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Inside the Mockingjay Part 2 New York Screening

Tonight, I was super lucky to attend the Mockingjay Part 2 “Special Screening” in New York. Not a premiere, so it didn’t have the huge atmosphere of what we’ve seen in the previous days & weeks, but a huge number of cast attended, as well as Francis Lawrence, Nina Jacobson, and Jon Kilik.

The red carpet was in a tent located outside the AMC Lincoln Square theater. It was filled with press, who missed out on the LA premiere, and the small “fan pen” where I was. As per usual, everyone was very nice about accommodating fan requests for pics and signings. Here are some of my pics in the zoo-like media madness. (You will notice a lack of selfies, I don’t really do selfies, and I doubt you all care so it’s cool).

 

Then after that, IT WAS ACTUALLY TIME TO SEE THE MOVIE.

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It’s been a lot to take in, so we’ll dig into the movie after official release (but spoiler alert, we’re really happy).

Nothing could prepare us for the end, so we didn’t.

JJ

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Mockingay Part 1 Premiere Day Fan Frenzy

It’s another milestone day. The LA premiere! Reddit AMA, Twitter Chat, Facebook Fan Events! So much goodness all at once, it’s hard to pick just one.

mj la premiere starsWe were very excited to see the Facebook Fan event, because we saw previews of it from when it occurred on Saturday. It did start, how should we say, fashionably late so we haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, because it was PREMIERE TIME.

But while we waited for the Facebook event and the Premiere Livestream to start, we noticed something interesting. Music that seemed very much to be the Mockingjay Part 1 Score started playing. And then that theory was cemented when a female voice started singing The Hanging Tree. At first it was confusing. Who is that singing?

OMG THIS IS JEN SINGING THE HANGING TREE.

Yes, I kept listening because it was on and IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. So beautiful. I can’t wait to see it on film. The score beyond that sounds great, with tones from the previous films.

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But onto the Premiere! The WHITE carpet looked super cool and everyone was there. New faces like Patina Miller, who wanted to keep her Commander Paylor boots because it helped her immediately get into character. Mahershala Ali told us that Francis Lawrence made blooper reel that documented how things were so wacky off camera and then would immediately become serious at the word “action.” WE MUST SEE THIS. THIS MUST BE A DVD EXTRA PLEASE.

The livestream hosts kept asking about pranks. It seemed to be their go to question. So we learned that Jeffrey Wright had a close call when Jennifer tried to push him in Beetee’s wheelchair. Liam shared that he tries to be zen when around the Jen and Josh craziness. Jen’s favorite costume was her tribute parade costume in Catching Fire and Josh wanted to keep Finnick’s trident from Catching Fire. A lot of soundbites given. A lot of pictures taken. But the best thing about today is that we can now say this is the week the movie opens!

It’s almost movie time!

JJ

Filling Out The Cast

The cast of The Hunger Games franchise is balls to the walls full of über talented lady people. I can say that with conviction, and authority now, because it’s officially true. The last few days have been a slow avalanche of casting announcements for the Mockingjay films, and one after the other have been bona fide, award nominated, winning, and just all around talented women.

Today we got our Commander Paylor with the announcement of Tony Award winning actress Patina Miller, if you don’t know who she is, click here and get to know her. Monday we got our Commander Lyme with the announcement of American Horror Story: Asylum’s Lily Rabe, and then last Friday we got the imagesannouncement of Julianne Moore taking the role of President Alma Coin. I don’t know about you, but the next female role to be cast, the expectations are now so incredibly high, I’m hoping we get another prestigious award nominee, or winner– because it’s just becoming a kind of a pleasant trend.

We already knew that the female cast of this franchise was super talented, especially with Jennifer Lawrence at the helm. But now, after already having such talents as Paula Malcolmson, who I am seriously hoping is utilized more in Catching Fire, because I don’t know if you know this– but Paula is no slouch where it comes to acting ability. Watch Showtime’s Ray Donovan, and HBOs Deadwood, as well as her stint on Sons of Anarchy, you’ll understand why I’ve said all of that. Sometimes I forget just how vast the collective female talent is in the cast, but then I remember there’s women like Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer taking part. Maybe it’s because we haven’t actually seen Catching Fire yet, and that’s why my memory keeps getting fogged up, but in all seriousness the cast is almost something unprecedented, and I can only think of two other films cast that were just as well populated by talented women, and that’s The Hours, and Gosford Park.

Bring on the Boggs, but if we’re keeping with the trend… bring on the Fulvia Cardew, maybe we’ll get someone a million times better than Rebel Wilson.

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