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“Catching Fire” directors shortlist includes David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu


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We’re still mourning the loss of Gary Ross on the upcoming “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire,” but Lionsgate is wasting no time to get an equally impressive director on board. We suggest that we would like to see Steven Soderbergh get behind the camera, and the studio behind the hottest young adult property this year has got their eyes set similarly high.

Sources close to the decision-making process spoke to The Los Angeles Times and dished on some of the directors the studio is looking at. Apparently their list is seven or eight men long, and all of them are prestigious in the Hollywood film community.

Chief among them are David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, best known for “The Fly,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien” and “21 Grams,” respectively. It’s clear that Lionsgate is trying to find someone on the same caliber as Ross, which is comforting. The big question is whether or not those talents will be interested, but my guess is they will. If you didn’t remember, Cuaron is the same man who directed “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” arguably one of the best films in the “Harry Potter” franchise.

Apparently author Suzanne Collins is the main reason that Lionsgate is looking to hire such a prestigious director.

“Lionsgate needs to find a director with enough credits and accolades to appeal to Collins, who is much more interested in quality filmmaking than box-office prowess. This director also needs to have an even keel; no petulant crybabies allowed,” The LA Times writes.

The plan is to have “Catching Fire” ready to film later this year, with a set release date of November 22, 2013.

What are your thoughts on Lionsgate’s short list? 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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