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Katniss, Elsa, Khaleesi predicted to be among 2014's most popular baby names

In a year with several successful franchises starring women, it’s no surprise that girls’ names are getting a pop-culture boost.

Nameberry.com has released its mid-year prediction of the most popular baby names of 2014. Imogen and Asher took the top spots, but the big news is the arrival of Khaleesi (of Game of Thrones at number 18) and Elsa (of Frozen at number 88) in the top 100 projections for most popular. They join Katniss (of The Hunger Games), which occupies an impressive spot as the predicted 14th most popular girls’ name, and Hazel, which got a Fault in Our Stars boost to land at number 13.

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mtvU's Fandom Awards pit 'Sherlock,' 'Doctor Who,' 'Supernatural' fans (and others) against each other

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Listen up, Tumblr users, fan-fiction writers, cosplayers, and Redditors—and even you, people of the Internet who casually upvote and reblog. Have you ever wanted recognition for loving the things you love? Well, it’s time for you to win some awards.

MTV’s 24-hour college network, mtvU, announces the categories and nominees for the first annual “mtvU Fandom Awards” today. The categories include everything from “Fandom Feat of the Year” (which is more valuable, a successful Kickstarter campaign, a la Veronica Mars, or a successful season renewal,a la Community?) to “‘Ship of the year,” which includes suggestions both canon and not (like Hunger Games’ Katniss and Peeta, and Sherlock’s Sherlock and John, respectively).

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'Hunger Games' touring exhibit in the works, theme park still a possibility

It may be a while before anyone gets the chance to test their archery skills at a Hunger Games-inspired theme park, but by next summer, fans will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a touring exhibition dedicated to the popular franchise.

During a conference call discussing Lionsgate’s fourth-quarter earnings on Friday, studio CEO Jon Feltheimer announced the first step in extending the brand beyond the screen is to launch The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, set to trek across the U.S. in summer 2015. The traveling museum will feature costumes, props, and other elements from the Hunger Games universe.

Theme park creator Thinkwell Group has been tapped to spearhead the project and develop other extensions of the Jennifer Lawrence-led franchise – including additional theme park attractions and other location-based entertainment opportunities. READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' cast takes a trip to Cannes -- PHOTOS

Filming a dystopian survival story is no picnic. So the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay took a little vacay from shooting in Paris to get in some sun — and photo ops — at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, and director Francis Lawrence shed the somber battle gear for some beachside glamour. Take a look: READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' set photos: Jennifer Lawrence sports a comforter cape

The latest spring trend is here, and Jennifer Lawrence is rockin’ it: Comforter-like hooded capes.

Buzzfeed got ahold of some photos from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay set, featuring Lawrence and co-star Liam Hemsworth decked out in intense coats to hide their costumes. Cressida (Natalie Dormer) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) also appear in the photos; sadly, they’re not donning the ominous/hilarious capes. READ FULL STORY

Could the 'Game of Thrones' kids take on 'stupid' Harry Potter in a fight? -- VIDEO

The Stark kids from Game of Thrones have had to battle a lot in Westeros on the hit HBO series. But how would they fare up against some other famous TV and film kids?

Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who play the three siblings on the show, joined Today’s Orange Room for a game of Versus. In these hypothetical match-ups, the trio had to decide if their characters could beat the kids from The Hunger Games, The Simpsons and everyone’s favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter. Well, everyone, except Turner that is.

“Oh, Potter. Sorry, but they’re so stupid. Come on, Harry finds all the loopholes, but he’s not actually a good wizard,” Turner laughed.

You may be surprised by some of their answers. Let’s just say, good thing Hermione is always there to save the day. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

David O. Russell compares 'Hunger Games' to '12 years of slavery' for Jennifer Lawrence

Hoo boy. American Hustle director David O. Russell, it seems, does not approve of the modern Hollywood franchise machine — and he’s not afraid to express his opinions on the matter, even to gossip reporters.

At an awards ceremony last Friday, Russell told the New York Daily News that he believes Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games commitment — a “hamster wheel” of filming and endless promotion — is running the star ragged.

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'It should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV,' says Jennifer Lawrence -- VIDEO

Fascinating Person™ Jennifer Lawrence is no stranger to the weird culture of Hollywood weight-shaming. “In Hollywood, I’m obese,” the Oscar winner told Elle magazine last fall. “I’m considered a fat actress. I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach.”

A year later, Lawrence is once again taking our culture to task for setting unrealistic body expectations for women — though this time, she’s doubling down on the media rather than the film industry itself.

“I think when it comes to the media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool,” she tells Barbara Walters in an interview set to air Wednesday as part of the journalist’s annual Most Fascinating People special. (Lawrence is responding to a question about programs such as E!’s Fashion Police.)

“So then all of a sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that’s wearing an ugly dress… and the word fat,” Lawrence continues. “I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. I mean, if we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”

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Robert Knepper in 'Mockingjay': So who is Antonius? -- THEORIES

While Catching Fire continues its campaign of conquest at the holiday box office, Lionsgate is busily filming Mockingjay, the Hunger Games double-threequel that will open in two halves in Novembers 2014 and 2015. The studio just announced its latest bit of casting: Robert Knepper will play Antonius. That’s interesting news, since there’s no one in the Mockingjay book named Antonius. The first two films departed a bit from the source material, with scenes focusing on President Snow that would’ve been impossible in the Katniss-narrated books. But this is the first time that the franchise has cast a recognizable actor in a completely new role. Forthwith, some possible explanations for just who, exactly, this new character might be. At least one of them has to be right. One of them is definitely wrong. (Minor spoilers follow.)
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White House turns National Thanksgiving Turkey pardon into 'The Hunger Games'

This year, the White House decided to spice up the annual ceremony pardoning a select turkey and naming it the National Thanksgiving Turkey. While the ceremony is on Wednesday, you can vote via Twitter and Facebook to choose which turkey should be granted the pardon. Voters can choose between Little Monster Caramel and “proud strutter” Popcorn. While the White House most likely intended to merely augment social media engagement, the campaign more resembles how a Capitol resident would enjoy watching tributes fight to the death in The Hunger Games.

The results for the victor are not as dramatic as it seems — both turkeys will be pardoned. Nevertheless, the implications of choosing which turkey should “win” brings questions on what would happen if a turkey should “lose.” Many Americans will eat turkey for Thanksgiving, but it’s not like we want to choose which turkey to save and which one to slaughter, especially via social media. The White House’s intense campaign is at once hilarious, bizarre, and horrifying. Effie Trinket would be proud.

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