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‘Empire Magazine’ Features ‘Mockingjay’ in its Upcoming Winter Preview Edition

Empire Magazine previewMockingjay is featured in Empire Magazine’s upcoming winter preview issue.  The snippet is relatively short, but it contains some great quotes from Sam Claflin (Finnick) and Director Francis Lawrence.

During the piece Sam comments on The Hunger Games franchise being considered more than just successful, but iconic.

“I’m really glad none of us were thinking about that while we were shooting, but I suppose you’re right. We were just trying to live up to the last two.  If we’d been thinking about a legacy we might have crumpled under the pressure.”

Francis comments on the ending of the series and how it differs from other YA series.

“…a story of the consequences of war…To not pull punches at the end is really important.  The ending is not just the squeaky-clean ending that people expect from a young -adult series.”

Do you agree that The Hunger Games is/will be reaching iconic status (ala Harry Potter)?  And what about the ending of the series, how did you feel about the “not so happy, yet very real” wrap up.  Let us know in the comments!

Thanks to Jabberjays.net for the tip and the scan!

 

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#OLTM App Released! Create your Own Marked Images and Support the #Mockingjay


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Remember all those photos that have been pouring out over the web for the past 24 hours, well how about being able to make your own or your friends? A new (and free…gotta love free) app has been discovered on both the apple store and google play that will allow you to do just that and much more.

From the app store:

Description

Download the District 13 Our Leader the Mockingjay app for direct access to District 13 communications. Use this app to show your support for the Mockingjay.

• Create digital Marks on real-world surfaces and pin them with your location
• Leave messages on Marks created by others.
• Earn points on Hunger Games Explorer
• Stay updated on announcements and ‘propos’ from District 13
• Access information about the film

Be a part of the District 13 movement to help rally support from around the world.

Check back regularly for exclusive interactive experiences as you prepare for the arrival of the Mockingjay later this year.

 

Our Leader the Mockingjay also has a new site on co.in which will take you to the apps or you can click on the  links below.

For IOS click here

For Android click here

Please note if you do not want your exact location known, be sure to turn off location services before you make and share any marks on the #OLTM app. It’s still a fun app to play with, but if you are concerned about safety be sure to take this precaution before using it. 

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TNT Lands Network Rights to The Hunger Games and Divergent Franchises

hunger-games-postersWell this isn’t the OLTM surprise we were looking for (at least we hope it’s not…LOL) but news has filtered through the interwebs that TNT has landed the network television rights to both The Hunger Games and Divergent Franchises. This comes as a little surprising since ABC Family scored the premiere rights for The Hunger Games which makes it’s debut on the channel on October 10th at 8 pm. But it looks like the sequels may not follow suit. Read on for the press release.

ATLANTA and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — TNT has landed network television rights to the global blockbuster TheHunger Games and Divergent movie franchises in a sweeping deal with Lionsgate LGF, +0.09% it was announced today by Michael Wright, President, Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), and Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution.

TNT’s acquisition includes the network premiere windows for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which opens in theaters this November, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, set for theatrical release in November 2015. The deal also includes network premiere windows for Divergent, which grossed over $150 million at the domestic box office earlier this year, and Insurgent, which is set for theatrical release in March 2015. Under the agreement, TNT will become the first basic cable network with access to all four Divergent films at the same time.

In addition, TNT has secured telecast rights to the first two Hunger Games films – The Hunger Games (2012) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), the top-grossing domestic theatrical release of 2013 and the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time.

The Hunger Games is slated to air on TNT for the first time in winter 2015, and the network will add the second installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in winter 2016. Both films will complement TNT’s network premiere launch of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 in 2017, and in 2018 TNT will be able to air all four Hunger Games films concurrently.

TNT’s network premiere window for the smash hit Divergent will begin in 2016, with the additional three films in the series coming to the network over the next three years.

“The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises fit perfectly within TNT’s brand evolution and expansion into action-packed genre programming,” said Wright. “Like our current hits The Last Ship and Legends and the upcoming series The Librarians, the movies in these franchises are ideal for drawing young adults to the network. We look forward to making The Hunger Games and Divergentmovies the kind of event programming that will engage and excite fans for years to come.”

“We’re delighted to launch this partnership with TNT for two of our biggest global franchises,” said Packer. “The agreement underscores the breadth and depth of our content portfolio and supplies TNT with blockbuster franchises that will resonate with their audiences for many years to come.”

TNT has built a strong reputation when it comes to successfully showcasing high-profile movie franchises, such as Peter Jackson’s Oscar®-winning adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The network landed premiere windows for each of the three films and began presenting the entire trilogy in tandem in 2006. TNT has also secured the rights to the first two films in Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit, with the first film set to debut on the network next year.

Lionsgate’s Hunger Games films are based on the best-selling trilogy by Suzanne Collins, while the Divergentfilms are based on the best-selling novels by Veronica Roth. Descriptions of both franchises are included below.

The Hunger Games

The first two installments of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise have already grossed more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and it is the first franchise whose initial two installments have grossed more than $400 million at the domestic box office. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the highest-grossing domestic box office release of 2013 and the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time, and Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy of books has already sold more than 65 million copies around the world. The next two installments of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2, will be released on Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.

Divergent

The first film in the Divergent franchise grossed more than $150 million at the domestic box office and nearly $300 million worldwide, and book sales of Veronica Roth’s best-selling trilogy continue to skyrocket, increasing from 17 million in March to nearly 27 million copies today. Insurgent and Allegiant Parts 1 & 2, the next three installments of the Divergent franchise, are slated for release on March 20, 2015, March 18, 2016 and March 24, 2017, respectively. Directed by Robert Schwentke, the films star Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort and Academy Award winners Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer.

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Liam Hemsworth Takes on the #IceBucketChallenge

Earlier we shared how The Hunger Games family is taking on the #IceBucketChallenge. We’ve seen videos from Elizabeth Banks, Francis Lawrence, Nina Jacobson, Julianne Moore and Alexander Ludwig received a promise from Jena Malone that she too will be taking an ice bath. Now Liam Hemsworth has jumped into the fray wearing a very awesome TMNT onesie we might add! (LOL!)

Now let’s hope Woody and Josh take on the challenge from Liam!

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Mysterious #OurLeaderTheMockingjay Posters Hint at Surprises to Come 21.8.14 (UPDATED!)

(Updated, August 21, 2014 at 10:44 am ET)

This #OLTM was sent to us here at DWTC personally!

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Below the jump you’ll find a huge listing of more images that have been scattered over social media. What do they mean? We still don’t know. But it looks like we’ll find out later today! (Thursday)
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Francis Lawrence and Nina Jacobson Take On the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By now we’re all aware of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that is taking over the world. Many celebrities have been participating in the great and hilarious cause, and now members of The Hunger Games family are joining in on the fun. Francis Lawrence and Nina Jacobson have already participated, Jena Malone has agreed, and Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth have all been challenged, among many more. We’re wondering how The Girl on Fire will do with this?

Nina Jacobson (Click image to go to video)

Nina Ice

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Jena Malone

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REVIEW: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Copyright: 2014

Pages: 320 (hardcover)

Genre: YA fantasy

Goodreads SummaryIn a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled. As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist. Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed. Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons. But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for? Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

Score: 7 out of 12

What we loved: It’s always amazing the feeling we get when we open a book and are transported into another world. The world of Storm Siren is full of beauty, danger, love, suspicion, loyalty, and more. Also, we just love this cover. Isn’t it gorgeous?!

What we didn’t: There was a little bit of a lull where the story kind of dragged around the middle. The period between familiarizing us with the world and then bringing the final epic showdown could have been condensed a bit, in our opinion.

Characters you’ll be glad you met: Colin. We fell for him exactly the same way we fell for Peeta: his affection for Nym is obvious, but he can also work a party and humbly save the day when needed.

Why we think Hunger Games fans should give it a try: You know how you love to hate Snow? You will love to hate Adora. Like Snow, she is powerful and crazy and you don’t want to get on her bad side. These two characters reminded me a lot of each other, actually. Also, we’ve talked about how much we love Colin, right?! We love Colin.

Buy the book 

Catch up with the author of Storm Siren, Mary Weber, at her website.

Check out more Outside Panem reviews here.

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Francis Lawrence Confirms We’ll Be Seeing More of Coin in ‘Mockingjay’

d13 CoinThis day is just getting better, we now have even more from Francis Lawrence on Mockingjay thanks to EW.  This time the focus is on Julianne Moore and her character President Coin.  Who Francis confirmed will have more screen time than she had in the book.  He also reveals Julianne didn’t need to audition for the part and actually tracked him down for the role.

..She actually sort of tracked us down and had an interest in the books through her kids,” Lawrence says.

The Golden Globe winner’s interest acted as an audition, he notes.

“She didn’t audition. Once we knew she wanted it, that was it—done,” Lawrence says, laughing. “I sat down with her, she had great ideas, we got along and that was it.”

…with Moore’s involvement, Lawrence says, the gray-haired politician’s role in his two-part finale has expanded significantly beyond her portrayal in the bestselling Hunger Games series..

“There’s more of her in this than in the book, and because of that, there’s some development,” Lawrence says. “I think the character has developed into something pretty amazing. And Julianne was a big part of that.”

We’ll definitely take more Coin!

 

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Francis Lawrence: “The Answer to Why These Books Exist Exists in ‘Mockingjay”

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Last week we  got a small blurb on Mockingjay in the Entertainment Weekly Fall Preview Edition, but now the mag has shared a bit more about the film in an online article.  Director Francis Lawrence spoke with EW and shared some fantastic details on Katniss mindset, how they are broadening our look at Panem and more.

On where Katniss is emotionally:

“It’s a very confusing, conflicted, complicated time for Katniss….Having gone through the games one more time and having lost Peeta and having been run through the wringer, she’s even more damaged. So you find her in a more agitated place. She’s distraught, confused, angry.”

Francis promises the film won’t all be a downer:

“There’s definitely some battles. There’s some of the first glimpses of real war in this movie. And the scale gets quite big,” he reveals. “There’s an atonal shift from some of the last movies, but they’re still very emotional, very sweeping, [on a] grand scale with some levity and humor.”

Lawrence also promises there aren’t any major changes from the book, although some “elements” were created with Suzanne’s approval to surprise even the most dedicated tributes.  They also took the chance to open up the world and show more of Panem.

“Instead of changing the plot and changing characters what we did was have the opportunity to show scenes that could have been happening at different times in the book,” Lawrence says. “For us it’s world expansion instead of changing things. I think it’s exciting for the fan to see certain things. So we’ve been able to open the world up in this and see some new places. We get to see some new districts this time and the scope gets quite large.”

And a slight change that should make all of us happy…more Julianne Moore as Coin!

“What’s interesting is although she’s a huge character in Mockingjay the book, there’s actually very little of her in it,” notes Lawrence. “There’s more of her in this than in the book and because of that, there’s some development.”

The conflict Katniss feels about both Gale and Peeta will remain in tact.  Though the magazine calls it a Love Triangle, we fans know it’s a much more complicated than that.

“With Mockingjay – Part I it’s tricky because Peeta is out of reach for her,” notes the director. “Obviously he becomes an objective for her, but Gale is right there, so that’s always a tricky situation.”

Francis is staying tight lipped on where the split in Mockingjay will occur, but promises the two films will be “distinct” from one another.

While Lawrence won’t reveal how he divided the final book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy (“That’s going to be one of the really good surprises,” he says), he shares that the films will have “two different, very distinct stories.”

“Those objectives became the motives for us,” Lawrence explains. “This is where the meaning of the entire series comes into play. The answer to why these books exist exists in Mockingjay, and that’s really been exciting to me. That’s been kind of what I’ve hung on to through these stories.”

Once again we are reminded just how lucky we are as a fandom that Francis Lawrence took up the reins for the last 3 films.  He just “gets it”  and that last quote from him makes this tribute very happy.  Mockingjay is my favorite, and it’s in the absolute best hands!

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Happy Birthday Jennifer Lawrence!

Huge Happy Birthday wishes to our Mockingjay, Jennifer Lawrence who turns 24 today!

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