1 Catching Fire is reeling in a dream cast, with Philip Seymour Hoffman (inset) as gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Jena Malone, pictured at far right, and Meta Golding, right, also signed on as lethal tributes). Oscar winner Hoffman was genius in Capote and morally suspect in Doubt—perfect preparation for the craftiest role in the November 2013 sequel.

2 The new games take place in a diabolical tropical arena (it’ll film in Atlanta and Hawaii). The wilder locale should mean killer effects.

3 Panem is a powder keg. I’m already growing my nails long so I have something to bite as the situation gets seriously combustible in District 12. If you thought President Snow (Donald Sutherland) was a psychopathic menace in the Capitol, wait till you see him in Katniss’s house.

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