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The Hunger Games had a pretty massive cast to start with, but since the first film ended with (um, spoiler alert) a whole bunch of characters dead, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is reloading with tons of other new characters.

Though we’ve already seen most of them thanks to the posters, trailers, and stills, a new batch of images offers an even closer look at the fresh faces we’ll get to know this fall — as well as another peek at our favorite returning stars. Hit the jump to take it all in.

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The new trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit this week during Comic-Con, but first Lionsgate would like you to get to know some of the new characters. A new series of posters for the 75th annual Games, known as the Quarter Quell, reveals some of the other former victors that Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) will face in the sequel. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Heroes in mo-cap, CG power! After a few days of Megan Fox on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the stars of the film have finally surfaced from the sewer. Actors Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) Jeremy Howard (Donatello) and Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) have been spotted on the set of the Jonathan Liebesman film in full motion-capture garb.

Of course, we’ve all seen what motion capture suits look like before, but there are a few subtle differences here. First, the motion capture is being done outside and not on a closed set; that’s a technique that was revolutionized on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Second, each actor has a massive mo-cap shell on their back. And third, they’re all sporting arm bands to corrospond to their character’s color.

But wait there’s more! The photos also reveal our first look at what is seems to be Shredder’s Foot Soldiers, and even a major plot point.

Update: Deadline adds that William Fichtner has joined the cast, playing an unidentified lead role “with iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology.”

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Alan Ritchson Raphael

Alan Ritchson promises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is better than people think. The actor, who is playing Raphael in the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed film, told The Hollywood Reporter ”everything you read online” about the film “is wrong.” He said “people assume they know what it’s going to be about, and those people are wrong,” then promised “it’s gonna look way better than anyone can imagine.” Watch the interview below. Read More »

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Though Leonardo is generally considered the leader of the gang, Raphael was the first Turtle cast last week when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor Alan Ritchson boarded director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot last week.

But apparently the rest of the group weren’t too far behind. Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher have just been cast as Leonardo, Donatello, and Michaelangelo, respecitvely. The roles will be portrayed via motion capture. Hit the jump for more info.

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Alan Ritchson Raphael

Producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have cast the first member the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Alan Ritchson, who plays Gloss in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and starred in the show Blue Mountain State, will portray the red-masked Raphael. The film isn’t going to put actors in suits like the original movies, however. This time they’ll be motion captured and realized as CGI in real environments.

Ritchson is the first of four lead roles cast to go along with Megan Fox as TV reporter/Turtle friend April O’Neil. Read More »

Casting, plot details and rumored start dates are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Keanu Reeves lays out the plot of Bill & Ted 3 in a new interview.
  • Sasha Barrese will return in The Hangover Part III.
  • Yancy Butler is back for Kick-Ass 2 as mother of Red Mist.
  • Julie Delpy says a third Before movie is still happen…but not for at least a year.
  • Tributes Seeder, Chaff and Gloss have been cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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