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Video of the Day: Katniss returns in new trailer for filmed-in-Atlanta 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

The first official teaser trailer for the November 21 film has arrived

After fans were treated to only creepy Capitol propaganda videos for the last month, the first official movie trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay  — Part 1 has finally arrived. The minute-long teaser, which debuted over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con (along with the new Walking Dead season 5 trailer), sets up the theme of first several pages of Mockingjay—the leaders of the District 13 rebellion (including the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee and Julianne Moore as President Coin) want Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) to be their figurehead as they head to war with the Capitol, but the question remains whether the Girl on Fire, who is still dealing with the trauma of surviving two Hunger Games, is up to the task. But the ever-determined Katniss declares that she will join the fight. The trailer offers glimpses of the Atlanta History Center's Swan House and Pullman Yard, along with lots of action admid tall Georgia pines.

The film hits theaters on November 21.


These Atlanta homes are made from old shipping containers

Glen Donaldson was inspired abroad and created his first dream home in 2007

      While traveling in Europe, Glen Donaldson saw houses crafted from old shipping containers and was intrigued. But back home in Atlanta—where rail lines carry more than a million boxcars a year—he couldn’t find anything similar. So Donaldson located an affordable lot in an area where zoning permitted modern houses, secured an architect, and designed his dream home. The easiest task turned out to be obtaining the six containers that would be assembled to create a three-story townhome with a drive-under garage. “Because it’s such a transportation hub, there are several places to find containers around Atlanta,” says Donaldson, who acquired his from a reseller in Jonesboro. (Used containers run from $2,000 to $20,000 based on size and condition.)

      His Old Fourth Ward lot required a tall, narrow structure. “If it had been built conventionally, there would have been all kinds of reinforcement needed,” he says. “The containers’ steel structure is beneficial.” Donaldson built his three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home in 2007 and a second house a few years ago.

      What do the neighbors think of the townhomes, which are somewhat reminiscent of Lego bricks? “People sometimes walk by and say they are cool, but no one has said anything bad—at least not to my face,” says Donaldson. Of course, when he first moved in, the area was not the buzzy hive of nightlife and development it is now. Donaldson’s houses are just a few blocks from the massive Hulsey Yard, where containers are loaded onto and off of CSX freight trains around the clock. “I can’t see the CSX yard from my house­—but I sure can hear it,” he says.

      Fast facts
      Donaldson used “high-cube” containers, which, at nine and a half feet tall, make for higher-ceilinged rooms than standard eight-and-a-half-foot containers.

       Each house required six containers, stacked two wide and three high. The containers measure eight feet by forty feet. “The rooms are spacious,” says Donaldson. “But there are a lot of stairs.”

       The second duplex, on the market for $459,000 earlier this year, has since been signed for a long-term lease.

       Donaldson’s first house occupies a lot just twenty-seven feet wide and eighty feet deep. The second lot is also eighty feet deep, but narrows from thirty feet at the front to just seventeen at the rear.

       Since the containers had to be cut to allow for access between floors and to create windows and doors, the assembled construction is reinforced with posts and steel beams.

      This article originally appeared in our July 2014 issue under the headline "Ship-Shape."

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