“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.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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