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'Catching Fire' star Sam Claflin on Finnick's sugar cube scene: 'I was definitely prepared to do anything' -- EXCLUSIVE

Sam Claflin was sure he’d whiffed his audition. He was in Los Angeles on a promotional tour for Snow White and the Huntsman when his agent sent him in to read for Finnick Odair—District 4’s charismatic golden boy whose motives remain unclear to Katniss as they head back into the Games. “Finnick is this tanned, green-eyed, sex god,” laughs the 26-year-old Brit over sodas at his Waikiki hotel on a day off from shooting. “I’m thinking I’m brunette, I have loads of stubble, at the time I was by no means in shape. This guy walked in just after my audition who looked like Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise. Yeah, I’m not going to get this.”

But the filmmakers were after more than just some young stud.  “Sometimes you get someone with the swagger but not the soulfulness or the other way around,” explains Jacobson. “Sam had both. He is such a sweet, sweet fellow.” He has a sweet fiancée as well, the British actress Laura Haddock who walked by the restaurant during our interview, excitedly holding up towels and waving at him as she made her way to the beach.
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Three 'Catching Fire' characters you won't see in the movie -- EXCLUSIVE

Fans of Suzanne Collins’s  words, you can rest easy. The adaptation of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire will be “very, very true to book,” promises new director Francis Lawrence.

This week’s cover story  describes the whirlwind few weeks that followed once director Gary Ross stepped away from the helm in April. “We were five months from when we needed to start shooting and we had no script and no director,” says producer Nina Jacobson. Once Lawrence came aboard, Jacobson put together her new director with series mastermind Collins to outline the script. Their main task, says Lawrence, was figuring out a way to best distill the novel’s dense first third, during which our hero Katniss Everdeen, home from her victory tour but tormented by the ghosts of war, struggles internally with her next move.
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'Broken City' star Jeffrey Wright talks Mark Wahlberg, 'Catching Fire,' and Sundance -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Jeffrey Wright is the kind of weighty actor that directors fiend for, able to handle both indie and big budget movies, down-in-the-dirt roles and parts that require square-jawed strength.

So it’s no surprise Wright took on the intense role of police commissioner Carl Fairbanks in the upcoming political thriller Broken City, directed by Menace II Society filmmaker Allen Hughes and out in theaters Jan. 18. Co-starring Mark Wahlberg as an ex-cop who is hired by a corrupt mayor (Russell Crowe) to photograph his cheating glam wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), the noir-ish movie explodes into a full-out scandal laced with murder.

Check out an exclusive clip from the film, below, in which Wright has a heated chat with Wahlberg at a crime scene. EW spoke with Wright about exploring the confines of power in Broken City and working with Wahlberg, playing a much different down-and-out character in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and taking on the part of District 3 tribute Beetee in The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire and working with Jennifer Lawrence.

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'Catching Fire' set photos: Jennifer Lawrence in the arena! (Plus: A peek at Finnick?)

The Catching Fire cast is currently filming in beautiful Hawaii, a setting which doesn’t seem to have much to do with grim dystopian Panem. But as readers of the Hunger Games books know [SPOILERS if you don't like reading, weirdo] the Arena that plays host to the 75th Hunger Games in Catching Fire has a body of water and a curious environmental climate which seems perfect for a tropical island. A photographer snapped some photos from the set, which feature a look at Jennifer Lawrence in her Quarter Quell outfit, Josh Hutcherson in the water, and a guy who appears to be Finnick acting very Finnick-y indeed. Look on! READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' gets new animated poster -- PHOTO

The Games have begun – again.

The animated poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which shows the iconic Mockingjay pin set aflame, has arrived. “Every revolution begins with a spark,” the poster declares.

You can download the animation from the Hunger GamesFacebook page, which is running a contest along with the poster. The first 12 million people to ‘Like’ the page will be entered to be one of the 12 names listed in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire credits – all of the glory of the reaping, none of the danger.

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'Catching Fire': Lionsgate reveals rest of cast for 'Hunger Games' sequel

Like someone who underestimated how much space there was left in the margin, Lionsgate has just said “eh, screw it” and crammed the rest of their casting news in at the bottom. After months of slowly and methodically revealing the actors in their highly anticipated sequel, the studio has added eleven new faces to their marketing team’s Facebook trading card/advent calendar doohicky.

While most of them probably won’t have a line longer than “Whu–?” in the movie, this final bit of news rounds out the list of tributes participating in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s murder-a-thon. The sequel began shooting this month in Georgia and is set to hit theaters next Thanksgiving.

Here are the newly announced cast members and who they are slated to play:

  • James Logan – District 5 Tribute Boy
  • Ivette Li-Sanchez -District 5 Tribute Girl
  • Justin Hix – District 6 Tribute Boy
  • Megan Hayes – District 6 Tribute Girl
  • Bobby Jordan – Blight
  • John Casino – Woof
  • Elena Sanchez – Cecelia
  • Daniel Bernhardt – District 9 Tribute Boy
  • Marian Greene – District 9 Tribute Girl
  • Jackson Spidell – District 10 Tribute Boy
  • Tiffany Waxler – District 10 Tribute Girl

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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' begins shooting in Georgia, before moving to Hawaii

The 75th annual Hunger Games are on!

Lionsgate announced Monday that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has officially started production in and around Atlanta, Ga., with director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) at the helm, before moving to shoot in Hawaii. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are, of course, reprising their respective roles as winning tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark; Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland are all also returning, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer joining the franchise. Shooting is set to conclude in December.

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Jeffrey Wright cast as Beetee in 'Catching Fire'

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire casting is wrapping up, and there are just a few more announcements to go. The latest? Jeffrey Wright will play District 3 tribute Beetee, a.k.a. Volts, Lionsgate announced in a press release today. An electronics expert, Beetee becomes an ally for Katniss in the 75th Hunger Games.

Wright is best known for his work in the play Angels in America, earning him a Tony Award in 1994. In 2003, he reprised his role in the HBO miniseries, winning a Golden Globe and an Emmy. He’s also appeared in Basquiat, Source Code, Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace, W, Syriana, and Cadillac Records.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will arrive in theaters Nov.22, 2013.

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Let’s cast the rest of the movie!

Official: Sam Claflin is Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Meet the Cast!

Official: Sam Claflin is Finnick Odair in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Ending weeks of speculation, Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) has officially been cast as the dashing former Hunger Games champion Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate announced today. The British-born Claflin, 24, had been the front-runner for the coveted role since mid-July.

Of all the new characters in Catching Fire, Finnick looms largest. After he won his Hunger Games for District 4 when he was 14 thanks to his prowess with a trident, Finnick’s rakish good looks and louche charm helped him become something of a celebrity in the Capitol. (MILD SPOILERS AHEAD!)

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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' finds its Cashmere

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The Catching Fire reaping continues. Stephanie Leigh Schlund (The Last Song) has landed the role of Cashmere in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The awesomely named former winner from District 1 proves to be a formidable foe to Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) thanks to her partnership with her brother Gloss (Alan Ritchson) — they won their respective Hunger Games in consecutive years.

Schlund costarred in the pilot of Drop Dead Diva, and will next appear on the fall Fox series The Following, with Kevin Bacon.

Catching Fire starts production this fall, with director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend).

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‘Catching Fire’: Alan Ritchson is Gloss
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