games franchise has NO technical value? The costumes! The make-up! Effects and set design! While we don’t know if the film would win, we’d say the technical aspects are nomination worthy. Or at least worthy of freaking consideration for a nomination! C’mon now!

Yes, the film industry didn’t take movies featuring teen main characters and geared toward younger audiences seriously, they really don’t take anything with a fandom seriously. But are they really ever going to if nobody even bothers advertising their eligibility for contention? Did Lionsgate just give up on the biggest and best franchise they’ve had since… possibly ever… at the final bell?

Really, it’s a shame. It feels like the studio is doubt the value of one its biggest successes in recent years, and from a fan’s perspective, that’s pretty heartbreaking.

Well, At Least Jennifer Lawrence Will Be There, Lookin’ Fly,

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More Hints at the DVD/Blu-Ray Extras!

As we get closer to the home entertainment release of Mockingjay Part 2 and the first 4- film collection, we’re finding out more about what extras are in store for us. HitFix has a new trailer with some details on the 4-film collection, and we’re excited.

12 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games
• 6 Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Including 1 Never Before Seen
• 9 Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
• 2 All-New Featurettes: “Picturing Panem” and “Capitol Cuisine”
• 70 Additional Featurettes (Blu-ray); 69 Additional Special Featurettes (DVD)
• Audio Commentaries, Music Videos and More

The trailer HitFix has up is definitely worth a look, for some glamour shots of the oh-so-pretty art included in the collection, and hints at what some of this new extra content will be. The very quick shot of little Prim running through the forest definitely caught our eye.

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Can it be? The mysterious scene of Prim in a tribute costume that we’ve wondered about since seeing some BTS shots from the Hunger Games DVD? Looks like we’ll finally get to see it. (That’s 1 thing to mark off our wish list -woo!).  With 12 never-before-seen deleted scenes from the first movie, we’re really excited about what other surprises are in store. Catching Fire has only one never-before-seen one, so place your guesses on what that is (Morphling painting Peeta’s arm is my bet, though if I can only have one, my heart wants the Katniss & Peeta rooftop scene BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT).

Inevitably, there is going to be repetition with the extras if you’ve owned earlier versions of the movies, but it looks like they’re putting in just enough new stuff to make us NEED this.

Yes, we’d already seen this shot of the last day of filming in earlier home entertainment promo material, but it’s too cute to not post. Ahhhhhhh.

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More sneak peeks please, things are too quiet.

JJ

SNAP REACTIONS: The World Of The Hunger Games Store

A few weeks ago, we got the good news: The World of The Hunger Games official online store is opened!

Finally, one centralized location to find the majority of the official Hunger Games merch that’s out availa– Ehhhh, nevermind. There’s actually very little Hunger Games merch featured in the store at all. But there are still a few options! They range from fun stuff like those Funko POP! figurines (D’awww so cute! We want them all!) to Capitol Couture tees (for the love of all things, PLEASE stop trying to sell me on this crap.)

We looked through the store and while it’s mostly the usual fare, but we have a few quick reactions to make!

1) We will never own this fucking cowl

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We saw it in the physical store when The Hunger Games Exhibition hit New York City. We rushed over to it. We held it out in our hands. We checked the price tag and promptly said “Oh, to hell with that!” The funny part? It was $20 cheaper then! We realize that it isn’t necessarily being mass produced but.. seriously?! It seems our bank accounts are not big enough to support our Hunger Games habits.

2) Mellark Bakery is a regular ol’ Dunkin Donuts

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This must be Mellark Bakery post-revolution, at which time Peeta has apparently turned it into a corporate entity. Because isn’t coffee a rare commodity in Panem? And really, who said “You know what Hunger Games fans would love? COFFEE. Especially considering the rest of our advertising is geared toward teens, some of whom probably haven’t even discovered coffee yet.” Sorry, but I’m not gonna pay several dollars more for the branding here!

3) Cardboard Pocket Peetas (and Katnisses and Gales) seem pretty impractical

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This 8-inch cutout figurine is $10. BUT HOW DO YOU TAKE THEM ANYWHERE?! Do you realize how easily we could crush or mangle a cardboard standee that’s this small? We’re pretty sure we’d all pay more for legit action figures than live forever with tiny cardboard characters that forever maintain that “I got folded up once” look!

4) War just keeps on getting trendier

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This pink, orange, white, and brown phone case with some black arrows thrown in is called “Katniss At War”. Because obviously, the arrows scream KATNISS and the color scheme says WAR. And then we wonder why more casual audiences have trouble taking the last couple films seriously as war movies!

5) Someone needs to step up their character recognition game

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Look, Cressida and Boggs are cool. But if you expect someone to buy a $100 wall-to-wall fathead, they’re not necessary to our series dedication. How about some Finnick? You keep telling us Prim was important, so where is she? Effie, anyone? A little drunk Haymitch? We’d rather have a composite of Katniss, Peeta, and Gale with any of those characters than these fives just because they’re in matching outfits!

So now, per usual, you know have we really feel. This isn’t to say there isn’t anything cool in the store. There’s plenty we want! But merchandising is a crazy, crazy thing and well, we figured we should cover that too!

But Seriously, Those Funkos Are Uber Cute,
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What’s Up with Those Kissy Clips?

To gear up some excitement for the Digital/HD/Blu-Ray/DVD etc release of Mockingjay Part 2, Lionsgate released a new trailer. Makes perfect sense. They also have released clips from the movie to some media outlets.

These are clips from the movie, so if you’re a fan, you’ve already seen these. The benefit here is that you get to see the moment again while you wait for the home entertainment release. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s another chance to convince skeptics to give the movie a chance.

And if you like kissing scenes, man are you in luck! Well, you’re in luck if you’re a Galeniss or Hayffie type person. All us other people can just chill some more and wait I suppose.

You’ve got the awkward Katniss and Gale “it’s like you’re drunk, it doesn’t count” kiss via teen.com (’cause of course that would be the site).

Then the Hayffie shippers rejoiced at the release of this clip.

Don’t get us wrong, that’s quite a touching scene. We love that “Promise me you’ll find it… The life of a victor” exchange, but we were really rolling our eyes that these 2 clips were the first that hit the web for promotion.  There have been other clips released since then thankfully that relate to other elements of the plot. If not, one MIGHT be tempted to think this film was just some sort of romance-driven soap opera. Many people already wrongly have that impression, let’s not encourage it.

There’s still about 2 months to release, and in the days leading up to that we’ll likely get some sneaks of the new BTS/featurette content. And inevitably Peeta-related content because they know fans go nutzo for that stuff. We’ve been around long enough to have a good idea of the playbook.

I guess these were early Valentine’s Day presents from Lionsgate (though we could have done without that Gale kiss tbh).

JJ

 

Shiny New DVDs: Mockingjay Part 2 and the 4-Film Collection!

Seriously guys, how good is JJ? She posted late last week with some hopes for the Mockingjay Part 2 DVD release and while didn’t come true yet, there were some goodies that have been confirmed!

First, let’s talk about the actual DVD release for the movie that just happened, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2!

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Per usual, there’s lots of behind the scenes goodness, including commentary with Francis and Nina (none with the cast! *weeps*), the “Pawns No More” Making Of documentary, and lots of photo marketing goodness.

Also featured is a look into The Hunger Games: The Exhibition that has us reeeeal nervous because the camersa were there when we were there for the preview but OMG NO OUR FACES WEREN’T READY WE SWEAR! And sadly, that terrible “Jet to the Set” special that spent more time on a Real Housewife of Atlanta than the cast is there as well.

Overall, we’re very excited to grab to final DVD. BUT THEN BUT THEN BUT THEN…

The 4-Film Collection, you guys. THE 4-FILM COLLECTION.

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It’s like a freaking buffet spread of Hunger Games deliciousness!

Particularly, THIRTEEN never-before-seen scenes. Twelve from The Hunger Games (here’s hoping for all the ones JJ mentioned) and one from Catching Fire. So much new information! Let’s not kid ourselves, half of it is probably hallucinations, dream sequences, and the like, but WE CARE NOT. We want it all.

On top of that. there are two new featurettes: “Picturing Panem” and “Capitol Cuisine.” We’re guessing that the first one is about the early visualizations of the Capitol. The second is a little clearer, focusing on all the crazy foods Suzanne Collins created in the books, though we don’t think they were necessarily emphasized in the movies.

That being said, we don’t expect that this is the actual DIAMOND MAC DADDY EDITION we’re all hoping for. This is just the initial collection, but it’s not going to give away all the secrets of the final film with that DVD coming out. Oh no! This is just a start. There’s gonna be an anniversary edition in the future that’s gonna make us cry fat happy tears, even more so than this baby.

Will you snag Mockingjay Part 2 or the 4-Film Collection? It all drops on March 22nd!

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Our Blu-Ray Extras Wish List

As we move into February, the release of Mockingjay Part 2 on Digital HD and then Blu-Ray/DVD is inevitably coming soon. Along with the benefit of being able to watch the movie over and over and over again comes the fun of digesting all the extra stuff they add in to entice you to purchase.

We expect the features to be similar to previous Hunger Games movies – audio commentary with Francis and Nina, a few deleted scenes, and lots of behind the scenes featurettes on making the film. The fact that this is the last film makes us a little antsy about what bits they add to this release versus what they choose to add to any ULTIMATE, SUPER-SHINY 4-MOVIE SET that will be coming later in the year, or in 2017, or both. You know they’ve got to hold something back for those later editions. What do they have in that treasure trove to look forward to?

So now we present our not-very-grounded-in-reality wish list of Hunger Games movie (all of ‘em) extras that we’re dying to see at some point:

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Prim, what kind of nightmare sequence was this? Gary, stop holding back.

Those scenes we’ve seen in stills or BTS footage but never the actual footage. Prim in the tribute costume? Gary, what was that about? Katniss and Peeta having a chat in the tribute center. Again Gary, share that with us! Peeta getting his arm painted by the morphling. Francis, please!

Catching Fire Katniss and Peeta rooftop footage. We know something was filmed. We suppose it hit the cutting room floor early because why would you NOT include this footage as a Catching Fire extra? We’ll forgive the quality. Whatever it is, we JUST NEED TO SEE IT.

Revisions to the end of Mockingjay Part 2 after the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. We know about the places where footage from other scenes was added. We know Haymitch reading Plutarch’s letter was a change. But we’re curious what the plan was originally, had tragedy not occurred.

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Don’t tell us you don’t want a cast audio-commentary. Not possible.

Cast audio-commentary. The Francis and Nina audio-commentaries give us some great insight into the making of the movies. But the fandom would completely lose their shit if Lionsgate were ever able to wrangle Jen, Josh, Liam, Woody, Liz et al into doing audio commentaries for the films.  It’s the dream, people. THE DREAM.

Everlark sex. JUST KIDDING, but with all the messages Francis gets about that from fans, we couldn’t NOT mention it. The thought of that actually being filmed makes us feel really awkward, and the inclusion of a scene of that nature would HAVE NOT fit the end of Mockingjay Part 2. If you want that, there’s a whole wide world of fan fiction to explore. BUT I would be really curious to know about the creative decisions that took place in the execution of the actual, final “real or not real” scene. As much as I hate to say it, as more time passes, I find it disappointing. Or maybe I just need to watch the movie again when it comes out and learn to let it all go.

What other extras should we be pleading for?

JJ