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“Catching Fire” casts Lynn Cohen as Mags


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“Catching Fire” has found its Mags.

Lionsgate announced today that veteran actress Lynn Cohen has been cast as the 80-something-year-old tribute competing in the Quarter Quell in the upcoming “Hunger Games” sequel. Mags is someone who Katniss respects for volunteering to compete in the special edition Hunger Games in place of a less stable former victor, as well as for her decision to put the lives of her allies before her own.

Cohen joins the fast-growing cast of “Catching Fire.” Several of the Quarter Quell tributes have been cast including Wiress and Johanna Mason, while Lionsgate is close to casting Beetee and Finnick. In addition, Philip Seymour Hoffman has come on board as gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.

That still leaves characters like Cashmere, Gloss and Twill left to be cast. “Catching Fire” should start filming in a month or two, so expect these announcements to come fast and furious over the next few weeks. Lionsgate has been casting some major names in this movie to play the 22 other tributes in the Quarter Quell, so we’re really looking forward to hearing who will be joining the “Hunger Games” ensemble.

Fans will likely recognize Cohen from her long-running stint on “Law & Order” as Judge Elizabeth Mizener and on “Sex and the City” as Magda. She also appeared in “Munich,” “Across the Universe” and “Synecdoche, New York.” Up next she’ll be in “They Came Together” with Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler.

Do you think Cohen will be a good Mags? 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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