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‘The Hunger Games’ Countdown: The Finnick Frenzy and Fandom’s ‘Hunger Games’ Awards

In Hunger Games: Catching Fire news, the District 4 victor, Finnick Odair, is certainly in the spotlight. As expected, now that we’re inching closer to shoot time, casting is underway and as one of the sequel’s most prominent new roles, not to mention a fan favorite, Finnick news and rumors are cropping up all over the place. However, rather than force you to run through blocks of text, check out this handy graphic detailing the Finnick frenzy thus far.

Now the big question is, what can we take from all of this? While I’d like to bet every single one of the actors mentioned above is in consideration for the role, being “in consideration” can mean a lot of things from perhaps being director Francis Lawrence’s top choice to merely having your name mentioned during a meeting. However, we did go through a very similar process with Katniss, Peeta, Gale and more last year and, in the end, all of the roles did come down to a name prominent during rumor time. Should Garrett Hedlund, Armie Hammer or one of the others snag the role fairly soon, despite what producer Nina Jacobson told theLA Times, I wouldn’t be surprised, but I’m still pulling for Hammer.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Countdown: Bringing You Up To Capitol Consciousness

A Little Mockingjay Told Me: Welcome!

Apparently I’m not the only one who can’t get enough of this series, so in honor of the craze that is The Hunger Games book-to-film adaptation, we’re dedicating an entire column to the event, brought to you by yours truly. Welcome to The Hunger Games Countdown!

Every other week (till we get closer to release) we’ll deliver the latest in Hunger Games news, an introspective look at how particular scenes could potentially come to life on the big screen, a taste of what’s happening throughout the realm of Hunger Games fan websites and much more. To kick-start the series, we’re going to take a look back at the history of the big-screen adaptation from the very first announcement proclaiming that The Hunger Games movie was on the way.

But first, for those of you who have yet to read the book (and I maintain there’s no excuse for that), here are The Hunger Games basics …

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Should ‘The Hunger Games’ Be PG-13 Or R? Director Gary Ross Weighs In

Back in October it was revealed that ‘The Hunger Games’ film adaptation was going to be stamped not with an R, but a PG-13 rating — and outrage ensued. Yes, Suzanne Collins’ entire series is for young adults, but for anyone who’s read the books – young or old – you know that the kids of Panem don’t play nice; they’re fighting for their lives.

After posting the news here on Cinematical, we got tons of angry responses, one of which going as far as to say, “This book is not appropriate for twelve year olds, but unfortunately, too many parents lack the spine to say so,” and another posting, “This book is nothing without its brutality. Unless the slaughter of those ten innocent kids is shown in the movie, the audience won’t understand why a revolution is needed.” However, we also got quite a few readers defending the PG-13 ruling: “The books are already PG-13. They’re totally innocuous and lacking in much action and certainly any adult themes. The books seem tailored to a PG-13.” Another pointed out, “I grew up on G movies that killed more horribly.”

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On the Red Carpet for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

It was an average day on the red carpet. While waiting for the talent to make their way down the press line, I watched cameras flash and reviewed my notes. Soon enough it was my turn and the actors stood before me eager to answer my questions. They were poised, proficient and thrilled to talk about their movie. They were 11-year-old Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Anyone who has children or has watched over a little one while his or her parents are occupied knows, at times, it’s not an easy task. But Gordon and Capron aren’t children; they’re young professionals. Gordon stars a Greg Heffley, a middle school student who avidly writes in his ‘journal, not a diary.’ He’s not the most popular kid in school and is on the slender side making him a prime target for bullies. He may play the wimpy kid in the movie, but Gordon assured me, he’s not really a wimp, “I’m small and thin, but I have no other characteristics.”

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