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Another Hemsworth? Third brother headed to Hollywood

The trinity of Hemsworth hotness will soon be complete: Luke, the oldest of the three brothers, will join Chris and Liam in Hollywood, reports Deadline. Although the first to catch the acting bug, Luke, 32, has worked exclusively in the family’s native Australia. He reportedly signed with his siblings’ management team last year and will soon have big blockbuster shoes to fill: his younger brothers Chris, 28, and Liam, 22, starred in two of this year’s highest grossing U.S. films, The Avengers and The Hunger Games, respectively. Hemsworth most recently shot Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, a miniseries about two warring motorcycle clubs in Sydney. Try and spot him… READ FULL STORY

Teen Choice Awards: Second round of nominees announced

Stop what you’re doing and call your niece — the second wave of Teen Choice Award nominations rolled out today, and it’s exactly what you were expecting.

The first round was a Hunger Games, Twilight and Justin Bieber bonanza. With the new categories, it’s more of the same.

The nominations bring good news for Kristen Stewart. Current EW cover star The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and Snow White and the Huntsman lead the second wave of nominations with seven each.

While the big movie categories were already announced, we’ve now learned that Choice Movie: Romance will force teens to decide between The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and The Vow. READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' casting rumors: Who would make the best Finnick?


Not unlike Catching Fire’s Finnick Odair, Lionsgate’s casting department is aiming carefully with its net. For the role of the endearingly arrogant tribute in the upcoming The Hunger Games sequel, they’re searching for a tall, good-looking, Caucasian male actor in his late 20s to early 30s.

I know what you’re thinking, because I thought the same thing at first: “How will they ever find someone in Hollywood who matches that description?” But according to a recent report, the studio has tracked down not just one but three actors who possess all those qualities: Garrett Hedlund, Armie Hammer, and Taylor Kitsch. READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries,' 'Hunger Games,' and Bieber dominate Teen Choice Award nominations

On July 22, adolescents will briefly stop texting in order to celebrate their favorite movies, TV shows, musicians, sports stars, and more at the 14th annual Teen Choice Awards. Who are we kidding — they’ll be texting as they celebrate. The show’s nominee list was revealed today, and it’s filled with exactly what you’d expect: The Hunger Games, vampires, Justin Bieber, and more vampires.

The Hunger Games is going head-to-head with Twilight: The One With the Sex (a.k.a. Breaking Dawn Part I), as well as The AvengersMirror Mirror, and Wrath of the Titans in the Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy category. Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence racked up individual nominations as well, as did the Hunger Games book trilogy. Yes, there’s now a Choice Book award. Other nominees include the Twilight saga, the Divergent series, Nicholas Sparks’ The Lucky One, and…The Giver, which was first published in 1993, before most of today’s teenagers were born.


Mockingjays: Coming soon to a laboratory near you!


Hunger Games fans, are you unsatisfied with this ho-hum world full of naturally occurring animals? Well, never fear! According to a New York Times article, the books’ symbolic mockingjay — the Capitol-flouting hybrid of a mockingbird and the fictional jabberjay spy bird — isn’t inconceivable. “The tools needed to modify organisms are already widely dispersed in industry and beyond. Do-it-yourself biology is growing,” writes James Gorman. He cited Freeman Dyson of the Princeton-based Institute for Advanced Study (former home to Albert Einstein), who “envisioned the tools of biotechnology spreading to everyone, including pet breeders and children, and leading to ‘an explosion of diversity of new living creatures.’”

The chance to hear the mockingjay’s rebel song got us thinking: What other fictional animals would we like to see made real? Read on for a few of our ideas, then share your own. READ FULL STORY

We celebrate May Day with five of our favorite May-centric pop culture references

How best to celebrate the arrival of the fifth month, PopWatchers? Lacking a May pole in EW’s office, I decided to turn to pop culture. Though I considered expanding the net to include non-traditional picks like bunkin’ cousin Maeby Fünke from Arrested Development and Ghost‘s Oda Mae Brown (“Molly, you in danger, girl!”), there was plenty of May love to go around without getting Fünke with it. Below, five of my favorite May touchstones. READ FULL STORY

How Francis Lawrence can make 'Catching Fire' an improvement on 'The Hunger Games'


The revelation that Francis Lawrence will be taking over the director’s chair on Catching Fire does not seem to be filling Hunger Games fans with much excitement: Our comment boards are currently filling up with responses that vary from “Wait, the Constantine guy?!?!” to “How come they didn’t get Joss Whedon/Alfonso Cuarón/David Fincher/Kathryn Bigelow?” to “Eh, I Am Legend wasn’t bad.” And there are certainly reasons to be skeptical about the Hunger Games sequel. Lionsgate’s insistence on a Thanksgiving 2013 release date doesn’t give Lawrence much time to plan. That’s unfortunate, since adapting Catching Fire will require some delicacy: The book has an unwieldy, bifurcated narrative, beginning with a mostly drama-free road trip before suddenly taking a left-turn into action territory. Also, yes, Francis Lawrence is the man who made Water for Elephants.

But allow me to play Devil’s Advocate for a moment: READ FULL STORY

'Catching Fire' poll: Who would you rather see in the director's seat?


Two accomplished filmmakers stand before us — but only one can be named America’s Next Top Catching Fire Director.

On one hand, we’ve got Francis Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer). He’s the man behind some of the most iconic music videos of the ’90s and early ’00s — “Waiting for Tonight,” “Independent Women Part I,” “I’m a Slave 4 U” — as well as CGI-filled action thrill rides Constantine and I Am Legend.

His opponent is Bennett Miller, an Oscar nominee with prestige projects like Capote and Moneyball to his name. Extra nerd cred: Miller is also pals with This American Life‘s Sarah Vowell.

These guys are as different as explosion-and-vampire-filled night and quiet, critically-acclaimed day. It’ll be tough for either one to fill Gary Ross’s shoes — even so, which one would you like to see in the director’s chair for The Hunger Games‘ upcoming sequel? Decide in our poll below — and if you pick “none of the above,” let us know why in the comments.


Brothers battle royale: Two Hemsworths enter; one Hemsworth leaves?

Liam and Chris Hemsworth are on the verge of something improbable, if not unprecedented. Not only did both brothers hit the genetic lottery, but both are essential components of studio franchises that will dominate the box office this year. Liam, 22, laid the foundation for his character, Gale, in The Hunger Games, and has a role in the upcoming AARP action film, Expendables 2. Chris, 28, is, literally, a Norse god, playing Thor again in The Avengers, as well as the Huntsman in the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman.

What makes the Hemsworths’ success so unusual is that it contradicts one of the quirky unwritten laws of Hollywood stardom, which seems to predicate that when brothers experience renown in the movie business, one of them absorbs the celebrity and enormous success while the other operates in the shadows. Jeff and Beau Bridges. Matt and Kevin Dillon. Alec and Every Other Baldwin. (In a way, it’s not unlike Sith lords.) READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: How many times have you seen the same movie in the theater?

My record is 7. The movie was Titanic. I was 13 going on 14. And although I’ve yet to see Titanic 3D (I promise I will, I’ve been sick, started a new job, and it was Easter), when I do, I won’t add it to my count. Why? Because that dilutes the purity of the number.

There are plenty of movies that, by nature of them always being in theaters, are almost ineligible for this list. As my colleague Laura Hertzfeld points out, Rocky Horror likely can’t cut it and neither would Star Wars for most. (With the caveat being if you were not alive when George Lucas first released his famous trilogy, then you can include any one theatrical run.)

With Hunger Games now in its third weekend, I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who’ve seen Katniss defy the Capitol more than once. After all, it is the type of movie that lends itself to repeat viewings — with the obsessive teenage fanbase leading the way. (I myself plan to see it again soon.)


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