Rank your favorite Hunger Games characters!

Thanks to the incredible people at Ranker.com, we have access to a very cool Hunger Games list! As you can see below, Katniss leads the pack (no surprise), but Haymitch is in second?? We thought for sure that would be Peeta.

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Fortunately, it’s a relatively new list, which means you can make an impact. CLICK HERE to vote and change the rankings!

A Real Life Katniss and Finnick: Baby Names Inspired by The Hunger Games

Pop culture often influences the choices parents make when naming their children, Catching Fire is making it’s influence known!  In the Catching Fire Collector’s Edition of People Magazine, we are introduced to two ADORABLE children–a Katniss and a Finnick!

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Scott and Christel Koedel of Ocean Ridge, Fla., named their first-born daughter Katniss, 2, after the heroine played by Jennifer Lawrence.

“I read The Hunger Games — and loved Katniss — early on when it was an unknown teen-lit series,” Christel, 35, tells PEOPLE. While her husband Scott, 37, didn’t read the books until his baby was six months old, he understood his wife’s choice. “Katniss is very grounded,” he says.

And like her fictional namesake, this little girl is very protective of her little sister, Kaia, 1. Christel, who’s pregnant, isn’t sure about naming her third child after another Hunger Games character but admits, “I do like Gale [who’s played by Liam Hemsworth in the films]. It’s a good strong name.”

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Trey Boggs, 26, of Bethlehem, Ga., explains why he and his wife, Kelsey, chose to name their 16-month-old son, Finnick, after the character played by Sam Claflin. “I’m a closet nerd,” he tells PEOPLE. “No one expects a cop to like The Hunger Games!”

But the name fits their “adventurous and independent” toddler perfectly. “He always wants to go explore,” Kelsey, 24, says. “He’s fearless,” adds Trey.

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Cast Appearing at Mall of America Victory Tour Stop Announced

November 5th is the date of the Minneapolis mall tour stop for the Catching Fire Victory Tour, and now we know which cast members will be making an appearance–see below to find out!

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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE National Victory Tour makes a stop in Minneapolis on November 5th. The national tour will include stops in Philadelphia, Miami and Houston as well. Cast members appearing at Mall of America will include Jena Malone (Johanna), Sam Claflin (Finnick),Meta Golding (Enobaria) and Bruno Gunn (Brutus). They will participate in special Q&As with fans, signings, and more in support of the worldwide release of the film in theatres on November 22nd. The tour, in partnership with Cover Girl, offers giveaways and exclusive access for fans. At each event, fans are encouraged to bring a canned food donation and support of our non-profit partners Feeding America and World Food Programme. By following #IgniteTheFight and visiting The Hunger Games website, fans can continue to learn moreabout way to help end hunger.

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NEW Finnick Still from Capitol Couture!

Oh, Finnick! You handsome devil! Check out this amazing new still of our beloved District 4 victor, Finnick Odair, courtesy of Capitol Couture. How much more handsome can Finnick be?! Excuse us while we go fangirl

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The fisherman knit sweater from District Four.

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Nothing speaks to clan heritage like a fisherman knit sweater. Typically passed down through generations, these rugged pieces date back to islands off the west coast of Ireland. Finnick Odair’s own Aran cardigan—comprised of over 100,000 artful stitches—is a sartorial relic from his father, who fished District 4 back when sea bass and cod were bountiful. Rumor has it the debonair Victor sees his sweater as a talisman representative of his family’s Celtic strength and pride

This looks to be the District 4 reaping scene. Be sure to pack your favorite knit wear before heading out to the sea! I know I can use a knit sweater up here in the north.

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Capitol PN Site Relaunches, Debuts New Movie Clip and Redesigned Capitol ID Cards

TheCapitolPN relaunched today and all citizens were required to identify themselves as part of the Panem Quarterly Census.  What this means is you had to register to get your new Capitol-issues identification card, which I have to say look quite nice! This event is number 7 on the #ticktock countdown on Hunger Games Explorer.

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While there are a number of cool things to look at on the new site, the coolest is probably the video clip of the Victors training! The exclusive Capitol TV clip shows Johanna, Gloss, Enobaria, Brutus, Finnick, and Katniss practicing at the training center. It’s also worth noting that this is the first clip from the film we’ve seen.  Click the image below for video!

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Don’t forget to get your new ID card!

Catching Fire Barbie Dolls Now Available for Pre-Order

Here’s a first look at the Catching Fire inspired Barbie dolls featuring Effie, Peeta, Katniss, and Finnick.  The official Barbie Twitter account shared this photo earlier today.

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What do you think?  If you want to buy your own one (or all) the Effie, Katniss, and Peeta dolls are available for pre-order at BarbieCollector.com.

Via: Mockingjay.net

EW Unveils Its Four Collectable Catching Fire Covers

The next issue of Entertainment Weekly will have not one Catching Fire cover, but four collectable covers: Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and Finnick! The issue hits shelves this Friday, October 4, 2013.

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20 New Stills From Catching Fire Available on Hunger Games Explorer

Well this was a nice surprise today! The Hunger Games Explorer site has 20 stills of characters from Catching Fire along with bios of the actors who portray them!  Not only to we get some great shots of Katniss and Peeta, but of many of the other Victors (like a smiling Mags), Caesar, President Snow, and more!

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Now that you’ve seen them all, which one(s) do you like best?! It’s hard to choose, isn’t it?

 

Sam Claflin Interview with Elle Magazine

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Sam Claflin, who will bring Finnick Odair to life, gave an interview with Elle Magazine about auditioning for Finnick, and how he transformed into  “the Finnick the fans needed me to be.”

ELLE: Hello, Sam! Let’s get to it. You’ve said in previous interviews that when you went in for your first Catching Fire audition, you didn’t know what the role was for. How could that be?

Sam Claflin: I was sent over a script and there was no title to what I was reading. It was just two scenes with a character called “Finnick” and a mini-character breakdown. I started reading the scene and saw the name Katniss, and I’d just recently seen The Hunger Games, so I thought, “OK, is this a connection?” But I didn’t know it was a trilogy. I just thought it was a one-time film. So I typed Finnick Odair” into Google an all these book and fan pages came up and I was kind of like, “whoa.” So, I just went through all of it and did as much research as I could the night before.

ELLE: And how did that first casting interview go?

SC: I thought I had a pretty good idea of who the character was, but I was pretty off. I thought he was just kind of a bad guy. And obviously he’s kind of painted in that light in the beginning, so I honed in on the fact that he was mysterious and untrustworthy as much as I could. But thank God Frances [Lawrence] was there for my recall because he directed me in a very different way than I was expecting the second time.

ELLE: How so?

SC: I think the fantastic thing that Suzanne Collins manages to achieve in these books is that every single character, no matter how big or small, goes through such an amazing journey. And as you read through them, you realize that someone like Finnick—whose image suggest he is perfection personified—is very far from that and he has a very dark past. So Frances allowed me the freedom to play with that in my scenes. Finnick is far from perfect. He has pitfalls and also this fantastic complexity. And Catching Fire is just touching the surface of where he goes.

ELLE: Let’s talk about the physical necessities to bring Finnick to life. What was your preparation like for that?

SC: Well, there was a huge initial pressure on my shoulders. Having read all the books and then doing the research and also knowing the other actors the fans hoped would get cast—my first thought when I got the role was: “Oh my god. How the hell am I going to get a six pack so quickly?!” Not to mention he’s tall, blond, tan, green eyes. And I sort of walked in with this stubbly face and very pale English skin, long brown hair, and, to be honest, out of shape. So I’m saying to myself, “this is never going to happen.” But once I was cast, the alarms went off and the trainers were brought in. There were a lot of gym workouts, a lot of stunt training and fighting, hair dying, fake tans, the whole shebang. I was a different man. I’m very happy with the results and can only hope that I achieve a semblance of that perfection that everyone is looking for.

ELLE: What did your fiancé think?

SC: She was very happy! It was like being with some sort of California surfer dude for a while.

ELLE: I was surprised to learn that you read so much of the fan reaction to your casting, because it wasn’t the most positive at first…

SC: Yeah, I think everyone was very shocked. Which I understand because it’s such an important role in the franchise.

ELLE: It just seems like a lot of actors would try to avoid that and instead concentrate on what they can bring to the role. Do you feel it helped you to know what the fans thought?

SC: It helped push me forward and motivate me to work harder. I was reading so many stories about people being unhappy that I got the role—and don’t get me wrong, I don’t sit here Googling myself 24/7—but I think part of me was eager to learn what I needed to do in order to become the Finnick the fans needed me to be. The negative comments made that easier to know what their expectations of me were.

ELLE: Have you seen any early footage of the film?

SC: Just bits and bobs so far.

ELLE: How does it look?

SC: All I can say is that people are going to be blown away. Frances has such an amazing and vivid vision that’s created a whole new depth to a world that’s already basically been created. Add to that the cast: a recent Oscar winner fronting the car; Philip Seymour Hoffman as a new member.

ELLE: A project like this will undoubtedly be career-changing. Have you taken a minute to think about what happens next?

SC: I remember when I did Pirates of the Caribbean and a producer saying to me, “you have no idea what’s about to hit the fan.” But even after a film like that, nothing changed. And I had no expectations about what could or would happen. I just tried to snow myself under with work. I can say the same for Catching Fire. I haven’t really reflected on it. If anything changes, I’ll just take it in stride. For now, I can still walk down the street and quite happily not get noticed.

ELLE: But, you must know that’s going to change.

SC: Well, I’m English. And I don’t have tan skin or blond hair or green eyes. I look nothing like Finnick now. In fact I’ve been rather blessed with roles in my career that really alter my actual look. I’ve never looked the same in any film I’ve done. So when I’m back to just Sam I blend in quite well with the normal people.

ELLE: OK, but if this time you are catapulted to full-on megastardom, is there a page from Jennifer Lawrence’s book you’d take on how to deal with it all?

SC: I’ve never really talked to her about it. But you watch someone like Jen or Josh [Hutcherson] or Woody [Harrelson] and observe how grounded they’ve stayed through it all—I kind of aspire to maintain what they’ve maintained. They haven’t changed who they are or what they believe in. I like to think that’s what will happen to me. Yeah, maybe walking down the street won’t be quite so easy anymore, but, you know, Jen is still very much Jennifer Lawrence. And I still very much want to be Sam Claflin.

Sam is such a sweet guy, and I think we are so lucky to have him as our Finnick! We couldn’t have asked for a better person for the role!

EW’s Fall Preview of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The scans from EW’s Fall movie preview of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are here! There are some spoilers of what the movie is going to be like, so read at your own risk! Click the images to enlarge and read. More thoughts after the jump.

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Thank you to our friends at Panem Propaganda for getting this out!

 

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