Before I commence this piece I feel the need to put a quick disclaimer on it – do not get me wrong, I love the Hunger Games and what Gary Ross did with it. Also, like every other fan, I’m panicking about who is going to replace him.

That being said, I’m glad he left.

I understand that is a little on the contrary to what I said right at the beginning. I, like many, think Gary Ross did a great book-to-film adaptation. One of the best I’ve ever seen. However, the only people who can claim that are those that have read the books. For those that haven’t read the books, it was just a film set in a dystopian time where kids are forced to kill other kids for entertainment.

The basis for my argument stems from a conversation I overheard by the two ladies who sat opposite me on the train yesterday. It went like this:

Woman 1: That Hunger Games is a bit Twilight-y isn’t it? Who do you prefer, Peeta or that other one?
Woman 2: Well Peeta’s there all the time, you don’t see the other one much. Did you like it?
Woman 1: I was falling asleep really. It was good but nothing like, made me sit up and pay attention. I went with Tom and he said the books are better. I’m going to read them.

While half of this made my blood boil, half made me chuckle to myself, it definitely got me thinking. I ended up chatting to them later and expressed my personal concerns with the film – essentially that the idealism of the Capitol in contrast to the harshness of many of the districts was glossed over. In talking about this, I explained about the genetic mutations and experiments – the mockingjays, tracker jackers and the mutts specifically – which I didn’t feel were explained well in the film.

The woman who had watched it the night before said that she didn’t get any of that from the film – she thought the mutts were vicious wild dogs, and that she hadn’t understood the tracker jackers at the time. She also said she would have felt much more of an emotional connection to the end if the mutts did in fact have the eyes of the dead tributes.

Similarly, a friend told me an anecdote about when their friend watched it, who similarly had not read the book, and he also had the same concerns. She had to furiously explain the concept of the tracker jackers and the mutts to him, as while watching the film he found the notion “completely ridiculous.”

And this is my problem with Mr Ross. No, I’m not throwing my rattle out of the pram. I know they can’t include everything and I wouldn’t expect them to. Personally, I feel The Hunger Games film introduced the world, the characters and the concepts in a very beautiful, dignified, subtle way. It was perfect for those viewers who were already part of the fandom. It certainly made a lot of people I know want to read the books. For the rest – well it seems like it was up to us to fill the gaps.

Maybe Catching Fire needs a bit more spark, excuse the pun, if it’s going to keep up the momentum with the regular moviegoer.

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!

Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?