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On Monday morning, we reported Philip Seymour Hoffman had shot enough of his The Hunger Games: Mockingjay role before his passing that the release dates for the two-parter have not shifted. But he still had seven days of filming left on Part 2 and, unsurprisingly, that’s leading to some complications.

According to insiders at the studio, the late Hoffman still had one major scene left to shoot when he died. The filmmakers are now scrambling to work around his absence, possibly by digitally inserting him into some scenes. More details after the jump.

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam take on the MPAA and wonder about the fate of Gary Ross’s work in the Hunger Games film series. Also, can enthusiasm only take you so far? Or is it the key to unlocking your dreams? Special guest Joseph Kahn joins us to discuss. Kahn’s newest film, Detention, opens in limited release this Friday.

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New ‘Hunger Games’ Stills and Set Photos [Gallery]

As excited I am for Gary RossThe Hunger Games, even I have to admit that some of the earlier news bits and marketing materials to trickle out were less than thrilling. Remember the time they spread out the very minor tribute casting announcements over weeks and weeks? Or those one-second clips they put out in advance of the teaser?

But thankfully, as the production has begun picking up speed, Lionsgate has been offering up better, more interesting stuff, like this new crop of gloriously high-res stills and set photos. Though not all of them are totally new — I believe we’ve already seen some of these images before, and we’ve definitely glimpsed several of these scenes in the trailer — I’m still happy to have some crystal-clear images of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Rue (Amandla Stenberg), and others to feast my eyes on. Check out the gallery after the jump.

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Brand-new posters have just been released for two very different literary adaptations due out next year. The first is Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s alternate-history horror about the sixteenth President of the United States; the other, Gary RossThe Hunger Games, based on the first volume of Suzanne Collins‘ insanely popular dystopian YA series. If you ask me, the posters for the former look more striking, but the story behind the poster for the second is more interesting. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Five ‘Hunger Games’ District Seals Revealed

It’s been relatively quiet on the Hunger Games front recently, so Lionsgate has just unveiled five new images to remind you that the film is still coming. And, oh yeah, while we’re on the subject, they’re also reminding us to go register at the website and Like the movie on Facebook. Each of the five images features a seal representing one of twelve Districts, which in the story comprise the dystopian future nation of Panem.

Directed by Gary Ross and based on a popular YA novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as tough 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who gets sent to the Capitol to compete for her district in a fight to the death against other teenagers. Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Lenny Kravitz also star. Check out the new posters after the jump.

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Well, it’s finally here! Just as promised, Lionsgate premiered the first teaser for The Hunger Games at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday. It’s just a one-minute clip of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in action, but after months of itty-bitty bits of info — minor casting announcements, some not-very-exciting photos, one-second teases, a motion poster — it’s great to have something almost substantial to sink our teeth into. Watch the video after the jump.

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam wonder what’s happened to the careers of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, take sides over Blue Valentine, praise the combination of Werner Herzog and 3D, and discuss the appropriateness of Hunger Games casting. Special guest Tasha Robinson joins us from AV Club. You can no longer listen to the Book of Mormon soundtrack, but you can purchase it on iTunes.

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Casting for Gary RossThe Hunger Games continues to move full steam ahead. Lionsgate has just announced Kara Petersen and Ashton Moio in the roles of the two District 6 tributes, who do not have names in Suzanne Collins‘ original book. Read more after the jump.

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