Watch the Final Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II

hunger gamesSadly, we’ve arrived to the end of the Hunger Games movie saga. As November 20 nears ever-closer, the reality remains that we’ll soon have to bid farewell to Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and the rest of the rebels from District 13.

While I’m sad that this franchise is ending, I am still SO EXCITED to see the final film in theaters. The final poster looks amazing, and I’m obsessed with Katniss’ red outfit (though I still don’t think she’ll actually wear something that flashy in the actual film, it’s still badass). If you’re as excited as I am, you can already purchase tickets for opening day. Some theaters are even hosting Hunger Games events, where they’re showing all three existing films as they lead up to Mockingjay Part II. Check with your local theater to see what Mockingjay festivities are being held near you.

Of course, the reason we’re all here is to check out the final trailer for Mockingjay Part II, so take a peek:

I am so thrilled to see what Mockingjay Part II has in store for us. It seems like each Hunger Games film is better than the last, and I really feel like this film will be no exception. I can’t wait to see the Capitol traps in action–though the bits we’ve seen in trailers make it look out of control–I mean did you SEE those muttations? Hella creepy! All in all, it looks like this will be an explosive end to the franchise, and I cannot wait.

What do you think about the trailer? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to get tickets to see Mockingjay Part II when it hits theaters on November 20!

Everyday Cosplay: Katniss Everdeen

We’re all getting excited as we get closer to the date The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II releases in theaters. Yesterday, the film released this AMAZING banner of a fallen statue of President Snow. BEHOLD!

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SO FLIPPIN AMAZING. Right???

Since seeing this, I’ve been SUPER amped about Mockingjay Part II, but we still have to wait a bit before the film hits theaters (November 20, to be exact). So to help pass the time, I thought I’d pull together a Katniss everyday cosplay look. After recently getting a chance to try out the AMAZING Superfit Hero Leggings (body positive, adorable, and made for the many different sizes of women out there–seriously, they’re amazing and I’m gonna talk more about these guys later so stay tuned!), I decided to create a couple looks based on her Catching Fire style, specifically her District 12 look with that ADORABLE shawl and her look in the Quarter Quell arena. Check it out:

Katniss Everdeen: Catching Fire Everyday Cosplay

What are some of your favorite Katniss and Hunger Games-inspired looks? Can you master the infamous Katniss braid (and if so, CAN YOU TEACH ME?!??) Will you be watching Mockingjay Part II when it hits theaters on November 20? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Official Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II Trailer

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It’s here, you guys! The first full-length trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II! If you were at San Diego Comic Con, you’ve already seen this one, but this will be the first time for those of us who didn’t get to be there, like yours truly. I’m so excited, you guys! Alright, without further ado, Check. It. Out:

What did you guys THINK of the trailer? How do you think this film will compare to the other three? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II when it hits theaters on November 20! 

SDCC News: Hunger Games and Doctor Who

San Deigo Comic Con is in full swing, and with it comes new trailers! As we all figured yesterday, we got a message from Panem’s District 13 in the Hunger Games panel today. Here it is, for your viewing pleasure!

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I’ll be honest, I was hoping for a bit of movie footage, but OH MY WORD, this is such an awesome clip! Where do I sign up to fight for District 13, because that propo GOT ME PUMPED! Seriously, is it November yet???

Of course, this isn’t just a Hunger Games party. We ALSO were blessed with a trailer for Doctor Who season 9! LOOK!!!

Guys, I don’t know what I’m more excited about, the return of Missy, the Doctor donning shades and playing the guitar, or him shouting, “I’m the Doctor, and I save people.” I don’t think Twelve will ever be as fluffy as Eleven, but I think we’re going to get a kinder Doctor this season, and I”m ready for it.

Also, can we just talk about Maisie Williams bit in the trailer? I thought she would be a random, one-off companion, but it seems like she knows the Doctor. Who is she? Is she a regeneration of River Song? Is she the Doctor’s granddaughter from Classic Who? Is she the Doctor’s daughter? Is she another Time Lord?

Let me know what you think about the trailers and your guesses to who Maisie Williams will be playing. Mockingjay Part II hits theaters on November 2, and Doctor Who returns to the BBC and BBC America on September 9!

STAND WITH THE MOCKINGJAY

Citizens of Panem! We’ve got something awesome stuff coming soon on the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II front. Check out this video that I just received: 

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OH MY GOSH, you guys! I cannot WAIT!!! Chances are good that this “message from District 13” will be delivered during the Hunger Games panel at noon tomorrow during SDCC. It’s unclear what exactly the message is, and what we can expect to be revealed, but all I can think is:

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Earlier in the week, posters of each major cast member sporting war paint were released…

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…so I wasn’t sure if we’d get any more sneak previews as we headed into SDCC. I’m so glad we did though. In addition to the cast posters released a couple days ago and the “incoming message” alert, they also released a completely AWESOME new poster for the film, featuring The Mockingjay herself. Check it out:

Katniss Poster

Can I just say how much I am loving Katniss’ red outfit? I highly doubt she’ll actually wear something as loud and gaudy as a bright red Mockingjay outfit in the actual film, but even still, I love it so much. I mean, the red setting off Snow’s white throne, and the tagline “the fire will burn forever”? Come on! IS IT NOVEMBER YET?!? If you’re having as hard of a time waiting for November (or even for the District 13 announcement we’re expecting tomorrow), you can check out the Pillars of Panem interactive display wall honoring the Panem revolutionaries. Until then…

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Are you excited for Mockingjay Part II? What do you think of the new posters? Are you as excited for the District 13 message as I am? Let’s talk Hunger Games in the comments! 

First Teaser Trailer for Mockingjay Part II

Get excited, nerds! Here’s our first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II!

This looks AMAZING, and right now I’m still riding so high on the excitement of a new Hunger Games movie that I’m not even thinking about the heart-crushing stuff that will be in the final film (like those freaking silver parachutes…).

But let’s not think about that now! Let’s focus on this AWESOME trailer, and how it looks like this franchise is continuing to get better with age. Did you catch that glimpse of Gwendoline Christie as well? I can’t WAIT to see more of her!

What did you think of the trailer? Let me know in the comments!

Denver Comic Con 2015 Roundup

And just like that, another Denver Comic Con is in the books. This year’s con was completely amazing, but man, I am zonked.

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Exhausted or not, I had the BEST time. Last year’s con was marvelous, but I feel like they only stepped their game up this year. certainly crowded, but this year it felt especially packed. It was exciting to see so many people come out for such an amazing event! There was fabulous cosplay everywhere you looked, and I even caught a glimpse of an old friend from last year, the Raptor Evangelist.

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Unlike last year, my everyday cosplay efforts were highly successful. I stuck with my original outfit plan of Heisenberg, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow, and I’m so glad that I did. I think if I had tried to pull something crazy off in the last few days, I would have crashed and burned. So ten points for planning ahead!

I did try out Vine, as I mentioned earlier on the blog. It wasn’t an epic failure, nor did I fall to the ground and have a Squidward-esque attack of being overwhelmed by the future. I’m not sure what to think about Vine, honestly. I think it’s something I want to play with a bit more, but I’m glad that I’ve started messing around with it. You can follow me on Vine to see my videos from the con.

At last year’s con, I spent most of my time in the smaller panels–which I thoroughly loved. This year, however, I didn’t get to spend time on the smaller panels. There were SO MANY big-name guests this year, and paired with several interviews that I had scheduled, and I just couldn’t swing it to the smaller panels. I was most bummed about missing the “Cosplay on a Budget” panel by my fellow Female Geek Blogger pal over at Cosplay Cents. However, if you want to see how that panel went, head over to Cosplay Cents’s website for a recap.

Though it was too bad that I missed the smaller panels, I was THRILLED to have gotten the chance to attend so many of the amazing main event panels. I also learned my lesson from last year, and I allowed plenty of time in my schedule for standing in line.

Jewel Staite

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I, of course, could not miss a chance to hear Ms. Kaylee herself. Jewel was fabulous. She’s snarky, sweet, and shares my love of cheeseburgers. She has been quite busy lately, starring in several upcoming projects (How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, 40 Below and Falling, and Personal Effects). So we’ve got lots of Jewel to look forward to on the big screen! She also spent a small amount of time talking about Higher Ground, a short-lived, soapy show that I was OBSESSED with in middle school. She mentioned that, in addition to co-starring with the future Mr. Anakin Skywalker himself, Jewel’s fiance, Charlie, also had a guest role on the show. Charlie was at the con and was watching the panel, but Jewel didn’t point him out to avoid embarrassing him (and, let’s be honest, causing a fan mob to form). However, she assured us he was the hottest one in the room. It was so sweet to see how head-over-heels she is with Charlie. Also, if you follow her on Twitter (which you should), she just announced that she’s having a baby! Congrats, Jewel! Head over to my Vine to see my videos from her panel.

Gwendoline Christie

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You wouldn’t know it from watching her as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, but Gwendoline Christie is actually hilarious. She has the most infectious laugh, and she has such a passion for what she does. I could have listened to Gwendoline talk about Brienne for hours. Gwendoline loves Brienne–who doesn’t, for real–and she works really hard to keep as much as she can as authentic as she can. For instance, the armor she wears as Brienne is completely metal (read: heavy), and she will only use the real (read: also heavy) sword when she’s wielding Oathkeeper. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t talk much about The Force Awakens, except for calling it “a dream come true” (by the way, if you haven’t seen her as Captain Phasma yet, you should do that now). She also spoke a bit about her role in Mockingjay Part II as Commander Lyme. Again, she didn’t have much to say, apart from calling her a strong woman and a rebel. I cannot WAIT! Gwendoline is truly inspirational, and it was so amazing to hear her talking about Brienne, empowering women, and finding strength and confidence in playing such a unique (and fully AWESOME) character like Brienne. Unfortunately, I was having tech issues, so I only grabbed one Vine from her panel. Head over to my Vine to see my videos from her panel.

David Morrissey and Scott Wilson

*Walking Dead spoilers below, be warned* Hershel and Governor Collage Because who doesn’t want a panel with the Governor and Hershel, amirite? These two are fabulous. David Morrissey is, mercifully, nothing like his character. David is funny, he seems to be a genuinely nice man, and he truly cared about his Walking Dead cast members–even Rick. Scott Wilson, on the other hand, seems to be just like Hershel. He’s a kind man, and he seemed to genuinely care about the fans that came out to see them. Though the told several great stories–like Scott falling asleep when they shot Hershel’s leg amputation scene and snoring on camera, or David realizing he’d never be able to go outside again after he saw that he essentially killed Christmas when he beheaded Hershel, who is basically Santa himself–there was no reference to my favorite Walking Dead thing ever, the first Walking Dead Bad Lip Reading (start at 3:56 for the Governor’s song). I supposed mentioning it at San Diego Comic Con is enough, but I really wanted to see him say “On Broadway”. Head over to my Vine to see my videos from their panel.

And while seeing panels is always lovely, part of the real fun of Comic Con is getting to meet fabulous people, and I got to meet some AMAZING people this year. While I’ll post more about my interviews with these folks later, here’s a quick rundown of who I met with:

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I’m actually still in shock that I got to do this. I was given the AMAZING opportunity by DC Comics to sit down with Becky Cloonan (writer of Gotham Academy), Marguerite Bennett (author of Earth 2 and the upcoming Bombshells comic), and Jim Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (writers of Harley Quinn, Starfire, and the upcoming Harley Quinn and Power Girl mini-series). These folks were marvelous, and I can’t wait to share my interviews with them here! geek-fuel-bw-logoGeek Fuel is a Denver-based geeky subscription box. They’ve been around for about six months and are already taking the world by storm. There are lots of geek subscription boxes out there, but these guys have some pretty rad ideas to help them stand out from the crowd. Check ’em out, and come back here for more on them!

EspionageBecause of crappy cell service, dead phones, and migraines, I didn’t actually get to talk to the awesome women of Espionage Cosmetics at the con. However, these guys are super rad, and I can’t wait to talk to you guys about them, so we’re going to chat post-con. Again, check these folks out, and come back here for an interview with them!

I also got a photo op with Karen Gillan. I’ve never done a photo op before, but I just couldn’t pass up missing Karen Gillan in person. Check it out:

Kendall and Karen

I was super nervous about saying something stupid, but luckily they churned everyone through the line very quickly (it was a HUGE line–I am sure Karen was exhausted) so I didn’t have time to say anything beyond “hello” and “thank you”–which I did stupendously well, as if I’d been saying “hello” and “thank you” my whole life.

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In short, Denver Comic Con was amazing. The entire event was top-notch, and I love seeing this con get better and better each year. Even better, proceeds from ticket sales benefits the non-profit Pop Culture Classroom, a Denver-based education nonprofit that offers pop culture, core-aligned educational programs. The driving power behind PCC stems from the staff’s personal experiences of the positive influence of comics and other pop culture media in the staff’s own lives. They envision individuals transformed by the educational power of popular culture who create diverse, inclusive and engaged communities. Judging by how many people attended the con, I’m sure PPC raised a TON of money (you can donate on their website, if you’re so inclined). Even better? Umbrella Corp Denver donated their proceeds to PPC as well. Ten points to Umbrella Corp!

I’m incredibly sad that Denver Comic Con is over, but I had so much fun this year. I cannot wait to see what the con has in store in the future. Time to get ready for Denver Comic Con 2016!

Did you attend Denver Comic Con? What was your favorite part? Tell me about it or any other cons you attended this month in the comments. Be sure to follow me on Vine to see my con videos, follow me on Twitter and my convention hashtag, #KenAtTheCon to see other convention tidbits. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss the amazing interviews I snagged at this year’s DCC! 

If We Burn, You Burn With Us: Final Mockingjay Part I Trailer

November 21 is inching closer and closer, and with that comes the release of the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I. This movie looks amazing. Each trailer they’ve released for this movie is better than the last, and November 21 can’t get here soon enough!!!

I’ve got the trailer for you below. Be sure to let me know what you think of it in the comments!

Nerdophiles Post: New Mockingjay Trailer

I’m over at Nerdophiles talking about the new, full-length Mockingjay trailer! Check it out!

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first full-length trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I. The promotion alone for this movie has been so incredibly creative and exciting, my personal favorites being the release of the Rebel Posters and propos from President Snow, including one where he’s flanked by a couple of victors.  If the promotion for this movie is any indication, Mockingjay Part I (in theaters November 21) is going to be AMAZING. Take a peek at the trailer…

Read the rest of the post and see the trailer over at Nerdophiles! 

Mockingjay First Official Trailer!

Well, kids, it’s finally here! The first official trailer for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I was released over the weekend. It’s short and sweet, but it’s definitely getting me more and more excited for November!

Prior to the release of the trailer, the Hunger Games team had released two “addresses” from President Snow about the need for unity for Panem. You can see the first one here, and the second one here. I have to admit, even though I’m stoked to finally have an official trailer for the movie, I’m really hoping the release of the trailer doesn’t mean the end of the One Panem campaign from the Capitol. The first two addresses from Snow were so brilliant and brought the propos from the book to life in a really unique way, actually letting the audience feel like they were a part of the story. These movies have done a great job of creating a really interactive experience for the audience, from marketing to actually creating a Capitol-inspired fashion line, Capitol Couture. You can see this and more on the official movie website.

We’ll see if we see more addresses from President Snow in the future, but for now, check out the Mockingjay trailer, and get excited for the movie to hit theaters on November 21!