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.
If you use Facebook Messenger, then you’re probably aware of the cool stickers available to enhance your messages. Well, you’re in for a treat, as Mockingjay stickers featuring our favorite characters are now available for FREE! All you have to do is visit the sticker store while using Facebook Chat and they’re yours! Check out some of the stickers below, they’re all really great!
(*Note if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, we’ve linked to this article several times and referenced it on the HG Fireside Chat on Monday’s episode. Now, we’re finally getting the opportunity to do a proper write up for it. We hope you enjoy it!)
How did they do that? Why did they cut/add that scene? What made them decide to end the film there? Tributes have so many questions for the filmmakers of The Hunger Games series, and Buzzfeed has answered the call with a fantastic interview with Director Francis Lawrence, Producer Nina Jacobson and Screenwriter Peter Craig on the adaption process for Mockingjay Part 1. The discussion is broken down into various topics and we’ve highlighted some of the most interesting points below.
Splitting the Book into Two Parts:
“In order to separate that story into two distinct films while remaining faithful to the book, the filmmakers turned to Collins, who created separate outlines delineating the major character arcs and story beats for each half of her novel, helping the filmmakers find the central organizing principles of each of the two films. (Collins received a rare “adaptation by” screen credit on the film for her efforts.)
“We felt that the first movie would focus on the propaganda war, and getting Peeta back,” said Jacobson. “The second movie [was] about all-out war, and taking Snow out. … Those big ideas were very much informed by Suzanne’s approach to how we would split the book into two movies.”
When it came to the split of Mockingjay into two movies, many compared it to the Harry Potter franchise, which possibly made the “final movie split” concept popular. However, Harry Potter had seven books to turn into eight films to stretch out over many years. So compared to The Hunger Games trilogy, fans of Katniss and Panem only have one more movie to look forward to with Mockingjay: Part 2. Then came Francis Lawrence, who recently revealed that there have been talks about creating movies beyond the main story in the trilogy Suzanne Collins wrote.
Speaking to MTV, Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence admits that the idea is alluring — but would obviously also be a huge risk.
“Everybody is thinking about [expanding the franchise], and talking about it,” the director reveals.
However, he also shares his worries about diving into a Katniss-less world, and having to hype up a whole new set of characters.
“I just think that one has to go into that world carefully. A huge part of what makes the stories great is that it was really built upon this idea of the consequence of war, and you have an amazing character like Katniss at the center of it,” Lawrence says. “To just say, ‘Oh, we’re still in the Hunger Games world’ is really risky.”
“You need to make sure that you have something new to say,” Lawrence continued. “New characters need to be created that are just as compelling as Katniss. It’s a tricky thing, but I’m definitely open to talking about it, and I think everybody’s thinking about it. Everybody loves the world, and the ideas.”
It is truly risky indeed, as book lovers hold the trilogy and the world with Katniss as lead heroine close to their hearts. However, there is no denying that fans of The Hunger Games have extended beyond book readers, so there are lots of people who would enjoy more from the world of Panem. The big question remains in how to do that in a way that will enhance the original story, and not ruin it.
Would you like to see more movies that expand on the stories of fellow Tributes, like Finnick or Johanna? Or do you think it’s possible to create entirely new stories with characters we don’t even know yet? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Last night, Lorde stopped by the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to talk about her career and curating the Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack. She also closed out the show with a performance of Yellow Flicker Beat. Check it out below.
Well Tributes, we mourn today as we have learned that a certain fan favorite scene featuring Finnick Odair was indeed filmed for Mockingjay Part 1 but was left on the cutting room floor.
In an interview with Crave Online, Sam Claflin discussed what he called a “brief moment” (his words, not ours! 😉 ) that they filmed featuring Finnick where he wishes Katniss luck while standing in his underwear. This was filmed in the hospital wing, as he mentions taking off the hospital gown as well. So, why was a scene many fans adore in the book cut from the film? Sam has an answer for that too.
Were there scenes that you shot that showed what you were up to, that didn’t make it into the final cut of this movie?
Not really, no. I think the important elements of his story and his journey are shown. The fact is, he very slowly starts piecing himself back together, but you don’t really see that in the book or in the film. There was one scene that we shot that didn’t make it into the film, which is totally understandable in the context of the movie and the fluidity of the journey that everyone was going through at that point. It seemed quite jarring, so it makes sense that it didn’t make the film…
What was that scene? Was it just an isolated moment or were you interacting with another actor?
It was an isolated moment. I was still in the hospital gown, but for a brief moment in that scene, before I took it off, I was just randomly standing there in my underwear wishing Katniss luck. [Laughs.] I think what they realized was, it was kind of not in keeping with the tone of the movie. They needed to keep moving forward. The fact that she was about to go to war, you know, it didn’t quite sit right. I think that was the general consensus. To me it makes sense if someone was a little wary of how people might take it. It makes so much more sense that it’s not there than if it was.
As if we could forget, but to refresh your memory here is that scene from Mockingjay:
I was supposed to tell you to report to Beetee in Special Weaponry. He’s designed a new trident for you.”
At the word trident, it’s as if the old Finnick surfaces. “Really? What’s it do?”
“I don’t know. But if it’s anything like my bow and arrows, you’re going to love it,” I say. “You’ll need to train with it, though.”
“Right. Of course. I guess I better get down there,” he says.
“Finnick?” I say. “Maybe some pants?”
He looks down at his legs as if noticing his outfit for the first time. Then he whips off his hospital gown, leaving him in just his underwear. “Why? Do you find this” – he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose – “distracting?”
I can’t help laughing because it’s funny, and it’s extra funny because it makes Boggs look so uncomfortable, and I’m happy because Finnick actually sounds like the guy I met at the Quarter Quell.
“I’m only human, Odair.”
…Fulvia Cardew hustles over and makes a sound of frustration when she sees my clean face. “All that work, down the drain. I’m not blaming you, Katniss. It’s just that very few people are born with camera-ready faces. Like him.” She snags Gale, who’s in a conversation with Plutarch, and spins him toward us. “Isn’t he handsome?”
Gale does look striking in the uniform, I guess. But the question just embarrasses us both, given our history. I’m trying to think of a witty comeback, when Boggs says brusquely, “Well, don’t expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.” p. 79-82, US Hardcover edition.
Are we disappointed, yes most definitely. This is one of our favorite scenes from the series, BUT we can understand how it may have worked on the page for pacing and emotion, but may not have felt the same when it was shown on screen. As Sam says “It didn’t quite sit right,” and we’ll trust his take on things.
So, it appears as if our only hope of seeing this will be the DVD Deleted Scenes, since the way the scene was shot (hospital gown, etc) it most likely would not fit anywhere in Part 2. So our fingers are tightly crossed Francis Lawrence won’t keep this one locked up!
Mockingjay Part 1 Now Available for Pre-order in the US– Including Target/Best Buy Special Editions!
We previously reported that the UK had opened up pre-orders for Mockingjay Part 1 and now, the US is following suit with all 4 major retailers, Target, Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon jumping into the early sales as well.
Not much information is available for each release yet, that will come later from both Lionsgate Home Media and the store chains, but we do know that Target will have a special edition with a 3rd disc containing 45 minutes of bonus content and include a gorgeous fabric poster of Katniss for those who pre-order the disc. And we also know that Best Buy will allow customers to continue their Hunger Games steel book collection with a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack. Amazon currently is showcasing just the basic Blu-ray and DVD, while Walmart also has a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo pack.
You’ll also notice that the images shown are simply the theatrical poster for the film, these are just placeholders until the final artwork is finalized. And again any mention of deleted scenes or bonus materials, apart from Target’s special edition will be released at a later date much closer to the release time, which is of course “to be announced” as well. We’d suspect an early March release like Catching Fire or perhaps even late February, as we know they’ll want to promote Insurgent on the release as well.
You can check out the links to all the retailers below and check out the fabric poster image from Target as well.
- Amazon DVD-Digital/Blu-ray-Digital
- Walmart DVD-Digital/Blu-ray-Digtal/DVD-Blu-ray-Digital Combo Pack
- Best Buy DVD-Digital/Blu-ray-Digital/DVD-Blu-ray-Digital Steelbook Combo Pack
- Target — DVD/Blu-ray/Digital Special Edition with a 3rd disc of bonus content (Fabric Poster free gift for pre-orders only!)
Will you be putting in your pre-order for Mockingjay Part 1 or will you be waiting to find out all the details first? Share your thoughts in the comments!
I’m sure if you’ve read the books (and I’m pretty sure a majority of you have 😉 ), you will have noticed that certain demands were missing from Katniss’ list as she told Coin what she required to take on the role of the Mockingjay. In the film, her list consisted only of rescuing and pardoning the Victors, and of course allowing Prim to keep Buttercup. But in the book, she had a few other “wishes” as well. One was that she be allowed to hunt on the surface with Gale which was brought in the film another way, and then there was what many would say was the biggest demand of all…
The Hunger Games’ Official YouTube account just posted a beautiful new TV spot for Mockingjay – Part 1 featuring Katniss singing “The Hanging Tree.” Check it out! (Warning: Does contain several scenes from the movie).
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