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“Catching Fire” casting marathon continues with Alan Ritchson as Gloss


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The “Catching Fire” casting streak continues. Today Lionsgate announced that Alan Ritchson has landed the role of Gloss in the upcoming sequel to “The Hunger Games.”

Gloss and his sister Cashmere were two career tributes from District 1 who were chosen to compete in the Quarter Quell, the event that “Catching Fire” centers around. Gloss is an enemy of Katniss, though they both do rebel against the Capitol by joining hands with the rest of the Quarter Quell tributes in a show of strength. Like his sister, Enobaria and Brutus (both of whom were also cast this week), Gloss becomes a part of the Career pack who faces off against Katniss and her allies in the 75th Hunger Games.

Ritchson is best known for his TV work on shows like “Blue Mountain State” and “Smallville,” where he played Aquaman. He certainly has the looks to play pretty boy Gloss considering he started off his career as a model for Abercrombie and Fitch.

It seems clear from the recent string of casting announcements that the majority of the big name actors who are joining “Catching Fire” have already been announced. Cashmere, Twill and the rest of the characters yet to have actors assigned to them will likely be played by lesser known stars in order to keep the cast of this film under control. We still have hope that the man who lands the role of Finnick Odair will be someone who we can geek out over, though.

As a quick recap, here’s everyone new who’s been cast in “Catching Fire” so far: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jena Malone as Joahanna Mason, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Lynn Cohen as Mags, Meta Golding as Enobaria, Bruno Gunn as Brutus and Patrick St. Esprit as Romulus Thread. In addition, there are rumors that Tony Shalhoub will play Beetee and Sam Claflin will play Finnick, though neither is confirmed.

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

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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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