With the uber-successful Twilight film series due to end next November, Hollywood is turning its attention that other Stephenie Meyer adaptation, the sci-fi romance The Host. In Time writer/director Andrew Niccol boarded the project earlier this year with Saoirse Ronan set to star, and now a group of young up-and-comers are getting ready to compete for the two male leads.

Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), and Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) are set to test for a character named Jared, while Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines), Thomas McDonnell (Prom), Augustus Prew (Charlie St. Cloud), and Jake Abel (The Lovely Bones) will test for the part of Ian. More details after the jump.

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Given Lionsgate’s tendency to trickle out The Hunger Games info one tiny bit at a time, you could be forgiven for rolling your eyes at yet another round of news on Gary Ross‘ dystopian teen epic. But happily, today’s offering is one of the most interesting things we’ve seen come out of the marketing team in a while.

The studio has just released eight brand-new character posters for the film, offering close-up profiles of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Rue (Amandla Stenberg), and Cato (Alexander Ludwig). And trust me, they’re way more exciting than those district seals that were released earlier this month. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Dave Franco has become the latest addition to Summit’s magician heist film Now You See Me, boarding a very promising cast that already includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, and Woody Harrelson. Franco is probably still best known for being the younger brother of Oscar nominee/host James Franco, but he’s become a rising star in his own right, with his recent turn in Fright Night and his upcoming appearances in 21 Jump Street and the zombie romance Warm Bodies.

Louis Leterrier is directing the film from a script by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. The film follows a group of illusionists called the Four Horsemen, who pull off bank heists during their stage shows and then shower their oblivious audiences with the stolen cash. Franco will play one of the Four Horsemen, joining Eisenberg, who plays the team’s arrogant leader. [Deadline]

After the jump, Thor’s kid brother books yet another new role.

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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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Liam Hemsworth Joins ‘The Expendables 2′

Briefly: The focus as we’ve covered The Expendables 2 has been the list of actors returning from the first movie, and the other ’80s and ’90s action stars that might join in the sequel. All told, the list is pretty huge already: Sylvester Stallone will be joined by Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The assembled circumference of all those biceps would enclose a bus; collect the cast’s testosterone and you’d probably be able to fuel it for a cross-country run.

Now we’ve got a new, younger body to add: Liam Hemsworth, junior brother of Chris ‘Thor’ Hemsworth and one star of The Hunger Games, has signed on. We don’t know his role, but the thinking is pretty transparent: bring in female audiences under 24. The Expendables 2 shoots soon in Bulgaria under the direction of Simon West. Nicolas Cage and John Travolta remain possible participants as well, because the cast just wouldn’t be ridiculous enough without them. [Variety]

After an overload of casting announcements, photos and incredibly short teases, audiences got their first official look at The Hunger Games Sunday night as Lionsgate premiered the teaser trailer on MTV. And it was a tease in the truest sense of the word, offering little to no context to what was being shown or how it was significant. Fans certainly got it but non-fans were most likely left confused and disappointed. After all that hype, this was what we got?

Yes, but there’s more to come. Director Gary Ross touched on that as he spoke exclusively to MTV via Skype and offered a director’s commentary over the teaser trailer. He also hinted at a bunch of exciting reveals soon to come.

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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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Three More Photos From ‘The Hunger Games’

As someone who hasn’t read any of The Hunger Games books and probably won’t any time soon (too much other stuff to get through, y’know) I’ve been leaving most of the news breaks related to the film to Germain and others who can contextualize the information.

But I’ve got to jump in at some point, and what better place than now, as Lionsgate is releasing more and more images to the public? Because this is the point where uninformed non-fans such as myself will start forming an opinion about the film. And what I see from The Hunger Games so far looks just a bit like a Lost-themed Abercrombie & Fitch photo shoot.

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