Catching Fire

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Meta Golding Joins The Ever-Growing Catching Fire Cast As Enobaria

Meta Golding Joins Catching Fire Cast

Meta Golding is just the latest citizen of Panem to join the Catching Fire cast, and when it comes to this role, we hope she really goes for the throat. Get it? Because Enobaria ripped open a tribute’s throat with her teeth? Then she had said teeth filed into points and tipped in gold because she’s a vicious competitor hell-bent on success? Man, November 2013 cannot come fast enough. Lionsgate announced today that actress Golding, most recently of Criminal Minds, CSI and House, has snagged the role of District 2 career tribute Enobaria, good news considering the film is allegedly set to start filming as soon as we finish this post. Right…now.

Golding helps round out a stellar cast that features such excellent performers as Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, and Patrick St. Esprit. Tony Shalhoub is rumored but not confirmed for Beetee, and we think that’s pretty much it…oh wait, we almost forgot Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. As of right now (and as of the last couple weeks), Sam Claflin is still the leading contender for Finnick Odair, so let’s do this already, Lionsgate. In the meantime, behold your new Hunger Games cast members, and get ready for some futuristic blood spooooooooooort!

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Jennifer Lawrence Deserves That Big Catching Fire Raise; Hunger Games DVD Extras Prove Why

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in The Hunger Games

So, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lawrence is “in the final stages of negotiations” to get a big fat raise for The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Whereas she got $500,000 plus bonuses from the first flick, she’ll be getting something like $10 million total for number two. And you know what? We think she totally deserves it. We’ve been catching snippets of the DVD extras before its August 18 release, and they go a long way to showing that she’s the real heart of the movie (well, that and Suzanne Collins’ story, of course). Take this latest exclusive clip on Vulture today, all about how director Gary Ross and visual effects supervisor Sheena Duggal decided on the way to create Katniss and Peeta’s flaming arena costumes.

I hope you don’t take away my HG fangirl badge for saying this, but the Girl on Fire scene was basically my least favorite of the whole movie. The effects fell way short of my imagination, and they just seemed rather cheesy to me. Not that I could tell you how it would look better, mind you. My point is, even though the effects very occasionally reminded you that you were watching a fictional movie, Lawrence’s stark performance consistently brought me back into the story. I’m sure a whole lot of the three hours of behind-the-scenes footage the DVD contains is going to show more of the same. Here she is learning how to climb trees — but of course, we never care how well she climbs the trees in the end, it’s all about the look on her face once she’s up there, watching the Careers plot her demise.

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Patrick St. Esprit To Bring Down the Hammer As Catching Fire‘s Romulus Thread

Patrick St. Clair Cast In Catching Fire

According to Variety, Sons Of Anarchy actor Patrick St. Esprit has been cast as Romulus Thread in Catching Fire. So feel free to start loathing him now! St. Esprit is allegedly signed on as the hard-nosed Head Peacekeeper of District 12, a man so determined to repress rebellion he *spoiler alert* flogs Gale for poaching, injures Katniss and has poor Darius turned into an avox. Don’t know what “avox” means. It’s okay; you know what “flog” means, right? Yeah, the guy is…not good.

Much like his cast members Amanda Plummer and Lynn Cohen, St. Esprit has been preparing for his Hunger Games character his entire career; the actor has played military and police types in everything from Super 8 to Rizzoli & Isles to, yes, Walker, Texas Ranger. Unlike his role in this year’s Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, however, St. Esprit’s new role will allow him to work with cast mates who are actually talented performers. “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,” Philip Seymour Hoffman told EW about his turn as Plutarch Heavensbee in a particularly spoiler-y interview. Oh, also? Spoiler alert! “He’s somebody who’s part of the revolution, but you don’t know it,” Hoffman muses. “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?” Oh, we know. That’s why we bought this tent to sleep in while in line for the Catching Fire midnight show! Of course it would be coming out in November. Horrible, cold November…

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Sex And The City‘s Lynn Cohen Cast As Catching Fire‘s Mags. We’ll Just Start Crying Now.

Lynn Cohen Cast in Catching Fire

Hopefully she’s as good at making fish hooks as she is at making Miranda feel terrible about her sexual choices! Lionsgate announced today that America’s favorite judgmental housekeeper Sex And The City’s Lynn Cohen has been cast as District 4 victor-turned-coach-turned-tribute in Catching Fire. Partnered with Finnick Odair and endeared to Katniss, Mags is an 80-year-old Hunger Games mentor who volunteers to protect tribute Annie Cresta. If that already sounds like a tear jerker, you might need to stock up on Kleenex now. It only gets more heart-wrenching from there.

Cohen has most recently appeared in Nurse Jackie, Bored to Death and basically every permutation of Law & Order on television. In case you thought Cohen’s range was limited to just “comically old-fashioned domestic worker,” her emotional moments with Cynthia Nixon over her ailing mother-in-law, as well as her turn as Golda Meir in Munich, will show you otherwise. Seriously, you will cry at your desk if you watch the videos below the jump. Oh no…we just remembered more details from Catching Fire. Yeah, we are already dreading that whole “falling to the ground in a horrible dance” business…

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Jena Malone Is Your Johanna Mason, And Everything Else We Know About Catching Fire So Far

Jena Malon Cast As Johanna Mason
Jena Malone has been officially cast as Catching Fire‘s Johanna Mason! Could you possibly be more surprised? We’re being sarcastic, of course; we feel like we’ve heard more about this particular casting rumor than about any detail of The Hunger Games so far. With all this hype, Jena had better bring her arm-stabbing game correct! We’re just being sarcastic again; we’re positive she will. While it was a long time coming, we’re at least glad to know who will be portraying one of the movie’s more pivotal characters. What other details do we know about Catching Fire thus far? Allow us to break it down for you.

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Melissa Leo, Tony Shalhoub Rumored For Catching Fire; Sam Claflin Might End This Finnick Madness

Sam Claflin Allegedly Cast As Finnick In Catching Fire

Yes, we are totally onboard with this. Let’s make it official! We’ve already had the possibility of Glee‘s Grant Gustin, Garrett Hedlund, Hunter Parrish, Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Williams dangled in front of our noses as rumored candidates to play tribute Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. According to Zap2It, Snow White and The Huntsman‘s Sam Claflin has allegedly been offered the role as of today; now he just has to accept it. Which he had better. If the rumor is false, this is literally the seventh time we’ve gotten our hopes up. If not, Sam seems like a fabulous pick, even considering the fact that he holds his mouth all silly on the red carpet. Well, he does! It’s sort of adorable!

Meanwhile, Variety named Melissa Leo and Tony Shaloub as frontrunners for tributes and former Hunger Games victors Mags and Beetee respectively. Mags is supposed to be around 80 years old, but we will overlook that seeing as how Melissa already has an Oscar under her belt for The Figher. She’ll make it work. Meanwhile, Shaloub would be the perfect foil for Amanda Plummer’s Wiress; we already know from Monk that Tony can do intelligent and twitchy. So enough with the rumors already! Get these three to sign on the dotted line already so we can start cranking out some highly detailed, highly inappropriate fanfic!

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Why Is Amanda Plummer Perfect For Catching Fire‘s Wiress? All Her Finest Roles Have Been Bonkers

Amanda Plummer Cast As Wiress In Catching Fire

Man, they are continuing to kill it with these Catching Fire casting decisions. Snapping up one of the film’s adult roles alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Pulp Fiction actress Amanda Plummer will be portraying District 3 tribute and former Hunger Games victor Wiress in the upcoming sequel. According to Lionsgate’s press release, “[t]he character’s eccentricity earns her the nickname ‘Nuts’ from fellow tributes, and though she doesn’t communicate traditionally, her observations and contributions prove invaluable in the Quarter Quell.” Personally, there’s no other woman we’d rather see mutely ride on a chariot wearing an outfit covered in lightbulbs. It just feels right.

Why is are we so sure Amanda Plummer will kill it as the unhinged tribute? Because, just like PSH, she has been honing her “unstable and/or vaguely dangeous’ shtick her entire career. We picked two of our favorite offbeat Plummer roles below as proof. The only question? Who will play her nervous companion Beetee? Only time will tell. Tick tock, ya’ll!

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Glee‘s Grant Gustin Auditioned For Catching Fire, Bringing Our Possible Finnick Count Up To Infinity

Grant Gustin Up For Finnick In Catching Fire

Just when you think every actor under the age of 30 has tried out for the role of Finnick in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, you find out that you are totally and completely correct. Glee’s Grant Gustin is just the latest man-child to throw his name into the reaping ball, joining the likes of Garrett Hedlund, Hunter Parrish and whatever actor just popped into your head after Hunter Parrish. Oh yeah, he’ll do. “I have auditioned for the role,” he admitted in an interview with The Insider today. “I don’t think [the producers] know what they’re looking for just yet, but yes, I auditioned for the role.” Hmmm, an interesting aside. Were the casting directions literally scratching their heads and shrugging in the middle of auditions? Did giant cartoon question marks appear about their heads? From all the names that have been swirling recently, all signs point to…yes.

When not subtly and hilarious undermining Kurt’s relationship on Glee, Gustin stars in the upcoming Lifetime movie A Mother’s Fear, a film which also sounds like it could be about a dystopian teen battle royale. We’re intrigued by him as a choice, but other than Glee, he doesn’t have much on his IMDB to go by. Which begs the question…who do you want to see don the trident and fishnet underwear of Finnick Odair? Right, right, all of them, but in the movie. Who do you want to see put them on in the movie?

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Will Kill It As Plutarch Heavensbee — He’s Been Playing Him For Years

Philip Seymour Hoffman Cast In Catching Fire As Plutarch Heavensbee

We can already hear the accent Philip Seymour Hoffman is going to use when he’s bringing it as Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire. You know, the one he uses all the time? The one where he sort of sounds like Oscar Wilde, and he just woke up from a century-long nap? So, how are we so sure PSH is going to kill it as the Head Gamemaker of the 75th Hunger Games/secret rebel leader, now that he’s been officially confirmed for next year’s Hunger Games sequel? Maybe because he’s been playing Plutarch Heavensbee his entire career (excluding Along Came Polly) (which should always be excluded) Not that he was, you know, doing it intentionally, but let’s be honest: PSH’s previous roles definitively demonstrate that he is perfect for the job. Need more proof? We’re happy to refresh your PSH memory:

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JLaw The Hero, Johanna Mason Casting Rumors: Whatever Helps You Make It Until Catching Fire

Jennifer Lawrence Jena Malone

Guys, Catching Fire isn’t coming out for a long time. Not a long time in the grand scheme of the planet, of course, though by the time Novebmer 22, 2013 rolls around, it’s going to feel like we’ve been waiting an eon. Luckily we have a few tiny sips of Hunger Games news for your parched brains in the meantime. For example, Katniss’s…oh boy, Jennifer Lawrence‘s heroics after finding a young woman passed out on her lawn yesterday. “Jennifer ran outside her apartment when she heard a girl scream and immediately called 911. When the EMT arrived, she stayed to make sure everything was OK. She was really scared for the girl,” X17 reported. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, “alcohol may have played a role in the incident.” Aw, you know Jen would step up and help like that! It’s as if our incredibly tame fan fiction is coming true!

As for the complicated fictional heros we’re in love with, following the allegedly Philip Seymour Hoffman/Plutarch Heavensbee news, Jena Malone has recently cropped up as a possible casting pick for Johanna Mason. Jena definitely wasn’t our first thought (Sucker Punch left a real gross taste in our mouths), but color us intrigued. Does the Hatfields & McCoys actress seem like she has a “wicked ability to murder”? Can you envision her ratting Katniss right off the bat by meeting her for the first time stark naked…save for a pair of green slippers? Does mulling over a possible Johanna Mason actress seem like it’ll take up a little time during the eternal wait until next fall? We’re going to help you make it, you guys. We promise we will.

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