First ‘Mockingjay — Part 1’ Trailer Has Lots of Action

The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 has just been released (those other clips were just propaganda shorts for the Capitol) and packs plenty of punch. (Even Gale gets to do something!)

It will interesting to see if Part 1 or Part 2 contains more padding and movie-only material, seeing as the novel was so… elliptical about the war.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 opens Nov. 21.

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The Mockingjay Lives — ‘Unity’ Video Clip

A second promotional video was released today to tease The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and, like the first, it features a speech from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) — but this one does not go according to the script:

That’s Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) hijacking the president’s feed from the presumed-lifeless District 13 to trumpet the news that the Mockingjay still lives.
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First Teaser for ‘Mockingjay — Part 1’

What we have here is not a clip of action scenes from the forthcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, but rather a sort of… PSA from President Snow simultaneously praising and threatening the citizens of Panem. Y’know, in that way he does.

The casting of Donald Sutherland as the Big Bad in this series was absolutely brilliant, because his voice is so amazing: It’s soothing yet unsettling. He’s a very stern father figure. And his casting carries real-world baggage: We are used to hearing his voice as a pitchman selling us products. Here, he’s selling the myth of Panem as a utopia.

Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) looks on with a strangely tranquil face. Is he drugged? What’s wrong with him? Why is Katniss’ closest ally rallying behind the president? (Readers of the book know what the deal is.)

And how about that antiseptic white production design? How sterile and inhuman can you get? I think it’s much more sinister than all-black.

‘Final’ Trailer for ‘Catching Fire’ Looks Pretty Hot

If you’re like me and you hate the Boston Red Sox with the fiery passion of 10,000 suns (or maybe you just don’t like baseball), then you also weren’t watching the World Series last night when Lionsgate unveiled what it’s calling the “final trailer” for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

It’s the best trailer so far because it actually contains some footage from the arena for the very first time. It would be a shame to miss it, so here it is:

Sadly, the new fan favorite (and mine) from the novel, Johanna Mason (Jena Malone), is hardly in it — she can be glimpsed at the 0:57 mark, over Peeta’s left shoulder as he’s talking to Katniss.

The other novel fan fave, Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), and Mags (Lynn Cohen) are just barely recognizable at the 0:46 mark, running through the jungle.

New Images, Video for Catching Fire

As we draw closer to the Nov. 22 opening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (advance tickets are already on sale online!), the promotional campaign is starting to pick up steam. Here have the latest images released — including the official final poster and some scene stills of the tributes, among them Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and my fave, Johanna (Jena Malone).

In addition, there is a behind-the-scenes featurette that focuses on the IMAX filming but contains lots of new footage.

Looks pretty exciting…

Catching Fire: Quarter Quell Character Images

Folks looking forward to this fall’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have had to subsist on some pretty meager crumbs leaking from the film’s production, some “meh” poster images and a… well, a modest teaser trailer. Let me assure you it has been tough to be content with lukewarm  Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson content when the real interest is in the new characters set to be introduced. Especially Jena Malone’s Johanna Mason!

A while back we were rewarded with some excellent and evocative posed character shots in fancy dress that whet our appetites, and now, with a large presentation at the San Diego Comic-Con slated for Saturday, we finally get shots of the victor tributes in their 75th Hunger Games uniforms.

For the most part, these images look great — though I do believe the Photoshop is a bit off when comes matching the head/body proportions for Finnick and Beetee — and make you want to see these characters in action. And I must say the Johanna image was worth the wait…  Jena looks every inch as sexy and dangerous as I was sure she would back when she was first rumored to be up for the fan-favorite role. Katniss (and Jennifer) better watch her back!

Catching Fire Character Portraits

I like the publicity campaign (so far) for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — these “official Capital portraits” are doing a fine job of capturing the characters in poses that look deliberately staged while sneaking in some personal characterization. You can almost see some of the characters crying out with their eyes, “I’m not really onboard with this; I’m posing because I have to.”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens Nov. 22.