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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?

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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.

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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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New Still of Katniss Released in EW’s Fall Movie Preview

Yesterday, we got news that Mockingjay: Part 1 would be featured in Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Movie Preview issue.  Check out the new still of Katniss (as seen in the teaser trailer) below!

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There is also a short article with some details from Francis Lawrence about filming the movie as well as costume changes.

Mockingjay introduces a more somber color palette in its new costumes and locales, including rebel headquarters in District 13.  “You’re sort of hit with the harsh reality of the consequences of war,” director Francis Lawrence says.”

The battle look for Katniss is reminiscent of her interview dress from Catching Fire

Katniss dons sleek body armour with protective boots, knee and elbow pads, and a tailor-made chest plate that sparkles with an iridescent indigo sheen recalling the feather-trimmed gown she wore in Catching Fire. “It’s the warrior version of her mockingjay look,” says the director.

Katniss also changes her gold Mockingjay pin for black in the last two films.

“Katniss’ trademark gold-plated Mockingjay pin has been exchanged for a new black-on-black token.  “Stylistically, this is something that Cinna designed for her before he was beaten in Catching Fire,” Francis Lawrence says.”

Francis also comments that he won’t reveal where the split between Part 1 and 2 will be, and that there will be much more of President Coin than we see of her in the book.Mockingjay blurb EW Fall Preview Issue

The Fall Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly is available to subscribers digitally now and on stands tomorrow, August 15th.

Edit:  Thanks to QuarterQuell.org for sharing the untagged image!

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Press for Mockingjay Part 1 has Officially Begun!

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Yesterday marked 100 days until Mockingjay Part 1 hits theaters and it also marked the official beginning for press for the film as well.  Check out the photos Lionsgate and the cast shared of the event.
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Mockingjay Part 1 to be Featured in This Week’s EW Fall Preview Issue

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Okay tributes be sure to head to news stands this Friday as Entertainment Weekly will feature Mockingjay Part 1 in its Fall Movie Preview Edition! So what can we expect? Well according to EW…

we delve into Jennifer Lawrence’s grittier new appearance as rebel leader Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Now how much they’ll dive in we aren’t sure but we are very excited to check it out!

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Josh Hutcherson on Wrapping “Mockingjay,” Press Tours, and His Relationship with The Cast

A huge thanks to hggirlonfire for finding great new interviews with Josh Hutcherson! We always love hearing more from Peeta Mellark.

In the first video, we join Pacific Rim, who interviewed Josh at his 3rd annual celebrity basketball game benefiting Straight But Not Narrow (to which fans had the chance to win tickets via Omaze).

When asked if he’s ready for Mockingjay to come out, Josh answered, “No, I’m not mentally prepared for it. It’s definitely a wild ride. The press tours… it’s something unlike anything else. And there’s no way to really prepare for it – but I’m excited about it! And the next movie kind of goes to really a new place and it gets kind of dark and intense so I’m excited for everybody to see it.”

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Catching Fire Takes Home 4 Surfboards at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards

Tributes another Teen Choice Awards is in the books and Catching Fire scored 4 wins out of the 7 total nominations for the film.  Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence walked away with wins for Choice Actor/Actress Sci-Fi Fantasy for the film, Donald Sutherland (complete with white rose) was epic in accepting his award for Best Villian and the film won the top award for Choice Film Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

The cast came up a bit short to some great competition in Best Lip Lock (Fault in our Stars), Choice Scene Stealer (Nat Wolff Fault in our Stars), Male Hottie (One Direction), and Choice Actress Drama (Shailene Woodley Fault in our Stars).

You can check out the full winners list here and keep scrolling for photos and video of the event!

Josh Hutcherson accepts for Choice Actor Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Choice Movie Sci-Fi/Fantasy

The most amazing speech ever!  Donald Sutherland with the biggest highlight of the night as he accepts the award for Choice Movie Villan and shares a special gift all the way from Panem.

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