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“The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross and cast talk three vs. four movies debate


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Sure, “The Hunger Games” hasn’t even come out yet, but the big question on most fans’ minds is whether Lionsgate will end up splitting the series into three or four films. There are only three books in Suzanne Collins‘ story, but Lionsgate did leave the option open to make the franchise into four movies, much like studios did with the final films in “Harry Potter” and “The Twilight Saga.”

On “The Hunger Games” red carpet, IFC caught up with director Gary Ross, who is directing “Catching Fire” and likely the final one or two installments, and asked what his take on the debate was. Unsurprisingly, he had a very politically correct answer.

“That’s a larger conversation that involves more people than me,” he said with a laugh.

But that still leaves room for speculation. Willow Shields, who plays Prim in the movie, said that she would like to see more movies just so the story doesn’t have to be trimmed unnecessarily.

“I think four because then the last book you can split it up, and there’s so much in the last book, I think it would be so awesome to be able to do all of that,” she said.

But even she doesn’t know where the split should take place. When asked if she could think of an event that would end the third film, Shields answered, “I don’t think so. I can’t… I’m trying to think. I have no idea. That’s a really hard question.”

That’s the problem we’re all having when trying to picture three movies instead of four. Nelson Ascienco, who plays Katniss’s stylist Flavius in “The Hunger Games,” says he expects the split to likely take place during the third book.

“I would say probably towards the third book, just because it’s so involved and it’s finally you’re in the Capitol and you’re dealing with all that,” he said. “So, I mean, if you’ve read the book you know how involved it is and how spectacular the effects are going to have to be, so it’s a feast for the eyes. I have no idea how they’re going to get it all there, but you know what, Gary Ross is an amazing director.”

And, like Shields, he would happily see more than two more films to complete the movie franchise.

“It’s such a great story and such a long story in the sense that it’s so involved and detailed, I don’t know how they would get all that information in two or three films. So maybe it will be more!” he said.

Are you looking forward to “The Hunger Games”? Do you think the film series should be three or four movies long? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.