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Hunger Games "Catching Fire" Casting News, 'No Doubt's' New Album Due in September, Cameron Diaz Writing First Book

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Phillip Seymour Hoffman Cast in The Hunger Games Upcoming Film

Have you been waiting for some info on the next movie in The Hunger Games series?  You’re not alone, lots of people have.  Unfortunately there hunger gamesisn’t much out there.  That is, until now.

It’s just a tidbit, but one that may make you happy.

The role of Plutarch Heavensbee has been cast.  And the lucky actor to play him is Philip Seymour Hoffman.

If you haven’t yet read the books, or just need a refresher, Plutarch takes the place of the new Gamemaker since—Spoiler Alert!!--Seneca Crane didn’t quite make it in the first film.

It’s an important role and one the actor should have no problem taking on.

There’s still no word about who will be playing Finnick Odair, but considering Catching Fire isn’t set to be released for a while, there’s still some time for the announcement to come.

Any thoughts on who might take on the role?

No Doubt to Release New Album on September 25th

gwen stefaniIt’s been a long time since No Doubt has released any new music.  Their last album, Rock Steady, was released way back in 2001.

Fans have probably been wondering what the band is up to, other than lead singer Gwen Stefani doing L’Oreal commercials and having her own fashion line.

You don’t have to wonder any more because…

No Doubt is making a comeback!

The band plans to release a brand spankin’ new album entitled Push and Shove.

According to the announcement on their website, the band will release the new album on September 25th.

Can’t wait until then?  Don’t worry, their first single, Settle Down, will be coming to a radio station near you on July 16th, with the video premiering earlier that same month.

Cameron Diaz Working on Her First Book

Cameron Diaz has already proven she has what it takes to be a great actress.  But, does she have what it takes to be a writer??

We’ll soon find out, because the What to Expect When You’re Expecting actress has decided to pen her very first book.

Is it about her famous exes?  Or perhaps her experiences in Hollywood?

Nope.

It’s a book that will help young girls learn about staying healthy through proper nutrition.

She doesn’t plan to focus on weight.  Instead, she wants girls to learn how to make the right choices to keep them as healthy as possible.

In addition to writing the informative book, sources say that Diaz will also visit high schools throughout the country to speak to teens about the right food choices.

The book will feature advice from top nutritionists, as well as from celebs such as Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Drew Barrymore.

Not sure what the book will be named or when it will hit store shelves, but it sounds like a worthy read.

Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.

Contact Valerie at writerval@comcast.net

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