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Sam Claflin Officially ‘Catching Fire’

In: Donovan, Movies

After weeks of speculation that he was the frontrunner to play Finnick Odair in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, it’s now official. Lionsgate has formally announced that British actor Sam Claflin nabbed the coveted role. The 26-year-old beat out several contenders including Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Trevor Donovan (90210), Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class). Finnick is a former winner of the Hunger Games and competing against Katniss in the Quarter Quell. In the book, Katniss first meets Finnick while he’s wearing nothing but a fishing net with some strategically placed knots. I’m pretty good at untying knots ;) He’s so ridiculously cute. Hopefully, the film’s director stays true to the book and incorporates this scene.

Since Sam Claflin is officially on board, I thought it was the perfect time to get to know this rising star. Claflin was born in Ipswich, Suffolk to an accountant father and classroom assistant mother. His very first role was in the mini-series The Pillars of the Earth in 2010. But it was his role as Philip Swift in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides that showed his potential as a huge movie star. Since then he’s been landing role after another. Earlier this year he co-starred with Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart in Snow White & The Huntsman. Now, he’s set to appear in the next three Hunger Games film hitting theaters in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

check out who else is in the sequel after the jump, along with more pics of Sam Claflin

While Robert Pattinson has started to pick up the pieces after Kristen Stewart’s cheating ways became public, the actress has experienced a string of bad luck with regards to her career. First came word she dropped out of the dramatic film “Cali” co-starring Alex Pettyfer, now she’s lost out on a major role and huge payday. Before we get to that, let’s discuss Pattinson’s career.

The 26-year-old actor recently came out of hiding to promote his upcoming film “Cosmopolis“. Rumor had it, he was laying low at Reese Witherspoon’s summer home. Now that he’s back, people are wondering if he’ll address the situation. His highly-anticipated interview on today’s “Good Morning America” has everyone on the edge of their seats. If he chooses not to answer a cheating-related question, he can always talk about the new role he just landed.

Pattinson will appear in “Queen of the Desert” with Naomi Watts. The biopic is about English writer and explorer Gertrude Bell. Pattinson will play T.E. Lawrence of “Lawrence of Arabia” fame, who with Bell, helped establish the nation states of Jordan and Iraq after WWI. Production is scheduled to begin in the Fall.

find out which role Kristin lost after the jump

Gender Equality Finally On The Price Is Right

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Get ready for a bit more testosterone, muscles and pecs come October on “The Price Is Right“. For the first time in the game show’s 40 year history, a male model will be featured on the show. If you’re like me, I, too, was a little surprised when I learned that a man has never presented any of the showcase showdowns. The horror ;) It’s about time gender equality took place on the show.

During the Bob Barker-hosted era, the female models prancing around in bikinis and cleavage-baring dresses were referred to as “Barker’s Beauties“. When Drew Carey took over, the term was dropped and now they’re simply known as “The Price is Right Models“. BORING!!! So, how will producers determine which lucky male will win the honor? By a web series competition, of course. It is the digital age after all.

details about the search after the jump

First it was announced that Jennifer Hudson was joining the cast of “Smash” and now this. Season 2 is shaping up to be as awesome as producers have promised.

One of the biggest obstacles (and viewer complaints) experienced during the first season was trying to define Debra Messing’s character so it wouldn’t be compared to her “Will & Grace” character Grace Adler. People felt there was too much resemblance, myself included. The last thing producers wanted to do was bring Eric McCormack (Will) to “Smash” and further compound that problem. Looks like they’ve had a change of heart. Someone from “Will & Grace” is joining the NBC musical show for a multi-episode arc. But exactly who? Will, Jack or Karen? Find out below.

find out who after the jump

With some of the cast of “Beverly Hills, 90210” reuniting for Old Navy commercials, it only makes sense another beloved teen drama cast reunite. James Van Der Beek who played the titular character on “Dawson’s Creek” is making diehard Creeker’s dreams come true.

On ABC’s “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23“, Van Der Beek plays a heightened version of himself on the sitcom. For the season premiere, the actor is attempting to hold a “Dawson’s Creek” reunion where former co-star Busy Philipps is attending. As you recall Philipps played Audrey Liddell who was Joey Potter’s (Katie Holmes) college roommate and Pacey’s (Joshua Jackson) love interest. Will any of their former co-stars pop up? Perhaps, but what we know for sure is that James Van Der Beek will bump into two other former teen stars of popular 1990s shows. Find out who below.

find out which 90s sitcom stars are dropping by after the jump

With a new season comes new blood and new romances. Both ABC’s “Revenge” and NBC’s “Smash” are adding a couple of hotties to woo existing cast members. Both Nolan (Gabriel Mann) and Julia (Debra Messing) had their fair share of heartbreak. On “Revenge” Nolan got involved with a unstable conman, or as Emily Thorne called him… a hooker. Meanwhile Julia on “Smash” wanted her cake and to eat it too. In the end, she lost both her husband and her lover. But it looks like both characters aren’t going to be eating alone for too long.

ABC just announced that Dilshad Vadsaria is heading to the Hamptons. Vadsaria will play Padma, a financial whiz who works at Nolan’s company NolCorp. You’re probably scratching your head and thinking… ummm isn’t like Nolan gay? Apparently, Nolan is bisexual. Who knew? Dilshad is probably best known for her role on “Greek“.

find out who after the jump

With Mariah Carey officially taking over Jennifer Lopez’s seat on the judging panel, chatter has now shifted to who’ll be joining her. Since a record one-season pay day was given to the “Heartbreaker” singer, there isn’t much left over for the other two judges. Instantly, you can scratch off those big A-list names off that list, plus any women as well. I’m sure MiMi wants to be the only vajayjay on the show.

Early speculation had producers eying former “American Idol” alums as possible judges. Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert was one name being considered. Based on the latest rumors, it would seem Lambert joining is no longer happening. Instead, two names from different sides of the musical spectrum are in the mix. Find out who below.

find out who after the jump

Taylor Kitsch’s Next Box Office Bomb?

In: Donovan, Movies

Given his drop dead gorgeous looks and sexy body, it’s no surprise that Taylor Kitsch has been heralded as the next big movie star. Sometimes though, even if you have all the right ingredients, things never come to fruition. Despite having a solid career on television with “Friday Night Lights“, Kitsch has failed to parlay that success to the big screen.

He had a solid turn as Gambit in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine“, but hasn’t yielded the same results when fronting a film. In 2012 alone, the Canadian actor has already starred in three box office bombs. First came Disney’s “John Carter” which resulted in a huge loss for the studio. Then came the much-maligned “Battleship“. Most recently, he appeared in “Savages” which wasn’t a complete snore, but wasn’t a hit either.

Even with a less than spectacular track record, Taylor Kitsch is still a hot commodity in Hollywood. In fact, the 31-year-old actor has been approached and offered a lead role in a big budget project. Find out which one below.

find out which movie after the jump

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