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Lionsgate Unleashes ‘Panem Address’ Video #2 to Promote ‘Mockingjay Part 1′

Lionsgate has unleashed a “Panem Address” video called “Unity” to promote the Mockingjay Part 1 movie. So far, the video has drawn more than 6,000 “likes” on Facebook.

Continuing where the previously released “Together As One” video left off, the video embedded above stars President Snow with victors Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason standing beside him. It also features glimpses of rebel Beetee Latier who hacks into the program.

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Lionsgate Unveils a Teaser Video For ‘Mockingjay Part 1′

Lionsgate has unveiled a new video called “Together as One” (embedded above) to promote the Mockingjay Part 1 movie. Vulture reports that it features “PSA-style announcement” from the villainous President Snow and “a stoic Peeta Mellark” standing beside him.

So far, the video has drawn more than 480,000 views on YouTube. The third installment of The Hunger Games film franchise will be released on November 21, 2014. Fans can visit TheHungerGamesExclusive.com for photos, posters, and script excerpts. What do you think?

Thailand Protesters Adopt the Three-Finger Salute From ‘The Hunger Games’

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Protesters who oppose the recent military coup in Thailand have adopted the three-finger salute that originated from The Hunger Games.

Time reports that “scores of those proffering the salute during weekend street protests have been dragged off by troops, in scenes eerily reminiscent of the Suzanne Collins novels and movie franchise, which depict a dystopian future society ruled by the totalitarian Panem regime.”

According to Wired, many of those who support this cause have posted photos of themselves performing the salute on social media platforms. Below, we’ve embedded a tweet of one protester thanking the series for its inspiration. What do you think?

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Lionsgate to Launch ‘The Hunger Games: The Exhibition’

cvr_hungergames_movieHave you ever wanted to visit Panem? Lionsgate will partner with Thinkwell Group to design and launch “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition.”

According to the press release, this exhibition will feature “interactive displays of authentic costumes, props and other elements of the world of The Hunger Games.” Fans will be able to view it at “major museums and institutions across the country.”

A U.S. tour has been planned for the Summer of 2015. No definitive schedule has been announced, but the organizers have confirmed that the exhibition will open several months prior to release of the fourth installment of The Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay Part 2 which is due out on November 20, 2015. What item would you most like to see? (via NYLON)

‘The Hunger Games Exclusive’ Website Offers Fans First Look at ‘Mockingjay Part 1′ Film

Lionsgate has launched TheHungerGamesExclusive.com to give fans their first look at the next installment of The Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay Part 1. The Facebook announcement has drawn more than 48,000 “likes.”

Visitors who explore the website will find notes from a filmmaker roundtable, excerpts from the script, and a Mockingjay motion poster. The photos feature Julianne Moore dressed as Alma Coin, Woody Harrelson playing mentor Haymitch Abernathy, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman portraying head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.

In the video embedded above, Moore sits for an interview and shares her thoughts on Suzanne Collins’ books, the characters, and the story itself. Mockingjay Part 1 will hit theaters on November 21, 2014. Mockingjay Part 2 is set to follow on November 20, 2015. What do you think? (via BuzzFeed)

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Clip Unveiled by MTV

A new clip from The Fault in Our Stars was unveiled during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

Young adult novelist John Green attended the event along with his wife and the stars from the film adaptation. The video embedded above features an intense conversation scene between Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters.

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Walk-On Role For ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Movie Up For Auction

MockingjayCharitybuzz has organized two auctions for fans of The Hunger Games film franchise. According to ScreenRant, all of the proceeds will benefit the Kristen Ann Carr Fund.

The first item, a visit to the set of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, is valued at $5,000. Producer Jon Kilik will serve as an escort for the winner and one friend. Bidding ends on March 20th.

The second item, a non-speaking role for the movie, is estimated to be worth $10,000. Whoever wins will be given time to meet some of the actors and crew working on the film. Bids will be accepted until March 27th.

Filmmakers May Digitally Recreate Philip Seymour Hoffman For ‘Mockingjay’ Films

jayposterRumors are swirling in Hollywood that the team behind The Hunger Games film franchise will “digitally recreate late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in a major yet-to-be-shot scene.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoffman, who plays the head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, had largely completed his work for Mockingjay Part 1. However, he had been scheduled for seven more days of shooting to finish Mockingjay Part 2.

The NY Post reports that the film editors plan to “use computer graphics and camera tricks” so that they can avoid re-writing the script. Thus far, Lionsgate seems set to unleash both films on their scheduled release dates. Mockingjay Part 1 comes out on November 21, 2014 and Mockingjay Part 2 will follow on November 20, 2015.

The Hunger Games is Making Archery Popular Among Young Women

hungergames1Katniss Everdeen looks pretty cool operating her bow and arrow in The Hunger Games and young women in the U.S. have taken notice. In fact, Suzanne Collins‘ series is leading to a resurgence in archery among young adults in the U.S., especially among girls.

Membership in USA Archery, the association related to the sport, has doubled over the past two years. NPR has the story:

But Denise Parker, CEO of USA Archery — the governing body for the Olympic sport — says the boom following The Hunger Games original movie in 2012 caught many by surprise. ”We didn’t see that coming,” she says. “We’ve had archery in other movies, but never kind of that whole momentum at one time.”

Harry Potter Alliance Launches ‘Hunger Games’-Themed Social Justice Campaign

The Harry Potter Alliance has launched a Hunger Games-themed social justice campaign called “Odds In Our Favor.”

This nonprofit organization has created a video called “The Hunger Games Are Real.” Throughout the video (embedded above), the narrator refers to events which take place in Suzanne Collins’ young adult trilogy and shares statistics concerning poverty, hunger, and income equality within the United States. What do you think?

In a L.A. Times op-ed, Harry Potter Alliance executive director Andrew Slack writes: “Perhaps Lionsgate will embrace the simple but radical message of its blockbuster films: No one should have to go hungry in a nation of plenty. After all, fantasy is not an escape from our world but an invitation to go deeper into it. And we will keep going deeper until the odds are in everyone’s favor.” (via Upworthy)

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