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District 12: Your female tribute is officially Jennifer Lawrence!

By now, you've probably heard the long-awaited news that the 20-year-old "Winter's Bone" star will indeed carry Katniss Everdeen's bow in the "Hunger Games" film adaptation. And all we can say is, it's about time! With Katniss in place, we can turn our gaze towards the series' other integral characters, like Peeta and Gale.

As we mentioned earlier, we were a bit hesitant to throw our casting suggestions into the arena without knowing who would take the lead. After all, age and chemistry play an important role in casting the boys in Katniss' life. So, with yesterday's exciting announcement, we're ready to officially unveil our picks for the dystopian thriller's eye candy. Continue reading after the jump to see who Hollywood Crush staffers want to see in Panem, and click play on the video above to hear more about Jennifer's casting!

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My fellow YA novel enthusiasts, if you haven't read Lauren Oliver's thoroughly engrossing love story, "Delirium," you best get yourself to a Barnes & Noble, like, right now because the dystopian tome is headed to the multiplex!

Deadline reports that Fox 2000 has purchased the screen rights to the New York Times bestselling novel, in addition to signing a first-look deal with Lauren's company Paper Lantern Lit (meaning more of the author's works could land in theaters in the coming years).

For the uninitiated, "Delirium" is set in a world where love is considered a disease, which is cured by a lobotomy-like procedure. Enter 17-year-old Lena Haloway, who just weeks before her surgery comes down with the dreaded sickness (a.k.a. she meets a boy). Lena begins to reevaluate the world as she's known it, questioning whether the government is really the one who should pick her husband, and essentially, her life path.

I, for one, am really excited to see this work come to life, not only because it is an engaging read (seriously, there was sobbing...from me), but "Delirium" is also written with an eye for the visual (I'm thinking of one particular scene involving an aptly timed cattle stampede...). With production still in its earliest stages, we figured it the perfect opportunity to hop on the Hollywood Crush Casting Couch and pick a few favorites for the lead role of Lena.

Here is how Lena describes herself: "I'm not ugly, but I'm not pretty, either. Everything is in-between. I have eyes that aren't green or brown, but a muddle. I'm not thin, but I'm not fat, either. The only thing you could definitely say about me is this: I'm short." To be fair, we learn later that, like most teens, Lena is more harsh on her looks than she should be. That being said, here are our recommendations for Lena (keep in mind casting a petite actress is a tall order in an industry littered with leggy young things):

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Back in the 1990s, we spent approximately 95 percent of our leisure time either watching "The Bodyguard," listening to the soundtrack from "The Bodyguard" or prancing around in front of our bedroom mirror and shamelessly belting an off-key version of "I Will Always Love You" into a hairbrush microphone while simultaneously having naughty, naughty fantasies about making out with Kevin Costner on an airport tarmac.

Which is to say, we are not totally sure about the news, reported yesterday by Deadline, that Warner Bros is planning to remake "The Bodyguard" for contemporary audiences. But they are! According to the studio, the movie will contain some digital-era updates (threats of bodily harm via Twitter, anyone?) and hopes to provide a current young singer with the same shot to fame that the 1992 film gave Whitney Houston. And since casting hasn't begun yet, we're throwing our top picks into the mix! Which lady vocalist should be bodyguard-ed in the reboot? Our suggestions are as follows:

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The same week her boyfriend Justin Bieber's new 3D documentary, "Never Say Never," is headed into theaters, Selena Gomez is aiming to solidify herself as a bona fide movie star. She made her big screen debut last year in the Beverly Cleary adaptation "Ramona and Beezus" and her next big film, "Monte Carlo," places her opposite leading ladies Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy.

Now Deadline is reporting that Universal is developing an adaptation of Jay Asher's novel "13 Reasons Why" starring Selena. She will play a high school student named Hannah Baker who, before she committed suicide, recorded seven cassette tapes with instructions for them to be passed around to the 13 people who played a role in her death (like a morbid chain letter of sorts).

When the novel was released in 2008, it received several prestigious awards, including ranking in the Young Adult Library Services Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. There are still many more characters to cast in addition to Hannah, though, and we have a couple of suggestions.

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Dear "City of Bones" Casting Directors,

Kudos on a great selection for "The Mortal Instruments" protagonist Clary Fray. We're excited to see what magic 21-year-old Lily Collins can bring to the coveted role. Now that the series' leading lady has been found, you'll no doubt be turning your attention to casting the cavalcade of secondary characters. Arguably the most important "secondary" character is Clary's boy wonder, super-dreamy Shadowhunter Jace Wayland. You better believe that if we could jump into a portal and land in your offices, we'd campaign for Alex Pettyfer in person. But since we can't, we hope this letter will suffice. Here are just a few of the reasons the 20-year-old actor should wear the runes.

1. The resemblance
Sure, everyone has their own image of Jace in their heads, but it's hard to deny Alex embodies so many of the traits author Cassandra Clare describes in the series: blond, tall, lanky yet muscular. He's the complete package.

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Color us disappointed: Dakota Fanning will not be starring in the big screen adaptation of Gayle Foreman's YA novel "If I Stay." Reports surfaced back in October that Dakota was in talks to play 17-year-old cellist Mia—a role we thought would be a good stepping stone for the maturing actress. But according to the L.A. Times' 24 Frames, Dakota has turned down the role in favor of finishing her senior year of high school.

Though we're bummed Dakota won't be tackling this role, we do have to give her kudos for putting academics before acting. That being said, "If I Stay" is still without a leading lady. But don't fear, Hollywood Crush has a few recommendations for who should play the caught-between-life-and-death protagonist. Check out our picks after the jump and weigh in with your own suggestions!

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And nobody in all of Hollywood, no producer that there is or was, is ever going to hold Idina Menzel down. Hot off last season's stint as Shelby Corcoran on Fox's hit "Glee," Idina is getting her own musical drama on ABC next fall. It's basically a mash-up of "Gilmore Girls" and "Glee" and will star Idina as a single mother who works dead-end jobs as a waitress and wedding/bar mitzvah singer to make ends meet. Sounds like the focus will be more on the drama and less on the music (Deadline describes the show as a "drama with musical elements"), but the premise definitely sounds like something we'll be into.

Though Idina will likely be returning to "Glee" at some point this season, as fans of her work in "Rent," "Wicked" and even "Enchanted," we are all for her serenading us on a weekly basis. The only thing that can make this as-yet untitled show even better is the perfect teenage daughter to costar with Idina. Sounds like a perfect time for the Hollywood Crush Casting Couch to us (since, you know, Lea Michele isn't available)!

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Chelsea HandlerAre you there, vodka? Chelsea Handler's horizontal life is about to become a sitcom on NBC, so clearly you must have been looking out for her. The comedy will be based on Chelsea's three best-sellers: "My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" and "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang." If you don't know too much about this year's VMAs host, Chelsea's memoirs are comprised of hilarious essays about her unbelievable exploits which, in our opinion, are perfect sitcom fodder.

Deadline was the first to report that NBC ordered a pilot for "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," but no casting news has been issued yet. The series follows a character named Chelsea, who is in her 20s and has similar traits to her real-life influence, but won't be a comedian or writer. Chelsea has a unique personality we've come to know and love, so the show's creators need to cast a leading lady that can appropriately capture her raunchy sex appeal. Fortunately for them, we have a few recommendations.

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While most of us are spending this week in a sugar-induced fugue state, licking the discarded wrappers from the last of our Halloween candy and wondering whether we'll ever fit into our pants again, Hollywood is already looking ahead to the holidays. Next New Year's Eve, to be exact. Today brought news from Variety that "New Year's Eve," the ensemble cast rom-com followup to last year's "Valentine's Day," is picking up speed, with an announcement that Abigail Breslin is in talks to join the cast. Like its predecessor, the movie will follow a host of big-name actors through a web of interconnected plotlines—this time in the hours leading up to midnight.

And considering what New York City—where this film will be set—is like on New Year's Eve, we're thinking that Abigail's prior experience battling the undead hordes in "Zombieland" should come in handy.

Abigail is the second actor to mull a role in the project (after Lea Michele), and we can expect to be hit with a slew of these announcements in the coming months as they round out the giant ensemble cast. But while we'll be happy with anyone that director Garry Marshall picks, there are five stars we'd especially love to see on board. Who are they? Check it!

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I'm filing this one under "one step closer to a 'Wicked' movie" news. Deadline has the exciting scoop that Sam Raimi is officially attached to direct Disney's "Oz: The Great And Powerful" and Robert Downey Jr. is likely to play the Wizard. The film follows the basic idea that when the Wizard (who I'm sure will have a name—hopefully) landed in Oz, he followed an odyssey similar to that of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." Know what that means? He'll likely meet the Wicked Witch of the West!

There aren't too many details out yet about the script, which is undergoing some rewrites by David Lindsay-Abaire, but to stick with the classic mythology of Oz they've got to at least have the Witch be some sort of villain... and, yes, all we can think of is how this could borrow from the new mythology added to the story from Gregory Maguire's "Wicked." So now we've decided to dust off our "Wicked" the movie dream list for Elphaba throw some actresses' names into the pot to play the Witch in "Oz." Click on after the jump to vote on which star would be your choice!

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