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James Newton Howard records the scoring for ‘Mockingjay’ part 1

James Newton Howard is back at it . Producer Nina Jacobson and our Johanna, Jena Malone shared  on their twitter and Instagram that they watched him record the score for Mockingjay part 1. Check it out :

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Jeffrey Wright completes filming as Beetee. ‘Mockingjay’ to wrap on 6/20/14

Mockingjay filming is coming to an end tomorrow. Our Beetee , Jeffrey Wright tweeted finishing filming today, while Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson tweeted that filming will finish on 6/20/14.  While I’m excited for the release of  Mockingjay part 1 in November, I’m also a little sad knowing the end is nearing.

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‘Hunger Games’ Producer Nina Jacobson reassures fan about the ‘Mockingjay’ Epilogue

Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson tweeted a fan recently to reassure them about the Mockingjay epilogue. Check out the tweets :

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What do you guys think? Do you want the epilogue included at the end of the Mockingjay film?

‘Hunger Games’ producer Nina Jacobson on fan presence while filming at Noisy Le Grand

May 19, 2014 | No Comments »
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At the Lionsgate Mockingjay party in Cannes, Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson shared a story of the fan presence while they were shooting in the Paris suburb of Noisy Le Grand :

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ProducerNina Jacobson, who optioned the rights to the books from author Suzanne Collins, said the cast had just arrived from a month in Paris, where they had been concurrently filming “Mockingjay: Parts 1 and 2.”

One particular fond memory, she said, was shooting in the suburb of Noisy Le Grand, which unlike the other closed sets from the franchise, allowed fans to gathered and flood Twitter with distant snapshots of the cast.

“We had a ton of people around, hoping for a glimpse,” Jacobson said. “It was a warm welcome, except every now and again when we were shooting, someone would toss an egg at us.” Thankfully, nobody got yolk on Katniss.

Read the entire article at Variety 

Video soundbites of the ‘Hunger Games ‘ cast talking ‘Mockingjay’ at Cannes

Before the big Lionsgate Mockingjay party at Cannes on 5/17/14, our cast, director and producers stopped to  talk Mockingjay with various press outlets. Here’s a compilation of soundbites from the red carpet.

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Thanks to Hunger Games Network!

Photo Gallery : Cast attend the Mockingjay part 1 party at Cannes

Earlier today we posted photos from the Mockingjay cast photo call at Cannes. On 5/17/14, our cast, producers and director stepped out to enjoy the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival.



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What We Learned from the ‘Mockingjay’ Filmmaker Roundtable – Part 2

Here is the rest of what we learned from the exclusive Filmmaker Roundtable on Francis Lawrence, Nina Jacobson, and Peter Craig answer questions about Mockingjay.


8. There will be no CGI Philip Seymour Hoffman.

After his death, there were rumors that any remaining scenes featuring Plutarch would involve CGI (like Tron: Legacy did to make Jeff Bridges into a younger version of himself). But only real footage of Philip Seymour Hoffman will be used for any remaining scenes he might have been in.

We had to rewrite the dialogue scenes that he had left and there’s no question that shooting those scenes is painful without him. We might give a line of Plutarch’s to Haymitch or Effie, but only in circumstances that we are able to do that without undermining the intent of the scene. -Nina Jacobson

9. Katniss is who she is & we learn about ‘The Hanging Tree.’

When Katniss goes to District 8 and says, ‘If we burn, you burn with us.’ For the first time, she sees the impact that she has on the people. Those moments where Katniss owns what and who she is really give me the chills. Oh and I’m excited about what these two dreamed up for ‘The Hanging Tree.’ Francis and Peter came up with an incredible way of turning a powerful moment in the book into great cinema. –Jacobson

It makes me happy to know they kept “The Hanging Tree.”

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10. There’s a new screenwriter on set.

After working on the early scripts for both Mockingjay films, Danny Strong had other project commitments. So Peter Craig, novelist & screenwriter, was brought in, and things are working out.

We all trust each other so much and I’ve never been with a group of people where everybody is so smart and has so much to say. Francis and Nina are so great at focusing on the nuance of character—no matter how much is going on or how big an action sequence is, it’s always about character. –Peter Craig

As a screenwriter, Craig co-wrote The Town with Ben Affleck, and will be writing Bad Boys 3 in the future. As a novelist, he has 3 books under his belt, with his most recent, Blood Father, in pre-production as a film starring Mel Gibson.

11. Sometimes it’s good to get out of Katniss’ head.

You just can’t make a film as myopic as Katniss becomes in some parts of this book. But that was an opportunity and not a drawback at all. We still stayed very Katniss-centric and she still completely drives the movie, but the fun thing is that we get to mash her arc with what’s actually happening in all of Panem. And we get to show parallels in other districts. Suzanne was helpful with building out moments or things that are mentioned in maybe just a sentence or two in the book. -Craig

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12. We still don’t have confirmation of where they’ve split the book.

They’re being very secretive about this bit of information. Even when asked directly, the filmmakers manage to beat around the bush.

The first half of the book is clearly a story about trying to get Peeta back. Emotionally, Katniss is betrayed. She’s a foreigner in a strange land. She knows that people are looking to her to make a change, and this is the time where she realizes she can’t stand by and do nothing. Snow has done too much. There has been too much deception, and the people Katniss loves are in danger. She will do whatever it takes to keep them safe. -Jacobson

Yeah, it sounds like they’ve split it after Peeta is rescued, but who knows? They might just be tricking us all.


You can check out the rest of the exclusives HERE.

What We Learned from the ‘Mockingjay’ Filmmaker Roundtable – Part 1

It’s been a big day full of Mockingjay goodness with the launch of We were given a first look at Alma Coin, a sneak peak at the script, some new images, and a look at the awesome motion poster.

The biggest part of the exclusive goodies was the Filmmaker Roundtable with Francis Lawrence (director), Nina Jacobson (producer), and Peter Craig (screenwriter). They gave us a lot of information, so we’ve broken it down for you. Here’s what we learned from the Filmmaker Roundtable for Mockingjay.


1. What happens on the set of Mockingjay

Everything about the filming of Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 is kept on lockdown, from secret locations to passwords to even get on the lot.

2. The District 13 sets are huge and just a bit intense.

On the 33-acre studio in Atlanta are 10 soundstages that make up District 13. Among those, there are almost 15,000 feet of “underground” tunnels, stairwells that provide an escape route for the citizens of District 13, and a crater that will be littered with roses (after Snow orders the bombing of the land above District 13.

3. Filming 2 movies at the same time means a busy schedule.

Because the breadth of the work is so large in scope, we’re prepping while we’re shooting while we’re cutting. Oh and we’re scouting, too—so all of this is happening at once and in three different countries. –Francis Lawrence

Luckily, most of Mockingjay 1 was filmed first to make things a little easier.

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4. Katniss is not doing so well after her rescue.

She’s panicked, and she can’t sleep. She’s barely able to hold it together. That’s compounded by the fact that she is now really distrustful of everybody around her. She feels betrayed by Haymitch and Plutarch. She also feels lost without Peeta. So, she’s very, very fragile and very, very angry. –Lawrence

I wonder if she’ll be hiding in closets in the movie.

5. Welcome to the real Panem, Katniss.

Mockingjay is the most internal book of the series, and yet we see so much more of Panem and the world that exists around Katniss. She literally (and figuratively) doesn’t see it happening, but everyone is waiting for her and hoping that she is alive. They’re banking on her to change the world. –Peter Craig

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 6. Alma Coin, come on down.

Her relationship with Katniss is very complicated as well, because Katniss is wary of everyone at this point. Julianne [Moore] has done an amazing job with helping to shape the character of Coin. –Lawrence

Her portrayal of Coin is filled with such intelligence and warmth; anyone would want to be loyal to the character she has created. –Craig

Wait, does this mean Alma Coin might actually be a likeable character in the movie? Or is it more of a don’t get on her bad side thing?

7. Ask and you shall receive: Effie is back.

 In the book, Fulvia basically replaces her. But how can anybody replace Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in these movies? When Suzanne Collins saw Catching Fire, she called and one of the first thinks she said was, ‘There’s no way Effie Trinket cannot be in the Mockingjay films.’-Lawrence

Just a refresher, Fulvia is Plutarch’s assistant in the book, so we can only assume we’ll get to see quite a bit of Effie.

What makes Effie interesting is that she does not want to be there. Unlike Plutarch, she does not want to be part of a revolution. She has to be convinced to help, and she helps for personal reasons, not for political reasons. –Nina Jacobson

Sounds like Effie might only be in District 13 because of her love for Katniss. Maybe it’s a secret love for our favorite mentor? Or is that just wishful thinking on my part?


Stay tuned for the rest of what we learned tomorrow!

And if you missed it earlier, check out the rest of the exclusive awesomeness HERE.


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