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!


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Yesterday, "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross confirmed that the question of who'll play Finnick Odair in the sequel, "Catching Fire," is still wide open and utterly undecided...prompting a veritable deluge of comments and tweets from fans who know exactly which gentleman deserves the role. And man, is this a field of contenders—with everyone from "Twilight" alums to Peeta rejects getting enthusiastic support from the public.

But with everyone clamoring equally loud for their picks—a list that includes such varied fellows as Kellan Lutz, Alex Pettyfer, Chord Overstreet, Garrett Hedlund and even YouTuber Joey Graceffa—there's only one way to know which of these dashing dudes is really and truly your favorite choice for Finnick. And that's a poll! So, no cheating: Check out our gallery of hot prospects above, and tell us who you'd like to see mending nets and kicking butt as the returning champion of District 4.


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Everyone put on your party pants, set off some glitter bombs and get ready to make your best, high-pitched squealing sounds—because "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," one of our top teen lit picks for 2011 (and my own personal faaaavorite favorite thing I've read this year!) has been officially picked up by Hollywood! The rights to Laini Taylor's amazing, imaginative story about a mysterious girl, an otherworldly romance and demons who traffic in teeth has been bought by Universal Pictures, according to a statement from the studio.

And now we all go: EEEEEEEEE!!!

Of course, this only just happened, which means that we'll have to wait way too long to get any updates on when the movie will start filming or which actors are in the running to play our favorite key characters. But it's never too early to start throwing opinions around! So, while Hollywood starts its engine to bring this book to life on screen, we'll be lounging on our casting couch with a few favorite picks for Karou—the blue-haired, multilingual, tattooed heroine who makes the whole story go BOOM.


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The Carrie DiariesThe rumors are true: The CW is officially moving forward with "Sex and the City" prequel "The Carrie Diaries"!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage ("Gossip Girl") will produce, while "SATC" scribe Amy B. Harris will write and direct the TV series, based on Candace Bushnell's YA novel, which follows Carrie Bradshaw during her senior year of high school.

With two books in the series, and another two slated for publication, producers will no doubt have plenty of source material to work with.

We, for one, are cautiously optimistic about this would-be series (having a former "SATC" writer on staff certainly bodes well), but casting the right Carrie will be key. I mean, it's going to be hard to fill Carrie Bradshaw's well-worn Manolos. But we think there are a few actresses up for the task. Keep reading after the jump to see our picks for the future sex columnist!


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Hilary Duffby Catherine Fuentes

It's been a pretty eventful August for Hilary Duff. Hot on the heels of celebrating her one-year wedding anniversary to hockey player Mike Comrie and announcing her pregnancy, word came today from The Hollywood Reporter that Hilary will not star as Bonnie Parker in the upcoming indie flick "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde," set to film later this year.

While the rumor mill initially speculated that Hilary dropped out due to her pregnancy, the flick's producers told Entertainment Weekly that's not the case, and that it was simply a scheduling conflict. Turns out Clyde (i.e. "Gossip Girl" actor Kevin Zegers) is out, as well. (Here's hoping that "Georgetown" TV series actually happens so we can get our Kevin fix.)

Anyway...with vacant seats in Bonnie and Clyde's getaway car, we thought we'd cast a couple beautiful blonds to fill Hilary's handcuffs. Check out our picks for Bonnie after the jump!


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Sure, "The Hunger Games" doesn't hit theaters until March 23, 2012, but it's never too early to begin thinking about its sequel, "Catching Fire," is it? Especially since Lionsgate announced just yesterday that the follow-up will set Thanksgiving 2013 ablaze.

The second novel in Suzanne Collins' bestselling dystopian trilogy, "Catching Fire" chronicles the continuing saga of teen Katniss Everdeen and her contentious relationship with the ever-watchful Capitol. The novel also introduces us to a slew of memorable new characters, including one of my personal favorites, District 4 victor Finnick Odair.

Full disclosure: Long before Liam Hemsworth was cast as Katniss' hunting buddy Gale Hawthorne, he was my perfect Finnick. Tall, tan, blond and muscular? Yeah, sounds like a certain Aussie I know. Anyway, now that he's no longer an option for the trident-wielding hunk, it's time we take a seat on the Hollywood Crush Casting Couch to fish around for a few other worthy contenders. Keep reading after the jump for our picks (including a couple who might be familiar from the Peeta casting process).


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Dirty DancingDear Kenny Ortega,

Congratulations on yesterday's announcement that you'll be directing a "Dirty Dancing" remake. We were bummed when you dropped out of the "Footloose" remake (as psyched as we are for that movie), so this news really put us over the top. It couldn't get much better, except...we've already found your leading man. And he's different from the ones we've suggested in the past.

Did you catch the recently released "Crazy, Stupid, Love" by any chance? Then you might know where we're headed with this. In the flick, there's a certain reference to a certain favorite "Dirty Dancing" scene made by a certain Crush-worthy actor. So basically what we're saying is if you don't cast Ryan Gosling to fill Patrick Swayze's dance shoes, our relationship might be over.


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Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago is one step closer to fruition! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Summit Entertainment has tapped Evan Daugherty to pen the screenplay for the film adaptation of Veronica's thriller "Divergent." Evan's been making a name for himself in the industry of late, with writing credits on Kristen Stewart's "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Shrapnel."

Though "Divergent" debuted just last month, built-in buzz helped propel the novel into best-seller territory and secure a place in the hearts of YA fans. The story is set in a future world in which the population is divided into five factions, each embodying a different virtue (honesty, bravery, selflessness, peacefulness and intelligence). At 16 years old, each citizen undergoes an aptitude test and must then select which faction they will join. For Beatrice Prior, the decision thrusts her into an unfamiliar world of action and adventure. And an unexpected romance.

As production on the enthralling tale ramps up, we figured it was high time to take a seat on the Hollywood Crush Casting Couch to pick a few good girls for the role of Tris. Our blond heroine characterizes herself this way: "I see a narrow face, wide round eyes, and a long, thin nose—I still look like a little girl though sometime in the last few months I turned sixteen." Keeping those details in mind, here are our picks for one of the best YA protagonists around:


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He might have been dead for a few hundred years, but there's still nobody more crushworthy than William "The Boss of Love" Shakespeare—which is why we were so excited to learn, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter—that Hailee Steinfeld will follow up her Oscar-nominated performance in "True Grit" with a role in a new film adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" (taking over for Lily Collins who was once attached to the project)! The 14-year-old will play Juliet, one half of the star-crossed couple whose love affair is overshadowed by an ongoing family feud and ultimately ends in drama, tears and double suicide.

After seeing her last performance, we know that Hailee can handle the serious material (and unusual language) of a Shakespeare script. But now, the challenge is finding a Romeo who can keep up! And with no news yet as to who her co-star will be, we've come up with a few good men for the role. Because a Romeo by any other name could never be as sweet as...


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We have our Katniss. And we have our Peeta and Gale. So it's high time we begin eyeing the supporting characters who will try to get District 12's tributes out of the arena in one piece. So today, we're taking a seat at the Hollywood Crush Cast Couch to share our picks for "The Hunger Games"' Haymitch Abernathy and Effie Trinket!

A quick refresher on who each character is:

A past victor of The Hunger Games himself, Haymitch serves as Katniss and Peeta's mentor and ally, helping them train and prepare before the Games and serving as their representative while in the arena. Sarcastic and far from sober, Haymitch can be a highly functioning drunk when he truly wants to be.

A dystopian Miss Manners, Effie is the chaperon for District 12, escorting the tributes to The Capitol each year for the Games (and having the fortunate—or unfortunate—task of drawing names during the annual Reaping). She's huffy, high-strung and is purported to wear a flamboyantly bright pink wig.

So without further ado, here are Hollywood Crush staffers' picks for Haymitch and Effie:


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