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Gary Ross will not return for “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire”


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This news comes as a bit of a shock. Gary Ross initially said back in November that he’d be back to helm the sequel to “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire,” but new reports are now saying that he’s bowed out of Lionsgate’s hit franchise.

The Playlist has the news, saying that the studio will need to find a new director for the franchise before it can start shooting in the fall. Ross had been in negotiations for Lionsgate to try to land a bigger payday for “The Hunger Games'” sequel, and apparently he’s opted to pass on the project. But The Playlist says that the decision was not only about the money.

“Ross has never been a filmmaker that repeats himself,” their story reads, and it seems that he felt he would be doing so by returning to the Capitol in “Catching Fire.” Yes, there are a lot of similarities between the first book and the second in structure and tone, but Ross also is said to have liked “The Hunger Games” the most.

Instead of directing “Catching Fire,” Ross will go on to develop and direct a project that he’s already written. Interestingly, he’ll get paid more money for that than he would have for “Catching Fire.”

It’s a bit of a bummer that Ross won’t be continuing the work he did on “The Hunger Games” in its sequel. Big franchises like “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” have changed a lot in tone over their films because they have had different directors helm each installment. Ross pretty much got the tone and content of “The Hunger Games” spot on, so hopefully whoever his successor is will do a similarly great job. Maybe Ross’s friend Steven Soderbergh — who, interestingly enough, was a second unit director and filmed the District 11 riot scene in “The Hunger Games” — would be interested in the position.

Are you disappointed Ross won’t be back for “Catching Fire”? 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.)

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

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