The Mockingjay lives
The third part of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1, is releasing next month, and the arrival of the first trailer has sparked a wave of interest across the web. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in this third installment, where the rebellion is on in full swing. The trailer opens with our heroine speaking to President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland, and pronouncing the motto fans love her for: “I just wanted to save my sister and keep Peeta alive”. The film will also feature Julianne Moore as Alma Coin, president of District 13; Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavansbee. The trailer has been watched over 10 million times since September 15.
Rapper Kanye West sparked a controversy this week by demanding that disabled fans should stand up during his shows. He told a Sydney crowd “I can’t do this show until everybody stands up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t”. He then singled out two wheelchair users for failing to comply. Footage of the incident spread across the web last week, leading to widespread demands that he apologise. Peter Galbriath, who uploaded the clip of the incident to YouTube, says in the video description: ”Kanye asks everyone to stand up, someone doesn’t. Kanye asks them to stand up, they’re in a wheelchair. Misunderstanding.” Since it was posted, it’s been watched over 6 million times.
Diving into a volcano
With a roiling ocean of magma, fiery molten rock gurgling just some feet away and acid rain splashing his protective suit, George Kournounis stands at the edge of a red-hot lava lake. Kourounis is an explorer and documentarian, and last month, he and Sam Cossman, an explorer and filmmaker, dived deep into the 2,000 year old Marum crater, located in an active volcano in the archipelago of Vanuatu in the South Pacific. The pair filmed themselves using a GoPro, Sony NX Cam and a Canon 5D Mark III camera. At one point they got so close, Kourno-unis said in an interview, that flying specks of lava melted part of their protective gear. The journey has amassed nearly 4 million views since the beginning of the month.