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Stef Dawson On Annie Cresta, Mockingjay and The Hunger Games Cast

Our Annie Cresta, Stef Dawson, talks about Jennifer Lawrence and The Hunger Games cast, Francis Lawrence, and being on set for the Mockingjay films at MCM Expo London Comic Con.

She's so passionate about the part - we can't wait to see her as Annie! 


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Experience in Mexico City

There's a really cool, interactive Mockingjay Part 1 exhibit right now at University Plaza Mall in Mexico City. The exhibit runs until November 22, hours are 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm and admission is free. At the end of the tour you get a Mockingjay pin and some temporary tattoos - how cool! 

This looks to be a taste of what Lionsgate announced back in May, "The Hunger Games: The Exhibition" which was to launch next summer. It's also has very similar elements as the Mockingjay Part 1 experience at Comic Con this year.  

Here's a rendering of the exhibit thanks to the official Hunger Games Mexico facebook page

Thanks to our reader Paulo Juarez and Los Juegos del Hambre Mexico for the photos 


Enter Samsung's Ultimate Mockingjay Fan Contest for a Chance to Win a Premiere Trip

Tell Samsung why you’re the Ultimate #MockingjayFan and you could fly to the LA red carpet premiere of Mockingjay Part 1.

To enter, tweet what makes you the Ultimate Mockingjay Fan via text/photo/video and use the #MockingjayFan hashtag and you and a guest could spend 3 nights in Los Angeles.  

You must have a Twitter account to enter and be a @SAMSUNGMOBILEUS follower (and accept @SAMSUNGMOBILEUS as a follower) and have your privacy settings set to "public" to receive a Direct Message for the entry to be eligible.  Five Grand Prize Winners will be determined on October 30.

Be sure to read all the official rules HERE. This contest is for US residents only, sorry my lovely international tributes. 


District Voices Episode 5 - Transporting Our Heroes with District 6

The final episode of Capitol TV's District Voices features ijustine showing us the features of the Peacekeeper Assault vehicle. 

Peacekeepers must always be prepared to leap into action—and so must their equipment. District 6 Liaison to the Capitol Justine Ezarik takes CapitolTV on a tour of the SJ-7 Peacekeeper Assault Vehicle, and the driving force behind the protectors of Panem.


Francis Lawrence on Mockingjay Part 1, Philip Seymour Hoffman and THAT SPLIT in Total Film

Francis Lawrence is still trying to say as little as possible about Mockingjay Part 1, but he gives a fantastic interview about both MJ1 and 2 in Total Film's December issue:

Last time we spoke, Catching Fire was yet to open. Having now seen it - did you have trouble getting the studio to sign off on such a bleak vision?

No. People think doing a big studio movie will be a controlling environment but the experience has been the exact opposite, I've felt so free. When I cam in to meet on Catching Fire, I had a very specific point of view - I think, partially, because I didn't think I'd get the job. I just walked in and said what I liked about the first movie, but what I would do going forward. And they all went 'Great!' We shook hands and I was hired within a week. It's been a really good, collaborative process - with the studio, the producers, the actors, and the author Suzanne. [Collins].

You shot Parts 1 and 2 of Mockingjay back to back. Presumably you didn’t shoot chronologically?
The efficiency of doing two movies back to back, even though it’s one long story, is that if you have built a set, you shoot the scenes for both movies on that set. But we primarily worked on Part 1 first, for the continuity of the story and also because we have to turn that one over faster. We need the editors to be cracking away at Part 1 and we need to be turning over visual effects while we’re shooting Part 2.

How does Mockingjay differ from the first two THG movies?
Catching Fire ratcheted up from The Hunger Games, and I’d say Mockingjay ratchets up from Catching Fire. We’re getting closer to war. We’re not in the Games anymore. But it’s the same story and heading towards the resolution.

It must be bigger in scale than the first two films, which were primarily set in District 12, where our heroine Katniss Everdeen lives, and the Capitol and the Games stadium.
You get a whole bigger picture. At the end of Catching Fire, Katniss realizes that District 13 hasn’t been destroyed, there’s a civilization living underground. So we spend a fair amount of time in District 13, and we get to spend a lot more time in some of the other districts. We see some of the uprisings there. And finally, in Part 2, we’ll make our way into the actual streets of the Capitol. Part 2 is a war movie, and Part 1 is, in a weird way, a propaganda movie. (Yay, says PP)

Is it the evolving story, it's intelligent treatment and emotional heft, that make THG franchise work where other YA adapts haven't?
I would have had a really hard time if this was another one where somehow they figure out a way to get Katniss back in the Games, and she has to go back to The Capitol, and back into training. That structure would have driven me away. But this is a big step forward from that.

Mockingjay Part 1 is where the politics really move to the fore....
At the end of Catching Fire you realize there's this big plot [to overthrow the authoritarian government] and the revolutionaries want to use Katniss to be the Mockingjay - the symbol of the revolution. But she's damaged from the Games. This is about Katniss being convinced she should be that symbol. It's about her taking on the responsibility and joining the fight against The Capitol.

Katniss was damaged in Catching Fire. She must be totally screwed-up now!

Yeah, she’s worse [laughs]. Oh yeah. She’s not in good shape! But Jennifer [Lawrence] has a good time with that, and luckily for her, it doesn’t take too much of a toll because she’s able to jump in and out of it. Which is kind of amazing. Some people would have to live it all the time and they’d be miserable to be around for the whole 10-month shoot!

Doing two movies isn't as simple as splitting the book in half. Have you shuffled scenes?

We went through a debate, and even now, there's wriggle room as to where we separate. We have the zone, but in terms of fine-tuning, in terms of how Part 1 goes out...[smiles] But that's fun....

Losing Philip Seymour Hoffman must have been such a blow, both personally and for the Mockingjay films. He was great as Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire

He’s better in these. We had not finished but we were almost done. We had about eight days with him left, but the bulk of his scenes were done. It was tragic, and it threw everyone off for a long time. We didn’t shake the feeling off until we moved to Paris, and then Berlin.

How are you getting around the eight lost days?

We gave a few things to other characters, and we had some footage of him where we can make it feel like he’s in a scene where he’s not.

Finally, can you give us a hint, action-wise, of what to expect in Mockingjay – Part 1?

There’s a lot of action. We get to see more of the uprisings and there’s a rescue sequence that’s very cool – it’s in the book, but we got to expand on it. There’s a lot of cool, fun stuff. But these movies are very emotional too.

The December issue of Total Film is on UK and select US newsstands now, and the digital edition is available in the US. Thanks a million to QuarterQuell for finding the article first! 



Fandango Offering 'Mockingjay Part 1' Hub, Sweeps, Gift Cards, Fan Art Contest & The Hunger Games Marathon Tix

Who's buying their tickets Wed? I am. I will!

Fandango is selling Mockingjay Part 1 tickets starting WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29 starting at 9:00am PT/ Noon ET! (Buy them HERE)

They have loads of fun stuff going on to get us amped up for the movie, in addition to selling those tickets. On October 29, Fandango is launching “The Hunger Games Guide” hub at, featuring "exclusive Mockingjay Part 1 movie trailers" including a FINAL, NEW Mockingjay Part 1 trailer Wednesday, Oct 29th at 9:00am PT, plus fun film facts, fan polls, the Ultimate Katniss Mash-Up, and The Hunger Games Character Guide. 

Fandango will be offering a couple of sweepstakes in the first 48 hours that Mockingjay Part 1 tickets are on sale. Official Rules HERE

First 24 Hours - Wed 10/29 Starting at 9:00am PT - Purchase a MJ1 ticket and get:

  • Free movie download of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Terms apply.
  • Automatic sweepstakes entry for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in London!

Thursday 10/30 - Friday 12/12 - Purchase an MJ1 Ticket and get:

  • Automatic sweepstakes entry for a chance to win a 2015 Mazda 3 4-door with a Mockingjay Part 1 ticket purchase.

Just like they did last year for Catching Fire, they're selling limited edition Mockingjay Part 1 gift cards. You can load them up in any amount and at least one of the four designs come with the option of adding your own photo. Check them out HERE.  

They're also running a fan art contest on tumblr. Submit your original Mockingjay Part 1 themed artwork on Tumblr, and be sure to tag it #FandangoMockingjayContest for a chance to win $1000 worth of movie tickets AND your winning art on Fandango’s Hunger Games gift cards

And maybe the most exciting thing - at least to ME - is The Hunger Games Movie Marathon. We've been wondering about this forever! On Thursday November 20, for one night only at select theaters, see all three Hunger Games movies. You can get tickets and find out which theaters are showing the marathon HERE starting on October 29th. Don't worry, we'll remind you! 



New 'Mockingjay Part 1' Mural in the Works By WK Interact

There's a new Mockingjay Part 1 mural in Los Angeles by artist WK Interact. WK did the Comic Con Exclusive poster for Mockingjay Part 1 and this is his "Step 2" of the project.

The mural is on the Andaz Hotel at 8401 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. If you're in the West Hollywood area be sure to snap a photo for us! 

This is my second step project for #Hungergames it's going up right now in west coast!! Kind a cool !

Another shot thanks to

Thanks to  and WK Interact for posting this to instagram


'Mockingjay Part 1' in EW's Holiday Movie Preview Issue

There's a new Mockingjay Part 1 still in the Holiday Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly (digital edition is out now). Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Paylor (Patina Miller), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), and Pollux (Elden Henson) trudging through District 8. 


The still is a part of the Holiday Movie Preview calendar in the issue and there's no other article relating to the film in the magazine except a little blurb in an interview with Julianne Moore:

Director Francis Lawrence cast Moore as rebel president Alma Coin in next month's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 immediately after she approached him about the part. "Once we knew she wanted it, that was it - done," Lawrence says. Moore, who was introduced to the book trilogy through her kids, 12 and 16, then worked with Lawrence to develop the character beyond what was in Suzanne Collins' novel.