It's nesting season for the "Mockingjay."
Sure, "Hunger Games" fans still have three months to wait until the highly anticipated sequel, "Catching Fire," hits theaters, but casting is already ramping up on the third and fourth installments. The newest addition (per Lionsgate): "90210" alum Evan Ross (whom you may also recognize as Ashlee Simpson's boyfriend).
Evan joins "Mockingjay" as Messalla, one of the camera crew members filming propaganda for the Capitol. He's the assistant to director Cressida, who will be played by "Game of Thrones" actress Natalie Dormer.
There was a lot to love in our official first look at "Divergent", the movie adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling book about a society on the brink of collapse, which debuted some brand-new and exclusive footage at Sunday's VMAs. Knife throwing! Skyscraper jumping! Ferris wheel climbing! A passionate smooch between Tris and Four that lasted only a fraction of a second but made us dissolve into a quivering mass of jelly nonetheless! But now that we've all gotten this peek at the hotly anticipated film, we want more. MORE, we tell you! And not to be all demanding and unreasonable, but there's no time like the present to start letting the whole world know which scenes from the novel we want a glimpse of the next time around.
Our personal wishlist goes a little like this:
In case you missed the memo, Selena Gomez has officially completed her 2013 transformation: from a teeny-tiny Wizard of Waverly Place into a full-grown lady who likes high fashion, fast cars and things that go BOOM! on the big screen. Want some proof? Just feast your eyes on her appearance from last night's premiere of "Getaway," where she strode in on mile-high heels and stole the show—which, considering that it's a heist movie, is quite the accomplishment.
Gentlemen, start your engines! Selena lived right up to her new status as a young style icon with her look last night: a dress with a pretty lace panel slung across its plunging V-neckline, and a tulip skirt that offered a peek of purple at the hem. A matching plummy manicure and some serious ear-baubles completed her look, which, let's be honest, is just one more style success in a series of hits. She's been nailing her red-carpet looks like a boss ever since the "Spring Breakers" buzz put her in the spotlight early this year. We can't wait to see what she wears next!
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" doesn't blaze into theaters until November 22, but it looks like at least one cast member is getting in shape to film the follow-up, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Actor Sam Claflin took to Twitter today to share an image of his super-healthful meal, adding the hashtag #finnickfitness (referring to his District 4 tribute character).
Reports have indicated that both parts of "Mockingjay," directed by Francis Lawrence, could begin production as early as September, so be sure to stick close to Hollywood Crush for all the details!
There are no vampires, werewolves, or Shadowhunters in the latest young-adult book poised to become a movie. "Sorta Like a Rock Star," the YA debut of "Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick, isn't set in a dystopian future, only the very real present. But although there might not be any of the film industry's favorite supernatural beings in this story of a homeless teenager making it through her senior year of high school, the heart-wrenching story is getting its very own cinematic adaptation.
"SLRS" follows Amber Appleton, forced to live on the school bus her mom drives after her mom's boyfriend kicks them out. She's got a loyal dog and a collection of oddball friends (the school freaks, a church group of Korean ladies, an old woman in a nursing home and a Vietnam vet, to name a few), and is the most optimistic, upbeat teenager you've ever come across despite the crappy circumstances she's been dealt—that is until something so tragic comes along that even Amber can't overcome her depression.
Few directorial declarations soothe a lit-lover's soul quite like these four little words: "I am a fan." After all, seeing one's favorite book make the leap from page to screen can be anxiety-inducing, and it's always a relief to know the characters you adore are in good hands. So fans of Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series should be pleased to hear that helmer Harald Zwart considers himself part of the Shadowhunter army.
"I, myself, am a fan," Harald said when asked how he approached the thorny process of adapting a beloved book series. "When I started getting involved in it, I started spending time on my own with the book and visuals and ideas and other movies."
If you've been keeping up with our slew of set visit videos from "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," you already know that actor Godfrey Gao, who plays the magical Magnus Bane, filmed his very first scene in the film sans pants. But you may not know the hysterical backstory behind the the skivvy scene.
Here, straight from the actor himself, is the rest of the tale of his first day on set (and in the breezy wardrobe):
"I had a rack of blazers to chose from, dress shirts, accessories, and I see a rack of underwear," Godfrey recalled. "It's like boxers, briefs, all sorts of styles and colors. And, you know, the stylist was like, 'Pick one. Whatever you like.' I was like, 'Can I have none of those? Can I have some pants on or something?' And the director, Harald [Zwart] walks in, and he was like, 'Those look pretty much like an outfit, the boxers with a heart shape or flowers on them.' He asked me, 'What kind of underwear are you wearing today?' And I said, 'Just some regular gray briefs, you know—just normal looking.' He said, 'Why don't you take off your pants and see what it looks like with the other outfits on.' I said, 'What? Are you serious?' So I showed him, and he was like, 'Cool. That's the outfit. We're going to use that."
Shailene Woodley's transformation into "The Fault in Our Stars" protagonist Hazel Lancaster has officially begun.
Late Friday evening, the actress posted an image of her new, much shorter 'do to Twitter.
Shailene and "TFiOS" author John Green had been hyping the cut for days, using the hash tags #itgrowsback and #hairforhazel to encourage fans to donate their locks to the charity Children With Hair Loss, just like the 21-year-old is doing.
In this weekend's "Austenland"—based on Shannon Hale's 2007 novel of the same name—Keri Russell plays a Jane Austen obsessive nursing a major crush on that rascally "Pride and Prejudice" rogue Mr. Darcy. Her obsession inspires a stay at an Austen-themed resort, where she hopes to find a love interest of her own.
In real life, Keri admits that Jane Austen wasn't as much a looming figure in her formative years as was a certain teen detective.
"I think Nancy Drew was a little bigger in my life than Jane Austen," Keri told MTV News' Josh Horowitz of the Carolyn Keene-penned heroine. "She's a teenage detective. What's cooler than that? I mean, Nancy Drew was just super-cool ... I read every single one of those books. I loved it."
Dust off your halo and fluff up those wings, angels—we've got some heavenly casting news for you. According to Deadline, the long-gestating big-screen adaptation of Lauren Kate's young-adult novel "Fallen" has landed two leads: Addison Timlin and Jeremy Irvine!
Addison, whom you may recognize from Showtime's "Californication," will play Luce, while Jeremy of "War Horse" fame will portray Luce's enigmatic love interest Daniel.
Author Lauren took to her blog to hype the news, writing, "Their audition tapes are thrilling. I know you are going to love them on the big screen. Stay tuned for a Cam announcement..." SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE