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Catching Fire to Begin Filming Soon
August 6, 2012 posted by Nichole

Catching Fire to Begin Filming Soon

Fans of The Hunger Games trilogy have been waiting around impatiently for news of the upcoming movie, Catching Fire. There was that big hoopla over Gary Ross leaving and Francis Lawrence coming in. Fans began to worry that the filming for Catching Fire would be set back.

Woody Harrelson, the actor who plays Haymitch in The Hunger Games, recently did an interview with CBS. He announced that filming for Catching Fire would begin in September. The shooting will take place in Atlanta and Hawaii. You can find that video here. Note: Catching Fire news is during the last one minute of the video. The rest of the video is dedicated to another movie of Harrelson’s.

Are you guys excited? I know that I am! I cannot WAIT to see Catching Fire hit the big screen!


That’s all for now, folks. See you next time!

Romeo Miller Interested in Catching Fire/Mockingjay
July 27, 2012 posted by Nichole

Romeo Miller Interested in Catching Fire/Mockingjay

 Romeo Miller recently gave an interview with MTV where he stated that he would be interested in filming in The Hunger Games trilogy. Miller announced that he had a meeting with Lionsgate about appearing in the next film, but he was unable to give any more information than that. Romeo also mentioned that he had NOT read any of The Hunger Games books. You can find the MTV interview here.

Romeo Miller has appeared in Honey, Romeo!, The Defenders, Charlie’s Angels (the tv series) and Madea’s Witness Protection. Romeo Miller is also a singer and has his own clothing line.

I can’t really picture Romeo Miller in any role for either Catching Fire or Mockingjay. The interview made it seem as if he just wanted that “it” role, rather than having any real interest in the trilogy. I was also really put off by the fact that he hadn’t read the books. Why the heck are you interested in a major BOOK-movie when you HAVEN’T read the books? Ugh!

Sound off in the comments, guys.

That’s all for now, folks. See you next time!

Sam Claflin Cast as Finnick Odair!
July 19, 2012 posted by Nichole

Sam Claflin Cast as Finnick Odair!

Well, hellllllllllllllllo, handsome! Ladies and gentlemen, meet Sam Clafin, our Finnick Odair! It has been such a long wait to find out who would be playing Finnick in Catching Fire. Honestly, I’m not disappointed. He is pretty. And, as Finnick is my favorite character in The Hunger Games trilogy, I’m glad that Lionsgate got it right!

Sam Claflin might look familiar to you, as he recently starred as William in Snow White and the Huntsman. Claflin has also appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Any Human Heart, and The Lost Future.

What do you guys think about Sam Claflin as Finnick? I know that a lot of people are probably going to be upset, as they had specific actors they wanted cast as Finnick Odair. I’m hoping that there will also be a lot of people that approve of this casting choice.

I found my information here, among many more websites.


Philip Seymour Hoffman Offered Role in Catching Fire
June 12, 2012 posted by Nichole

Philip Seymour Hoffman Offered Role in Catching Fire

 Ladies and Gentlemen we have some breaking news!

According to many many MANY sites today, Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.

If you’re like me, then you read Catching Fire over a year ago. I only have vague memories about the second book, and I have no idea how many new characters are going to be introduced. Should I reread it? Yes. Will it take me forever to get to it? Probably. So, I had to look up who Plutarch Heavenbee is. Naturally, I was wrong…so good thing I looked it up!

The Hunger Games Wiki site says that “Plutarch Heavensbee is the Head Gamemaker in Catching Fire, taking the place of Seneca Crane. He becomes a commander of the rebel forces of District 13 in Mockingjay.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman has starred in Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Savages, Mission: Impossible III, Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley, among many more television shows and movies. I have been such a HUGE fan of Hoffman for as long as I can remember. He’s brilliant. I remember him the most from Doubt, which also starred Meryl Streep. It was a BRILLIANT movie!

Do I think that Hoffman would be a good casting choice for Catching Fire? Absolutely! This movie has such a great cast already, I’m so excited that he might join the rest of the cast in Catching Fire.

What do you guys think about Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee? Remember, he has only bee offered the part. He has NOT yet accepted the part. Let me know in the comments section below!

I found this information at Rollingstone. I also googled it and it came up on a million and a half other websites.


Francis Lawrence Confirmed to Direct Catching Fire
May 20, 2012 posted by Nichole

Francis Lawrence Confirmed to Direct Catching Fire

You may have had the chance to read my previous post, Francis Lawrence Offered Directing Job for Catching Fire. Well, it has now been officially confirmed that Lawrence has got the job, and he has a special message for all you fans.

“Hello fellow Hunger Games fans!  I just want you all to know how unbelievably excited and honored I am to be a part of Catching Fire.  At the end of the day, all of the work that I put in to my movies is for you — the fans. Make sure to post and let me know what you’re most excited to see in this adaptation as we aim to make something truly faithful and spectacular!It is truly an honor and a privilege to bring Catching Fire, the second chapter of Suzanne’s beloved trilogy, to the big screen. I fell in love with the characters, the themes and the world she created and this chapter opens all of these elements up in such a thrilling, emotional and surprising way. I can’t wait to dive right into it and bring this chapter to life along with the truly superb cast and filmmakers involved.”

What do you guys think? Are you excited or disappointed? Just nervous? I don’t really know how I feel. I loved Gary Ross, but I don’t really know much about Francis Lawrence. I guess I’ll just have to sit back and wait to see what happens.

That’s all for now, folks. See you next time!

Francis Lawrence Offered Directing Job for Catching Fire
May 3, 2012 posted by Nichole

Francis Lawrence Offered Directing Job for Catching Fire

After the shocking news that Gary Ross will not be directing Catching Fire, Lionsgate has offered the position to Francis Lawrence. Fans may be familiar with Lawrence’s work from Constantine, I am Legend and Water for Elephants. I have only watched I am Legend, and I hated it with a severe passion. I haven’t watched Constantine (though I’ve heard it’s amazing) or Water for Elephants, so I think I need some feedback here. Is Francis Lawrence a good director? Let me know in the comments below!

That’s all for now, folks. See you next time!

Book Reviews
September 8, 2010 posted by Christina

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3) – Suzanne Collins

“Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.”

This August there was only one word on everyone’s lips – Mockingjay. Have you got it? Have you read it? Have you seen it? Reviewers, readers and fans alike were camped outside their letterboxes and bookstores, poised for the moment the conclusion to the Hunger Games series finally arrived. However none of the excitement or anticipation could’ve prepared us for the emotional roller coaster 455 pages could bring.

Mockingjay brings us to Panem a few months after Katniss was rescued from the Hunger Games arena by the District 13 rebels. This fact also reminds us that Peeta was not. He is still in the hands of the Capitol, under known conditions.

The rebellion has begun in earnest now. However there are still Districts under the control of the Capitol and there is a disjointed feeling among the rebels. They need a symbol, something to unify them and lead the spirit of the cause. They need the Mockingjay, Katniss. But after all she’s been through can she find the strength be that face? Can she bear being a puppet on show again? How far does she have to go just to be free?

It’s a good thing I had time to process just how I felt about this book after I read it otherwise it would’ve looked like Kanye West took over the blog, writing a review strictly in caps lock. I was only a few pages in when I realized I should’ve eaten or gone to the bathroom beforehand because I was so entranced, engaged, engrossed, totally sucked into this book I knew I wasn’t going to be able to move till I read every last word.

Was I disappointed? That the series was over, yes. By the book itself, no.  The story is so emotional it leaves you feeling shell shocked. The pace of the plot means Katniss never really gets a break, she’s always in the thick of the action which you can see slowly wears away at her already frayed nerves. This also takes its toll on everyone else as the strain and fear push them to breaking point.

There’s no doubt that what the characters face is an outright war and Suzanne Collins gives us everything that goes with it – the heroics and the aftermath. Facing the kind of sights these characters do means you can’t remain unaffected, which is what gives the story a very raw, realistic quality.
Collins never comes across as preachy about the war but she does make you question, just how far are you willing to go and where do you draw the line?

The realism that she brought to the story meant Collins definitely had a no holds barred approach to her characters and nothing was sacred. As a reader I was constantly kept on my toes, not being able to predict what would happen next, you’re left guessing the whole time.

I promised to keep this spoiler free, so highlight the text if you want to see it. (Don’t say you weren’t warned)

My only complaint with Mockingjay is that the ending felt rushed. There needed to be more detail particularly between Peeta and Katniss. The book was so starved of him already; we needed to see that reconnection.

There are no winners or losers in a war, just survivors left to pick up the pieces. But throughout all the pain and despair, there is still hope and love. Katniss has been an incredible character to follow, her bravery and strength never ceased to amaze me I felt so proud of her in Mockingjay.

This book hit me on a new level where I was left nothing but stunned afterwards. I’m DEVASTATED that it’s all over but it’s been an amazing ride with an amazing series. If you’re looking for a happy ending, you’re not going to find it here. You will however find an incredible story that’ll stay with you days later, you won’t be the same again.

Pages: 455
Publication Date: August 2010
Rating: : ★★★★★

Teaser Quote: “So, what do you think they’ll do to him?” I ask.
Prim sounds a thousand years old when she speaks.
“Whatever it takes to break you.”