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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Fandom Fashion Friday

While the apparel options for grown women in various fandoms still don’t quite equal the amount offered to men, there are still some cool items out there. So we’re going to highlight some here to make sure you know about them too. And because one way of letting companies know that women are fans too is to show them through where you put your money.

This will be a recurring feature here on FANgirl and while it’ll most likely be Star Wars heavy, I’ll throw in a few items from some other fandoms when I can.

Star Wars

Tatooine Sunset Maxi Dress:

It’s really easy to accumulate a lot of black in your wardrobe if you’re a Star Wars fan. ThinkGeek has a couple Star Wars maxi dresses, but it was neat to see this one have some color!

$39.99 at ThinkGeek


Star Wars Dangle Earrings:

If you ever wanted TIE Fighters, X-wings, or Death Star hanging from your ears, this will be easier than buying small toys and making earrings out of them. These will probably weigh less than hanging toys from your ears too.

$24.99 for each set at ThinkGeek


Darth Vader Dark Side Tank Top:

Neat tattoo-like design not on a black shirt – which is nice for summer.

$20.50 at Hot Topic


Darth Vader Damask Print T-Shirt:

This one is listed in men’s sizes and my experience with buying men’s shirts in small sizes to wear fitted here is that they’re definitely . . . → Read More: Fandom Fashion Friday

Mockingjay: Part Two Rollout Has Begun

MP2 First image

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.”

Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand . . . → Read More: Mockingjay: Part Two Rollout Has Begun

When Fandoms Collide with Adagio Tea

One of my fandoms that I haven’t talked much about on FANgirl is tea. Yes, tea. I’m versed in some of its history and read up on the growing process. I’m up for trying new blends, but I have my prefered varieties too. And if there’s a new tea fan, I like helping them figure out what to try first.

I’ve never been a coffee drinker but tea and I go way back. A nice cuppa is an all-purpose comfort. It’s good when you’re happy or sad, when you’re too warm or too cold. You can drink it at any time of the day and it’s a great excuse to take a break and eat a biscuit (or cookie, depending on where you’re from).

My tea fandom has crossed paths with my other fandoms too. I’ve bought Firefly- and Harry Potter-inspired teas from independent vendors before and I think official teas for different fandom properties could be a very cool tie-in product. I mean, Harry Potter and Doctor Who are already British. Characters drink tea in those stories. Sometimes it’s even a featured part of the plot. What is out there is a lot of fandom-related tea accessories. Unfortunately many of them don’t do a great job of performing the function they’re meant for because the focus is on the look. Mugs are an exception to that, except for maybe that Loki one that came out with the giant horns on it that just looked too dangerous to put . . . → Read More: When Fandoms Collide with Adagio Tea

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

After Elysium I’m not entirely confident in jumping on board the Neill . . . → Read More: Strange Age of Tomorrowland World Awakens: Kay’s Top 10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2015

Fangirls Around The Web: December 27, 2014

Toy Guide boys girls

Fangirls Around the Web for December 2014. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around The Web: December 27, 2014

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

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