“Heavensbee? Heavensbee?” On the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sad news this morning that Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Hunger Games‘ movie franchise’s Plutarch Heavensbee was found dead this morning at the age of 46,  of an apparent drug overdose. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.

Mr. Hoffman had received many accolades for his film roles and his portrayal of the Gamesmaker-turned-revolutionary was one of the many welcome additions to Catching Fire. He had been set to reprise the role in Mockingjay.

I don’t know how far along the filming for the first Mockingjay was, but it will be interesting to see how the filmmakers cope with the loss.  Recast the role?  Kill off the character, perhaps introducing his assistant Fulvia Cardew to take his place as Propos-maker in District 13?  Even more interesting would be to take one of their other popular Capitol figures, like Claudius Templesmith or Caesar Flickerman and have them turn traitor and join the revolution as part of the rebel’s PR team.

Can anyone think of any other creative solutions?  This is certainly a bigger challenge than the loss of “Crabbe” for Deathly Hallows, Part II.

Update: Lionsgate has released a statement that Hoffman’s work on the Mockingjay films was nearly complete. So, perhaps the filmmakers will be able to piece it together, a la Brandon Lee in The Crow.

Which Hunger Games Character are You?

OK, Hogpro regulars, take the Quiz and share! I am Prim.

Food for thought

Top Nine Signs you are living in a Young Adult Novel. I’d add a tenth….  you google your name and you turn up on Hogwartsprofessor!

Allegiant Wins Goodreads 2013 YA Fantasy of the Year Award

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Top 10 Reasons You Will like the Catching Fire Movie better than the Original.

I think we’ve hit that ever-so-rare Wrath of Khan phenomenon, where the sequel to a movie far surpasses the original. And, though I know our Headmaster had his issues with it, the Hunger Games franchise certainly did not start from as low a point as Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

I hit the 8:30 showing with my seventeen-year-old daughter and two of her friends last night, breaking my usual rule of no post 10-PM activities on a school night.  And, I am glad I did because I think this will go down as a memory my daughter and I will treasure. There was a unanimous consensus that this movie was a better and more faithful adaptation of the book.  Personally, I have always thought Catching Fire, though quite good, was the weakest of the trilogy.  It would not surprise me if the movie turns out to be the strongest.

So, without further ado, and appropriate spoiler warnings, here are the top  10 reasons you will like this movie better.

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