Monday, October 20, 2014

District Voices - District 8

CapitolTV's District Voices series has started with District 8. Rob Czar & Corinne Leigh of the DIY fashion-craft YouTube channel ‘Threadbanger’ describe the contributions of District 8 to Panem and explain what can be done with excess materials from Peacekeeper uniforms.

That outfit is so chic. I'm sure District 8 citizens wear things like that ALL the time.

Follow the District Voices series on Capitol TV.

New song from the Mockingjay part 1 Soundtrack : "This is Not a Game" by The Chemical Brothers (ft. Lorde and Miguel)

As the curator of the Mockingjay part 1 soundtrack, Lorde has chosen to collaborate with the Chemical Brothers and Miguel on This is Not a Game. Listen here:
It's certainly different and probably more upbeat than any other song for any of the Hunger Games movies so far. What do you guys think?

Direct Lyrics

CapitolTV presents District Voices

Google and Lionsgate have announced a partnership in bringing a 5 part web series, with a new video each day this week posted at 1PM PT/4 PM ET on Capitol TV. The series will involve Youtubers as the District Voices. This looks like it's going to be a great in-universe tie-in, as this can easily be Capitol propos. We've been wanting this kind of in-universe movie promotion since the beginning so we're happy to see it for Mockingjay especially.

CapitolTV Presents 'District Voices' - ALL-NEW Series! 

CapitolTV is pleased to announce the arrival of an all-new program; DISTRICT VOICES! Join your favorite YouTube creators for this special 5-episode series, featuring a glimpse at the productivity, and creativity, thriving in Panem's districts... Sanctioned by the Capitol Ministry of Information, DISTRICT VOICES was made with friends from Google.

Debuting TODAY at 1pm PT/4pm ET, the premiere episode of CapitolTV’s DISTRICT VOICES series arrives in style fromDistrict 8 with an imaginative crafting demonstration from the textile district’s Rob Czar & Corinne Leigh, co-helmers of the DIY fashion-craft YouTube channel ‘Threadbanger’, who make fashionable use of all that excess Peacekeeper armor. Then…

TUESDAY - District 2:
Experience the pride & power one must possess to join the ranks of the Capitol's noble Peacekeeper force, featuring tutelage and insight from District 2's Senior Peacekeeper Training Officer Shane Fazen, of the instructional MMA & self-defense instruction YouTube channel ‘fightTIPS’.

WEDNESDAY - District 5:
Venture deep into District 5’s ‘Coriolanus Nine’ power facility to join Chief Energy Researcher Derek Muller, known for his mind-blowing experiments and scientific discussions on YouTube channel ‘Veritasium’, as he shows us how Panem manages its electricity needs.

THURSDAY - District 9:
Join us for a hearth-warming baking how-to from the Grain District's Jimmy Wong & Ashley Adams, best known for their ‘Feast of Fiction’ cooking channel, celebrating Panem’s most cherished victor; Peeta Mellark!

FRIDAY - District 6:
The season concludes with YouTube’s 'iJustine’ (Justine Ezarik). Serving as District 6's liaison to the Capitol, Justine brings her signature enthusiasm to CapitolTV with an exclusive glimpse at the driving force that proudly supports the transportation needs of Panem’s vaunted Peacekeepers.

Tune in at 4pm ET each day this week for a new episode of DISTRICT VOICES and explore life in the districts with CapitolTV and your favorite YouTube creators.

Don’t forget to register for updates from CapitolTV… It’s mandatory.
The full press release is below the cut.

Friday, October 17, 2014

MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Countdown - Week 8

We're back for another edition of our Mockingjay Part 1 Countdown. It's week 8, so naturally we will be discussing Chapter 8 from Mockingjay.

Chapter 8 starts off with the aftermath of the attack on District 8. Katniss is banged up, and she spends a night in the hospital. After a conversation with her mother, who had not known she'd gone to District 8, she is taken to Command in a wheelchair. She meets with Cressida, Messalla, and the "insect" cameramen first.

Castor introduces himself and his brother Pollux, who is an avox.

Side note:
After seeing Castor's name misspelled too many times as "Caster", I made a comment to fellow admin Courtney that I keep picturing him as a caster or spellcaster in Dungeons and Dragons, which we both play. Courtney then encouraged me to do the following:

Yes, a caster Castor D&D 3.5 character sheet. I created a level 10 sorcerer, with emphasis on charisma-based skills because Castor speaks for Pollux, and I imagine he did a fair bit of negotiating on his brother's behalf while buying his way above ground. Also, I gave him a relatively high strength modifier because I imagine it would take a lot of strength to carry his camera everywhere. Enjoy!

After everyone enters the meeting, Katniss watches the propo that has aired. I'm really looking forward to actually seeing this propo, and maybe we will get to see it being aired for the districts instead of Katniss watching after the fact.

Katniss realizes that Coin does not know that she disobeyed orders and removed her earpiece, and she notes that Haymitch is angry with her for it. After some discussion of other propos they will put together and air, including ones featuring dead tributes like Rue and Mags, the meeting ends, and Katniss falls asleep in the hospital.

When she wakes, Haymitch is there to confront her about the earpiece, threatening to even have a chip implanted in her where he can talk to her whenever he wants.

Katniss and Finnick watch another propo that was put together from District 8 footage, and immediately after, the second Peeta interview airs. Katniss notes how he is in visibly worse shape than she saw him in the first interview, and she realizes the first interview could've been taped long before it was aired. This interview is the first real hint of what the Capitol has been doing to Peeta since the arena blew up. He cautions Katniss about who she is working with, and when the interview is over, Finnick and Katniss agree to pretend they hadn't seen it. And when Fulvia and Plutarch show up later, they do not mention the interview.

I'm really looking forward to seeing Peeta's true state. Whether or not they will show this interview, I'm not sure, as they could easily cut this out since it is short. We may not see him again until the interview where he warns 13. However, if the focus of Part 1 will be getting Peeta back, it may be beneficial to drop more hints about Peeta and also to start putting doubt in Katniss's mind about whether she should trust the rebels. So far we haven't seen much of what goes on in this chapter in the promotional materials, so it can go either way.

Tune in next week when we discuss Chapter 9!

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Week 6

Thursday, October 16, 2014

District 13 Hack 5!

Another hack has been unlocked! Here's what you have to do:

The start of this one is the same as the first 4 hacks. Steps 1 through 5 are here (but select Hack 5 instead of 4 of course!)

Next up you will see this on your mobile device (we used an iPhone):

and this on your desktop:

parts of the 3D figure will be highlighted and you will need to trace the pattern on your mobile device. You will have to do this twice to unlock the hack. (Don't worry it's way easier than Hack 4!)

and then this page appears:

We're not sure where to go from here but our friends at QuarterQuell have gotten to a page with transcriptions of Peeta's interview with Caesar Flickerman, which you can check out here.

Lionsgate announces premieres and press tour for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

As expected, November will be surely be a busy time for us Hunger Games fans.

Today, Lionsgate announced plans for the press tour and premieres for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

On November 1st, the press tour will start in Beijing and hit Seoul, London, New York and Los Angeles. Cast members including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Sam Claflin will be in attendance.

Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland will join them in Leicester Square in London for the world premiere on November 10th. Fans in the US who purchase tickets on Fandango October 29th during the first 24 hours of advance sales will be entered for a chance to win a trip to the London Premiere.

All of the cast will reconvene for the Los Angeles premiere, which will take place on November 17th at the Nokia Live Theater.

For the full press release and details, look under the cut.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Preview Unlocked

@TheHungerGames asked fans to tweet #UnlockMockingjay to reveal the latest preview video. Click to watch!
This seems to be seems from the opening of Mockingjay, where Katniss sees the destruction and devastation in District 12 and set to Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde.

From what we can see in the video, we don't know how we're going to keep it together, even just in the opening of the movie.