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“Catching Fire” will shoot in Hawaii and be awesome, says Jennifer Lawrence

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There are only seven and a half weeks until “The Hunger Games” hits theaters, and we couldn’t be more excited. Such is the case with the entire cast and crew as well, if we can judge their enthusiasm by the way they talk about the movie in interviews. Director Gary Ross and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks all chatted about the movie recently in anticipation of its release, and we’d be lying if we didn’t say that reading the interviews have only gotten us stoked for “The Hunger Games'” March 23 release date.

With Ross officially signed on for “The Hunger Games'” sequel, “Catching Fire,” he was finally able to open up about his enthusiasm for adapting that book. Training will apparently start in July, which means that shooting is still more than half a year off, but that hasn’t stopped Ross from getting prepped for the project.

“I love the title ‘Catching Fire’ because from the moment Katniss was willing to eat the berries, the moment she was willing to give her life for something larger than herself, she set off a chain reaction that was at once bigger than her and also because of her,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “That’s a very exciting movie to make because you’re seeing the emergence of a leader. It’s the birth of a revolution so it has context that’s larger than just the Games themselves.”

It took Ross a while to confirm himself for “Catching Fire,” and apparently he spent a lot of time teasing Lawrence and the rest of the cast on set by floating the possibility of passing them off onto a new director for the next film. Lawrence described the set as being “all a family,” so it was hard for her to cope with the idea of losing Ross for film number two. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to worry about it now.

She told EW that she’s even more excited to prepare for “Catching Fire” than she was to prep for “The Hunger Games.” Maybe that has something to do with the fact that it will be filming in Hawaii — likely because of the setting of the latter portion of the book — but it’s likely just because she loves the story of Katniss Everdeen so much.

“Signing onto the movies I was like, ‘Well, I’ll probably love the first one and then I’ll just want to get the rest of them out of the way,” Lawrence said. “But I can’t wait to start training. As soon as they were like ‘We need to start training in July,’ I was like ‘Woohoo!’ I can’t wait to get back.”

Ross thinks that Lawrence has a definite shot of getting her second Oscar nomination next year for her portrayal of Katniss in this movie. If her performance in the movie is as effective as it was in the full-length trailer, then we could definitely see that being the case.

“The range in this performance, the emotional terrain that she investigates, the demands of what this role are,” Ross said. “It’s such an intensely physical role and an emotional one. She carries the entire movie. To be able to do that at that age (Lawrence is 21) is so kind of incredible that I was in a little bit of awe. Do I think she should be nominated? Absolutely.”

Banks spoke out about “The Hunger Games” recently and said that she thinks its something both fans of the books and author Suzanne Collins will be proud of.

“I really think we did right by the fans,” Banks told Good Morning America. “Suzanne Collins, who wrote the book, she was with us and blessed everything that we did. I know we’ve done something that she’s proud of.”

She added to The Huffington Post that she didn’t know whether fans would be as receptive to her portrayal of Effie Trinket. “Effie has a really theatrical, over-the-top, completely not me look to her. I have no idea if people are going to be into it. I hope they are,” she said.

Are you looking forward to “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.