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‘The Hunger Games’ Countdown: Districts Worthy Of Calling Home Sweet Home

Welcome back to The Hunger Games Countdown, Tributes! Yes, the poll has finally wrapped and after the initial race and the run-off, us Hunger Games fans aren’t the Mockingjays, rather the Tributes. Sure, Mockingjays would have been appropriate, but what first enraptures a reader is Katniss’ journey to the Capitol to become a tribute in the Hunger Games. Plus, it’s her experience as a tribute that leads to the term “Mockingjay” having such a strong significance. Non-Hunger Games readers would ultimately have to wait until the third and/or fourth films to truly understand the value of the Mockingjay whereas everyone will get a taste of what a tribute is capable of soon enough.

Now, as a Hunger Games fanatic, my love for the series often seeps into my coverage of other films, particularly ones involving Hunger Games cast members, or, in this case, ones that missed out. While chatting Terri with John C. Reilly at a roundtable interview, I asked what happened, as he was a perfect choice for the role of Haymitch. I know rumors are frequent in the industry, but was surprised when he explained, “That was a total fake story is what happened!” He added, “All of a sudden I had to field these questions about a job I wasn’t doing, didn’t get. It was like, ‘Wow, I get the worst of both worlds. I’m not in the movie and I have to answer why I’m not in it.’”

At least Nikita star Lyndsy Fonseca had a better experience just missing out on the role of Katniss. Even though the part went to Jennifer Lawrence, while talking about her recent release, The Ward, Fonseca recalled, “I literally had the most incredible experience auditioning for that because I got to go to the director’s house and Gary was just the nicest.” She continued, “I just felt very honored that I got as far as I did.” But why should her journey end there? Is it just me, or would she make for the perfect Johanna Mason in Catching Fire?

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The Hunger Games Countdown: Set Pictures, Shooting Schedule Breakdown and Potential Story Additions

For the first time in months, there is no Hunger Games casting news to report. Well, there was that item claiming that Tim Taylor snagged a part as a Gamemaker, but as Lionsgate has yet to confirm the news, we’re going to let that one be for the time being. So, for two weeks, The Hunger Games has gone without adding any new faces and, well, that’s the nature of filmmaking. Now that we’re beyond the casting stages, there’s other items pouring in, namely reports from the set.

For the past few weeks production has been hot and heavy in Shelby, North Carolina. About a month ago, the crew began invading the town, throwing up roadblocks left and right and since, we’ve been fortunate enough to catch glimpses of Panem coming to life.

Much of the Shelby filming seemed to revolve around the portions that play out in Katniss and Peeta’s home district. One of the first notable images to hit the web was of a structure labeled “District 12,” right beside some train tracks nonetheless. Sure enough, an image of a train car branded with the Capitol logo surfaced soon after, which leads me to believe the rumors are true; Shelby was the shooting location for the reaping scene after which poor Katniss and Peeta board a train to the Capitol for the Games. Also falling in line with this supposed shooting schedule is the appearance of Elizabeth Banks in full Effie Trinket attire. Unfortunately, Lionsgate requested that both the shots of Banks as Effie and the Capitol logo be tucked away for the time being, but if you were lucky enough to catch them while they were live, you know that the production is moving in the right direction – visually at least.

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