Taylor Kitsch says He’s Not Playing Finnick Odair in ‘Catching Fire’

With the flurry of casting rumor surrounding Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, Taylor Kitsch spoke with the LA Times to nip his rumor in the bud. The star says he will not be playing the beloved victor in the coming movie.

Finnick Odair, described by author Suzanne Collins as an Adonis-like womanizer, first appears in “Catching Fire” and has a complex relationship with heroine Katniss Everdeen. So admirers of the series were thrown into a tizzy this week when E! News reported that filmmakers had narrowed down the casting to three heartthrobs: Taylor Kitsch, Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund.

But you can knock one of those dreamboats off the list, because Kitsch says he won’t be joining the cast of the mega-successful film series.

Not going to happen,” the 31-year-old actor wrote in an email on Wednesday. Kitsch, who is coming off the poor box office performance of the big-budget films “John Carter” and “Battleship,” would seem to have fit the bill for the athletic, good-looking character.

source: LA Times


Video: Could Dianna Agron be Johanna Mason?

There have many actresses considered by fans for the role of the intense Johanna Mason in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘. Among them is ‘Glee’ star Dianna Agron, who Clevver TV considers for the potential casting in this episode. Check out the video above!

What do you think? Could Dianna be Johanna Mason?

Source: ClevverTV

Zap2It Contradicts Finnick Odair Casting Rumors

Yesterday E! Online reported that Finnick Odair casting for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was down to the final three. Taylor Kitsch, Armie Hammer and Garret Hedlund have been rumored to be the “finalists” for the role.

However, Zap2It is saying this is false. According to them many actors are still in the running for the role, and final decisions are far from being made.

E! Online reports that Kitsch, Hammer and Hedlund are the names Lionsgate wants, but Zap2it’s source says nobody’s in the lead just yet considering talks only began on Tuesday (May 29). Actors are still reading for the role, and the studio is strongly considering bringing in an unknown to avoid ego clashes on set. It’s easy to understand the mix-up — someone probably got their hands on the confidential memo going around that reveals the three men are currently on the shortlist of dudes we’d love to marry in a fantasy dream world. (Honestly, any list with those three guys on it is a win-win-win situation.)

The scenes the actors are reportedly reading for the role include the sugar cube scene where Finnick first meets Katniss and the scene where he hears Annie’s scream.

We’re still confident whomever Lionsgate chooses for the role will be great, we’ll be keeping our eye out for any official word!

Source: Zap2It

RUMOR: Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch & Garrett Hedlund Are Top Three for Finnick Casting

The rumors surrounding casting for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continue. This time E! Online says the casting for Finnick Odair is down to a final three.

According to one of their sources, the top three names under consideration are Armie HammerTaylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund.

And not only that, their source also reportedly says that the final decision from Lionsgate should be announced as early as this week.

Filming is due to get underway later this year with new director Francis  Lawrence taking over the reigns from Gary Ross.

As E! reports, all three actors have star stutus:

Hammer will next be seen playing the  title role in the Lone Ranger flick opposite Johnny Depp as Tonto. Tron  Legacy‘s Hedlund was also a big Cannes Film Festival headline with the  premiere of On The Road with Kristen  Stewart and Kirsten  Dunst while Kitsch can currently be seen in Battleship.

Reps for the three did not comment.

A Lionsgate rep said, “As with the first film, we won’t be confirming,  denying or commenting on any casting rumors for this title. We will announce  news wide when there is official casting news to announce.”

Katniss Nominated for Best Hero at the MTV Movie Awards

We have another nomination to be added to the list ‘The Hunger Games‘ is racking in for the MTV Movie Awards, making it the movie with the most nominations!

It was announced today that our heroine, Katniss Everdeen, has been nominated for the Best Hero award in the MMA’s first ever Social Voting category. Here’s what that means:

Fans of onscreen heroics should get their fingertips ready to tear up Twitter because that’s where they’ll be voting for their favorite onscreen do-gooder in the new category of Best Hero for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

Beginning Tuesday (May 29) and right on through to the live show on June 3, fans can vote and track the nominees for Best Hero, presented by Sprint, via Twitter using hashtags associated with the nominees. Is your favorite hero a contender?

Here are the nominees:

  • Harry Potter, “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (#votepotter)
  • Katniss Everdeen, “The Hunger Games” (#votekatniss)
  • Thor, “Thor” (#votethor)
  • Captain America, “Captain America” (#votecaptain)
  • Jenko, “21 Jump Street” (#votejenko)

You can vote starting Today up until the live show, which airs June 3rd at 9 PM ET. And don’t forget to vote for ‘The Hunger Games‘ in their other 8 categories!

source: MTV

Robert Pattinson Falls For Catching Fire Casting Rumor

This is the article that came straight from USAToday.com about Robert Pattinson and all the “Catching Fire” casting rumors.

Robert Pattinson woke up Saturday morning at the Cannes Film Festival, the morning after his triumphant premiere in Cosmopolis, and saw internet reports that he was being considered for Catching Fire, the sequel to the The Hunger Games.

“I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games,” Pattinson tells USA TODAY. “I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent.”

The response?

“My agent was like, ‘No,’ ” Pattinson reports.

“(My agent) was like no one’s going to offer you that part,” Pattinson says, breaking into a laugh. “I was like, thanks for the reassurance.”

Looks as if Robert Pattinson may not be offered the role as Finnick in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. But remember NOTHING is final yet. We will deliver the official casting news as soon as it is released. We are just as excited to hear it as you are. Hopefully it is released soon.

Source: USAToday

Fannotate App Launching with The Hunger Games DVD

Fannotate is a new app debuting with The Hunger Games release on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download as the official companion app for the film.

According to the description in iTunes App Store:

The official companion app for THE HUNGER GAMES from Lionsgate Entertainment will get you exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the disc production and keep you informed as the date approaches.

++ EXCLUSIVE CONTENT. Go back stage with the development of special features for the app that will be added as the release date approaches.

++ FANNOTATE. Be the first to create and share viewer commentary tracks with your friends.

++ Gestures. Flick your device to navigate the Blu-ray onscreen menus, or drag-and-tap our natural replacement to the traditional 5-button compass.

++ Discovery. Know more about what you’re watching. Get detailed notes, actor information, dates and more.

Fannotate posted an exclusive first look at the app on their Facebook page – go here to watch the video. And you can download the app for FREE in the iTunes App Store now!

‘Happy Endings’ Star Eliza Coupe Wants to Play Johanna Mason

Actress Eliza Coupe from the ABC TV series “Happy Endings” talked with Celebuzz about her Hunger Games obsession and desire to play Johanna Mason in Catching Fire (though she admits that’s unlikely).

“I’ve read all the books, I’m obsessed,” Coupe, 31, told us. “I wanted to be in the second ‘Hunger Games’ so bad as Johanna Mason.”

So is she going in to audition?

“We’re filming at the exact same time, so I can’t — I say that like it’s an option,” laughed Eliza. “I’m sure they don’t even know who I am!”

You can read the rest of the article – including who Eliza thinks should play Finnick – at Celebuzz. What would you think of Eliza as Johanna?

Win a Trip to the Catching Fire Premiere from Walmart

The Hunger Games DVD and Blu-Ray is available for pre-order starting today (with a release date of August 18th), and Walmart is launching a contest for one fan to win a trip to the Los Angeles premiere of Catching Fire.

To enter, just preorder the DVD at Walmart.com, and within 72 hours, you’ll receive a promotional code and sweepstakes entry instructions.The contest is open to U.S. residents, ages13 or older at time of entry, and ends August 26th, 2012.

Here are the details on how to enter without pre-ordering the DVD:

To enter the Promotion by mail, without the submission of a Code, entrant must hand print first and last name, street address, city, state, code, daytime telephone number, date of birth and (if applicable) email address on a postcard and mail to “Catching Fire Premiere Sweepstakes,” PO Box 6041, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413 (each a “Mail-in Entry” and collectively the “Mail-in Entries”). All Mail-in Entries must be postmarked by August 27, 2012 and received by September 1, 2012.

Second Movie Officially Titled ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Although Lionsgate has been referring to the second movie in The Hunger Games franchise simply by its book name – Catching Fire – it looks like they’re now renaming it slightly to ensure that movie-goers know it’s the sequel to The Hunger Games. According to ComingSoon.net:

Lionsgate has announced a minor title change for the second part of their blockbuster franchise. Formerly titled Catching Fire, the Francis Lawrence-directed sequel to this year’s The Hunger Games will now be called The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

This make sense in following suit with The Twilight Saga, but we have to admit we kind of liked it better as just Catching Fire (rolled off the tongue a bit easier). :) Do you have a preference on the name of the movie?