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“Rise of Panem” Website Turns Politics into “Hunger Games” World


As a site dedicated to the fans of the Hunger Games book series, we don’t usually post about politics. However, when we found out about this new site that is taking the current political climate and transforming it into the world we know, we could not hold back.

From what we can gather, they are taking real news articles from various sources, and changing the names in order to make it relevant to the world of The Hunger Games. President Snow is played by Donald Trump and other political figure have various alias.

Here’s the official press release from the website:

Rise of Panem Website Launches


Concerned citizens and Hunger Games fans will launch Rise of Panem, a website devoted to documenting the transition from the United States of America to the fictional country of Panem from the Hunger Games trilogy on March 16, 2017.

Rise of Panem will present current political news through the lens of the world created by Suzanne Collins in the Hunger Games series. It will connect current events with the policies of the books, drawing attention to connections between individuals and specific policies. Each Panem District takes on a fascist characteristic in order to categorize the news and help readers better analyze the occurring events.

Young readers have learned about the world through the Hunger Games series. Rise of Panem will harness the experiences from the books and help these readers better understand how the books’ themes are present in current-day politics. We hope to foster an interest in politics in these young fans, as well as acknowledgement of its importance in society.

Through taking real news articles and changing the names to Panem names, this website will create real discussions about real issues and highlight the growing connections between our world and the not-so-distant dystopian setting of Panem.


Well, I can tell you where I’m getting my news from now on. Will you be checking out this new site? Let us know!

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The Hunger Games Exhibition is Getting Set to Head to Sydney!


After successful visits in New York and San Francisco, The Hunger Games Exhibition is now getting set to depart the US and head to Australia!  Today was the last day (for now) for US Tributes to take part in the event, which will now get packed up and ready to ship to Sydney’s International Convention Center.  Continue Reading »

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First Look at The Hunger Games Official Coloring Book


Who’s ready to color the Mockingjay Symbol?  We are! And soon you’ll have your chance to color that and more Hunger Games scenes in the official coloring book.  Entertainment Weekly shared a “First Look” at the book recently and we love what we are seeing!

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Lionsgate Releasing The Hunger Games Films on 4K Ultra HD Combo Packs


Just when you thought your Hunger Games film collection was complete, Lionsgate turns your wallet upside down with the announcement of the upcoming release of the franchise on 4K Ultra HD Combo Packs.  Set to hit stores on November 8, 2016, the films will surely top many of your holiday wish lists this year. Continue Reading »

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REVIEW: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey


Copyright: 2015

Pages: 357 pages (hardcover)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Goodreads Summary: Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

Score: 7

What we loved: We loved reading about a world just beyond our world, where fantastical creatures have been battling for years. This book has been compared to Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunters books and we can see why. But in this world, a regular human girl (albeit, a talented thief), takes center stage. We enjoyed seeing her hold her own. The element of having a mystery to solve also made the pages turn rapidly in our hands as we tried to figure out, along with the main character Echo, what was going on.

What we didn’t: The book was slow to start, Perhaps the world building took a little too long, but we didn’t really feel vested in the story until about 40 percent of the way through it.

Characters you’ll be glad you met: Jasper. We really enjoyed the unique way in which the author revealed Jasper to us throughout the story, and by the end we were rooting for him 110%.

Why we think Hunger Games fans should give it a try: From a young age, Echo had to do what she had to do in order to survive. She develops a talent, and it is because of this skill that she ends up at the center of the story. Kinda reminds us of Katniss, in a way 😉 

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Catch up with the author of The Girl at Midnight, Melissa Grey, at her website.

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Finding hidden deleted scenes on the Mockingjay Part 2 Blu-Ray DVD


The Mockingjay Part 2 Bluray contains many exciting special features and behind the scenes goodies but there is one piece of content, a secret Easter egg, which is more difficult to find.
To find the Easter egg a set of instructions must be followed involving both the Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 bluray DVDs. However the task is challenging but well worth it to unlock the hidden deleted scenes.

On the Part 1 Blu-ray
The Part 1 bluray must be used to obtain a set of codes. These are displayed under each character on the main menu and consist of both letters and numbers, try to note down as many of these codes for future reference later on.


On the Part 2 Blu-ray 
This is the tricky part, before the main menu appears a brief scene is shown where squad 451 are watching a Capitol propaganda broadcast. On the table in this scene there is a blue flashing device. To access the Easter egg menu, you must press the blue button on your Blu-ray remote along with the flashing blue light on the device this will take you to a secret menu where you will be asked for the codes that you noted previously. Each of these will reveal a deleted scene! However putting in the codes is also not 100% straight forward as they contain both letters and numbers and the typical Blu-rray remote only allows number input. To get past this, all we would say is look to the blue column of numbers and letters running down the side of the character codes noted from the Part 1 bluray, these will give the answer.

Good Luck finding the Easter egg!

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WATCH: Unboxing ‘The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection’

In case you didn’t already know, Mockingjay Part 2 and The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection come out on Blu-ray and DVD on March 22, 2016. Don’t know what to pick up? We put together a guide for the two home releases which you can check out here. Additionally, Lionsgate sent us a copy of the complete 4-film collection, so we unboxed it so you can see what it looks like on the inside!

Which one will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments!

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VIDEO: Katniss and Gale talk about the tesserae in extended scene from ‘The Hunger Games’

There’s just less than one week until The Hunger Games four-film collection is out on Blu-ray and DVD.  A lot of great scenes have been released in anticipation of the release, including several extended scenes we’ve already seen parts of in the films.  We love revisiting never before seen footage from The Hunger Games where everything started.  Check out an extended scene of Katniss and Gale talking about tesserae and the odds they both face going into the 74th annual reaping.

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WATCH: Extended Scenes from ‘The Hunger Games’, Snow and Seneca & Peeta in the Training Center

35c591bb32b2e6a269034b0fddc41737In anticipation of the upcoming Complete 4 Film Collection of the Hunger Games series, we recently got a look at a deleted scene of Katniss and Peeta from the very first film.

Now, two more extended scenes from The Hunger Games have been released!

First up is the scene where President Snow and Seneca talk in the rose garden. The extended portion consists of the two discussing the “girl on fire” nickname.

Second we have a longer look at Peeta climbing the rope ladder in the Training Center.

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We’re loving finally getting to see these deleted and extended scenes! What else do you hope we get to see?

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Rules and Entry Details for DWTC’s Hunger Games Fan Marathon Ticket Contest!


In celebration of the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release of The Hunger Games The Complete 4-Film Collection and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Lionsgate will be holding a special Hunger Games Marathon on Sunday, March 20th from 10 am – 11 pm at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, CA. This all-day event will include screenings of all 4 films,  a cast Q&A from actors and actresses throughout the films, sweet treats from Peeta’s Bakery, trivia games, green screen booth, and a Hunger Games inspired costume contest that you’ll want to win and so much more!

You may have seen this contest running on several of the other fan sites, where tickets were first come, first serve. Well we got permission from Lionsgate Home Entertainment to do ours a wee bit different.  Rather than having to be quick on the draw and clicking a link to RSVP for tickets, we are slowing things down just a bit to hopefully give more of you a chance to enter.

Now here are all the contest details and rules.


  • One (1) Pair of tickets to The Hunger Games Fan Marathon at the Egyptian Theater in LA on Sunday, March 20, 2016 (5 pairs available)

How to Enter:

  • At 3:00 pm ET (12:00 pm PT) today, March 3, 2016, we will be tweeting a question on our twitter (@HungerGamesDWTC) with a special contest hashtag. To enter simply reply and answer the question, being sure to include the hashtag in your response.  Please note if you don’t include the hashtag, we may not see your entry!


  • UPDATE!! Tweet us your answer to the following question and be sure to include #DWTCcontest so we’ll see your entry! Remember you have until 11:59 pm ET/8:59 pm PT tonight to enter!
    • “What 3 Words Would you Use to Describe #TheHungerGames to someone who has never read/watched the series?”
  • UPDATE 2! Contest is now closed and no longer accepting entries!  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Pretty simple huh?


  • The contest closes at 11:59 pm ET (8:59 pm PT) tonight, March 3rd.  Any entries timestamped after that point will not be eligible.
  • Five Potential winners will be selected by random draw on Friday, March 4th.
  • Potential Winners will be contacted via Twitter through DM’s so keep watch!
  • Once notified the potential winners will be told a day and time when they will be receiving a special code to help claim their prize. If a “winner” is unable to retrieve their code on that day/time, DWTC cannot guarantee that their tickets will remain available.
  • Winners must live in the LA area or be willing to travel to LA via their own means. NO travel or accommodations are included.
  • Winners must arrive at the venue by 10:45 am PST on the day of the event or their tickets will be forfeited to the stand by line. No exceptions!
  • Tickets are non-transferable.
  • Tickets courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment

So be watching for our twitter question later today to enter and may the odds be ever in your favor!