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Tony Shalhoub, Sam Claflin eyed for “Catching Fire”

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Little did we know how right we were yesterday when we speculated that Lionsgate would be casting some pretty high-profile stars as the new tributes in “Catching Fire.” The studio has already got Amanda Plummer and Jena Malone locked down for parts, but the latest batch of casting announcements is even bigger.

Variety is reporting that Tony Shalhoub and Sam Claflin are the frontrunners for two new “Catching Fire” characters, Beetee and Finnick. Both are major characters in the story that end up being allies of leading lady Katniss Everdeen.

Considering the fact that Lionsgate went small with the tributes that they cast in “The Hunger Games,” it’s interesting to see just what talent they’ve drawn in for its sequel. Granted, some of these actors will have roles that last into the next two films as well, but they’re still secondary parts.

Shalhoub hasn’t had a major film role since “Monk” went off the air in 2009, but it will be interesting to see him play second fiddle to Jennifer Lawrence. His Beetee — nicknamed “Volts” for his prowess with electricity and inventions — manages to use the materials distributed in the Quarter Quell, “Catching Fire’s” special edition Hunger Games, to help protect Katniss and their other allies from their competitors.

Zap2It originally broke the news about Claflin’s potential addition as Finnick, a role that has garnered the most interest from fans since the casting process began. Finnick’s relationship with Katniss develops significantly over the course of the next three films, and he has become a fan-favorite character.

Also originally listed by Variety as up for a part was Melissa Leo, though that casting rumor was soon shot down. She would have played Mags, a former mentor of Finnick who Katniss has a close connection with, so at least we know Lionsgate is close to making a casting decision on that part.

“Catching Fire” is due in theaters on November 22, 2013.

Do you think that Shalhoub and Claflin are good picks for “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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