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<p>Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will presumably return for 'Catching Fire,' which now needs to find a director and fast</p>

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will presumably return for 'Catching Fire,' which now needs to find a director and fast

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Can 'Hunger Games' survive as Gary Ross officially jumps from sequel?

What does this mean for the newly-minted franchise?

Last week, I drove to Santa Monica to sit for interviews that may or may not be used on the DVD/Blu-ray release of "The Hunger Games," and part of the interview dealt with the contributions that Gary Ross made to the film.

One of the things that people overlook when talking about Ross leaving the film is that he didn't just direct it.  Billy Ray was the first screenwriter on the film, and then Suzanne Collins sat down with Ross and the two of them did the final passes together.  Ross has his fingerprints all over that first film, and in addition to helping decide what sort of choices they had to make in adapting it from page to screen, he also put together the cast.  As much as anyone, he's got to be credited with helping Jennifer Lawrence define her interpretation of Katniss Everdeen, which seems to be the one thing even the film's strongest detractors agree works in this first film.

Now there's the official word that Gary Ross is off of "Catching Fire," and so the first topic of conversation becomes "Who do you hire to direct it?"  More than that, though, I think there's an important question here for filmmakers who might get into the franchise business with Lionsgate/Summit in the future.  Based on the way they've handled business on the "Twilight" series and the decision they've made to move forward without Ross on this series, why would anyone ever expect to direct more than one film in a  successful franchise for them again?

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<p>James Van Der Beek of &quot;The B----- in Apartment 23&quot;</p>
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James Van Der Beek of "The B----- in Apartment 23"

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HitFix Interview: James Van Der Beek talks 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23'

How good an actor is Fake James Van Der Beek?
It's the part he was born to play.
In ABC's new comedy "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," James Van Der Beek plays the best friend to Krysten Ritter's title character (she's the "bee," not the apartment). Van Der Beek's character is a actor and lothario, whose acting credits include "Dawson's Creek" and "Varsity Blues."
In many ways, Van Der Beek's character is a lot like the 35-year-old actor, right down to the overlapping resume and the not-entirely-common name of "James Van Der Beek."
There are, of course, plenty of differences.
Real James Van Der Beek is a family man with two kids, while Fake James Van Der Beek likes to capitalize on his fame, and Dawson flannel, for a slew of one-night stands.
Real James Van Der Beek has stretched his acting range with definitively not-Dawson roles in films like "The Rules of Attraction" and on TV on "Criminal Minds," but he has never been in a Guy Ritchie. Fake James Van Der Beek has been in a Guy Ritchie movie, but you'll have to wait a couple episodes to see clips.
I got on the phone this week to chat with Real James Van Der Beek about Fake James Van Der Beek and his new ABC comedy, which premieres on Wednesday (April 11) night. 
Click through for the full interview...
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<p>Red Hot Chili Peppers</p>

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Black Keys, Black Sabbath and Red Hot Chili Peppers headline Lollapalooza 2012

Jack White, The Shins join more than 120 acts on the Chicago fest bill

It will be a colorful Lollapalooza this August as headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, the Black Keys and Jack White.

The line-up for the Aug. 3-5 festival, held at Chicago’s Grant Park, broke on the Lollapalooza website at midnight Central time.

The Black Keys are also headlining this year's Coachella, which will be held April 13-15 and April 20-22. Similarly,  RHCP are headlining both Lollapalooza and June's Bonnaroo. They last headlined Lollapalooza in 2006. The Black Keys played Lollapalooza in 2010, but this is their first go-round as a headliner.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>That little girl sure does look like she's floating, but she couldn't be... could she?</p>

That little girl sure does look like she's floating, but she couldn't be... could she?

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Source Material: 'Miss Peregrine' feels like perfect home for Tim Burton

Jane Goldman seems like a really smart choice to adapt this one

With the way Hollywood churns through material these days, we thought it was worth taking a look at the various sources they're pulling from and discussing what they might make from these books, games, TV shows, or whatever else they use.  For today's column, we're looking forward to 2013, when Tim Burton may be directing Jane Goldman's adaptation of "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children."


This book by Ransom Riggs falls under the preposterously broad umbrella of "young adult fiction," but trying to shoehorn this into the same genre as "Twilight" or "The Hunger Games" seems ridiculous.  This book was built around some real photos that Riggs collected over the years, a narrative that built upon these images, and which plays as a sort of melancholy fantasy about a young man who is launched into a creepy investigation upon the death of his beloved and eccentric grandfather.

When Jacob goes to the Welsh island where his grandfather once lived, trying to figure out how much of what he was told by the old man was invention and how much was true, he comes across the remains of an old house that apparently was an orphanage of sorts before a bomb destroyed it in WWII.

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<p>Neal McDonough as Quarles in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Neal McDonough as Quarles in "Justified."

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Interview: 'Justified' showrunner Graham Yost post-mortems season 3

On the many villains and memorable moments of a wild third season

"Justified" just concluded its third season, and in addition to reviewing the finale, I interviewed showrunner Graham Yost about the many villains who paraded through Harlan this season, what he felt worked, what didn't, and what some of his initial thoughts are about season 4, all coming up just as soon as I have a taste for pig tongue...

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<p>Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

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Season finale review: 'Justified' - 'Slaughterhouse'

Raylan's enemies and allies come together for a bloody final showdown

"Justified" just wrapped up its third season. I interviewed showrunner Graham Yost about the season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I like the use of "cahoots"...

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Pip on The Voice

Pip Andrew and Carson Daly on 'The Voice'

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'The Voice' results recap: Eliminations - week two

Team Adam and Team Cee-Lo say goodbye to two singers apiece, but who was saved?

The results are in for the first round of eliminations from Team Adam and Team Cee-Lo.

Will Jamar sail right through? Will this be the end of the road for Pip and his bow ties? Will fan non-favorite Erin walk like an Egyptian right off the show? How will Christina stab Tony Lucca in the back tonight?

Carson promises a big show and a great performance by Jessie J! So let's get to it...

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<p>Matthew Bomer of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>
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Matthew Bomer of "Glee"

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Recap: 'Glee' - 'Big Brother'

A strong guest appearance by Matthew Bomer hides the show's usual problems
We’re back, “Glee” fans, for eight consecutive episodes to round out this third season. And with a fourth season confirmed this week, we don’t have to spend the next two months wondering if the show will be pushing towards its final Nationals or not. Instead, we can focus all of our attention on what we always do: trying to make sense of the here and now. And Lord knows that takes up enough mental energy in and of itself. “Big Brother” was pretty run-of-the-mill “Glee,” with only Matthew Bomer’s pretty fantastic guest appearance lifting this up as anything particularly memorable.
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<p>A scene from Nuri Bilge Ceylan's &quot;Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.&quot;</p>

A scene from Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia."

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Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan to receive yet another Cannes honor

'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' director to receive Golden Coach for his body of work

Nuri Bile Ceylan's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," which opened Stateside in January and hit UK screens more recently, has been bringing critics to their knees since Cannes last year, but has has more of a slow-creep effect on me.

I saw it last May in unideal circumstances: the Cannes programmers, in their wisdom, had decided to press-screen this languorous 160-minute policier in a late-evening slot at the very tail-end of the festival. I stayed awake but not exactly absorbent: I was left with admiring impressions of the film's daring narrative style and staggering night-time cinematography, but almost immediately afterwards, was unable to recall a single thing that happened in it.

Returning to it recently, however, proved both rewarding and reassuring: there is something oddly evanescent about the way it reveals its mysteries, but one suspects that may be Ceylan's intent in a kind of long-night's-journey-into-day story that stretches and loops time in such a way that all incidents become less connectable the more we learn about them.

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<p>Fran Kranz as Marty in &quot;Cabin in the Woods&quot;</p>

Fran Kranz as Marty in "Cabin in the Woods"

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Interview: 'Cabin in the Woods' star Fran Kranz talks endless delays and 3D

'Dollhouse' actor talks reuniting with Joss Whedon: Can the film be spoiled?

PHILADELPHIA -- Like anybody involved in a horror film, “Cabin in the Woods” star Fran Kranz doesn’t want any of his movie’s secrets spoiled before it goes wide to theaters on Friday. In a way, though, it’d be impossible to fully spoil the twists and turns of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s thriller, which is as much a love letter to past cinema as it is a fulfilling way to reinvent it. 

At a HitFix-hosted early fan screening last night in Philly, Kranz was on hand to talk about his “Cabin” character Marty, the endless delays in release and how a film of such abundant in a post-internet, rumor-mongering era can still find success.
“I have a lot of faith that the movie can’t be completely ruined. There’s no one twist or one spoiler. Maybe it is important… to make a film like this so full and so dense. Even if I tried, it’d just end up sounding insane,” Kranz said. “We have a lot of layers of defense."
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<p>Sarah Chalke shows off her Zubaz on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Sarah Chalke shows off her Zubaz on "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'You Can Still Change Your Mind': Thank you, Simon

Not a lot of laughs, but with this crew, does that matter as much?

A quick review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I can control my gag reflex...

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Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty says you better watch 'Shannen Says'

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Review: 'Shannen Says' reveals the determined side of Shannen Doherty

The '90210' 'bad girl' plans her third marriage, this time on camera

Shannen Doherty doesn't have a great track record in reality TV.

She spent one season as the host of SyFy Channel's hidden camera show "Scare Tactics" (back when it was still called Sci Fi Channel). Fronted Oxygen's "Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty," which lasted a single season. And was the first celebrity eliminated on the tenth season of "Dancing with the Stars."

(She's also been mocked for participating in a series of ads for online college, even though her goal is to get a degree as a tribute to her late father.)

But she's not giving up just yet. Doherty's latest reality project is the WE tv docu-series "Shannen Says," charting a seven week rush to the alter with photographer fiancé Kurt Iswarienko. It's her most personal and revealing reality effort yet, and Doherty's personality seems suited to the medium. This one just might work.

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