ROLL CALL: Hunger Games Casting Rumors, Pattinson Out, Hammer & Hedlund In?

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Would Someone Just Volunteer As Tribute Already!: The casting of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is buzzing louder than a pack of tracker jackers chasing Katniss! Rumors are swirling about who might land the coveted role of tribute Finnick Odair in the second installment in the series. Hollywood’s hottest vampire, Robert Pattinson, was in the rumor mix for a minute or two – but the actor told USA Today that a quick call to his agent squelched his hunger for the role. “I woke up this morning 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,” he told the paper. “My agent was like, ‘No.’ [He] was like, ‘No one’s going to offer you that part.’ I was like, ‘Thanks for the reassurance!’ Fans of the book will remember that Finnick is one of the games’ most skilled tribute, known for his skills in the water and his deadly use of a trident. So who is Hollywood whispering about? According to E! Online, Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund are in the running for the role. However, MTV News reported yesterday that Taylor has said he is not interested. Maybe Effie Trinket should just gather up all the names of young Hollywood actors put them in a bowl and pull a name out! E! also reported that Lionsgate could announce casting for the role as early as next week.

“The Paperboy’s” Already Infamous Scene Explained: “The Paperboy” hasn’t even hit theaters stateside and the movie already has scene Hollywood just can’t stop talking about – involving Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and a jellyfish. And now, the movie’s director, Lee Daniels, is telling GQ how it all went down – literally – and reveals that Zac Efron couldn’t help but smile while Nicole Nicole came to his… rescue (if that’s even the right term?) “If you could have watched Zac’s face,” the director recounted to GQ. “He’s supposed to be passed out and [while Nicole is saving him from the jellyfish,] he’s just got this smile on his face. I’m like, ‘Zac, pretend like you’re dead!’ And he’s just got this crazy smile on his face. The whole thing’s crazy.” We couldn’t agree more!

Michelle Rodriguez Weighs In On “The Paperboy’s” Oscar Chances: Michelle Rodriguez reportedly has some strong opinions about Nicole Kidman and “The Paperboy’s” chances of bringing home Oscar glory. Does she think the provocative movie and Nicole Kidman have a shot at winning any Oscars? New York Magazine’s Vulture blog reportedly got the actress and her very candid comments on the subject, HERE!

The Year Of Anne?: With buzz mounting for her role as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises” (July 20) and then the role of Fantine in “Les Miserables” (December 14), 2012 is shaping up to be Anne Hathaway’s year! Check out the actress singing in the new trailer for the big screen version of the beloved musical, HERE!

-- Jesse Spero

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