Friday, September 19, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1 COUNTDOWN - Week 4

Thanks for tuning into part four of The Mockingjay Part 1 Countdown!

Week four starts off immediately where week three ends, with the shocking revelation of Katniss’ prep team chained to a wall, abused and half starved. I think this is one of the most pivotal scenes in part one of Mockingjay because this is the moment that Katniss really sees that the atrocities of President Snow’s reign exist in President Coin’s rule as well.

She finds out her prep team had been smuggled out of the Capitol the night that Katniss and her fellow victors were rescued from the arena. As Tiffany pointed out, we think there is a big chance that Effie will also be in this scene. Effie is our only real link to Katniss’ team in the movies since we never really got a chance to know the rest of the team intimately.

We find out the prep team is being punished for stealing an extra slice of bread because for the first time in their lives, food is a precious commodity. And as any fan knows, bread is practically it’s own character in the books.

After consoling her traumatized prep team, Katniss demands their release. With Plutarch’s authority, they take the team to Katniss’ mother to be looked over. While her team is examined, Katniss shares her thoughts with Plutarch and Gale. In the books, Plutarch’s assistant is also there, but we believe her character will be replaced with more Effie (yay!). Katniss has come to the conclusion that her prep team being punished is a warning to Katniss and her friends and no matter who Katniss is and what she demands, Coin is in charge.

When Katniss is assured her prep team is physically all right, she is finally able to put one of her demands as Mockingjay to use. She is able to hunt again. Gale and Katniss finally get a chance at being themselves as they work together. When they are finishing up they discuss why Katniss is so affected by her prep teams abuse. This, I believe, is the first real example they will show of the fundamental difference between Katniss and Gale. While Gale is angry at the entire Capitol, Katniss realizes that most of their citizens are also victims.

The two hunters give their spoils to the kitchens and Katniss waits for Coin’s announcement. As Katniss joins the assembly, she runs into Finnick and is reminded to seek Annie Cresta’s immunity as well as the kidnapped victors. Coin agrees to this amendment and announces Katniss’ consent to be the Mockingjay in return for the other victors’ pardons. Then Coin adds her own addendum. If Katniss is insubordinate in any way, she and her fellow victors’ lives are on the line.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in front of The Maze Runner

Our suspicions have been confirmed! According to The Hunger Games Facebook page, the new Mockingjay Part 1 trailer will be playing front of The Maze Runner, which opens tomorrow.

We had the opportunity to see The Maze Runner well in advance, so we have been counting down the days to this release anyway so that we could see it again (it is that good). I assure you, whether you have read the book or not, The Maze Runner movie is an entertaining ride and well acted to boot. The movie has the potential to be on the same level as The Hunger Games franchise, and though people like to compare the two series, it should be noted that they are very distinct stories. 

We all hope you go out and see The Maze Runner, not only to see the Mockingjay Part 1 trailer but also because we were that impressed with the movie.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1 Rated PG-13; Advanced Tickets on Sale October 29

The MPAA has given Mockingjay Part 1 a PG-13 rating for "intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material."

Also, don't forget to mark your calendars and set all the necessary alarms for when advanced tickets go on sale on Wednesday, October 29 at 9am Pacific/12noon Eastern!

MPAA / source:!

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Hunger Games Exclusive Issue #2

With the debut of the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, we have a new issue of Visit the site, and you'll be able to watch the trailer, read q&a's with Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Dormer, and Liam Hemsworth, as well as character profiles for several of the new characters.

We're loving all of this content. Please keep it coming, Lionsgate!

Check out the new images that have come with the new issue (22 in total):

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - Trailer!!!!

The trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is here!!! Watch over at or below:

All the feels while watching this! We're loving every second of this trailer, but damned if that last scene with Katniss shooting down the hovercraft wasn't straight out of our heads and onto the screen.

Let us know your thoughts on this trailer!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mockingjay Part 2 COUNTDOWN - Week 3

Greetings and welcome back to the Mockingjay Part 1 Countdown! It is week 3, so naturally we will be talking about Chapter 3.

Chapter 3 begins with Katniss unable to sleep and finally getting out of her bed to go through her drawer, itemizing all the things she left the arena with. Because The Hunger Games: Catching Fire included Peeta giving Katniss the pearl on the beach, I’m confident we will see the pearl again, specifically in this scene. If, as we suspect, Part 1 will be focused on getting Peeta back, the pearl is an important physical tie to Peeta for Katniss, and it will help remind audiences what he means to her.

Then Prim rouses to ask Katniss what is wrong, and Katniss tells her that she will agree to be the Mockingjay and explains her worries about the repercussions of it. Here we have Prim giving Katniss some smart advice, similar to the extra Katniss/Prim scene in the CF movie. I’m hoping that Prim will still be the person that advises Katniss, since it shows change and growth in Prim’s character and Katniss’s relationship with her.

The next day, Katniss and Gale go to Command, and she makes her demands. First, they make arrangements for keeping Buttercup and for hunting in the woods above District 13. Then, a conversation about what Gale would be to her both flusters and angers her, which, though unlikely, I hope is kept in to drive home the point that the focus of this story does not lie with the love triangle but the revolution (Booyah, popular media!).

When Katniss stipulates that Peeta, Johanna and Enobaria will not be punished and that Coin will promise this in public, it is the first intimation of Katniss as the Mockingjay, with Fulvia commenting to Plutarch that that is their vision. On the subject of Fulvia, she will most likely not appear in the movies since no casting announcement has been made for her character, and it is highly speculated that Effie’s inclusion in Mockingjay will fill that role. Whether or not she will be in Command with them at this point or will be kept with the prep team (more on that in a little bit), we can’t say for sure. And finally, Katniss says that she will be the one to kill Snow, which somewhat impresses Coin.

Once Coin leaves, Plutarch hands Katniss the all important and feels-inducing Cinna’s sketchbook. Cinna had designed the Mockingjay uniform, and Katniss reads a message written by him: “I’m still betting on you.”

With the knowledge that Cinna wanted this for her, Plutarch takes Katniss and company down to the 39th floor. A guard blocks them, telling them they have the wrong floor. Katniss and Gale create a distraction so that Katniss can push past the guard to find her prep team, abused and chained to the wall.

Would Effie be revealed here with the prep team? I think it’s a real possibility. It isn’t clear so far how they are incorporating Effie into these two movies. If Effie is as unaware of the rebellion as she seems, it would be logical for the rebels to have kidnapped her at the same time as the prep team, especially considering she is not on the hovercraft with Haymitch and Plutarch at the end of Catching Fire. Some food for thought. Effie’s inclusion in the movie is a change that most fans are in favor of, but we know very little so far about how exactly she will be incorporated outside of how she is styled in her character poster:

Tune in next week for Chapter 4.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Final Katniss Poster AND TRAILER DEBUT 9/15


The final Mockingjay poster has arrived and it is AWEEESOOOME, though strangely I think the one of Katniss' back is still the coolest. We've got a new tag line and HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS we finally get a look at Katniss' Mockingjay outfit, something I've waited 4 long years for!!

And something even MORE exciting --

Issue 2 of The Hunger Games Exclusive is out with a motion poster and -- YEA -- check out that little note at the bottom: "WORLD TRAILER PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 15th"!!!

EDIT: CHECK OUT THE TRAILER FOR THE TRAILER (Xibit anyone?!) with a new shot from MJ!

Only a few days left to wait!

Source: The Hunger Games Exclusive