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  • Central grad lands prominent role in ‘Hunger Games’ sequel

  • A professional actor based in Los Angeles, Gunn/Gioielli will be seen in new episodes of “CSI: Las Vegas” and “Sons of Anarchy” airing in September.

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  • Bruno Gioielli, a 1987 Central Catholic High School graduate, has landed a supporting role in the much-anticipated “Hunger Games” sequel, “Catching Fire.”
    Gioielli, who uses the professional name Bruno Gunn, is playing the role of Brutus, the victor of a previous Hunger Games who returns to be the imposing male tribute from District 2 in the 75th Hunger Games in “Catching Fire.”
    “This is Bruno’s biggest role ever. It’s going to open doors for him big time,” said the actor’s understandably excited brother, Michael Gioielli. “He’s on cloud nine right now.”
    “Catching Fire” will begin shooting next week in Atlanta, then the production will move to Hawaii.
    “He’s got a lot of fight scenes,” Michael said. “He’s going to be on-set for at least five months.”
    A professional actor based in Los Angeles, Gunn/Gioielli will be seen in new episodes of “CSI: Las Vegas” and “Sons of Anarchy” airing in September. He has previously appeared in episodes of “CSI,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Prison Break,” “The Office,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Charmed,” “The West Wing,” “Oz” and “Medium,” plus the Cameron Diaz comedy film “Bad Teacher.”
    “Bruno’s played a lot of tough-guy roles — police officers, guys in the military, bouncers, bartenders, tough guys,” his brother said. “He’s a big guy with a shaved head.”
    This is Canton’s second direct connection to “Catching Fire.” Dana Schneider, a Canton native who has had extensive experience designing jewelry for high-profile feature films, created the iconic Mockingjay pin worn by Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games.”
    And for the sequel, “Catching Fire,” she is creating another Mockingjay pin as well as other pieces of jewelry for two other main characters.
    “They are very complicated and artistically very challenging,” Schneider said.
    She is creating jewelry pieces for another sure-to-be-high-profile movie franchise, “The Mortal Instruments,” now filming in Toronto.
    Fresh on the heels of last spring’s successful production of “Spring Awakening,” the North Canton Playhouse is presenting another edgy rock musical at downtown Canton’s Auricle concert club. Just in time for Halloween, “The Rocky Horror Show” will be presented for two weekends, Oct. 20 through 28. Brett Parr is starring as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. For more details, visit www.northcantonplayhouse.com.
    The WestFest concert party announced for Sunday night at Westfield Belden Village Mall has been postponed, and a new date and updated talent lineup will be announced soon. For updates, visit www.westfestevents.com.
    Live music has returned to the coffee cafe inside Books-a-Million (Formerly Borders) at The Strip in Jackson Township.
    Page 2 of 2 - Singer-songwriter Tracey Thomas will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Weekend bookings will continue through the fall, with performances by Yankee Bravo, Danny Milan, Brian Lisik, Ryan Humbert and Emma Shepherd.

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