“Catching Fire” shortlist for Finnick reportedly includes Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund

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It turns out that a big “Catching Fire” casting announcement could be right around the corner.

There are plenty of new roles that need to be filled for the upcoming “The Hunger Games” sequel, but arguably the biggest is Finnick Odair. E! Online has learned from an anonymous source that Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence have nailed down a short list of actors to consider for the part, and that they should make a decision by the end of the week.

Lionsgate has far from confirmed this news (in fact, they issued a statement saying they refuse to comment on the casting process), but the report says that Lawrence and company have Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund at the top of their list. They’re also looking to cast unknowns, but we’d argue that a bigger name would be a better choice considering what a big part Finnick plays in the story. He is no Cato and, as much as we loved Alexander Ludwig, someone who can command the screen a bit better should portray Finnick.

“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer should be pleased by this news. In a recent interview with MTV News, she said that Kitsch is the only possible option to play Finnick in her book. Apparently he’s not so hot for the role, but considering the lack of success he’s seen this year, a guaranteed blockbuster would definitely be good for his career.

For those of you uninitiated, Finnick was the District 4 tribute who won the 65th Hunger Games, which took place nine years before Katniss and Peeta earned their victory. He plays a major role in “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay.” “Catching Fire” is due in theaters on November 22, 2013.

Who would you like to see play Finnick? 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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