There’s good news – Mockingjay Part 2 will get some time in Hall H during San Diego Comic-Con for a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers. During the panel they’ll also release some exclusive footage that should make its way online… eventually. The big event will be moderated by Conan O’Brien, who definitely has lots of experience bringing the funny in front of large audiences. We just want it to be the right type of funny, good time. We’ll only get 30 minutes or so of our beloved franchise on the big stage. Please Conan, help us make the most of it!
So here you go Conan – we graciously present some tips to hosting a Mockingjay panel that will make THG fans love you forever.
- Joke or ask questions about “Teams.” Just don’t. No Team Peeta/Team Gale/Team Buttercup/Team Anyone. No.
- Bother mentioning how Peeta’s name sounds like bread. Fans own those jokes, and we ran through all the good ones by 2011. It’s over.
- Same thing goes for the “Peeniss” ship name. That was fun in 2011 or if you’re currently 12, but we’ve moved on. It’s EVERLARK, cause after all they’ve been through, Katniss and Peeta deserve some dignity at this point.
- Talk about height differentials among any of the cast.
- Waste time asking questions about the past Hunger Games movies. We already saw those AND THERE’S NOT MUCH TIME. ALL MOCKINGJAY PART 2.
- Let the Last Witch Hunter panel, which will inevitably run before Mockingjay during Lionsgate’s slot, run long. Vin Diesel’s not a wordy guy. Keep it moving so we can get to the main event.
- Know your stuff. (Re)read the books and (re)watch the movies before getting on that stage. We love people who do their research!
- Add “real or not real” into one of the questions. Example: “Jennifer, you loved working with this cast, real or not real?”
- On that note, ask about filming the REAL OR NOT REAL scene, or anything about Jennifer and Josh filming scenes together. Get those two to joke around. We love that shit.
- Make sure Francis Lawrence (and Nina Jacobson if she’s there) get some good questions. They may be “behind the scenes,” but they are universally loved by fans.
- Ask about filming the epilogue scene (pssh, don’t worry about Lionsgate not wanting you to mention it, that will earn you 1 MILLION fandom points if you do. Nina Jacobson can tell you all about that).
- Dress up like Caesar Flickerman. We would dig it. (But please keep the main spotlight on the cast & filmmakers. We don’t get an opportunity like this very often).
Any other tips for Conan? Put ‘em in the comments.