We saw teaselet for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s first official trailer earlier this week, but the full cornucopia of goodness spilled out during the final moments of tonight’s MTV Movie Awards — complete with a literally fiery intro by star Liam Hemsworth. Was it worth the wait? Watch and decide for yourself below. READ FULL STORY »
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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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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.
Intriguingly, the announcement was notable for what it didn’t mention as much as what it did. READ FULL STORY »
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!)
Casting Net: Jeremy Renner eyeing David O. Russell drama. Plus: Daniel Radcliffe, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Depp
• Jeremy Renner is in talks to star opposite Bradley Cooper in director David O. Russell‘s untitled drama (previously called American Bulls—), based on a true story about a con artist (Cooper) compelled to work with the F.B.I. agent (Renner) who nabbed him in a far reaching sting operation known as Abscam. Christian Bale was initially set to play the con artist, and Cooper the F.B.I. agent, but the roles shifted around after Bale dropped out of the project. [Variety]
• Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) have signed up to star in The F Word, which sounds much less edgy than its title first implies: It’s an indie romantic comedy about a couple who meet and have great chemistry, but end up trying to just be friends — ergo, the title. Michael Dowse (Goon) is directing from a Black List script by Elan Mastai (The Samaritan). [Variety]
• Juliette Lewis is in talks to join the feature adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning play August: Osage County, as the dizzy youngest daughter to Meryl Streep‘s hard-hearted family matriarch. Julia Roberts is also set to star as the assertive eldest daughter. John Wells will direct from Letts’ adaptation of his play. [Deadline]
• Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones) will star opposite Karl Urban in Overdrive, a thriller about American car thieves who relocate to France. Antonio Negret (Transit) will direct from a script by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Wanted). Claflin is also reportedly in the running for the role of Finnick in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which would likely shoot soon after Overdrive finished production. [Variety]
• Kristen Bell will headline The Lifeguard, about a woman who leaves her job as a reporter in New York City to get her high school job as a lifeguard. Mamie Gummer (CBS’ The Good Wife), Martin Starr (Party Down), Alex Shaffer (Win Win), Josuha Harto (The Dark Knight), and Amy Madigan (Gone Babby Gone) costar. Liz W. Garcia (CBS’ Cold Case) will direct from her screenplay. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Anthony Mackie may join ‘Captain America’ sequel as the Falcon. Plus: Richard Jenkins, Vince Vaughn
Daniel Radcliffe to star in supernatural thriller ‘Horns’
‘Catching Fire’ zeroing in on actors for Finnick and Beetee — REPORT
UPDATE: Melissa Leo is reportedly no longer in the running for the role of Mags. The following story has been amended accordingly.
The tributes for the Hunger Games of The Hunger Games were stocked mostly with young actors unknown to most audiences. But as the casting sweepstakes for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire really begins to (forgive me) catch fire, it appears that Lionsgate hopes to dial up the star wattage a bit for its wildly anticipated sequel.
Variety is reporting that Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) are the latest actors to top the shortlist to play the new tributes in Catching Fire. (Some SPOILERS follow for those who have not read Suzanne Collins’ novel.) READ FULL STORY »
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