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The Hunger Games Trailer

First impressions: It is very sunny in District 12. What is Effie's accent? She looks like Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter. Lenny Kravitz! Katniss isn't on fire even a little bit, wtf? She's still a badass. And so pretty. AIEEE THE GAME IS BEGINNING!

Finally, a trailer that doesn't show all the best parts (hopefully).



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ejcsanfran

I have expressed before that I was not a fan of the book (only read the first one) - but this movie looks like it could be quite good.

bananab0at

@ejcsanfran Oooh read the next 2! They are so great. To be fair, I might not be the best source of like-minded advice b/c I loved the 1st one. Do it anyway! I feel like it's required reading for anyone that aspires to be a ~true woman~.

wilarseny

@bananab0at @ejcsanfran So once you've achieved that, do the tildes just kind of float around your head, or do people simply know and marvel?

wilarseny

@wilarseny Also, unrelated to snarkiness, I haven't read these, but this is a pretty great trailer. Between this and that snow white reboot..

ejcsanfran

@bananab0at: Well, I am a guy (a gay one, but still...) - maybe that's the problem? I'd already read Battle Royale before I read Hunger Games and I think it suffered greatly in comparison.

Eden

@ejcsanfran I read the first two and then decided not to bother with the third. They have that page-turning thing, but I'm pretty picky when it comes to dystopian novels so these just weren't doing it for me.

But the movie looks pretty good to me. I'm actually surprised that this trailer has made me interested in it.

ejcsanfran

@Eden: Dystopias are the best! It's like my dreams/nightmares/drunken-lectures-about-politics coming true...

bananab0at

@ejcsanfran Haha, it doesn't matter. It's still important to see a good woman (I don't know... what's the female equivalent of an uber-mensch?) just... to see. The same way Downton Abbey's Mr. Bates is an interesting role-modelly character, even though I'm a woman.

Me no talk good; what I meant is that even though I'm twice her age, she's a good role model & literature/media/pop culture isn't exactly riddled w/ those these days.

ETA: sorry to be talking about 'role models' when I'm pushing 30; making a weird blanket statement; using this dumb bullshit ~~; saying "these days".

thebestjasmine

@Eden Well, that's probably for the best, because I liked the first two books a lot and hated (HATED) the third book, which has made me bitter towards the whole series. But damn, this movie looks fun (and I've been pretty skeptical about a lot of the casting).

lizkimballet

@thebestjasmine ME TOO!!! Hated, hated the third book. More than the HP epilogue even. Now I sound like a huge nerd, but whatever. But I was so angry about how bad the 3rd book is that I didn't want to even see the movie. Maybe the movie will make it all better? idk but yeah, the trailer looks good. And Gale looks like he'll do a good job but I definitely pictured someone way different.

becomeriver

@ejcsanfran More hatred than the HP epilogue? THAT IS A LOT OF HATE. Because that was absolutely awful. But I was overall "meh" about the books and I feel the same about the movie - entertaining, lots of friends are obsessing over the franchise, but ... meh.

thebestjasmine

@lizkimballet I hate it like 500 times as much as the HP epilogue. AND IT HAS AN EPILOGUE TOO. Ugh.

laurel

@bananab0at: Uber-wensch?

lizkimballet

@thebestjasmine I forgot that it has an epilogue too. I have blocked it out of my memory. For all my brain can remember there are only two books.

annepersand

I am so excited for this and I am not even a tiny bit ashamed. Also, she's not on fire cause that's her interview dress! I suspect they won't show the fire before the actual movie so that people will be surprised. Like Bella's wedding dress but not terrible (still <3 u, Kristen).

applestoapples

@annepersand (Side note: If you say "<3 U Kristen" three times, melis will appear.)

Cleolinda Jones@twitter

@annepersand Actually, you can see the fire in the trailer--it's the very shot that the video's frozen on before you hit play, where some guy is looking through a viewer-thing. You can see both her and Peeta vaguely aflame in a chariot.

ejcsanfran

@Cleolinda Jones@twitter: It's an iPhone lorgnette!

annepersand

@Cleolinda Jones@twitter Ah yeah, you're totally right! I recognized it as that scene but didn't notice that. I stand by my thought that they probably won't show it in close-up, though, as it's arguably probably THE visual moment for the first book.

I will add here that it doesn't look exactly as how I pictured it; I was expecting things to be a bit drearier overall, even the Capitol, and I'm not sure where I thought the Capitol would fall on the retro-modern-futuristic aesthetic scale but I think I was expecting a little bit more Metropolis (which you can totally see in the buildings) and a little bit less of whatever the costuming is up to? But I am still so, so excite.

melis

You know what the Hunger Games could really use is KRISTEN STEWART IN A SUIT OF ARMOR

ejcsanfran

@melis: I suppose you'll be saying the same about The Iron Lady and Tinker, Tailor, Solder, Spy?

melis

@ejcsanfran I'll say it loudly, repeatedly, and (increasingly) drunkenly at the East Bay Pinup at the end of the month, if that's what you're suggesting. There is no movie that could not be improved by this. The African Queen and Kristen Stewart in a Suit of Armor. Sophie's Choice: Spoiler Alert, She Chooses Kristen Stewart in a Suit of Armor. A Farewell to Armor, Namely the Suit in Which Kristen Stewart is Currently Encapsulated. And so forth.

melis

The Man With the Golden Kristen Stewart in a Suit of Armor.

annepersand

@ejcsanfran KRISTEN STEWART IN A SUIT OF ARMOR, coming to all movies this holiday season.

melis

The Count of Monte Kristen Stewart in a Suit of Armor.

Dancercise

@melis
Wet Hot American Kristen Stewart in a Suit of Armor

ejcsanfran

@melis: The Kristen Stewart in the Gray Flannel Suit of Armor

ejcsanfran

@melis: The Passion of the Kristen Stewart (in a Suit of Armor)

Gnatalby

Oh my gooooooood I am so excited! Was that Rue I spied?

thebestjasmine

@Gnatalby YES. Oh God, everything Rue is going to kill me. I think they cast that role so well.

applestoapples

Is the dude who plays Peeta Mallark old enough for me to safely tuck away in my pocket?

I also love Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. If anyone can pull off gold eyeliner, it's him.

bananab0at

@applestoapples Nope. Jay Manuel was the obvious choice & he FOR SURE can pull of gold eyeliner.

Jane Marie

@bananab0at agreed!

applestoapples

@bananab0at Let me clarify: if anyone without silver hair can pull off gold eyeliner, it's Lenny. I'm sure they would've cast Mr. Jay if the role called for a lot of smizing and faulty art direction.

bananab0at

@applestoapples Faulty art direction!? Did you somehow miss the impromptu bikini football photoshoot for charity?

PrimarySource

Mr. Jay was robbed - he was born for a Capitol role! ANTM is the perfect background. I mean, does it get anymore garish and self-indulgent than that?

Ophelia

YES YES YES YES YES.

Panameno

I always imagined Imelda Staunton as Effie Trinket.

slutberry

@Panameno ME TOO

heb
heb

I have no idea what the book is about, but this looks like a movie I will see.

smartastic

@heb Read. The. Books. And see the movie, but damn the books are good. My only advice: read all three as one novel. They don't really stand alone, and sometimes people don't realize that and stop after the first one.

The Lady of Shalott

Oh man, when they said they were making this into a film I was all pffft AS IF IT WILL PROBABLY SUCK

And now that I've seen a trailer I am totally 100% on board OMG CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS YAAAAAY!!! Rue looks too adorable for words, as does Prim. I am stupidly excited for this. Clearly I am easily swayed by a neat trailer.

slutberry

@The Lady of Shalott I KNOW. I have been so torn. Because, it could be such a good movie, but I have been SO WORRIED that they were going to ruin it. And now it looks good! And it is coming out for my birthday! Well, two weeks after my birthday. But I can postpone. Whatevs.

propermake

oh, donald sutherland, i love you so much.

parallel-lines

I wasn't a huge fan of the books but I've already given into the fact that I'm totally going to see this in the theatres. I skipped the Harry Potter and Twilight things, I guess I've gotta get on board for at least one of these.

sam.i.am

@parallel-lines Yeah, I missed a meeting on Twilight and liked the Harry Potter books, but always ordered them online, so I read them days after everyone else. But now that this is going on, I'm like, "Oh! I get it now!"

BeebsLaRue

Ok, I was totally skeptical that they could translate these books to film in any way that wasn't totally ridiculous...but this looks promising. Very promising indeed. Goosebumps, y'all! I got goosebumps!

QuiteAmiable

I almost collapsed from excitement when I watched this trailer this morning. And I'd take Gale ANYDAY.

glitterary

@QuiteAimable Ugh, I wouldn't have either. I mean, as friends, yes. But they're both possessive and passive-aggressive and just generally immature (yes, I know they're teenagers--I just think that they kind of both deserved for Katniss to go screw you guys, I'm finding someone less damaged.)

QuiteAmiable

@glitterary You wouldn't have taken Gale? I meant I'd take him purely for visual and sexual purposes. Which is mostly why I take any guy.

glitterary

@QuiteAimable No, neither of them particularly do it for me. Like, I appreciate they're nice to look at, but knowing their characters in the story... not worth it. (Katniss, though. I would TOTALLY put up with all of Katniss' damage. She's stunning. The girl playing her, from the short snippets, seems a really good actor, too.)

Ophelia

@QuiteAimable I'm with you. Plus, when I read these books, I necessarily reverted to being 15, so Gale it was.

QuiteAmiable

@Ophelia Peeta was too, I dunno, grown-up? Gale was dirty and down-to-earth and would probably have sex in a cave. That's what I need in a man.

samigator

@glitterary See Winter's Bone! She was basically playing IRL Katniss, but with more meth.

Lily Rowan

I seriously CANNOT EVEN WITH THIS.

Lily Rowan

@Lily Rowan Also, apparently, Liam Hemsworth.

....But no! He could be my child, more or less.

glitterary

"So you're here to make me look pretty?" LOL NO NEED

(apart from that, though, yes, this looks awesome)

squeee

this is modernized Running Man! Anyone? Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to survive in a dome of murder and spandex?

Spiderbaby

@squeee Running Man and Battle Royale... agreed.

jstar

YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY

Ophelia

Hairpin Movie Outing?

annepersand

@Ophelia In like Cinn(a)!

Ophelia

@annepersand Woot!

QuiteAmiable

@Ophelia YES! I already have the March 23rd release date on my calendar.

Ophelia

@applestoapples Awesome! Perhaps to be further plotted on google groups?

applestoapples

Word. It should happen.

Dancercise

Peeta and Gale still have to win me over, but I really like Katniss (and I didn't think I would when I heard about the casting) and the secondary characters. Although can we please talk about Woody Harrelson's hair?

tortietabbie

@Dancersize Eughhh...I'd really rather we just ignored the hair until it went away.

annepersand

@Dancersize The hair, oh my. I have to say initially I was ambivalent to both Gale and Peeta but Josh Hutcherson has really won me over somehow. He seems appropriately both solid and stolid.

tortietabbie

OH MY GOD, I have goosebumps! Feel my arm!

teebs

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch is such flop casting, in my opinion. I am really excited for this movie, anyway.

piggie

@teebs I heard someone suggest Jack Black, and that totally stuck for me: a depressed, pissy Jack Black.

teebs

@piggie Once I heard Robert Downey Jr suggested for Haymitch and I could not un-imagine it.

thebestjasmine

@teebs Hah, same with me and Robert Downey Jr. I agree that Harrelson as Haymitch is terrible casting, sigh. It'll be fine in this movie, but I really worry about how he'll be able to pull it off for the last two.

sam.i.am

@thebestjasmine I read the books after the movie was cast, so Woody Harrelson IS my Haymitch. Although Parker Posey in "Josie and the Pussycats" IS my Effie.

Jane Marie

@teebs i pictured philip seymour hoffman.

thebestjasmine

@Jane Marie Ooooh. He would have been fantastic.

EpWs

@teebs I actually totally love Harrelson as Haymitch, like whoa a lot. (Would I have loved Robert Downey Jr too? Well of course.) I don't know, I maybe blame Zombieland but I really like him as a grizzled old survival-y creeper dude.

Redd Delicious

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Yeah, I feel like Woody Harrelson as bitter old drunk who has killed someone before is a total gimme.

Jamie Siddons@twitter

Why is the twitter hashtag recommendation at the very end #headforthesquare? I don't remember what that means.

Petrichoria

@Jamie Siddons@twitter To attend the reaping, perhaps?

candybeans

@Jamie Siddons@twitter because that's where they hold the reaping, in each town's square? I didn't remember, either, and of all the memorable phrases from the book, this doesn't seem like the most hashtag-worthy one, but, whatever.

teebs

*cough* Team Peeta

melis

TEAM KRISTEN STEWART SHOWING UP AT THE END OF THE THIRD MOVIE IN A SUIT OF ARMOR

The Lady of Shalott

@teebs I'll be on your team!

teebs

@melis Team Kristen Stewart in everything in a suit of armor

every tomorrow@twitter

Okay, I forgive them for the somewhat questionable Jennifer Lawrence casting choice because she is the badassest of all the badasses.

JanetSnakehole

@every tomorrow@twitter I also approve of the fact that she and Liam Hemsworth absolutely look like they could be related, which is how they were described in the books.

Petrichoria

I had serious concerns about a movie version of The Hunger Games.

To be fair, I love the books. When I was reading the first one, I was interning at a children's publisher at the same time. So I read at the security desk, and on the elevator, and as I walked to my boss's office, and in her office as she finished a phone call. And then she looked at me and looked at the book and said, "Yeah, I won't make you do anything today. Go finish that, and I'll see you on Monday."

So, I come from a place of love, is what I'm saying.

My reservation came from a philosophical place. What saves us, in the book, from a sort of twisted voyeurism that the Capital partakes in is that we exist in the Arena with Katniss. Because of the first person, present tense telling of the story, every breath we breathe alongside of her could be our last, as well. We exist in her moments, and not our own.

But to put it on screen-- to disengage us from that intimacy and to put us in comfy chairs and to have us absorb the story in such a passive way--casts we the viewers into a role that is far too similar to those who watch the Games from the Capital. And I don't want to be like that.

That said, though, I was breathless and goosebumpy throughout this trailer. And now I'm a little excited.

arizonatime

@LaFabuliste those are definitely legitimate concerns...but hear me out.

Think of everything they have the power to do in the movie form that is an impossibility in a first-person driven novel. There is an entire world outside of the arena and I for one am terribly excited to see their reaction to what's happening inside.

Just think about Gale cringing every time Katniss and Peeta kiss...Prim freaking out...THE SPONSORS, GOD THE SPONSORS, I WANT TO MEET THE SPONSORS. I'm excited for the behind the scenes look at the arena: Effie, Haymitch, everyone from the Capital that's controlling the environment.

I loved the books, but the movies are going to be f$(%&@* AMAZING.

Petrichoria

@arizonatime I do appreciate that. But at the same time, the books SO subscribed to "the sound must be an echo of the sense."

I heard Suzanne speak at a reception (cake and champagne!) for the second one before it came out. Her editor was talking about how they wanted a map of Panem, but Suzanne didn't want to give one. She wanted the reader to only know and experience what Katniss would know-- and girl had never seen a map. She didn't know where she was in the wider world, and she didn't know where anyone else was.

Now, of course we have to consider the book and the movie to be two separate animals. For instance THERE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A MADGE WHAT.

I think the second and third books sort of fall away from this-- especially the third. But I retain a sense of unease through my awe.

annepersand

@LaFabuliste I agree with your concerns about the voyeurism (although I'm still desperately excited about the movie). I had a couple of friends who were geeking out about some sort of Hunger Games game that is supposed to be released? That made me deeply uncomfortable. I get that marketing is a thing, and I appreciate and empathize with the fan's desire to assimilate as much knowledge as possible about a world to which they feel connected, but I also think that the farther we move from those books, the farther we also move from considering that these movies are asking us to participate in exactly what the books condemned (and yes, obviously, it's fiction &c.)

thebestjasmine

@LaFabuliste My biggest problems with the movies are that the casting is all way too old (except, it seems like, for Rue). These are supposed to be CHILDREN, that's the horror of it, that's why it's so terrible that they're being forced to kill and be killed. But all of the actors look like they're in their 20s, not that they're skinny and malnourished and young. Not that I would want them to force Jennifer Lawrence to lose weight for a role, but her face is nice and round and well fed, not like Katniss' would be.

I mean, I'm still going to see it, obviously, but you're right, it's going to put us in the position of cheering on screen for one child to kill another child, which is just the thing that the book is trying to say is so terrible.

Petrichoria

@annepersand There's a board game that I saw in Barnes & Noble the other day: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/71837/the-hunger-games-training-days

I wonder if there will be a video game. In that sense, I doubt it would be anything unlike other video games. But except for killing zombies, you'll be killing children.

So fun!

themegnapkin

@thebestjasmine THIS! I've only seen the main characters, though, so maybe the others look younger?

The career tributes tended to be older, right?

thebestjasmine

@themegnapkin The careers were older, and also bigger -- they had been trained to be athletes.

Petrichoria

@thebestjasmine How did they manage to be older? They volunteered in the place of the littler kids if they got picked, yes?

thebestjasmine

@LaFabuliste Yeah, the careers were mostly volunteers, I think (I just tried to flip through my Kindle copy to find the definitive word on this but couldn't find the spot, I will look for it later!).

EpWs

@LaFabuliste That sounds right. I think that in those districts it was an honor to go, as opposed to a punishment? Maybe? I need to read the books again. (And maybe not stay up all night doing so this time.)

themegnapkin

@LaFabuliste I think the lottery went up to 18, so I think the careers would wait until the last year to volunteer? So, they're still young, but they're not 9 or 11, or whatever Rue and Prim were when their names were selected.

piggie

I am a grown ass lady, and yet the only movie trailers that bring the tears are for movies based on YA novels. See also: Harry Potter 5-7. What the hell?

Psychbucket

The announcer about 2/3 through the clip sounds like the same guy who announces the Westminster Kennel Club Shows. It totally distracted me.

SweetAlissum

I so want to love The Hunger Games, but I found the books hard to keep reading. The trailer looks great, though, so I'm going to give them another try! From what I hear of her, Katniss really does remind me of my favourite book heroine of all time, Lyra Belacqua, in terms of ability to kick-ass and tug at my heartstrings.

DoozyFAB@twitter

I have heard about the books for a while now and have been meaning to read them. I always think reading the books are way better than watching the movie because then your imagination is everything you have and you can create your own world with it. However, seeing this trailer makes me want to see it...as far as movies go it looks highly entertaining and really good.... We'll see how it goes!

-DoozyFAB

http://doozyfab.com/

To Bring Out Your Inner FAB

lue
lue

Just watched this at work with the sound off, and I still got goosebumps!

Becky Martinez@facebook

The whole time I was reading the books, I was thinking, "This narration is implausible, but what an awesome screen play!" I think the casting choices are dead on, but I am disappointed by the peek at Katniss's TV interview gown. I hope she's set ablaze for the chariot ride; can't wait to see what that looks like!

PrimarySource

What the hell kind of accent is that supposed to be, Liam Hemsworth? Other than that, I was pleasantly surprised by the trailer.

sparrow303

LOVE Jennifer Lawrence!! I don't know squat about this whole thing except for the trailer, but suddenly I'm dying to see the film!

EpWs

I'm still not totally on board with half the casting (Liam Hemsworth is...just not Gale in my head) but that's going to be true of any book-to-movie adaptation. I'm still wildly excited for this movie, though.

Also: Is Stanley Tucci in this trailer and I just didn't see him? Is he well disguised? I was LOOKING.

PrimarySource

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher He's at 1:29 - No one is easily recognized with their blue hair in a bun.

EpWs

@PrimarySource Oh wow, well spotted! Everyone is hiding under crazy hair in this movie.

jackeemarie

I am NEVER excited when a book I love is made into a move...except for now. I'm not a fan of the casting so much, but I'm pretty damn excited. Also, I don't know if someone said it already, but Effie's supposed to have an odd accent. It's the standard Capitol accent apparently. Also, I really hope they don't mess up the outfits. DON'T MESS UP THE OUTFITS!

smartastic

@jackeemarie I KNOW! I was intent on ignoring this whole thing and keeping the books untainted in my mind, but now this trailer has made me SO PSYCHED. Cannot wait.

you're a kitty!

Exciting! Though the fact that I don't find any of them remotely attractive is making me feel pretty damn old up in here.

Luckily, there's also a second Sherlock Holmes film coming out soon, so that should take care of my everyone-is-filthy-and-inches-from-a-grisly-death-and-unbearably-bangable requirement for the season.

sandwiches

What. No! Why does everyone look so clean and well-fed? What is Donald Sutherland doing there? Who thought *Woody Harrelson* would be a good Haymitch? I like that guy, but he just...does not have the chops for Haymitch. But I would always have cast KStew as Katniss, so basically the casting people and I started off in entirely different directions (mine would have been better!)

smartastic

@sandwiches Totally re: clean and well fed. And just generally good looking (I know they all ARE good looking, but there are other kinds of good looking than Hollywood good looking). Woody Harrelson works for me, though (in my head -- we don't see much of him here). I think he might actually be kind of a drunken slob, so it's not a stretch perhaps (less bitter, I imagine). I also think Peeta should be more chubby (uh, baker's son) and less cheek boney. However, something about this trailer made me excited for the movie. Maybe partly Jennifer Lawrence, who was SO GOOD in Winter's Bone, I feel like she could carry this movie all on her own. But. Yes, re: clean and well fed.

EpWs

@smartastic Exactly! Peeta's one of the only people in this district with regular access to carbs. So he should be the one without cheekbones. BUT I still think that they did a pretty darn good job casting him--and I'm loving Harrelson too.

Are we going to have an Intense Hairpin Discussion about this when the movie comes out? Please please please?

llamapyjamas

@sandwiches That was my first thought! People should be more emaciated, especially since Katniss met Peeta when she was literally starving to death.

Speaking of Peeta, I disapprove of Josh Hutcherson with blonde hair, but he's still so cute. I felt icky after I loved him in The Kids Are Alright, only to IMDB find out that he was a few months shy of 18.

Redd Delicious

Also isn't Katniss supposed to be a little less... white? It's been a while since I read the books, but I remember her district being full of folks with grey eyes, dark hair, and olive skin - I pictured them as sexy, starved Sicilians.

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