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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.

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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.

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Screenwriter, Peter Craig, Says Mockingjay Part 2 is about “Redemption”

Peter Craig and Suzanne CollinsIf Mockingjay Part 1 was considered dark, as fans we know that is nothing to compared to what will be coming in Part 2.  The first half of the book is the build up, the propaganda war, rescuing Peeta, etc.  The second half is the real war, the push to get Snow and the loss of life hits closer to home.  But Mockingjay screenwriter Peter Craig promises, though the film will indeed be dark, they have highlighted the lighter moments as well, saying the film is about “redemption”

“…the Mockingjay – Part 2 team also worked to be sure the film will not be just wall-to-wall bleakness and gloom. “We knew it was dark, and we looked at what wasn’t dark, and really paid a lot of attention to it,” screenwriter Peter Craig told BuzzFeed News. “Part of it is there’s a lot of affection between the characters that you can’t always show in moments where they’re fighting in arenas, or when they’re separated from each other. There’s a love story that’s emerging between Katniss and Peeta that is actually really, really sweet at its core. There’s all these characters that have been reunited and genuinely care for each other.”

If the main objective of Part 2 is “Let’s go get Snow,” then that conceit of characters reconnecting with each other — literally and figuratively — appears to be the film’s emotional spine. “I feel like you can have darkness if you’ve got some redemption at the center of it,” said Craig. “[Mockingjay – Part 2] is really completely about redemption, and all these people forgiving each other, and finding each other again. It might take you through a thicket, but you come out the other side.”

Source: BuzzFeed

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WATCH: The Cast Share their Favorite Jennifer Lawrence Stories

It’s no secret how much fun the cast have on set and Jennifer Lawrence is usually at the center of it.  Check out this great MTV interview where the cast share some of their favorite Jennifer Lawrence stories whether on or off set.

 

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WATCH: Willow Shields Talks Prim & Mockingjay Part 1 with Vivelo Hoy

During promotion for Mockingjay Part 1 Willow Shields Spoke with Vivelo Hoy about her character’s evolution (She sees Prim as the light in the story) and more.