#67 Fireside Chat: Welcome, Welcome, Philip Seymour Hoffman! Sunday 15 July, 2012

“Welcome, Welcome, Philip Seymour Hoffman!”

If you missed Episode 67 live last night, you can click here to listen to it recorded OR just use the snazzy embedded player below!

Episode 67 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live this Monday, July 16, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include some of our fabulous friends from Down with the Capitol, Crystal from Mockingjay.net and FictionalFood.net, Kait from Victor’s Village, Courtney from Welcome to District 12, Natalie from Crushable, and Ariel of Nerdy, Wordy, and Almost Thirty.

– To kick things off, we’ll get a Comic-Con recap from Natasha, an admin at TheFandom.net.

– Next, we’ll talk all about our new Head Gamemaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman! What will he bring to the character of Plutarch Heavensbee? How do you think the role of Plutarch might be changed for the film? And what will Plutarch LOOK like (hair, costume, etc.)? Leave your thoughts in the comments — we’ll try to share as many of your responses as possible!

– Since we now know the release dates for Mockingjay: Part 1 and Mockingjay: Part 2, we’ll talk about where they might split the book and why splitting it was such a smart decision.

You can chat with other listeners throughout the live show by using our hashtag #HGFiresideChat on Twitter! We recommend TweetChat to easily follow along with the conversation.

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Adam (Host): @AdamSpunberg
Savanna (Co-Host/Producer): @MlleNouveau
Down with the Capitol: @HungerGamesDWTC
Crystal: @pikko / @mockingjaynet / @FictionalFood
Kait: @VictorsVillage
Courtney: @WtoD12
Natalie: @nataliezutter / @crushabledotcom
Ariel: @Madam_Pince
Natasha: @TFGeekGirl

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  • Tess says:

    I believe Phillip Seymour Hoffman will to a great job. He’s a very experienced actor and will bring great things to Plutarch. I don’t think I’ve seen any (or very little) people who object to this casting news. Which would be a first.
    As for Mockingjay, I’d have to go with the obvious split : Katniss and Peeta’s first reunion. I know many people are concerned with the splitting of two movies (’cause it does’t work for every big movie series) but I think it’s a good ideal. I mean, just look at the Hunger Games Movie. It was 2 and a half hours long. The fact is these books aren’t very long, but they do have A LOT going on in them.
    And besides, one more movie means more Katniss, more Peeta, more fun!

  • There are no negatives with PSH, as far as I’m concerned. I think he can play “the guy you are not sure you can trust” very well. I’m just hoping they give him an amazing beard/look!

  • Emily414 says:

    It’s going to be hard to top Seneca’s legendary beard, but I have faith in the costume and makeup department that they can create another fandom phenomenon! 😉

  • Katie says:

    I think it will be interesting to see how PSH interprets this role. Plutarch is such an ambiguous and contradictory character – in terms of his morals, his intentions, and even his personality, because it’s all hidden behind a chipper, obliging attitude. This is why I think PSH will be great because he’s really great at walking that line and conveying complexity in a subtle manner. He did that so well in Doubt in particular. I hope they give him a few extra scenes in Catching Fire to establish him; perhaps some with Snow, like Seneca Crane had in the first film.

    I don’t think his look will be as garish as some of the Capitol citizens, because he obviously sets himself apart from them to some degree (ie. by involving himself in the rebellion), but I expect it will still be sufficiently pompous and distinct.

  • El Perro says:

    I think it should be split when Peeta warns District 13 about the missiles and a guard hits him. Also I think it would be a good idea to split it when Katniss get shot in District 2, it’d give the final part of the book a lot of screen time, to properly get all action sequences and emotional moments.

  • cefranco2 says:

    I think there is a natural cliff hanger after the Katniss/Peta reunion. Easy to see the first “embrace” then cut out to credits.

  • it has to end at the strangulation part where Peeta and Katniss reunite! either after she blacks out, or right before, it will most definitely keep people to see more!(: also its pretty much in the middle of the book so it would be a proper length!

  • I think Mockingjay should split at the Katniss & Peeta “Reunion/OMG what is wrong with Peeta?” moment. It’s close enough to the midpoint in the story and is where Katniss goes through a major change in outlook. Plus, it’s awesomely cliff-hangery for those who never read the books.

  • mike hawk says:

    i think it should stop as soon as katniss sees the rose after the attack

  • Jason says:

    Part 1 should focus on Katniss’s reluctance and then acceptance that she’s the rebellion’s symbol of hope. Everything that goes on in the film should be anchored to that, so the climax is her fully realizing that role in District 2. It should also show us the rebellion spreading through the Districts, not just tell us through exposition.

    As for Part 2, it’s is the one that needs to most breathing space, so it doesn’t suffer the same problems the book had. More character development so we feel for them during the climax.

  • David B. says:

    I believe it should be right after the Peeta Rescue. Have Peeta attempt to kill Katniss and then have her figure out that Peet was Hijacked by the Capitol.

    This is about halfway though the book and one of the few logical endings. You can start the next movie with them working on Peeta and have the Delly and Peeta talk fairly early. This will show the audience just how crazy Peeta is.

  • emma says:

    Wow alot of people have already commented so i guess im later but anyway i think it makes alot of scense to split mockingjay cause every little detail is important and i know that their not just following harry potter cause i read the book. but spliting the last twilightwas a stupid idea cause i read those books too and lets just say that the next twilight will be the worst yet cause the main problem is not very climatic. so back to thg i think psh is a great choice for plutarch even though i imagine someone alot youger when i read the book but i also like him cause it means i get major points in the mockingjay.net casting contest 🙂 p.s sorry if i might have spelled some stuff wrong

  • Diana says:

    I absolutely agree with mockingjay being split because TOO MANY important things happen inthe book that if they’re not shown to the nonreading audience they wont understand nor will they feel for the characters as much, making the ending less amazing… As for where the split should be, I go with what most of the readers are saying: Katniss and Peeta’s reunion. As soon as i heard that there was going to be a split that was the part that I thought Mpart1 should end because it’s the one part that leaves you with the proper suspense and excitement to anxiously wait for the next movie. I think that part should be organized just like the book; show Annie and Finnick’s reunion first and make people cry so that they expect that same kind of reunion with peeta and katniss, and then BAM.. what the heck just happened!!?? And leave katniss on the floor shocked …for me that is that smartest way to split it… Also i think they should show like Snow after the credits, saying something, not too many details, but somethig about what he did to peeta and how they really didnt rescue him… Idk i think it would be interesting… and now Im gonna’ stop writing cuz probably most of ou have already scrolled away from this extremely long testament xP lol

  • Katie says:

    I think it should be split just as Katniss is leaving for D2. I think they can’t just brutally cut it off at Peeta attacking Katniss – the whole hijacking thing needs to be explained and I think we need to see a little Katniss’s despair (and recovery) afterwards. Anyway wouldn’t it be great to end with Plutarch talking to Katniss as she gets on the hovercraft, and him saying that D2 will “be a tough nut to crack”? 😀

  • mike hunt says:

    i think it should split at the hospital being attacked

  • Another good discussion! It helped me to see more pros/cons of the alternate endings to Mockingjay Part 1. However, I must say that I just about lost my lunch when I heard Adam say that maybe Josh won’t be in Mockingjay Part 1. NOOOO! I think the idea of having him basically play two roles (lovable Peeta and evil Peeta) for the same character could be a potential Oscar or other award nomination for him if script gives him the scenes Peeta deserves. Plus, we would all just be sad! Even though I have previously been an advocate of the Peeta/Katniss reunion cliffhanger, I beginning to wonder if the ending point should be later… I don’t want them to delete the scenes of drama between Peeta and Katniss and how that makes everyone else uncomfortable too: Delly setting him off, eating in the cafeteria when Peeta comes in and is a jerk to Annie, Gale saying he wouldn’t have believed it if he wasn’t seeing it with his own eyes. I don’t know now (thanks a lot, Adam!). With all the action that happens with cracking the Nut, and later in the invasion of the Capitol, I’m wondering if the Split happening before the Nut (at “reunion”) will force a deletion of character scenes that would make the Mockingjay Part 2 more than just another action film.

  • Lauren says:

    I agree with the fact that Mockingjay should be split into two, but I also say that I think Breaking Dawn was right to be split into two. Let’s not forget that these movies were brought about by the fans, and there is nothing wrong with the first movie giving us fans more insight into the first half of the Breaking Dawn book. As a fan, I personally loved it! I understand you all are not Twilight fans, but imagine yourself if all the hateful comments were aimed at Mockingjay being split. You would defend it right? I am very doubtful that either part of Mockingjay will win any kind of Oscar, but I want it to be for the fans like Breaking Dawn Part 1, not some kind of crazy thing made for the critics.

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