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DWTC Reacts to the #MockingjayPart2 Teaser Trailer

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As a staff, we weren’t quite sure what to expect when it was revealed we were getting a trailer this week.  Most of us were leaning toward the thought of a “Rebel Propo” ala President Snow’s One Panem propaganda clips from the promo of Mockingjay Part 1.  Those of us who leaned more toward a traditional trailer, felt it would walk the line and not show anything from the siege on the Capitol or the end of the movie in general.  But, boy we’re we all wrong!  What we got was so much better than anything we could have possibly imagined!

Clocking in at a 1:54 (including green band and closing), the Mockingjay Part 2 teaser trailer delivers on every desire fans of the series could have possibly dreamed, without giving too much away to the non-reader.  It showcases our amazing cast, action and more feels than many of hearts (and tear ducts) could handle.  After its release, reactions came in immediatly with man tributes feeling this was the best trailer the series has had, if not then a very close second to the Catching Fire theatrical trailer.

Here at DWTC we couldn’t help but want to share with you our reactions to this first look at what to expect from the final film in the franchise. Read on and check them out, and then let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree with us and what your reactions to the trailer were, as well as if what you saw changed your expectations for the film. Continue Reading »

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Lionsgate Will Host a Hall H SDCC Panel, Featuring #MockingjayPart2, July 9th.

SDCC-HungerGames-EntireCast-01We finally have confirmation that Mockingjay 2  will indeed have a panel in Hall H at SDCC.  The event which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 9th at 12 pm PT, is expected to include cast (as yet announced) and filmmakers, and will be hosted by Conon O’Brien.  Check out the press release below for more information on Lionsgate’s presence at Comic Con.Conan SDCC

LIONSGATE PRESENTS
“THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2” AND “THE LAST WITCH HUNTER”
DURING A PANEL IN HALL H WITH THE STARS AND FILMMAKERS MODERATED BY CONAN O’BRIEN AT COMIC-CON® 2015

Panel Features Never-Before-Seen Footage from “Mockingjay – Part 2” and “The Last Witch Hunter”
SANTA MONICA, Calif, June 11, 2015 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, will give Comic-Con® 2015 attendees two exclusive looks at the studio’s most anticipated fall film releases, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” and “The Last Witch Hunter,” during a panel that will feature Q&As with the stars and filmmakers of both movies to be moderated by Emmy® Award-winning comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien. The star-studded Lionsgate panel and exclusive reveals will take place in Hall H on Thursday, July 9 from 12:00-1:15 p.m.

At the Lionsgate Booth (#4045), there will be talent and filmmaker signings, photo opportunities, promotional giveaways, AV and displays for an exciting slate of upcoming films. Among the numerous films being included are: “The Hunger Games” Mockingjay – Part 2” (November 20, 2015), “The Last Witch Hunter” (October 23, 2015), “Shaun the Sheep” (August 7, 2015), “American Ultra” (August 21, 2015), and “Sicario” (Limited – September 19, 2015).

Additional details regarding the panel:

Location and Time: Hall H (Thursday, July 9, 12-1:15pm)
Moderator: Conan O’Brien

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – a must-see for all, this panel will provide a sneak peek into the powerful final chapter of the epic “The Hunger Games” film franchise. Attendees will be shown never-before-seen footage from “Mockingjay – Part 2” and treated to a Q&A session with the cast and filmmakers, who will reveal details of the big screen finale.

The Last Witch Hunter – Vin Diesel is “The Last Witch Hunter” and he is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history. Join the cast as they preview exclusive footage from “The Last Witch Hunter” before its worldwide debut.

We anticipate, that the exclusive footage being shown will not be available online afterwards, as it is designed for attendees only. (Bummer…I know!)

UPDATE: 6/11/15, 7:22 pm:  We have confirmed with Lionsgate that the footage shown will “Ultimately” be available online.  However there is no timetable for that at this time.  So your definition of “Ultimately” is as good as ours.  They could mean days, weeks, or even months.

 

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CONFIRMED: #MockingjayPart2 Teaser Trailer to Show with ‘Jurassic World’

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Ready to head to the theater Tributes?  We now have confirmation that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 teaser trailer will indeed be making it’s theatrical debut in front of Jurassic World in many locations.

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Personally I’m very excited.  I was planning on seeing Jurassic World anyway, so this is a huge bonus for me!  Are you hoping to see the trailer on the big screen?  Let us know in the comments!

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BREAKING: #MockingjayPart2 Will No Longer Be Released in 3D in US Theaters — IMAX 2D is Confirmed for US

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Earlier this year Lionsgate revealed that Mockingjay Part 2 would be getting the 3D treatment for its worldwide release.  Now Forbes is reporting, that the company has scrapped plans for a 3D release for US theaters.  The plan now is to do a 2D release in the US as well as an IMAX 2D.  The rest of the world is expected to get the film in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D, though individual markets may vary.

But why scrap it for the US?  The official word…Consistency.

…the official reason is that they want to maintain the relative consistency of the franchise, with the prior three films going out strictly as 2D. Director Francis Lawrence discussed the decision, stating “I love the 3D format and I know that Mockingjay part 2 will play perfectly in 3D and 2D internationally – but I’m pleased that we’re maintaining the 2D only (and IMAX) formats domestically. It is the best of all worlds!”

Of course, it won’t be entirely consistent since Mockingjay part 1 was forced to forgo the IMAX release since that fiendish Chris Nolan insisted on hogging the IMAX screens for Interstellar last November. Mockingjay part 2 was the first film to cross $300million domestic without 3D or IMAX since Iron Man and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in May of 2008, and it was the highest-grossing no-3D/no-IMAX film since Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest way back in 2006. But I digress.
The reason is just as likely an admission that 3D isn’t nearly as big of a factor in America as it is overseas, as evidenced by the 3D-enhanded Divergent: Insurgent which still grossed less ($129m vs. $150m) than the 2D Divergent. Generally speaking, people who see Hunger Games movies don’t really seek out the 3D version. The end result is merely a matter of goosing the already-sure-to-be-huge opening weekend which will come with a ready-made asterisk. The film is going to be a mega smash in America, so let the 3D version (which I’m sure looks good enough) play elsewhere in the world where 3D still makes a big difference in terms of box office.

You can read more of Scott Mendelson’s thoughts on this here, he has a lot of reasons why this is a positive decision (he also wrote up a convincing argument against 3D for MJ2 back in February as well.)

Personally, we here at DWTC are very pleased about this news.  We weren’t overly thrilled at the idea of a 3D release anyway, it seemed to go against the nature of the film, and seemed a bit unnecessary to us.  This news keeps to the style of the prior films and in a way tells Hollywood, look you don’t need fancy gimmicks to make money or make a great film.  How about a fantastic storyline and beautiful visuals. :)

What do you think US Tributes? Are you fine with the lack of 3D? Disappointed you won’t be able to see it?  And what about the confirmation of IMAX 2D?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments!  Speak your mind, we want to hear it!

 

 

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Mockingjay Part 1 Receives 4 Teen Choice Nominations

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Mockingjay Part 1 has received an abundance of nominations after the wave one nominees of the Teen Choice Awards were announced on Friday.

The Movie itself has scored a nomination in the choice movie Sci-fi/fantasy category with Jennifer also earning another in the choice actress sci-fi/ fantasy.

.Josh and Liam also gained nominations in the choice actor sci-fi/fantasy.

Fans can begin voting on the 10th of June at 12pm PT so make sure to vote for your favourites! The actual Teen Choice Awards will air on the 16th of August on FOX.

Check out the full list of nominations at TeenChoice.com.

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100 Screencaps from the Teaser Trailer for #MockingjayPart2

If you haven’t gotten enough of the Teaser Trailer for Mockingjay Part 2 yet (and how could you really?), we’ve put together a gallery of 100 screencaps for you to decipher and investigate.

What part of the trailer is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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The #MockingjayPart2 Teaser has Arrived!!

The Mockingjay Part 2 teaser is here and it is the most amazing thing we have ever seen!

Once your heart starts beating again and you can think clearly again let us know what you think in the comments!

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#MockingjayPart2 Cast and Crew Promote Tomorrow’s #Unite Teaser via Twitter

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“#MockingjayPart2 director Francis Lawrence (@Hibbits) wants to know: Are you ready to #Unite TOMORROW?”

Well tributes, we didn’t get a new still for Mockingjay Part 2 today, but we did get a deluge of tweets from cast and crew hyping up the teaser reveal tomorrow. Check them out below.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Franchise Has Officially Wrapped!

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The Hunger Games franchise is complete.

Just moments ago, Director Francis Lawrence tweeted that the filming for Mockingjay Part 2 (and the series as a whole) was complete.  (Oh the feels!)

Shortly after, Producer Nina Jacobson added her thoughts to the moment, making us all want to go cry again.

Thank you so much to Francis, Nina, Jennifer, Josh, Liam and the whole cast and crew for taking such good care of our baby. We can’t wait to see this finishing piece.

How do you feel knowing that this part of the chapter has finished? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Today Marks the FINAL Day of Filming for ‘The Hunger Games Franchise’

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June 20, 2014 — Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson share a final hug on set before wrapping last June. — Photo courtesy of Nina Jacobson

Today is really the end Tributes.

Francis Lawrence shared via twitter earlier today that today was the “Last Day” of the casts mini reunion in Atlanta, and thus the last day of filming for The Hunger Games franchise as a whole.

It’s so hard to believe that we are closing another chapter of this great series.  Sure there will still be promotion to look forward to and the premiere, as well as the DVD release next year.  But never again will Jennifer Lawrence step on set as Katniss Everdeen. Nor will Josh Hutcherson send the fandom into shrieks by dying his hair Peeta blonde. Today the final call of “Cut” will occur and Francis will utter the words, “That’s a wrap…”

We are forever grateful to the cast and crew for taking such great care of our beloved franchise, and of course to Suzanne Collins for bringing this world to life on the page.  And thanks to all of you for joining us on this amazing ride.  On the bright side, they now have all the footage they’ll need to finish production of the last film AND with promotion just starting to really take off we still have lots more to look forward to.

But for now, I think we’ll go cry in the corner…