In this season’s hottest film releases, the settings nearly upstage the stars.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Headliners: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Backdrop: Another dystopian tournament, another paradisiacal setting (this time it’s Hawaii).
Scene Stealer: Katniss and her rivals battle it out by Kawela Bay, on Oahu’s North Shore.
Inspired? Stay where the cast reportedly did: Turtle Bay Resort ($$).
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (pictured)
Headliners: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
Backdrop: The biopic, which features Elba (The Wire) in the title role, was filmed on location throughout South Africa.
Scene Stealer: Idyllic KwaZulu-Natal, where the activist’s wedding to Winnie Madikizela was shot.
Inspired? Visit Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 years.
Inside Llewyn Davis
Headliners: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake
Backdrop: Joel and Ethan Coen evoke Greenwich Village in the 1960’s through the story of a folksinger’s struggles.
Scene Stealer: NYC’s landmark Caffe Reggio ($$) stands in for a Chicago club.
Inspired? Go on a downtown bar-hop on the Greenwich Village Rock Tour.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Headliners: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott
Backdrop: Stiller directs a remake of the 1947 classic about a hapless dreamer who realizes his life of adventure in Iceland.
Scene Stealer: The star skateboards at breakneck speed in the lunar Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Inspired? Walk on glaciers with Overseas Adventure Travel.
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