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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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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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by (@hallekiefer)

The Mockingjay Release Dates Are Here: They Are An Eternity From Now

Hunger Games Sequel Mockingjay Due Out November 2014, November 2015

Dear god! All the young adults that read the Hunger Games series’ final book Mockingjay….will be regular, old adults when the final movie comes out! Is there any fate worse than this? How could the universe be so cruel? We’re kidding, of course, but dang, the Mockingjay release dates do seem to stretch out into the infinite span of time. Deadline reports that having split the series’ final book into two films Harry Potter-style, Mockingjay Part 1 will debut November 21, 2014. Okay, sure. Seems reasonable. Mockingjay Part 2, however, doesn’t hit theaters until November 20, 2015. All we’re saying is that the world had better end in 2012 like the Mayans predicted, or we are going to straight up die of yearning between those two Novembers.

Luckily we still have Catching Fire due out November 22, 2013 to sustain us, featuring the illustrious Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone and…well, whoever is going to play Finnick. Weeds actor Hunter Parrish, Armie Hammer, and Garrett Hedlund are allegedly still in the running for the tribute/pseudo-gigolo with a heart of gold, with Hedlund in the lead. Taylor Kitsch maintains that he’s not up for the Catching Fire role, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up snagging it anyway. Just like we wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve totally forgotten the plot to Mockingjay before it’s a officially a movie. Haha, just kidding. We will never forget the Mockingjay.

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by (@hallekiefer)

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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The Rumors Were True: Jena Malone Is Offered The Part Of Johanna Mason In Catching Fire

Jena Malone, In Talks For Johanna Mason In "Catching Fire"

The rumor mill was spot on with this one. News broke last month that Jena Malone was in the running for the role of in Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. Johanna is a female tribute from District  7 and is often described as sarcastic and mean-spirited. That’s the vanilla shade of her character, because for all her bitchiness, Johanna is an odd character to pin down. Remember when she stabs Katniss in the arm? Turned out it was to disable a tracking device. And as we all know, Johanna’s character in Mockingjay becomes even more sympathetic. It’s a tough role to play! We do feel like Jena has the look of Johanna, and could do the character justice. Which is good news because The Hollywood Reporter has published news saying that the actress has now been offered the part and apparently, is in early negotiations for the role. The role will obviously be reprised for Mockingjay as well. This would be quite a coup for her, even though she’s been around for a while now. That’s THG for you. A franchise like this is like solid gold for an actor. While we think Jena’s a great choice, we want to know your thoughts. Do you think she’ll be able to pull it off?

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

by (@shalapitcher)

Did Miley Cyrus Hook Up With Jennifer Lawrence On The Hunger Games Set? Hilarious Rumor Of The Day

Jennifer Lawrence and Miley Cyrus at the People's Choice Awards, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus at the Hunger Games premiere

One of our bosses just walked out of his office saying “I hate the Internet.” We’re pretty sure he was joking … or he’s secretly a Miley Cyrus fan. Because if we were Miley or one of her fans, that’s how we’d feel today. First there’s the latest rumor, which we read via GossipCop, that Liam Hemsworth has threatened to call off their engagement if she doesn’t start eating more. Which, girl is looking quite thin these days, but that is what happens when you cut out gluten, and she seems OK in the muscle tone department, and also, what century do we live in that any man would dare say such a thing? Internet rumor number two is much more fascinating and timely: Crushable brought our attention to a blind item that states that two young actors from “one of the biggest movies of the year” weren’t hooking up with each other, as some speculated, but in fact “the female lead DID have an on set fling – but not with her costar – with her costar’s GIRLFRIEND when she came to visit!” And Crushable, along with all of the commenters on BlindGossip.com, are convinced that this is referring to Miley, Liam and his Hunger Games co-star Jennifer Lawrence.

Huh. We wouldn’t blame Miley for wanting to hook up with Katniss — she’s enough to make anyone consider switching teams. But based on how adorably chummy JLaw, Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson were on the set and in interviews after the fact, we have a really hard time believing Jen would jeopardize that relationship. Especially given the fact that they have to make three more movies together and hooking up with Miley would make things rather awkward. So, yeah, the Internet. What are you going to do with it? Let’s just go back to admiring Jennifer’s real-life heroic efforts.

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by (@hallekiefer)

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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by (@shalapitcher)

Catching Fire Casting News! Except It’s Not About Finnick!

Philip Seymour Hoffman is rumored for a role in Catching Fire

Remember when they were casting The Hunger Games? It went like this: Lionsgate announced who would play Katniss, Peeta and Gale, and then Haymitch, President Snow, Effie and Seneca … and then we started to lose interest as they rolled out the tribute announcements. Maybe that’s why they’re going to drag out the process of announcing the major roles in Catching Fire, saving the most anticipated for last. And maybe we should just be happy to hear any kind of rumors that aren’t coming from our own wild imaginations (talking to you, Robert Pattinson as Finnick stories). According to Deadline, and this tweet from blogger @TheInSneider, Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee.
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by (@shalapitcher)

Ray Bradbury R.I.P.: 5 Pop-Culture Things We Owe To The Sci-Fi Dystopian Forefather

Ray Bradbury

Author and screenwriter Ray Bradbury passed away last night at the age of 91, and he’ll be missed for a whole lot more than just those books on your high school reading list. Today, as you head into the theaters to see The Hunger Games and Prometheus, stroll down you bookstore aisle to pick up the latest hot dystopian YA novel, or flip on your ginormous flat-screen TV, you owe something to Bradbury. As much as we refer to George Orwell’s Big Brother of 1984, rail against the dangers of Aldous Huxley‘s Brave New World and conjure up nightmares of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, those book-burning “firefighters” of Fahrenheit 451 strikes fear into the hearts of many a reader and writer. His sci-fi writing (in short stories, The Ray Bradbury Theater TV show, and elsewhere), has also inspired many too follow in his imaginative footsteps. Granted we haven’t read his books since high school, so here, based largely on educated guesses and wild speculation, are 5 pop-culture things we owe the guy:

The Hunger Games

1. The Hunger Games: Fahrenheit 451 starkly contrasts the sterile, overstimulated emptiness of the dystopian city with the romanticized beauty of the country. Sound familiar?
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Nope, Taylor Kitsch Won’t Be Playing Finnick Odair In Catching Fire Either

Taylor Kitsch Shuts Down Finnick Odair Catching Fire Rumors

Taylor Kitsch might be down for fighting aliens in John Carter or…well, fighting more aliens in Battleship, but he apparently won’t be donning a skimpy golden fish net as tribute Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games‘ sequel Catching Fire. “Not going to happen,” he replied to Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman in response to the rumors. Luckily, the casting notice for Catching Fire we spotted earlier this month read “Finnick Odair, male, mid-20s, very handsome, tall, tan skin, bronze hair, green eyes,” so that only leaves…oh jeez, virtually every young actor in Hollywood.

Well, except Robert Pattinson, of course. “I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent. My agent was like, ‘No.’ [My agent] was like, ‘No one’s going to offer you that part.’ I was like, ‘Thanks for the reassurance,’ ” the Cosmopolis start told MTV this week. Meanwhile E! Online reported that the casting had been whittled down to Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund and Kitsch, and a vocal group of fans has been hyping Cabin In The Woods star Jesse Williams as a possible casting pick. What do you think? Who do you want to see wielding a trident on the big screen next year?

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