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Natalie Dormer on Jennifer Lawrence and Katniss Everdeen "There are not enough role models like her"

Natalie Dormer spoke with Marie Claire UK recently, and had a few lovely things to say about Jennifer Lawrence, Katniss Everdeen, and working with some of her biggest inspirations on the Mockingjay set:

Believe the hype about Jennifer Lawrence. She is blazing a trail for her generation and she is everything that her reputation predicts – boyant, fun, full of energy, and that filters down from the top. It was the same with [executive producers] David Benioff and DB Weiss on Game of Thrones. If you have strong leaders, in any working environment, it trickles down.

Katniss Everdeen has worked wonders for women. It’s wonderful that a strong, three-dimensional female character – whose personality isn’t always palatable - has had the box office reaction that she’s had. There are not enough role models like her. You could argue that TV is leading the way with interesting, multi-faceted female roles with shows like VeepAmerican Horror StoryGirls and Orange is the New Black. That can happen with film too. Look back to all the classic Hitchcock thrillers. We just need a renaissance.

Jennifer and Natalie at the 'Mockingjay Part 1' Los Angeles premiere

My inspirations? It would be impossible to choose just one. My first job was with Jeremy Irons. Then there was Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrleson – I was shooting with him when I was in the middle of watching True Detective and it took everything I had to stop myself pestering him with questions about it. Oh and Julianne Moore – such a talented actress. I’m like a magpie, I take a little something from everyone I work with.


Fan Made Friday 

It's that time again, tributes. Another Fan Made Friday is here. This time we're featuring some amazing fan videos, and some gorgeous fan art you may have missed.

Click for larger imageThe first piece is Katniss drawn in chalk by New York-based illustrator Katie Payne. You can visit her site to see more of her lovely work, and definitely follow her instagram at @onekatie

Grab a tissue. No, grab TWO boxes of tissue! This fan-made Mockingjay Epilogue video made by MetroGirlzStation had us crying at about 30 seconds in. Obviously, SPOILERS! If you don't want to see spoilers, please don't press play. But if you feel like sobbing over Everlark all afternoon, by all means, PLAY IT!! And check out their YouTube Channel for more. 

Click for full sizeThe next piece is by phoenixpx on deviantart. We really like this striking work, and love how the artist described it:

I want to represent Katniss without any choice. And she became the Mockingjay to save her loved ones again. That’s why I represent her with red wings. They mean a choice which is soaked by pain. In my picture, I particularly want to note fatigue and terrible agony through which she had to pass through.

That about sums it up, doesn't it? Be sure to take a look at his other works on DeviantArt.  


This fan video isn't completely The Hunger Games-specific, but it's an incredible multifandom mash-up of 2014, and Mockingjay Part 1 is definitely in there multiple times. We think it's an amazing achievement. I mean, how?! Nice message too. Made by Pteryx Videos. You certainly should check out their YouTube channel

Be sure to check out the artists' pages, instagrams, youtube channels and give them some love! 


Lorde Talks 'Mockingjay Part 1' and Yellow Flicker Beat With L.A. Times

There's a great new interview with Lorde in L.A. about the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack and Yellow Flicker Beat. She gives a more insight into the song, songwrighting process and the lyrics than we've heard before, and we though it was pretty fascinating.

From L.A.

The low hum that begins "Yellow Flicker Beat" takes the viewer from the final shot of the transformed heroine Katniss Everdeen to the closing credits of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

"I liked the idea of the film ending on this close-up of Katniss' face, and then this very creepy, cracked hum kind of signaling your entry into her head, her deepest thoughts and secrets," says New Zealand singer-songwriter Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known as Lorde. "I'd been listening to a lot of spirituals, songs like 'Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,' and I loved the crackling, flawed sounds, both of the old recordings and the delivery of the vocals, so that definitely had some influence."

"This was my first time writing for a film, and it was important to me that it still felt like my song, not something that would feel out of place at one of my shows," Lorde says via email. "I wanted the song to feel almost stream-of-consciousness, very much Katniss' innermost thoughts, and when writing it, I could feel the lines blurring, my authorial voice overlapping with hers."
And my necklace is of rope / I tie it and untie. People talk to me, but nothing ever hits home / People talk to me, and all the voices just burn holes.
"Obviously I'm not angry in the way that she is at the end of the film, but I could identify with that feeling of everyone wanting Katniss to do a certain thing, and the pressure of that expectation."

Still, Lorde's key contribution is "Yellow Flicker Beat," which catches the Girl on Fire on the verge of stepping into a holocaust. The quiet of that hum explodes into a chorus declaring, "This is the start / Of how it all ends."

"Katniss has so much swirling under the surface, so many different voices both internal and external telling her what to do. A storm isn't smooth, a fight isn't quiet, and I don't think Katniss is just one thing at once," she says.

"I also liked the 'fingers laced together and I made a little prison, and I'm locking up everyone who ever laid a finger on me' part — it alluded to the 'playing God' nature of Katniss' role as Mockingjay and is probably the most empowering line I've ever written."



The Latest 'Mockingjay Part 1' Stills

A couple of new stills from Mockingjay Part 1 have surfaced online. The Hunger Games social media accounts posted this shot of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy (in the ventilation shaft in District 13) yesterday.

Click image for full sizeThe Hunger Games twitter account tweeted (and then removed) the photo of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Willow shields as Prim in the District 13 hospital below yesterday. Huge thanks to Tumblr user bandathtebillie for unraveling the mystery of the new still!

Another new still featuring Katniss and Haymitch:

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See additional recent Mockingjay Part 1 stills here


Katniss Everdeen Wax Figure Launches at Madame Tussaud's

Madame Tussaud's London outpost debuted their Katniss Everdeen wax figure today. The extraordinarily lifelike representation of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss is wearing the hunting jacket and cowl that we all recognize (and love) from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Wonder if Jennifer has seen it and what she thinks of it?

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The new exhibit features in an immersive set, with a projection mapped mockingjay pin that catches fire. Check it out below:


The New York and Los Angeles locations also have new Katniss Everdeen displays. The New York Tussaud's location has Katniss in her arena outfit for the 74th Hunger Games in an arena setting.

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The Hollywood Tussaud's location has a very similar display to the London location, with Katniss in her hunting outfit from Catching Fire and the projection mapped burning mockingjay:

Click for larger imageWhat do you think of the Katniss Everdeen wax figures? Do you plan to visit one of the Madame Tussaud's locations to check them out?



Josh Hutcherson Named One 2014's Coolest Straight People In Entertainment by The Advocate

The Advocate has named Josh Hutcherson one of the "Coolest Straight People in Entertainment" in their year in review. Their list includes those who have raised the bar on what it means to be an LGBT ally in entertainment.

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Josh Hutcherson
The 5-foot-7 star of the Hunger Games saga stands head and shoulders above many other heterosexual males of his generation who count themselves among the growing number of LGBT allies. At the age of 19, Hutcherson became the youngest person to ever receive the prestigious Vanguard Award from GLAAD for his dedication to equality for LGBT youth through his heavy involvement with the Straight But Not Narrow Campaign — a branch of the gay-straight alliance movement. This year the 22-year-old continued adding his star power to the crusade, and brought several of his famous friends to the fight as well. He hosted the third annual celebrity basketball game benefiting Straight But Not Narrow in August, where he weighed in on why he believes the need to support LGBT youth won’t fade simply because civil rights like marriage equality are becoming a reality across the county. “Marriage equality is great, but it doesn’t help a lot of people, especially young people who are in school,” he told The Advocate. "They can’t even get married yet. So those are the ones who are dealing with [bullying] and at such a formidable age well.”

With allies like Hutcherson on our side, there’s no doubt the odds are in our favor. 


Limited Edition #Everlark Shirts from Panem Propaganda

What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that.” 

- Katniss Everdeen, Mockingjay

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Katniss Everdeen Wax Figure to Launch Next Week at Madame Tussauds

Madam Tussauds, the famous wax museum, will honor The Hunger Games and Katniss Everdeen next week with a new wax figure of Katniss in their London, New York and Hollywood outposts. According to Madame Tussauds, each figure took 4 months to create and cost £150,000.

From Madame Tussauds:

Katniss Everdeen, protagonist of the worldwide phenomenon, The Hunger Games franchise, will become the newest figure at Madame Tussauds London this month following the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.

Madame Tussauds will launch three wax likenesses of Katniss, portrayed by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, worldwide. The figure will feature in an immersive setting here in London, as well as at our New York and Hollywood attractions.

The figure in London will be portrayed in Katniss’ hunting outfit, which she wears in the second installment of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Teamed with her iconic brown leather hunting jacket, are dark charcoal trousers, knee-length tie-up leather brown boots, plus brown leather quiver (arrow bag) and trademark bow. Her hair will by styled in her iconic braid.

Follow @madametuddaudslondon on Instagram for exclusive photos when Katniss Everdeen’s wax figure is launched next week!