The companion soundtrack to "The Hunger Games" set a high bar back in 2012—as evidenced by the fact that we've had "Safe & Sound" stuck in our collective heads going on 18 months, now —and let's be honest, it seemed impossible that "Catching Fire" could meet such an outrageous standard for musical excellent. But with the track listing for the sequel's soundtrack just released...well, preliminary assessment? This collection has the potential to rival, if not exceed, the awesomeness of its predecessor.
As with the first film's soundtrack, the studio has tapped a vast array of established stars and indie darlings to make music for the movie, featuring songs by bands ranging from Imagine Dragons to the Lumineers to Antony and the Johnsons, plus solo artists including Christina Aguilera, Lorde and Patti Smith. Check out the tracklisting, and start placing your bets on which of these songs will be featured during the Katniss/Peeta Victory Tour, which one will play as they battle it out in the Quarter Quell arena and which one Enobaria likes to listen to while she files her teeth into spiky little points of death.
There are 57 days left until "Catching Fire" hits theaters! And you know what that means: It's time to start counting down 'til the big premiere (in the classic manner of "Major League"), by peeling little jigsaw-puzzle pieces of clothing off of a life-sized cardboard cutout of Finnick Odair every day, so that he'll be fully nude come November 22! ...Oh, and it also means that brand new glimpses at the movie are making their way onto the internet, where we can ooh and ahh over them to our little hearts' content. In short, we've added a whopping 20 new images from the film our gallery of stills. Exciting!
Needless to say, those early drool-worthy shots of Sam Claflin as Finnick are still there for your viewing pleasure—but there's also much more, including several pics of the Tributes in training for the Quarter Quell, a handful of new Effie Trinket ensembles to make the Capitol fashionistas go crazy, Katniss in a variety of Victory Tour shots and one truly glamorous photo of Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman with a sky-high lilac pompadour. (Hairspiration, anyone?) Go on, take a gander! But then come right back, because we're peeling the jigsaw piece off Finnick's left bicep and you must be here to witness it.
With a title like "Fallen," you know that the film based on Lauren Kate's YA series is going to have some angelic overtones...and when it comes to casting its leading men, we're gonna need some seriously heavenly hotness to round out the roster, here. Sooooo, no surprise to find out that dimpled cutie-pie Harrison Gilbertson is officially on board the film as the story's resident irresistible bad boy. The author posted the news herself this morning, prompting much sinful speculation on the part of the "Fallen" fandom.
Harrison might not be a familiar face to American audiences, but he's done a lot of work both big and small-screen in his native Australia—including rubbing shoulders with the all-star cast of "The Turning" this year. (There are, like, a dozen "Lord of the Rings" alumni in that one.)
What happens after that "happy dagger" finds its rusty sheath in the doomed guts of one Juliet Capulet? Everyone into the hot tub, that's what! Last night marked the big premiere of "Romeo and Juliet," starring Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the film's titular teenage lovers—and after a well-received screening of Shakespeare's tale of romantic drama, deaths and double suicide, the real fun started in earnest with everyone looking lovely (and very much alive).
The afterparty was a who's who of young Hollywood A-listers: Hailee and Douglas, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ed Westwick. There was even a surprise appearance by Taylor Swift, who showed up in a cream-colored floral frock and cozied up to Hailee for a glamorous selfie.
Sure, production on the final two installments of "The Hunger Games" film franchise began this week in Atlanta, but there are still casting announcements to be had, you guys. Like this latest via the studio's official Twitter: Omid Abtahi has joined the cast as Homes.
A soldier from District 13, Homes is prized for his facility shooting long-distance targets and is among those who aid District 12 tribute Katniss Everdeen during the revolution.
Omid's own resume is chockablock with roles on shows like "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Last Resort," "Revolution" and "Covert Affairs." He also appeared in the Oscar-winning film "Argo."
The "Divergent" movie is creeping ever closer to its release date, which makes this the perfect time for Hollywood to deliver some buzzy promo bits, the better to whip all the fans of the series into a rabid, frothing frenzy. And after getting an eyeful of Four's bare inky back in one of two new posters, rabid frothing is definitely the name of the game. (Holy latissimus, that's a gorgeous landscape of manmeat.)
The new promo posters are high-drama shots of Tris and Four, highlighting the tattoos that each of them sport as members of the Dauntless faction. And in a new behind the scenes video, Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James are sharing some insights into the "Divergent" world, where not fitting in to one of the society's single value-based factions makes you a dangerous threat to the status quo that must be eradicated. Shailene plays Tris, who discovers that she's one of said targets—and whose survival depends on eluding the smart, sinister overlord who wants to wipe out her kind.
Ducks Mockingjays fly together!
Ready for some casting news "Hunger Games" fans and "Mighty Ducks" enthusiasts can squawk about? Elden Henson, otherwise known as the hard-hitting "Bash Brother" Fulton Reed in Disney's hockey film franchise, has been cast as Pollux in "Mockingjay," according to an announcement from Lionsgate.
Fans of Suzanne Collins' dystopian series know Pollux as the Avox who becomes heroine Katniss Everdeen's cameraman and guide to Panem's underground. Big and burly, Pollux works alongside his brother Castor, who was also cast today. "The Help" actor Wes Chatham will assume that role. This rounds out the District 12 tribute's camera crew, which already included Cressida (played by Natalie Dormer) and Messalla (played by Evan Ross).
As fun as it was to catch up with Sarah Hyland at last night's Emmy Awards, it's not really TV we want to talk about with the "Modern Family" actress. NOPE. 'Cause the role we're all waiting to see her play isn't some small-screen business; it's the big, bloody, beeeeeaauutiful part of Natalie Dashkov, unassuming member of the St. Vladimir's student body, in "Vampire Academy."
Fortunately, it turns out that Sarah is as psyched about the film as we are—and just as invested in seeing a movie that's faithful to its source material. After confessing to being an avid member of the Harry Potter fandom, the actress talked about the difficulties in adapting a much-loved literary series for the big screen without losing anything essential in translation...especially when, as far as fans are concerned, it's all essential.
"There’s always going to be something that’s missing," she told VH1 on the red carpet, "but 'Vampire Academy' actually stays really true to the book."
All you Katniss Kids can rest easy tonight—the District 12 tribute's protector has been found.
Lionsgate announced today that actor Mahershala Ali will join the cast of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2" as Boggs. Fans of Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy upon which the films are based will recognize the name of President Coin's (played by Julianne Moore) right-hand man, who's tasked with watching over Katniss as she films propaganda. (He's also the guy who unfortunately ends up on the wrong side of Gale's fist, resulting in a bloody proboscis...)
Mahershala will be a familiar face to TV watchers, as he's appeared on a number of series over the past decade, including "Crossing Jordan," "Treme," "Alphas" and "House of Cards." He's also starred in several feature films, "The Place Beyond the Pines" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," among them.
Ohmigod, you guys! Did you hear that Christian is a closet strigoi sympathizer? Did you know that Rose and Dimitri are in, like, forbidden love? And psssssst, I heard that Victor Dashkov is endowed with a super-long...uh, pair of fangs. HOT. At least, that's the word from the hush-hush gossip blog for students at St. Vladimir's Academy for vampires—which was the biggest secret ever until we EXCLUSIVELY scooped it.
Gush (because the only thing better than juicy gossip is a delicious double entendre) is your one-stop source for all the dirtiest, darkest, deadliest dish about what's going on behind closed doors at St. Vlad's. If you wanna know who's hooking up, who's secretly pining and who just got busted creeping out of someone's bed in the last fleeting minutes before sunset, you've got to take a look...and if you want to be up on all the school secrets before "Vampire Academy" hits theaters next year, you can follow along on Tumblr to make sure you're not missing any red-hot rumors.