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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

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Katniss sings (again) in new 'House at the End of the Street' clip -- VIDEO

“Rue’s Lullaby” was only the beginning.

This “music video” trailer for The House at the End of the Street features aspiring triple threat Jennifer Lawrence as you’ve never seen her before: placidly strumming an acoustic guitar and crooning a soft version of Benji Hughes’ “All You’ve Got to Do Is Fall in Love.” From the clip, you’d think House is a sweet romance about Lawrence and her broody neighbor, played by Max Thieriot… at least, until the creepiness begins about 40 seconds in. Either way, the song sounds great — whether it’s played straight or distorted as Lawrence’s character descends into the Death Basement of Doom.

Judge the Oscar nominee’s vocal prowess below:

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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.

Intriguingly, the announcement was notable for what it didn’t mention as much as what it did. READ FULL STORY

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’: 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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Review: 'The Hunger Games' on DVD and Blu-ray

The temptation to pat yourself on the back after making a movie that grossed $650 million worldwide must be overwhelming. At least, that’s the impression you get watching the new two-disc set of The Hunger Games (2012, PG-13, 2 hrs., 22 mins.)

As anyone who’s seen the teen blood-sport adventure knows, director Gary Ross and his trio of young stars (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth) did a pretty remarkable job of staying true to the spirit of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel and delivering the goods without dumbing things down. They gave the book’s rabid fan base exactly what they wanted — at least within the parameters of a relatively gore-free PG-13 rating. So bravo to them. We can’t wait for next year’s sequel, Catching Fire.

That said, the more than three hours of extras left me a little… hungry. READ FULL STORY

'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’ lands ‘Revolution’ costar as Seeder

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' lands 'Revolution' costar as Seeder

Another day, another casting announcement for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Actress Maria Howell (The Blind SideThe Vampire Diaries) will take on the role of Seeder, a former Hunger Games winner from District 11. Unlike several of the former Hunger Games champions, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) takes a liking to Seeder the moment they meet, when Seeder gives Katniss vital information about the families of Rue and Thresh.

The Atlanta-based Howell has also appeared on TBS’ Meet the Browns and House of Payne; she will next star on NBC’s fall TV hopeful Revolution. Her first role was as the church choir soloist in 1985′s The Color Purple.

Director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) will begin shooting Catching Fire this fall.

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