While it was news, it was hardly unpredictable that the third installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, was going to be split into two movies. It makes perfect sense; it's the densest, heaviest book in the series. (Heavy as in "Doc, that's heavy.") But while the year-long gap in between these releases might be cause for alarm for die-hard fans, the part of that story that we should all be the most concerned with is how it's told and how it will be adapted. I'm referring to the first-person perspective of Katniss Everdeen.
The entire book is about things happening without her knowledge, and us (the readers) only finding out about really important things when she does. That really can't happen in a movie, let alone a two-parter. Because that will be very annoying.
Possible spoiler alert: I will be talking about things that happen in Mockingjay, which happen as a result of things that happen in Catching Fire, so if you don't want to be spoiled, you might not want to come any further. Instead, for something else to do, here are The Hunger Gifs. Read the rest
We all know that Philip Seymour Hoffman is an "actor's actor" -- a chameleon who can play all kinds of roles, whether they be dramatic or comedic, manipulative or a pushover. Now that we know he is playing head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire (and, most likely, Mockingjay), let's look at a past role that probably didn't prepare him for this one, unless it totally did: Scotty from Boogie Nights. Read the rest