The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – 5 Differences Between the Book and the Movie

1. Effie Trinket

In the books, the last time we see Effie Trinket is before Katniss goes into the arena in the middle of Catching Fire. It is unknown of her whereabouts, that is, until her reappearance at the end of Mockingjay. From the promotional posters released showcasing the citizens of District 13, it was clear that Effie would have a more dominant role in the film. Besides being a character beloved by fans, Elizabeth Banks manages to bring light to the darkness of thirteen. Although she turned in the coloured wigs Effie was allowed to hold onto some stylish accessories.

We first see Effie when she gets a visit from Plutarch in her bunker; which she considers to be a prison. She also is not fond of the grey jumpers they’re all forced to wear. But there is a reason for her appearance, other then seeing how someone from the Capitol would adapt to this new way of living. Effie’s role is to continue being Katniss’ escort as she has an understanding of how the Mockingjay operates (taking over the role of Fulvia). She does it for personal reasons, not because she agrees with the politics or the cause.

Let’s look at the moment where Haymitch asks to hear one moment where Katniss made you feel something real. In the book, Leevy speaks up and mentions Katniss volunteering for Prim at the reaping. In the film, Leevy is replaced by Effie. The same happened with Boggs’ comment on her singing to Rue, it too is said by Effie instead.

2. The Rescue

Gale is the first person to volunteer himself to go on the mission to rescue Peeta, Johanna and Annie from The Capitol. Since the book only looks at Katniss’ perspective we don’t actually get to see the rebels in action. Besides being able to see the mission in the film, we learn that President Snow knows of the entire plan and doesn’t stop them. This is revealed in a conversation between Snow and Katniss as she tries to keep him distracted in an attempt to help the rescue succeed. Snow ends the conversation by taunting Katniss, ‘It’s the ones we love that cause the most pain.’ Foreshadowing.

3. The Mockingjay’s Conditions

             “Is there anything left on your list, Katniss?”
My paper’s crumpled into a ball in my right fist. I flatten the sheet against the table and read the rickety letters. “Just one more thing. I kill Snow.”

            For the first time ever, I see the hint of a smile on the president’s lips. “When the time comes, I’ll flip you for it.”

To me, this was an important moment but when Katniss lists her conditions for becoming the Mockingjay in the film, she only says that the other victors must be granted immunity and asks that her sister can keep their cat. She doesn’t ask for permission to hunt above ground with Gale (which happens anyway) or to be the one to kill President Snow when the time comes.

4. Tying Knots

            “The more you can distract yourself, the better,” he says. “First thing tomorrow, we’ll get you your own rope. Until then, take mine.”

Although this is minor, the film shows Finnick tying knots but he never gives and/or teaches Katniss how to as a distraction for herself.

5. Katniss’ Prep Team

            That’s my chance. I dart around the distracted guard, push open the door marked 3908, and find them. Half-naked, brusied, and shackled to the wall.
My prep team.

Unlike the book, Katniss’ prep team was not found in District 13.

“If I Stay” Book Signing with Jamie Blackley and Gayle Forman at Indigo

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Unlike most, I spent my Friday night in an Indigo rather than at a downtown club. Gayle Forman was in town signing copies of her book, If I Stay. Alongside was the man who stars as Adam in the film-adaptation, Jamie Blackley. I however, have never read the book but I was one of the fortunate people who had the chance to see the movie the night before. I also had the opportunity to get my photograph with both Jamie and Gayle. I would like to thank Indigo Teen and Indigo Green Room for putting on such an amazing event.

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”  – Gale Forman, If Stay (and Jamie Blackley’s favourite quote from the film)

Photographs can be seen on my official website in the “Celebrity” section under 2014.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – 10 Differences Between the Book and the Movie

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes all of the elements from the first film and does them better with help from new director Francis Lawrence. You hardly ever hear that the sequel is better than the original but trust me, in this case it is. There’s moments where you can literally feel the book come to life. While not everything from the novel can make it into the movie (as always), they’ve managed to keep it as close as possible. I’ve compiled a list of things I noticed were different between the two. These aren’t the only things I noticed but they were the ones that stood out the most. None of the changes took anything away from from the storyline. Sometimes scenes are left out because there’s another way of accomplishing it, keep that in mind.

1. Plutarch Heavensbee’s Mockingjay Watch

When Plutarch Heavensbee takes Katniss out on the dance floor at President’s Snow party, it’s where we secretly learn that he’s on her side. Like Bonnie and Twill who put the Mockingjay symbol on a piece of bread that they could eat to hide the evidence, Plutarch has a gold watch he carriers in his pocket, that with the run of his thumb can display a Mockingjay and just as fast as it was seen, can disappear. The second clue we get is when Plutarch tells Katniss, “It starts at midnight” except he wasn’t talking about the meeting at all, he’s referring to the arena she’ll soon find herself in. But while they do meet under the same circumstances in the film we have no idea if the watch even exists and he doesn’t give any clues about the upcoming Hunger Games. In the book, Katniss is left thinking about Plutarch’s disappearing Mockingjay watch. He was “almost clandestine” as she says, but in the film there is nothing done to make her skeptical of his actions. You don’t learn anything until Katniss sees him on the hovercraft with Haymitch and Finnick, that’s when you realize where his loyalties stand.

Plutarch steps back and pulls out a gold watch on a chain from a vest pocket. He flips open the lid, sees the time, and frowns. “I’ll have to be going soon.” He turns the watch so I can see the face. “It starts at midnight.”

“That seems late for–“ I say, but then something distracts me. Plutarch has run his thumb across the crystal face of the watch and for just a moment an image appears, glowing as if lit by candlelight. It’s another mockingjay. Exactly like the pin on my dress. Only this one disappears. He snaps the watch closed. 

2. Snow’s Granddaughter

Not much is known about President Snow’s granddaughter or any other family members he might have. In Mockingjay, Johanna Mason quickly mentions her when she votes for the proposed 76th Hunger Games with tributes from the children of the Capitol. This comment let’s us believe that she’s between the ages of 12 and 18. In Catching Fire the movie we’re introduced to his granddaughter, who’s recently begun wearing her hair in a one-sided braid like all of her friends. To Snow’s obvious annoyance and our amusement, she is a fan of Katniss Everdeen, the very person he wants eradicated.

“Why not?” Johanna retorts. “It seems very fair to me. Snow even has a granddaughter. I vote yes.” (Mockingjay)

3. Peeta’s Painting of Rue

Both Peeta and Katniss’ private sessions with the gamemakers are vital scenes in the book that leave both of them with a score of 12, making them the number one target in the upcoming Hunger Games. The painting Peeta creates of Rue is a sign of rebellion to the Capitol. Unlike in the movie where Katniss walks into the room and sees the painting of Rue on the ground, in the book it’s specifically stated that it’s covered. The reason for the change makes sense, it gave reason to Katniss’ impulsive decision to hang Seneca Crane during her session.

 I think of how ruffled the Gamemakers were when I entered the gym for my session. The smell of cleaners. The mat pulled over that spot in the center of the gym. Was it to conceal something they were unable to wash away? “You painted something, didn’t you? A picture.”
“Did you see it?” Peeta asks.
“No. But they’d made a real point of covering it up,” I say.

4. Bonnie & Twill / District 13

Bonnie and Twill are two runaways from District 8 whom Katniss encounters in the woods outside of District 12. They tell her about the uprisings happening in the other districts and most importantly about the existence of District 13. It was known in advance that they wouldn’t be apart of the film because they didn’t cast those roles but the question remained on how Katniss would be introduced to the idea District 13. Signs of the beginning of a revolution are brought to the screen in another way. As seen in the trailer there’s a Mockingjay spray painted in a tunnel as well as the words “The odds are never in our favor” that expresses the districts unrest. The people have become more defiant and are ready to rebel against the Capitol. President Snow mentions District 13 during his talk with Katniss in her house before the Victory Tour saying how it’d be unfortunate to see District 12 end up the same way. Then, at the end of the film Plutarch is the one who tells Katniss that they’re on their way to District 13.

5. Effie’s Goodbye

In the book everyone in the Capitol is sent home after the stunt the victors pulled during the interviews. This meant that Effie didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to Peeta and Katniss before they’re sent into the arena. In the movie, she does, with tears in her eyes, “You both deserve so much better.”

“Then we’ll never see Effie again,” says Peeta. We didn’t see her o the morning of the Games last year. “You’ll give her our thanks.”
“More than that. Really make it special. It’s Effie, after all,” I say. “Tell her how appreciative we are and how she was the best escort ever and tell her . . . tell her we send our love.”

6. Katniss’ Pregnancy

Peeta drops the bomb about the baby in the same way as the novel but it’s quickly dropped after that. In the book it’s continually used as a tactic to help in the games.

But Finnick has dropped all his weapons to the ground. “Better not exert yourself. Not in your condition,” he says, and reaches down and pats my abdomen.
Oh, right. I’m supposed to be pregnant, I think.

“It’s okay. It’s just her hormones,” says Finnick. “From the baby.” 

“Go ahead. Try it. I don’t care if you are knocked up, I’ll rip your throat out,” says Johanna

7. Haymitch’s Games / The Second Quarter Quell

After the announcement of the Third Quarter Quell and the reapings, Peeta and Katniss decide to watch the Hunger Games’ of the past victors to have an idea of who they are up against. Although Haymitch isn’t competing the two decide to watch his (the 50th Annual Hunger Games), as it’s the only Quell they have. Having this in the book helped build Haymitch’s character and you finally get to learn how he managed to stay alive during his Games. Even though it didn’t make it’s way into the movie, back in 2011 some fans put together a twelve minute video on how they believe the Second Quarter Quell played out based on the book that you can check out here. It’s really well done and helps fill the void left from the film.

Later that day, another tribute is killed in combat and a third gets eaten by a pack of those fluffy squirrels, leaving Haymitch and a girl from District 1 to vie for the crown. She’s bigger than he is and just as fast, and when the inevitable fight comes, it’s bloody and awful and both have received what could well be fatal wounds, when Haymitch is finally disarmed. He staggers through the beautiful woods, holding his intestines in, while she stumbles after him, carrying the ax that should deliver his deathblow. Haymitch makes a beeline for his cliff and just reached the edge when she throws the ax. He collapses on the ground and it flies into the abyss. Now weaponless as well, the girl just stands there, trying to staunch the flow of blood pouring from her empty eye socket. She’s thinking perhaps that she can outlast Haymitch, who’s starting to convulse on the ground. But what she doesn’t know, and what he does, is that the ax will return. And when it flies back over the ledge, it buries itself in her head. The cannon sounds, her body is removed, the trumpets blow to announce Haymitch’s victory.

8. Katniss Doesn’t Get Drunk 

When Katniss learns she’ll be going back into the arena for the Quarter Quell she goes over to Haymitch’s house, gets drunk and wakes up with a hangover the next morning. In the film we see Katniss take one long sip before handing the bottle back to Haymitch.

“I came for a drink,” I say.
Haymitch bursts out laughing and slams the bottle down on the table before me. I run my sleeve across the top and take a couple gulps before I come up chocking. It takes a few minutes to compose myself, and even then my eyes and nose are still streaming. But inside me, the liquor feels like fire and I like it.

He nods at the bottle. “Can I have that back now?”
“No,” I say, wrapping my around around it. Haymitch pulls another bottle out from under the table and gives the top a twist.

When I wake up, I barely get to the toilet before the white liquor makes its reappearance. It burns just as much coming up as it did going down, and tastes twice as bad. I’m trembling and sweaty when I finish vomiting, but at least most of the stuff is out of my system.

9. District Twelves Fence is Never Electrified

Commander Thread takes over District 12 from the previous peacekeepers. Besides getting rid of the Hob and issuing a curfew he’s supposed to make the electrical fence operational. This catches Katniss by surprise when she’s stuck outside of her District and needs to find another way back in. She’s forced to climb up a tall tree (at least 20 feet in the air) and drop over the other side of the fence, causing her to injury her foot in the process. When she arrives back at her house she notices that the male peacekeeper looks surprised to see her since they knew she was in the woods and should be trapped there. None of this exists in the movie.

In the fading light, the chain links look as innocuous as usual. But what makes me jerk back my hand is the sound, like the buzz of a tree full go tracker jacker nests, indicating the fence is alive with electricity.

“From Head Peacekeeper Thread,” says the woman. “He wanted you to know that the fence surrounding District Twelve will now have electricity twenty-four hours a day.”
“Didn’t it already?” I ask, a little too innocently.

10. Peeta Can Swim

The Tributes arrive in the arena to be surrounded by only water. As Katniss swims towards the island Peeta is trapped on his pedestal until Finnick rescues him because he doesn’t know how to swim. In the film, when we first see Peeta in the arena he’s in the water wrestling with the male tribute from District 5. It doesn’t make sense for Peeta to know how to swim as there were no lakes, rivers, seas or oceans in District 12.

I spot him now, still stranded on his metal plate. 

Additional Things:
– Katniss and Gale kiss three times in the movie instead of two like in the book.
– There’s no secret bread code. In the book, 4 of the parachutes they receive while in the arena are food. They type of bread comes from District 3 and there’s 24 rolls meaning that the rebels rescue will take place on the third day at the 24th hour.
– Johanna lashes out at the Capitol during her interview with Caesar Flickerman.
– Mags doesn’t speak at all.
– Peacekeeper Darius doesn’t exist.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Toronto Premiere

The cast at the Toronto premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

I was one of the lucky people who had the chance to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones this past week at the Toronto premiere. I thought the movie was very well done and I’m already counting down the days until the 21st so that I can see it again. Until then, I have put together a short list of 6 differences between the book and movie that can be read on Scene Creek here!

The Host: Movie Review with SPOILERS

The Host is based off of the novel of the same name written by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, the same author who wrote The Twilight Saga. An alien species known as souls have taken over humans by inhabiting their bodies to create peace among Earth. When Melanie Stryder (Saorise Ronan) is surrounded by a group of seekers in an old hotel she thought was abandoned, rather then getting caught she decides to jump out of the buildings window attempting to kill herself. As if some kind of miracle she survived, much to her dislike. A soul that goes by the name of Wanderer or Wanda is implanted into Melanie’s body but unlike many of the other occupied humans, some people refuse to be beat as they internally battle their host. Wanda’s job is to look into Melanie’s memories to find out where the resistance is, where the other surviving humans are. However, Melanie fights back by throwing memory after memory full of strong physical and emotional connections to the people she loves at Wanda hoping that she’ll understand how important it is for her to not say anything. As the soul begins to feel pity for Melanie and the humans they both set out on a journey to get back to Jared (Max Irons), the man she loves and her little brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury). Nothing is means more to Melanie then her family.

When I first heard Melanie’s voice after Wanda had taken over her body I found it really annoying. I don’t know if I just got so used to it by the end of the film that it no longer bugged me or it just wasn’t as obnoxious as when it first started so that it no longer bugged me. As someone who actually read the novel I know there is no other way they could’ve accomplished this successfully. And I did warm up to it. Some of the back and forth comments between Wanda and Melanie may have come out funnier then planned but they were well received getting laughs from the audience.

This storyline line doesn’t include a love triangle, but a love square. Well it’s just really awkward. Jared and Melanie are in love with each other so that’s simple but because Melanie is trapped inside her own body she can’t be with him. Then there’s Ian (Jake Abel) who falls in love with Wanda which is the soul in Melanie’s body. So technically you have two boys in love with the same person and it’s questionable on how this could end well for everyone involved. Now, me explaining the rest of the story would be summarizing the book and I don’t care to do so. You should just pick up a copy.

One thing that bothered me was how the souls looked. I can’t really explain it but it just made me want to laugh. Specifically when Ian is looking at one at some point in the movie and just looks so in love with this little white sort of light that moves. It made me uncomfortable. Also, many of the other characters acted unnatural and zombie-like when they shouldn’t have since they were human. I understand from reading the book that they were scared of Wanda because they didn’t trust her intentions but that’s not how it came across from watching it. On top of that some of the dialogue seemed awkward and forced but those are my only complaints.

I wouldn’t call this my favourite movie but it stuck fairly close to the book. Obviously cutting out the mediocre things to leave place for those scenes of importance. But i’m also judging this as a fan who loved the books so you need to keep that in mind. I’m not sure you’d like the movie at all if you were a middle-aged man who just loves to complain about everything. This sci-fi teen romance wasn’t aimed towards their demographic so I don’t blame them, but it was aimed at mine so maybe i’m really the more trustworthy one. Anyone who loved the book will love this movie regardless of what critics have to say.

The Host hit theatres today, Friday March 29th 2012

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Cosmopolis: Premiere/Movie Review

I was lucky enough to have the chance to be at the Toronto Premiere for Cosmopolis on June 4th 2012. I literally found out at 12:45pm that day that I had two tickets to go. I’m going to post a mini little review, if that’s what you can call this…

For those of you who know nothing about this movie, Cosmopolis is based off of the book written by Don DeLillo. I never read the book so that may have been the reason behind me walking out of the theatre not knowing what just happened during the entire length of the movie or it was just really weird as my mother says. From what it says on IMDB (aka the SparkNotes version) it claims that the film ‘Follows a multimillionaire on a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan,’ which is true. Most of the movie takes place within a limo all while the main character Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) attempts to get to the barber shop for a haircut. A lot of things happen in the middle, I rather not ruin any of the movie for you. What I can say is that the movie was amazing whether I understood it or not. I still have the ability to appreciate the tremendous talent found within the film; the actors who are portraying these roles.

After the movie ended the cast came on stage for a Q&A (pictures will be posted below). The cast in attendance was Emily Hampshire, Kevin Durand, Sarah Gadon, Paul Giamatti, Robert Pattinson, and David Cronenberg. Rob likes to keep his head down a lot because of how shy he is and it’s rather adorable. He had a difficult time answering some of the questions which kept us entertained and when he did speak it left us all laughing.

I do have to say I was rather disappointed with how the Premiere was set up. Maybe eOnefilms wasn’t aware of the following Robert Pattinson has but they should’ve been prepared. Afterall this movie was filmed in Toronto. I, myself went to watch last year but that’s another story for another time. The red carpet on the outside was rather small. From what I heard Rob only signed autographs and took pictures for about 5 minutes before heading inside. The red carpet continued along inside but even as a fan with a ticket for the movie we weren’t allowed to stand around it. We were forced upstairs into the theatre which was disappointing. I went to the Hunger Games Premiere back in March which was at a smaller venue and even fans who didn’t have tickets were allowed to stand alongside the red carpet inside the theatre. It was another way for people to get a shot at a photograph or autograph. From what the staff told me, Rob’s security didn’t want fans waiting around it. I’m not exactly sure but the TIFF volunteers were rather rude, at least on the main floor and I really didn’t appreciate it. Neither did the others with tickets. Maybe I would’ve let it slide if they let me get a picture with Robert Pattinson. (;


The movie runs for 108 minutes and will hit theatres on June 8th 2012. Make sure to go see it!

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Hunger Games Movie Premiere

As you may or may not know today was the Canadian Hunger Games premiere in Toronto. It was a long day full of press and promo for the three actors from the film who were in town; Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Ludwig.

In the not-too-distant future North American is now known as Panem and ruled by the Capitol which has divided the country into 12 districts. Every year two young representatives (tributes), one male and one female anywhere from age 12-18 are picked to represent their District in the annual Hunger Games; a fight to the death. If you haven’t read the trilogy or even the Hunger Games you don’t need to for an understanding of the movie but I do urge you to go and read it because it’s a great read. You’re missing out if you don’t but that’s your loss not mine.

My day started at 6:00am when I woke up. My best friend slept over and we quickly got ready and headed to the subway. We were arrived in downtown Toronto by 7:30 and made our way over to the parking lot near Much Music. The Hunger Games cast was supposed to be on the Marilyn Denis show from 10:00am – 11:00am so we decided we’d try to get standby tickets if available. Turns out they’re not. However, the security guard inside let us know that if we walked around the back we could get a number for being outside of New Music Live later at 4:15pm. So of course we did and it meant we didn’t have to stand in line as long as we returned by 1:00pm. Watch Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Ludwig on the Marilyn Denis show herepart2 & part3.

We then decided to go back to our spot by the parking lot where we were earlier told by security that we’d see nothing (they lied). A car pulled in and Alexander Ludwig got out of the car. From where we waited I decided to scream his name. He turned his head and waved to where me and my 3 friends stood. We asked him to come over and he promised to later, he had his interview on CP24. Meanwhile we were showed on CP24 where they said to Alex “We’ve had fans outside since first thing this morning for you do you know that?” and he replied saying “Actually yeah I saw this morning, it was really sweet. It was very flattering.” (Insert squeal here!)

As we waited around for him to come out security told us we weren’t allowed to stand there anymore. I then told him how Alex promised to come over to us and he simply replied with “If he wants to find you he will.” Wtf? Are you serious? As we were walking away Alexander started to chase us down. We noticed him and went over to where he was. He came up to us, held out his hand and said “Hi, I’m Alex.” (Like we didn’t already know but he’s adorable so it’s okay.) We talked to him for a while, he is one of the sweetest celebrities I have ever met (and he’s Canadian so that’s a plus). We got pictures with him before he headed inside.

Not too long after two more black cars pulled into the parking lot and guess who was inside? That’s right, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth!

The stage was being set up for New Music Live and we went to check it out. Alexander was around the corner peeking over where a ton of fans were but none noticed him except for us. He was with his publicist and walked over to Starbucks so of course we followed being the creeps we are.

In Starbucks we bought drinks and food so we wouldn’t be as obvious, even though i’m positive we were. Alexander looked over at me and said “Hey again!” and then we talked for a little and he asked us if were were going to Much Music later which we were, obviously.

We walked over to the Scotiabank Theatre where the premiere was going to be held starting at 6:30pm. They were just putting up posters on the wall at the time.

And then there was a lot of waiting… we went back into line for New Music Live and after a lot more waiting FINALLY we got to see Josh, Liam and Alex close up and personal. At one point I held out my book to Josh and asked him to sign it and he looked at me which is adorable sad eyes and said “Sorry, I can’t.” So then I said “I love you!” and he replied saying “Thanks!” My heart melted and I almost passed out. After that segment at the commercial Josh walked right over to me, signed my book and then walked back inside. At that point I was the only one to get an autograph from him and I was over the moon. I was on the verge of tears (okay fine I was crying.) When Alex came out he spotted me in the front row and smiled and waved and it made me really happy. Besides almost dying from being squished up against the barrier it was an amazing day! You can watch their interview on NML here.

(You may recognize this photograph from Conan O’Brien)

And last but not least a picture of the venue that the Toronto premiere actually took place at. My friends at this point wanted to leave and wouldn’t stay with me any longer so I had no choice but to leave as well. It was really frustrating after I hadn’t ate one thing all day and looked forward to this for the past months. It was a downer and seemed like I had given up on getting my picture with Josh when I wanted to keep on going. Sometimes friends CAN suck.