Let the fandom ensue!

It’s only Monday, but WHAT A WEEK IT’S ALREADY BEEN! The Legend of Korra pilot episode was leaked online (amazing, by the way), the Hunger Games film comes out in two days at midnight (going to see it in IMAX, of course :-) ), and now the reviews are pouring in for the film! And they are extremely positive thusfar! I must be honest, I was pretty worried about the film. I just [still] don’t completely understand how the novels can be adapted successfully. However, I have finally let out a sigh of relief *sigh*. In fact, as of now on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has 100%! Granted, not all the reviews are in yet, but below you will find some snippets from reviews across the interwebz!

“The Hunger Games, a vision of human life in all its nasty, brutish brevity demands to be devoured… The Hunger Games is an essential science fiction film for our times; perhaps the essential science fiction film of our times. Whatever your age, it demands to be devoured.”
– Robbie Collin – Daily Telegraph

“the camera does mostly cling to Katniss, requiring a Herculean amount of heavy lifting from Lawrence. She bears the load. Stoical or heart-on-sleeve, afraid or defiant, the starlet hits the mark. Factor in archery skills to make Robin Hood soil his Lincoln greens and you have Katniss as Collins intended.”
Total Film

“The Hunger Games is enthralling from beginning to end, science fiction that has depth and intelligence to match its pulse-racing entertainment value.”
Digital Spy

Interestingly:

“Ross has done more than churn out a faithful adaptation of the book. His vision of the world of The Hunger Games is bigger, scarier, darker, and more political than the books ever dared to be.”
Den of Geek

I think we all know what scene this is:

“The most moving scene in the book becomes the moving scene in the film.”
Total Film

For those who compare it to Twilight:

“What’s remarkable is the lack of cheese. Tacky effects, corny dialogue and creaky performances are all shown the door. We repeat: not the new Twilight.”
Total Film



I will be with you all Thursday night — 11:59 PM SHARP — at theaters across the country, ready and giddy to experience The Hunger Games as we’ve been waiting to see it for what can only be textually described (in non-hyperbolic terms) as “an eternity!!”

May the odds be ever in your favor,
Sam.

Donald Sutherland’s Hunger Games Interview

AM I EXCITED FOR NEXT THURSDAY? I CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN HOW PSYCHED I AM FOR THE HUNGER GAMES PREMIERE!

The more videos I see from the film, the more excited I get. I already have my midnight IMAX tickets, and I hope you all go and buy your own before they’re sold out. I don’t even care that the closet IMAX is an hour away! 9:30 PM on Thursday, March 22 I am picking up my girlfriend and driving there. It’s kind-of hard to believe. As we get closer to the premiere, more tidbits, photos, and videos are revealed. I haven’t posted many of the videos, though. My reasoning: almost everything I’ve recently seen has been behind-the-scenes footage and spoilery items. Although… now that I write that, I realize I’ve already spoiled most everything about the series in previous posts. No matter!

I had to post this video. PopSugar recently did an interview with Donald Sutherland (President Snow) which was finally posted. You can view it below or here. I can honestly say this is the best interview I’ve seen from the film’s cast yet. Donald Sutherland is a immensly talented, classical-feeling actor. That is to say, he’s the type of actor that researches his role so much that he almost becomes the character. So, hearing him speak so highly of not only the source text but the film and Gary Ross’s vision is awe-some. Not only that, but he thinks this movie can “awaken a generation”.

The film will include two scenes not originally from the book involving President Snow. At least one of these scenes will take place in Snow’s rose garden. The scenes were apparently based on a letter Donald Sutherland wrote to Gary Ross regarding the psychology and internal reasoning for Snow’s actions. I know, right? How quaint, he wrote a letter! At least big actors are still supporting the USPS (look! I made a joke!). He makes some very good points regarding the challenges in bringing the book to film. Specifically how there are over 30 million mini-versions of the Hunger Games film already existing in every reader’s mind, and how Gary Ross had to bring all the imagery into one. By phrasing it in such a way, I am suddenly many times more excited and open to changes from how I envisioned the book. The best part? He simply brushes off the issue saying that “no one” will walk out of the theater disappointed.

May the odds be ever in your favor,
Sam.

Trailer 2 dissection – the characters part 1

Let the discussion begin! Discussion of what? Of the Hunger Games trailer, of course! Sure, we got the posters a while back showcasing what some of the characters would look like, but now we have them in action! So let’s make like the true voyeurs we are and stare! And discuss!

Here’s Gale looking at Katniss during one of their wilderness excursions. While the trailer does indicate the film will follow the book very closely, they have to trim or change some things to fit the time. We just have to accept it. The book lists and mentions several of their excursions outside the fence which introduce important story elements. I’d bet Lionsgate combines some of the excursions into one, or else introduces plot points in other areas of the story. My worry about Gale is the fact Liam Hemsworth is playing him. He did a Miley Cyrus movie before this, for crying out loud. I hope he can actually act worth Read the rest of this entry »

Hunger Games Trailer 2 finally released!

In case you missed the epic reveal on GMA this morning, here’s the second official trailer for The Hunger Games movie. I need more time to take this all in, I may or may not be hypervenhilating right now….


*Phew* Okay, my heart rate is slowing again. I’ll put up more detailed thoughts tomorrow, once I take some time to look through the whole thing in detail. In the meantime:

May the odds be ever in your favor,
Sam.

Hello, slow news!

This has been a week full of a lack of anything worth noting in terms of what would be news but isn’t because it doesn’t exist. Therefor we have some random stories all piled into one!

First up, Vanity Fair recently did a photo shoot with the cast of The Hunger Games film. You can see the main image of the entire cast below. You can check out the rest of the photos over at Vanity Fair. The photos are very well done, even if they’re the same scenery as most Vanity fair photo shoots I’ve seen… though I must admit I don’t know what on earth they have to do with The Hunger Games at all. I realize these are just promo photos of the cast in general, not necessarily related to the film. However, these types of shoots always seem pretty pointless. Honestly I’d like some more pictures of the cast looking grimy and bloody and in the environment the characters will actually be in. The photos remind me of Twilight for some reason, and everyone knows how I feel about that series.

Next up is some Peeta information. As you all should know, Josh Hutcherson is Read the rest of this entry »

Hunger Games posters – all in one place!!

You thought I was going to miss this, didn’t you? The sudden release of SEVEN new Hunger Games posters by Lionsgate featuring some of the main characters of the series? Yeah. Those. Lionsgate brought on some top-level marketing staff from around the industry to help promote the Hunger Games film, and this looks like their big push out the gate. The seven posters were released strategically to seven of the biggest internet outlets on the web. These include Yahoo!, MTV, Moviefone, MSN, IGN, EW, and Teen. No doubt there was probably some bidding Read the rest of this entry »

South Park Games

The new South Park season has started. The Hunger Games film is drawing closer. What better way to celebrate these two clearly related events than by combining the two? That’s just what one fan has done. Utilizing some of the internet’s many “South Park character generators,” Hunger Games fans have made South Park avatars for the book’s characters. I’ve included a few of my favorites here. You can view the lot of them over at Hunger Games Examiner. Can you tell which characters are which? I think comparing Gale’s rough-n-tough appearance and Peeta’s clean-n-artsy appearance is pretty funny.

You might notice on the Hunger Games Examiner site a lack of captions denoting which character is which. I find it fascinating that, even without captions, one can clearly tell which avatars represent which characters. Even the more vague ones without backgrounds like Haymitch. It’s a testament to the character writing in the series. Either that, or the representational power of the South Park art style. Given the choices, however, I’d have to say mostly the first.

"The Girl On Fire" (duh... Katniss Everdeen)


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New viral “Districts” Hunger Games site up

Ever wanted to be part of the horrific, impoverished, post-apocalyptic, ruthlessly controlled country of Panem? Well you’re in luck! There’s a new Hunger Games viral site up by the catchy URL of “http://thecapitol.pn/,”

What’s this “districts” mumbo-jumbo about? Well, person-who-hasn’t-read-the-Hunger-Games-trilogy, in The Hunger Games, Panem (North America) is split up into twelve different “Districts”. Each district specializes in a different economical commodity and each serves the Capitol (probably located somewhere in/near Colorado). Read the rest of this entry »

Slasher-of-prices-Scholastic slashes already slashed Hunger Games prices to slash your stupidity for not reading the series into small, slashed-up little squares

*Start of epic music* *DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN*

It’s a New York Times bestselling series… It has a major motion picture on the way… With The Hunger Games growing more popular by the day, Scholastic is really trying to get the word out and get people to read the series. This includes major price cuts (great news for anyone who is still pointlessly holding out on reading the series). Basically: you have no excuse to not read it now.

Do you have one of them fancy Kindles? Well then just meander on over to Amazon and download the first book for only $4.69! (the physical copy is still $10)

The Kindle edition of the series was up for $4.38 yesterday (92% off the suggested retail price)! OR… Have one of dose hawt Android devices? They got you covered, too! Only $4.69 in the Android Market to read your future favorite book on a tiny phone screen!! In fact, most of Suzanne Collins’ books are $5-7 on the Market… which means I’m thinking about picking one of her other works sup. If I do happen to read one, I’ll let you all know what I think.

Long story short: you have no excuse not to read the series. So quit making excuses. Just. DO IT.

Believe me at all times with sincerity and respect, your faithful and obliged servant,
Samuel P. Jackson

Hunger Games fan fic

No news for you today. Today is reserved for something far more dumb.

This is a rather hilarious Hunger Games fan fiction I came across recently. If you’ve read the Hunger Games, you’ll probably immediately recognize and enjoy it. It’s awful. But possibly gut-splitting-inducing (depending on whether you actually have a good sense of humor).

You can read it all here. Basically, the author took The Hunger Games chapter by chapter and substituted characters, lines, and object for outrageous things. As a fan of the series, I think it’s a pretty great parody. IN FACT: In honor of this humorous find, I have decided to include a Hunger Games quote with every post. Today’s quote seems fitting.

“I pull an arrow, whip the notch into place, and am about to let it fly when I’m stopped by the sight of Finnick kissing Peeta. And it’s so bizarre, even for Finnick.”

Definitely not taken out of context,
Samuel.