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“Catching Fire” may cast WWE Superstar Kevin Nash

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Casting news for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has been trickling in slowly and steadily, but this time it was an actor who spilled the beans about his potential role before the studio did. During the Los Angeles Film Festival red carpet premiere of “Magic Mike,” former wrestler-turned-actor Kevin Nash teased that he could have a role in the upcoming “Hunger Games” film.

“I just pray it’s recurring, that he doesn’t get killed,” he told USA Today.

So what could that role be? NextMovie has an idea that we’re going to jump behind: Nash could be playing Brutus in the upcoming flick. Spoilers! The character is one of the former Hunger Games winners who volunteers to participate in the 75th Hunger Games.

If that is who Nash is cast as, then his wish of living until the final (one or two) “Hunger Games” films won’t come true. But it certainly does seem like the perfect casting. Brutus is described as being in his early 40s and incredibly strong, which both perfectly describe Nash. Brutus actually has a fairly big role in the story, which would fit with Lionsgate’s trend of hiring lesser-known actors to play the films’ Tributes.

“Catching Fire” is already eying Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch, and had Francis Lawrence locked down as director. The film is gearing up to start shooting in a few months, so we should be able to expect plenty more casting in the coming weeks. There are some major roles left to be cast, including Finnick, Johanna, Cashmere, Gloss, and Twill. The movie is due out in theaters on November 22, 2013.

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10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

“The Avengers” has more mistakes than any other movie this year

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The most mistake-filled movie of 2012 has been revealed, and the revelation might surprise you. MovieMistakes.com has counted a grand total of 15 errors in “The Avengers,” meaning Joss Whedon didn’t do so great in the editing room.

Of course, in the grand scheme of things, that’s really not that many. The website lists the top three most flaw-riddled movies of all time are “Apocalypse Now” with 395 mistakes, “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” with 336 mistakes and “The Wizard of Oz” with 309 mistakes. Against those, 15 doesn’t seem worth our effort.

Then again, maybe those films have so many mistakes listed because they’ve been out for a while and fans have had the opportunity to pick over them. In five years, maybe fans will have spotted a lot more in Marvel’s ensemble superhero flick. Most of the errors reported for “The Avengers” are continuity ones, like Thor having a bloody nose in one shot and the blood being smudged in the next, or Bruce Banner rolling up his jacket in one scene but having it draped over his arm immediately after. That can be accounted to sloppy editing more than anything else.

Some of the issues are more glaring than others. In the scene where Bruce Banner first meets Natasha Romanoff, she can be heard talking in the film but her face in a mirrored reflection isn’t moving. In the end credits, video game company Namco Bandai is misspelled as “Nameco Bandai.” Twice.

Interestingly enough, it’s the second highest grossing movie of 2012 that has the second highest amount of mistakes. MovieMistakes.com counts 13 errors in “The Hunger Games,” with all but two of them being continuity mistakes.

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“Catching Fire” will be filmed and released in IMAX

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It seems like “The Hunger Games” series has officially chosen IMAX over 3D. The first film made loads of money when it was released in IMAX theaters earlier this year, and now Lionsgate is going to up the ante for its sequel, “Catching Fire.”

Instead of opting to shoot “Catching Fire” in 3D like many studios have chosen to do with the follow-ups to their successful films, Lionsgate announced today that director Francis Lawrence is going to be shooting portions of the second “Hunger Games” film with IMAX cameras. He has some experience with the filmmaking format, as his 2007 flick “I Am Legend” was partially shot in IMAX.

That means that “Catching Fire” will be released in IMAX as well as regular theaters when it comes out on November 22, 2013. “The Hunger Games” was filmed with regular cameras, despite the fact that it was released in IMAX theaters.

“We are thrilled to continue the productive partnership we enjoyed with IMAX on the first installment of ‘The Hunger Games,'” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger in a press release. “Our partnership on the first ‘Hunger Games’ film was a resounding success, and we look forward to building on that experience with an expanded IMAX relationship on ‘Catching Fire.’ IMAX delivers a unique and memorable experience that is the perfect way to celebrate this special moviegoing event.”

Casting is already underway for “Catching Fire,” which is set to go in front of the (now IMAX) camera in a few months. Philip Seymour Hoffman is being eyed to play Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, while Lionsgate is busy trying to cast their Finnick Odair. “Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland are all slated to return for the upcoming sequel.

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