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Willow Shields and Nelson Ascienco talk future “Hunger Games” films


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“The Hunger Games” may be only a day away from being released, but that hasn’t stopped us from looking forward. The next film, “Catching Fire,” is due to hit theaters on November 22, 2013, and the movie (or movies) after that will likely be released in the years afterward.

Some — but not all — of the characters in “The Hunger Games” will make it into the future installments of the series. IFC caught up with a couple of the stars who have roles in the upcoming movies and asked them what they thought of the chance to develop their characters more.

“It’s very exciting. I’m just so excited that I’m going to be in the next roles and the next movies. It’s so exciting,” said Willow Shields, who plays Katniss’s younger sister Prim.

Though Prim is portrayed as being somewhat weak and sheltered in “The Hunger Games,” she shows great strength over the next two books. Shields said she is looking forwards to Prim becoming a bit stronger by the time “Mockingjay,” the third book, rolls around.

“She’s become very brave, and she’s trying to follow Katniss, so she becomes Katniss and is taking care of her family and really trying to be brave through all of it,” she said.

Nelson Ascienco, who plays Katniss’s stylist Flavius in the film, also believes he can look forward to a couple more movies. “Story has it that I’ll be in the other two/three films,” he said cryptically.

For him, it was just exciting to get to work with the cast in this film. As Katniss’s stylist, he had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Lenny Kravitz.

“I’m pinching myself. It’s just great to be with all those people. Lenny Kravitz was amazing,” Ascienco said. “He’s a rock star. People say, ‘How is he?’ He’s a rock star, and just a sweet guy. And everyone on the crew was amazing. The crew, the costumers, the hair stylists and, it goes without saying, the cast. Amazing, stellar actors and just really humble, sweet people.”

Which character’s plot development are you most looking forward to watching? 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

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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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