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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:00 am


Prequel to 'Games' set for May '20

Associated Press

A decade after seemingly wrapping up “The Hunger Games,” Suzanne Collins is bringing readers back to Panem. A prequel, set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy, is coming next year.

The novel, currently untitled, is scheduled for release on May 19, 2020. Collins said in a statement Monday that she would go back to the years following the so-called “Dark Days,” the failed rebellion in Panem. Collins set the “Hunger Games” books in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live television.

“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” she said. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days – as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet – provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

Set on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games, the book takes place well before the lifetime of “Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the billion-dollar movie franchise.

Twain in Vegas

Shania Twain is heading back to Las Vegas.

The queen of country pop announced 23 performances Monday for her “Let's Go!” residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, starting Dec. 6. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Twain's first Vegas residency ran from 2012 to 2014. Since then, Sin City has been bombarded with residencies from pop acts including Lady Gaga, Drake, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Calvin Harris, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and more.

'Empire' arrest

Another “Empire” actor has been arrested in Chicago, but this time on a traffic-related offense.

Police spokeswoman Karie James said Monday that Bryshere Gray, who plays a younger brother of Jussie Smollett's character on the Chicago-based Fox TV show, was pulled over Thursday because a temporary license plate didn't match the 2014 Rolls Royce he was driving. She says he was arrested on a misdemeanor registration charge and ticketed for driving an uninsured vehicle and failure to carry a driver's license.

James says the 25-year-old Gray isn't in custody, but it wasn't immediately clear when he was released. 

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Musician Paul McCartney is 77. Actress Isabella Rossellini is 67. Actress Carol Kane is 67. Actor Brian Benben is 63. Actress Andrea Evans is 62. Singer Alison Moyet is 58. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed is 56. Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is 46. Actress Alana de la Garza is 43. Singer Blake Shelton is 43. Actor David Giuntoli is 39.