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Enter our Hunger Games Inspired Bookmark Giveaway

We’re celebrating the release of Mockingjay part 2 on DVD/Blu-ray with a bit of crafty hand made goodness by our very own staffer Colleen.

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The Grand Prize includes an original handcrafted cross stitched Hunger Games inspired bookmark, a handmade Hunger Games inspired necklace with a wire-wrapped arrow & pearl. This necklace is the exact same necklace that we gave to Suzanne Collins at the Mockingjay part 2 premiere!! Check out the video below to see Suzanne getting our gift.

We are also choosing 4 additional winners to receive just the original handcrafted cross stitched Hunger Games inspired bookmark.

To enter you must do the following :

1. Follow @craftshimmy on Instagram
2. Complete the form below

Rules :
1. The Giveaway will run through Sunday, 3/27/16 at 11:59 pm PST
2. Winners will be chosen on Monday, 3/28/16
3. Winners must live in the United States

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If you would like to see more of Colleen’s crafts, be sure and check out her ETSY page HERE

Lenny Kravitz Posts Throwback Pic From ‘Catching Fire’

Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) posted this amazing throwback picture on Instagram of himself Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks during some down time from the filming of Catching Fire!



‘Mockingjay’ part 2 & special Hunger Games 4 films collection coming March 2015

Lionsgate has announced that ‘Mockingjay’ part 2 and a special Hunger Games complete 4 film collection is arriving on Digital HD on 3/8/16 and on Blu-Ray combo pack + Digital HD, DVD + Digital and on Demand 3/22/16.

Check out the amazing box art for Mockingjay part 2:

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Here’s the official Blu-Ray trailer :

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Here’s the box art for the complete Hunger Games 4 film collection :







Here are details from the official press release :

Four years after Jennifer Lawrence first appeared on the big screen as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) critically acclaimed series comes to a thrilling conclusion in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, arriving on Digital HD March 8 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack + Digital HD, DVD + Digital, and On Demand March 22, the company announced today.


With $647 million worldwide box office and counting, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is the blockbuster climax of the series that set the world on fire and enthralled millions of devoted fans across the globe. With a critically acclaimed cast including Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012), Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables), Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson (Best Actor, The People vs. Larry Flynt, 1996), Emmy® nominee Elizabeth Banks (TV’s “Modern Family”), Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore (Best Actress, Still Alice, 2014), Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Best Actor, Capote, 2005), Golden Globe® winner Jeffrey Wright (HBO’s “Angels in America”), with Academy Award® nominee Stanley Tucci (Best Supporting Actor, The Lovely Bones, 2009), and Golden Globe® winner Donald Sutherland (Citizen X), The Hunger Games franchise is a worldwide phenomenon earning over $2.9 billion at the box office worldwide.

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, who began her journey fighting to survive the brutal Hunger Games, and rose to lead the rebellion against Panem’s tyrannical president (Donald Sutherland). Now, Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final epic battle that will decide Panem’s future.

Based on the third novel in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy, the must-own limited edition Blu-ray release of the finale is packed with over five hours of special features, including the “Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” 8-part documentary – an in-depth look at the making of the film from production design, costumes, hair, make-up, stunts, special effects and post production. The documentary also includes a touching piece – from the last day of shooting – in which the cast reflects on their experience over the entire series. Also included is a detailed look at Cinna’s sketchbook and a walk through the on-set photography along with audio commentary by director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson. The Blu-ray is encoded in Dolby TrueHD and features a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack, which delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

Also available for the first time as a set on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection includes The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 with all of the special features from each film’s initial release plus hours of all-new exclusive content including 13 never-before-seen deleted scenes from The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and two all-new featurettes: “Picturing Panem” and “Capitol Cuisine.” The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $64.97 and $54.98, respectively.


  •   Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
  •   “Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” 8-Part Documentary**

o Walking Through Fire (Concluding the Saga)
o Real or Not Real (Visual Design)
o High-Value Targets (The Acting Ensemble)
o From Head to Toe (Costume, Make-up & Hair)
o Navigating the Minefield (Production in Atlanta, Paris & Berlin) o Collateral Damage (Stunts, Special Effects & Weapons)

o Tightening the Noose (The Post-Production Process)

o A Different World (Reflections)

  •   The Hunger Games: A Photographic Journey
  •   Cinna’s Sketchbook: Secrets of the Mockingjay Armor
  •   Panem on Display: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition
  •   Jet to the Set** *Subject to Change**Exclusive to Blu-ray/ Digital HDTHE HUNGER GAMES COMPLETE 4-FILM COLLECTION BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

 Over 14 Hours of Bonus Content Including:

o 12 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games
o 6 Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Including 1 Never Before Seen o 9 Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
o 2 All-New Featurettes: “Picturing Panem” and “Capitol Cuisine”
o 70 Additional Featurettes (Blu-ray); 69 Additional Special Featurettes (DVD)
o Audio Commentaries, Music Videos and More


The Official Hunger Games Store Is Now Open!

Finally! You can get your hands on the cowl Katniss wore in Catching Fire, or some snugly Mockingjay leggings! The official Hunger Games store is open, when before all the awesome products at the Hunger Games Exposition!

Check out the store and get shopping HERE!


Francis Lawrence on the 6 biggest creative challenges filming the Hunger Games movies

Francis Lawrence recently talked with the folks at Vulture where he shared his 6 biggest creative challenges filming 3 of the Hunger Games films.


The Fog Attack (Catching Fire)
“The fog sequence was especially tricky because it was filmed with IMAX cameras. So even though that whole section of the arena was IMAX aspect ratio for 25 to 30 minutes, the rest was without. That posed some extra complexities, as you’re covering a lot more ground — whereas in the mandrill scene, for example, you’re basically in one spot. The fog sequence involved multiple locations and people racing through the forest. We had to figure out the timing and the geography of the fog itself: the speed of the fog, where the fog is coming from, how it catches up with them, and the timing of the scene where Mags stops and sacrifices herself by walking into the fog. We had to allow [actress Lyn Cohen] enough time to show Mags’s emotions while keeping the tension of the encroaching fog. That was difficult.”

Filming the Capital Citizens (Catching Fire)
“An early element of the Hunger Games series is the campiness of the Capital, but the overall story moves progressively into pretty bleak territory. I originally signed on for Catching Fire, and it was only when we were partway through preproduction that I was invited to stay for the rest of the movies. I then started to look forward to the tone of the final book, and at what those two movies would become. I realized that Catching Fire is really where the tone is starting to shift. So I had to start the work there. I obviously didn’t want to get rid of all of the levity. You want to keep some of that fun and flamboyance since that’s what separates the citizens of the Capital from the different districts. But I definitely wanted to tone some of that energy down a little bit so we could ramp into the Mockingjay movies, which are so tonally different.

I think the biggest differences can be seen with Caesar Flickerman and with Effie Trinket. In the first film, they’re more like hosts. But in the second film, when Katniss goes out on that stage, and when the other tributes start to manipulate the show, Flickerman’s feeling different things. It’s a layered performance, now driven by a guy who’s getting nervous as opposed to a guy who’s just putting on a show. The same thing with Effie: She’s a certain kind of character in the first movie, and then in the second she’s going through the districts, and all the kids she’s meeting end up dead. There are two kids she actually starts to love. So there’s much more human emotion there that’s coming up because there are so many other things happening to her as a character.

Because the Capital sequence is so big, there wasn’t much of a rehearsal process. Everybody’s working so sporadically, but there were times when I got to sit down with an actor, talk about what their character is going through, talk about the scene. I was really just talking about things on an emotional level: what it feels like for Effie, how proud she would be in the beginning, how torn she would be at the Quarter Quell, and how a Capital citizen who normally appears cold and unfeeling could seem conflicted about her ties to the Capital.”

The Attack on the Dam (Mockingjay Part 1)
“That scene was just mentioned in the book, so for some of Part 1 — and really, for all three of our films — we had to do what’s called ‘world expansion.’ In this case, it was screenwriter Peter Craig’s idea to show the dam scene. It took a while to expand the idea, but in time we thought of this mass horde of rebels storming the Capital, approaching the dam, ready to sacrifice themselves. They have to get past the Peacekeepers, who are firing automatic weapons. That was shot in numerous locations, and it was something that was precisely story-boarded and pre-visualized. We had to build certain parts of the dam. We shot the quarry down in Atlanta. There was a huge amount of digital work done by a company called [ScanlineVFX] that does very large-scale projects, and water work. It’s actually one of my favorite scenes in Mockingjay Part 1. I really liked the idea of Katniss singing this really haunting Appalachian folk song, and this footage being chopped up, or slightly changed by Plutarch, and then being broadcast out. That kind of leads to these District rebels singing that same song as they march to their own deaths. I found that powerful.”

Read the rest HERE 

See How Much Katniss REALLY Loves ‘Pita’ In This HILARIOUS ‘Hunger Games’ Series Spoof

Ok this was an awesome video to wake up to and had us rolling on the floor LOL! Always fun to find the humor in things, and PistolShrimps on Youtube definitely did that! Watch how much Katniss really loved pita all along below in this hilarious spoof LOL!

A Thank You Letter from Suzanne Collins to the Hunger Games Film Team

Suzanne Collins shared an open letter on Scholastic to the Hunger Games Film team.

Read her letter below :

A Thank You to The Hunger Games Film Team

Having spent the last decade in Panem, it’s time to move on to other lands. But before I do, I’d like to say a tremendous thank you to everyone associated with the film franchise. I’m thrilled with how this quartet of films, which I find both faithful to the books and innovative in its own right, has been brought to life on the screen.

In an earlier letter I credited director Gary Ross for his wonderful rendering of the first book, but now I turn to Francis Lawrence who has so amazingly helmed the rest of the franchise. Creating three big budget films in three years, that’s a feat in itself. But I doubt many could do it with his incredible visual style, edge-of-your-seat action sequences, and hardcore commitment to difficult themes. Thank you, Francis, for showing up, for staying, for always hearing me out, for your unfailing good nature, and for bringing your remarkable talent to these films.

Billy Ray, Gary Ross, Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt, Danny Strong and Peter Craig, gifted writers all, thank you for sharing your pens, brains, and wealth of experience as we transformed three books into four scripts. A screenplay is a very different animal than a novel, and it was a pleasure and an education to work with you and watch you weave your magic.

There’s no Hunger Games without Katniss. I hoped for someone good enough, and I got someone who exceeded all my expectations. Jennifer Lawrence, your emotional depth, luminous presence, and sheer power carry this story and I will always be grateful to you for opening the door and allowing it to come into your life. And for the rest of the cast, if I had a chance, who would I replace in these films? No one. I don’t think there’s a weak link in the chain, and what an exquisite chain it is. I still can’t believe half of you came on board. You blow me away with your ability to bring out the humanity of these characters from under outlandish wigs, while fighting lizard mutts, pumped with tracker jacker serum, waging war and so much more. Thank you for volunteering for the Games and inhabiting these characters with such texture, color, humor and pain.

Much thanks to our masterful Production Designer Phil Messina and the many top-notch designers who signed on. It has been a delight to watch you fashion and expand the world of Panem, whether by hand-crafted or computer-based means. From the excess of the Capitol to the claustrophobic hive of District 13 to the violent scenes of civil war, you have taken the ball and run with it in fabulously detailed and thoughtful ways, grounding the fantastical, and fusing disparate elements into a cohesive reality. And to composer James Newton Howard for his moving and evocative scoring of the franchise, which so hauntingly reflects the heart of the story.

For my producers, Nina Jacobson of Color Force, who was there from the beginning, and Jon Kilik, who joined us soon after, thank you both for bringing your dedication, energy, and many talents to this huge project. I can’t emphasize enough how grateful I am to you and the excellent team at Lionsgate for protecting the work, for not swerving away from the harder moments, and for allowing the themes and narrative of the books to play out as originally conceived. And sincere appreciation to Tim Palen for his brilliant marketing campaign, Julie Fontaine for her stellar PR, and the entire gang at Lionsgate for tirelessly presenting the franchise to a global audience.

Thousands of people have worked on these films in a myriad of ways, prepping, shooting, in post production, and promotion. Please, anybody seeing them, take a few moments to watch the credits and acknowledge the enormous collaborative effort that goes into making a franchise.

For me, The Hunger Games Trilogy is part of a larger goal to introduce the ideas of just war theory to young audiences, but how much wider and more varied an audience came with the films, and the credit for that goes to all of you who contributed so much to this project.

Finally, to all the readers and viewers who have accompanied Katniss on her journey, thank you for playing a role in The Hunger Games, you are truly a vital part of the experience.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

-Suzanne Collins


Lionsgate’s Cheif Brand Officer Tim Palen Talks Marketing The Hunger Games and JLaw


Tim Palen is not only responsible for the majorly successful marketing of The Hunger Games films, but also all the photography as we learned with the release of his photography book Tim Palen: The Hunger Games. The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Tim and he chatted about Jennifer Lawrence and more!

The first Hunger Games established Jennifer Lawrence as a major star. What has been your experience watching her evolve?

She’s authentically familiar and funny and unaffected and the girl you want to be friends with. The first time I photographed her in North Carolina on the set of the first movie, no one knew that this was going to be a rocket. She asked me to play a joke on Josh [Hutcherson]. I’ve photographed her seven times and for every shoot, there was a moment when she did something completely crazy and spontaneous.

Did you read her essay about gender pay?

I did. I think she’s worth her weight in gold — her specifically, but I’m not smart enough about such deals to know.

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