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By Maria Jackson

Happy Hunger Games! Vol. 1, Issue 42

November 6, 2013 was Global Fan Day for all Hunger Games fans! That means Google+ Hangouts, Twitter Q&A, new stills, interviews, TV spots & MORE! Missed it? No worries, we got you!

First, ten new stills!


As a part of the Global Fan Day, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth did a Q&A on Twitter! Transcript below:

Q: For Josh: What traits and characteristics do you and Peeta have in common?

I would say we look alike and we both like to eat bread! #TwitterCatchingFire JH

Q: We get to see more of Gale in this film. How has he grown and developed since the first movie?

in catching fire you get to see a little more of how passionate he is about standing up to the capitol. LH

Q: what was the most exciting scene to shoot?

I think the most exciting thing was filming in Hawaii. #beach #fruit drinks #TwitterCatchingFire JH

getting whipped for 3 days straight was very interesting! LH

Q: If you could take one thing in the arena like the (Mockingjay for Katniss) what would it be?

A rifle… JH

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?

i would love to fly!

Q: If you were a Capitol citizen, which victor would you sponsor at the Quarter Quell?

probably Finnick based on his track record… JH

Q: What have you learned from the characters you play? Did you pick up any traits from them?

I think standing up for what you believe in is something that i always took away from the books> LH

Q: What was the toughest part of the movie to film?


Q: If there was a movie made about you, what actor would you want to play you? What would the movie be called?

I would choose Robert Downey Jr. and it would be called Gremlins 3 #TwitterCatchingFire JH

Q: was it weird having to purpose to someone??

yeah… totally weird. I’ve only done it 6 times before so I was really nervous. #rippedpants #TwitterCatchingFire JH

Q: What was it like working with the new cast member that were introduced in this film?

i feel so lucky to be working with so many great actors in these films. LH

Q: If you find your character in real life, what would you tell him?

MOVE ON… haha. JH

Q: Can you sum up the movie in one word


Q: Would you guys like to come to Brazil? We would love to have you here!!!!

YEah!!!! Ive never been before and it looks lovely. #TwitterCatchingFire JH

Q: Why basketball, Josh?

because im so tall… obviously. JH

Q: who is the most funny person in the cast?

would have to be between woody and jen when u have both on set at the same time its almost impossible to keep a straight face LH

Q: What’s it like travelling to amazing places, and being greeted by screaming fans? On a daily basis…

Its the best part of the job for me. well the traveling… screaming fans is really intense but I love the travel. JH

Q: Is Jen more beautiful in person?

Jen is beautiful inside and out. One of the sweetest people I’ve met. LH

Q: if peeta wasnt a baker what would he be ????

probably some form of an artist. JH

Q: what do you like to do in your free time?

i love to spend time with friends and family. LH

Q: For Josh: where do you see yourself in ten years?

jail. In 11 years, acting and directing. I don’t want to plan much more. haha JH

Q: what’s your favorite movie of all time?


Q: Josh, You think you’re good at telling jokes?

no JH

Q: What does the sticky note say on your shirt, Liam?:’)

My name. incase people forget. LH

Q: do you Like your fãs?


Q: Josh, tell me something essential in your life?

music. for sure. If i dont listen to music for a while it makes me go crazy. JH

Q: How is the food (behind you)?


Q: if one of you guys notice me i will cry forever :’)

You cant cry forever. Its really not practical or realistic. Smile forever would be much preferred. JH

credit for the transcript: The Hob

Check this 45 minute non-stop fan-fest featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Francis Lawrence during the Global Google+ Hangout; a live streamed interview where the fans asked the questions in real time!


JLaw & FLaw then went to Tumblr/Yahoo!’s Fireside Chat to answer more fan questions


Watch Liam Hemsworth on The Tonight Show!


Check out these awesome interview videos with Francis Lawrence & Josh Horowitz where they discuss Catching Fire, the new Arena, Katniss’ burning wedding dress, Sam Claflin as Finnick & more!


Several fansites were granted the opportunity to interview Sam Claflin & Jena Malone in anticipation for the Catching Fire release. Here’s what went down:


How would you both define Finnick and Johanna’s friendship?

Sam: I wouldn’t. [laughs]

Jena: I think it’s beyond friendship and it’s just like family. Like they’ve drawn blood together. They’ve killed together, they’ve been tortured together.

Sam: They’ve been through a lot. There’s only a very few amount of people still alive that have lived through the experiences they’ve witnessed.

Jena: Kinda like military buddies, you know what I mean? They’ve been out in the field together and they’ve witnessed, you know, horrors together and that’s really bonded them forever.

Sam, fans have followed the casting with a lot of attention to detail, and Annie Cresta was not cast until you guys had wrapped Catching Fire, so without an actress in that role, did you find it difficult to draw from Finnick’s relationship with her in the Catching Fire arena and if so how did you overcome that?

Sam: I definitely see where you are coming from. No, but I don’t feel like without a picture in my head, as an actor, I necessarily needed that to draw from, if you know what I mean. Obviously from personal experience, I am married and therefore my wife was my kind of experience that I could draw from. You know, the love of my life and all that palaver. So I didn’t necessarily need an actress or an image of a person to emotionally inform me, if that makes sense. Definitely I am very excited to get started with Stef Dawson, who is playing Annie Cresta. Finnick spends so much time in the arena, away from her, focusing on mainly protecting Katniss. I don’t feel that it really affected my performance necessarily during Catching Fire.

HG Movie Site

When you become part of the cast for a franchise as big as The Hunger Games with such a big fanbase is there a pressure to just please a lot of people or do you find that it’s easier when there is already millions of people that love it?

Jena: Well it’s kind of a give and take. I mean, I think luckily Sam and I–if I could just speak for you–we were both such fans of the series anyway, that coming in with such love and appreciation for the project, such passion for a project it only propels you even further forward knowing that there is also 100,000 people out there that also has the same love and passion. Of course it’s a little terrifying in the morning whether you want to make sure that you are getting it right or not. But fortunately books are two dimensional beings and films are a three dimensional format, so we were building things in a whole new way. So there’s no way that it could be like the book ever, because we’re not not two dimensional. We’re building blood and love and sweat and breathing life into these characters and so I think that they are always going to be bigger and better than the books could ever have imagined them.

Hunger Games Fireside Chat

Over the course of filming, you’ve obviously gotten to spend a lot of time with other members of the cast. Who did you really enjoy hanging out with off set, and are there any close bonds you formed that you think will go beyond the films many years into the future?

Jena: The entire cast is so rad, it’s hard to pick one person. We’ve become such a tight-knit family. I kind of fangirled out over Philip Seymour Hoffman, just a little bit. I mean, he’s been one of my favorites, I don’t know.

Sam: Yeah, we all sort of ended up socializing off set as much as we did on set, and there was a lot of fun to be had. And that all kind of spans back to the fact that Francis was very open to ideas and it made it much more of a collaborative family experience, if that makes sense. There was a lot of misbehaving and mischief caused, but, you know, in a very fun way, and we were all able to kind of focus on the job at hand when we needed to. But yeah, I don’t think there was one person I disliked, and if I did, I’d be sure to tell you! (laughter) Actually, I’m not a big fan of Jena, Jena Malone.

Jena: Jina Mahone or something? She’s a crazer.

Sam: But we all got along like a house on fire. You can’t help but really admire an experience like that really.

The Hob

What were the most emotional scenes to film?

Jena: I think for me, being covered in blood and having to uphold the energy of intense violence and anger and emotional velocity while covered with this intense blood that, within 30 seconds dries on your skin and becomes painstakingly horrible, that was probably the hardest thing to just hold that energy for like 6 hours while on a beach while sandy… while blown onto your blood and everything is just, the worst, you know? But it was just the best, it helped a lot, I don’t know.

Sam: The most emotionally difficult scene I suppose for me would definitely, the jabberjay scene, kind of hearing the love of my life screaming through the woods was pretty darn difficult to film especially when you just have some average Joe screaming instead of an actual woman. There was also obviously the scene that Lynn Cohen and I were split apart for the last time when Mags has to walk off into the fog, pretty damn emotional too. There were a fair few physically demanding scenes as well; it was a very, very physically demanding shoot. We’re obviously shooting in the jungles of Hawaii and therefore the terrain was pretty horrific. Emotionally, I felt very drained by Christmas last year.

HG Girl on Fire

In the film you both use some pretty awesome weapons, how was it working with a trident and an ax? How much training did you do until you felt comfortable wielding such a cool weapon?

Jena: What’s so funny is that we worked with such an incredible stunt team, 87-Eleven, they have such an amazing arsenal of like martial artists and all of these different guys that are just trained in all these different forms of fighting styles and weaponry and they really let us figure out what was the best way to go about working with our specific weapons and with our specific districts and our specific fighting styles that… I don’t know I feel like it wasn’t necessarily just the weapons, it was finding the character within the style. You know and what kind of person we were becoming within all these different ways that we were taught how to fight, which was pretty rad. For me it was not even like a specific thing, it was just getting to work with such an incredible stunt team that really entrusted us with such rad techniques and all of it.

Sam: Yeah I think that the standards, across the board, I don’t think anyone who had to hold a weapon, had no ability to hold weapons, if that makes sense. I think the we were all pretty nifty with our individual weapons right from the get go, however there were many hours spent grueling over the choreography. The opportunity for me to basically hit a few stunt men with a rubber weapon was pretty amusing, and somewhat like a dream come true. The problem for me was that my stunt double was so, so good with a trident that no matter how hard I tried , I could never be quite as good, but yeah it was good fun. It was really good fun.

Victor’s Village

Obviously the best answer to this would be “None of the above,” but if you had to go up against one of the mutts or obstacles in the Catching Fire arena, which one would you choose and why?

Jena: Lightning Tree! Just stay out of the way.

Sam: Yeah, that’s a tough question. I guess… Not the fog.

Jena: Not the fog. None of them!

Sam: Maybe the blood rain?

Jena: No! No! Stop! You don’t even know!

Sam: I’d probably say the lightning tree. But actually, no. I’d say whatever is in the hours that we never actually find out about.

Jena: That’s even more terrifying.

Sam: I suppose, yeah, the unknown actually is even more terrifying.

Jena: It was so terrifying Suzanne couldn’t even write about it. You know what I mean? That’s how bad it was. [laughter]

Sam: Yeah, lightning tree. I’ll go the obvious way. Lightning tree.

Down With The Capitol

Apart from food, medicine, and weaponry, what would you wish a sponsor would send to you if you were in the Arena?

Jena: I would go with what I would want in the arena, when I was on the beach, all I wanted was a way to turn off the wind so the sand would stop blowing all over me. What ever that is, I would need some sort of like nice little shield, invisible shower curtain type of thing that would just like sort of protect me from the sand.

Sam: I would say soap. I mean, if I died at least I died well. You know, I died and I smelled good. It’s such an array of I don’t know. I’ll say soap. I’ll go with soap.

My Hunger Games

What was your favorite outfit you had to wear during filming?

Jena: I liked the chariot outfit. Mine was really intense, and also I had to become really acquainted with it because I had to learn how to do a four second strip-tease, so obviously, I had to really, really learn it. But yeah, that was my favorite. I wore a gorgeous tree outfit.

Sam: For me, I think probably the arena outfit because it meant I was actually covered up. (lots of laughter). There was a lot of pressure on me to be working out a lot so therefore once I got the.. I mean, funnily enough, a wetsuit is obviously very, very tight fitting, but nonetheless, that was still the least revealing outfit that I had, so I’d say that. There was a lot of stretch in the crotch as well which meant I could lunge.

Jena: That’s true, I could see some very good lunge work.

Sam: Deep lunges.

Jena: Deep!

Welcome To District 12

What other role in the series did you see yourself playing or could you see yourself playing, no matter description or type.

Jena: I mean, I wanted to play Mags. That was my first choice, but…

Sam: You wanted to be carried by me.

Jena: During the audition, they kind of touched my face with all the fake old age makeup, and they’re like “Jena, this is not going to work.”

Sam: It’s a tough question. I mean I’d most like to play Haymitch, I think.

Jena: Oh, really?

Sam: Yeah, just because I think he just goes on one hell of a journey, and the fact that he is who he is, the things that he’s seen and been through, that he’s a mentor to Katniss and Peeta. Yeah, that’s the character that most inspired me, I guess… maybe Effie Trinket, just so I could’ve got the costume. Anything for an orange wig.

If you were a Capitol person, what crazy fashion trend would you start?

Jena: I would want to put zippers on my eyebrows. [laughter]

Sam: Oh my God.

Jena: It’s the first thing that came to me! I was like, What would I want? I think just a little chain, metal something on my face.

Sam: I’d definitely go with a tiger face paint.

When you were working on your roles, did you speak to anyone, or consider for yourself, what kind of background your characters had outside the Games like family or friendships they may have had back in their Districts, and how may have impacted the development of your characters?

Jena:  Yeah! The book is SO rich, even though it doesn’t go into specifics about what these characters have gone through, you can pick through, and there are sentences that, really, for an actor, are goldmines. It’s like a doorway you go through, and there’s a whole house inside there. Suzanne Collins created stories that, I feel like as an actor, are like candy. There was so much to work with. And Francis was constantly providing us more information. Even just really understanding who these people were, giving us essays on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and all of these different things to research. I feel like we had so much to go in and paint with. It was kind of amazing.


Sam: Lynn Cohen, who plays Mags, and I spent a few weeks during the preparation time discussing our relationship, coming to the decision that she was more of a mother to Finnick. He was kind of an orphan, we decided. She was his mentor when he was in the Games, and everything that happened since, obviously, leading up to ‘Catching Fire,’ her volunteering for Annie Cresta, etc. Finnick’s past and his history is mentioned in ‘Mockingjay.’ There is a very, very dark history painted for him, and I got to talk that through, not only with Lynn Cohen, but with Jena and everyone else as well. It was easy for me to sort of mold ideas.

See you next week, Tributes!