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REVIEW: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

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Copyright: 2015

Pages: 357 pages (hardcover)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Goodreads Summary: Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

Score: 7

What we loved: We loved reading about a world just beyond our world, where fantastical creatures have been battling for years. This book has been compared to Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunters books and we can see why. But in this world, a regular human girl (albeit, a talented thief), takes center stage. We enjoyed seeing her hold her own. The element of having a mystery to solve also made the pages turn rapidly in our hands as we tried to figure out, along with the main character Echo, what was going on.

What we didn’t: The book was slow to start, Perhaps the world building took a little too long, but we didn’t really feel vested in the story until about 40 percent of the way through it.

Characters you’ll be glad you met: Jasper. We really enjoyed the unique way in which the author revealed Jasper to us throughout the story, and by the end we were rooting for him 110%.

Why we think Hunger Games fans should give it a try: From a young age, Echo had to do what she had to do in order to survive. She develops a talent, and it is because of this skill that she ends up at the center of the story. Kinda reminds us of Katniss, in a way 😉 

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Catch up with the author of The Girl at Midnight, Melissa Grey, at her website.

Check out more Outside Panem reviews here.

 

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Finding hidden deleted scenes on the Mockingjay Part 2 Blu-Ray DVD

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The Mockingjay Part 2 Bluray contains many exciting special features and behind the scenes goodies but there is one piece of content, a secret Easter egg, which is more difficult to find.
To find the Easter egg a set of instructions must be followed involving both the Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 bluray DVDs. However the task is challenging but well worth it to unlock the hidden deleted scenes.

On the Part 1 Blu-ray
The Part 1 bluray must be used to obtain a set of codes. These are displayed under each character on the main menu and consist of both letters and numbers, try to note down as many of these codes for future reference later on.

 

On the Part 2 Blu-ray 
This is the tricky part, before the main menu appears a brief scene is shown where squad 451 are watching a Capitol propaganda broadcast. On the table in this scene there is a blue flashing device. To access the Easter egg menu, you must press the blue button on your Blu-ray remote along with the flashing blue light on the device this will take you to a secret menu where you will be asked for the codes that you noted previously. Each of these will reveal a deleted scene! However putting in the codes is also not 100% straight forward as they contain both letters and numbers and the typical Blu-rray remote only allows number input. To get past this, all we would say is look to the blue column of numbers and letters running down the side of the character codes noted from the Part 1 bluray, these will give the answer.

Good Luck finding the Easter egg!

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WATCH: Unboxing ‘The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection’

In case you didn’t already know, Mockingjay Part 2 and The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection come out on Blu-ray and DVD on March 22, 2016. Don’t know what to pick up? We put together a guide for the two home releases which you can check out here. Additionally, Lionsgate sent us a copy of the complete 4-film collection, so we unboxed it so you can see what it looks like on the inside!

Which one will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments!

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VIDEO: Katniss and Gale talk about the tesserae in extended scene from ‘The Hunger Games’

There’s just less than one week until The Hunger Games four-film collection is out on Blu-ray and DVD.  A lot of great scenes have been released in anticipation of the release, including several extended scenes we’ve already seen parts of in the films.  We love revisiting never before seen footage from The Hunger Games where everything started.  Check out an extended scene of Katniss and Gale talking about tesserae and the odds they both face going into the 74th annual reaping.

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WATCH: Extended Scenes from ‘The Hunger Games’, Snow and Seneca & Peeta in the Training Center

35c591bb32b2e6a269034b0fddc41737In anticipation of the upcoming Complete 4 Film Collection of the Hunger Games series, we recently got a look at a deleted scene of Katniss and Peeta from the very first film.

Now, two more extended scenes from The Hunger Games have been released!

First up is the scene where President Snow and Seneca talk in the rose garden. The extended portion consists of the two discussing the “girl on fire” nickname.

Second we have a longer look at Peeta climbing the rope ladder in the Training Center.

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We’re loving finally getting to see these deleted and extended scenes! What else do you hope we get to see?

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Rules and Entry Details for DWTC’s Hunger Games Fan Marathon Ticket Contest!

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In celebration of the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release of The Hunger Games The Complete 4-Film Collection and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Lionsgate will be holding a special Hunger Games Marathon on Sunday, March 20th from 10 am – 11 pm at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, CA. This all-day event will include screenings of all 4 films,  a cast Q&A from actors and actresses throughout the films, sweet treats from Peeta’s Bakery, trivia games, green screen booth, and a Hunger Games inspired costume contest that you’ll want to win and so much more!

You may have seen this contest running on several of the other fan sites, where tickets were first come, first serve. Well we got permission from Lionsgate Home Entertainment to do ours a wee bit different.  Rather than having to be quick on the draw and clicking a link to RSVP for tickets, we are slowing things down just a bit to hopefully give more of you a chance to enter.

Now here are all the contest details and rules.

Prize:

  • One (1) Pair of tickets to The Hunger Games Fan Marathon at the Egyptian Theater in LA on Sunday, March 20, 2016 (5 pairs available)

How to Enter:

  • At 3:00 pm ET (12:00 pm PT) today, March 3, 2016, we will be tweeting a question on our twitter (@HungerGamesDWTC) with a special contest hashtag. To enter simply reply and answer the question, being sure to include the hashtag in your response.  Please note if you don’t include the hashtag, we may not see your entry!

 

  • UPDATE!! Tweet us your answer to the following question and be sure to include #DWTCcontest so we’ll see your entry! Remember you have until 11:59 pm ET/8:59 pm PT tonight to enter!
    • “What 3 Words Would you Use to Describe #TheHungerGames to someone who has never read/watched the series?”
  • UPDATE 2! Contest is now closed and no longer accepting entries!  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Pretty simple huh?

Rules:

  • The contest closes at 11:59 pm ET (8:59 pm PT) tonight, March 3rd.  Any entries timestamped after that point will not be eligible.
  • Five Potential winners will be selected by random draw on Friday, March 4th.
  • Potential Winners will be contacted via Twitter through DM’s so keep watch!
  • Once notified the potential winners will be told a day and time when they will be receiving a special code to help claim their prize. If a “winner” is unable to retrieve their code on that day/time, DWTC cannot guarantee that their tickets will remain available.
  • Winners must live in the LA area or be willing to travel to LA via their own means. NO travel or accommodations are included.
  • Winners must arrive at the venue by 10:45 am PST on the day of the event or their tickets will be forfeited to the stand by line. No exceptions!
  • Tickets are non-transferable.
  • Tickets courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment

So be watching for our twitter question later today to enter and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Two NEW Clips from #MockingjayPart2 DVD Extras: Jena Malone on “Going Bald” & the Making of the Sewer Attack

We are only one week away from the digital release of Mockingjay: Part 2 and three weeks away from the Blu-ray/DVD release. Are you excited, tributes? Clips from the multitude of extras we will be getting have been trickling in from different news outlets recently in anticipation of the release. Today, Teen.com and CraveOnline shared two new behind the scenes clips.

The first, shared by Teen, features Jena Malone talking about how she was very willing to shave her head to accurately portray Johanna after she is rescued from the Capitol.

Our friends at QuarterQuell were kind enough to post this video on their Tumblr for tributes outside the US to view.

The second clip shows some great footage of the making of the sewer scene featuring the lizard mutts.  It appears that CraveOnline has not made the clip embeddable, but you can see the clip on their website here.

Mockingjay: Part 2 is out digitally on March 8, 2016 and on Blu-ray/DVD on March 22, 2016.

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WATCH: Deleted ‘Boy With the Bread’ Scene From ‘The Hunger Games’

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Thought you had seen every scene from the first Hunger Games movie? Well, think again! Thanks to POPSUGAR, we have a new deleted scene that expands on the “boy with the bread” story.

Aside from a flashback scene where it happens, it’s not really addressed in the first movie. But actually, it was — it’s just in a deleted scene that is only now becoming available with the release of The Hunger Games: The Four Film Collection, which comes out on March 8 on Digital HD and March 22 on Blu-ray/DVD. We have the exclusive look at the clip, where Katniss finally gets to say something about the bread incident to Peeta — it’s sort of a thank you, even though she tries to close herself off with the admission. And you know how that turned out.

We can’t embed the clip, but you can head on over to POPSUGAR to watch!

UPDATE! We now have a YouTube Version thanks to RealorNotRealNews!

 

What do you think of the deleted scene? Let us know in the comments!

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 DVD Guide

After so many amazing years within the Hunger Games franchise, the end has sadly arrived. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 finally arrives on Digital HD March 8 and on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand March 22. Plus, Lionsgate is releasing The Hunger Games: Complete 4-Film Collection which has tons of exciting bonus features!

Check out our Mockingjay Part 2 DVD guide below to choose which DVD is the best one for you!

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DVD/Digital Copy:

  •  Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
  • The Hunger Games: A Photographic Journey
  • Cinna’s Sketchbook: Secrets of the Mockingjay Armor
  • Panem on Display: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition

Where To Buy:

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Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD:

  •  Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
  • The Hunger Games: A Photographic Journey
  • Cinna’s Sketchbook: Secrets of the Mockingjay Armor
  • Panem on Display: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition
  • “Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” 8-Part Documentary
    • Walking Through Fire (Concluding the Saga)
    • Real or Not Real (Visual Design)
    • High-Value Targets (The Acting Ensemble)
    • From Head to Toe (Costume, Make-up & Hair)
    • Navigating the Minefield (Production in Atlanta, Paris & Berlin)
    • Collateral Damage (Stunts, Special Effects & Weapons)
    • Tightening the Noose (The Post-Production Process)
    • A Different World (Reflections)
  • Jet to the Set

Where To Buy:

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Complete 4-film collection Blu-Ray/DVD: 

  • Over 14 Hours of Bonus Content Including:
    • 12 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games
    • 6 Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Including 1 Never Before Seen
    • 9 Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
    • 2 All-New Featurettes: “Picturing Panem” and “Capitol Cuisine”
    • 70 Additional Featurettes (Blu-ray); 69 Additional Special Featurettes (DVD)
    • Audio Commentaries, Music Videos and More

(Please note: The 4-film collection has all the previous exclusive bonus features from Target except for the final Mockingjay Part 2 Target exclusives. So if you didn’t buy the previous Target editions, you can enjoy the exclusives in this collection except for the final one.)

Where To Buy:

  • Target Blu-Ray Collection – 49.99
  • Target DVD Collection – 34.99
  • Walmart Blu-Ray Collection – 49.98
  • Walmart DVD Collection – 34.98
  • Best Buy Blu-Ray Collection – 49.99
  • Best Buy DVD Collection – 39.99

 

Target Exclusive:

Mockingjay Part 2 Blu-Ray/DVD (22.99)

Bonus Info: Including the normal special features PLUS an additional 45 minutes of exclusive content. Pre-order Mockingjay Part 2 and receive a cloth movie banner (while supplies last)

Best Buy Exclusive:

Mockingjay Part 2 SteelBook Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy (29.99)

Walmart Exclusive:

Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 Blu-Ray/Digital HD (24.96)

Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 DVD/Digital Copy (22.96)

Bonus Info: It is expected that the Walmart double feature exclusive version will be rental versions like last year with no bonus features.

Which DVD(s) do you want to purchase? Let us know in the comments!

 

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VIDEO: Willow Shields and Elden Henson Walk-Through and Interview at The Hunger Games Exhibition

Last week, Willow Shields and Elden Henson stopped by The Hunger Games Exhibition in San Francisco, where the exhibit is currently open to give fans a glimpse at the costumes and props from The Hunger Games series.  This is the second stop of the exhibition but the first thus far on the West Coast.

Flicks and the City was there as Willow and Elden walked the floor, taking in all of the objects and interactive displays.

Willow and Elden also answered questions about their favorite part of the exhibition and what they think fans will enjoy most.

Down With The Capitol admin Arianna was on site at the exhibition as well.  Pictures of the event can be found on our Instagram page here.

The Hunger Games Exhibition is open now at the Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Hall in San Francisco, CA.  Tickets and information can be found at TheHungerGamesExhibition.com.

Thanks to Jabberjays for the tip!