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Morgan Glennon
  • Better Know A ‘Hunger Games’ District: Johanna Mason’s Home, District 7
    By: Morgan Glennon Nov 22, 2013
    Lions Gate What’s a dystopian novel without a post-apocalyptic world? Panem, with its 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 7: The Fightin’ Lumberjacks! Industry: The main industry in District 7 revolves around trees. This district provides all the lumber and paper products for the Capitol. The District is large and covered in the wooded areas residents use to chop wood and turn lumber into products used by Capitol citizens. Notable Residents: The most prominent resident of District 7 is probably Johanna Mason, a former Hunger Games victor who plays an extremely prominent role in Catching Fire. Johanna is tough, prickly, and extremely sarcastic. She and Katniss initially bump heads, although they grow closer over the course of the series. How Hungry? While they don’t live in quite as dire poverty as districts like 11 and 12, District 7 is nowhere near well-off. While the district is large, it’s also quite poor. Hunger Games Prospects: Tributes from District 7, unlike some of the other districts far from the Capitol, actually have a fighting chance in the Hunger Games. This is because many residents of District 7 grow up their whole lives with an axe in their hand. Many District 7 tributes are quite proficient with weapons and grow up throwing axes. Between their proficiency with weapons and their comfort level with forests, tributes from District 7 often have an advantage over some of the more urban districts. Which District is your favorite? Sound off in the comments! Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Better Know A ‘Hunger Games’ District: Get Your Clothes From District 8
    By: Morgan Glennon Nov 22, 2013
    Lions Gate via Everett Collection 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! Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Better Know A ‘Hunger Games’ District: Panem’s Bread Bowl, District 9
    By: Morgan Glennon Nov 21, 2013
    Lions Gate What’s a dystopian novel without a post-apocalyptic world? In Panem, life is truly tough the further you live from the fashion-conscious Capitol. 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 9: Carbs, Carbs, Carbs! Industry: District 9 is known as Panem’s “bread bowl.” This district is best known for its amber waves of grain and its production of bread that residents are probably too poor to afford. Notable Residents: District 9 is one of the districts least talked about in the books and films. None of the District 9 contestants in The Hunger Games are named, although Katniss does have a run-in with one tribute in the 74th annual Hunger Games. She and the District 9 tribute go for the same backpack, put the District 9 tribute ends up with a knife in the back courtesy of Clove. Ouch! How Hungry? Like the other far-flung districts, District 9 is not very wealthy. The district is mostly made up of farms and factories for grain processing and storage. Hunger Games Prospects: District 9 is probably one of the worst districts when it comes to prospects within the games. The tributes almost always die in the initial bloodbath on the first day. Since the district is far away from the Capitol, tributes aren’t afforded the training that career tributes enjoy. Even worse, District 9 is also more urban than some of the other outlying districts, giving them a distinct disadvantage in nature-filled arenas. Which District is your favorite? Sound off in the comments! Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Better Know A ‘Hunger Games’ District: Visit the Farmland in District 10
    By: Morgan Glennon Nov 14, 2013
    Lionsgate via Everett Collection What’s a dystopian novel without a post-apocalyptic world? The world of Panem is tough, unless you live in the fashion-conscious Capitol. 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 10: Got Milk? Industry: District 10 is known for its livestock. It provides all the beef and meat the well-fed residents of the Capitol love. Notable Residents: District 10 is one of the least developed in the books. While Katniss and Peeta travel through the district, they don’t really make any contacts there. The only named resident from District 10 is a boy named Dalton, and he plays a small but significant part in Mockingjay. He also has a tie to Finnick and Annie in the last book. How Hungry? District 10 isn’t quite as poverty stricken as Districts 11 and 12, but it’s certainly nowhere near as well-off as the districts closer to the Capitol. Since the District is mostly farmland it seems less likely they starve quite as often as Katniss and friends, but being located far away from the Capitol usually means being fairly poor. Hunger Games Prospects: Unfortunately for District 10, their tributes tend to do very poorly in The Hunger Games. The tributes from District 10 aren’t exceedingly lucky and have a tendency to die immediately during the initial bloodbath as the Games begin. Which District is your favorite? Sound off in the comments! Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Better Know A ‘Hunger Games’ District: Rue and Thresh's Farmland, District 11
    By: Morgan Glennon Nov 07, 2013
    Lionsgate What’s a dystopian novel without a post-apocalyptic world? The world of Panem is a dog-eat-dog place, but some of the Districts do a little better for themselves than others. 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 11: The Starving Farmers! Location: District 11 is located near Atlanta, where the warm climate helps the district grow food for a longer period of time. Industry: District 11 is known for agriculture. Notable Residents: The best known residents are probably Rue and Thresh, who both survived late into the Games with Katniss. Katniss befriended Rue in the Games, who reminded her of her own younger sister Prim. Rue survived by hiding amongst the trees, and taught Katniss a four-note whistle to help them communicate. Rue’s death was one of the most heartbreaking moments of the first film. How Hungry? In Panem, the further away from the Capitol you’re located, the hungrier you are. The people of District 11 might even be more miserable and poverty-stricken than District 12, although possibly less likely to die of black lung. Despite the fact District 11 is responsible for food production for much of Panem, the people of the district are often undernourished. Capitol Control: Since District 11 is in charge of food production, the Capitol doesn’t take any chances with rebellion in this District. In fact, the “peacekeepers” in District 11 are particularly brutal. In the books, Rue mentions a boy was once killed for trying to keep a pair of night vision goggles to play with. And unlike the fence in District 12, the District 11 fence is always electrified so the citizens can’t escape. Hunger Games Prospects: The tributes from District 11 usually don’t do very well in the Games. This is because they’re underfed and not particularly well-trained for battle. Some of the skills picked up from working in the District have, however, proved useful. Rue knew how to climb trees and treat trackerjacker venom because of her time in District 11. And some tributes from the district, like Thresh, are incredibly strong because of all their hard farming labor. Which District is your favorite? Sound off in the comments!  Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Casting Roundup
    By: Morgan Glennon Nov 04, 2013
    HBO The Hunger Games: Catching Fire might be about to set theaters ablaze, but the most die-hard Hunger Games fans are already looking forward to the franchise’s two-part conclusion. Thankfully, Hollywood has been helpful and the casting mill has been providing excited book fans with faces to put to the names we’ve all memorized from Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy. Obviously when discussing casting news from Mockingjay, some book spoilers will be discussed. So here’s your SPOILER WARNING in case you haven’t made it to the final page of The Hunger Games trilogy just yet. Natalie Dormer is CressidaCressida is a reality producer and director who follows Katniss around, documenting her life for the population. In the books, Cressida is described as being bald with a head tattoo. This might be a bit of a problem for the brunette Dormer, who probably needs her lovely locks to continue playing Margaery Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Julianne Moore is President Alma CoinThe biggest casting coup for the final two films. It’s never a bad sign when A-list Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore agrees to show up in your film. Moore will be playing Alma Coin, the President of the mysterious District 13, long thought to have been wiped out by the Capitol. One of the biggest new characters in the final book, she’ll be sure to have some juicy scenes with Jennifer Lawrence’s accidental rebel Katniss. Stef Dawson is Annie CrestaFinnick’s great love is former Games winner Annie, who has since gone a little nutty over time. She’ll be sitting out Catching Fire, but will show up in Mockingjay played by a relative newcomer, Australian actress Stef Dawson. Lily Rabe is Commander LymeA former winner of the Hunger Games, Lyme leads the rebellion in District 2. In the books the part isn’t very large, but casting well known American Horror Story alum Lily Rabe probably means the part is will be expanded a bit for the film version. Mahershala Ali is Boggs As President Coin’s military advisor, Boggs is tasked with looking out for Katniss’ safety. A tough-as-nails military commander, Boggs will be played by the equally stoic Mahershala Ali who had starring turns in shows like Alphas and Treme. Patina Miller is Commander PaylorA military leader in the rebellion, Commander Paylor eventually plays a large part in the action in Mockingjay. So it was smart casting to conscript Broadway mainstay Patina Miller, who knows a little something about stage presence. Elden Henson and Wes Chatham are Pollux and CastorBrothers and cameramen for Cressida, the major difference between the two is that Pollux is an Avox. The first film skipped over the concept of Avoxes: runaways captured by the Capitol who have had their tongues removed. Ouch! Evan Ross is MessallaMessalla is Cressida’s assistant, and in Mockingjay he’ll be played by Diana Ross’ son. Are you excited for Mockingjay? What do you think of the casting? Sound off in the comments! Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Why Romance Is Beside The Point In 'The Hunger Games'
    By: Morgan Glennon Nov 01, 2013
    Lionsgate When it comes to Young Adult novels, you can pretty much expect a love triangle to be in the mix. Perhaps we should all thank (or curse) Twilight for this trend, but love triangles are usually a large part of the drama in most books aimed at a younger readership. The Hunger Games is no different: you only have to take a quick peek to see the Team Peeta versus Team Gale debate raging. But reducing The Hunger Games trilogy to its rather small romantic subplot does a huge disservice to the message of Suzanne Collins’ prickly books. The books (and hopefully the films) are actually about an exploration of the effects of war and violence on society. They’re about the way we champion aggression, by showing readers an extreme version of our own bloodlust. The Hunger Games books are many things: a scatching indictment on war, a critique of reality television culture, and the story of a girl fighting to survive. What the books aren’t, however, is a romantic drama revolving around a love triangle. Katniss Everdeen is a tough-as-nails survivor, not just a heroine with two handsome boys fighting for her attentions. In the books, Katniss often puts her romantic confusion on the backburner in order to survive. Her romantic confusion serves as a reminder of just how young Katniss truly is; after all she’s just a teenager with all the raging hormones that time of life entails. Yet whether she ends up with fellow competitor Peeta or lifelong best friend Gale is completely beside the point. The message of these books isn’t about romance, it’s about the devastating impact of war and violence on everyone, from society at large to innocent children. Focusing only on the romantic subplot does a disservice to the tale Collins has lovingly crafted. It’s too soon to tell how the future films will deal with the story’s love triangle, but hopefully they don’t let the romantic tension take over. After all, at its heart The Hunger Games isn’t a romance, it’s a story about survival and rebellion. What do you think? Do you love the romance in The Hunger Games? Sound off in the comments! Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Shot Through The Heart! Katniss And Pop Culture's Coolest Archers
    By: Morgan Glennon Nov 01, 2013
    Lionsgate Pick up your bow and arrow, because archery is having a major pop culture moment. Thanks to the popularity of The Hunger Games, archers are cooler than ever before. But Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen isn’t the only pop culture hero (or heroine) reaching into a quiver. Here are the five coolest archers we love who are currently sparking an archery revolution. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)People of all ages started flocking to archery lessons after Katniss Everdeen burst onto screens in The Hunger Games. Why? Because Jennifer Lawrence made archery look really, really cool. As a competitor in the cut-throat Hunger Games, Katniss could bring one weapon along into the kill-or-be-killed reality show. Her choice was her trusty bow and arrow, perfected from years of hunting in the wilds of District 12. Hawkeye (The Avengers)Sure Iron Man might have his special suit and Thor might have his hammer, but Hawkeye still manages to be awesome with just a bow and arrow as weapons. Played by Jeremy Renner in the box office smash, Hawkeye is a force to be reckoned with even when fighting against powerful aliens with just an arrow. Green Arrow (Arrow)Speaking of Arrow, it turns out archery is a pretty popular superhero trait. As the lead of The CW’s hit superhero show Arrow, Stephen Amell plays rich boy Oliver Queen, who has a more than passing knowledge of how to notch an arrow. He uses his alter ego Green Arrow to fight crime and get revenge on the corrupt leaders of Starling City. Princess Merida (Brave)In Disney’s hit animated film Brave, Princess Merida doesn’t want to sit around and be a proper lady. Instead she would rather run around shooting arrows, and she certainly has better aim than all of the boys around her. Thanks to Merida’s bravery and talent, she manages to avoid getting betrothed to anyone she doesn’t want and saves her family from an inconvenient curse. All while having the best hair of any animated character ever. Legolas (The Lord of the Rings)The original archer, Orlando Bloom’s bow-wielding elf will return in the next Hobbit film to hit theaters. We’ve known since The Lord of the Rings trilogy that Legolas and his archery skills were cool, now he’s returning to remind us. What do you think? What other cool archers did we miss? Sound off in the comments! Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Team Peeta vs. Team Gale: Which Side Are You On?
    By: Morgan Glennon Nov 01, 2013
    Lionsgate Katniss has plenty of huge problems in The Hunger Games, the most pressing of which is survival. But between shooting arrows and trying not to die in a fireball, there’s another problem Katniss has put on the backburner: romance. In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Katniss’ romantic chickens are coming home to roost as she and fellow competitor Peeta have to pretend to be in love to avoid rocking the Capitol’s boat. But how is this going to sit with her lifelong friend and hunting partner Gale? The Team Peeta versus Team Gale debate has viciously raged throughout the internet since the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy was released. So let’s take a look at the pro-con list for each of Katniss’ suitably attractive suitors. Team Gale Pro: He’s literally a Hemsworth.Con: I know he’s the strong, silent type but he’s known her forever and he hasn’t made a move yet.Pro: He’s manly and good at hunting.Con: Can he ever really understand what Katniss went through in the games? Pro: Gets along with her family.Con: Has some anger management issues.Pro: Did I mention the Hemsworth part? Team Peeta Pro: They were both in the Games, so he understands her.Con: He’s not exactly great in a battle. His parents are bakers, after all.Pro: He can paint himself into any disguise, especially as a rock. “Where’s Peeta?” your friends will ask. “Oh he’s just over there, disguised as our wallpaper.” Con: Seriously, his power is makeup? Pro: All the free pastries you want.Con: All those pastries will be day-old. Pro: He risked his life for Katniss in the Games.Con: He’s not a Hemsworth. Which side are you on? Sound off in the comments! Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • What's Stephen King's Beef With 'The Hunger Games'?
    By: Morgan Glennon Nov 01, 2013
    Daniel Deme / WENN Uh-oh, looks like there’s an author beef a-brewing! While promoting Doctor Sleep, his new continuation of his classic novel The Shining, author Stephen King has taken several popular book series to task. Among the books in his crosshairs was The Hunger Games triology, which King dubbed derivative. “I read The Hunger Games and didn't feel an urge to go on,” King told The Guardian. “It's not unlike The Running Man, which is about a game where people are actually killed and people are watching: a satire on reality TV.” King went on to criticize other popular fiction like Twilight saying the books are “really not about vampires and werewolves. They're about how the love of a girl can turn a bad boy good." He also took a swing at Twilight’s sexier cousin Fifty Shades of Grey, calling it “mommy porn.” What’s really strange is that back in 2008 Stephen King actually reviewed the first book in The Hunger Games series for Entertainment Weekly. At the time the book series didn’t seem to remind him of his own work at all. In fact, he said he couldn’t wait to see what happened to Katniss. It seems strange King wouldn’t have thought of the similarities to his book back then. Does he only feel differently now that the books and movies are a worldwide phenomenon? It’s not as if The Hunger Games was ever breaking new storytelling ground. The books have often come under fire for their similarities to the Japanese movie Battle Royale. It would have been easy for King to take the books to task for their lack of imagination back in 2008, but his review was mostly positive. Most likely what King is trying to do is drum up publicity for Doctor Sleep with a little controversy, and it seems to be working like a charm. Still, perhaps it’s not the best idea to call a beloved book series deverirative when you want someone to buy your own sequel. What do you think? Do you agree with Stephen King? Sound off in the comments! Follow @Hollywood_com //