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.