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Day 2 of DWTC’s D2R14 Contest — Enter to Win a Hunger Games Poster Prize Pack

December to RememberWelcome to Day Two of DWTC’s December to Remember Giveaway!

(The Answer to Yesterday’s ‘Who Said It’: “Excellent! You almost look like a human being now!” was Flavius.)

We’ll be holding giveaways each weekday from Monday, December 8 all the way through Wednesday, December 24th!   Each day you will have the opportunity to win our daily giveaway– brought to you by a member of the Down With The Capitol staff!

Today’s prize pack contains:

Day 2

  • The Hunger Games Mini Poster
  • Catching Fire Mini IMAX Poster
  • Mockingjay Part 1 Mini Poster

Entry Widget and Official Rules after the jump.

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Welcome to Day #1 of DWTC’s 4th Annual December to Remember Contest!

December to RememberDecember marks the beginning of the season of giving, and we here at DWTC are ready to celebrate with our 4th annual December to Remember contest!

We’ll be holding giveaways each weekday from Monday, December 8 all the way through Wednesday, December 24th!   Each day you will have the opportunity to win our daily giveaway– brought to you by a member of the Down With The Capitol staff!

Today’s prize pack contains:

Day 1

  • Mockingjay Pin (1)
  • “Odds” Keychain (1)
  • “The Only Thing Stronger than Fear is Hope” t-shirt  — Ladies XL (1)

Entry Widget and Official Rules after the jump. Continue Reading »

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Costume Designers Kurt and Bart Talk ‘Mockingjay – Part 1′ with Grazia Magazine

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Costumes are a major component of The Hunger Games.  But we really don’t see much of the Capitol grandeur in Mockingjay – Part 1 with the focus mainly being on Katniss thrown into a propaganda war with the rebels.  Plus, District 13 is a colorless environment filled with grey and uniformity.  Mockingjay – Part 1’s costume designers Kurt and Bart recently talked with Grazia Magazine about challenges of identifying wardrobe personality in District 13, working with Jennifer, and creating the Mockingjay costume.

On the differences between the first two films and Mockingjay:

The costumes in this film are very different to the first two ‘Hunger Games’…

Bart: “That was the most interesting thing for us. These characters had been really established and to strip them down and break them from society was great for us. It was also interesting to think how we would create something for these characters’ styles to come out of, even though they’re in the same clothing. Eiffe is the best example of that. Each character took the same base clothing and made it their own.”

Was it important to show their personality coming through?

Kurt: “I think so. Bart always references private school where you have all the same thing and people do little things to make themselves stand out, whether they are doing it intentionally or not. It can be subtle. When Katniss first meets President Coin it’s important for them to be on the same level ground – they are wearing the same thing. But Katniss is a little more unbuttoned while Coin’s top button is done up. It’s those subtle differences which help define characters.”

Kurt and Bart say when creating the Mockingjay outfit, they saw it through Cinna’s eyes.

For the Mockingjay costumes how did you design that?

Bart: We got to do so much cool stuff in this film but I think the coolest of all was designing the Mockingjay costume itself. It’s a costume designed by her stylist in the book – that’s how we approached it, through his eyes. He knew it was her destiny to become this Mockingjay. She was a symbol, but also she had to be a soldier in the field.”

Kurt: “We wanted it to be seen in different ways – we didn’t want her to become a super hero in an immobile suit that she can only wear one way. Her wings and shoulders are designed to be ceremonial, but the armour can also be taken off so you can see that girl again – you can see Katniss. Even if it didn’t have the wings, she could be out on the field and become a soldier.”

Kurt also explains how he was inspired by historical events to create District 13’s costumes.

What references did you use for the District 13 costumes?

Kurt: ‘We started out looking at really simple clothing designed for the people – which led us to WW2 and times of austerity in England. There were real rules about uses of fabrics and pleats and not using excess buttons. We approached District 13 the same way. We wanted these things not to feel like they were futuristic, but that they were grounded in reality. There’s a nod to that past and I think it ends up looking really romantic.’

They also comment on how fun and easy it was to work with Jen.

What is Jennifer like to work with?

Bart: “She’s fantastic because she knows the character so well. Jen is hilarious and the set is very light hearted and the actors are having a great time. All of a sudden, when it is time for action and she’s in the Mockingjay it’s like ‘there is Katniss!’

Did Jennifer have a lot of fittings for that costume?

Kurt: ‘We didn’t have a lot of fittings. A lot of different people were involved in that costume – specialty costume houses. Those elements are all very tricky and it was important for us and for Jen to have several fittings to make sure she could do what she needed to do in the costume.

Bart: ‘We would get her all strapped in and she would just take a handful of Skittles and go for a run.’

I definitely recommend reading the whole interview.  It’s great to see how the costume designers are inspired to create the pieces we see on screen.  To read the complete interview with Kurt and Bart, click here.

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VIDEO: What Products Would Katniss Be Terrible At Selling? The ‘Mockingjay’ Cast Answers.

Along with their individual interviews about Mockingjay – Part 1, Rotten Tomatoes posted a compilation of the Mockingjay cast answering a silly question.  We all know that Katniss has a tough time acting and reciting lines for the cameras to inspire the rebels.  So what other kind of thing, like a product, would Katniss have trouble selling?  Check out their answers below.

There is also an extended outtake clip of Jen, Josh, and Liam.

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Radio Remix of ‘The Hanging Tree’ Totally Misses the Point (Editorial)

When fans heard The Hanging Tree had debuted on the singles charts around the world, many were excited at the prospect of actually hearing the haunting ballad on the radio.  And we started to hear word last night that a “radio edit” of the song had been heard on some west coast stations.  Well that version of the song has now made it’s way online and it’s apparent that the record label behind the track (Republic) completely missed the point of the song or why it’s popular.

Take a listen:

This is not how this song should sound!  It is a sorrowful piece, that becomes a battle hymn in the Districts of Panem, not something for a dance battle in a club!  I can’t say how disappointed I am that they choose to take something so beautiful and change it up when it’s completely unnecessary.  If this is what the record label thinks this song needs to get airplay can we just forget the radio aspect of this, please.

I can’t imagine what Jennifer thinks of this…it’s like her greatest fear come to life.  And then you have to wonder what Suzanne thinks of what they’ve done to her beautiful lyrics.

I will admit the beat is catchy, but it’s not the right fit, heck it’s not even in the right universe.

What do you think of this “edit”?  Do you agree that they’ve missed the mark on this?  Or will you be jamming to the song at your local club?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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“The Hanging Tree” Makes its Mark on Singles Charts around the World

Screenshot (562)By now fans know that singing in Mockingjay Part 1 was definitely not one of Jennifer Lawrence’s favorite moments from filming.  In fact, she has made a point of talking about how uncomfortable it made her, how she actually cried on set the day of filming, and how she tried to talk Francis Lawrence into letting Lorde sing in the film.  Well despite her feeling toward her vocal abilities, tributes around the world (including us here at DWTC) are in the love with her haunting rendition of The Hanging Tree and have purchased the digital download of the song causing it rise up the singles chart.

In fact in the UK it debuted at #14 on the Official Singles Chart  and at  #12 on ARIA’s Australian Top 50 Singles Chart . And here in the US the song is expected to debut in the top 40 of the Hot 100 when the chart is revealed tomorrow (December 3rd).

UPDATE: Billboard is now reporting that The Hanging Tree has debuted in the US at #12 on The Hot 100 Chart!

The plaintive ballad roars onto the Hot 100 with 88 percent of its chart points from sales. It enters the Digital Songs chart at No. 2 with 200,000 downloads sold in its first week (ending Nov. 30).

The remainder of its points are almost all from streaming (2.1 million U.S. streams, which place the track just outside the 50-position Streaming Songs chart). The song logged a mere eight plays on U.S. radio last week (a shout-out to Pop Songschart reporter KHKS Dallas, which spun it six times), but Republic is only just now launching it at all radio formats.

Lawrence, 24, joins an exclusive list of Academy Award winners who’ve charted on the Hot 100. She’s just the 13th charted performer to win an Oscar in an acting category in the list’s 56-year history, joining Julie Andrews, George Burns, Cher,Bing Crosby, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Burl Ives, Shirley Jones, Frank Sinatra, Meryl Streep and Barbra Streisand.

I think it’s probably safe to say that no one associated with the film expected this kind of result, least of all Jennifer! (Oh please someone get a quote from her on this!) My daughter was actually more geeked that Suzanne Collins would be known not only as an author but a top 40 songwriter as well. ;)

Have you purchased your copy of The Hanging Tree? If not, why not? Get ‘er done tributes!

And since it’s so amazing when tied with footage from the film, check out the TV Spot again below!

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‘Mockingjay Part 1′ Sits at the Top of the Worldwide Box Office for the 2nd Weekend in a Row!

Mockingjay week 2Mockingjay Part 1 remained dominant at the box office over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  The film in it’s 2nd week of release brought in $57M over the weekend, and now sits at $225.7M domestic.  That places the film at #7 on the list of the 2014 top grossing films.  Box Office Mojo estimates if it follows its current path, Mockingjay is looking to finish the year out at #2 with $324M  just below Guardians of the Galaxy‘s $331M.  Which is incredibly impressive!  Catching Fire topped the 2013 box office with $424.6, but had a larger opening weekend and a stronger box office climate in general to boost its total.

Now onto the international front which remains a strong front for the 3rd film in the franchise.  Through Sunday, Mockingjay Part 1 had taken in $254M overseas for a combined worldwide total of $480M.

Mockingjay Part 1 should continue to sit a top the box office for the next two weekends, until December 19th, when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theater.

Keep track of the latest box office results at Box Office Mojo.

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New Haunting Still of Katniss from Mockingjay Part 1

Lionsgate has released a new still of Katniss from Mockingjay Part 1.  This image comes from the very beginning of the movie where Katniss is trying to keep a grip on reality.

Katniss District 13

“My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am seventeen years old. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger
Games. I escaped. The Capitol hates me. Peeta was taken prisoner. He is thought to be dead. Most likely he
is dead. It is probably best if he is dead….” Katniss Everdeen, Mockingjay

Chilling…

What did you think about this moment in the film?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Bad Lip Reading Takes on ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ — MUST SEE!

We’ve got a real treat for you today Tributes! Bad Lip Reading has finally done videos for Catching Fire!  I checked their channel last night and nada, but thanks to @SuspianFeels on twitter for checking today and spying these!

Word of warning…do not eat or drink while watching these…no seriously don’t! ;)

And if you missed Bad Lip Reading’s take on The Hunger Games, you can check it out below.

And be sure to check out their YouTube Channel for more hilarious BLR Moments!

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The Propoganda in Mockingjay Part 1 vs Marketing for the Film– Francis Lawrence Discusses the Similarities

Francis 03Did you notice that the “If we burn…” Propo in Mockingjay Part 1 had parts that were very similar (if not dead on) to the teasers for the film that came out before release?  In particular we are talking about the logo, font and even Rue’s whistle at the end.  Well, in a recent interview with Vulture, Director Francis Lawrence compared the Propos in Part 1 to the actual marketing campaign for the film and explained how they complimented each other.

Aren’t movie marketing campaigns a bit like propaganda campaigns?
Sure! One of the things that I had fun with was the idea that Katniss goes out into this real situation, and it’s a really horrific event, and she gives this really emotional speech, but then you take that footage and you take it back to the edit room and you splice it up in a very certain way. You add your music, your titles, and you turn it into something meant to inspire, and then you’re sort of adding things that are actually part of the marketing campaign for The Hunger Games movies themselves. We used the same font, the same logo. And so it was fun to actually use some of the advertising in the propaganda film itself.

And vice versa. Your teaser trailers for the film were propo spots.
Yeah! It’s interesting, when we started working on the propaganda films within the movie, and the approach to them, you start looking at the idea of propaganda. There was an Austrian guy [Edward Bernays] around the era of WWI who wrote the book on propaganda, and he came up with the five approaches to it, and a lot of it is actually used in advertising. It was all the different ways of connecting to people, getting people to do something, or want something, or want to join something. And those five principles are still being used all the time. Like Michael Jordan selling shoes, right? By associating somebody very well respected with a product, it makes people want to get that product. We think of that as “Yeah, no-brainer,” but that was one of the original approaches to propaganda.

And so for a movie, the actors are the spokespeople …
Absolutely. You have to sell the movie. And ideally when you’re making a movie, you have actors who are respected so that your propaganda works! [Laughs.]

Jennifer Lawrence and Katniss are both in a position where they have to sell something — a movie, a movement — and both work a little better unscripted.
Yes. I think she definitely does. She’s good at both, but what’s kind of fun about her is that she’s an amazing actress. You give her a script, and she’s really incredible and amazing to watch. I learn something new from her every day. But what’s really interesting to see is when she’s unscripted. There’s a blunt, almost awkward honesty that comes from her that is really charming.

What do you think about the decision to basically have some of the advertising for the franchise used within the film itself?  Did it detract from the moment for you? Or do you think it enhanced the experience, perhaps even made the moment connect more with you?  We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

You can also check out more from this interview with Francis Lawrence at Vulture.