Official Poster for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’

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No need for anyone to make an odds/favor reference here: Lionsgate has released the first poster for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” and it will look familiar to all fans of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel trilogy. The third “Hunger Games” film is out in theaters on Nov. 21; the second half of the third [….]

New ‘Catching Fire’ Posters

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From The Huffington Post: With “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” set to debut in November, Lionsgate is ready to ramp up the anticipated sequel’s promotion. Before the cast and crew descends on San Diego for this summer’s annual Comic-Con festivities, fans can enjoy a series of new Quarter Quell posters, featuring some favorite District victors [….]

YA Books That May or May Not Be YA

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For the past fifteen years or so, Young Adult fiction has surged in both popularity and substance. Long gone are the Sweet Valley Highs and Nancy Drews of the genre. Instead, addiction, mythical, feminist heroes and unrelenting poetic voice has been ushered into the pages of novels targeted at teens. Sure, these are books intended [….]

Jeffrey Wright In 'Catching Fire': Actor Will Play Beetee In 'Hunger Games' Sequel

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From The Huffington Post: The strangely awesome cast of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” just got a little bit more strange and awesome. Lionsgate announced Friday that world-class actor Jeffrey Wright has been cast as Beetee in the second installment of the franchise. Back in July, Variety had reported that Tony Shaloub was the front-runner [….]

'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Casts Alan Ritchson as Gloss

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Alan Ritchson is joining the cast of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Lionsgate said Thursday.  The model and actor has scored the role of Gloss, a skilled swimmer and past winner of the gladiatorial games at the center of the film. He’s described as being classically beautiful, which shouldn’t be too much of a stretch [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Subversive Fiction

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Great fiction is meant to inspire. That may not, perhaps, be the agenda of the novelist at the outset of writing, but when one is discussing topics that seem out of the social norm or that demonstrates the act of subverting common convention, then inspiration is inevitable. Subverting what is accepted, what is considered safe [….]

Philip Seymour Hoffman Cast As Plutarch Heavensbee in Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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From The Huffington Post: Less than one month after being offered the chance to play Plutarch Heavensbee in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Philip Seymour Hoffman has officially accepted the role, according to a press release from Lionsgate. Insert your best hack “Hunger Games” odds/favor joke right here. Reports of Hoffman being offered the role [….]