Dayo Okeniyi, Jack Quaid become friends with fan sites

As we’ve said before, one of the great things about The Hunger Games is how cool the actors and actresses have been, especially when it comes to dealing with fans. Well, that couldn’t have possibly been more true than on Friday at midnight, when Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh) and Jack Quaid (Marvel) hung out with Courtney from Welcome to District 12, Tiffany from Victor’s Village, Beth from Mockingjay.net, Erin and Elena from HGMovieSite/Fangirlish, and — serving as emcee — the GREAT Aldrin (aka District 2 Mayor) from Down With the Capitol. Just watch and smile!

Here’s an excerpt from Welcome to District 12′s post. Read the full thing HERE!

Last Friday night we attended the Santa Clarita Walmart Hunger Games DVD release party! While many fans lined up outside of the Walmart answering trivia questions and eating cupcakes, we (Courtney and Tiffany) got a spectacular opportunity to have a group fansite interview with Jack Quaid (Marvel) and Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh). We hung out with the lovely Erin and Elena from TheHungerGamesMovies.net, Beth from Mockingjay.net, and the ever awesome Aldrin from Down With The Capitol.

Here’s the emcee himself, Aldrin Gamos’ account, which you can read in full at Down With the Capitol!

Since I’m situated in Los Angeles, I attended the midnight release party at the Walmart in Santa Clarita, CA. I rode with Courtney from WelcometoDistrict12.com, where we met up with Tiffany (also from Welcome to District 12, in addition to Victors Village.) Upon walking to the entrance, we immediately noticed the huge line of people waiting to buy the DVD, in addition to meeting the cast members assigned to our location, Dayo Okeniyi and Jack Quaid. When we got there, there were about 90 people already in line, and we learned later that the line grew so much that a helicopter flew over to get a shot of the long line. Jennifer Sandler, VP of Publicity over at Lionsgate, greeted us at the door, and soon we were being led to the “Green Room,” where a fan site panel would get to interview Dayo and Jack. Courtney, Tiffany, and I were already giddy from being admitted into the store when everyone else was being kept out, but that giddiness overflowed when we turned into a hallway, where Dayo and Jack were standing…

Here’s Beth of Mockingjay.net’s take, which you can read HERE!

When we first got there, the fansites and the press were ushered into a back room at Walmart, and we had the chance to have a small, intimate Q & A with Jack and Dayo before the signings began. They are just as funny in person as they are on camera, and watching them interact together was the best part.

Here’s some of Tiffany Gustanski’s account, here in full at Victor’s Village!

It was a great night. I was very much tempted to raid WalMart’s display of Hunger Games school supplies, never mind the fact that I have been out of school for 3 years. Jack and Dayo are the sweetest, and they love the fansites so it was quite awesome getting to hang with them.

And lastly, some great insight from Erin of Fangirlish!

I am not sure who has more swag, Dayo or Jack. But we are telling you that they are two of the funniest people that we have ever met. Dayo and Jack have a presence, they walk in the room, and you can’t help but notice. They sat down, and were anxious to get to know us. We have transcribed the interview, but it doesn’t do it justice. The way that they are animated and play off each other, you can’t look away. Seriously, watch the video above, because I am telling you – you can’t help but laugh. Watch when the dimple question is asked. You won’t be able to look away.

If you couldn’t tell, EVERYBODY had the most incredible time, and it sounds like every Hunger Games fan would have absolutely loved this experience. Jack and Dayo, Hunger Games fan sites, you are all AWESOME in our book. So happy you got to experience this!

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Victor’s Village says ‘Sorry’ to Alexander Ludwig

There were a lot of people doubting Alexander Ludwig’s acting abilities going into The Hunger Games, but it seems he’s made an impression (as Cinna would say) on even his most skeptical critics.

Our hilarious friends at Victor’s Village serve up an apology.

Here’s an excerpt:

Alexander Ludwig–
As much as it pains me to say it, we owe you an apology.

At one point in time, you really had us worried. It was shortly after you were cast. All that we knew was that you starred in a Disney movie with The Rock, modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch, posted pictures of yourself shirtless, and rebelled against the letter E. (Seriously, what did the letter E ever do to you?!) Your fangirls were, to put it nicely, freakin’ RAMPANT– mostly about your abs.

Everything about you just screamed “BRO!” And when we think of bros, we do not think of decent actors. We think of Ashton Kutcher and the rich jocks who got away with everything in high school.

It probably didn’t help that we never could picture a blond, blue-eyed Cato. You were too All-American boy band to be what we had in mind, so we assumed you were the lazy pretty boy of the group.

But then we saw some interviews. You’re pretty well-spoken and entertaining. You sure didn’t sound like a bro…

Finally, we saw the movie. You’re still pretty (yay genetics!), but decidedly NOT some lazy, brotastic excuse for an actor. You have got chops. That final showdown on the Cornucopia was something else. We really thought you had lost your freaking mind (and we mean that in a good way!)

You changed our minds, which is not an easy thing to do around here. We’ll tell you what, though: We’re glad that you did.

There! I said it! Are you fangirls happy?!

Read the FULL, hilarious apology HERE!

Capitol Shore: Fan Sites go to Hunger Games Premiere

I (Adam Spunberg) was one of the lucky fan site people who got to attend the Hunger Games Premiere, and I’m actually the one who found the “Capitol Shore” house, where we had the most incredible time!

Here’s an excerpt from a wonderful piece, written by Twiffidy of Victor’s Village, which sums up my emotions so perfectly.

For the entire piece, GO HERE!

If you’ve noticed a little more camaraderie among the fansite runners lately, it’s because many of us have gotten the chance to hang out in the real world (or should we say Capitol Shore). Whether it was at a party that was livestreamed from HG Fireside Chat and cohosted with them and Down with the Capitol, or an outing to visit The Hob campground, or seeing the movie together at the world premiere, it was satisfying to meet and get to know these people we’ve talked to via Twitter. Even two of your Victor’s Village staff writers met for the first time just this weekend!

It was definitely an honor to meet everyone who has been working so hard to keep us all informed and entertained while we celebrate how much we love The Hunger Games. And for those of us who have seen the movie, it was definitely a great to share that with our Hunger Games fan-peers.

Count the fansites with Jackie!

And one of the worst things ever was having to say goodbye to everyone. It was a real phenomenon to have so many of us in one place that it hit us all how long it would be until this could happen again. It felt like the season finale of The Real World (yes another reference I don’t care how much it dates me).

Continue reading HERE!

You also may enjoy this Victor’s Village piece, about how much it cost one girl to attend the premiere. I even sat next to her!

Hunger Games Fan Site Explosion on Fireside Chat Ustream

Last night, the Hunger Games Fireside Chat had one of its most amazing episodes ever, and it wasn’t just audio: It was on Ustream.

Why it was so special: With all the Hunger Games fan sites in Los Angeles for the premiere, they all get together and threw one massive party at the ‘Capitol Shore.’ In attendance were Down With the Capitol, Mockingjay.net, Welcome to District 12, Victor’s Village, Hunger Games Trilogy Fansite, HG Girl on Fire, Star Squad, the Katniss Chronicles, District Tribute, HungerGamesMovie.org, TheHungerGamesMovies.net, Aldrin the District 2 Mayor, and — yes — Lauren Oliver, the author of Delirium.

(See our EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LAUREN OLIVER here!)

For the full Fireside Chat post, Click Here!



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What Not to Do at the Hunger Games Midnight Premiere

If you didn’t know, Movies.com does a fantastic Hunger Games Countdown series every other Wednesday, and this one may REALLY interest you:

Whoa. We’re really getting close! With only two Hunger Games Countdowns to go before the big release (and hopefully many more to come thereafter), we’re putting the spotlight on those coveted midnight screenings.

Hunger Games Mall TourSara of Hunger Games Examiner
Do: Bring seat cushions! Sitting on a movie theater floor waiting to get into the theater can be tough on your tushie. For the last Harry Potter movie, my mom and I crafted seat cushions using a square of foam from the fabric store and even covered them in Harry Potter fabric. You can easily make something similar for The Hunger Games – maybe use fabric with a flaming print, or go for plain black and decorate it with movie quotes.

Don’t: Bring folding chairs or camping gear. Most theaters don’t allow them and you’re the jerk in line taking up too much room and we all have to wait for you to haul your crap back to the car when we finally get into the theater. Pack light!

Midnight Screening Must Have: Caffeine! Past the age of 21, staying up past midnight becomes much more challenging. Soda, coffee, energy drinks – consume whatever you need, because sometimes no amount of excitement can keep you awake without some extra help. Just be sure to take a carefully timed bathroom break about ten minutes before showtime.
Harry Potter Midnight Screening Line
Savanna of Hunger Games Fireside Chat
Do: Chat with the people around you in line and in the theatre before the movie starts. Get to know some fellow Hunger Games fans! A midnight screening is the perfect opportunity to connect with other Tributes in your area and hopefully meet some new friends who are just as obsessed with the trilogy as you are.

Don’t: Get angry at and snub moviegoers who haven’t read the book. Just be thankful that they’ve discovered The Hunger Games in some form and encourage them to read the books as soon as possible!

Midnight Screening Must Have: A shoulder to cry on. Even if it belongs to someone you just met. You’re going to need it.

Crystal of Mockingjay.net/FictionalFood.net

Do: Get there early. I’d recommend getting there by 9 PM, at the latest. I showed up to Harry Potter 7-2 at 10 PM and there were like 10,000 people already there. The Hunger Games isn’t going to be that crazy, but what’s waiting around a little while extra to ensure you’re not getting a kink in your neck down front or sitting separate from all your friends?

Don’t: Be one of those obnoxious people that shoots a laser at the screen.

Midnight Screening Must Have: Kleenex or make sure you wear something you don’t mind resorting to using as a handkerchief when your tears start rolling. A lot of us have been crying watching just the trailer, so imagine how the whole film is going to affect us.

Cinna
Kate of Hungergamestrilogy.net

Do: Keep your ticket stub in a safe place. It’s a perfect souvenir that will mark the beginning of your journey watching these films!

Don’t: Forget your coat! No matter where you are, even if you are seeing the movie in the most tropical of locations, if you are seeing it at midnight and the sun has gone down, standing outside in a long line means you will be standing there as the temperature decreases.

Midnight Screening Must-Have: Nails painted with Colours from the Capitol nail polish! Your nail color and why you selected it can be a great conversation starter with fellow Hunger Games fans at your movie theater who will be sharing the experience with you, and may get you a few allies before the trailers even start!

Theresa of Down With The Capitol
Do: Get to the theater early. Lines start forming anywhere from 5 – 18 hours before the film is due to begin. Not everyone can spend that much time at the theater, but at least plan to be there a good 2-3 hours in advance. You might consider contacting your theater to see if they know when you will be allowed into your screening. Many times, if a midnight showing is popular, theaters will cancel 9pm showings to allow patrons a chance to be seated early. This helps them to keep overcrowding due to lines down to a minimum and is a benefit to you as you’ll be able to find your seat and relax until showtime.

Don’t: Scream or squeal loudly while the movie’s rolling. Yes, we are all excited for the film, but screaming whenever Peeta or Gale appears on screen is not going to earn you any points in the arena that is the theater.

Midnight Screening Must Have: A blanket, preferably a Hunger Games one. This is necessary for two reasons – to keep warm and to cuddle up with when you are either on the verge of tears, or already have them streaming down your face.

Harry Potter Fans Dressed Up
Tanvi of Hunger-Games.net

Do: Dress up! As the character, I mean. It’s always fun, and you’re so sure to make new friends. If dressing up seems a bit too much for you, you could also simply wear your mockingjay pin. Over the years, as a Harry Potter fan, I’ve met such great people dressed up as the characters – it was impossible not to go talk to them and I’m still talking to a lot of them after all this time!

Don’t: Repeat dialogue, scream or generally create a ruffle. Everyone’s there to enjoy the movie, and trust me, it is really annoying to have someone’s voice carrying throughout the theatre.

Midnight Screening Must Have: Have a camera or a smartphone to snap pictures. You’re sure to bump into someone dressed up as the characters. It’d be great for the memories; this is our first movie, fandom!

Hunger Games Blanket
Kait of Victor’s Village

Do: Bring snacks! It might sound like a silly detail, but you’ll be getting hungry in line by 11:30 and that $6 popcorn will do nothing for your stomach or your wallet!

Don’t: Be “that person.” You know, the one who offers his or her own snarky commentary throughout the whole movie. That person always thinks they’re funny, but the rest of us will hope the wolf mutts come out of the screen and rip their face off.

Midnight Screening Must-Have: Your Hunger Games action figure of choice! I used to do this with gnome figurines; take pictures of them on big adventures with you and forge your own hilarious memories.

Adam of Hunger Games Fireside Chat

Do: Go with people who live on an Effie Trinket time schedule, so that when you’re inevitably late like I always am, they’ve saved a spot in line for you. Also, absolutely eat and go to the bathroom before you get to the theater (especially ladies. Sorry, but men’s bathrooms are usually a lot quicker.)

Don’t: Sit there comparing the movie to the book scene by scene. That never ends well. I made that mistake when I went to see Deathly Hallows I and couldn’t help myself from focusing on all the differences. That’s why I think it’s good not to read the book too close beforehand. You want the movie-watching experience to be pure and fun.

Midnight Screening Must-Have: A sweatshirt or jacket that you can take off or put on easily. They jack up the AC in a lot of these theaters, so you might get cold. If they don’t turn the AC up, all those bodies can make it pretty steamy.


The Hunger Games Countdown runs here on Movies.com every other Wednesday. There are 15 days until the release.

To read ALL the opinions and see the full article, go HERE!