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Josh Hutcherson Reveals the Memento He Took from the Set of ‘The Hunger Games’ His Thoughts on ‘Mockingjay’ & More


josh interview 92.5In a recent interview with KISS 92.5, Josh Hutcherson spoke about his reaction to the photo scandal that sadly affected co-star Jennifer Lawrence, as well as his thoughts on Mockingjay (he’s seen it!) and what trinket he stole from set!

You can hear Josh comment on the photo hack here:

Josh had a lot to say on the photo scandal:

“These are crimes,” he said of the massive hack. “These are absolutely crimes against human rights.”

“The fact that people react the way they do and look at that,” said Hutcherson, “It’s so unbelievably embarrassing to have somebody look into your private life,” he said. “It’s really disheartening to see that this is where the world of entertainment has gone and it’s gone that way because of greed and media and people feeling like they deserve something and have a right to something that they absolutely do not.”

On his reaction to Mockingjay Part 1

 “I loved it. I’m so proud of it. I’m so glad that they split it into two movies because there’s so much that happens in that third book that if you tried to squeeze it into one two hour movie you would have lost so much,”

“It’s really dark, it’s really intense and the way you see how these characters try to recover and then build up a counterstrike against what they’ve experienced is really intense,” he said. “You’re absolutely going to love it.”

On wrapping the franchise:

“We’ve gone through some big changes together, just personally and professionally, that it’s hard to know that you’re not going to be 12 hours every day for months at a time with them,” said Hutcherson. “We’re still close, we’re still friends, we talk all the time — but it’s not the same so I’m definitely going to miss it.”

Josh also revealed the one prop he “borrowed” from set:

“I actually took the pendant that I gave Katniss — the one that opens and has the picture of her family, from that scene on the beach. I took that. It’s my one memento,” he confessed.

“It’s in my house in my desk drawer. I’m going to try to purposefully lose it — but in a way that I know I will find it in the future.”

Source KISS 92.5 / Panem Propaganda

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WATCH: “Tomorrow” Teaser Clip for the Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

The Hunger Games’ social media team has been teasing Monday’s (September 15th)  theatrical trailer since it was announced last week.  First they gave us a chilling clip of Katniss finding the rose from Snow.  Now with the big reveal tomorrow, a second teaser clip featuring (presumably) Katniss and Gale fighting in District 8 has just been released on Instagram.

The anticipation is killing me!  How excited are you guys for the trailer?!

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Josh Hutcherson Talks ‘Paradise Lost’ and His Career Post-‘Hunger Games’


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Josh Hutcherson has been a busy guy this week, out and about promoting Escobar: Paradise Lost at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).  At the festival, Josh sat down with Indiewire to discuss the film and on how he hopes his career will change now that The Hunger Games is coming to an end.

On the differences between filming Paradise Lost and The Hunger Games:

“Escobar” is, however, a much smaller film. Was it nice to take a break from the “Hunger Games” franchise and do something indie?

It was. I’ve — in my experience — loved making smaller movies, independent films. Smaller crews, smaller sets. It feels like a movie. “Hunger Games” is cool because you have all these resources, but it’s big and it’s heavy and it’s hard to move. When you have this lighter, more nimble crew you feel more free. You feel more able to do everything in a different way. It was a great break from “The Hunger Games,” for sure. And the filming was really hard and you had a lot of challenges.”

On the pressure to deliver after The Hunger Games success:

“Do you feel the pressure to deliver after the success of “The Hunger Games”? The films are almost a wrap.

Yeah, absolutely.

You’ve been acting since you were, god, how young?


So it’s not like this is all new to you.

It’s not new. But at the same time, there are more eyes on you because of something like “The Hunger Games.” With like, the connotation of a YA franchise and how that can pigeonhole people… but at the same time, I’ve never been a pressured person. I never feel pressure like that too much. I definitely feel, like, “I want to do something good,” to show that I’m more than what a lot of people know me as from “The Hunger Games.” There’s different kinds of roles I want to play, and movie from different genres and premieres as well.”

Josh also talked about not succumbing to the pressures of Hollywood as a young actor:

“You and your “Hunger Games” co-star Jennifer Lawrence seem to have a firm grasp on your careers. You both seem focused on the work and on lasting in this business, not on becoming tabloid fixtures. How do you keep such a firm head on your shoulders?

I think it’s because the reason is why we want to act. I think that Jen and myself, we just ended up falling in love with this profession, and from a young age we were driven to do this and not for the glitz for it, not for the fame or attention. Quite the opposite really, I hate attention. I didn’t choose it. This is what I can do. I think we are both people who love making movies. I love the on set experience, I love collaborating and creating movies from development stages to acting. We hate the business but we love making movies. I think that’s the real difference. That’s when you see some young people go down the wrong path is when they are into it for the wrong reasons, or they get caught up in it with the wrong people. That’s the other thing — we both have really great families, great friends and people around us that help us keep our heads on straight.”

The complete, full interview can be found here.

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The Staff of DWTC Talk Hopes & Wishes for the #Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

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Only 2 days remain until Lionsgate will finally reveal the trailer for Mockingjay Part 1! Like you, the DWTC Staff is extremely excited and we each have our own ideas about what we hope to see (and what we hope they’ll keep hush hush for now). Read on to find out what we’re crossing our fingers we’ll see during the rumored 1 minute 45 second time frame.

It’s been a while since I’ve read Mockingjay so not everything is fresh in my mind, but I definitely hope they show some of the new characters in action. We’ve seen what they will look like and they have awesome posters, but hopefully we get to hear them talk and do cool stuff! As far as what I don’t want to see, I hope they don’t give any clue on where they will split the two final movies. I want to be surprised!

What do I hope to see in the 1 minute and 45 seconds that will be the Mockingjay trailer? Well, that’s easy. Peeta! I think I’ve spent long drooling over Josh Hutcherson’s portrayal of him in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire that the idea of seeing him take on a new side of Peeta is enormously exciting. Watching Peeta’s character transform and find a way back to himself was, to me, the most intriguing aspect of the book. I also hope to catch a glimpse of this new side of Katniss; to finally see the emotions she explores on the page come to life. I also love Johanna so I hope she makes a grand entrance (and I’m sure she will). What I hope they don’t show us just yet? Hm… to be honest, I don’t know where they’re going to end the first part! I would say that I wouldn’t want them to give any indication whatsoever about how the end of the book transpires, but I can’t forget that there will also be a Part 2 (hallelujah). I’m guessing that they’ll end it at the reunion, so that will leave a certain celebration for the second movie (don’t want any spoilers on my watch!)… So let’s say that what I hope they leave as a surprise for Part 1 are the on-camera confessions. They’re simply too juicy to give away just yet!

“The main person i’m hoping to see is Peeta. I know we had the promotional stills and all but I really really really want to see Peeta in the Capitol. Perhaps Johanna too. It would also be nice to get a better look at District 13!”

There is a lot I hope to see in the final trailer.  Even though the general audience might find it confusing, I would love to see as many new characters as possible.  They are such an important part of the story and I want to get a glimpse of them all.  I also hope, as the teaser for the trailer showed, Katniss’ mental state is shown to effectively set the tone. Maybe an introduction to District 13, what’s happened since Catching Fire, and Peeta.  But most importantly, I want to see the revolution being kicked into full gear.  I think that’s what the public wants to see given the buildup from the first two films, and the fact that the book is often criticized for being “slow”.  But unlike the anticipation for the games, there isn’t a huge event that I’m waiting for in the Mockingjay films, so I’m not worried about getting a taste of something too soon.  Like any trailer, I’d like it to catch my attention and make me want more.  But I’m sure anything they show is guaranteed to get that reaction from me.

Okay, here is what I hope the trailer shows: Prim being awesome, Finnick & Katniss tying knots, Finnick being emotional in a propo (but with music in the background and not dialogue, so the non-reader doesn’t know why), Buttercup chasing the beam from a flashlight, the tension between Coin and Katniss, Haymitch saying, “And that, my friends, is how a revolution dies!”, and of course — Finnick Odair in his underwear. And then it would be cool if it ended with Katniss yelling, “Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!”  I know — that’s a lot for a first trailer. I have high hopes.

While I’m incredibly excited for the Mockingjay trailer to drop, I can’t decide on what I want to see in it! I love being surprised by the film in theaters. More than specific scenes, I want to see the styling and costumes of my favorite characters. I love the fashion! Also, I really want to see Annie, because she’s one of my favorite minor characters. No matter what they show, I can’t wait!

My hopes for the trailer are that it is so spectacular it leaves me speechless. Katniss and Peeta are a must see for me but only in very brief scenes as not to give anything away. I also love the rose theme and having them in the trailer would make it more dramatic just like the small teaser trailer we just received. I’d would love to see any character really but especially Finnick and Prim because I’m curious of how they will look compared to Catching Fire. Finally I’m intrigued about the layout of District 13 so would be pleased if we were also shown this.

The time has come and the trailer is near all I can think of: oh, I’m so nervous.

I love Mockingjay and see the photos are making me even more anise. My fear is … will it be as good as the book?

Seeing the first two I know how close to the book they’ve tried to keep it and I know it will be the same. However, I’m still worried.

In this trailer, our first TRUE look at the movie, I want to see Peeta. Yes, I’m usually screaming: BRING ON HAYMITCH. This time … not so much. (Okay that a small white lie, but you understand)

The Peeta I’ve grown to love (as we all have) is different this time and I know Josh is going to portray him so well (as we’ve already seen) But caring-loveable-strong Peeta has changed and seeing it for the first time is going to make it more real!

I also want to see the FIRE in Katniss and her changes (and growth) in District 13. Actually, I just want to see District 13 and see how amazingly it will look.

All in all, I want to see it all. The excitement (and the wait) has been going now since the moment the credits began to roll on Catching Fire! Now, the time has come! BRING ON HAYMITCH!

I keep going back and forth about what I want to/don’t want to see in the trailer. I’ve actually been quite happy with the “less is more” marketing scheme, Lionsgate has chosen to utilize thus far. Even though it’s odd to say that I don’t want to be spoiled since I’ve read the book more times than I can count (it’s my favorite in the series), I really don’t want to be shown too much before the film arrives. Taking that into account, I really hope they focus the trailer on the rebellion aspect and District 13 itself, I want to see Katniss of course, but also glimpses of Star Squad (including Gale and Finnick), Plutarch, Coin and most especially Effie and Haymitch. I’m sure after that short glimpse we saw in the tease that we’ll be getting at least some bits of Snow as well, but I’m actually on the fence about seeing Johanna and most especially Peeta. I really think I’d like to have them keep hijacked Peeta under wraps a bit longer. I know Josh is going to be amazing, but to me it still seems like such a huge piece to reveal this soon, but then again that could also be why they choose to do it. All I know is if we see Peeta Monday, just know I will be a weeping mushy mess. Kind of a practice run for November’s flood.


So what are you hoping to see on Monday? Is there anything you hope they keep under wraps?  Let us know in the comments..

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Jennifer Lawrence Poses for Miss Dior

Has anyone heard about the terrible chill we’re expecting this season? I’ve heard, at least on the East Coast, that we should be seeing twenty (twenty!!) times the amount of snow as last year. I guess you have to take the word of the weatherman with a grain of salt, because to me it looks like Fall/Winter 2014 is warming up with Jennifer Lawrence on the job for Miss Dior!

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Thanks to Panem Propaganda for spotting these shots from JenniferLawrenceSource.Net as well as the news that Jennifer will be serving as a co-chair for the inaugural Met Ball/the opening of a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art next May. It’s to be titled: Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion. According to Bazaar, the exhibit should be a cultural sensation full of colors, exotic fabrics and masterpieces by entertainment icons.


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Official Trailer and Poster of Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Serena’


It seems like it’s been forever for something official for Jennifer Lawrence’s Serena to be released.  The wait is over!  This official poster of Jennifer (more here) came out this morning along with an official trailer.  Check it out below.

Jennifer teams up with costar Bradley Cooper again in this 1920’s period piece about a married couple running a business in North Carolina.  Serena, played by Jen, is a strong and independent woman who discovers her husband’s (Cooper) dark past.

Serena is being premiered at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival on October 13th and is released in UK cinemas on October 24th.

Sources:  Panem Propaganda, Digital Spy, JabberJays.net

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Josh Hutcherson Describes the Final Scene he Filmed for #Mockingjay

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Spoilers Below!  You have been warned. 😉

During his time with the press at the Toronto International Film Festival,  Josh Hutcherson spoke of the final scene he filmed for The Hunger Games Franchise, to him it was a simple reshoot  to get an another angle for a prior scene, but to fans it’s a huge deal.

“It’s me putting Katniss out when she’s on fire. It was literally a camera looking up at me, I had a blanket and I was throwing it at the camera,” he said with a laugh.

“It was definitely a bittersweet moment, but it was one of things where you finish it, and you’re like, ‘That was it. That was the last moment of all these movies.’ It really was anticlimactic!”

He was there the next night for the wrap of the movie, though. “It was not like of a big bang kind of ending. I think everyone was really sad,” he said. “We’d created something really special together for so many years, and the time to say goodbye was tough.”

Ahhhh! I’ve always thought Peeta was close by Katniss when the parachutes went off at Snow’s mansion. In my heart I knew he had to be following behind her, keeping a close watch.  The book isn’t clear on where exactly he was, but it does indicate that Peeta was burned as well.

“Peeta’s still in the burn unit. He made it to the City Circle after all” Mockingjay, pg. 351

So, the fact that the film will show him throwing a blanket to put out the flames is definitely not something that would be really a divergence from the book.  What do you think about Josh’s relevation?  Let us know in the comments.


You can read the full article at the Daily Observer.

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Josh Hutcherson Talks Working with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Wrapping #Mockingjay & More

JoshTIFF1Josh Hutcherson recently attended the Toronto International Film Festival to promote his upcoming release, Escobar: Paradise Lost.  During his time with the press, Josh spoke a bit about finishing up filming for Mockingjay, working with Philip Seymour Hoffman, his career, and much more.

On why the cast have Jennifer Lawrence to thank for not being tied down by their Hunger Games characters in a negative way.

“We got lucky!” he says. “I think it helps so much that Jennifer is who she is, and has done the work that she’s done. It gives us more credibility that we’re associated with her, since she’s been nominated for multiple Oscars and won one. Also, The Hunger Games didn’t create us. The makers brought all the cast members onto the project and helped create it. I think that’s a big reason why we’re not tied to it in a negative way.”

On the role that got away

“That was one of the biggest heartbreaks in the world where I didn’t get Spider-Man,” he says. “I wanted it so bad. But then, I got The Hunger Games a few months later, and was like, F**k yeah! It all worked out.”

On working with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman

“I only had the privilege of sharing one scene with Hoffman, this ball dance scene in the last one, but I saw him around on set a lot,” he says. “It’s really crazy and shocking what happened. They had pretty much shot all his stuff, so they’re not going to do any weird, CG things to re-create him. They didn’t have to work around too much.”

On how the cast celebrated the end of filming

“We filmed for nine months on the last one, so everyone was so tired that we didn’t have a big bash at the end,” he says. “I think it was because we were sad. Like, F**k,this is done. We had a wrap party in Berlin and since we were all staying at the Soho House, we went to the rooftop a lot, but nothing major.”

On his current career plans

“It’s been really crazy,” he says with a smile. “I have to remind myself I’m 21, because there’s a part of me that wants to keep going, going, going, but I just finished Hunger Games and have been working non-stop for 12 years, so it’s OK to slow down. And that’s what I’m doing now—slowing down a little bit.”

You can read more of Josh’s interview at The Daily Beast.




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Willow Shields At New York Fashion Week

Within the last week photos have been appearing everywhere of Willow Shields having an awesome time at New York fashion week!

She’s growing up and has not only attended multiple fashion shows but actually took part in her first ever one too!

Be sure to check out the photos from Willow’s instagram in the gallery below.

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Music Video for Lorde’s #Mockingjay Single Reportedly Filmed Last Night

LordeMore musical news to report on today.  This time it’s the music video kind!  Thanks to our friends at QuarterQuell.org, we’ve learned that Lorde may have filmed her video for her song for the Mockingjay: Part 1 Soundtrack last night in Mahwah, New Jersey.  The source for the original speculation is actually a politician running for the city council for the township. Just last week, he posted to his Facebook page about an interesting request at a council meeting from the location manager for Lorde’s video shoot.

NorthJersey.com also posted about the council meeting where the location shoot was being discussed.

“We are planning to film between the hours of 4 p.m. and 4 a.m.,” Teddy Yoon, a location scout for Iconoclast, told the council during the public portion of its meeting. “The idea behind it is the darkness surrounding her. We’ll be filming under various street lamps on dark streets.”

Yoon identified three areas where the Iconoclast crew would be filming over: The Sheraton Mahwah Hotel on International Boulevard, Beth Haverim Temple on Ramapo Valley Road, and an area near the Darlington Golf Course off of Campgaw Road.

…Roth also made note of an ordinance that prohibits filming overnight in residential areas, a subject of discussion when Yoon revealed a fourth location, at a resident’s pool.

The council agreed that the three original locations would not violate the ordinance because they are either privately owned or commercial properties.

Councilman Robert Hermansen suggested rather than use a resident’s pool, the production company use the Mahwah municipal pool, an idea Yoon welcomed.

“I would love to be able to keep all of the shooting in Mahwah, and we would pay the town for use of the pool,” Yoon said.

Now, we’ve done some hunting and thanks to fan twitters and sites for Lorde there are tweets and photos swirling around about the filming! Here’s just a few.

What a musical week for The Hunger Games! Is it November yet?