We’ve had some fun here this week casting Catching Fire, the sequel to the smash hit kid-killing thriller The Hunger Games. Ryan Kwanten currently holds a significant lead in the informal race to play trident-carrying man-candy Finnick Odair, although the comment boards lit up with the notion of casting Armie Hammer, a.k.a. evolution’s proof of concept. Meanwhile, a majority of voters think the beloved Glee uber-bitch Naya Rivera would make a great axe-murdering Johanna Mason. But another character introduced in Catching Fire plays a small but pivotal role in the franchise. Who should play Plutarch Heavensbee, the boisterous Capitol citizen who takes over Gamemaker duties from Seneca Crane? (Warning: A few SPOILERS follow, so maybe you should just read the books already. Or, if you’re one of our younger readers, tell your parents to work Suzanne Collins into the nightly bedtime-story rotation. That way, they can put the story into the proper meta-sociopolitical context.) READ FULL STORY
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Now that we’re finished waiting for The Hunger Games to arrive in theaters, we can begin the important work: waiting for Catching Fire to arrive in theaters. The sequel is slated for a Thanksgiving 2013 release — although there remains the outside possibility that Lionsgate will split the book into two movies for artistic reasons, and let’s theoretically call those movies Catching Fire Part 1: Love Takes a Victory Tour and Catching Fire Part 2: Back 2 the Arena. You can bet that casting updates for the sequel aren’t too far away, since the book introduces a few fan-fave characters. Yesterday, we asked you who should play tortured golden boy Finnick, and you responded with a resounding cry of “Ryan Kwanten!” along with a slightly-less-resounding-but-nevertheless-impressive-for-his-weight-class cry of “Grant Gustin!” Today, though, we’re going to ask the really tricky question: Who should play Johanna Mason, the cunning, nihilistic victor from District 7? (Warning: A few SPOILERS from Catching Fire follow.) READ FULL STORY
The film adaptation of The Hunger Games is currently redefining our simple human notions of success. It earned more in a single weekend than any movie not starring Harry Potter or Batman. It attracted audiences from every demographic, and based on exit polls, those audiences liked what they saw. At this point, the only question is whether there will be two sequels or three sequels. (And if they do have four films, which book do they split up? The first half of Catching Fire is basically a Panem travelogue. Mockingjay is so magnificently depressing that the notion of turning the book into two movies borders on cultural masochism.) But the most exciting aspect of Games‘ success, for me, is that some of the intriguing characters Suzanne Collins introduces in the latter books will now be brought to life on screen. Which brings me to today’s big question: Who do you think should play Finnick Odair, the glamorous trident-carrying Hunger Games victor? READ FULL STORY
Jamie Lee Curtis made her debut on NCIS last night, reuniting with her Freaky Friday co-star Mark Harmon as his potential new love interest on the CBS drama. Check out a moment from her appearance on the show — including her slick come-on to Agent Gibbs (“I need breakfast”) — here. READ FULL STORY
Broadway has never been a stranger to hosting young celebrities, but more often than not, it’s the girls who take the stage — Abigail Breslin, Claire Danes, Diana DeGarmo, Scarlett Johansson. (We really covered the spectrum with that list.) Given all the recent hubbub about How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (which welcomed Nick Jonas this week), it’s nice to remember that Hollywood’s young leading men are also shipping out and hitting the Great White Way.
For starters, Jonas follows in the footsteps of Daniel Radcliffe and Darren Criss, who both starred in the revival of How to Succeed. Hunter Parrish (Weeds) has been headlining as Jesus in the angsty revival of Godspell. READ FULL STORY
Now that you’ve had time to think about NBC ordering a pilot of Bryan Fuller’s remake of the classic ’60s TV show The Munsters, let’s help him cast it. According to EW’s James Hibberd, Fuller imagines an hour-long series exploring how the monster house came about that will have a darker and less campy feel than the black-and-white original.
My first thought was Spartacus‘ Lucy Lawless as Lily and Sons of Anarchy‘s Ron Perlman or Jeff Goldblum as Herman, while Sandra Gonzalez picked Chuck‘s Yvonne Strahovski as Marilyn, and Kate Ward pitched Danny DeVito as Grandpa and Bill Hader as her Herman. Without knowing exactly what ages Fuller is thinking, and how much makeup he wants to use, the options are endless. So brainstorm away!
‘Munsters’ remake pilot ordered by NBC
Would you want to see Jessica Chastain -- or anyone, for that matter -- play Princess Diana in a movie?
If there’s any actress in Hollywood right now who knows a thing or two about being ubiquitous, it’s Jessica Chastain. So perhaps, in some way, it would be appropriate if, according to this report, The Help/Tree of Life/Take Shelter/The Debt star were to play the late Princess Diana, a constant figure of public fascination, on screen.
According to the IndieWire.com story, Chastain has been cast to play Lady Di in an upcoming biopic called Caught in Flight, which would be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) and written by Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine.) The project is said to chronicle a little-known chapter of the Princess of Wales’ life, her relationship with heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, and is being heralded as a “love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man.” READ FULL STORY
Thursday night, Jason Reitman, writer and director of Up in the Air, will launch his new series of live reads of beloved films to benefit Film Independent with a sold-out reading of John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. It will be his handpicked actors’ first time reading the script together. So far, Reitman has announced via Twitter the casting of Mindy Kaling in the role of basket case Allison (Ally Sheedy), Patton Oswalt as brain Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), James Van Der Beek as athlete Andy (Emilio Estevez), and J.K. Simmons as janitor Carl (John Kapelos).
Pause for you to imagine a tender moment between Kaling and Van Der Beek… READ FULL STORY
Any fan of Quentin Tarantino’s body of work knows that the guy loves to spice his movies with actors whose careers could really, really use a shot in the arm (metaphorically speaking). And it looked like for Tarantino’s next film — the period-slave-picture-slash-spaghetti-Western Django Unchained — he’d smiled upon the dimming star of a man who was once the Biggest Movie Star in the World: Kevin Costner. But then, yesterday, Costner dropped out of the film due to an over-crowded schedule (playing Pa Kent in Man of Steel may be enough of a career boost, I suppose).
The role was especially juicy, too: READ FULL STORY
decided yet, it could go either way.”) READ FULL STORY