Catching Fire

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. American music legend Arthel “Doc” Watson — the blind guitarist who helped pioneer the folk revival of the early 1960s, and won eight Grammys over the course of his career — has died at the age of 89. Read his New York Times obituary here.

2. The first teaser trailer for Tom… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. It’s official: Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants, I Am Legend, Constantine) will direct Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games franchise, with production on the film slated to begin in August. [via Deadline]

2. Should we be worried that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has cast his Angels in the Outfield costar Tony… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The official slate of films competing for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled, and it includes features from David Cronenberg, Lee Daniels, Walter Salles, Ken Loach, and Michael Haneke. [via ArtsBeat]

2. “[Season 2] is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally… Read More

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‘Hunger Games’ Director Gary Ross Exits the Franchise

As of yesterday, Lionsgate had yet to reach an agreement with Hunger Games director Gary Ross to helm the second installment of the franchise, Catching Fire — a fact which seemed unfortunate given the fact that the first film had managed to please both fans and critics, while also making tons of money… Read More

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