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July 27, 2012

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The latest episode of our Hunger Games podcast has arrived! Join us as we discuss the first four Catching Fire casting reveals, our first look at the official map of Panem, and more!

– Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, and Jena Malone have been officially cast. What do we think of the choices?
– It looks like Sam Claflin will have the role of Finnick – a good choice?
– The Hunger Games’ Facebook game reveals our first official look at the Panem map. What does it tell us?
– Scholastic unveils the latest sales numbers for the trilogy, and they are impressive.
– Lionsgate has set the release date for Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2.
– What do we think of their now official decision to turn the book into two parts?
– The studio is seeking a new direct to take on the final films. Could Gary Ross come back? Richard wants Joss Whedon.
– Fan Casting: Mags and Beetee.
– Listener Comments include a question about the Quarter Quell and reading the books in school.
– A teacher provides input on the idea of these books being read by children.

This episode's hosts: Andrew Sims, Richard Reid, Andrea Salazar

  • Thegarbar13

    I love how the Audible commercial is from mugglecast… and it says mugglecast in it <3

    • Dtigers30

      Lol I totally noticed that too. Haha, wonder if Andrew noticed that!

  • VoldyBored

    Wohoo, another new episode! I know I’m not the only one who can recite the Audible commercial after listening to them every episode. :P

  • d3erudite

    Richard , your reaction to a 50 shades trilogy was hilarious. Ps. Wherefore art thou’ Selina?

  • Heatkarma

    with all the news out, that was a really short podcast still love it 

  • nicole

    I love how honest you are Richard :D you always say what’s on my mind :)

  • Luke

    I truly will never understand Richard. Just when I thought I had him figured out, he tells us Sucker Punch is a great film.

  • PotterJayKay

    Every time Richard opens his mouth I want to rip my ear drums out. 

  • kmbclassact

    Oh my gosh I am so excited to hear that Tony Shaloub might play Beetee! He is one of my absolute favorite actors and can play such a variety of characters. Love the show, keep up the good work. 

  • Gary65

    Richard, how small did you think Panem was? It takes nearly a day to get to the Capitol from 12 by high-speed train. It was bound to be big.

    Also, I think it’s a sad day when you’ve heard of Lindsay Lohan but have never heard of Philip Seymour-Hoffman, an actor who has won an Academy Award for best actor and been nominated for 2 more for best Supporting Actor, not to mention 3 Tony Award Nominations. He has had an incredibly successful career over the last 21 years and is , without doubt, the most accomplished actor to join Hunger Games to date. BEST CASTING EVER!!!!!

    • CCMASTER_01

      how about Donald Sutherland? I think he’s a pretty great actor too.

      • Gary65

        A great actor to be sure but def not as big as PSH.

    • Mrs_Badcrumble

      Well said!!!

      I think they are taking the same road as the Harry Potter casting – reasonably unknown actors for the young cast, and great actors for the older cast, in order to give depth and credibility to the movies. And Philip Seymour-Hoffman is definitely one of the big names of Hollywood with a great career behind him.

  • Jacob

    My cast for Beetee would have to be Clint Eastwood.

  • Nerdfighter007

    If anyone can make anything out of the craziness that is Mockingjay, it’s Joss Whedon.  It’s right up his alley: dark, intriguing, and he gets to kill off beloved favorites.  His favorite thing to do! 

  • lzhpke13

    I would say Philip Seymour Hoffman is at least on par with Donald Sutherland and Woody Harrelson, if not a bigger actor- he was just on Broadway as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and was nominated for a Tony, and won a Best Actor Oscar for Capote (2005 film, 2006 Oscar). He was in Doubt (Oscar nomination), The Ides of March, The Big Lebowski, Charlie Wilson’s War (Oscar nomination), Moneyball, Almost Famous, Mission Impossible III, Cold Mountain, Patch Adams, Twister, etc, the list just goes on and on. Actually, I think as of now he’s the only Hunger Games actor that has actually won an Oscar. A bunch have been nominated, but I think so far he’s the only winner.

  • Jack F

    Great episode :) Just wanted to know your thoughts on trusting this Map of Panem when it came from Lionsgate. Can we call it “official”? Do you think Suzanne Collins had input? I wanted to get an official map from the actual books and not the movie, I hope this isn’t going to be a recurring pattern with other information from the book. I’d like just a little more separation from the books and movies. Anyway thanks guys! Keep up the great podcast! :)

  • Katie

    Where is Selina!?!

  • Martrel Howard

    Richard gets on my nerves he is always so negative about everything.  Also my issue with the Hypable podcasts as a whole there doesn’t seem to be enough research on the topic you talk about.  You go into a show knowing what topics you’re going over so why not do a more indepth research on the facts so there aren’t a lot of “uh” “idk” “silence””misinformation”

    • Mrs_Badcrumble

      I must say I totally agree with you. I really appreciate the fact that they take their time to do this, but sometimes I feel there are simple matters that should be mildly researched or prepared before the show. There are things that are quite basic inside the fandom, and if you take on the role of creating something like these podcasts, you must know what you’re covering with some depth.

      And yes, Richard seems to say negative things just for the sake of being different, or trying to be funny… I really don’t get the point of most of it. That crap about Lindsey Lohan and Ciaran Hinds is getting really old, really quickly…

  • Cassie Drake


    The only thing that sucked about it was its rating. If Zack Snyder had been able to make the movie rated R like he wanted, it would’ve been SO MUCH BETTER. That movie had the potential to be the most amazing thing ever.

    I think Mockingjay was the worst book because it felt rushed and like Suzanne Collins just wanted to get it over with so that the publishers would get off her back. They were pushing her to make it into two books and she was like, “No, this was always meant to be a trilogy” and I think just the constant pressure from them made her give up in a way.

    That being said, I think the movie(s) have the potential to be AMAZING because so much was left out of the book. Instead of us nitpicking over the movie being like “They changed this part!” and “I can’t believe they cut so-and-so and such-and-such!!!”, we’ll be amazed by how much is EXPANDED on in the movies. We’ll be able to see what Gale is up to when Katniss is being all traumatized and useless around District 13.

    Assuming they expand on the stuff that Katniss missed out on [either due to emotional trauma or being unconcious], what are you most looking forward to seeing and learning more about?

  • Maya

    I feel like splitting Mockingjay could potentially work. I mean, you guys were saying, and I also think, that Mockingjay was rushed (esp. the ending). Well, with two movies, they’ll have time to draw out the major events and the storyline as a whole; maybe even give it that more satisfying ending I was hoping for. 

  • PeytonRaleigh

    I love this podcast, I listen to it every month. What I wonder in Catching Fire how Johanna Mason will be pulled off. She has such a bold personality that I think only she can express. Not that I don’t have confedence in Amanda Plummer. By the way Andrew is very awesome too!


    Do you guys think Danny Elfman will score Catching Fire this time around or will James Newton Howard come back?

  • Morgan

    I know this is the official map, but it’s just plain wrong. District 12 cannot be located there. The most of the coal deposits in in North America are located in southern and Central WV, an area outside of district twelve. From its current location, you would have to travel over a hundred miles to reach a coal mine that produced any worthy amount if coal.

    I’m from WV and have been through the coal fields many times. While lions gate did a good job making NC look like a mining town, in reality, NC is nothing like WV nor does it have any coal mines that I know of.

  • Ieyre

    I don’t think Richard has ever said anything that HASN’T annoyed me. And that’s not someone trying to be troll or high maintenance fan, it’s just the honest truth.

  • Hermioneissocoollike

    My friends and I were saying that the Mockingjay movie is going to be Katniss rocking back and forth in the riuns of district 12 thinking: “My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am 17 years old. I live in district 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. The Capital hates me. Peeta was taken prisoner. Most likely he is dead. it is probably best if he is dead…”  for like 2 hours. Truthfully we were saying that because a lot of mockinjay takes place in Katniss’s head and we were curious how the hell they are going to pull that off. Is jennifer lawerance going to narrotae Katniss’s thoughts? That wounld be awesome if she did. I’m curious too see how this will work out. I’m pretty sure a lot of people won’t like Mockingjay no matter how they do it because, I agree with Andrew, it wasn’t very “well written.” I personally liked it a bit and, as mean as this may sound, thought it was intersting to see Katniss lose her mind.  

  • Alexis

    If you want a perfect representation of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s skills as an actor, check out Capote. The movie itself is worth watching, but Hoffman is just incredible as Truman Capote. 

  • d3erudite

    Mockingjay director dream list: Gary Ross, Kathryn Bigelow, Christopher Nolan, and Richard Reid.

  • 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. 

  • Ms Weasley-Cullen-Everdeen

    This is the third show in a row where you guys make some quite casual, sweeping statements about what counts as ‘good’ or ‘worthy’ or ‘high’ literature, and what is sub-par. You also seem to think that some fictional works are written just for fun, while others have some sort of higher purpose. I’d be really interested to have you actually explain what your standards are for distinguishing between ‘great’ or ‘high’ literature and literature that’s second class. Richard, you seem to be absolutely damning of Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey (and also make sweeping statements about good and bad films without explaining what your standards for judging are – unless it’s just that you uncritically follow what the critics say!); not overly enthusiastic about The Hunger Games (about which you are recording a podcast!); and weirdly reverent of Jane Austen, even though you don’t come across as someone likely to be a fan! Andrew, you seem to be reticent about defending Twilight or acknowledging too much that you’re a fan, which makes me really sad – you should have the confidence to defend your tastes! And if you agree with Richard that Twilight is substandard, you need to explain why, rather than just casually building up from episode to episode an assumed narrative in which we all understand and agree on what is good and what is bad, and Twilight should be some sort of guilty pleasure even within the culture around being geeky about pop culture!

    I really love the show and look forward to new episodes each month, and enjoy Richard’s grumpy old man/quirky persona; I’d just really love to hear you explore in more depth some quite big assumptions you’ve been relying on more and more.

    On a separate note, I thought Mockingjay was very brave in the way it refused to sugarcoat war; part of why I struggle with it is less that it feels rushed or implausible, and more because it just relentlessly gets worse and worse, central characters keep very casually getting killed off, and it refuses to provide closure. Despite how difficult I find that, it’s one of my favourite books for that reason, and I think it’ll be really good, if the films remain popular, for a mainstream film to deal with war in way that doesn’t glamorize it.

  • Carolinesellers518

    Hey Andrew, I just wanted to say that I think you are awesome!!!!!

  • Abbie :)

    I think someone commented about the fact that it was pointless that Katniss volunteered for Primrose, because Primrose ended up dying… but surely it wasn’t pointless, because if Katniss hadn’t volunteered then there wouldn’t have been an uprising? Anyway love the podcast :) 

  • Katnissgoestohogwarts88

    Mockingjay should be one part!!! If anything, they should make Catching Fire Two Parts. Mockingjay just doesn’t have enough…. Action. I can’t wait until the DVD comes out because it is also my Best Friend’s Birthday.!!! But still, Mockingjay could have had alot more action if Suzanne Collins had wanted it to. It could also be longer. I agree with Richard. Now and forever. Also I think if they do split mockingjay they should split it at the time when Prim dies. Right after she says Katniss.
    P.S. Richard is awesome.

  • Kaylee

    New episodes??? I listened to all 19 together and now I have nothing to do with my life… What happened to one every three weeks? Come on Andrew! And Selina should come come back also. I must have to say as well that I mostly agree with what Richard has to say (insert shock here). Also im from Australia so whenever any of you guys say hunger games it sounds like ‘hungry games’, especially Kimmy, which always makes me laugh. :) thanks for an awesome podcast! :)

    • clayton10ify

      “I listened to all 19 together and now I have nothing to do with my life…” I cracked up when I read that.  

      • Kaylee

        Yeah well… :) these podcasts get addictive… :)

  • Laurie

    Sorry Andrew, but I think you completely missed the point of Mags’ character when fan casting. Mags isn’t supposed to be physically capable of surviving the arena. The point was that she knew that she wouldn’t survive, she just wanted to save Annie. She is actually described as rather frail. Looking physically fit would take away from the power of her sacrifice.

    Also, Wiress and Beetee are not the tributes who messed themselves up with drugs, those guys were the tributes from District 6.

  • clayton10ify

    I’m a 13 year-old boy, and when I was 11, I started reading The Hunger Games. A few months ago, an article was posted from a reader on Hypable, asking if The Hunger Games is suitable for an 11 year old. That article made me wonder, when should children start reading The Hunger Games? Finally I have come up with an opinion. 

    One girl in my grade, read The Hunger Games, and wanted to throw her own fake Hunger Games with fake weapons. And after that, I began thinking, that even some Young Adults might not be mature enough to read it. When I read it I immediately picked up the themes and messages in the books, but that doesn’t mean that every 11 year old would. Some people say that the rule of thumb is, if you are old enough to be eligible for the Reaping, then you are old enough to read The Hunger Games. I honestly don’t think that is true. 

    I think it depends on your maturity. Some 8 year olds may even be mature enough to handle the violent elements and strong themes of self sacrifice. Violence impacts people in different ways. For example, like Andrew Sims said in episode 12 of Hunger Games Chat, some people can’t handle the tension of say, Cato snapping someone’s neck, so they cheer to diffuse it. I think that if a child picks up The Hunger Games and doesn’t get the point of the story, then it was a wasted read. Parents might shelter there kids from the books, but before you do that, I recommend you read it and decide if your child is mentally mature enough to get the themes in The Hunger Games. If your child reads it, discuss the book with them. Violence is perceived differently, it depends on the kid. 

    So I’m not putting an age limit on the book, but I think that a child should be mentally and emotionally mature enough to handle the concepts in the book. Do you agree? 

    • Kaylee

      I agree that putting an age limit on the books is difficult seeing as it entirely depends on the emotional maturity of the child reading the book, however I disagree with an 8 yr old reading The Hunger Games. I feel that there’s a good chance an 8 yr old won’t even understand the themes and just be confused/upset as to why children have to kill each other. I’m surprised you understood the themes at 11, but am also glad that you were mature enough to see the bigger picture, the political repression etc, in the books, that could be taken as just a book about violence. You have restored my faith in young children today and the passion for reading. Thank you. :)

      • clayton10ify

        Since my comment was posted as an article, I deleted it. 

        • Kaylee

          Oh ok. You made some good points though, you seem very intelligent for your age.

          • clayton10ify

            Thank You

      • kristen

        even adults have a hard time with that my friend was witch the moive last night and fb saying that she was about 30 minutes and was like this is sick the goverment is killing kids haw can people witch this and i tolded her she has not seen sick tell she witch battle royle.

        • Kaylee

          Yeah, to not just see the violent aspects of the film/novels you have to understand the themes I believe. If you don’t, then all it basically is, is violence. The themes provide insight into why the violence occurs, which then helps to understand the motivations behind said violence. That’s what I think.

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