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Francis Lawrence & Nina Jacobson on Mockingjay Part 1 in L.A. Times Hero Complex


There's a new feature on Mockingjay Part 1 in L.A. Times' Hero Complex. Director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson talk about everything from Katniss Everdeen to what Julianne Moore added to the films, and the challenges they faced filming the final 2 installments of The Hunger Games franchise.  

From L.A. Times Hero Complex

In a barren Georgia warehouse on a cold January day, Jennifer Lawrence was doing something unusual for the young Oscar winner. She was acting very, very badly.

Lawrence was filming a scene for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, in which her strident archer Katniss Everdeen was attempting to summon righteous indignation for a propaganda piece designed to stoke a nascent uprising.

Katniss may be many things — a fierce warrior, a devoted sister, a reluctant symbol of hope — but a talented thespian she is not, and Lawrence was giving it her all.

“She was very good at it,” director Francis Lawrence recalled of his star’s ability to turn in an intentionally lousy performance. “We had a bunch of variations, but we didn’t want to go too far. Some were really broad and funny but not quite tonally right for the movie…. It was a nice couple of days of laughter on set.”

On Katniss Everdeen in Part 1:

“Katniss represents to me a movement and an awareness for our younger generation — she possesses strength, compassion and the bravery to do what’s right even when it’s not easy,” Jennifer Lawrence wrote in an email. (which sounds really nice and also like it was written by her publicist!- PP)

“She is a lightning rod in the movies, she is a lightning rod in real life as a character,” added Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson. “People relate to her…. I’m moved by the degree to which Katniss embodies the ability of one person no matter how flawed, how complicated [to] make an enormous impact just by doing the right thing when given the choice.”

“She’s gone through a lot, and she’s very alone,” director Lawrence said.

On the final 2 installments, Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2:

“That was really exciting because I think quite honestly this book and these two movies are what give meaning to the whole series,” said Lawrence, seated in his no-frills office in West L.A.

“A lot happens in the ‘Mockingjay’ book, and to try to cram it all into one movie, I think we would have never had the time to spend with the relationships and with the characters,” Jacobson said. “What we’ve tried to preserve from Suzanne’s books is a sense of a story, which is at every turn informed by the trials and tribulations of these characters. I think Francis has proven extraordinary at doing that and being able to balance … spectacle and intimacy. It’s great to try to hold on to real human experience as much as possible.”

On the challenges they faced while filming, including the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman:

The crew faced down additional hurdles courtesy of a polar vortex that blasted Georgia with freezing rain and snow late last year. “We actually were shut down, I think, for a total of three days separate times because of ice storms,” Lawrence said. “The places we were shooting were not built for that kind of a winter…. We were always shooting in these big warehouses or basements or parking garages, and it was freezing.”

Then the sudden, shocking death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who succumbed to a drug overdose in his New York apartment in February, delivered an emotionally devastating blow to the cast and crew. “It was really rough,” Lawrence said. “We went dark. It happened on a Sunday, and we couldn’t get everybody together on the Monday. We reorganized the schedule…. We kind of eased everybody back into work. It was also after one of those freezes. It was 10 degrees and miserable.”

Hoffman had two “substantial” scenes left to shoot, one for each film in the finale, Lawrence said, but the Oscar-winning actor’s absence was addressed largely through revisions to the Mockingjay scripts, written by Danny Strong and Peter Craig. “We gave the scenes to other people,” he said. “What we didn’t want to do was try to do any kind of digital trickery, not have a digital Phil speak and trying to patch together his voice somehow or anything like that.”

On Julianne Moore's contribution to the role of President Coin:

“Julianne had a few ideas on how to play her,” Lawrence said. “There was a quiet strength; that was one of the big things that she wanted, so you’ll notice that Coin speaks sort of softly. There’s, I guess you would say, a warmth that you might not get from her in the book that Julianne wanted to bring.”

You can read the full article over at HeroComplex


Donate & You Could Win a Trip to Meet Jennifer Lawrence at the Mockingjay  Premiere

Omaze is giving away the trip of a Hunger Games fan's lifetime! Donate (starting at $10.00) and you'll be entered to win a trip for 2 to Los Angeles, a meet and greet with Jennifer Lawrence and 2 tickets to the Mockingjay Part 1 premiere and after party. The details:
  • Meet Jennifer Lawrence at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I

  • Walk the red carpet before taking photos with Jennifer and other cast members in the VIP room

  • Open to international. Includes flight & hotel plus 2 passes to the Mockingjay Part 1 premiere & private cast after-party for you and a lucky friend!

The donation benefits the Special Olympics World Games and each donation level gets you some kind of reward, from t-shirts and posters to a shout-out from The Hunger Games social media accounts and a copy of Mockingjay signed by JLaw herself. It's open to international residents too! 

You can enter and get all the fine print details at


‘Mockingjay’ Advance Ticket Sales Set 2014 Record

Pat yourselves on the back, tributes. The first day of advance-ticket sales for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was a record-setter, selling more than any other movie in 2014 so far, according to both Fandango and

As you are well aware, tickets went on sale yesterday, three weeks ahead of the November 21 release. Believe it or not, the previous advance sale record-holder this year for Fandango was Divergent! also reported an advance ticket sales record for 2014 on Mockingjay, also noting that it demolished the first-day advance sales of the huge hit Guardians Of The Galaxy which opened to $93.4M in August.
There's still good reason to buy your tickets early - Fandango is offering a Mockingjay Part 1 sweepstakes entry with the purchase of a ticket on their site, and you'll be automatically entered to win a 2015 Mazda 3. You can get tickets at Fandango HERE. 



The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – “Peeta” Official TV Spot

Maybe you thought you had exhausted all your hijacked Peeta feels after that heart-wrenching final trailer yesterday. Think again. We've got an exclusive new TV Spot for you today, thanks to the folks at Lionsgate. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – “Peeta” Official TV Spot. Yes, Peeta. Josh Hutcherson killing at hijacked Peeta. Good luck carrying on with your day.

"I want everyone who's watching to think about what war could mean. Everyone needs to lay down their weapons immediately." Then with his voice breaking, "How will this end? No one can survive this. They're coming Katniss."

We've also got another new TV Spot that aired last night during the World Series. This spot features a tiny new bit of footage featuring Katniss and Haymitch. 



New 'Mockingjay Part 1' Trailer & Advance Tickets on Sale NOW! 

The EPIC, new Mockingjay Part 1 trailer is here!

PEEETA! This trailer is making us actually shake with excitement. Some of the best quotes from Mockingjay are in it! "Dead by morning!" "If we burn, you burn with us!" And how about that whistle at the end? It sounds like it could be Jennifer Lawrence doing the whistling and we're wondering if that's how they'll start The Hanging Tree scene.

The trailer is brought to you by Fandango, where you can also conveniently purchase your Mockingjay Part 1 tickets RIGHT NOW! You can also find out where The Hunger Games Marathon is being shown and purchase tickets for that one-night-only event on November 20th HERE

They've also go all sorts of other fun things going on in their Hunger Games Fan Portal.  



Ariana Grande on the 'Mockingjay Part 1' Original Soundtrack

Ariana Grande hosted a livestream chat with her fans last night and dropped a BIG bomb about the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. She says she recorded a song - the as-yet-unamed Track 5, obviously -  written by Lorde and produced by Diplo. The video archive of the chat wasn't up at press time.  Ariana says of the track:

“It’s a very interesting song. It’s very different.”

Lorde commented on twitter about the song recently, saying it wasn't a big secret, it just wasn't done yet.



What do you guys think of this news? We'll update you as soon as we know more and this is confirmed. 



Jennifer Lawrence Foundation is Hosting an Advance Screening of 'Mockingjay Part 1' Nov 19th in Louisville 


There's a special advance screening of Mockingjay Part 1 in Jennifer Lawrence's hometown of Louisville, KY on Wednesday, November 19th. The screening is presented by the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville and will benefit one of Jennifer's favorite Louisville organizations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, an out of school time provider that offers a safe haven for youth. Jennifer won't be able to attend, but they had a similar event last year, and Jen's mom and sister-in-law were at the event.

The special screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is on Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Cinemark Tinseltown USA.

You can attend dressed as your favorite Hunger Games character for the chance to be named Best Dressed and win a poster autographed by Jennifer Lawrence.

Tickets are $125 - $1000 and each comes with a gift bag. Tickets are on sale now. You can buy tickets and get more information HERE

Thanks so much to our follower @aross10 for sharing the info with us! 


US Weekly's Mockingjay Part 1 Special Edition

Well, now things are starting to get interesting! US Weekly's Mockingjay Part 1 Special Edition is out on select newsstands. MASSIVE thanks to @jenlawrnce on instagram who first posted the peek at the issue (go give her a follow). Sounds like she found it at a Meijer store.

The mag is filled with new stills and tons of  interviews with the cast and crew - the US Weekly Specials are always our favorites! 

The issue includes a few pretty decent *SPOILERS* about Mockingjay Part 2! Read on if you dare, but heed the warning. This is more detail on what we WON'T be seeing in Part 1 than we've heard until now, and gives us even more insight into where they'll be splitting the two films.

2 new images thank to Real or Not Real News

What’s Next - Mockingjay Part 2

Bloody battles, broken hearts, fatal confrontations: this is the end. “It’s really dark, really intense,” Hutcherson says of Part 2. Prepare to grab tissues as Finnick reunites with his longtime love, Annie (who he thought was dead!), and marries her in a bittersweet ceremony. Then there’s Katniss, struggling to start from scratch with a severely brainwashed Peeta. “He has lost his mind and hates her now,” Hutcherson tells US. Through it all, Katniss must keep her eye on the prize: her chance to, at long last, annihilate President Snow. “We get into the streets of The Capitol which has become her arena,” says Francis. “She is very, very fragile and very, very angry.”

We can probably guess that the People Mockingjay Part 1 Special Edition is right around the corner, too. We'll be looking for it! And we will update this post with the HQ images as soon as we can.