Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Listen to "Yellow Flicker Beat"

Lorde's single for the Mockingjay part 1 Soundtrack was released today! What do you think of the song?

NEW Hunger Games Fireside Chat TONIGHT : How Things Have Changed

The Hunger Games Fireside Chat is back! Here's what they're going to be talking about tonight:

Our love for the Hunger Games franchise may have withstood the test of time, but we have all gone through several transformations, both as participants and as spectators. The same can be said for certain characters in the story, such as Effie, and in this episode, we will juxtapose our own changes with those of the characters.

Courtney will be standing-in as co-host in tonight's episode! Make sure you tweet along with us @WtoD12 and use the hashtag #hgfiresidechat!

Click here to listen tonight (Monday, 9/29/14) @ 10pm ET/7pm PT!

Friday, September 26, 2014


Welcome back to another edition of our Mockingjay Part 1 Countdown! Week 5 brings something I have been misty eyed over ever since Mockingjay came out: The Mockingjay bow. When I first read chapter 5, I just thought that as a hero Katniss has to have a signature weapon which is a common occurrence in epic storytelling. Katniss basically gets her Master Sword, and thus she becomes The Mockingjay of Time.

During this chapter, Beetee takes Katniss and Gale down into the depths of District 13. They visit the armory and weapons lab so Beetee can give them their upgrades for the upcoming war. What's different now is that much more has been revealed to us: The weapons lab can be seen (for a second) in the full trailer and Gale's character poster shows the bow and arrow (now crossbow) loaded with gadgetry. I've always loved imagining what these fantastic weapons looked like, especially the Mockingjay bow. There's mystery in it as well. It is voice activated and Katniss does mention it has a voice override. I have a zillion questions about how that works and would love to see every detail of it come to life in the film. I doubt the bow would talk, but I am super intrigued as to what it would sound like.

This chapter also holds a very important moment for fans, and that would be Haymitch's entrance into Mockingjay -- "And that, my friends, is how a revolution dies." I am hoping this gem makes it to the screen if only that Mockingjay desperately needs comic relief. Francis Lawrence is no stranger to that and he did in fact mention there would be some particularly in Effie. I think many fans are looking forward to see this moment occur on screen, and some may even be disappointed if it is absent. I'll understand if it stays on the cutting room floor, but I would enjoy seeing an awkward Katniss try and act angry.

Come back next week for another edition!

Previous posts:

Week 1 
Week 2
Week 3 
Week 4

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Castor and Pollux stills!

The Hunger Games Instagram posted stills of Castor (Wes Chatham) and Pollux (Elden Henson):

In case you missed the pictures from the last couple of days, here they are:

Beetee and Caesar Flickerman:

Gale and Cressida:

District 13 Hack #2!

The second hack on the District 13 mobile website has been activated!

Here's what you do:

1. Go to m.district13.co.in on your mobile device (we used an iPad for this one)

2. Connect to Twitter or Facebook on your mobile device:

3. You will be asked to go to thecapitol.pn on your desktop, and then enter the Session ID from the top right hand side of the page:

into the mobile page and press sync:

4. Touch and hold the middle of the circle on your mobile device to pair your devices:

5. This is what comes up on your desktop screen:

6. Tap on 02 to perform the new hack:

7. Here are the instructions:

8. While you play the game, the percentage on your desktop screen increases:



9. This is what appears on your screens once you are done:


You can see the capitol concerns on your desktop:

Happy hacking!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

'Yellow Flicker Beat' - Lorde's single for the Mockingjay pt. 1 Soundtrack to be released September 29!

Lorde, who will be curating the Mockingjay pt. 1 Soundtrack, tweeted the cover art above to announce both the title of the song - Yellow Flicker Beat and the release date, which will be on September 29!

Last year, Lorde's super different and interesting cover of Everybody Wants to Rule the World was featured in the soundtrack. What do you think this new single will sound like?

@lordemusic on Twitter.

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: Jabberjays.net!

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 TheHungerGamesExclusive.com. 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 TheHungerGamesExclusive.com 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

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mockingjay Part 2 COUNTDOWN - Week 2

Chapter 2 of Mockingjay Part 1 Countdown — HERE WE GO! This particular chapter has a lot going on: establishing the inner workings of District 13, Boggs, Peeta’s interview, and finally Katniss coming to the decision to be The Mockingjay. But of course out of all the juicy tidbits of this chapter — I chose to represent 18:00 Cat Adoration. Go figure. Anything for an excuse to draw something Game of Thrones.

Let’s jump right into it. I expect that Caesar Flickerman’s interview with Peeta is a guaranteed scene to be in the film. It’s the event that causes Katniss to decide to be The Mockingjay - a CRUCIAL moment of the books. The film hopefully will accurately establish how sane Peeta does sound on a cease fire, except that it CLEARLY is coming from President Snow. Also, Katniss has been haunted by Peeta in her nightmares, usually appearing tortured, but Peeta in this interview is completely the opposite and Katniss is trying to reconcile with that. I expect not only will Coin’s reaction to this be in the film but something that comes with splitting a book - EXTRA SCENES!! I REALLY want to see what is happening on Peeta’s end. Maybe Snow is overseeing the interview? Is Caesar Flickerman terrified? What is really going on as the teetering districts watch this interview? 

Following this scene, Gale discusses with Katniss about the District 13 rebels and the possible repercussions of Peeta’s warning. Only now after the thought of a cease fire Katniss remembers the horrors of the past two books: Rue, Gale being whipped, uprisings, and victors linked hand in hand. Finally she accepts the role of The Mockingjay. And so now the story truly begins. 

ICYMI: Week One

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Katniss Teaser Character Poster!

The Hunger Games Explorer has posted a teaser character poster for Katniss!

From what little we can see, the suit she's wearing seems sleek and stylish in all black with the feathers on the shoulders clearly indicating who is wearing the suit (thank you, Cinna!). After taking another look at the teaser trailer, it doesn't seem like Katniss is wearing the Mockingjay suit, could be a specific reason for that? Also, it seems important to note that her arrows in this poster aren't color-coded like they are in the book. Could this mean something?
Hopefully, we get more answers on September 10, based on this announcement on the Our Leader The Mockingjay app:

Tiffany created a wallpaper using the poster. Feel free to use, dimensions are 2880x1880 (click to enlarge).