While the rest of us mere mortals are busy salivating in advance of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and its November release, Hollywood is looking ahead to other, more important things—like, say, rounding out the cast for the final two films that are being made out of "Mockingjay." And without spoiling too much, let's just say that the revolution has gained another leader: The studio has just announced that Patina Miller is officially on board in the role of Commander Paylor.
Those who've read Suzanne Collins' books will recognize Paylor's name as belonging to the smart, young, authoritative leader who plays a key role in the Districts' uprising, along with...well, some other stuff.
Dakota Johnson is getting a pretty high-profile co-sign from Mindy Kaling. The casting of the former "Ben & Kate" star in the big-screen adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” may have initially led fans of the E.L. James trilogy to scratch their heads, but Mindy is hardly surprised by it.
She’s got a lot of love for Dakota, who used to share Tuesday nights with "The Mindy Project" star on Fox.
"Dakota is another one where it’s like, she’s really funny and very beautiful, so she was the kind of person where it’s like sometimes you put a timer on someone and you’re like ‘Dakota’s going—[it’s] to be a certain amount of time before she becomes huge,'" she said, adding, "Cause she’s just very dry and funny, beautiful in a way that’s not, like, boring. She’s gonna be great."
If you've spent any time over the past few weeks embroiled in the crazy designer drama of 40 Days of Dating, then this news will come as no surprise: Warner Bros. has snagged the rights to make a movie based on the project, according to a report from Deadline. (And if you haven't been reading 40 Days of Dating, beware, it is an addictive web of internet madness that'll eat your life and rip off all your old romantic scabs and make you feel a lot of feels about FEELINGS.)
The project was the brainchild of Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman, two friends who decided to make an experiment out of dating each other. Their mismatched personalities and opposing relationship approaches promised that things would almost certainly get interesting—she's a serial monogamist, he's a poster boy for commitment-phobia—and sure enough, some major drama ensued over the course of their month-plus of togetherness.
FROM MTV NEWS: The rumors were true! Julianne Moore has officially signed on for the role of President Alma Coin in the final two installments of "The Hunger Games" franchise, according to studio Lionsgate.
Fans of Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy know that the role of President Coin in "Mockingjay" is a multi-faceted one—perfect for an actress of Julianne's caliber.
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Guys, we're going into the literal heart of Jesus. That's right! Next week, MTV News will be visiting the set of the big-screen adaptation of John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars," and we want your questions for the cast!
Dying to know even more about Shailene Woodley's cute cut? Wondering what the deal is with those minatures Ansel Elgort paints? Lusting after the inside scoop on their characters' adorable romance? We'll get it for you! Just ask!
Send your queries via Twitter, Instagram or Vine (please, oh please, show us that pretty face!) using the hash-tag #AskTFiOS. And stick close to MTV News as we roll out all "The Fault in Our Stars" goodness. (Just don't forget the tissues...)
If "The Fault in Our Stars" author John Green ever tires of writing novels (which we seriously hope never happens), he might want to think about pursuing a career as a movie hype man, because dude is all over the set of this adaptation. When not breaking casting news, the writer is snapping adorable pics, like this one of stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
All we have to say is, don't stop, John. Don't ever stop.
FROM MTV NEWS: J.K. Rowling's world of wizards and witches is returning to the big screen!
The author is adapting her 2001 "Harry Potter" companion, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"—penned in the book series by Newt Scamander—into a feature film.
"Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the 'Harry Potter' series, but an extension of the wizarding world," Rowling said in a statement. "The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the 'Harry Potter' books or seen the films, but Newt's story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets underway.'"
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After all our dreams came true last week on the "If I Stay" casting front—in that the gentleman picked to play Adam, Mia's boyfriend, is every bit as delicious as we'd dared to hope for—it seemed too much to expect further awesomeness from the film so soon. And yet! There's more! Is it our birthday or something? Because this movie is the gift that keeps on giving: According to Deadline, the gifted Liana Liberato has snagged the role of Mia's best friend, Kim.
"If I Stay" is based on Gayle Forman's novel of the same name, the story of a girl (played by Chloe Moretz) who finds herself comatose and her soul in a state of voyeuristic limbo after the car accident that kills her whole family. And if you've read the book, then no doubt you remember the scene early on when Kim arrives at the comatose Mia's bedside and begs her not to die—not least because if she does, "there’s going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school, and I know you'd hate that kind of thing." So you know that this role needed an actress with some verve, and Liana—who we last saw holding her own against the charming Nat Wolff in "Stuck in Love"—is a perfect pick.
"Carrie Diaries" star Chloe Bridges has some killer inside scoop on how "Fifty Shades of Grey" is being adapted for the big screen. How’d she get it? Well, she almost auditioned for the role of Anastasia Steele before Dakota Johnson landed the part.
And, from her description, the flick isn't afraid to go there, much like E.L. James’ bestselling novel. "There were three pages of sides that I was going to audition with," she told Cosmopolitan. "I read them and then was like, I really can't do this."
She then broke down just how graphic the film will get. And it sounds like things will get pretty steamy between Dakota and co-star Charlie Hunnam, who will play Christian Grey. "The scene was, like, the girl telling her friends about some sexcapade she had," she said. "But it goes into extreme detail and uses the word 'sperm' a couple times. I was like, I don't know guys, I have to go home to my grandparents' house in a few months at Christmas, I don't know if I can do this."
If you weren't sure that sunny, sassy Chloe Moretz was the perfect pick to play Stephen King's brooding, tortured telekinetic teenager in the upcoming remake of "Carrie," then you'll definitely want to take a peek at her latest cover spot: W magazine has the actress front and center for its October issue, and girl looks downright haunted. And in her interview, Chloe makes it clear that she's no stranger to the horror-film scene. In fact, it's where she got her start.
"I booked 'The Amityville Horror' when I was 6," she recalled. "I did about four or five auditions and had to cry at every single one. When you’re that young, it’s a huge feat to be able to cry, so I did the same crying scene over and over to prove that I could and that I wasn’t making myself crazy doing it."
It was also on that film that she learned her first, vital lessons about maintaining a nice, fat boundary between the characters she plays and the person she is.