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“The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” set for November 22, 2013 release date

“The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” set for November 22, 2013 release date (photo)

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We’re still seven month’s away from the release of “The Hunger Games,” the big-budget adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ runaway bestselling novels, but that isn’t stopping Hollywood from looking to the future. The studio, Lionsgate, has announced a November 22, 2013 date for their bowing of the second book in the trilogy, “Catching Fire.”

“The Hunger Games” books follow Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl living in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem located within the former United States. As penance for the outlying districts rising up against the capitol decades ago, each of the twelve regions is forced to send one boy and one girl to the annual Hunger Games, an arena-based fight to the death. The books, while technically young-adult, are exceedingly dark and mature with their themes, and have attracted a wide base of readers.

It’s difficult to talk about “Catching Fire” without spoiling anything from the first film, but in wide terms the second book focuses on a new uprising brewing within the districts. Katniss, predictably, is thrust into the middle of it along with key characters from the preceding novel. I personally enjoyed it as much as the first book, as the story manages to combine the intimacy of Katniss’ adventures with a macro look at the political structure of the nation and its march towards outright rebellion.

“The Hunger Games” stars “Winter’s Bone” lead Jennifer Lawrence as the principal character of Katniss Everdeen, with Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson as her friends Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark, respectively. In the first book, Katniss and Peeta are the ones selected to serve as “tributes” in the Hunger Games.

The scheduling of the second film comes amongst news of none other than Steven Soderbergh joining the crew as second-unit director, and the release two weeks ago of the first production stills. “The Hunger Games” will hit theaters on March 23, 2012.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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