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“The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross and cast talk three vs. four movies debate


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Sure, “The Hunger Games” hasn’t even come out yet, but the big question on most fans’ minds is whether Lionsgate will end up splitting the series into three or four films. There are only three books in Suzanne Collins‘ story, but Lionsgate did leave the option open to make the franchise into four movies, much like studios did with the final films in “Harry Potter” and “The Twilight Saga.”

On “The Hunger Games” red carpet, IFC caught up with director Gary Ross, who is directing “Catching Fire” and likely the final one or two installments, and asked what his take on the debate was. Unsurprisingly, he had a very politically correct answer.

“That’s a larger conversation that involves more people than me,” he said with a laugh.

But that still leaves room for speculation. Willow Shields, who plays Prim in the movie, said that she would like to see more movies just so the story doesn’t have to be trimmed unnecessarily.

“I think four because then the last book you can split it up, and there’s so much in the last book, I think it would be so awesome to be able to do all of that,” she said.

But even she doesn’t know where the split should take place. When asked if she could think of an event that would end the third film, Shields answered, “I don’t think so. I can’t… I’m trying to think. I have no idea. That’s a really hard question.”

That’s the problem we’re all having when trying to picture three movies instead of four. Nelson Ascienco, who plays Katniss’s stylist Flavius in “The Hunger Games,” says he expects the split to likely take place during the third book.

“I would say probably towards the third book, just because it’s so involved and it’s finally you’re in the Capitol and you’re dealing with all that,” he said. “So, I mean, if you’ve read the book you know how involved it is and how spectacular the effects are going to have to be, so it’s a feast for the eyes. I have no idea how they’re going to get it all there, but you know what, Gary Ross is an amazing director.”

And, like Shields, he would happily see more than two more films to complete the movie franchise.

“It’s such a great story and such a long story in the sense that it’s so involved and detailed, I don’t know how they would get all that information in two or three films. So maybe it will be more!” he said.

Are you looking forward to “The Hunger Games”? Do you think the film series should be three or four movies long? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.)

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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

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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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