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“The Hunger Games” Finds its Finnick

22 Aug

I”ll be up-front with you: I’ve never read The Hunger Games. And even I was excited to see which mid-twenties hottie would play Finnick Odair in 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The new character is described as a “mid-twenties hottie with charm for days” so really, what’s not to be excited for?
Today, the winning hottie was finally announced and up-and-comer Sam Claflin is set to be the trident-wielding ex-tribute/current Capitol celebrity.

I will not make any dirty trident jokes. I will not make any dirty trident jokes.

“Aw man all this gazing into the camera really makes my head hurt”

Claflin should look sorta-maybe-kinda-familiar. No, he’s not the guy the played the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network. He is on the other hand, the missionary that fell in love with a mermaid in Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides. Oh yeah, that guy! He also was the Prince Charming to Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman. By next year everyone will definetely remember who he is thanks to a very well placed fishing net.

The soon-to-be-superstar has been the Finnick front-runner for a little over a month. But, that doesn’t mean he was the only name thrown out there this summer. Robert Pattinson (from that other billion dollar teen-trilogy), Taylor Kitsch (whose 2012 movies accidentally tanked like John Carter and Battleship), Garrett Hedlund  (Tron: Legacy) and Armie Hammer (the actual guy that played the Winklevoss twins) were all said to be frontrunners at some point. Luckily for Claflin he wasn’t a red herring.

So guys ladies, I’m just wondering how the camera can handle Liam Hemsworth and Claflin in the same movie. But then again if the screen didn’t burst into flames during Magic Mike, no one else should have a problem.

Game of Thrones’ King Beyond The Wall Is Crowned

18 Aug

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan (and if you’re not, you should be), you’re probably dying. With only ten new episodes a year, HBO inflicts a very unique form of cruel and unusual punishment. Personally, any scrap of season 3 news thrills me to pieces (I’ve never used that phrase in my life). Like, this week the most buzzed about new character was finally cast: Mance Rayder, the King Beyond The Wall.  Irish actor Ciarán Hinds has been chosen to play the Wilding leader.

Because if there’s anything Game of Thrones needs, it’s another king and a new cast member.

Silly Wildling traditions…

But seriously, I’m so excited to see Mance next year. As opposed to last season, Jon Snow will actually do stuff instead of just pouting in the snow for ten hours. A lot of that is thanks to the Wildlings and especially Mance. As an ex-Night’s Watch member turned king, he’s everything Jon Snow could become. Mance’s goal is to break down The Wall and (semi spoiler alert) find the mythological Horn of Winter to do it. He’s smart, charismatic and the only guy that could unite all the Wildlings for a single cause.

Hinds is perfect for the role. He’s already played Julius Caesar (Rome, pictured aboveand a fictional former US President (Political Animals) -Westerosi savage king will be a piece of cake. Now, all we have to do is wait until March 31, 2013 when season 3 starts to see Mance and the fifteenish other new characters. Unless of course the world ends this December, wouldn’t that be unfortunate?

Ser Poutsalot hates it when Wildlings threaten the realms of men.