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What’s a dystopian novel without a post-apocalyptic world? Panem, with it’s brutal Hunger Games pitting children in a battle to the death, makes the zombie apocalypse look charming. In case you needed a refresher, 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 world of The Hunger Games.
Welcome To District 8: Make it Work!
Industry: The residents of District 8 would make great contestants on Project Runway, since they produce all the clothes, fashion, and textiles for the whole of Panem. Unfortunately, they’re way too poor to actually afford any of the clothing they produce. One of their biggest tasks is actually to make the uniforms for the very same Peacekeepers who oppress the district.
Notable Residents: Cecilia and Woof are both tributes in the 75th Hunger Games and play promient roles in Catching Fire. Cecilia is described as being a sweet, motherly woman who Katniss immediately takes a liking to. Other notable residents are Bonnie and Twill, two District 8 residents who are displaced by the rebellion in the district. Finally Commander Paylor plays an active role in the rebellion in District 8 and eventually plays a substantial part in Mockingjay.
Rebels: As one of the poorest districts in Panem, District 8 was primed for rebellion. After the events in The Hunger Games when Katniss and Peeta defy the Capitol, District 8 begins to chafe against their oppressors. This causes all sorts of problems in the district, from violent uprisings to bombings.
Hunger Games Prospects: District 8 is not well known for doing well in the Hunger Games. This is probably due to the relative poverty of the district. Residents of District 8 often work long hours for little pay in textile or clothing manufacturing factories. The district’s urban squalor actually works against the contestants as well, since they don’t have the experience in the wild that proves useful for contestants like Katniss. In the first Hunger Games, the female tribute from District 8 was killed after setting a fire at night to keep warm and being discovered by the career tributes.
Which District is your favorite? Sound off in the comments!
Actress Majandra Delfino has become a second-time mother after welcoming a baby boy with her husband David Walton. The Roswell beauty and actor Walton, who are already parents to a daughter named Cecilia, welcomed baby Louis in Los Angeles last week (10Nov13), a month before his due date.
Walton tells People.com, "Louis is as healthy as can be... We couldn't be happier with our very early Christmas gift."
The actors married in Miami, Florida in 2011 and welcomed 17-month-old Cecilia in June last year (12).
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.
Canadian director John Greyson has been released from prison in Egypt after almost two months behind bars. The filmmaker and his travelling companion Dr. Tarek Loubani were detained in Cairo on 16 August (13) as they made their way to Gaza, where Greyson was set to shoot footage, while Loubani took part in a medical aid project.
They complained that they were held without charge and began a hunger strike last month (Sep13) in protest at their treatment.
The pair was freed on Saturday (06Oct13), with Greyson's sister Cecilia tweeting, "Christmas comes early this year! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to free john and tarek."
Canada's minister of state for foreign affairs Lynne Yelich adds in a statement, "I look forward to Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson being reunited with their families and friends, who have shown tremendous strength during this difficult time."
Actress Majandra Delfino is expecting her second child with her husband David Walton. The Roswell beauty and actor Walton, who are already parents to a baby daughter, Cecilia, will welcome the new addition to their family in December (13).
A statement issued to People.com reads, "We are very excited. We think our one-year-old Cecilia is excited too, but she can't talk yet so we can't be sure."
The actors married in Miami, Florida in 2011 and Cecilia was born last June (12).
R&B star Usher has been slapped with a lawsuit by a former nanny who is suing the singer for wrongful termination. Cecilia Duncan claims that the Yeah! hitmaker hired her as a part-time nanny in December, 2010, but that she regularly worked much longer hours to care for the star's two sons, Usher Raymond V, five, and Naviyd Ely, four, often exceeding 40 hours a week.
According to legal papers, obtained by editors at TMZ.com, Duncan alleges she did not receive overtime payment and that she expressed her concerns to the singer in 2011.
She claims that her complaints were ignored and she was fired in September last year (12) with the alleged overtime still owed.
Duncan is suing Usher for wrongful termination and failure to pay wages.
The Black Swan star will join political heavyweights Valerie Jarrett and Cecilia Munoz at the America-Nevada Women Vote 2012 Summit.
Announcing her participation, Portman says, "President Obama fights for women every day, and I am proud to stand with him on behalf of women and girls across the country. The president has proven that he is a strong advocate for women and a defender of the issues that are important to women and their families, from affordable health care to fair pay and quality public education."?
The famed wedding dress creator and Arthur Becker have parted ways on good terms and remain "devoted" to their two children, Cecilia and Josephine, according to their split announcement on Wednesday (11Jul12).
In a statement to fashion website Women's Wear Daily, Wang's company president Mario Grauso writes, "Vera Wang and Arthur Becker have mutually and amicably agreed to separate. They remain devoted parents to their two daughters."
Wang, who married Becker in 1989, has made wedding dresses worn by stars including Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff and Kim Kardashian.
The Roswell star gave birth in Los Angeles on 14 June (12) to daughter Cecilia Delphine Walton, her first child with her husband, Perfect Couples actor David Walton.
The proud mum and dad tell People.com, "We're in love with her and are having a lot of fun with our new family member."
The couple married last year (11) in a romantic ceremony in Miami, Florida and announced the pregnancy in January (12).