Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hunger Games Costume Tour Stop at Emerald City Comic-Con This Weekend!

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Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle is THIS weekend!

This of course will be the first stop on The Hunger Games costume tour! Fong Sam, head organizer of the tour, was interviewed on last Monday's HG Fireside Chat! Listen to that episode HERE for some great information on the tour. You can also check out for more details on tour dates, and feel free to check out our 5 Things to Know About The Hunger Games Costume Tour in which we visited their warehouse where all the costumes are being held. But, if you want to see some of the costumes this weekend in Seattle you'll have to attend Emerald City Comic-Con!

They are ALMOST sold out for the event, but FRIDAY ONLY tickets are still available!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Chair


Check out this new Capitol Couture Instagram post:

March 4th? #LadiesFirst? Could this be an Effie appearance?!

Thanks to @JediShywalker for the tip!

Capitol Couture Launches Again!

Looks like Capitol Couture is up and running again! We've been keeping our eye on it lately since it has recently just been this symbol:

In order to access CapitolCouture.PN, you'll have to watch carefully the dotted line zipping around the design in a pattern. It's much easier if you have a touch device, just trace your finger along the path. If you're on a computer, click where it starts and drag the mouse along the pattern and let go at the end. It might take a few tries so be patient! Once your in, you'll be seeing this page:

"Chins up. Smiles on. Prepare to spring into the Capitol."

Hmm.. interesting.

We also found the site description: "It's a new year & you know it's going to be oh so Capitol"

What's up with the chair? Comment below and tell us your thoughts.

If you clicked on the big "C", you'll find that Capitol Couture is now on instagram!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Oscar 2013 Roundup

Obviously our fav moment from the press room

'Atta girl!! Hunger Games fans around the world tweeted their literal tears from the news of Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Actress at The Oscars last night. We were very touched to hear so much support from fans, and the feeling is mutual as we sort of feel like very proud parents. Congratulations, Jennifer! We could not be happier and of course we wish you ALL the success in the world.

Jennifer's Dior dress was out of this world, and somehow it didn't seem like the night would be complete without Jennifer tripping on stage. This is so endearing to us, probably because we feel that Jennifer is a good representation of what we would be like if we were in her position.

So check out our Oscars 2013 Jennifer round up below! The videos below are all hilarious, particularly her interview in the press room. Though I wouldn't miss out on that Jack Nicholson video, either.


Jennifer in the press room  <----- HILARIOUS!

Jack Nicholson crashes Jen's interview

Jennifer Lawrence LOVES Al Roker

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More photos under the cut!

Victory Tour Propaganda Poster

Come on, this is what we were all thinking when those Victory Tour posters came out.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Hunger Games Comes to Netflix on 4/2

At last we have a date for The Hunger Games coming to Netflix Instant! According to, the streaming service will have The Hunger Games added to their library on April 2nd. Rejoice!

Lionsgate Officially Kicks Off Victory Tour with Posters!

Click the pic for the SUPER HIGH RES version!
 Woah, I guess consider the dry spell over because Lionsgate has officially kicked off their Catching Fire campaign by debuting these super awesome Victory Tour posters! I wonder what other surprises we can expect in the upcoming weeks?!
First Poster: HitFix
Second Poster: CapitolPN Facebook 

Also, if you want to show The Capitol your devotion, you can add this as your Facebook cover photo:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mockingjay Films Destined for Oscar-Bait?

In case you haven't noticed, we've paid attention to Mockingjay a lot. It's my (Courtney's) favorite of the books, and is the biggest reason as to why I fell in love with the books. Catching Fire may be Tiffany's favorite, but she understands the importance of the third installment as shown in our combined efforts of our Mockingjay Mockup series. This ongoing research project was to educate fans at a time when the splitting of the books was up in the air as well as to launch discussions, spread cinematic ideas, and to keep us busy while we wait for more Hunger Games films. In our last edition, we voiced our concern because as mentioned in a recent Francis Lawrence interview Danny Strong was working on Part 1. The specifics of that statement worried us since it seemed that Part 2's fate was up in the air.
If you've been following the news recently, THR has released the news that Strong's part 1 has been approved by Lionsgate and...::drum roll please::.... He's been given the go ahead to start writing Part 2!! Huzzah! Now that this has been cleared up, we can show you the 5 signs that Mockingjay has its best chance to be Oscar-bait.

1. Man, Lionsgate really likes November

It's no coincidence Lionsgate has scheduled the rest of The Hunger Games films to be released in November, it's just enough time for those old farts at The Academy to consider Mockingjay for nomination. For this reason we're forgiving Lionsgate for scheduling world premiere fan camping during winter.

2. Award worthy actors

It was Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, and Woody Harrelson among others we were shocked and excited to be brought into our franchise. But when it was confirmed Philip Seymour Hoffman was to be involved, our jaws dropped to the floor. Put that together with two time Oscar nominated (and let's hope soon to be winner) Jennifer Lawrence, I think it's fair to say we've got a fighting chance.

3. Once, twice, three times a golden naked man

It took three times for The Academy to notice the cinematic genius of The Lord of the Rings, so having three more movies means three more opportunities to be acknowledged!

4. Subject Matters

So Lionsgate sets the films for Oscar season, but that's because Lionsgate believes in the story Catching Fire and Mockingjay delivers. Mockingjay has required millions of buckets for creys all over the world. That's a tell-tale sign of Oscar-bait, people.

5. A Strong script is EVERYTHING

See what I did there? Danny Strong has won awards up the wazoo for his work on Game Change. The fact that he won for a project with political themes no doubt got Lionsgate's attention and a decision we have been applauding since the news broke. Actually, we have been over the moon about it. Researching for MM made us realize how complex the storylines are, and we trust Strong wholeheartedly to take it on. Now that he is moving on to Part 2, it is making us giddy with excitement and anticipation for those epic films. Most importantly, a good script is a must-have foundation for an Oscar worthy film. A great script can cover up a weak actor (of which THG has none), but the best actor can't make up for a bad script. So for that reason, we are thankful that Mockingjay has a worthy screenwriter.

Lionsgate, we wish the best of luck to The Hunger Games franchise and its Oscar quest. We hope it's a success, but we won't blame you if THG gets overlooked since it's kind of a crapshoot anyway. I mean, how much blood is Leonardo DiCaprio gonna have to shed on set before you give him an Oscar?!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Win 2 iPad Minis from to Play The Hunger Games Adventures is giving away not one but TWO iPad Minis so that you can play The Hunger Games Adventures with a friend!
Catching Fire doesn’t hit theaters until November 22, but we’ve found a way to pass the 6,744 hours until then! The addictive The Hunger Games Adventure app is now available across iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and to celebrate, we’ve teamed with the app’s gamemakers to give one very lucky tribute the chance to win not one, but TWO iPad minis to play the game! 
Fans of the game already should also know that over 100 new quests have been added to the game, including a new storyline that gives players a sneak peek at District 1, and, for the first time, the official map of Panem is revealed! What are you waiting for? Enter now!
To enter, go here, leave a comment on the post, like on Facebook and fill out their entry form!

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day to all you tributes out there, how about some Hunger Games themed Valentines Day cards?!

Source: Yenniper

Have a great day, tributes!

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Hunger Games Costumes at FIDM!

Live in L.A.? Did you miss The Hollywood Show? You have starting tomorrow, February 12th until April 27th (10am–5pm/Tuesday through Saturday) to see these Hunger Games costumes on display at FIDM in Los Angeles. The 21st Annual Motion Picture Costume exhibit will also have on display costumes from films such as A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina, Argo, Django Unchained, Hitchcock, Les Misérables, Lincoln, Mirror Mirror, Skyfall, Snow White and the Huntsman and more.

We (Tiffany and I) were lucky enough to go to the opening night of the exhibit last Saturday, and even got to meet the costume designer for The Hunger Games, Judianna Makovsky!
Here we are nerding out on the inside.
The exhibit has crazy cool costume pieces from many films, and we recommend YOU ATTEND! What's the best part of this exhibit aside from The Hunger Games? IT IS FREE. Though parking usually is not, we found a parking lot across the street from FIDM for $5 all day, FYI.

If you are still waiting for the costume tour to start touring, Check out tour dates and locations HERE.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Hunger Games Adventures Now on iPhone!

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The Hunger Games Adventures has released an update and has made the game available for iPhones now! Check out the press release:

Funtactix and Lionsgate Release The Hunger Games Adventures for iPhone

Major update for the official adventure game of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games is now available on the App Store. Join millions of other fans and explore Panem alongside your favorite characters for the first time ever on iPhone.

Los Angeles, CA February 7, 2013 – Lionsgate and Funtactix, a worldwide developer and publisher of mobile and social games, today announced the launch of a major update to their hit mobile game The Hunger Games Adventures. The game is available now for iPad (2+) and iPhone (4+) on the App Store at

The Hunger Games Adventures version 2.0 is a major update to all aspects of the mobile version of the game and marks the first availability of the game for iPhone. The Hunger Games Adventures was rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of the latest Apple devices including stunning Retina graphics, Game Center support with achievements and improved touch controls. In addition to these major feature updates, the new version gives players hours of new official Hunger Games story-based content as a lead in to the release of the second film in the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in theaters November 22, 2013.

“Since the initial launch of The Hunger Games Adventures on Facebook in March we’ve made it our mission to give fans of The Hunger Games the ultimate fan experience.” said Sam Glassenberg, CEO of Funtactix. “This update will allow a new set of fans to step into a beautifully rendered version of the game and dive deeper into the world of Panem.”

“This is going to be a tremendous year for The Hunger Games fans.” said Danielle De Palma, SVP Digital Marketing at Lionsgate. “The Hunger Games Adventures is a great way for fans to interact with new elements of the Hunger Games universe building up to the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November.”

Over 100 new quests have been added to the game, including an exclusive new storyline that gives players a sneak peek at District 1. For the first time, the official map of Panem is revealed. Unlock the secrets of The Hunger Games universe and explore areas never before revealed.

For more information about The Hunger Games Adventures, please visit

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sam Claflin Interview and VIDEO from Teen Vogue

Ah, it's the details that really get us when watching an adapted film. While being interviewed by Teen Vogue, Sam Claflin mentions that for most of the arena scenes Finnick is carrying Mags (Lynn Cohen) on his back. There's been a drought of Catching Fire news lately and Hunger Games fans will latch on to any bit of information at this point!

TV: Your training sounds intense!
SC: From the moment I set foot in Atlanta, they had me at the gym, working out twice a day. And then stunt training, it's nonstop. To be fair, I spend a lot of the film carrying an old lady on my back, as Finnick carries Mags for the majority of the arena scenes. I feel like every day of filming is a workout, running around Hawaii with little old Lynn Cohen on my back. As for my diet, I think I've eaten more chickens than there are in the world. [Laughs] I would eat chicken and asparagus for lunch and dinner, and for breakfast I'd have an omelet and oatmeal. And I had that every day for four months. I've talked to my friends and said, "Oh my God, I'm so depressed, I just want a burger." And they're like, "You don't know how lucky you are to be doing what you are doing."

Check out the whole interview at TeenVogue

Also, check out a video of his Teen Vogue photoshoot for the issue. Sam Claflin cuddles with an adorable dog so you might wanna check it out...

Monday, February 4, 2013

Community "The Hunger Deans" Airs THIS THURSDAY Feb. 7th!

Photo: milady-milord @ livejournal

We love Community! We were so pleased that The Hunger Games were to be spoofed in the Community premiere which was going to be aired in October. Because NBC has had some kind of brain damage, it's JUST NOW AIRING THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7th.

Community posted this sneak peek today:

Also, If you wanna check out a sneak peek at Community's ridiculousness and why the dean is holding "The Hunger Deans", check out the video below:



Friday, February 1, 2013

Mockingjay Mockup Part 2 Outline Part 2 *Spoilers*

It's Mockingjay Mockup time!

This is a long time coming, and dear oh dear how much we apologize for the extended hiatus! It's been more than five months since we analyzed the first section of Mockingjay Part 2, how embarrassing! If you're a newbie, no worries! You can catch up on the first post of Part 2 HERE. If you want to start reading our series (which would be very awesome of you) from the beginning, click away HERE. Now, a lot has happened since we last posted a Mockingjay Mockup, most important being that we know who the screenwriter will be for Mockingjay Part 1: Danny Strong! In case you haven't heard, Danny Strong has most recently won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for writing and producing Game Change, HOLY HOVERCRAFT! It is curious though, in a recent interview with Francis Lawrence he mentions Strong writing Mockingjay Part 1. I think most of the fans are assuming/hoping he'll be writing Part 2 as well because, well, isn't two writers for two halves a little weird? We're hoping he'll be writing both parts. We have absolutely no doubts that he will deliver a script that honors the book as well as the severity, political themes, and realness of the story. Not to mention we are quite certain he is as geeky as we are, and have yet to hear any negative opinions of him as a screenwriter for Mockingjay. Anyway, onto the analysis!

Behold the whole Part 2 timeline!

Continuing where we left off, we are at Turning Point I of Part 2 which is the second war room scene of the film. In this scene, Katniss and Finnick are shown the hologram of the Capitol pods, the very same they have seen in the arena. We do hope they keep in the part when Katniss finishes Finnick's line,"Let the 76th Hunger Games begin!" and laughs quickly in the war room. So hilarious, so inappropriate, so Jennifer Lawrence. Another note here would be to have a lack of Katniss/Coin conflict in the film. Why? Oh, you'll see. ::laughs maniacally::

Johanna's Role
Now, here's a question to answer. What happens to Johanna? Does her character get promoted to the Star Squad? Does she stay behind as in the books? On one hand we get more Johanna, huzzah! But on the other we have faithfulness to the books, and something of a reveal. Will the movies have shown us Johanna's time in the Capitol's clutches? Or perhaps the audience knows nothing making a huge reveal that that's why she's not in the war room scene because she failed the S.S.C. (another reason to keep that scene in) due to her fear of water all this time. That's how she was tortured. A horrible gut wrenching reveal, but that makes us feel for her. Katniss saying goodbye to Johanna is a touching scene as well when she gives her the gift of pine needles that remind her of home. Now that's some good stuff right there. But keep in mind none of that can happen if Johanna's character is upgraded to Star Squad. Though if Suzanne, Francis, and Danny Strong wanted to be sneaky they could totally put that reveal in another moment. Which begs another question, will Johanna survive?

There would have to be one more important scene before Katniss and the others depart for taking on The Capitol. Katniss saying goodbye to her family, which will definitely be a tear jerker. The way Katniss portrays the situation to her mom and Prim is that she will return safely. This scene will be short, but will make our hearts drop into our stomachs. Katniss says goodbye to a teary Prim who strongly says, "Next time we see each other, we'll be free of him." To which every Hunger Games fan will seizure and yell, "MY EMOTIONS!!" because we all know what happens there. Meanwhile the nonbelievers will be probably be thinking Katniss will be the one not coming back. Well that's what they get for not reading the books.

Let's move on shall we? The next set of events will probably move quickly (honestly the whole movie will probably be that way) so likely there will be one location for the war tent on their journey to the Capitol, at least before all hell breaks loose. Two things need to happen: Peeta's unexpected return and Boggs and Katniss' conversation. First Peeta arrives unleashing confusion among everyone. Katniss and Boggs then have a private conversation in the woods about Coin sending Peeta. In this scene, Katniss starts to understand (and the audience) that her use to Coin is much better dead than alive, which is why it'd be nice for there to be no kind of noticeable conflict between Coin and Katniss in the beginning of Part 2. We see it a zillion places in part 1, but that's just enough for the audience to forget about it when WABAM! A wild Katniss-murdering-Peeta appears! A special moment happens between Katniss and Boggs we also hope will make it. Boggs says,  "I'm planning for you to have a long life." After everything Katniss has been through she asks Boggs why he's sticking his neck out for her to which he responds, "Because you've earned it." Let's hope they cast someone really cool and talented for Boggs because he is one mega awesome character.

Try and Remember
When they return to camp during dinner, Katniss is in a sort of rage and almost egging Peeta on in her general anger. Whether Haymitch is there at the camp or through the phone (like in the book), this conversation changes Katniss' POV on the whole Peeta situation. What it is it that changes her mind? Haymitch says, "You and me, we made a deal to try and save him. Remember?" When Katniss has no response Haymitch hangs up after he says, "Try and remember". So then Katniss takes her first watch over Peeta.  It's a scene in the books that is a heart wrencher especially for Peeta fans. It's the first good conversation between Katniss and Peeta since he was hijacked. This is also the part in the books where the real/not real game is established which makes great sense in a recovery mindset, but for the pay off at the end of the book is questionable. It cannot be denied that real/not real is a staple of the franchise, yet from a screenwriting aspect can be seen as cheesy. I guess we'll see what approach Francis Lawrence will want to take. Oh, and I guess there should probably be a scene with Gale and Katniss talking about her plans of stealing the holo and going off on her own killing Snow all by herself. That's probably important too.

The Worst Mistake Ever
Now, we get into the nitty gritty. What seems to be a harmless "mission" for Star Squad 451 footage ends up going from everything is totally cool to complete catastrophe to full on sprint to President Snow's mansion. Oh, and Peeta goes insane with tracker jacker insanity and murders Mitchell and almost kills Katniss. The scene of all hell breaking loose is questionable indeed for a PG-13 rating. Nina Jacobson's statement of staying true to the severity of the books and keeping the rating low for their target demographic will be interesting to see. It's seems more likely that Peeta won't end up murdering anyone and I don't think we'll be seeing Bogg's legs being blown to pieces either. Which also gets us thinking, will they shy away from what the Capitol actually did to Finnick? As a huge fan of this series, it would not be okay if the films softened any part of Finnick's backstory. It's that way for a reason. But that's a little off topic. Back on track we go...

This next span of events will likely be much shorter than in the books mostly because action scenes tend to be that way. That, and if this version of the film starts with the nut, we have little room to get to the midpoint of Part 2 which, I might add is a DOOZY. We're willing to guess that from escaping the triggered pod street to the sewers may be a quick transition for time. We're also curious to see if Katniss' eulogy montage will make it in. Surely it's important because we now know what Coin truly wanted for Katniss' role as the Mockingjay, not to mention the reaction all over a revolting Panem. But one could also argue it disrupts the flow of the panic to get down in the sewers. Once down there, Snow releases the hounds-- I mean mutts. Oh boy, scary reptilian peacekeeper gazelle-leaping lizards! I'm sure the visual effects team will have a great time with that one. Unfortunately, we have reached our MIDPOINT. An event that shocked readers, and will shock and teary audience members to little bitty emotional pieces. Finnick's death no doubt will be a big moment, though it will probably happen just as fast as it does in the book. It's definitely a change warranting the midpoint of the book, just like any major character's death is in a film.

Once on the surface, the team takes refuge with Tigris. This will allow a break from the madness, and a nice character scene. Peeta's line "I'm so tired" speaks more than just a lack of sleep will be followed by a final dialogue between Gale and Peeta reflecting on Katniss as their common interest. We hope those gems make it because they are extremely important for their character development. Then, finally… to the City Circle!

Pre-Climax #1
Almost where The Hunger Games began, Gale and Katniss (and maybe even Peeta if they decide to change it) make their way to the City Circle and to Snow's mansion. Should they keep in the rebels arriving and being horrible shots? We think so because it's how Suzanne wrote it. You bet the same goes for the poor innocent girl in the lemon coat. Fans have drawn comparisons to the likes of the little girl in the red coat in Schindler's List, and even Gavroche in Les Miserables. It seems Suzanne was trying to say something with the girl in the lemon coat and we agree for this reason it should not be left out. The City Circle/rebel invasion we are labeling as the pre-climax that precedes turning point II which is the biggest catalyst in the whole trilogy: Prim's death.

Get ready for those feels!

 As we teased in our last installment,  this is our deviation from the basic movie plot structure we have introduced you to in the beginning of our Mockingjay Mockup series. We mentioned before that Danny Strong will probably adopt a structure plan much more sophisticated than this one. This is because 1. Danny Strong is an award winning screenwriter, 2. Mockingjay's story structure as a book is very complex, and 3. it's so complex we even had to deviate from the simple formula (we made more than one attempt to plot it out). According to our outline, we have TWO pre-climaxes. This is because the book has TWO very pivotal scenes involving the ending of the war. Continuing on to our final turning point, often referred to as "hero's darkest hour", is the event of Prim's death (events leading up to this are labeled as the first pre-climax). Yes, we are hoping and praying that the details in the book containing the barricade of children, the hovercraft, and the parachutes going off twice, and the necessary scene earlier with Gale and Beetee's brainchild will all make it in. The very reason the books touch us like they do is because of Katniss' supreme love for her sister. Prim is the only person Katniss is certain she loves and the reason for all her actions in the past three books is to protect her. The final turning point mirrors the inciting incident of the series in which Prim's name is drawn from the reaping ball (dare I say we might see a flashback?), cuts to the core of each and every one of us. It is the worst tragedy that could possibly happen in the story, and yet says so much about the realism of war. Will Katniss get closure on Prim? Do they get a final moment together? We're gonna have to wait and see. We're not even sure which way we would rather have it.

Dream Sequence
The very reason plotting the second half of Mockingjay was so difficult aside from the structure is because so much ends up happening after the war is over. As far as the book goes, there's still a lot to be read from here. Therefore, the resolution will take a little longer than typical to get there, but that doesn't mean the action is even close to being over. First off, will they keep in Katniss' dream sequence? Films seem to like having dream sequences for some reason so it's possible they will keep this one in, but maybe something not as fantastical. What if it was a dream that had not only Prim but Rue, Thresh, Cinna, even Katniss' father? There's an idea. Go ahead Lionsgate, that one's for free on us ;).
If only it was as less depressing and ridiculous as this dream sequence.

How to honor Mockingjay
Should Katniss look as burned as she is in the books? Why not? At least they should show some visible trauma to the ordeal she has just gone through. No doubt she should wander off immediately and stumble upon the rose garden and Snow. Audience questions need to be answered! To stay completely true to Mockingjay, it should be inferred the rebels, or rather Coin sent that disguised hovercraft. Mockingjay CAN NEVER be truly be Mockingjay without the blurred lines. There is no good side and there is no bad side.

A Changed Effie
 The next scene up is execution day. With Snow's comment constantly nagging at the back of Katniss' mind we get many surprises, the first one being Effie. Now we are not sure what Francis Lawrence and Suzanne's plans are for Effie, but it was discussed on the most recent episode of HG Fireside Chat how Effie's character in the film may end up sort of representing the prep team characters in the book. It could be very interesting and no doubt Elizabeth Banks can nail it. It is inferred (more like spelled out) that the Capitol did take Effie prisoner and tortured her like the other tributes. Suzanne left the rest very blank and mysterious but perhaps Francis Lawrence or Danny Strong will fill in the rest for us. Will we see Effie in those scenes involving Peeta and Johanna being tortured? That is, if the PG-13 will allow it. Maybe at this point in the story we will see a changed and enlightened, but slightly damaged Effie.

Two more important scenes before the execution, the first being Katniss and Gale's goodbye scene. If the film sticks to how it is in the book with a lack of closure (which we defend because if life has taught us anything it's that you don't get closure on a relationship or loved one, that's why Suzanne wrote it that way) it will be a heartbreaking scene for both characters. There's the sort of unknown fact of who the hovercraft belonged to and Gale might have accidentally had a hand in the exploding parachutes. Gale of course had no idea what that was to be used for, yet it still happened and he is a constant reminder of that tragedy. Katniss wants to make it work, but it's so horrifyingly tragic she cannot bring herself to. It's also gonna depend on how the Katniss/Gale scenes will be in Catching Fire and what Francis Lawrence chooses to do with that relationship that will determine how this scene will go.

Almost there...
Next up we have the all important Mockingjay Deal meeting. All surviving victors (protected by The Mockingjay Deal) are gathered around to decide if there will be a final Hunger Games to satisfy the citizens of Panem's rage for blood. This is CRUCIAL. The nature of this scene cannot be changed in any way or fans will be starting a rebellion of their own. Katniss finally realizes what Snow was saying and also realizes that neither side is the good guy here. They will never change. Katniss' "yes" to throw off her scent makes the motion go through so Coin thinks everything fine and dandy. An immediate cut to the execution ceremony should be underway. Hopefully Francis Lawrence will illustrate a way to explain to the audience everything that has happened considering Coin, how she too is a villain and must be stopped. This is what Katniss thinks is her final moment ("I no longer feel any allegiance to these monsters called human beings, despise being one myself"). She has nothing to live for, and if she's going down by golly so is the devil.  Snow is coughing up blood and dying anyways so as Coin falls dead from the balcony Katniss goes for her suicide pill. She is stopped by Peeta. Katniss yells, "Let me go!" to which he says, "I can't." A moment we hope will stay because it says everything about their relationship and how since reaping day they have been sort of bound together, each one in turn saving the other.

Pre-Climax #2 - Climax
That whole action scene is all part of our second pre-climax. It is a pivotal moment for the true ending of the war, but the following events in the books decree that Katniss is not out of the woods yet. Katniss has a trial as a war criminal. Though she has done the whole nation the biggest favor EVER, she has committed a serious crime in the eyes of the rebels, mutiny even. Unfortunately, we don't get to see what specifically happens in the book, but I think that is a huge opportunity for Francis Lawrence to make something great. Make Katniss' trial something of inspiration and epicness, all the while seeing the country's reaction to Katniss singing beautiful songs in truly her most darkest hour. Trial scenes can get really intense, and with great writing it could really add intensity to the film.

Wrapping it up
When Katniss get released, the conversation with Haymitch and Plutarch in the hovercraft on the way to 12 is a great dialogue. Plutarch goes on to say perhaps this is the time when it truly "sticks", and perhaps people have changed ("Maybe we are witnessing the evolution of the human race. Think about that"). There is something kind of inspirational about it, and it's the first step the film can take to wrapping things up. Perhaps we see Katniss coping, and maybe even Peeta comes home with her which is a deviation from the book, but it certainly saves time. Before we truly start ending the story, there is a scene that absolutely has to happen with Katniss' character. Katniss has to come to terms with Prim's death. This scene is very intense for Hunger Games fans, and can be argued as the most difficult to read. It's a stage of losing of a loved one that everyone goes through no matter where you come from. Some of us still struggle with it. Suzanne wrote this scene (and the whole trilogy) to help young people deal with war, it's damage, cost, and the loss of human life. It is something that should stir something in all of us, and we hope that point gets nailed down. Because Katniss goes through this, she gets an idea to commemorate everything that happened using her family plant book. This could be a really great moment to wrap up the film and all that happened. Tiffany and I (Courtney) are Lord of the Rings aficionados. We watch/read it frequently, and there's one part that always hits home because it reminds me of The Hunger Games trilogy, specifically the end of Mockingjay. It is a scene toward the end of The Two Towers, and it is Sam's moving speech:

How can the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened? Panem is in a very similar situation, and the book that Katniss makes commemorates all that happened for future generations and also helps Katniss and Peeta cope. This could be a great ending to the film because as they remember through the book, so we remember everyone that was lost since Katniss' first Hunger Games. Some of the tributes may have been seen as enemies at the time, but they were also victims. Another route to take for wrapping it up (aside from Katniss and Peeta growing together) is to have a similar "Sam" moment that brings everything around and sort of bringing the country of Panem together. Although among the rebel officials Katniss is seen as a military figure gone completely insane, Katniss exists in the hearts of the citizens of Panem, on posters everywhere, even statues raised in her honor. The ending should also include how Peeta is still after many years coping with his hijacking injury. This says a lot about the long term effects of war, something Suzanne was also trying to impart in her books.

Though the paragraph above is a good way to end the trilogy, but we haven't even discussed the whole Katniss-and-Peeta-have-children thing. We have no idea how they are handling Katniss' and Peeta's relationship in Catching Fire or Mockingjay. It's possible they could end the film similar to above and have the two of them coping together and end it there. But If there is no epilogue involving Katniss and Peeta's children, some fans might not be so happy. The ending to The Hunger Games trilogy means and affects different fans in different ways. Some deem the epilogue not paramount, but then there are some who were utterly touched by the hope of Katniss and Peeta having children, something Katniss always swore she would never do because all she knew was a society that held a Hunger Games year after year.  This also may be the only place a Katniss voiceover would be totally appropriate. No matter how the trilogy ends we hope it will leave us with a positive message in a world where so much bad happened, but most importantly, a message of hope.

Epilogue to the epilogue
Mockingjay as a whole is a lot of information. This is why we set out to make The Mockingjay Mockup series. It was during a time when the fate of Mockingjay was up in the air and we wanted convince fans who didn't think two movies were warranted that it's not just an option IT'S NECESSARY. If you've read all of our installments so far (thanks so much!) or are just generally familiar with Mockingjay's plot you probably have a good idea why these movies are being split. We just didn't think Mockingjay had a chance to be honored for all it stood for in just one movie. Luckily, we don't have to worry about that anymore! The movies are being split, so there's nothing for us to do now but wait patiently for three more movies. Catching Fire will answer some of the questions we've posed about certain story lines in the trilogy, and Mockingjay Part 1 will answer even more questions. Even after cutting many scenes, the ones we have proposed might even be too much for a 2 and a half hour movie. We are just really big fans who really love movies and want The Hunger Games trilogy films to live up to their potential. We feel your pain, Francis. Good luck with figuring out what will end up on the proverbial cutting room floor! We salute you, for when we needed someone to take over you were there. Now you are in for the long haul and we are trusting you to honor the books and turn them into the great films we've always hoped them to be.

We will close Mockingjay Mockup next time with our final installment to be entitled, Cinematic Delusions of Grandeur Part 2!

May your bread be toasty and your arrow fly straight,
Courtney & Tiffany

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