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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.

Watch Lawrence show her strength below: READ FULL STORY

'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.

Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Official: Jena Malone will play Johanna Mason in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

It’s official: Lionsgate announced this morning that Jena Malone has signed on to play Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Malone is the third new actor to formally join the Hunger Games franchise, following Philip Seymour Hoffman (as Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee) and Amanda Plummer (as tribute Wiress).

EW first reported last month that Malone was in the running for the pivotal role. (Some basic plot SPOILERS follow from here.)  READ FULL STORY

'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

Amanda Plummer to play Wiress in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' -- BREAKING

Tick tock.

As Catching Fire nears its start date, another new member has been added to the cast of the Hunger Games sequel — Amanda Plummer, the actress best known for playing meek and mad characters in So I Married an Axe Murderer, The Fisher King and Needful Things.

As fans of the Suzanne Collins book could probably guess from those first two words of the story, she’ll be playing a character who becomes a critical ally to Katniss Everdeen… READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games': Prim, Rue, Cato, Thresh, and Marvel talk 'Catching Fire' and...zombies? -- VIDEO

The Hunger Games cast members Willow Shields (Prim), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Alexander Ludwig (Cato), Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh), and Jack Quaid (Marvel) all stopped by EW’s Comic-Con studio today to discuss how theybonded while making the film, their favorite scene from the film, and (per a question via Twitter) who would best survive a zombie apocalypse. Plus, Shields talks about Prim’s bigger role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Check it out below! READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' behind-the-scenes clip: Katniss on fire -- EXCLUSIVE

For those of you who aren’t at Comic-Con, fear not. EW has an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from The Hunger Games that just premiered at a Comic-Con panel.

The video is a closer look at the scene where Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is tied in a tree, and the fire starts to surround her. Watch director Gary Ross and stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski block out and show Lawrence the path she has to run, and watch how close Lawrence actually gets to the fire. Katniss would be proud.

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