Caesar Flickerman

GALLERY: The Hunger Games Exhibition

You’ve probably noticed that there’s been lots of goodness from The Hunger Games Exhibition all around the web, including over on our Instagram page. Now, we’re sharing all the photos from our Hunger Games Exhibition with you!

If you like these glimpses, stay tuned for a detailed report on the super fun exhibition!

Still Julianne– Also Alma Coin

Tomorrow is the Academy Awards, aka the Oscars and lo, nothing Hunger Games was nominated! That means one thing, right? Yup– we don’t have to watch! I’m imagining that crickets are sounding across the interwebz now. Sorry folks! I mean yes watch, tune in, make fake ballots, and themed mocktails, and cocktails to your hearts content, while you watch pretty people, and more pretty people traipse a red carpet in the Los Angeles sunshine, then read out loud from teleprompters like feeble, farsighted, novices! It’ll be a gas and

I think she's gonna win

I think she’s gonna win

a half!

There’s something very Capitol about the Oscars, no? Because when push comes to shove characters like Caesar Flickerman, and the style teams, are just morphed versions of the Fashion Police on the E! Network, or Ryan Seacrest, whom I think still hosts American Idol– but I’m not sure, ’cause I’ve never watched the show in my life. American Idol that is, I have watched the Oscars numerous times.

Tomorrow, however since The Hunger Games is yet again not recognized by the Academy for its feats in film making, we’re going to have to suffice with rooting for Julianne Moore for her work in the film Still Alice, as well as crossing our fingers, toes, and eyes that Josh walks across that stage without tripping, fumbling, or having his presenting partner be a foot taller than him!

Tune in at your own discretion everyone! I for one will sparingly do so, and the entire time I’ll be pretending that Boyhood is really about Peeta.

Them There Eyes

Unnerving Characters of The Hunger Games

Cross-fandom inspiration time!

On Day 11 of the 12 days of Pottermore, JK Rowling talked about Draco Malfoy. Particularly, she mentioned how “unnerved” she was by the massive amounts of Draco fangirls who assumed that under all the bullying, bigotry, and general cowardice, the character actually has a heart of gold. The author said she’d had to drop some truth about the character plenty of times in the past: As much as people will romanticize him, he’s still a pretty awful person who never really shook off all that bigotry.

Now, Draco Malfoy is the victim of fans romanticizing him under the “Bad Boy With A Heart Of Gold” stereotype. We loathe this trope beyond all others. Draco is not this trope, nor are Hunger Games characters that fanon (fan canon, that is) wants to trope up, like Finnick and Gale.

However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other characters for which the immense fan love might be considered a bit “unnerving” in the eyes of Suzanne Collins, even if they don’t necessarily romanticize the character. Perhaps they love him for the sheer fun and easy entertainment, the swagger and the smile.

You know who we’re talking about…

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No, seriously!

Caesar Flickerman has pizazz FOR DAYS. He makes us laugh. His style is unmatched. So we all love him, right?!

What we often overlook is that underneath it all, Caesar Flickerman is a pretty fucking awful human being.

We might think he’s just the standard vain, mindless Hollywood entertainer type, but not really. Caesar maintained his fame because he was the best spokesperson for the annual systematic sacrifice for children. He reassures and perpetuates lies in order to give a dictatorship the upper hand. When he interviews Peeta in Mockingjay, he absolutely knows that Peeta is being tortured and repeating carefully rehearsed falsities.

Book!Caesar is pretty much President Snow’s right-hand man. In the films, we’re provided with Antonius and Egeria, who kind of serve as intermediate Ministers of Propaganda. In the books, they don’t exist, so it’s easy to imagine Caesar is involved in plotting media relations that oppress and mislead the people. Especially since Snow sits off to the side and monitors all his segments. Even if he’s not so much involved in the planning in the films, he’s still the mainstay responsible for the execution of said plans.

So he manipulates, oppresses, and coerces. But he does it in a glitter tux with purple hair and a day-glo grin, so we forgive em!

We’re all quite susceptible to Caesar’s charms. And really, it’s not our fault– It’s Stanley Tucci’s!

But now that you think about it… isn’t that character adoration kinda unnerving?

Stick That In Your Holiday Pipe And Smoke It!
The Girl With The Pearl

The Mockingjay Clip That Left Us With One Wish

Have you been hiding in an underground bunker recently? If so, you my not know this already, but… THE FIRST MOCKINGJAY CLIP IS HERE! And it’s a heart-wrencher!

OBSERVE!

For people who don’t know the books, this clip is misleading. It almost looks like Peeta is friendly with Caesar Flickerman and possibly even enjoying their conversation. Sure, you can hear the hitch in his voice, but someone might assume it’s because of the tense subject– the surprise ending of the Quarter Quell. His tone could even represent his disappointment in what Katniss did and shiny new alliance with The Capitol. But we also think this clip is meant to be misleading.

Of course, we know better, but think about it: Katniss is really the one person who believes that Peeta isn’t willingly working in conjunction with the Capitol. The audience shouldn’t fully believe that he’s being held against his will, either. We’ll see Katniss advocating his innocence constantly, slowly the audience will start to believe her despite every other character being skeptical because she’s the protagonist, only to see him attempt to murder her somewhere toward the end, and it’ll be a glass case of emotion, Ron Burgundy style.

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I’m imagining that clip wise, we probably won’t see much Peeta outside of this one. Because it sets up that “Wait.. is Peeta a traitor now?” mindset that will make moviegoers eager to solve the mystery. Anything to negate that would be kind of counter-productive. Of course, that doesn’t mean other clips won’t mention Peeta. He’s kind of a big discussion point in this one and scenes discussing what should be done with him will be pretty spoiler-free on the grand scale of the story.

Another thing we’re loving about this? The dialogue is very, very similar to the book. With this script, screenwriters seem to have really taken the time to figure out what quotes from the book really work on film rather than simply trying to rephrase everything. We think it’s a really nice homage to the original story.

Oh, And Our One Wish? MOAR CLIPS!

The Girl With The Pearl

More Blue Steel and a Pony

I’m just going to say it, Liam Hemsworth is giving us more Blue Steel, and there’s nothing we can do 10402038_900209023322649_5942859702756527118_nabout it. I think we just have to accept that that’s his face, and until he’s old, like 80 something, and will likely be one of the handsomest old men we’ve ever seen– maybe then he’ll be able to pull his jowly face into some semblance of an expression that’s not his un patented Blue Steel– we’ll just have to deal. Boo hoo, such an unfortunate face to endure! Kidding, he’s hot– everyone with eyes can see it plain as day, and at this point in the game– we’re practically begging for promotional material. Therefore Liam’s expressionless face is a welcome reprieve!

Now it must be addressed, or re-addressed, but Natalie Dormer may prove to be the break out star of Mockingjay Part 1. Or, at least that’s what the posters, and the pictures we’ve been slowly getting are saying to us. Cressida didn’t have a massive part in the novel however, but once again liberties have likely been taken– and we’ll just have to deal, grudgingly or not. I’m not going to argue it to death, because I like Natalie Dormer, and I think Cressida is a character that deserves a little expansion. Plus, um– Natalie’s real purtty.

I think it’s been said before, probably here at Victor’s Village even, perhaps by yours truly–
but Caesar Flickerman reminds me of a My Little Pony. It’s the hair ya’ see? It’s got this pompadour thing going on, and then there’s

You're like a magical pony.

You’re like a magical pony.

the tail bit, and obviously the ever-changing color of it that screams Pony to anyone with a memory for pop culture that goes back further than 1998. I’m not ragging on the choices that the hair and makeup heads came up with, because I think it’s a brilliant choice. Also, bear with me, I totally think that Caesar Flickerman could fit in the court of the Sun King, AKA Louis XIV. The brocade suits, the hair, the colors, the stance.

Maybe Caesar Flickerman is a time traveler?!

Them There Eyes

Cinna’s Subliminal Design Clues

Caesar’s Scrunchy is back once again with EVEN MOAR visual beauty! Today, she’s talking about how Catching Fire portrayed the way Cinna left his mark on more than just The Mockingjay!

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I decided to fill the time waiting for “Mockingjay” by watching “Catching Fire” again, and noticed that Effie Trinkett was wearing a necklace (in Katniss’ wedding dress/Mockingjay dress scene) that looked like arrowheads. Then I noticed Katniss’ earrings when her dress transforms become arrowheads too, and then… there were arrowheads (triangles) ALL OVER the movie!

And they were worn only by Katniss’ allies, whether she knew they were her allies or not.

Then I decided that because, as Effie says, Cinna is the most influential designer in the Capitol, it makes sense that he would put these arrowheads subliminally in his designs, and that others would copy him.

Check it out – these pages show Cinna’s influence, with tons of arrowheads (triangles) throughout. I found these images from basic Google web searches (I don’t own any of the photos or anything else– it all belongs to Lionsgate and Suzanne Collins, ok?)

KATNISS

2 Katniss 1b

4 Katniss 2b

PEETA

6 Peeta b

VICTORY TOUR COSTUMING

8 Victory Tour b

JOHANNA

14 Johanna b

HAYMITCH

10 Haymitch b

FINNICK

12 Finnick b

BEETEE

16 BeeTee b

PLUTARCH
18 Plutarch b
PRESIDENT SNOW AND HIS FOLLOWERS

19 Snow
20 Capitol Folk

GALE

21 Gale

EFFIE

22 Effie

OTHER ARROWHEADS

23 Whole Cast

24 Arena

But trust me: it’s tons of fun watching “Catching Fire” again, and seeing if you can find who else wears the arrowheads…and who doesn’t!

Sincerely,

Caesar’s Scrunchy

Peeta Pics

Well, if you’re one of the combative few who were recently up in arms, and also notably giving the rest of us fodder for us to quirk our heads to the side and say “what?!”, perhaps today’s most recent Peeta pics quelled your special breed of crazy. What am I talking about, of course they didn’t, ’cause you’ll find fault with anything that doesn’t fit your specific ideals, as unattainable as they are in reality, and lalalalala! I kid, or do I?

Right, so today was the day that the fated and much-anticipated Catching Fire Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly finally reached newsstands. And. The. Crowd. Went. Wild! Didn’t it? I sure hope it did, I wouldn’t know, because I was kind of busy working, also oddly enough there are no newsstands in the neighborhood where I live, so… yeah I haven’t actually seen the issue in real life. I know, I know I’m a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad human, and I should be put to a thousand and one deaths involving something akin to Temple Doom style vivisection, right? Right! I have seen scans though. So, am I redeemed? God, I hope so, ’cause vivisection scares the pants off of me. Feel free to imagine me without pants right now, it’s okay ’cause I’m the one who brought it up in the first place.

Back to the Peeta Pics released today via The Hunger Games Peru’s Facebook page , because they’re way more interesting than my apparent pantless-ness. Ugh, got to love ’em, or at least appreciate them. What can I say? I’m a Peeta fan, and I like looking at pictures of Josh Hutcherson embodying him. Know what I love even more though? I bet you can guess. Fine, it’s seeing another angled shot of Josh in that amazing, stupendous, totally stylin’ white

Digging the tux

Digging the tux

Juun.J tuxedo! I will forever bow down to Trish Summerville for stepping up the crazy, outlandish fashion in this franchise, it’s just simply what I personally envisioned in my head all those years ago when I first cracked my head open and let The Hunger Games trilogy inside, and well– it’s more than nice seeing her take the initiative and fill those wardrobe trailers with avant garde-ness. Hats off to her a million billion times. I don’t think I need to go in depth about what we’re seeing in the tuxedo clad shot of Josh and Stanley Tucci, do I? Caesar’s hair still reminds me of My Little Pony toys I had as a little girl, and his jacket is midnight blue and sparkles like the night sky. Peeta’s golden, molded, metal pocket square is edgy and fashionable, and his matching gold cuff bracelets make me think Metaphorical Prisoner of Circumstance, but that’s not going in depth at all, that’s just me running at the mouth in sheer exults involving slight sleep deprivation! Oh, and then there’s the shot of Peeta and Katniss at the entrance of the Training Center, but hot damn, all I’d end up saying about that is that Josh’s arms look good, and then feel sort of weird about it.

Oh dear god, is it November 21st yet?!

Them There Eyes

Tributes, Tributes Everywhere!

the-hunger-games-catching-fire-posterCouple of days ago a blurry shot of Katniss and Caesar Flickerman on a stage together was leaked over the Internets. And then The Hunger Games fandom went crazy, or if you prefer, the fandom went apoplectic, and then spent an exorbitant amount of time squinting at their iPhone screens, computer screens, or digital pad’s screens, and not necessarily to get a glimpse of Katniss and Caesar. Nope, it was to feast their eyes upon the myriad of Tributes standing in the background of said blurry photo. It was quite literally a scramble of putting the blurry image through photo editing software as to get a better look, or going it old school, and getting out a real magnifying glass. I think the common phrase being uttered during those first few hours was, “I see Tributes, I see Tributes!” Face it, we’re all kind of starved for Hunger Games: Catching Fire news that’s more tangible than a blurb in an entertainment news blog, or a flip 140 or less answer in a Twitter Q & A put on by a cast member. A picture though, “a picture speaks a thousand words”, and also shows us pretty much every Tribute in all their blurry, hair, makeup, and costumed glory.

Today Entertainment Weekly, the magazine gifted the joy of releasing the fully fledged digitalized higher quality version of the photo, finally graced us with said high quality version. And, you guessed it– the crowd went wild. Or, the crowd let out a proverbial sigh, snicker, or woop of joy. For me, it was the latter, because if you’re a regular reader of ours here at Victor’s Village, you know how much I take costume design seriously. And, woo-boy, this new version of the photo is boosting the previous vote of confidence I had where it came to Trish Summerville, the head costume designer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. First off, you should take a gander at the new version of the photo-still, and then come back and read this. I don’t want you to read about what you can simply look at with your own eyes, okay? All right, hopefully you’ve laid your eyes upon the still by now, so I can continue without much of a fuss. Okay, I’ll fuss maybe a little bit!

Here’s what I noticed first: Katniss is the only female Tribute wearing a skirt, other than Cashmere on the far left hand-side, who appears to be wearing what look to be mile high plat-form heels, and a mini-dress. Oh wait, technically Finnick is wearing a skirt as well! But, still– Katniss, for all intents and purposes, is the only female Tribute adorned in an elegantly fashioned feminine gown, all others are in rather androgynous looking suits, tunics, jackets, and fitted trousers to match. Please don’t get me wrong, because I think the looks are working really well. Now for the men: Um, guys– I think Brutus might be wearing a belly-shirt? That or someone with either a pink pointy-ish head, or a monstrous head-piece is standing right in front of him. Belly-shirt, half-shirt, shirt with an oddly shaped swath missing, whatever– we all know by now that Bruno Gunn (Brutus), takes good care of him self, so if anyone in that lot of people is going to go around with half their top missing, let it be him– I doubt anyone Victors-600x376will kick up a fuss. What else about the men? Well, like their female counter parts, I see copious amounts of leather, shiny fabric, and a lot of carefully chosen suit combinations. I see Gloss next to his sister, and he’s wearing the shiniest slate gray coat I have ever seen in all my years, and his hair looks like it’s got a little lift to it thanks to some generously applied hair product. Beetee is towards the center of the group, and he’s in his Capitol Portrait suit, the one that us fan-sites were allowed to debut for you all. There’s one male Tribute who’s missing however, and that’s Peeta. Where’s Peeta? I’m just going to say it now, so it’s out of the way– I think “Where’s Peeta?” should be a slogan for the up coming Mockingjay films. Peeta’s there I have no doubt about that, but I bet he’s just off-stage waiting for Caesar to call him up. Yes, to stand next to his fake fiancee. As for the others that my eyes are getting trapped on, I think Johanna is to the right, clad in leather, and looking mighty tough. I approve, I approve ten times over. To quote one of my favorite films of all time where it comes to the costume designs of this film, “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” Damn straight, Dorothy! Damn straight.

Patiently awaiting anything else they want to lay on us that features the Tributes.

Them There Eyes

Brand It

brand-loyaltySometimes I wonder about the inner workings of The Capitol, or more like the surface-y workings of the Capitol that people who live in the Capitol probably think are tantamount to global warming, or veganism. The name of the game is this brand loyalty, does it exist in the Capitol, or are they more concerned with style over whose name is stitched across their backside? In my real life I have family who work in the fashion industry, and they’ve informed me over the course of a career that’s spanned nearly 20 years, that believe it or not since the 90s, when everything was seemingly Who you were wearing for the lady folks, that men have become the brand loyalists. Hard to fathom, right– or is it? I dunno, you come to your own conclusions on that one. Anyway, real life aside the subject should really be about the Capitol’s adherence to brand loyalty, or better yet– do we think they even have brands?

I posit this, they do– they just have to reinvent themselves even faster than The Gap (Old Navy for the cheapies). Hell, I remember a time when acid washed jeans were available at The Gap, now it’s cardigans, and whatever it is you crazy kids are wearing now a-days. Kidding, ICapitol-ads-the-hunger-games-movie-28933277-480-634 wear cardigans too, and some of them aren’t in neutral colors, hold the gasping to a minimum. Here’s another thought along the brand vein– would the stylists that work The Hunger Games be above having their own fashion lines? We know from the viral marketing that was used during The Hunger Games promotions, that prominent Capitol personalities like Caesar Flickerman, and Seneca Crane were featured in a toothpaste ad, and beard trimmer ad, and then of course there was Cinna advertising his ever-present gold eye liner, and Effie advertising her faux eye lashes. I know these Capitol ads were for our benefit, because Effie is not a Capitol celebrity, and Cinna’s 1st Games were the 74th, but I still wonder– in a fictional world, in Panem’s fictional world– would those ads have actually ran, or would they have been more extreme, or more streamlined? We all know by now that The Capitol is an extreme place, where fashions change faster than a season, that people get body polishes, and plastic surgery to alter them selves to look like cats, and of course the pinnacle entertainment showcase of the year is literal fight to the death. Therefore, I say that the Capitol viral ads put forth by Lionsgate barely scratched the surface of the Capitol’s true brand loyalties, or true branding for that matter.

I wonder if The Capitol has a Starbucks on every corner? Now there’s a scary thought, bad coffee, and a city chock-a-block full of fashion victims. Ha. 

Them There Eyes

Victor’s Village Capitol Portraits Breakdown!

The Capitol Portraits have been arriving all week and we are in OVERLOAD MODE! Rather than only dedicate a skimpy paragraph to each in a typical post, we’re going old school!

For those of you who only discovered the site recently, we occasionally like to team up and BREAK IT DOWN for our audience, chat style! It’s long (hence the “Read More” tag! Click it!) and meticulous and hilariously ridiculous! Enjoy the party!

Effie Trinket

Effie Trinket

EFFIE MCQUEEN OF GENOVIA
The Girl With The Pearl: Okay ladies, let’s start with Effie!
Them There Eyes: I think they’ve upped the ante, and this was just our first taste of how far they’re potentially going.
TGWTP: Here’s my only hesitation: Is too much of one color a bad thing?
Them There Eyes: I don’t think it’s too much color at all! She’s supposed to clash, and pop, and other sounds.
Twiffidy: Yeah, too much color is very Capitol anyway.
TGWTP: I love that she’s got a regal gown with frilly but awesome shoes and SPACEMAN GLOVES!
Them There Eyes: I also love the clash of how soft her hair, shoes, and dress are in contrast to the gauntlet rings.
Twiffidy: This gave me flashbacks of when I went to the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met when I was in New York a couple of years ago.
Them There Eyes: I am in such hard like with Alexander McQueen… I’ve been looking at his work for years and going “Capitol, Capitol, Capitol.”
TGWTP: Alexander McQueen is the official designer of Effie Trinket. Which would technically make her totally vintage!
Them There Eyes: I know… her shoes were McQueen last year! And I’ve been pinning heelless shoes to my Panem themed pin board on Pinterest for months….. when I saw those shoes I flipped the fuck out, ’cause I’ve pinned several similar versions by McQueen.
Twiffidy: And these heelless shoes were A-MA-ZING!
TGWTP: Elizabeth Banks could wear a potato sack and look good, but Alexander McQueen definitely helps. I want to test that potato sack theory someday, though. I say that about these actors, but I need to see them in potato sacks!
Twiffidy: And I don’t know if those are bracelets or part of the glove, but I like that contrasting color, it helps break it up so there isn’t too much of the pink. And Elizabeth’s pose is perfect, very charm school with the crossed ankles.
Them There Eyes: Yes, very poised… polite, queenly. I’ve seen gloves like that before in my mother’s knitting books, they have sort of bells on them… or petals like a flower. And her pose makes me think of that sequence in the Princess Diaries.
Twiffidy: Haha yes! Very Princess Diaries! I’m waiting for her to tell Katniss to do the “Thank you for being here” wave.
TGWTP: There’s a reason that Effie always gets released first. The image demands your attention!
Twiffidy: Oh my gosh, yes… They do like to release her early!

Caesar Flickerman

Caesar Flickerman

A LITTLE LESS KARL LAGERFELD, A LITTLE MORE BARBIE
The Girl With The Pearl: Speaking of demanding attention, what do we think about Caesar?
Twiffidy: Funny story, I showed this to my friend and he did not even realize Caesar had a ponytail in the first movie
Them There Eyes: His hair still makes me think of one of my My Little Ponies. Her name was Rattles.
TGWTP: Well, it’s a high ponytail this time around. Caesar and Barbie now have something in common!
Twiffidy: Haha… a little less Karl Lagerfeld, a little more Barbie.
Them There Eyes: At least it doesn’t remind me of Michael Bolton anymore!
TGWTP: At first glance, I thought his hair was shaved off on the sides and I got really distressed!
Twiffidy: Did you notice his eyebrows look a little purple-y?
Them There Eyes: Yeah, they’re violet. He was already one of the more extremely styled people they had, but still it’s up a notch or two, which is what I was craving.
Twiffidy: I’m glad they stuck with the textured suit idea from the first movie and then elevated it.
TGWTP: Caesar is basically a 5-year-old’s hair color experiment.
Them There Eyes: Kool-Aid!
TWGTP: YES!
Them There Eyes: Great. Now the Kool-Aid guy is going to come crashing in here saying “Ohhhh yeaaahhh!”

Cinna

Cinna

EXPERIMENTAL SEX CLUBS IN THE MATRIX
TGWTP: Then let’s run to the next victim! *cough* I mean, subject! Cinna!
Twiffidy: My male friend said he wants Cinna’s boots.
Them There Eyes: If they wanted to scream rebel in our faces, but in a sexy way…. they’ve achieved that affect.
TGWTP: I know Cinna is not very Capitol and quite understated, but I still wanted MORE. His jacket has that emperor effect, so I appreciate that.
Twiffidy: But I think the gold eye liner is still there, which is reassuring.
TGWTP: It is, which makes it okay for him to be in all black.
Them There Eyes: Why all leather though?
TGWTP: No idea! Does anyone else think the tight leather sleeves make his arms look like toothpicks?
Twiffidy: This gives me such a Matrix vibe, especially with the green background.
Them There Eyes: Yes, that’s what I was trying to grasp onto… Matrix!
TGWTP: Seriously! I’m expecting Neo and Trinity any minute now!
Them There Eyes: He looks like Morpheus’ baby brother! I’ll say this… I’m glad they got rid of the medallion necklace. He has the gold hoops in his ear, and one ring on… His accessories are set in my eyes now. But…. do we think he looks a little sex club-y?
Twiffidy: Just the forearms.
Them There Eyes: Just the arms are sex club worthy? Wow… Up your game, Cinna!
TGWTP: It could happen. Cinna could be the quiet type who actually spends all his nights getting his freak on in peculiar places.
Them There Eyes: I smell a fan-fic!
Twiffidy: Be careful what you wish for!
TGWTP: Muahahahahaha!

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