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“Catching Fire” will shoot in Hawaii and be awesome, says Jennifer Lawrence


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There are only seven and a half weeks until “The Hunger Games” hits theaters, and we couldn’t be more excited. Such is the case with the entire cast and crew as well, if we can judge their enthusiasm by the way they talk about the movie in interviews. Director Gary Ross and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks all chatted about the movie recently in anticipation of its release, and we’d be lying if we didn’t say that reading the interviews have only gotten us stoked for “The Hunger Games'” March 23 release date.

With Ross officially signed on for “The Hunger Games'” sequel, “Catching Fire,” he was finally able to open up about his enthusiasm for adapting that book. Training will apparently start in July, which means that shooting is still more than half a year off, but that hasn’t stopped Ross from getting prepped for the project.

“I love the title ‘Catching Fire’ because from the moment Katniss was willing to eat the berries, the moment she was willing to give her life for something larger than herself, she set off a chain reaction that was at once bigger than her and also because of her,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “That’s a very exciting movie to make because you’re seeing the emergence of a leader. It’s the birth of a revolution so it has context that’s larger than just the Games themselves.”

It took Ross a while to confirm himself for “Catching Fire,” and apparently he spent a lot of time teasing Lawrence and the rest of the cast on set by floating the possibility of passing them off onto a new director for the next film. Lawrence described the set as being “all a family,” so it was hard for her to cope with the idea of losing Ross for film number two. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to worry about it now.

She told EW that she’s even more excited to prepare for “Catching Fire” than she was to prep for “The Hunger Games.” Maybe that has something to do with the fact that it will be filming in Hawaii — likely because of the setting of the latter portion of the book — but it’s likely just because she loves the story of Katniss Everdeen so much.

“Signing onto the movies I was like, ‘Well, I’ll probably love the first one and then I’ll just want to get the rest of them out of the way,” Lawrence said. “But I can’t wait to start training. As soon as they were like ‘We need to start training in July,’ I was like ‘Woohoo!’ I can’t wait to get back.”

Ross thinks that Lawrence has a definite shot of getting her second Oscar nomination next year for her portrayal of Katniss in this movie. If her performance in the movie is as effective as it was in the full-length trailer, then we could definitely see that being the case.

“The range in this performance, the emotional terrain that she investigates, the demands of what this role are,” Ross said. “It’s such an intensely physical role and an emotional one. She carries the entire movie. To be able to do that at that age (Lawrence is 21) is so kind of incredible that I was in a little bit of awe. Do I think she should be nominated? Absolutely.”

Banks spoke out about “The Hunger Games” recently and said that she thinks its something both fans of the books and author Suzanne Collins will be proud of.

“I really think we did right by the fans,” Banks told Good Morning America. “Suzanne Collins, who wrote the book, she was with us and blessed everything that we did. I know we’ve done something that she’s proud of.”

She added to The Huffington Post that she didn’t know whether fans would be as receptive to her portrayal of Effie Trinket. “Effie has a really theatrical, over-the-top, completely not me look to her. I have no idea if people are going to be into it. I hope they are,” she said.

Are you looking forward to “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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