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[News Bites] Another ‘Hunger Games’ Victor, ‘The Hypnotist’ Posters/Trailer, WB Lands CW’s “Sleep Hollow” And More “666″ Casting

Bruno Gunn (pictured below; Bad Teacher, “The Office,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Oz,” “Prison Break”) is the latest cast in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Brutus, a former victor of the Hunger Games. Filming of the sequel, based on the second book in the Suzanne Collins trilogy, is expected to begin next month with Francis Lawrence directing. Lionsgate will release the film on November 22, 2013.

Opening in Swedish cinemas on September 28 is Lasse Hallstrom’s The Hypnotist, which follows “Detective Linna investigates a grisly triple homicide where the only survivor, a young boy, is too traumatized to testify. Linna convinces a famous psychologist, against his better judgment, to hypnotize the boy, setting off a terrifying chain of events.” We’ve shared the official posters, while the second international trailer can be viewed here. Watch for a U.S. release when announced.

TV Guide has some fresh casting news for “666 Park Avenue”, premiering September 30 on ABC. Aubrey Dollar, whose credits include “Guiding Light,” “Women’s Murder Club” and “Weeds,” will play the recurring role of Annie, an obituary writer who yearns to be a real journalist. She’ll first pop up in episode four. Israeli actress Mili Avital, who had a recurring role on “Damages,” will play a lonely hearts woman who pines for romance and harbors a dark twisted secret. Lastly, Mike Doyle (“Oz,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “A Gifted Man”) will play Frank Alpern, who’ll prove to be quite a powerful adversary to Terry O’Quinn’s evil Gavin. He’ll first debut in the second episode and will also recur, much to Gavin’s chagrin.

The CW’s “Sleepy Hollow” drama has landed at Warner Bros TV, reports Deadline. The CW was in talks for the pitch, a contemporary take on Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” when another “Sleepy Hollow” drama project hit the marketplace, one co-written by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and directed by Len Wiseman. The development led to the CW pushing the pause button in the negotiations to reaccess the situation. The network eventually proceeded with buying the project, described as a boundary-pushing horror story for television. Patrick Macmanus and Grant Scharbo are co-writing the CW’s “Sleepy Hollow.”