The Mockingjay Is Coming…

In case you missed it, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 full theatrical trailer has been released after it debuted at San Diego Comic-Con. To quote the L.A. Times, “it is loaded with spoilers from the final book,” although it’s debatable whether those who haven’t read the books can discern what is actually happening. According to a recent article in Entertainment Weekly, the trend for spoilers is based on consumer feedback.

If you have read The Hunger Games series and are interested in dissecting The Force Awakens teasers and theatrical trailer, Mockingjay Part 2’s trailer provides a good example of the ways movie-makers can provide context for the movie – in Mockingjay Part Two’s case it firmly establishes war comes to the Capitol and heroine Katniss is destined for a showdown with evil President Snow – but clearly misdirects how those events pan out.

The trailer for another Lawrence film, Joy, is also out now. The David O. Russell movie teams her with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, her co-stars from Silver Linings Playbook, and is inspired by the life of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano. You’ll have to take a break from second, third, or fourth helpings of The Force Awakens to check out Joy, which opens Christmas Day.

Rising female-power star Amy Schumer proved she is a Lawrence fangirl when the Hunger Games actress mentioned her in an MTV interview. (via EW)

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Mockingjay: Part Two Rollout Has Begun

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The Force Awakens won’t be the only blockbuster of 2015. On June 1, The Hunger Games official Twitter account shared the official movie poster, and so the science fiction franchise began its rollout for the final movie in the lucrative series. Two days later Jennifer Lawrence’s Facebook page surprised fans with an image from the movie. The first look featured above reveals Katniss and her comrades-in-arms in full battle gear, and not her Mockingkay battle armor from Mockingjay Part One.

Others members of the cast and production team popped up on media using the hashtag #unite, including Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Gwendoline Christie, Nina Jacobsen, and Francis Lawrence. Jacobson and Francis Lawrence also tweeted from the last days of shooting, including the epilogue on June 5 and the final day of filming on June 7.

Today, the first trailer dropped; it showcases Katniss in her battle armor and made up. Fans of the books will notice some tugs at the heartstrings sprinkled across the spot, so get out your hankies. Book fans might also recognize an important scene from the ending, but without context the trailer suggests… SPOILERS! We also got our first image of Christie, who is playing Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, as District 2 victor-turned-rebel Lyme.

No doubt, this is a war movie taking a shot at the meta of pop culture. In the words of the incomparable Finnick Odair, “Welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.”

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Own Mockingjay Part 1 Today

Mockingjay Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 releases on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming today. . . . → Read More: Own Mockingjay Part 1 Today

Geek Out Your Workout


The other day I was on Pinterest looking for a good plank challenge plan when I saw a pin for a Black Widow workout. Black Widow as in Black Widow who can be seen in many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies but not on much of the merchandising Black Widow? Yes, that one. It was indeed an illustrated workout combo inspired by the woman who, among other things, saved a super soldier multiple times. There was punching, kicking, and oh yes, climbers. So I decided to give it a try the next day. Let’s just say it looks easier than it is. But it’s a fun element to add to your fitness regime. I’ve heard of a couple gyms being based around geek/nerdy themes or incorporating them into their WODs, but it’s something I had never tried.

Then I realized there were several other similarly illustrated geeky-interest-inspired workout sets floating around from the same site. So I ended up on and there is literarlly a treasure-trove of these with instructions, info about what muscles you’re working, and tips. They even have timer buttons for your rests in between sets. It’s all part of the NR Project, which is a volunteer-run passion project to make fitness fun and accessible. As such all the workouts are available for free; you can even download them as pdfs.

What’s more most of them don’t require equipment so you can do them anywhere you have the space. A whole range of female, male, . . . → Read More: Geek Out Your Workout

Strange Age of Tomorrowland World Awakens: Kay’s Top 10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2015

Last year I set a movie-watching agenda for myself with Only Grand Captain Mockingjays of Future Tomorrow: Kay’s Top 10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2014. For the most part, it worked out pretty well. It motivated me to get out and see most of those movies in theaters, and I largely was pleased with my choices. You can read my reviews of all ten films here on FANgirl. Making the list, I would not have guessed Muppets Most Wanted would be the one to disappoint me the most. If I could time travel, I would have replaced it in the top ten with Snowpiercer, but I hadn’t heard anything about Snowpiercer when I made the list. And even then, I don’t know if I would have gone for it, but it turned out to be a very intriguing (albeit violent) film.

I’m still concerned I’m missing 2015’s Snowpiercer on the new list, but here goes something (in U.S. release date order)…

Strange Magic – January 23rd Here we have an animated fairy tale with a tagline (on at least one of the posters) “Everyone deserves to be loved.” That’s attention-catching, but it’s also inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which may well very be my favorite Shakespearean play. It’s a Lucasfilm project with a soundtrack of popular songs and standards. And oh yeah, some guy named George Lucas worked on the story.

Chappie – March 6th

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Starting Off the New Year Skywalking Through Neverland


It was a pleasure to join Sarah and Richard Woloski, along with Mark Newbold, to discuss 2014 on Skywalking Through Neverland! From the show notes:

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Well, crack open a bot­tle of cham­pagne cause it’s time to cel­e­brate the new year and our 60th episode!

To cel­e­brate, we brought on two awe­some guests: Mark New­bold (Jedi News UK and Radio 1138) and Tri­cia Barr (Fan­girls Going Rogue, co-author of Ulti­mate Star Wars, join us to look back at the hits, the misses and sur­prises of 2014, and what is on our bucket list for 2015.

What’s your hash­tag for 2014? Can you guess what ours were? Find out!

Also on this episode:

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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She is one of four authors on the upcoming Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature pieces for Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts . . . → Read More: Starting Off the New Year Skywalking Through Neverland

Creating Vespa of WYNDE: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Wynde Vespa Portrait

Here’s the thing you learn as a storyteller: sometimes you have to take a leap and see where it gets you. ~Tricia Barr

To me, stories aren’t just words on a page, but whole ideas realized in my head. When I write a character, I know who they are, which made it really fun to hear Star Wars Rebels Greg Weisman share his thoughts on creating strong characters on Fangirls Going Rogue. He talked about giving the characters first and last names, histories, anything that helps shape their motivations. As he spoke, I heard affirmation of my approach on my space opera Wynde. While in the process of writing the novel, I always knew there would be more to these characters’ stories. I have a larger master plan that includes five novels in the series, stand-alone tie-in novels, numerous short stories, and artwork. Additional goals are even loftier than that, but the foundation upon which the characters are built is the most important part.

When I got to a point where I was ready to commission the first artwork, finding an artist whose art spoke to me, and would also be willing to work with an up-and-coming storyteller, was a challenge. I also had set a goal to work with a female artist. After a couple of starts, I realized the artist I really wanted – if I could dream impossibly big – was Magali Villeneuve. At first, I never considered asking her; she was too amazing. She works on . . . → Read More: Creating Vespa of WYNDE: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Hunger Games, Star Trek, and their Future on Assembly of Geeks


Assembly of Geeks talks the futures of Star Trek and Hunger Games franchises, plus Greg Berlanti. . . . → Read More: Hunger Games, Star Trek, and their Future on Assembly of Geeks

Mockingjay Part 1 Fangirl Chat Review with Star Wars Report


Episode 19 of Fangirl Chat: a roundtable discussion of Mockingjay Part 1 with the hosts of Star Wars Report. . . . → Read More: Mockingjay Part 1 Fangirl Chat Review with Star Wars Report

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: A Review

Mockingjay Part 1

Kay reviews ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.’ . . . → Read More: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: A Review