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Robert Pattinson ‘Curious’ About Catching Fire Role

Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson admits he was "curious" about starring in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The Twilight Saga star has been linked with the role of Finnick Odair - known by fans of the Suzanne Collins book trilogy for being the victor of the 65th Hunger Games - and while he was intrigued at the prospect of being offered the part, the 26-year-old actor's agent insists he will not be appearing in the movie.

"I woke up and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games. I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent. My agent was like, 'No.' [My agent] was like no one's going to offer you that part. I was like, thanks for the reassurance."

Production on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set to begin this fall ahead of its planned release date in November 2013, with Francis Lawrence - who worked with Robert on 2011 movie Water For Elephants - set to direct the film.


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Box Office Breakdown: MIB3 Travels to the Top of the Chart

Men in Black 3

Who says lightning can't strike thrice?

Although The Avengers had a good three weeks at the top of the box office, Will Screen's return to the big screen in Men in Black 3 took in $55 million, finally bumping the Marvel flick down to #2. The superheroes, however, didn't go down without a fight, taking in close to $37 million this Memorial Day weekend. Battleship sunk to #3 with $10.8 million while The Dictator fell to #4 with $9.6 million. Horror film The Chernobyl Diaries debuted at number five with $8 million.

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Robert Pattinson for Hunger Games Sequel?

Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson has been tipped to star in the Hunger Games sequel.

The Twilight Saga actor has been linked with the role of Finnick Odair - who is known by fans of the Suzanne Collins book trilogy for being the victor of the 65th Hunger Games - in the second movie in the film franchise, Catching Fire.

Sources told TMT that studio Lionsgate are keen to recruit the 26-year-old actor to star in the forthcoming motion picture, which will be directed by Francis Lawrence. Should Robert take on the role, he will be reunited with Francis after the pair worked together on 2011 movie Water For Elephants.

Robert is due to star alongside his girlfriend Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last movie in the franchise, later this year, with production on Catching Fire set to begin this fall ahead of its planned released date in November 2013.


Box Office Breakdown: Battleship Fails to Maneuver a Win

The Avengers

Nothing is quite like the force of The Avengers.

The superhero film took in $55 million this weekend, which was a 46% drop from last weekend, but it still managed to do more than double what Battleship's debut took in ($25.3 million). The Dictator also debuted this week, securing third place at the box office with $17.4 million. Dark Shadows dropped two spots to number 4 with $12.8 million while the new comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting debuted at number 5 with $10.5 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Avengers Smashes Competition… Again

The Avengers

It seems like packing a film chock-full of A-listers is worth the money spent on them.

The Avengers -- unsurprisingly -- took number one at the box office this weekend, beating Avatar's record for best second weekend with $103.2 million. The latest Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaboration, Dark Shadows, opened at number two with $28.8 million while Think Like a Man dropped one spot to number three with $6.3 million. The Hunger Games was bumped down one spot to number four with $4.4 million while The Lucky One stayed put at number five with $4 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Avengers Make History

The Avengers

The Avengers really know how to battle it out at the box office.

The comic book movie - helmed by Joss Whedon - took in $200.3 million at the box office this past weekend, securing the top spot for the biggest opening weekend record, just in front of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million), The Dark Knight Rises ($158.4 million), and The Hunger Games ($152.5).

Last week's top movie, Think Like a Man, was bumped down one spot to number 2 with $8 million while The Hunger Games maintained its number 3 spot with $5.7 million.

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The Hunger Games, Bridesmaids Lead MTV Movie Awards Nods

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games and Bridesmaids lead the nominations at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

The action film and the comedy motion picture both have eight nods apiece, which will see them go up against each other for Best Cast and Movie of the Year alongside Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, The Help and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.

Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games - the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' book trilogy - will see her take on Bridesmaids star Kristin Wiig for Best Female Performance, as well as Emma Stone (Crazy Stupid Love), Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2) and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Rooney is also up for Breakthrough Performance and Best On-Screen Transformation for her portrayal of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the English language version of the Swedish thriller alongside Daniel Craig.

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Box Office Breakdown: Think Like a Man Knows How to Stay #1

Think Like a Man

Apparently it pays to Think Like a Man when it comes to this weekend's box office!

The ensemble comedy - adapted from Steve Harvey's book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man - maintained its top position at the box office with $18 million, earning more than the family-friendly The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which debuted at number 2 with $11.4 million. Last week's number 2 film, The Lucky One, fell to number 3 with a close $11.3 million. The big movie of the month, The Hunger Games, dropped even further down to number 4 with $11.2 million while the Judd Apatow-produced comedy The Five-Year Engagement debuted with $11.1 million at number 5.

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Box Office Breakdown: Think Like a Man Overthrows Hunger Games

Think Like a Man cast

After spending four weeks at the top spot, The Hunger Games has been dethroned by the Steve Harvey-scribed film Think Like a Man, which took in $33 million.

The new Zac Efron film -- written by The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks -- The Lucky One debuted at number 2 with $22.8 million, pushing The Hunger Games down to number 3 with $14.5 million. The Disney documentary Chimpanzee debuted at number 4 with $10.2 million, and last week's number 2 film The Three Stooges was bumped down three spots to number 5 with $9.2 million.

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Francis Lawrence to Direct Hunger Games Sequel

Francis LawrenceFrancis Lawrence is set to direct the Hunger Games sequel.

Studio Lionsgate have been searching for someone to helm the follow-up to the first instalment of the franchise after it was revealed Gary Ross would not be returning. So now they have made an offer to Lawrence to direct Catching Fire and are waiting for him to sign the deal.

Lawrence - who has previously directed I Am Legend and Water for Elephants - was up against Bennett Miller for the role but it is thought he was always the favorite because he had a clearer schedule, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Up until recently Ross was set to return to the franchise and revealed he was to make the next film in the three part series written by Suzanne Collins.


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