People Magazine has a cute article in the The ‘Catching Fire’ People’s Collectors Special Edition about parents who were so inspired by the Hunger Games, they named their children Katniss and Finnick. These kids are SO adorable!
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.
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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The Catching Fire People’s Collectors Special Edition hits newsstands today and will remain on newsstands until November 29th. The special edition includes 158 amazing photos and posters plus exclusive interviews!
Highlights from PEOPLE’s Collector’s Special, Catching Fire :
MEET A REAL KATNISS: Parents Scott and Christel Koedel, who live in Ocean Ridge, Florida, named their firstborn daughter Katniss after the Catching Fire heroine. “I read The Hunger Games – and loved Katniss – early on when it was an unknown teen-lit series,” Christel, 35, tells PEOPLE. (Her husband, Scott, 37, knew nothing about the District 12 characters.) “I didn’t read the books until our daughter was 6 months old, but I knew why Christel chose the name; Katniss is very grounded,” says Scott, who works in business restructuring. What qualities does their little heroine share with the literary one? “She’s very protective of her younger sister, (Kaia, 1)” says Christel. Still, jokes Scott, “our Katniss is far more expressive of her emotions – but maybe Katniss Everdeen wasn’t so stoic at age 2 years old either!” Currently pregnant with baby No. 3, Christel’s unsure about using another Games name but admits, “I do like Gale. It’s a good strong name.”
MEET A REAL FINNICK: Couple Kelsey and Trey Boggs of Bethlehem, Georgia named their “adventurous and independent” 16-month-old son Finnick after the hunky boy from District 4. They scoured baby books for Irish names and found one that matched a character from their favorite book series. “I’m a closet nerd,” Trey, 26, who works in law enforcement, tells PEOPLE. “No one expects a cop to likeThe Hunger Games!” Turns out the name fit their baby perfectly. “He always wants to go explore,” says Kelsey, 24, a wedding director. “He’s fearless,” adds Trey. “He jumps right into the lake and never looks back.” And just like his counterpart, baby Finn is flirty. Says Trey: “He’ll play shy for two seconds, but as soon as he reels you in, he’s blowing kisses.”
PEETA MELLARK & GALE HAWTHORNE: Josh Hutcherson, 20, dishes about getting in shape for the arena and romancingJennifer Lawrence on screen. Josh says he would offset long hours in the gym with the occasional pizza or cheeseburger. “I wasn’t quite doing the Hugh Jackman diet,” he jokes. Plus, how Liam Hemsworth, 23, is trying to navigate Hollywood, lower his public profile, and block out all the gossip.
FINNICK ODAIR: Meet Sam Claflin, 27, the sexiest new member of the Catching Fire team. “Getting paid to get in shape and make my wife happy? I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity,” Claflin tells PEOPLE
GOOD & EVIL: Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland talk to PEOPLE about their iconic roles. “We’re like family,” Kravitz says, referring to Jennifer Lawrence. “She’s so close with my daughter Zoe…and I love her as a person.”
GET KATNISS’ LOOK & PRIM’S BRAID: How to get Katniss’ low-key style, plus tips from a celebrity hair stylist.read more
This is so awesome! Yahoo! Movies is giving one lucky fan the opportunity to get on the red carpet of Catching Fire to take photos for them! All you have to is take an Instagram selfie and hashtag it with #CatchingFireSelfie.
What if we told you that not only could you win a trip to the LA premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” but you can also get on the red carpet with the film’s stars — all because you took a really sweet selfie?
This isn’t some Capitol mind game: we’ve teamed up with Lionsgate to bring one lucky fan to LA to take pictures for us on the red carpet. That’s right, you’ll be on the scene with Katniss Jennifer Lawrence herself. And all you have to do to enter is take an Instagram selfie, tag it with #CatchingFireSelfie, follow Yahoo Movies, and let your fan flag fly free.
This contest ends November 7th. For full details head on over to Yahoo! Movies.read more
Yahoo! wants your questions for Jennifer Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence for a live Tumblr Q&A that will happen on Global Fan Day, November 6th. Submit your questions on Tumblr with the hashtag #YahooCatchingFire!read more
Woohoo! Yahoo will be live streaming the Catching Fire premiere in LA on November 18th! In addition to this information, on November 6th for Global Fan Day, Francis Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence will participate in a Tumblr Q&A. Check out the press release and details below:
YAHOO TO LIVE STREAM “THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE” RED CARPET LOS ANGELES PREMIERE ON NOVEMBER 18
PLUS, JENNIFER LAWRENCE AND DIRECTOR FRANCIS LAWRENCE TO PARTICIPATE IN “TUMBLR ASK” Q&A WITH FANS WORLDWIDE ON NOVEMBER 6
Citizens get ready! This November, Yahoo will bring you exclusive, behind-the-scene access to “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” with a fan Q&A with Jennifer Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence, and later in the month, a live stream of the highly-anticipated movie’s Los Angeles red carpet premiere.
Jennifer Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence will answer fan-submitted questions on behalf of the highly anticipated film during the live Q&A on November 6. Fans can start submitting their questions now via Tumblr at http://yahooentertainment.
On November 18th, Yahoo will live stream the red carpet of the Los Angeles premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” starting at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Viewers will be able to watch the film’s stars arrive, see their fashion choices and listen in on interviews with the cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Elizabeth Banks to name a few.
We’re also looking for one lucky fan to be our special correspondent during the premiere. Show us your skills and you could find yourself on the red carpet with your favorite stars covering the event of the year. Get your camera ready and enter here!/and follow @Yahoo_Movies on Instagram for all the details!
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Los Angeles Red Carpet Live Stream:
WHEN: Monday, November 18 @ 9pm ET/6pm PT
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Natalie Dormer (Cressida) told CBS New York about how Mockingjay is a departure from her other roles. You can hear her talking about Mockingjay around the 2:15 mark.
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Josh Hutcherson’s Facebook posted some very exciting news today! Josh is appearing on SNL on November 23rd. I have a feeling he is going to do soooo well on this show!
Ok, here’s some fun news that we’ve been waiting to share!
SNL HEATS UP NOVEMBER…..
On November 23, Josh Hutcherson makes his SNL hosting debut. Hutcherson stars in the second installment of “The Hunger Games” series, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” due in theaters on November 22.
HAIM comes to Studio 8H for their first time as musical guest. The band will embark on a European tour with Phoenix beginning November 14 in support of their album, “Days Are Gone.”
Who is going to tune in? I know the staff of DWTC definitely will be!read more
Oh dang! Catching Fire is currently looking to open between 140-150 Million for opening weekend. It could possibly beat New Moon’s record of 142.8 million! You know what this means guys. Go support Catching Fire and watch it 2, 3, even 15 times on opening weekend! Ok maybe not 15 times, but if you’re a super fan like that, way to go you!
The 2nd installment of The Hunger Games film trilogy based on American writer Suzanne Collins’ bestselling books came on tracking this morning. Lionsgate’s Catching Fire three weeks out is currently looking to open with $140M to $150M in weekend gross. That could beat the recordholder for November, The Twilight Saga: New Moon at $142.8M three weeks out Catching Fire has 11% unaided awareness, the same as New Moon. However, Catching Fire‘s first choice at 27% is 10 points ahead of where New Moon was three weeks out/ “Which we hope suggests upside in a crowded November marketplace withThor and Frozen,” an insider tells me.
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Variety has given us some pretty cool interviews in the past couple of days including one with a blurb from Suzanne Collins and another with a Variety (no pun intended) of people including Francis Lawrence, Nina Jacobson, and Jennifer Lawrence. In addition to these articles, Variety has posted some exclusive Catching Fire cast photos! Check them out below!
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In addition to the Suzanne Collins/Tim Palen article from Variety, we have another (very long) article from Variety that talks whether Catching Fire can do much better than The Hunger Games. Our answer: YES.
Check out some of the highlights below. The article is lonnnng, but its a very good read, so check it out at Variety.
Highlights from Jennifer Lawrence:
“She really is the reluctant hero,” Lawrence says of her character. “She’s brave, but she’s also scared, and she knows that things may wind up being far worse.”
“She’s not a diva — she’s the anti-diva,” she says of Lawrence. “One of my favorite moments is where she has the wedding dress on for the interview (scene) in ‘Catching Fire.’ It’s a big cumbersome dress, and she fell down, so we played that over and over on the monitors. There’s such a lack of pretense with Jen; she’s more than happy to laugh at herself.”
Highlights from Director Francis Lawrence:
“Jen inherited me as a director, and was great about it,” he recalls. “I called her when she was in Prague, and gave her my pitch, and I was stunned at how easy that part of it was. She’s the most consistent person on the set.”
Highlights from producer Nina Jacobson:
“I teared up,” Jacobson recalls. “We had a lot of wonderful actresses at the audition, but it was game over at that point.” (about Jennifer’s Hunger Games audition)
“We knew that we had to cast someone who wasn’t already strongly identified with another role,” she notes. “ ‘Winter’s Bone’ was an incredible audition. We wanted someone who was nurturing, with a sort of feminine ferocity.”