Daily Archives: 20 September 2015

THG: MP2 Trailer — “For Prim”

We’re very near the end now, and what a trip it’s been.

In a bit more than two months, THG: MP2, the final film in The Hunger Games tetralogy, will debut.  It opens on 18 November 2015 in five European countries, adds another 50 countries on 19 November, and then another 20 countries, including the US, the UK, and Canada, on 20 November.

The box office to date for the first three films is $2.307 billion, on a budget of $333 million.    Lionsgate reportedly is “actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities” for The Hunger Games film franchise.

The Hunger Names

The film will open under different titles, depending on where it’s playing. Here’s a sample:

HG Names s


Another Mashup — 100 Movie Dance Scenes

It’s not as great as that masterful Hell’s Club mashup I posted last week, but it should still make you smile.   The song is Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” (featuring Bruno Mars).

Click the Closed Caption button, and the names of the source films will appear in the video.

Sunday Morning — Victoriana of the Week

I’ve mentioned before that Leighton House Museum, the former home and studio of the Victorian artist Sir Frederic Leighton, is one of my favourite places in London.  I’ve spent hours in  the Leighton House’s breathtaking Arab Hall, just…savouring.

Arab Hall

Arab Hall

London Fashion Week began this weekend, and Leighton House is collaborating with acclaimed British fashion photographer, Ram Shergill, on a Fashion Week-related project.   Shergill selected five paintings by Leighton and married them to some of his own best work.

“I love this image of Lord Leighton’s ‘Bianca’: it has the softness that designers try to convey in their collections such as Chanel haute couture by Karl Lagerfeld or Margiela by John Galliano.  The ruching of the sleeve and the juxtaposition of a flowing white fabric and a black strap on the garment create a graphic and timeless look, almost like an early Vivienne Westwood in her Pirates collection or the current, primarily monochrome collection by Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy.One of my favorite models is, in fact, called Bianca and I have taken many photographs of her in a similar style. Bianca’s gaze is sullen, introspective and yet nonchalant.  Her hands and skin are delicate.  She is not looking at us, she is looking behind us – something that I always try to capture in my photography as I find it creates a magical and inviting pose.”
—Ram Shergill

“This haunting image of Leighton’s, ‘Head of an Italian Model’ is relevant today as it could almost be seen as a ‘fashion portrait’.  Beautifully groomed and poetic in appearance, he looks like an affluent artist or nobleman, a man of distinction.  His hair looks like it is slightly moving in the wind.  The subject looks like a choice of model that many campaigns and editorials are using in fashion right now, the beard has been very en vogue for a while – and facial hair is not frowned upon like it was in the 1980s and ‘90s.”
—Ram Shergill

I’ll be posting more to the project as the week progresses.