Adaptation #144: The Hunger Games Finale


Wrapping up this series is a true accomplishment for our hosts, having covered The Hunger Games novel on episode #6. And now they’ve made it to the final film, Mockingjay Part 2, screaming names in despair and drooling over JLaw’s performance.

Other episodes in the series:

The Hunger Games – novel and film

Catching Fire  – novel and film

Mockingjay – novel and film part 1

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Adaptation #108: Do You Hear the Districts Sing?

header108After multiple issues with the first try at recording an episode on Mockingjay Part 1, we’ve finally gotten out an episode for you to listen to and discuss with us. The hosts talk about what was cut, what was added, and how the film will transition to Part 2 in this long-awaited episode. Let us know what you thought in the comments!

Our other HG episodes: The Hunger Games (book) (movie), Catching Fire (book) (movie), and Mockingjay (book).

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For a similar discussions, check out our episodes on Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Giver, and Emma Approved.

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Mockingjay, Part 1: The trailer so amazing, it needed its own trailer!

The OFFICIAL Mockingjay: Part 1 trailer is here! I am a little baffled by the fact that they advertised for this advertisement, but because I love this series, I will disregard this blatant capitalistic ploy for now.

We get our first real glimpses of District 13 and all I can say is: holy gray. I knew about the greyness of district thirteen, but seeing it is a whole different story. You can just feel the regimented nature leaping off the screen. It is definitely going to be interesting to see Katniss in that setting.

Also, I am really excited to see that they did not just drop Effie completely out of the movies like they did the books. Show of hands, who else always wondered what the heck happened to her? I always assumed they killed her off like Cinna, but that always made me really sad. Since they down played the prep team in the films, it makes sense that they would need Effie to make a semi-prep team for Katniss in 13.

This makes me wonder if they are going to waste any time on the period that Katniss completely falls apart after they arrive in 13. It definitely was not represented in the trailer which makes me think they might leave it out. I guess it makes sense though, in order to just move the story along. I am really looking forward to seeing the scenes of Katniss out with the people in District 8. I love when she shot down a ship with an arrow in the book; it looks just as awesome in the film!

So take a look at the trailer and let me know what you guys think. What are you most looking forward to seeing? Also, please feel free to comment on the fact that we needed an advertisement for an advertisement. I really want to know everyone’s thoughts on that.

For more fun and games on the Hunger Games, check out our podcasts on Catching Fire and The Hunger Games books and movies!

Adaptation #69: The Spark Catches Fire

header069The hosts are pretty happy with Francis Lawrence’s film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, discussing the additions to the cast, the accuracy to Suzanne Collins’ novel and some of the missing pieces that will hopefully show up in the next two installments.

Our other HG episodes: The Hunger Games (book) (movie), Catching Fire (book), and Mockingjay (book) (first movie).

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For similar adaptations, check out our episodes on Ender’s Game, The Book Thief, City of Bones, Percy Jackson,  and The Host.

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Lionsgate Releases Facebook App to Track ‘Catching Fire’ Casting

And right at the top is Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee. We knew that he had been offered the role, and this confirms that he has accepted and is officially the Head Gamemaker for the 75th Hunger Games.

The app itself is definitely worth a browse. It has boxes for every tribute that they have yet to cast and clickable boxes for the characters that they already have, where you can learn about the character and the actor playing the role. What I found the most interesting is that there are two unlabeled boxes, one with a female silhouette and the other with a male.

I’ve been trying to think about who other than the tributes need to be cast for this film, and I came up with a few ideas. Spoilers, kinda (highlight to see text): There are the two runaways headed for District 13 that Katniss meets in the woods, possibly a brief glimpse of President Coin at the end, the whistling man from District 11 who gets shot and the Head Peacekeeper of District 12 who whips Gale.

Who do you think the blank boxes are for? My guess is that if they are unlabeled it’s because the name might be too spoiler-filled.

Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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Catching Fire Casting Scoop!

For those Hunger Games fans who are dying to know who is going to be playing who in the next installment, Catching Fire, well here is a little bit of a scoop for you. No, sorry, this is not a casting for Finnick Odair sadly, but Plutarch Heavensbee might just have a winner.

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the role of the new Gamemaker. Hoffman, who recently has played in Moneyball and The Ides of March, has a very interesting pedigree. The movies that I have seen him in have been as varied in theme as I can think of. I am curious to see how he will bring this multi-layered character to life.

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