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'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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'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' casts Chaff. It's...

Hunger Games casting news is at a fever pitch. There’s still no news about Finnick, but Johanna, Gloss and Brutus have all been recent announcements. Now Chaff has been cast as well, Lionsgate announced today.

E. Roger Mitchell will portray Chaff, a tribute from District 11 that previously won the 45 annual Hunger Games and competes like all the others in the Quarter Quell in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Mitchell has previously appeared on The Shield, One Tree Hill and Tyler Perry projects such as Diary Of A Mad Black Woman and House Of Payne.

Enjoy the casting announcement — fans still have a long time to wait to catch the next installment. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released on November 22, 2013.

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Alan Ritchson is Gloss
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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ casts Brutus

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Alan Ritchson is Gloss

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Alan Ritchson, star of Spike TV’s Blue Mountain State, has been cast in the role of Gloss in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Gloss is a member of the pack of career tributes with whom Katniss ends up doing battle. We expect him to snarl and posture menacingly on screen.

Ritchson joins recently cast former victors Bruno Gunn as Brutus and Meta Golding as Enobaria.

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ casts Brutus
‘Catching Fire': Meta Golding joins cast as Enobaria

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' casts Brutus

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You just don’t want to mess with District 2. A day after Meta Golding landed the role of the fearsome District 2 champion Enobaria in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate announced today that actor Bruno Gunn (Bad Teacher, FX’s Sons of Anarchy) has been cast as fellow District 2 victor Brutus. (SPOILERS follow from here.)  READ FULL STORY

'Catching Fire': Meta Golding joins cast as Enobaria

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Criminal Minds actress Meta Golding has been given a role in Catching Fire (a.k.a. The Hunger Games 2: Still Hungry) as Enobaria, a tribute from District 2 who antagonizes Katniss during the sequel’s all-star deathlympics.  Like the rest of the contestants, she is a former victor and is known to be especially brutal and unrelenting.

Lionsgate made the announcement on the film’s Facebook page, which is set up like an Advent calendar where instead of chocolate, you get casting news. Golding has mostly television credits to her name, including stints on Dark Blue, CSI, and Cold Case. The franchise sequel is expected to begin filming in September for a Nov. 22, 2013 release.

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Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence may go to 'Ends of the Earth.' Plus: Mickey Rourke, Kevin Costner, and a 'Catching Fire' baddie

• Speaking of Lawrence, Patrick St. Esprit (Sons of Anarchy) will join her in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, playing the small supporting role of Romulus Thread, the ruthless new head Peacekeeper for District 12. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) is directing. [Variety]

• Mickey Rourke is negotiating to star opposite Gerard Butler in Motor City, a drama about a man seeking retribution against the person whose double cross landed him in jail. (Albert Hughes is directing.) If that isn’t hard-scrabble noir enough for you, Rourke is also aiming to reprise his role of Marv in Sin City 2, even though the character was electrocuted in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s first film. [Deadline]

• Next up on the ’80s star double-feature circuit, Kevin Costner has been offered the role of the mentor to Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) in the upcoming prequel/reboot of the Tom Clancy/CIA analyst franchise. (Kenneth Branagh is directing and starring as the main villain.) Costner has also been offered the lead in Three Days to Kill, about an assassin with a fatal illness going off on one last job in France, to be produced by Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp, the same company behind the Taken films. Neither deal is close to done, however. [Deadline]

• Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) is in talks to join the growing cast of Breacher, about 10 crooked DEA agents who begin dying one by one after they use an official operation to mask a robbery. Arnold SchwarzeneggerSam WorthingtonTerrence Howard, and Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies) will costar. David Ayer (Harsh Times) is directing. [THR]

• Catherine Keener and Toni Collette have signed up for the new, untitled comedy from writer-director Nicole Holofcener (Please GiveFriends with Money). Keener will star as a new friend to a divorcée Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, who ends up falling for Keener’s ex-husband (James Gandolfini). Collette will play Keener’s therapist, who is also Louis-Dreyfuss’ friend. Got all that? [Variety]

• Lindsay Lohan is in talks for an unspecified role in Scary Movie 5, to be directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Soul Men). Yeah, that seems about right. [E! Online]

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'Hunger Games': Philip Seymour Hoffman on playing Plutarch in 'Catching Fire'

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Why did the deeply serious, Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman want to join Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Donald Sutherland in the cast of the second
Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire? "I liked the people involved," says Hoffman, who recently signed on to play Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. "It's a great group of actors. It's a great environment. And the character was something I was attracted to. It was just an interesting role. [SPOILER ALERT]

He’s somebody who’s part of the revolution, but you don’t know it. The idea that somebody would be risking themselves in such an extreme way to join something that’s that dangerous because he thinks it’s the future…that’s interesting stuff, you know?”

Hoffman hadn’t read Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novels when he found out he might be up for a role, so he watched the first movie and is currently halfway through the second book. “It’s good,” he says. “I’ve read the script, which is true to the book — I kinda ruined it for myself. [Laughs] But I’m reading it anyway, because I really want to find out everything I need to know about this guy.”

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'Hunger Games': It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Jennifer Lawrence in a tree -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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As if anyone needed more proof that Jennifer Lawrence is tough as nails, check out this EW exclusive clip from the special features of the Blu-ray/DVD of The Hunger Games, where viewers can take a behind-the-scenes look at how Lawrence trained for Katniss, and why the crew made her her own climbing gym.

Inside scoop: The knots on the tree in her training gym became the same as the ones in the movie so Lawrence could accurately practice her climb — complete with a harness, of course.

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'Sex and the City' star Lynn Cohen cast as Mags in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

From Magda to Mags: Lynn Cohen — best known as Miranda’s nanny Magda on Sex and the City — will play the 80-year-old former Hunger Games champion Mags in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Mags also served as a mentor to District 4 champion Finnick Odair, and they both play crucial roles during the 75th Annual Hunger Games, also called the Quarter Quell. Practically silent, Mags nonetheless proves vital during the Games, inspiring fierce loyalty from Finnick. That role has yet to be cast, but Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) is reportedly the frontrunner.

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'Hunger Games' behind-the-scenes: Jennifer Lawrence talks portraying Katniss -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Before The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence was known mostly for indie fare, like her Oscar-nominated turn in Winter’s Bone.

In this EW exclusive clip of a behind-the-scenes feature from the upcoming Blu-ray release of The Hunger Games, Lawrence discusses her fears about signing onto a popular franchise film, her advice from her mom, and why a good script is a good script, no matter the size of the movie.

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