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Busy Jennifer Lawrence Balances Franchise Paydays with Indie Fare; Wanted for 'Ends of the Earth'

With both David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (November 21) and Suzanne Bier's "Serena" (2013) in the bag, Jennifer Lawrence is a lock for two "Hunger Games" sequels (going from $500,000 to some $10-million for number two) and a reprise of her role as Mystique in an "X-Men: First Class" sequel, but her future indie pursuits are less certain.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 7, 2012 1:35 PM
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In the Works: Drew Barrymore Adds to 'The End' to Directing Slate, Lynn Cohen Joins 'Catching Fire

The latest addition to the cast of "Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" is veteran stage, TV and film actress Lynn Cohen for the role of Mags, the eighty-year old victor from District 4...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 3, 2012 4:59 PM
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Comeback Kid McConaughey Joins DiCaprio and Dujardin on Scorsese's 'Wolf of Wall Street'

UPDATE: Matthew McConaughey is continuing his comeback by joining the all-star cast of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street." McConaughey (this year's "Magic Mike," "Killer Joe," "The Paperboy" and "Mud") will play Mark Hanna, an early boss and mentor to Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Jordan Belfort.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 4:06 PM
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'Ronna & Beverly' Stars Join Paul Feig's Bullock & McCarthy Buddy Cop Comedy

Paul Feig has added "Ronna & Beverly" writer-performers Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo ("Entourage," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") to his upcoming buddy cop comedy with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 4:23 PM
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Casting Watch: Jena Malone Set to Play Johanna Mason in 'Catching Fire' [UPDATE]

Lionsgate has made it official: Jena Malone is Johanna Mason for "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2012 12:50 PM
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Next Young Adult Franchise? Fantasy 'Mortal Instruments' Adds 'Game of Thrones' Badass Lena Headey to Cast

Young Adult Fiction continues to drive book sales (as top writers such as Carl Hiaasen, Elizabeth George, Jody Picoult and John Grisham turn to the red hot YA business) as well as subsequent movie franchises such as Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games," Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter," Summit's "Twilight" and HBO's "Game of Thrones."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 5:26 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Malick Producing Lincoln Youth Biopic with Kruger; Lewis Joins Streep & Roberts in 'August: Osage County'

Roger Moore landed some juicy casting news when interviewing Diane Kruger on "Farewell, My Queen" and "The Host" at Comic-Con. She said she'll play Sarah Bush Lincoln in (yet another) Abraham Lincoln biopic titled "Green Blade Riding." None other than Terrence Malick is producing (no writer or director has been named) the project...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 18, 2012 12:59 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Lionsgate adds 'Catching Fire' Cast, Seeks New Director for 'Mockingjay'; Depp Joins Anderson; Radcliffe & Kazan Say Yes to 'F Word'

Amanda Plummer ("Pulp Fiction," "The Fisher King") is signing on to play Wiress in "Catching Fire." This follows the announcement of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee and Jena Malone as Johanna in "The Hunger Games" sequel with Jennifer Lawrence and new director Francis Lawrence. Lionsgate is rushing the film to shoot this fall for a November 22, 2013 release.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • July 17, 2012 1:44 PM
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Casting Watch - 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby': Huppert, Hurt, Davis & Arianda Join Chastain & McAvoy

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," which will be told in two films from "His" and "Hers" perspectives -- those of husband and wife James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain -- has rounded out its casting with Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Nina Arianda, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader and Jess Weixler...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 16, 2012 3:47 PM
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Casting Watch: Daniel Radcliffe to Grow 'Horns' in Supernatural Thriller

After the box office success of Gothic ghost story "The Woman in Black," it makes sense that Harry-Potter-no-more Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star in another supernatural thriller, "Horns," from director Alexander Aja...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 13, 2012 2:20 PM
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