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Posted on 10:53 am,
June 24, 2012

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As we recorded this latest episode of Hunger Games Chat and fan casted Johanna, coincidentally the first reliable report about actresses being considered surfaced.

This latest ep discusses the latest news, delves more into the summer reading debate, and we ponder who could play Johanna in Catching Fire.

- MuggleCast and Imprint co-host Andrea joins the panel with Selina and Andrew!
- UK fans are getting to see scenes in The Hunger Games that they previously hadn’t.
- Catching Fire will be released in IMAX, and Francis Lawrence will use special cameras for it.
- Lionsgate wants Phillip Seymour Hoffman for Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire – a good choice?
- Who should play Johanna in Catching Fire? We examine her look and personality then make our picks.
- Hypable followers chime in with their ideas as well.
- Listeners respond to our summer reading discussion.
- As we’re about to wrap up, news breaks of two actresses being considered for Johanna.

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This episode's hosts: Andrew Sims, Selina Wilken, Andrea Salazar

  • teal_sunset

    Woo hoo, Andrea. I’ve missed her!

  • akacj18

    oh my gosh selina, excellent reference to game boys! very accurate!

    this episode should have been called “Casting ‘The Look’” cause ya’ll used that phrase a HELLA lot. lol.

  • Tucker

    Love you Selina, I want Anna Kendrick as Johanna! She’s from my hometown of Portland, Maine.

  • katie

    Andrew Sims–yes, excellent comment on my comment. You think HG could be a portal for kids to become interested in higher level literature–actually, I agree with you. My freshman year, maybe three or four of my twenty-person class actually read the assigned 1984. It was disheartening. Perhaps an introduction through HG would have aided the class. However, I and other more advanced students would likely have been frustrated if HG completely replaced 1984. As a comparison companion or an introductory text, HG has a place in the classroom. As a replacement, no.

    (and thanks for reading my comment. :) I wish Richard had been there.)

  • Stephanie M.

    I’d be interested in seeing Eliza Dushku as Johanna http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0244630/ 

    She’s played vulnerable and bad-a** in the past, and has done amazing. She’s also a little older than Johanna, so she would be great playing opposite of Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutchinson, who are also older than the characters they play. 

    • akacj18

      at first i thought she was a teensy weensy bit too old but then IMDBed her and she’s only 32 so that shows me.

      that is actually a fantastic casting!! and out of most of the women named in this debate, she’s probably the one i could best see pulling off short spiky hair. and she IS a total bad @$$ DUH.

  • Iloveswimming101

    I really would like Katie McGrath to play Johanna. She plays Morgana as Merlin. She is defintely bad-ass and everyone under estimates her (Johanna’s first game she pretends she is weak and then ends up taking everyone down) I believe she has the looks and the acting ability and would really like her to play Johanna

    • sarah:)

      great input on the situation kaitlin ummmm…. i mean i love swimming101 :)

  • Gabsisglad

    I think Zoe Isabella Kravitz would be a good choice to play Johanna. Although, it would be a little strange having two Kravitzs in the movie.

    • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

      lol yeah, especially since she looks similar enough to her father for people to be like “whaaaaa? why’s that girl look like Cinna???”

  • Laura Jones

    lol, yes Selena there are IMAX screens in the UK. I live in the capital of Scotland and we have one. Glasgow also has one, there are 5 in London, 1 in Wales, and 10 others in England :P

  • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

    I work at my local theatre as a projectionist, so I can maybe clear up some of the technical aspects to IMAX.

    Back when movies were on film, they were shot using 35mm cameras. IMAX technology was then invented, using 70mm film. As you can see, each frame of IMAX film was twice as big as regular film, so the picture quality was higher and more detailed. This is why IMAX screens are bigger than regular screens.

    Nowadays, with everything being digital, you can project any film onto an IMAX screen. What happens when you project a regular film onto an IMAX screen is that the picture gets stretched to fit. Since it’s stretched equally in all directions, you can’t tell. But essentially, the picture quality is not much better. You’re just paying to see it on a giant screen.

    In order for a movie to be a true IMAX movie, it needs to be filmed with special IMAX cameras. Many studios opt not to do this, as it is more expensive to use an IMAX camera, opting rather to just digitally post-convert the picture to IMAX in post-production [much like how most 3D is made nowadays].

    Christopher Nolan is a big advocate of IMAX technology, truly understanding the art and science that goes behind it. As such, he filmed The Dark Knight Rises using traditional 70mm IMAX cameras. Because of that, many of today’s IMAX theatres won’t actually be able to play TDKR in IMAX, because they use digital projectors and the movie isn’t being made in digital. Although my theatre has “upgraded” to digital projectors, we kept our 70mm IMAX film projector so that we can play TDKR properly this summer.

    A recent example of a movie using IMAX cameras would’ve been Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The scene where Cruise is scaling the building in India was filmed using IMAX cameras. You can see in the IMAX theatre the transition, because when that scene came on, the picture quality got brighter, clearer and the screen opened up slightly.

  • Lauren Z

    Ah of course this was recorded before all the casting rumors! First Mia Wasikowsa and Zoe Aggeliki,then that was denied and now Jena Malone! My Johanna will always be Bryce Dallas Howard though. I think she can play vicious and cunning and sexy but could then play damaged for Mockingjay.  Plus, she is in her late 20s I think, and therefore looks more mature than early twenties Jennifer Lawrence. It would help distinguish her as an adult competing versus a child.

  • PotterJayKay

    SIGOURNEY WEAVER FOR PRESIDENT COIN 2015!!!!!

    And I am all for Garrett Hedlund for Finnick and Mila Kunis for Johanna. And I always thought Johanna was pronounced like Jo-han(like han solo)-na…hmmm I guess I was   wrong!

    • http://www.myveryownhappyending.blogspot.com/ Kate Sparkles

      It IS supposed to be pronounced Jo-Hannah.. well at least the two girls I know named Johanna pronounce their name that way.. and that’s how Selina pronounced it! 

  • http://www.myveryownhappyending.blogspot.com/ Kate Sparkles

    Just had to comment about Tammin Sursok and Home and Away.. this is why you need your UK friends in the chat.. they’d have known it’s an Australian soap opera that’s been running for 24 years and where Chris Hemsworth started out ( and Heath Ledger,  Isla Fisher, Melissa George, Chris Egan, Sharni Vinson), it’s kind of a big deal here and very well known in the UK.. I just thought it was funny you didn’t know what it was and were like ‘oh but it’s ten years old’ nope, just ten years since she’s been on it ( which makes me feel SO old) I realise this is pretty irrelevant to HG just wanted to put it out there:)

    Oh and my pick for Johanna is definitely Naya, just because she wants it and we know she can be fierce. I know the latest rumour is Jena Malone but I just can’t see it at all. Doesn’t look right and I’ve never seen her acting that fiery in anything!

    • http://hypable.com Selina

       I used to watch Home and Away… but mainly to sing along to the theme tune, I was like 10 ;)

  • Gabi

    I agree with Andrew!!!!

  • Gabi

    Also I’m in middle school and Hunger Games was on a list of books you could read and most of my class has read it. In my school it’s almost impossible to find a kid that hasn’t read it.  

    • Guest3

      It was on our school reading list too. I think the point was to encourage students to keep reading over the summer. Especially because once you read the first, its almost impossible not to read the other two. 

  • Karen

    I am a high school social studies teacher who feels that the Hunger Games is a great way to teach social dynamics in the classroom. I got into the series because it was one book that I actually had to tell my students to put away during classroom activities. This is when I figured that this may be a series worth checking out as my students begged me to read it. Needless to say I loved it but I also realized that the themes of revolution were easy to predict with the struggles of the districts, later Katniss needing to become the the Mockingjay, etc. Collins couldn’t have just simply written this tale only for the sake of writing a good story because she follows historical trends almost perfectly. This story helped me have discussions with my students allowing them to make comparisons to events such as the French and Russian Revolutions, totalitarianism, class divisions, natural resources, etc. The Hunger Games helped me as an educator confirm that my students understood these concepts not to mention we had fun at the same time! I agree that it is not a challenging read but it certainly leads to discussion and higher-level thinking.

    On a personal note, I am 25 years old and grew up with Harry Potter. I was so happy to see myself get excited about a series the same way I did back then. Love the Hunger Games!

  • Nikki Rhodes30
  • http://clayton11ify.webs.com/ clayton10ify

    I would like to say that many young adults may not pick up the themes in The Hunger Games. For example, a girl in my grade wanted to have a fake hunger games in an orchard, where we use fake weapons and when you die you have to go home. I thought that this was a stupid idea and obviously she doesn’t get that the world is supposed to be preventing things like the Hunger Games happening, not influencing them. The whole point of the book, is to show how America can easily become Panem. And what readers are supposed to take away, is that we want to prevent that. Therefore I think that even some young adults are not mature enough to handle the complex themes and messages in The Hunger Games. Like Andrew said in episode 12, some people can’t handle the tension of what happens in the story. Love the podcast. Ciaran Hinds for Finnick, Betty White for Mags!

  • Brandon Griffo

    To be honest everyone will always have a different opinion on who they want to play. In turn not everyone will be satisfied with a casting, but in the nicest way, they’ll have to live with it. Also, with the whole Hunger Games school reading issue, I believe that kids HAVE to read, to expand their imaginations outside their classroom. I believe with Selina that school should have the fun aspect to it, but should have the learning concept that Richard said in episode 17. The Hunger Games does have that teenage reading level to it, but can always be enjoyed by any age level. Lastly, pointing to episode 17, the Kieran Hines casting for Finnick was hilarious as well as Lindsay Lohan as Finnick. This is a brilliant podcast and love the discussions and the members, shout out to Selina, Richard, and Andrew! Sorry for the long post.

  • Catherine Goodyer

    http://www.darlinggirlcosmetics.com/category_51/Only-One-Can-Win.htm

    On a completely different matter there is amazing creativity coming from Hunger Games fans out there. Above I have linked to a lovely make up company called Darling Girl cosmetics. They have a Hunger Games collection. It is so cool. (Maybe not for the boys on the podcast!) Each shade has a description of where the inspiration has come from. X

  • NorthWalesWrexham

    A few episodes back you guys talked about foxface killing herself off with the Nightlock. She took the buries off Peeta and the theory you discussed I think was that she no longer wanted to carry on but I was just thinking maybe that she did know the effects of Nightlock but chose to take them to save Peeta. What do you think? 

    • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

      This is a really interesting idea! Although, I feel like foxface really never connected with any contestant, and because she never showed a passion for the others before her nightlock incident, I don’t think she would take her life to save Peeta. I think if it had been Rue or Katniss eating the berries for Peeta, it would make more sense. I just think foxface tried to stay her distance with other tributes almost as a way to not feel regret and sadness if she won. Does that make sense?

      I love that theories are being discussed on the show now! I got really into this one with my boyfriend, who loved the movie and found it odd that they had her identifying plants as well. But we in the end figured it was just a really odd way to foreshadow her death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elly.jackson3 Elly Jackson

    Hey guys, I was watching the miniseries Pillars of the Earth the other day, and found my pick for Finnick. Eddie Redmayne is incredibly close to how I pictured Finnick, and I believe he’d be a great choice. What do you think? 

    http://freeimagesarchive.com/data/media/248/eddie+redmayne+born+1982.jpg

  • http://www.facebook.com/elly.jackson3 Elly Jackson

    And how about Phoebe Tonkin for Johanna? She has starred in Tomorrow When the War Began and the Secret Circle.

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    Has anyone suggested Natalia Tena? I love her as Tonks, and this is also an example that she can play the rough girl with short hair! She is also in Game of Thrones too and plays Osha :) She would just be so perfect I think! Sadly, she’s probably not even on Lionsgate’s radar.

  • KatnissLovegood

    Will Richard be back for the next episode? I hope so! I missed him in #18!

  • luvs_2_b_a_muggle

    All this talk about Catching Fire has got me wondering about Katniss’ experiences in the Quarter Quell. What if Katniss and Peeta’s first time in the Games was in the Quarter Quell? Would they have been smart enough to figure the arena out without the help of Wiress and Beetee? What about making the alliances? I don’t think that Katniss would have made it as far because she didn’t want to depend on any one else for help. I’ve been wondering about this for a while and would love to hear your inputs. 

  • Puff Travis

    Selina brought up Kendrick from Twilight for Johanna but I believe the best candidate from the Twilight films would be Nikki Reed the girl who plays Rosalie. She has the cold attitude and looks mastered. Also I miss book discussions. Catching fire is a long way from being in theatres and there is only so much to talk about. I miss the Podcast. lets fill some empty space with book and character discussions. Please!?

  • Heatkarma

    next a new podcast now!

  • Kristen

    when are we getting a new episode with all this casting news i realy went to hear what you all think. I am loving them so far never thought the psf would be in the hunger games but love it

  • Greenelphiexoxo

    To add to The Hunger Games/ Battle Royale comparisons…

    I think people fail to realize an incredibly vital difference between the two:The Hunger Games: Is focused on an oppressed, totalitarian government and the uprising of the peopleBattle Royale: Is focused on the effect the most dire situation can change a person.Specific violent content is not as important in The Hunger Games as it is in Battle Royale because the corrupt government is the main focus of the story, not exactly the psychology of each character in peril. You get to learn more about each character in Battle Royale because that is part of what contributes to giving the overall message of the story. In The Hunger Games, it is only from Katniss’ point of view and it is not about each person’s story, but about the situation with the society and the government’s evil manipulation.You must also realize the intent of the authors who have created each book. The Hunger Games is a story that spans three books while Battle Royale is intended only as a stand-alone book. Because of this, it is not fair to compare only The Hunger Games (just the first book) to Battle Royale because it is not the full story. I have read both books and watched The Hunger Games movie (I have yet to see the Battle Royale movie). They are both GREAT stories, but I don’t think one is necessarily better than the other. It really depends on what you prefer thematically. 

    • Greenelphiexoxo

      Sorry for some of the awkward spacing.. I copied and pasted this with spacing and everything and it somehow disintegrated when I post it here.

      • Greenelphiexoxo

        *Fixed version of post* (so it’s easier to read)
        To add to The Hunger Games/ Battle Royale comparisons…
        I think people fail to realize an incredibly vital difference between the two:
        The Hunger Games: Is focused on an oppressed, totalitarian government and the uprising of the people
        Battle Royale: Is focused on the effect the most dire situation can change a person.
        Specific violent content is not as important in The Hunger Games as it is in Battle Royale because the corrupt government is the main focus of the story, not exactly the psychology of each character in peril. You get to learn more about each character in Battle Royale because that is part of what contributes to giving the overall message of the story. In The Hunger Games, it is only from Katniss’ point of view and it is not about each person’s story, but about the situation with the society and the government’s evil manipulation.
        You must also realize the intent of the authors who have created each book. The Hunger Games is a story that spans three books while Battle Royale is intended only as a stand-alone book. Because of this, it is not fair to compare only The Hunger Games (just the first book) to Battle Royale because it is not the full story. 
        I have read both books and watched The Hunger Games movie (I have yet to see the Battle Royale movie). They are both GREAT stories, but I don’t think one is necessarily better than the other. It really depends on what you prefer thematically.