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MTV Movie Awards: Check out the winners here

Voters for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards spread the wealth, bestowing Movie of the Year and Best Kiss to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, Best Female and Male Performance to The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, and Best Hero and Best Cast to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. Check out the full list of winners below:  READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Count out Taylor Kitsch as Finnick Odair

When the report broke that Taylor Kitsch in the running to play the dashing, love-sick, oft-nearly-naked Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, I was dubious. While starring in the sure-to-be-a-hit Catching Fire would help brighten Kitsch’s tarnished star power thanks to the one-two punch of John Carter and Battleship, Kitsch is already committed to director Peter Berg’s Navy SEAL drama Lone Survivor. That film will likely be shooting at the same time that director Francis Lawrence is in production on Catching Fire.

If there was any doubt as to whether Kitsch would abandon his close buddy Berg for Finnick’s golden trident, Kitsch himself laid that idea to rest today. When reached by The Los Angeles Times about playing the Hunger Games champion, Kitsch had a typically terse response: “Not going to happen.”

So there you have it. Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund, generic unknown dreamboat, the competition just got more intense!

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Update your calendars: Lionsgate renames ‘Catching Fire’

Robert Pattinson addresses 'Catching Fire' rumors

Contrary to Internet chatter, Robert Pattinson will not star as handsome Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. “I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games,” Pattinson told USA Today at Cannes on Saturday. “I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent.” And? “My agent was like, ‘No,’” Pattinson said. “(My agent) was like no one’s going to offer you that part. I was like, thanks for the reassurance.”

In an EW poll in March after the release of The Hunger Games, 35 percent of readers said they think True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten should land the role of Finnick.  READ FULL STORY

Update your calendars: Lionsgate renames 'Catching Fire'

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Today in Hunger Games news: The blockbuster film’s upcoming sequel now has a slightly tweaked title. Lionsgate will officially name the second movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire rather than just Catching Fire, the title of Suzanne Collins’ second dystopian YA novel.

The studio’s strategy echoes the one Summit Entertainment has used for its Twilight films; while the first was simply called Twilight, subsequent titles are all prefaced with The Twilight Saga and a colon. This tweaked title should also set straight moviegoers who have been anticipating a Lionsgate adaptation of Kay Nolte Smith’s 1982 mystery novel.

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'Hunger Games' Blu-ray/DVD trailer -- EXCLUSIVE

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Missing Katniss and Peeta already? Catching Fire‘s November 2013 release date seem like an eternity to wait for your next fix? Not to worry: Later this summer you’ll be able to whip up some groosling and settle in on the couch at home to watch The Hunger Games. The first film based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel trilogy hits Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 18.

Lionsgate kicks off its official 12-week countdown to the release on Friday, May 25, when the Blu-ray and DVD will become available for pre-order. EW is helping with the celebration by hosting the exclusive premiere of the trailer, embedded below:

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Box office update: 'Avengers' easily holds off 'Dark Shadows', scores gigantic $29.1 million Friday

Sorry, Captain Jack, but Captain America isn’t ready to give up the top spot at the box office yet!

In its second weekend in theaters, The Avengers is still breaking records — this time, it’s headed for the best second weekend in box office history. The superhero ensemble film took in a gargantuan $29.1 million on Friday, which should lead to a weekend in the $95-105 million range — far more than current record holder Avatar, which earned $75.6 million in its second frame.

Tonight, on its ninth day of release, The Avengers will cross the $300 million mark (it’s made $299.1 million so far), and on Sunday it will soar past $350 million. No film has ever reached those milestones faster. READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games,' 'Bridesmaids' top MTV Movie Award nominees

This year’s MTV Movie Awards will be a showdown between a bevy of bridesmaids and a cast of killer kids.

“Bridesmaids” and “The Hunger Games” top nominees at MTV’s annual film honors with eight nods apiece, including bids for best cast, breakthrough performance and movie of the year. Rounding out the best-picture contenders are “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” ”The Help” And “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1.”

MTV announced nominees Monday in 12 categories, including six new ones such as “best on-screen dirtbag” and “best gut-wrenching performance.” Also new this year: Nominees were selected by a panel of actors, producers, agents and industry tastemakers instead of via online vote from the public.

Fans can still choose the winners, though. Voting begins online Tuesday at 8 a.m. Eastern time.

The 21st annual MTV Movie Awards will be presented June 3 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City and broadcast live on MTV.

The complete list of nominees:  READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' star Josh Hutcherson says he's looking forward to working with Francis Lawrence

The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson found out director Gary Ross was bowing out of the sequel, Catching Fire, in the same way that many fans did — he read it in the news.

Hutcherson told EW at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday that he reached out to Ross after finding out he wouldn’t be directing the much-anticipated second-installment of the record-breaking film. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Think Like A Man' wins again with $18 million; 'Pirates' sails past 'Engagement'

Look guys, sometimes box office articles just need four headlines!

In this case, the under-performance of The Five-Year Engagement wasn’t the only big story this weekend. Think Like A Man notched a very strong sophomore frame, The Hunger Games reached a truly remarkable milestone, and The Avengers flexed their muscles internationally. Oh, and Safe and The Raven also entered theaters. We’ve got a lot to talk about! Here’s how the box office shook out: READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Think Like A Man' stays on top with $5.5 million on Friday; 'Engagement' at No. 3

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Despite four new wide releases entering theaters, Think Like A Man, the adaptation of Steve Harvey’s famous advice book for women, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, managed to stay on top of the box office on Friday with $5.5 million.

Although that gross marks a drop of about 55 percent from last Friday,  things should stabilize nicely over the rest of the weekend. In the end, Think Like A Man will likely dip by less than 50 percent and score about $18 million in its sophomore frame.

In second place, the Zac Efron/Taylor Schilling romance The Lucky One pulled in an estimated $3.9 million yesterday. That puts the weepy film, based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, on track for a $12 million second weekend, which would lift its total past $40 million with ease. READ FULL STORY

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