The first set of official pics from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hit yesterday, showing characters such as returning heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and new hero Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin).

Now we’ve got a second batch that shows off some of the new and returning supporting cast. There’s Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, and Paula Malcomson and Willow Shields as Mrs. Everdeen and the younger Primrose. Then there’s the first official look at Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee. See them all below.  Read More »

 

We’ve still got a long wait for Francis Lawrence‘s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but if last year’s marketing blitz for The Hunger Games is a good indication, Lionsgate will be offering up plenty of posters, images, clips, and trailers along the way. Today we have our first official look at Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Finnick (Sam Claflin). Check them out after the jump.

Update: EW has posted a few more pics, which we’ve added below.

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As more filmmakers begin to follow the lead of Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird, with sequences in their action films shot on native IMAX stock, the question becomes: how best to use the extra detail and open frame that IMAX provides? Bird, for example, did a spectacular job with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, by using IMAX to convey the scale and imposing height of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. Nolan’s use of IMAX in the latter two Dark Knight films put audiences right in the middle of thrilling setpieces.

We know that scenes for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have been shot in native IMAX, and now actor Josh Hutcherson specifies some of what we’ll see.  Read More »

We’ve got some odds and ends from Sequel-Land after the jump:

  • Warner Bros. is seeking writers for Contagion 2
  • Will Black Dynamite 2 be like Blazing Saddles?
  • Ian McKellan almost declined to do The Hobbit
  • See new photos from Catching Fire‘s Georgia set

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Most of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire cast has been in place for weeks if not months, but as often happens with projects this big, there’s been a last-minute tweak. Fortunately, it’s a positive one: Character actor Jeffrey Wright has just signed on to play Beetee, a former Hunger Games winner from District 3. I want to say that this is the end of major casting for the film, but every time I think we’re just about done something else seems to shift. So I won’t. More after the jump.

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Today’s Sequel Bits is full of fighters, whether they be well-meaning brutes, cuddly panda bears, starving teenagers, or ’80s action stars. After the jump:

  • Jennifer Lawrence will make a whole lot of money for Catching Fire
  • Mickey Rourke is in talks to reprise play Marv again for Sin City 2
  • DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 will be a Chinese co-production
  • Broken Lizard guy says Super Troopers 2 could shoot this year
  • Expendables 2 brings you a motorcycle crashing into a chopper
  • Frank Marshall still has no plans for more Back to the Future

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Just about all the major pieces are now in place for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and not a moment too soon. During yesterday’s announcement that Sons of Anarchy actor Patrick St. Esprit would be co-starring District 12 Peacekeeper Romulus Thread, I noted that former District 2 victor Enobaria was perhaps the last new character remaining to be cast. Today comes news that the part has just gone to Meta Golding, a Haitian-American actress whose previous credits include Day Break, Criminal Minds, and Dark Blue.

But while most (if not all) of the bigger supporting roles are spoken for at this point, there are still plenty of bit parts remaining to be cast. Hit the jump for more info on Golding’s casting, plus details on how to snag a job as an extra on Catching Fire.

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After months of high-intensity buzz, casting on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is finally nearing an end. One of the last remaining roles has just been filled by Sons of Anarchy actor Patrick St. Esprit, who’ll play District 12 Peacekeeper Romulus Thread. St. Esprit joins an impressive class of franchise newcomers that also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Tony Shaloub, and Lynn Cohen. Read more after the jump.

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Although The Hunger Games movie franchise is based on a young adult series and features a teenage lead, there’s no shortage of juicy roles for more mature stars as well. Grown-ups Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda PlummerMelissa Leo, and Tony Shaloub have all signed on for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in recent weeks, and now helping to round out the older half of the cast is Lynn Cohen. The stage and movie actress will play Mags, a former Hunger Games victor from District 4 and the mentor of Finnick (Sam Claflin). Read more after the jump.

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They should retitle it “casting fire,” am I right? The Francis Lawrence-directed sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire just got some serious Oscar clout as Philip Seymour Hoffman has accepted the role of Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, a role for which he was previously rumored. He joins the stellar returning cast, along with new addition Jena Malone, for the film which starts shooting this fall. Read more about the role and the film after the jump. Read More »