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Liam Hemsworth Tried to Lose Weight for ‘Catching Fire’

Liam HemsworthLiam Hemsworth tried to lose weight for his role in Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The hunky actor claims he tried to avoid pumping iron in the gym and tried to eat healthily before reprising his role in the popular sci-fi series because he wanted to shed some extra pounds: "I was actually trying to lose weight, so I'm not lifting anything too heavy during this process. I tried to cut out the bad food."

Liam's co-star, Josh Hutcherson insists there was no rivalry between the male cast members on set when it came to bulking up their bodies for the movie. "We didn't really train together, for me I definitely did a lot more training for the first movie, I kind of coasted into the second one but I worked very hard, a lot of weight lifting and stuff," he explained.

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Josh Hutcherson Giggles During Love Scenes with Jennifer Lawrence

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer LawrenceJosh Hutcherson finds it weird to kiss Jennifer Lawrence.

The Hunger Games hunk gets the giggles when he has to switch on the romance for love scenes with the Oscar-winning actress - who plays fearless competitor Katniss Everdeen in the fantasy franchise - because they are such good friends in real life.

"It is. There are times when we've had to cut because we can't get through a take without laughing," he told Glamour when asked if it's strange to have to seduce his pal Jennifer.

The 20-year-old actor fell for his own girlfriend, actress Claudia Traisac, while filming upcoming thriller Paradise Lost and he thinks it's natural to develop feelings for your co-stars: "As far as I'm concerned, you're both actors, you understand each other's lifestyle, so it's a very natural thing to have happen."


Josh Hutcherson’s Praise for Gary Ross

Josh Hutcherson with Suzanne Collins and Gary Ross

Josh Hutcherson can't imagine making a Hunger Games sequel without Gary Ross.

The director has ruled himself out of the running for Catching Fire, the follow up to the hugely successful first movie in the trilogy which tells the story of a futuristic world where teenagers are forced to fight to the death live on TV for entertainment but Josh admitted Gary is "100 per cent" his choice to direct: "Gary [Ross] is my guy, 100 per cent, through and through. He killed the first one. He absolutely knocked it out of the park. Everyone who worked with him loved him. Myself and Jennifer [Lawrence] and all of the other cast members loved him. I couldn't imagine making the movie without him. That's what I have to say about that."

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Jennifer Lawrence: Hunger Games Stars Hotter than Twilight Actors

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger GamesJennifer Lawrence says her male Hunger Games co-stars are "hotter" than the Twilight Saga hunks.

The actress - who plays 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen in the eagerly anticipated novel adaptation of the Suzanne Collins trilogy - admitted Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner from the vampire film franchise are good looking but says her loyalties lie with her co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson.

Joking about a Twilight / Hunger Games feud, Jennifer told Access Hollywood, "Since the feud is now out in the open I'm going to have to go with our guys as hotter than the stars of Twilight. Obviously Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are gorgeous but I have to go with my boys."

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Neil Patrick Harris Ready to Direct Feature Film

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris has managed to conquer television, and now he’s ready to take on film.

The actor has agreed to direct an indie film named Aaron and Sarah, a romantic comedy which (we assume) is about two characters named Aaron and Sarah.

Rumor has it that Emma Roberts and Josh Hutcherson will star in the title roles.

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Box Office Breakdown: That Was It for Paranormal Activity

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Based on the numbers from the past week, it looks like This Is It should remain in theaters longer than two weeks. Oh wait - it will.

Since opening late Tuesday night, the concert film has generated a total of $34.4 million domestically - $23.2 million just over the weekend - and approximately $101 worldwide. Although Michael Jackson technically didn’t beat the opener for Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (that entry earned more over 5 days), had the best international debut ever for any concert film.

Sony’s win meant a short victory for . After a steady climb, and only 1 week at the top, the horror film slipped down to second place. Of course, the word-of-mouth hit has nothing to complain about. Not only has the movie grossed $84.6 million to date, it also had the best per screen average of any Top 10 charter.

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Box Office Breakdown: Saw Outdone by Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity

Have audiences seen enough Saw?

Although Jigsaw is known for slaying his competition, the serial killer was no match for Katie Featherstone and Micah Sloat. This weekend, those two unknowns saw their small project, , finally top the box office charts. The movie, which was produced for approximately $15,000, reached that position after a steady climb up the ranks. (Aren’t films supposed to go down?) The horror flick also had a higher per screen average than any entry in the Top 10 despite fewer engagements.

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Casting Corner: Jason Sudeikis, Mark Ruffalo and More

Jason SudeikisMark Ruffalo

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jason Sudeikis: The Saturday Night Live star may be on board for Going the Distance, a romantic comedy starring (exes?) Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. Sudeikis is in talks to play Box, a friend who thinks Justin’s long-distance relationship with Drew is a mistake. (Don’t we all?) Nanette Burstein (American Teen) has been tapped to direct the New Line movie.

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In Theaters This Weekend: July 11, 2008

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

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