“The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” lands Francis Lawrence as director

Francis Lawrence on set of "I Am Legend"

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After Gary Ross’s departure from “Catching Fire,” Lionsgate has been busy trying to nail down a new director for “The Hunger Games” sequel. The studio originally tossed around names like David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, but it ended up being Francis Lawrence who took the job.

It was something of a surprising choice because Lionsgate seemed to be reaching pretty high in their search for new directors. In the end, though, it seems like Lawrence will be a good choice. His only three feature film credits to date are “Constantine,” “I Am Legend” and “Water for Elephants,” but then again Ross had only done “Seabiscuit” and “Pleasantville” before “The Hunger Games.” The key is that both directors have a clear visual style, and it’s also nice that Lawrence knows how to deal with romance.

Anne Thompson does a great job detailing why Lionsgate chose Lawrence as director. It ultimately comes down to the fact that he was all they could get. No big name director was going to risk their name on a film with such a quick shoot time and currently unfinished script. Thompson said Lionsgate needed to find a director with something to prove, and they did in Lawrence.

Even though Lawrence has only done three films, he has plenty of experience making music videos with big name stars like Beyonce and Lady Gaga. That might seem frivolous at first, but it actually could really help Lawrence design and shoot the Capitol scenes and the ones during the Hunger Games. Even though Lawrence wouldn’t have been our first choice for the movie, he does have most of the qualities “Catching Fire’s” director needs. Now we just need to find out if he’s read the book.

“Catching Fire” is due in theaters on November 22, 2013.

Do you think Francis Lawrence is a good choice for “Catching Fire’s” director? 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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