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?


Capitol Portraits by Grodansnagel

Check out these awesome photo manipulations of the Capitol Portraits!  Deviant Art artist, Grodansnagel, has done some pretty impressive things with these portraits, especially the touch of blood on the roses — how fitting is that?  Make sure you check out her Hunger Games gallery on her page where you’ll find more of her great work!





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Hayffie The Real Deal?

Some fans love to ship Haymitch and Effie (Hayffie), others are skeptical at best. Their romantic relationship was never clearly stated in the books, but as with everything in life you have to read between the lines. If you’re a regular Tumblr user, you will have come across Hayffie gifs countless times. Now it seems that Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie, has acknowledged the Hayffie fandom.

Welcome back, Phoebe! And hello there Hayffie fans. I’ve seen you all on Tumblr and now Phoebe is here as your representative with “proof” that Effie and Haymitch are a couple. Agree or disagree? Leave your comments. Xx EB


Phoebe, a guest blogger on ElizabethBanks.com, has gathered some…evidence(?) to support the existence of Hayffie.

I feel like I could just leave this gif as proof that Haymitch and Effie secretly want each other despite their snarky comments, but I’m not going to do that. Why? Because there are countless other reasons why I love them and why I think they’d make a great (great as in annoyed-with-each-other-95%-of-the-time-but-still-in-love) couple.

Haymitch and Effie have that kind of banter-y relationship that definitely makes you wonder what they’re truly thinking and feeling. These two characters have known each other and worked closely with each other for years, surely there is an undercurrent of amicableness between them. If Effie truly hated Haymitch, I doubt she would have stayed on as escort for District 12, and most of the time Haymitch’s rude comments to Effie feel half-hearted. I think that beneath it all they’re attracted to each other. Some of the looks they shared in the movie certainly seemed that way. Anyone notice how Effie was always gravitating towards Haymitch on screen? And how in the books they’re always mentioned together?

There are also quotes from the book that she uses to support her case. It’s pretty funny regardless of whether you’re a Hayffie shipper or not. Read the rest of the blog post at ElizabethBanks.com

Incidentally, Elizabeth Banks tweeted this picture earlier. Is she a Hayffie shipper??

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MTV’s Most Anticipated Scenes For ‘Catching Fire’

What scenes are you most looking forward to in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire?  In this article MTV tells us what ones they are most anticipating, but before you start reading please be aware there are spoilers!

President Snow Knows About the Kiss
The scene I can’t wait to see: the one from early in the book in which Katniss finds herself face-to-face with the evil President Snow. He alerts her to the fact that her Hunger Games performance has sparked rebellion in the Districts … and then also lets fly with the news that he’s been spying on her and Gale during their sexual tension-filled reunion back in District 12. Not because it’s a particularly important moment — the revelation that the Prez is a creepy peeping Tom is more unintentionally hilarious than anything else — but I can’t be the only one dying to see if Donald Sutherland can deliver his line (“I know about the kiss!”) with a straight face. —Kat Rosenfield, writer

Victory Tour Stop in District 11
There are so many awesome scenes in this book! I had a really tough time selecting just one to write about. However, I settled on the scene that still makes eyes well up to this day: Katniss and Peeta’s Victory Tour stop in District 11. Try to tell me you weren’t moved to tears when the entire district saluted Katniss with the District 12 gesture, and I will not believe you. I still get teary-eyed just thinking about it. And yes, there was a hint to the scene in “The Hunger Games,” but I’m hoping that Francis Lawrence includes the full-scale version in “Catching Fire.” After all, it does start to set the tone for rumblings of rebellion… —Kara Warner, senior writer

Haymitch’s Hunger Games
Haymitch Abernathy is a mean, take-no-guff-from-you-young-whippersnappers-even-if-you’re-about-to-die drunk. He’s also, under Woody Harrelson’s scene-stealing control, totally loveable and the best part of “The Hunger Games.” In that film, we hear all about Haymitch’s former exploits as a 16-year-old champ of the kill-or-be-killed tourney. But it’s hard to square that badass warrior with the blotto bozo attempting to mentor his District 12 charges. “Catching Fire” fills in the blanks, and I can’t wait. As Katniss and Peeta train for the 75th Games, they watch footage of Haymitch’s tactical wizardry on his way to victory. It’s a short scene, yet one on which the man’s entire character arc depends. Plus I wonder who will play young Haymitch. Is Aaron Paul too old? Probably. What about Jamie Campbell Bower? Or — oh, please — Woody going in for a “Benjamin Button”-style makeover. —Eric Ditzian, Movies managing editor

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Woody Harrelson – Guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Our Haymitch, Woody Harrelson, will be a guest tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He will apparently be talking about Bullet for Adolf, but knowing that filming for Catching Fire has already begun maybe there will be a question or two about it! Tune in tonight at 12:35AM ET/11:35PM C on NBC.

Haymitch joins the USA Olympic Table Tennis Team!

If you’ve ever wondered what sport Haymitch would participate in at the Olympic games, wonder no more!  It looks like he would be a champion table tennis player. If you don’t believe us check out the photographic evidence below!

Okay, so this might not be legit, but it is pretty awesome!  Thank you, Sam Cushion, for making this happen, it’s kind of the best thing ever!

Also, if you are curious about what sports the other characters from The Hunger Games trilogy would compete in,  check out the most recent episode of Hunger Games Fireside Chat, where a very fun and in depth discussion on this very topic went down!


Independence Day in Panem

Happy 4th of July America!  While Hollywood rests and gives us zero casting news on this American holiday,  the incomparable Perri Nemiroff from Movies.com  has given us a fantastic look at how Independence Day might go down in Panem, with the help of many of  the wonderful Hunger Games Fan site people!

Perri – Movies.com – Beetee

If you’ve read Catching Fire, you know there’s no one more likely to put on an electrifying fireworks display than District 3 tribute Beetee. Coming from Panem’s technology-centric district, Beetee knows a thing or two about igniting a fuse and is particularly skilled when it comes to lighting things up with only a single, very special wire. However, with the right resources, Beetee could undoubtedly come up with the proper firepower to light up the night sky in Panem with an array of colors, shapes and perhaps even a mockingjay. Now does that scream independence or what?

Adam – Hunger Games Fireside Chat – Delly Cartwright

In troubled times, every oppressed, despondent, impoverished, malnourished community needs to celebrate its holidays with some Pieter Bruegel “Peasant Dance”-like cheer! Enter Delly Cartwright, the most happy-go-lucky, not-even-my-friend-getting-reaped-is-going-to-stop-the-sun-from-shining resident of District 12 to host the festivities. She would throw an all-smiles feast at the Hob, where the dispirited citizens can share appetizer plates of squirrel scraps, a better-not-ask stew, and – just maybe – some bread crumbs. Fortunately, Haymitch saves the day with several buckets of cheap liquor, and the whole district gets wasted enough to forget their problems. And there’s Delly, grinning from the first moment to the last, fighting tyranny in the only way she can: by embracing the sweetest that life has to offer. Somewhere off in the distance, President Snow is muttering, “A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous” over a stuffed pig ordered by – well, nobody quite knows, but it’s decadent. And if he had seen the look on Katniss Everdeen’s face, the girl who personally provided half the Hob’s meat with an extraordinary day’s hunting, he would not have thanked Delly for her consideration.

Peter Bruegel’s Peasant Dance

Savanna – Hunger Games Fireside Chat – Caesar Flickerman

After renewing his spray tan and dying his hair Capitol red, Caesar Flickerman will host a televised concert in the City Circle featuring Panem’s most popular musical artists. Think “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” (with Claudius Templesmith taking on Seacrest’s role as co-host, natch). Given the Capitol’s penchant for excess, it should come as no surprise that the performances and partying will last into the wee hours of the morning. Throughout the night, “live” footage of Independence Day festivities in all the districts will be projected on giant screens in the Circle, though most of it will have been staged and pre-recorded.

Arianna – Down With The Capitol – Haymitch

Since Haymitch is all about the “celebratory beverages” for the holiday, or rather any day of the year, he will naturally have red, white, and blue alcohol drinks for the occasion. A drunken Haymitch then stumbles his way to the District 12 town square where he proceeds to set off an array of homemade fireworks. After startling a few citizens and wandering donkeys, Haymitch stumbles back home while humming the national Panem anthem.

Kait – Victor’s Village – Peeta

Peeta celebrates every year by slaving away at the bakery, decorating cakes and cupcakes with fresh strawberries and blueberries provided to him by Katniss and Gale. The day may not be his favorite, but these red, white, and blue creations sell like hotcakes! He may even get to save one for himself, if his mother isn’t looking!

Crystal – Mockingjay.net – Katniss

Not one for frivolous holiday celebrations, especially those celebrating Panem and the government she despises, Katniss simply heads out to the woods outside District 12 to think and help piece herself together in the aftermath of the Games. It’s difficult to keep her mouth shut about what she really thinks of President Snow and the Capitol on such a day, especially when the rest of District 12 is still so overjoyed in having not one, but two victors from one Hunger Games. Still, knowing that Prim enjoys a special occasion, she picks extra strawberries and some blueberries, then buys sweetened cream on the way home so they can enjoy a little fresh red, white, and blue dessert. Since they can afford butcher meat for their “special” meal for the day, Katniss simply gifts her kills to the Hawthornes.

Please check out the complete list HERE from the great folks at the various, informative and well-loved fan sites!

I’ve come for a drink

This is one of my favorite scenes from Catching Fire and one that I hope makes it into the movie!  See excerpt from the book below describing this very scene, if you have not yet read Catching Fire this may contain spoilers so consider yourself warned!

I hurry back into the night and head straight to Haymitch’s house. He’s sitting alone at the kitchen table, a half-emptied bottle of liquor in one fist, his knife in the other. Drunk as a skunk.
“Ah, there she is. All tuckered out. Finally did the maths, did you, sweetheart? Worked out you won’t be going in alone? And now you’re here to ask me… what?”
I don’t answer. The window’s wide open and the wind cuts through me just as if I were outside.
“I’ll admit, it was easier for the boy. He was here before I could snap the seal on a bottle. Begging me for another chance to go in. But what can you say?” He mimics my voice “‘Take his place, Haymitch, because all things being equal, I’d rather Peeta had a crack at the rest of his life than you?”‘
I bite my lip because once he’s said it, I’m afraid that’s what I do want. For Peeta to live, even if it means Haymitch’s death. No, I don’t. He’s dreadful, of course, but Haymitch is my family now. What did I come for? What could I possibly want here?
“I came for a drink,” I say.

Credit for this image goes to Rikakio on DeviantArt

Stay Alive

How’s this for Haymitch fan art?  Even though he’s a major character in the trilogy, it is my opinion that we do not see enough of him in the world of fan creations.

Miranda Leiggi is the artist behind this piece and I think she’s spot on with how she’s imagined him.  He certainly looks like he’s been through a lot, yet there is a kindness about him.  His Seam appearance and bottle make this depiction of Haymitch complete!

There’s A Rebuttal For That – Complaint #33

Haymitch should’ve been drunker-er-err?

Complaint #33 – Haymitch wasn’t drunk enough and was way too helpful ….That is definitely a far sway from the books.

Kait, TheFandom.Net & VictorsVillage.com– False! Haymitch was plenty drunk. He’s simply a high-functioning alcoholic, which allows him to navigate through life on a day-to-day basis in a semi-constant state of drunkenness. He’s described this way in the book as well. Though it is not seen in the books, Haymitch is the District 12 mentor and that fact that he schmoozes with Capitol citizens and strategizes the keep his tributes alive is discussed often. How else are Katniss and Peeta getting gifts and sponsors when that all goes through Haymitch? The only difference is that we actually get to see it in the movie!

Savanna, HG Fireside Chat – I went into the movie worried that Haymitch wouldn’t be drunk enough, since Woody Harrelson had implied in a couple of interviews that he’d be “playing down” the drunk aspect of the character. I was pleasantly surprised, however, at Haymitch’s level of drunkenness throughout the film. His fondness for alcohol was apparent, especially on the train. I don’t think they could have made him any drunker without also turning him into something of a caricature. Remember, this movie was also made for people who haven’t read the books, and these non-book readers need to understand that Haymitch isn’t just an oblivious lush.

Courtney, WelcomeToDistrict12.com – Way too helpful? I think as readers of the books, we can agree that in the arena Haymitch does more than just be helpful to Katniss. I would also like to draw attention to Haymitch’s best moment in the film, in which you see the pain reflected on Haymitch’s face when Katniss is in excruciating pain from the burn on her leg. I honestly did not think we would see this from Haymitch until Catching Fire at least. That is Haymitch’s true character.

Tanvi, Hunger Games Network – Haymitch was awesome! And we never see him outside of Katniss’s point of view, we don’t know how helpful he might be in his sober moments. But guess what? We do know. All the help Katniss gets was from Haymitch, and I assume he was sober enough.


To see our previous complaints, go to our Rebuttal Page

We will be posting a new complaint and our argument against it each day until all 36 complaints have been posted.  We hope that if you didn’t like the movie for any of the issues we have coming within this next month, you will continue to hear us out and at least take into consideration our reasoning/rebuttal about it. Logical comments are welcome!  All others are invalid.