Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Welcome to District 12's Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of the year, and we've got some recs for some super awesome gifts for the Hunger Games fan in your life.

1. "The Odds Are Never In Your Favor" Items by Panem Propaganda on Cafe Press

Our friends at Panem Propaganda have designs on Cafe Press, and we love their "The Odds Are Never In Our Favor" design, and you can get it on phone cases, bags, shirts and so much more!

2. Mellark Bakery Apron by StudioVim on Etsy

For the baker and Peeta fan in your life! 

Wonderfully detailed, these Catching Fire Barbie dolls are great for collectors or just someone who likes Barbies. These guys are still available at some Targets and Toys 'r' Us as well!

If you've checked out our review of these chocolates, you'll know that we're big fans. Buy the library to give your chocolate-loving loved one a taste of each district and a pretty cool box. Or check out which Districts your local Walgreens has and stock up on stocking stuffers!

For those who'd like a Hunger Games statement piece, this bangle is for them! Each one is made to order, and the colors appear more vibrant when worn or under bright lights.

Take your pick. Every knitwear lover screamed "WANT!" at Katniss's cowl in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and there are plenty of interpretations of the piece out there on Etsy.

Decorate your tree with these beautiful handmade ornaments.

Tick tock, the arena's a clock! Get this to help your friends and family know which section of the arena to avoid. It might just help save their life.

We know it's all about Catching Fire this year, but this is a wonderful item to get for fans of the first movie. From the description:
Only 100 of these extremely rare lithographs from the blockbuster movie The Hunger Games were ever made! Sold by Target to celebrate the DVD release of the movie in 2012, these high-quality lithographs are hand-signed by the 10 actors who played the main Tributes in the movie, including the big 3. 
Autographed by: 
Jennifer Lawrence ("Katniss Everdeen") - D12
Liam Hemsworth ("Gale Hawthorne") - D12
Josh Hutcherson ("Peeta Mellark") - D12
Jack Quaid ("Marvel") – D1
Leven Rambin ("Glimmer") - D1
Isabelle Fuhrman ("Clove") - D2
Alexander Ludwig ("Cato") - D2
Jacqueline Emerson ("Foxface") - D5
Amandla Stenberg ("Rue") - D11
Dayo Okeniyi ("Thresh") - D11 
Each signed lithograph is matted, framed and ready to hang! Measures 26.5x20" and comes with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Hunger Games Examiner's Sara Gundell wrote this biographical graphic novel of Suzanne Collins. We wrote a review back in 2012, so grab this for a chance to find out about her inspirations to write our favorite book series.

Christmas is only a week away! There's still time to get some of these items by Christmas, and if you're buying on etsy, well... perhaps you can get it by New Years!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence and 'Atlas' by Coldplay receive Golden Globe Nominations!

Aaaaaand we have more award show news.... and probably more to com!

Jennifer Lawrence has (again) been nominated for a Golden Globe:

Best supporting Actress in a motion picture
Sally Hawkins - "Blue Jasmine"
Jennifer Lawrence - "American Hustle"Lupita Nyong'o - "12 Years a Slave"
Julia Roberts - "August: Osage County"
June Squibb - "Nebraska"
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
"Atlas" - "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire""Let It Go" - "Frozen"
"Ordinary Love" - "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
"Please Mr. Kennedy" - "Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Sweeter Than Fiction" - "One Chance"

LA Times

 Also, Atlas by Coldplay was nominated for a Grammy!

AtlasGuy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
Track from: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Label: Universal Republic; Publisher: Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence is Nominated for a SAG Award!

images courtesy of Fox Searchlight/AMC/Columbia Pictures

The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees were announced early this morning and Jennifer is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for playing Rosalyn Rosenfield in American Hustle! Also nominated for the category are Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, June Squibb, and Oprah Winfrey!

The cast of American Hustle is also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture!

I haven't seen American Hustle, but I am sure her chances are great! What do you guys think?

LA Times


The Hunger Games fandom was surprised and confused this morning when Lionsgate broke the news that Prison Break's Robert Knepper has been cast as.......Antonius?

You may be wondering..... Who the HELL is Antonius?

The most likely answer would probably be that it is a new character. Since they are splitting the film (and rightly so) this is allowing for extra scenes to round out storylines. We saw what amazing things Francis did with extra scenes in Catching Fire, so I would not doubt the same would be true for Mockingjay. If this makes you nervous, I really wouldn't worry about it as Francis has said about Mockingjay (the same for Catching Fire) he wants to make the book.

In our series Mockingjay Mockup, we've always mentioned how they are going to definitely add scenes for whats going on in The Capitol. Peeta and Johanna are there, therefore I'm sure we will be getting far more scenes with what's going on on their end.

The most likely? He's a new character. But where does he fit in? He could be on Snow's team, something to do with Peeta's storyline (yikes!), a member of Coin's team (that's my guess), or part of the military party that is the Star Squad.

My very first theory was that Antonius was Dr. Aurelius. For those who don't remember, Dr. Aurelius is the doctor who is a key witness in Katniss' trial that helps her go free. He's a very important character, and Katniss' trial is something I am really looking forward to in the movies. But alas, there are issues with this thought. Aside from the fact that it would make his name sort of silly (Antonius Aurelius? Julia Gulia?), I'm sure if this were the case they would have included his last name so that the public can identify the character is playing. Since they did not, I think it's unlikely that he is Dr. Aurelius. Sad face.

I think Francis Lawrence has more than proved his worth and I completely trust him with any big decisions such as a new character. I hope we don't have to wait a whole year to find out who he is, but I guess only time will tell.

*Update* According to The Wrap, he is on Snow's team. They refer to him as "Snow's minister".

What's is your Antonius theory?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Alan Ritchson announces Catching Fire DVD/Blu-Ray Preorder for Target!

Alan Ritchson (Gloss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire if you, for some reason, have not seen the movie yet) announces the AWESOME Catching Fire DVD/Blu-Ray for Target! It is $24.99 and available for preorder at Target.com/CatchingFire.

The set includes:

Exclusive free fabric poster ($9.99 retail value) with any pre-order purchase.

Target Exclusive (45 minutes of content):
• “ONE VISION” (A FAITHFUL ADAPTATION)--translating Suzanne Collin’s source material to the big screen
• “THE ALLIANCE” (RETURNING CAST)—an inside look at the close-knit relationships of the returning actors
• “FRIEND OR FOE” (NEW CAST)--finding the perfect embodiments of the new characters

Additional Special Features (over 2 hours of content):
• Filmmaker Commentary
• 9-part Making-of Documentary
• Deleted Scenes
• Divergent Sneak Peek

You can read more about the Target Exclusive content here.


from abullseyeview.com


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Panem Run Review

If you haven't heard, YES there is a Catching Fire game and YES it's totally awesome.

Panem Run is a runner game (like Temple Run), but out of all of those out there I truly believe this is the most fun. At the moment there are three districts you can run through: 4, 5, and 12. In addition to all the usual runner elements, you can do things like collect items to craft not only your powerups - but different arrows to use in the archery bonus round. Here's what we had to say about the game --

Courtney: Panem Run takes the typical runner game and customizes it extremely well to the The Hunger Games brand and even takes it a few steps further. Not only can you increase your power ups by collecting different items in different districts, you can craft different arrows for the archery section. The visuals keep you on your toes the farther you get, in which several moving parts of scenery that include district obstacles that can land in front of you at a second's notice. You can earn points for your district and race your friends (or strangers) via Internet. This game proves to be delightfully challenging, visually engaging, incredibly interactive (in all the good ways), all the while turning a runner into what all other runners should aspire to be.

Tiffany: Panem Run is a fun endless runner game that throws a social aspect in the mix. If you are familiar with Temple Run or Minion Rush, you’d get the idea. But it is the Facebook integration and social aspects that really help this game. If you connect the game to your Facebook AND you have been given a District via theCapitol.pn, you can play as a member of your District, and the Districts are ranked so you truly are representing your District when you play. You can also challenge friends or random players, and to me, that’s where the fun is. Trying to best your friends and strangers is what keeps me playing and wanting to score high. As far as weaknesses go, I’m hoping that they roll out more Districts soon, and I wish there was some way to customize your runner.

Denise: Panem Run is such a ridiculously fun game to play! I've been playing on my mom's iPad all morning. Though not all the districts are on there yet, running through the districts is a lot of fun and it shows you little things that make each district unique. My favorite (and I'm sure most people's favorites) is the times where you get to be an archer and shoot at the targets with your bow. You can also make unique bows with the sparks that you collect as well as increase your bonuses. I love that the flowers that you collect are Katniss, Prim and Rue flowers. This is an addictive running game that is infinitely better than other ones you will find. Can't wait to get max levels on all my stuff!

Janine: Panem Run is so good it gives me anxiety! I do not really know what to say about it except everything looks so cool and that I appreciate the level of difficulty (thus the anxiety) and that I have slept significantly less since the app has come out.

This is a very solid game for this franchise, and we hope that Hunger Games fans will start playing it so that Reliance Games is able to come up with new updates, hopefully new districts, and we'd also like to add that we'd LOVE to be able to unlock avatars of our favorite characters! 

Check out the press release for the game:

Run, collect, and empower the Districts in the endless runner inspired by The Hunger Games movie series 
LOS ANGELES – Nov. 21, 2013 Reliance Games, a leading international mobile game studio, and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, have brought the next chapter in The Hunger Games saga to mobile devices.
Based on the upcoming film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opens in theaters worldwide on November 22, 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Panem Run mobile game tasks players with running through the Districts of Panem, collecting Sparks and pursuing resources through the Districts. The game allows players to invite friends and fellow fans to see who can earn the most Sparks and bring honor to their District. Download the game on the App Store and Google Play.Watch the trailer. 
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Panem Run features:§  Explore the Districts of Panem
§  Run endlessly as a member of your current District
§  Challenge and gift resources to friends
§  Compete to be on top of the leader board
§  Dodge, Jump and Smash through obstacles 
“We are proud to be able to give fans of The Hunger Games films an opportunity to immerse themselves in the game,” said Manish Agarwal, CEO of Reliance Games. “The social features are a great way for the fans to connect with other fans worldwide.” 
“Being able to play as a citizen of Panem further expands the world-building experience we’ve created for our fans,” said Danielle De Palma, Lionsgate Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing. “The game provides an exciting new narrative for the core fans while offering a challenge for players of all skill levels.” 
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Panem Run is available now on the App Store and Google Play.