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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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Best of 2012: The breakout kids

Image Credit: Murray Close

From a human-vampire hybrid to a pair of precocious love birds, these kids stole the show in some of this year’s biggest flicks. The peewee actors mirrored their strong-willed characters’ strengths, stirring Oscar buzz for several of their roles in 2012.

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Entertainers of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence

Ben Affleck might be on the cover of our Entertainers of the Year issue, but there’s a case to be made that Jennifer Lawrence could take him in a street fight. The 22-year-old (22!) actress from Kentucky anchored her first franchise when she nimbly picked up Katniss Everdeen’s bow in The Hunger Games, thrilling Suzanne Collins’ discerning fans with her equal parts fierce and tender performance. And then, in a graceful return to her indie roots, Lawrence delivered a bravura performance playing Tiffany, a damaged young woman who refuses to apologize for her messiness, in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. She’s a miracle up on the screen. And, miraculously, she sounds like her very big 2012 has not gone to her head.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve had an extraordinarily successful year. Is there a moment or decision which makes you particularly proud?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE:
Personally, yes. Business-wise no. I don’t think I’ve ever done that. No matter what anyone says, I’m my own worst critic.

Well, if I was talking to your parents instead, what might they say was their proudest moment?
At the Toronto Film Festival for the Silver Linings Playbook premiere. I couldn’t sit with them because I had to sit with the cast. I went out first [afterwards] and then I saw them and my Dad had tears in his eyes. I’ve never seen my Dad with tears in his eyes, ever. My first thought was that someone hurt him or something! ‘What’s happened to my Dad?’ My mom was crying too but she always cries. They were really proud. That was probably the one moment I allowed myself to feel good and proud. READ FULL STORY

'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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Francis Lawrence to direct 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Part 1 and 2

Lionsgate announced on Thursday that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence will remain with the franchise and direct parts 1 and 2 of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

The announcement means Lawrence, who’s been shooting Catching Fire since September, will have helmed three out of the four feature adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling YA novel series. READ FULL STORY

'Game Change' writer Danny Strong in talks to pen 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

From the (figurative) cutthroat world of American politics to the (literal) cutthroat world of Panem: EW has confirmed that Danny Strong — who won an Emmy last month for writing the HBO movie Game Change about the 2008 G.O.P. presidential campaign — is in talks to adapt Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay for the two-part finale of The Hunger Games saga. Part one of Mockingjay is already set for theaters on Nov. 21, 2014; part two on Nov. 20, 2015.

Though Strong began his career as an actor on shows like Buffy the Vampire SlayerGilmore Girls, and Mad Men, the Hunger Games gig cements him as one of the most sought-after working writers in Hollywood. His first writing credit was for the HBO movie Recount, about the 2000 presidential recount battle, and his upcoming projects include co-writer-director Lee Daniels’ life-in-the-White-House biopic The Butler, and the adaptation of Dan Brown’s bestseller The Lost Symbol.

Between Strong’s ability to refashion complicated narratives into a feature film timeframe and his clear affinity for stories with a robust political bent, he makes for a strong choice to handle Mockingjay‘s thorny tale of uprising and betrayal.

Variety first broke the news. Lionsgate had no comment.

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Meet the Cast!

'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

Related:
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ begins shooting in Georgia, before moving to Hawaii
Jeffrey Wright cast as Beetee in ‘Catching Fire’
Official: Sam Claflin is Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

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