What’s a dystopian novel without a post-apocalyptic world? In The Hunger Games that world is Panem, the nation which rose out of the ashes of current day North America. Panem is split up into 12 districts (we don’t talk about District 13) and a glittering and wealthy capital city.
Taking a page from The Colbert Report, this ongoing “Better Know a District” series will take a look at the districts that make up the brutal Hunger Games world.
Welcome To District 12: The Hungry Coal Miners!
Location: District 12 is most likely located somewhere around the Appalachia.
Industry: District 12 is known for its coal mining.
Classes: District 12 is notable for containing two classes of people: the miners and the merchants. Despite providing the district with its main export, the mining class tends to be much poorer (and in much worse health) than the merchant class.
Notable Residents: Most of the main characters in The Hunger Games trilogy hail from District 12. This includes heroine Katniss Everdeen, her sister Prim, her best friend Gale, and fellow competitor Peeta. Their mentor is the boozy Haymitch Abernathy, one of the few former winners of the Games from District 12.
The Seam: The Seam is where the poorest residents of District 12 live, right near the forest that borders the district. This forest is where Katniss and Gale go to hunt in order to keep their families from starving. Unlike the blonde haired and blue-eyed merchant class, the residents of The Seam tend to have dark hair, gray eyes, and olive skin.
The Hob: The Hob is the black market in District 12, where Katniss and Gale often bring their hunting hauls to make some extra money or trade for needed supplies.
Hunger Games Prospects: Before Katniss and Peeta shocked all of Panem with their win, the tributes from District 12 tended to do very poorly in The Hunger Games. This is probably because of the relative poverty of the district and the lack of Games training.
A barrel of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Miraval wine has sold at auction for $13,800 (£9,200). The organic tipple, from their estate in France, went under the hammer as part of an annual sale in the village of Correns to raise funds for an agricultural project in Africa. The wine has been in high demand since its launch last year (12), when 6,000 bottles of the Hollywood couple's Rose blend sold out within hours of going on sale.
Alyssa Milano and Rose Mcgowan have spoken out against plans to reboot their popular U.S. TV series Charmed. The cult programme, about three sibling witches, ended in 2006, but now bosses at American network CBS are planning to bring the show back to life.
However, the project does not have the support of Milano and McGowan, who have taken to Twitter.com to express their disappointment in a revival being so close to the show's original run.
Milano wrote, "The thing about them doing a Charmed reboot is... it just... it feels like yesterday. It feels too close."
McGowan, echoed her former colleague's sentiments, adding, "They really are running out of ideas in Hollywood... Lame lame lame lamertons (sic)."
Charmed, which also starred Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty, ran for eight seasons on America's CW network.
Spanish actress Amparo Soler Leal has died at the age of 80. The veteran star passed away in Barcelona on Friday (25Oct13) after a long period of ill health.
Soler Leal rose to fame in the 1950s and '60s as a stage and screen actress and was known for her work with director Luis Garcia Berlanga, teaming up for a slew of projects, such as 1961's Placido, La Escopeta Nacional in 1978, and 1993's critically-acclaimed comedy Todos a la carcel.
Her filmography also includes 1976's Retrato de Familia with Antonio Gimenez-Rico, and Pedro Almodovar's 1984 comedy drama What Have I Done to Deserve This?.
She was married to actor and theatre director Adolfo Marsillach from 1954 and 1956, and was the widow of producer Alfredo Matas, who died in 1996.
Veteran actress Mary Carver has died following a brief illness. The Arachnophobia star died on 18 October (13). She was 89.
Carver is perhaps best known for her role as Cecilia Simon in long-running TV series Simon & Simon, which starred Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker as detective brothers.
She also appeared as Goldie Hawn's mum in Protocol and featured in From Here to Eternity, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and 1995's Safe.
Her TV career included stints on The Donna Reed Show, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Star Trek: Enterprise.
A reboot of the popular U.S. TV series Charmed, which starred Alyssa Milano, Rose Mcgowan, Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty and ran from 1998 to 2006, is in the works, according to online reports.
The Vampire Diaries needs to stop with the emotional torture! Last Thursday was spent screaming at the television while this week's episode induces sobbing throughout the final 20 minutes. We're starting to get a Thursday night complex. As you've probably guessed, TVD once again pulls out all the stops and leaves us no room to pause and contemplate the extreme stories they continually throw at us… but that's kind of what we love about it, right? Anyway, here's a few of the best, worst (and unbelievably sad) moments from "For Whom the Bell Tolls."
Stefan 2.0The episode starts off with a fun- and violence-filled vampirey trip down memory lane. Stefan still doesn't have any idea who he is (thanks to 2,000 year old witch Qetsiyah), so Damon digs out all of Stefan's old journals in an attempt to jog his memory. When that doesn't work, and Stefan mistakenly calls Damon the boring brother, Damon quickly corrects him by speeding down a back road and wrecking the car. This causes the two to climb out and laugh, resulting in Stefan proclaiming that Damon is in fact the fun brother. Ah, how we've missed the bad-boy Damon! Afterward, the two go to the bar where Damon gets Stefan drunk in an attempt to unleash the ripper so that Stefan can at least remember some part of himself. When all of Damon's over-the-top antics don't work, Elena steps in an tries to get Stefan back her way: cue the cheesy relationship stories and almost kisses.
Caroline and JesseLeaving the Damon/Elena/Stefan drama for a moment, TVD of course offers up some new relationship drama in the way of Caroline and Jesse (you know, that hot lab assistant who may or may not know about vampires). Caroline takes it upon herself to study up on her science terms and gets close with Jesse in order to find out if his teacher/boss, Dr. Maxfield, covered up the vampire murder of Caroline and Elena's roommate. But, let's be honest, she also does this because she's totally into Jesse. When Caroline invites him back to Mystic Falls for the graveyard party (yes, you read that right), the cozy atmosphere naturally leads to a make-out session, which leaves Caroline frazzled, and hastily explaining that she has no idea where her relationship with Tyler is going, let alone knowing if they are even still together.
Stefan poutsBack with Elena, Stefan becomes upset with the revelation that Elena and Damon are a couple, and, on a more basic level, that his brother stole his girlfriend – to be fair, it does kind of suck to relearn that whole saga. Stefan angrily heads to the cemetery to get drunk with the rest of the town, and finds himself running into Caroline and Jesse. Apparently, Stefan decides Jesse smells too good to resist, and Caroline compels Jesse to hide. However, Stefan quickly finds him and almost literally bites his head off. Caroline, of course, saves Jesse by feeding him her blood, and Stefan goes home to burn his journals, declaring that he doesn't want to be the person described in them, and packs a bag to leave Mystic Falls.
Matt is almost supernaturalDoes anyone else continually feel bad for Matt? The poor guy is one of the only humans left in the show, and as a result, he gets constantly taken advantage of. In this episode, Matt is still dealing with the whole Gregor-inside-his-head situation. Matt knows he's losing time and so he sets up cameras all around his house to see what happens when he blacks out. A super-creepy scene ensues when Matt wakes up with a bloody cut on his hand with no idea how he got it. As he watches the tape, he sees Gregor take over his body and speak directly to the camera, telling Matt that he will cut his throat the same way that he cut his hand. Naturally, a freaked-out Matt calls Jeremy demanding to see Bonnie, hoping her witchy magic will get this "passenger" dude out of his body.
Bonnie is dead, seriouslyJeremy finally makes the decision to tell everyone about Bonnie's death. Too many people are now asking questions about where she is, and he can't find it in himself to continue to keep this secret. So, at the Salvatore house, Damon and Jeremy have a heart to heart where Jeremy explains how Bonnie saved him, switching out her life for his, explaining; "Magic finds a balance. I'm not supposed to be here." Damon, who seems genuinely upset over her death, gives Jeremy a manly hug and the two are overcome with emotion (an "aww moment" at it's hottest). Unfortunately, Damon then realizes he has the sh***y job of telling Elena that her best friend is dead.
The funeralAfter Damon breaks the news to Elena, the crew gathers in the cemetery to say goodbye to Bonnie. Damon, Elena, Caroline, Matt and Jeremy all bring Bonnie-related items that they lay on a tree while giving her a heartfelt goodbye; cue the weeping. Just when you think it can't get any sadder, Bonnie speaks through Jeremy, giving everyone a personal farewell, making them all, including Matt (in all his blue-eyed glory), break down in tears. Then, just as we thought we could put the tissues away, Tyler shows up, wearing a classic black suit and carrying a single white rose, which he lays on Bonnie's tree. (Seriously? Twist the knife a little harder, TVD.) Now everyone is crying, and everyone has a shoulder to lean on – Elena and Damon, Bonnie and Jeremy (in their weird I-can't-really-touch-you-but-I-am way) and Tyler and Caroline – leaving poor Matt to cry by himself. Honestly, the shot of a lonely looking Matt may have been the worst part of it all. Can we please get this guy a story line that involves a girlfriend and some sort of power? Geez.
The cliffhanger (as always)In case the tragic farewell wasn't enough, TVD throws in a cliffhanger to really fuel the drama. For the last few seconds of the episode, we jump back to Jesse, who is explaining to Dr. Maxfield that he can't remember his night with Caroline. After the Doc. runs some tests, he concludes that Jesse has vampire blood in his system and that he was probably compelled to forget about whatever happened to him (a.k.a the Stefan almost killing him incident). Maxfield says that someone may be trying to turn him into a vampire, explaining that vamp blood in your system is "step one" in becoming a vampire. Shockingly, Maxfield then grabs a syringe and stabs Jesse's arm saying, "This is step two," leaving us with a dead Jesse, and wondering if another vampire will be joining the cast.
Phew! As per usual, this episode left me reeling and with a whole bunch of new questions. Will Stefan ever get his memory back? Will he become a new person and forget about Mystic Falls altogether? Is Tyler back for good? Can Elena deal with Bonnie's death, or will she fade back into her depression/insane vampire phase? Will Matt ever get this "passenger" out of his body? And, most importantly, where the hell is Silas and Qetsiyah? You can't just introduce these huge important and powerful characters then just exclude them for an episode! What do you guys think, is the show living up to your expecations?
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8 PM ET on The CW.
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Actress Rose Mcgowan has opened up her photo album to share quirky wedding and honeymoon snapshots with fans online. The former Charmed star, who has dated Marilyn Manson and her Planet Terror director Robert Rodriguez, exchanged vows with artist Davey Detail in Los Angeles on 12 October (13), and it appears the newlyweds are having a fun time celebrating the nuptials in the Maldives.
McGowan, 40, shared several honeymoon shots on her Instagram.com page on Thursday (24Oct13), including one of her and her man underwater, posing during what appears to be a diving expedition.
She captioned one of the holiday snapshots, in which she's holding onto her new husband's hand, "Walking on the bottom of the ocean. No biggie. I look like I'm dragging a small, hairy child."
McGowan also uploaded a series of candid shots from her wedding day, including a romantic shot of her and Detail kissing beneath a floral arch and a quirky snap of her seated, looking bored and frustrated before the ceremony.
The Jacksons are set to salute music mogul Berry Gordy by performing in his honour at an upcoming gala for Ebony magazine. The Motown Records founder will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the publication's annual Power 100 celebration in New York next month (Nov13) and Michael Jackson's brothers will hit the stage to pay tribute.
Gordy famously signed the band, then fronted by a young Michael and known as The Jackson 5, to the legendary label in 1968, giving them their first big break in the music industry.
The cast of Broadway's Motown The Musical, which tells Gordy's life story, will also perform at the event.
Other honourees who made the Power 100 list, which ranks the biggest players in the black community, include: Scandal star Kerry Washington, director Lee Daniels, actor Michael B. Jordan, musician-turned-activist Harry Belafonte and U.S. President Barack Obama, who has been named Powerbroker of the Year.
Nick Cannon will host the Power 100 ceremony at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on 4 November (13).
Actor Peter Facinelli is hoping his Twilight fans follow him into the literary world as he prepares to launch his first young adult novel After The Red Rain. The movie star, who portrayed vampire patriarch Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight films, has teamed up with authors Rob DeFranco and Barry Lyga to develop his first novel, featuring a hero named Rose.
He tells EW.com, "I love storytelling. Being an actor is a form of telling stories through characters. As a writer I get the opportunity to create the entire world that all the characters live in as opposed to focusing on one character or one part of the story. I enjoy being able to create and manipulate characters and events in order to tell a whole story.
"I have written two film scripts, but I have not tackled a novel before... (and) the task of writing a novel was overwhelming at first, and I am happy that I get to collaborate with Barry Lyga and Rob DeFranco. It makes the process less daunting when you get to bounce ideas off of others you respect, and Rob and I both feel very fortunate to work alongside Barry, who has experience in this form of storytelling."
Facinelli is hoping After the Red Rain will become a trilogy after the first book is published in 2015, and he admits his kids like what they're reading so far: "I do have my own YA (young adult) test group at home. I've read some sample chapters to my 10-year-old and 16-year-old daughters (and) so far I'm getting thumbs up."