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‘Catching Fire': Who Should Play Johanna Mason?

by Fallon Prinzivalli

The Hunger Games” sequel, “Catching Fire,” won’t be released until November 22, 2013 (why are they torturing us?), but eager fans are already imagining who should play characters like Finnick Odair—us included. Finnick is clearly the fan favorite, but what about District 7’s Johanna Mason? She plays an equally important role in the second novel as well.

As Katniss Everdeen returns to District 12 to the warm embrace of her family and neighbors, the Capitol proves to be not as welcoming. Continually walking a thin line between disagreeing with their ruling methods and keeping her friends and family safe, Katniss—and the reader—are introduced to an army of new characters in an unexpected twist. The most “pure” of them, as Peeta calls her, is Johanna, which brings us back to the Hollywood Crush Casting Couch. Read after the jump to see our picks!

Katie McGrath
Confession: Katie McGrath is my No. 1 girl crush. I absolutely adore everything about her. For those of you unfamiliar with the book, the character of Johanna has some sass to her. At one point in the novel she has a conversation with Peeta where she’s naked—aside from a pair of slippers. She also has a “wicked ability to murder,” as Katniss says, so while she may be pure, she’s also strong. Katie plays Morgana on BBC’s “Merlin,” and for those of you familiar with the Arthurian legend, Morgana goes from a soft ally to a wicked sorcerer. Katie has proven her abilities to play both a caring friend and powerful female lead.

Naya Rivera
When I first read “Hunger Games” fan posts citing the “Glee” star as their pick for Johanna, I was a bit hesitant to jump on board. But the more her character, Santana, develops on the FOX musical series, the more I like her for the role. As an actor, Naya has both the unreserved confidence and the lovable personality for the part.

Kat Dennings
The “2 Broke Girls” star is witty and cunning. While she may be known for her comedy, she has a depth to her that is needed for the role of Johanna. She also makes her roles relatable. This is an important aspect for Johanna because of certain events that happen later in the novel that will greatly enhance the development of her character. So while my No. 1 pick still stands as Katie McGrath, I would be very happy if Kat got the role.

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+ ‘Catching Fire': Who Should Play Finnick Odair?
+ Kristen Bell Seeks Manager For Her ‘Catching Fire’ Campaign

Who are your picks for Johanna Mason? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!

‘Before I Fall’ Movie Has Its Director

Ever since word came down of the movie rights being optioned for Lauren Oliver’s “Before I Fall,” fans have been waiting impatiently for the adaptation that’ll let us watch the supernatural time-glitchy unraveling of high school meanie Samantha Kingston on the big screen (not to mention for a “day on repeat” movie that doesn’t revolve around a sun-phobic subterranean rodent).

And now, The Hollywood Reporter has word that a helmer is nearly on board: director Gina Prince-Blythewood is circling the script of this hotly anticipated take on one of our favorite YA books.

This is the first big news on a “Before I Fall” movie in more than a year, but don’t be looking for casting announcements or behind-the-scenes gossip just yet: Gina, who also helmed “The Secret Life of Bees,” is still in negotiations to direct the adaptation, and word has it that she’s eyeing a rewrite of the script before things can move forward. But it’s still great news for a deal that seemed like it might’ve been lost somewhere in the Hollywood machine—and a good reason for us to reopen the debate on which up-and-coming actress can handle the difficult role of the thoroughly hateable (but ultimately redeemed) Samantha. Could one of our crop of New Class favorites be poised to take the lead?

Related:
‘Before I Fall’ Novel Gets Movie Option: Who Should Play Sam?

Who would you like to see in the lead on a “Before I Fall” movie? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!

‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ Trailer: Bella Is A Vamp

Vampire eyes are watching you…

After the teasiest of teases from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” last week, we’re finally getting a look at the full teaser trailer, which debuted in front of “The Hunger Games” in theaters.

And by “full look” we mean about 25 extra seconds. Nonetheless, the extended sneak gives us an even longer look at running Vampire Bella and her newly scarlet peepers.

“After 18 years of being utterly ordinary, I finally found that I can shine,” the fresh immortal says in a voiceover, accompanied by shots of her sparkling skin and Usain Bolt-like speed. (Too early for Olympics references?)

And then, of course, there’s Jacob in his snug-fitting sweater, and Edward waxing eloquent about body temperature. (What a romantic that one is!)

The 48-second clip concludes with Bella hungrily eyeing a deer, and I think we all know how that’s going to end…

“Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ wasn’t the only Stephenie Meyer property to get a little trailer love at the cineplex this weekend—a first look at her alien-invasion romance, “The Host,” also ran in front of “The Hunger Games.”

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ hits theaters November 16.

What do you think of the “Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ teaser trailer? What scenes are you still dying to see? Sound off in the comments and on Twitter!

‘Hunger Games’ Star Isabelle Fuhrman Wants To Be Reaped For More YA Adaptations

Isabelle Fuhrman is a voracious reader. To wit, the “Hunger Games” actress has read the first installment of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian trilogy more than a dozen times (and that’s not just because she’s playing District 2’s knife-wielding tribute). So when the actress stopped by the MTV Newsroom yesterday to chat about her experience in the Arena as Clove, we just had to ask what was on her YA reading list.

“Have you read the book ‘Divergent’?” she asked. To which we were totally like, umyeahofcourse. “I love that book,” she enthused. When we pointed out that Veronica Roth’s tale of factions in futuristic Chicago was in the early stages of adaptation, the actress let slip a few meaningful coughs and elbow jabs. (Casting directors: take note!) But “Divergent” isn’t the only tome on Isabelle’s radar.

“One of my favorite authors, Garbrielle Zevin, she did a book called ‘Elsewhere,’ that is one of my favorites, and I think they’re making that into a movie too,” she said. “I really want to be in that one just because the story is so beautiful. It’s about where you go after you die and how you age backwards from the moment that you die in this completely different world. It’s funny because they bring in different celebrities and talk about how they do something completely different when they go to Elsewhere, like Marilyn Monroe is a psychiatrist. It’s a really fast read.”

After being completely charmed by Isabelle, we’d be happy to see her in any YA adaptation that will have her.

Could you see Isabelle playing Tris or one of your other favorite YA heroines? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!

‘Hunger Games’ Star Josh Hutcherson Wants You To Love Him Into Submission

Because we listen very carefully to the whisperings of the “The Hunger Games” fandom, we know that you guys have a big, sweaty collective crush on Josh Hutcherson as Peeta the Gorgeous Bakerboy. (Note: When we say “whisperings,” we mean “frantic screaming and drooling and offers of marriage every time he appears on screen.” Seriously, y’all, you have not been subtle.) So when your favorite Josh met up with our own Josh for a pre-release chat, we made sure to do you a solid and ask him a little bit about his taste in the ladies! Specifically: How’d he feel about Katniss’ aggressive attitude during that whole seduction-in-the-cave scene?

And get ready to swoon and drool some more, because Josh answered as follows:
“I love that, yeah, when a woman kind of takes control. That’s always nice.”

And not only does Josh dig a lady in power, he said that the cave scene was one that he’d been seriously excited to film—purely for professional reasons, of course.

“I was really looking forward to that scene,” he said. “As an actor, that’s probably one of the best scenes you get to act in the whole movie. It’s when Katniss and Peeta’s relationship really kind of evolves into this new thing, where they can really trust each other. So as an actor, I was very much looking forward to it.”

Right, yes, as an actor. Naturally! The part where he got to be like lovestruck pudding in Jennifer Lawrence’s hands had nothing to do with it. But most importantly: However much Josh might have been looking forward to filming that scene, it’s nothing compared to how excited we are to actually see it in action. WHICH WE WILL IN JUST THREE MORE DAYS OMG.

Are you so excited to see the cave scene?