Screen Junkies » the hunger games http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:13:11 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The Film Cult Presents: Battle Royale http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-battle-royale/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-battle-royale/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:10:28 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260654 WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Battle Royale got a lot of press when the first Hunger Games movie came out. Hipsters were up in arms with protestations of “Rip off!” and “It’s...

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WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!

Battle Royale got a lot of press when the first Hunger Games movie came out. Hipsters were up in arms with protestations of “Rip off!” and “It’s been done!” I like to give The Hunger Games the benefit of the doubt. It’s not exactly the same movie. Don’t get me wrong, the similarities are striking: both based on a novel about a bunch of kids thrown together and forced to kill each other. There the similarities end, though. I know; I know. Those are big similarities, practically the entire premise of both movies being identical. True. True. But, The Hunger Games is a YA movie about Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth looking really hot in melodramatic circumstances. Battle Royale isn’t about heartthrobs. The Hunger Games is also a meditation on the nature of reality television. Battle Royale is about discipline, about keeping children in order, which I’m all for. I wouldn’t say I’m all for letting them go at each other with automatic weaponry, but I’m all for keeping them in line.

But, back to melodrama for a moment. Both of these movies thrive on melodrama. Where The Hunger Games uses melodrama in the District Twelve—the gray tones, the glory of being a baker of stony bread—Battle Royale uses melodrama in flashbacks fit for a Lifetime movie. These flashbacks, however, are used to establish and deepen characters. Does it work? Hard to say. The flashbacks are shot with enough feathered filtering to make Robert De Niro look like Nicole Ritchie. It works in that we now know more about the characters, thus making us more invested than we were before. Could the flashbacks be better? Oh, sure. But, then again, this is Japanese horror we’re talking about. Character development is hardly a subtle venture.

I’d be remiss to discuss the violence in Battle Royale. Talk about melodrama! People are gettin’ sliced and shot all over this island. You’re definitely expecting it, but it’s still totally unnerving when they shoot the first kid in the briefing room. Once out in the wild of Okishima, the blood and flesh fly like a haircut by Edward Scissorhands. Operatic in its ubiquity, the violence of Battle Royale starts off unnerving, moves into being almost humorous with its schlocky goriness, and then, which I’m assuming was director Koushun Takami’s ultimate point, becomes everyday, natural.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Stellan Skarsgard discusses his latest controversial take as Seligman in Lars von Trier’s much-hyped Nymphomaniac films. Discussing the ubiquitous  body parts, he states,  “Showing body parts…eventually becomes as normal as eating porridge in the morning.” And so it is with the violence in Battle Royale. It’s exciting at first, disturbingly graphic, but by the end, you understand that these are the rules. This is the world. People kill each other, and they’ll do it to survive, and they’ll do it to love whom they want.

While a meditation on the discipline of children and a statement on the numbness we experience in the face of constant violence, Battle Royale is also about how children hold the passwords to the future. It’s a beautiful comment on the technological gap between the current first-world youth and the generation before them. In any school in the world, in any family, it’s the nerdy kid who has the power. He or she instinctively knows what their adults will never master when it comes to using modern-day technology. Have you ever tried to teach your father how to use Instagram? I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s the nerdy kids that will save the world. They’re the ones who will override the security system and beat the game developers at their own game.

Battle Royale hits all the notes The Hunger Games didn’t. There are no heartthrobs or politically disenfranchised hillbilly’s trying to scrape a life together coal mining and studying mushrooms in the Appalachia . Battle Royale is about uniformed children learning to fend for themselves on a deserted island, an island whose natural beauty is the perfect backdrop for the kinds of exquisite murders and suicides that are the meat and potatoes of any self-respecting Japanese fairy tale. Currently available on Netflix live, Battle Royale deserves a night of your attention. Just make sure you’ve already eaten.

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‘The Starving Games’ Somehow Lazier Than The Title Would Indicate http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-starving-games-somehow-lazier-than-the-title-would-indicate/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-starving-games-somehow-lazier-than-the-title-would-indicate/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:17:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257476 This looks bad even by Seltzer and Friedberg standards.

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If you liked The Hunger Games but found that too much pride and care went into bringing it to the screen, The Starving Games will scratch your very strange itch. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the guys most famous for being worse than The Wayans Brothers, are at it again with their latest lazy spoof. Haha. PSY. Where do they come up with this stuff.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Gets The Bad Lip Reading Treatment http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-hunger-games-gets-the-bad-lip-reading-treatment/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-hunger-games-gets-the-bad-lip-reading-treatment/#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:23:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251081 Like the dialogue in these movies even matters.

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Though the words are completely wrong, this is still a far better adaptation than what was released in theaters.

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The Dumb Discussion Over Texting In Movie Theaters http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-dumb-discussion-over-texting-in-movie-theaters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-dumb-discussion-over-texting-in-movie-theaters/#comments Wed, 02 May 2012 16:01:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248309 No sexting during 'The Hungry Games'!

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Last Wednesday, the movie theater industry assembled its board of elders, including Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles, IMAX CEO Greg Foster, and Tim League, the CEO of Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse. In a panel, in front of a crowd, the three discussed what could be done to court the oh-so-powerful teenage market.

When asked what teenagers love to do, these non-teenagers replied “texting!” Amy Miles claimed that teenagers are a powerful constituency with all their Twilights and Harry’s Potter, and The Hungry Games and whatnot, but that they may be souring on the movie-going experience because they aren’t allowed to use their cell phones to text or sext or draw something while the movie plays.

Miles suggested allowing texting in films that are aimed at teenagers, which as best I can tell, means about 91% of the movies that are out there today. Then the teenagers will be happy and the studio system won’t collapse into itself the same way the music industry did. If only the music industry had allowed texting while listening to albums, all this could have been avoided. A tragic lesson learned.

Since when do teenagers tell us what to do? We are adults. We tell teenagers what to do. I understand that theater receipts are down by and large, and that teenagers are attending films less frequently than they used to, but I really enjoy hearing these theater owners try to blame something besides the fact that they kept jacking up ticket prices for regular and 3D movies until no one anywhere had any desire to see a film.

In candor, this sounds like a terribly short-sighted way to address the problem of waning theater attendance. Unlike live concerts and sporting events, where texting and camera phones snaps are de rigueur, movie theaters are pretty solemn locales. There’s no talking and nothing in the way of distractions. There aren’t ancillary laser shows, jumbotrons, nor cheering crowds. Rather than going to theaters to feel like they’re part of something, theater patrons go to lose themselves in the movie and forget that they exist for a couple hours. That’s hard to do when the dark room is peppered with tiny flashing screens and muffled taps of people reconnecting with the outside world.

Sure it’s arbitrary, and stupid teenagers today seem to never ever want to cut the cord to their circle of friends, but they inherited a theater system from us. They don’t tell us what to do. We tell them what to do. Because they have to. At the risk of sounding a little parental here, there’s nothing wrong with setting up boundaries. Kids manage to survive airplane flights without texting, and they even continue to fly in spite of being incommunicado.

Granted most adults weren’t raised suckling the teat that is wireless connectivity, but it’s my hunch that keeping theaters sacred will have minimal effect over the near term and will actually behoove theater owners in the long term. While Amy Miles and IMAX’s Greg Foster were talking about a sea change, Alamo’s Tim League carried on with his very public “fuck texting” stance, saying:

“Over my dead body will I introduce texting into the movie theater. I love the idea of playing around with a new concept. But that is the scourge of our industry… It’s our job to understand that this is a sacred space and we have to teach manners.”

While I don’t believe that it’s the theater owners’ job to teach manners, I understand what League is saying. Movie theaters have become a sacred place in the fabric of America, and just because a generation of kids doesn’t like to be away from their cell phones, we shouldn’t completely change the nature of the place.

Miles has said she’s considered “testing these concepts” (allowing dumb teenagers to text) at screenings of teen-friendly movies. She then cited 21 Jump Street as an example, which is odd, because it’s rated R, meaning that relatively few teenagers would actually be there. Unless they snuck in, in which case, we’ve got a whole other set of problems on our hand.

The problem with this idea is that arbitrarily deeming on film to be text friendly and another to not be is just confusing to both teens and non-teens. Would it be listed online whether or not I’m going to be annoyed. Would I start texting if I was in Twilight: Breaking Dawn and bored off my ass? Probably. I would probably text anyone and everyone I could to avoid the film.

It’s not too big a leap to expect people to start bringing in iPads to movies, if they’re not doing it already. I’ve already had to berate several people at concerts for holding up those godforsaken tablets to record the concert, blocking everyone’s view. I’m sure that the bright, giant display wouldn’t enhance my viewing experience during Toy Story 6, either.

I’m no Luddite when it comes to new technology, but I just don’t see the upside to allowing texting in theaters on any level. Teenagers love their phones. That’s terrific. There are going to be places in the world that don’t allow them. Funerals, churches, some restaurants. They can learn to deal. Sure, it might cause these theater owners with teenage kids some heartburn, but my guess is that everything will work out okay in the end, but a stance must be taken. If theater owners are indifferent or lax in their application of this policy, then some kids will get turned off from movies on principle, while others continue to text, ruining the experience for everyone in attendance.

Which is why I say use that nifty cell-phone blocking technology in theaters. No one texts, ever, and if anyone has a problem with that, they can wait to see the movie until it’s available on a torrent site. No. Wait. I meant “on a legitimate OnDemand service or Netflix.”

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I Think Peeta Mellark From ‘The Hunger Games’ Is Making Me Gay http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/i-think-peeta-mellark-from-%e2%80%98the-hunger-games%e2%80%99-is-making-me-gay/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/i-think-peeta-mellark-from-%e2%80%98the-hunger-games%e2%80%99-is-making-me-gay/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2012 17:41:52 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247960 Maybe not "gay," but certainly less straight than I was a week ago.

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This isn’t something I particularly want to talk about, but it’s the biggest entertainment story in my life right now, and it sure beats “The 7 Worst Storms In Movies” after the tornadoes in Dallas, so it seems to be the right move.

Over the weekend, I saw The Hunger Games. I thought it was a very fun film. I read the book and sort of enjoyed it for what it was. The film had a lot of ground to cover, so the film is paced a little too quickly to savor – it is the type of film that is experienced more than watched. The casting was inspired, with Lenny Kravitz, Wes Bentley, Stanley Tucci, Woddy Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks all nailing their supporting roles.

In the starring role, Jennifer Lawrence was able to carry the film effortlessly, but the actor/character I would like to discuss for the next three pages or so is Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark. I’m normally not one for male teen heartthrobs (normally), but time makes fools of us all. I think I love Peeta, and I’m wrestling with what “love” means more than I have at any other time in my life. It’s not an enviable position, but it’s where I find myself.

I can’t say that I romantically love Peeta Mellark ¬ that would be ridiculous. But I do want to dedicate the rest of my life to ensuring that he never feels any pain and is sheltered from all evil in the world. I don’t know why this is the case. I read the book and appreciated Peeta as the baker’s son who risked physical injury to give Katniss some burnt bread. He seemed like a nice guy, but he didn’t even manage to be my frontrunner in the Peeta-Katniss-Gale love triangle. He was just a dude in the story until Josh Hutcherson was able to dig his finely-manicured claws into the character.

I had never understood the infatuation with non-threatening, good looking male leads until now. And let me tell you, I get it. That damn boy cast a spell on me, and now there’s nothing I can do but post photos of him on Pinterest and doodle “Mr. Penn Hutcherson” on scrap paper until either he loses his looks (not likely) or I manage to get over him (also not likely).

They say if you love something, set it free. I love Peeta Mellark (or is it Josh Hutcherson?) so much that I want him to be with Katniss. My affection for Hutcherson’s selfless tribute knows no bounds. I can’t force this boy, this…man to act in anything but his best interest. While I’m confident that Peeta and I would make a great life for each other, perhaps in an artists’ colony in Santa Fe, I just don’t think I can offer him what Katniss can. Sure, Peeta and I could adopt, but I feel he deserves his own biological children.

It merits mentioning that I’m a bit of a foodie, Peeta’s background as a baker, throwing around 100-lb. bags of flour all day long, really speaks to me. Hutcherson has breathed life into a character I felt tepidly about in the original book. But one look at him in the film, and I melted. Now, all I can think about is hopping in our Subaru and heading over to a bakery on a Sunday morning. We’d sit with our coffees and read the New York Times (him on his iPad, me with the paper version) while listening to The Fray’s “How To Save A Life.”

Also, I know I’ve already mentioned that Peeta’s past as a baker totally does it for me, but the thought of he and I making bruschetta with bread that HE BAKED just puts a smile on my face. Even if we weren’t having company over, we could just whip some up real quickly then watch a couple episodes of True Blood. It’s too good to be true, really.

I don’t like Twilight, I don’t like Zac Efron, but I would put myself in harm’s way for Peeta Mellark. I found myself jealous that I didn’t get a chance to eat the berries with him, spending the rest of my moments losing myself in his Hutcherson-tastic eyes and carefully mused hair.

I don’t know where the next two books will take Peeta – in fact, I’m scared to even read them to find he suffers in any way. (SPOILER) As readers of the book no doubt noticed in the film, Peeta manages to negotiate The Hunger Games withboth legs intact, an achievement that eluded him in the book. Upon realizing that future films may also be kinder to Peeta than Suzanne Collins was, I have decided to forego the next books (which I have heard weren’t that good anyway), and pretend that Peeta Mellark only exists in the movies, where he could never, ever, get bitten in the leg by giant hellhounds.

I leave The Hunger Games a much more confused and humbled man than when I entered it. I now harbor some unfamiliar platonic feelings for a fictional boy in a fictional deathmatch in a fictional dystopia. If the purpose of a movie is to get its audience out of its comfort zone and think about some unpleasant things, then, in my opinion, The Hunger Games is the most successful film ever made. Ever.

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We Cast The ‘Hunger Games’ With Real Child Stars http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/we-cast-the-hunger-games-with-real-child-stars/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/we-cast-the-hunger-games-with-real-child-stars/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:12:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247670 May the odds be forever in Steve Urkel's favor.

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The Hunger Games is poisd to take over the box office this weekend with some projecting an opening of $150 million. It’s a foregone conclusion that we’ll see sequels based upon the other entries in Suzanne Collins‘ book series. What then? How do you keep children killing one another in a contest to the death interesting? You bring in the big guns, that’s how.

And so, we’ve taken the liberty of drawing the names for our very own version of The Hunger Games — the child star version. May the odds be forever in their favor.

Vinnie Delpino vs. Kubiak

Our first match-up is the child actor version of David v. Goliath. Doogie Howser’s fast-talking Vinnie Delpino against Parker Lewis Can’t Lose’s giant terror, Kubiak. Larry Kubiak is obviously the stronger of the two combatants. There’s no doubt about that. He’s stuffed many a student into a locker in his day, and could easily stuff Vinnie into his own asshole without breaking a sweat.

However, Vinnie isn’t without his own strengths. He towers over Kubiak in terms of cunning and could easily lure him into a trap. If the odds are in his favor, the Gamemakers will provide him with a paper bag, a black marker, and an explosive device. Then he only need to place the explosive within the bag, scrawl “Larry’s Lunch” (preferably misspelled) across it and leave it in an opening where Kubiak will find it. But if he’s discovered by Kubiak while holding that bag, it’s game over for Vinnie.

Advantage: Kubiak

Lucy Diamond Dawson vs. Thomas J. Sennett

Lucy Diamond Dawson is wise beyond her years. She has to be. As the young daughter of I Am Sam, she’s the decision-maker in the family. She makes sure her dad stays out of trouble and doesn’t feed her cake frosting for breakfast. She’s a lot like Katniss Everdeen in this way.

Likewise, My Girl’s Thomas J. Sennett can easily be compared to Peeta Mellark. He’s shy and unpopular, but thoughtful and caring. However, he’s allergic to bee stings. I can see him having big trouble when Tracker Jackers are introduced into the game.

Advantage: Lucy Diamond Dawson

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Skip The Super Bowl Preshow And Watch ‘The Hunger Games’ Trailer Now http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/skip-the-super-bowl-preshow-and-watch-the-hunger-games-trailer-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/skip-the-super-bowl-preshow-and-watch-the-hunger-games-trailer-now/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 14:00:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=244464 Spend that time wrapping bacon around things.

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Up until this point we’ve seen very little of the actual games featured in The Hunger Games. That all changes with this second trailer set to premiere during the Super Bowl preshow this Sunday. But because no one really pays much attention to that, it’s here early online for us all to obsess over.

Here we see the softer side of the Girl On Fire as she interacts with her loved ones back in the Seam, and less of the girl who shoots other kids in the head with arrows. Which isn’t to say we don’t see more of the Games. There are a few glimpses here and there, as well as an emphasis on the Mockingjay pin. No tracker jackers to share just yet. But let’s assume they’ll be fully rendered by the time the film opens on March 23rd.

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9 Movie Dystopias That Are Worse Than ‘Hunger Games’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-movie-dystopias-that-are-worse-than-hunger-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-movie-dystopias-that-are-worse-than-hunger-games/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 23:41:19 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=236493 Not only has law and order crumbled, but they've also stopped airing "Law & Order."

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The official trailer for The Hunger Games gave us our first look at the dystopian society that forces children to kill one another for sport on broadcast television. I could so see CBS greenlighting that concept.

This bleary look at the future seems pretty bad, but only if you’re a kid or know any kids. Otherwise, it’s not so bad. It’s not like there are zombies, cannibals, and thieves running around. Nor is the sky full of poison. And it’s not Detroit. With that in mindere’s a look at other film dystopias that are way, way worse.

The Road

Being a single father is hard enough without having to dodge cannibals. When a cataclysm kills off all plants and animals and blots out the sun, Viggo Mortensen and his son attempt to go south for the apocalypse. They have to fight off thieves and hungry people trying to eat them along the way. Also, pushing a shopping cart through the mud is always a crappy task. Get a tobogan or something, Viggo.

Land of the Dead

Yes. Cannibals are a pain in the ass, but zombies are a total nightmare. They don’t need sleep. They don’t get sick. And they smell almost as bad as Zuccotti Park. In Land of the Dead, zombies have taken over most of the planet. Survivors were able to set themselves up in a walled off city, but class warfare brings down their security systems and puts everyone at risk. So prophetic, George Romero.

Children of Men

Sure. Kids are annoying on three hour flights, but what if mankind were unable to produce more? In Children of Men, that phenomenon leads to social unrest, violence, chaos, and the collapse of society. I’d think it would lead to more disposable incomes and everyone banging all the time. Sorry, Children of Men. You make dystopias sound pretty awesome.

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‘Hunger Games’ Actress Jennifer Lawrence http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/%e2%80%98hunger-games%e2%80%99-actress-jennifer-lawrence/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/%e2%80%98hunger-games%e2%80%99-actress-jennifer-lawrence/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:49:56 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=237229 Murder has rarely looked this good.

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The first trailer for The Hunger Games just hit the Internet, and the films looks like pretty badass overall. Rising star Jennifer Lawrence plays the lead, a role which appears to involve heavy use of a bow and arrow. Lawrence rose to fame recently for her critically acclaimed role in Winter’s Bone, for which she garnered an Oscar nomination last year. She has certainly come a long way since ”The Bill Engvall Show.”

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Peep This: Jennifer Lawrence In ‘The Hunger Games’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/peep-this-jennifer-lawrence-in-the-hunger-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/peep-this-jennifer-lawrence-in-the-hunger-games/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:44:04 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=226220 Katniss shows off her hunting skills.

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Though Jennifer Lawrence couldn’t make it in person to feel Beyonce‘s baby bump at the MTV VMA‘s, she was able to send over the first clip from The Hunger Games. The highly-anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ bestseller is currently filming but Lionsgate was able to drop a quick scene of Lawrence’s Katniss stalking around the forest with bow in hand. Ready to hunt or be hunted.

Meanwhile, co-star Liam Hemsworth provides a voice-over pep talk reminding her not to get killed. Then flaming trees fall before her at every step. Who is she hunting? Dragons??

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‘Hunger Games’ Sequel ‘Catching Fire’ Gets Release Date http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-sequel-catching-fire-sets-release-date/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-sequel-catching-fire-sets-release-date/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:38:06 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223902 You can nail down plans for Thanksgiving 2013.

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Lionsgate announced today that it will release Catching Fire, the adaptation of the second book in Suzanne CollinsHunger Games trilogy, on November 22, 2013, just in time for Thanksgiving. Studios are really on the ball recently with setting sequel release dates. Just last week Sony announced the release date of The Amazing Spider-man 2. I don’t have a French Bulldog wall calendar for 2013 yet, studios!

The Catching Fire announcement was made by Joe Drake, co-COO of Lionsgate and President of its Motion Picture Group. Said Drake of the date:

“The magical thing about the Hunger Games trilogy is that the books have such a vastly broad appeal.  The stories truly offer something for everyone, and the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies.”

So rip off a turkey leg and bring it to the theater with you. There’s no time to enjoy the holiday with your family. Kids are murdering each other and you have to see who wins.

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More Pictures Of ‘The Hunger Games’ Dudes http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/more-pictures-of-the-hunger-games-dudes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/more-pictures-of-the-hunger-games-dudes/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:37:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=222448 And they're wearing shirts. Surprisingly.

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The Hunger Games continues to share its fellas and I’m afraid to say that we’re all going to have to pick a team. It’s the rules nowadays.

Yesterday we got our first look at Liam Hemsworth’s Gale and Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta via Entertainment Weekly. Today, EW has a few more looks. First, we see Peeta looking sullen at his crappy baking job. Then, there’s Hemsworth’s Gale with Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss. I’m mostly impressed that we haven’t been subjected to any shirtless pictures yet. But we can likely expect some flimsy excuses for getting the guys to disrobe. “Oops. There’s breadcrumbs on my shirt. Better remove it and step into this dramatic lighting.”

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There might not be a bootlegged teaser trailer to share (yet), but Yahoo has provided this pretty cool motion poster for The Hunger Games. It features the Mocking Jay pin worn by Jennifer Lawrence‘s “Girl On Fire” character, Katniss.

With the Twilight Saga beginning it’s wind down and Harry Potter having taking its bow, it’s good to see another epic franchise ready to rise from the ashes. The film opens March 23rd, 2012, but you can stare at this poster until then. First one to blink is a total puss.

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With earning extra amounts of money being all the rage nowadays, it only makes sense that The Hunger Games should plan to earn as much as possible. The perfect way to do that is by splitting the three-part story into four parts. It’s proved pretty lucrative for Harry Potter and will help Breaking Dawn earn all the moneys. It looks like Lionsgate is planning to follow a similar model with their biggest seller to date. In an article posted on Deadline, the studio told Wall Street to expect four films.

Assuming the films are good and have something epic to showcase, I’m all for it. But let’s be careful that this doesn’t become the norm in Hollywood. I’m perfectly content with Alvin & The Chipmunks capping it as a Shrillogy.

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Donald Sutherland Elected President Of ‘The Hunger Games’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/donald-sutherland-elected-president-of-the-hunger-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/donald-sutherland-elected-president-of-the-hunger-games/#comments Tue, 31 May 2011 16:21:04 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214037 Hail to the chief.

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As part of the effort to cast the nearly 2 million characters in the Hunger Games, Donald Sutherland has generously offered his efforts to the project. And he’s not just playing some rube, either – he’s none other than President Snow. Here’s a brief description of the character:

“Snow is the autocratic ruler of Panem who uses the violent Hunger Games as a way to maintain control”

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Well, you know, whatever it takes to maintain control, right? I don’t really blame him for pitting teenagers against each other in fights to the death. President Sutherland is joining Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Toby Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley and Elizabeth Banks in the cast. Hey, don’t blame me, I voted for James Garner. (Deadline)

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‘Hunger Games’ Fills Three More Of Its Quadrillion Roles http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-fills-three-more-of-its-quadrillion-roles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-fills-three-more-of-its-quadrillion-roles/#comments Sat, 28 May 2011 00:24:08 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213957 Who will play such oddly named roles as Venia, Flavius and the tongue-less Avox girl?

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The Hunger Games is coming, and the name of the game right now… is getting cast in The Hunger Games. These actors were hungry enough to get cast. They won the casting “game,” so to speak, and now we’re all hungry for Hunger Games news. Also: Hunger Games.

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Lionsgate hired three more actors for their adaptation of Suzanne Collins dystopian novel, already in production in North Carolina. Amber Chaney will play the speechless, tongue-less Avox Girl. Her pull-string action figure‘s gonna have a lot to say. Meanwhile, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence from X-Men: First Class) has found more folks to prep her for the Murderlympics, with Venia and Flavius to be played by Kimiko Gelman and Nelson Ascencio.

The Hunger Games slaughters its way into theaters March 23, 2011. (Lionsgate’s Twitter)

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‘The Hunger Games’ Continues New Trend Of Casting People We’ve Actually Heard Of http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hunger-games-continues-new-trend-of-casting-people-weve-actually-heard-of/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hunger-games-continues-new-trend-of-casting-people-weve-actually-heard-of/#comments Tue, 24 May 2011 17:38:32 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213421 Toby Jones has followed Stanley Tucci to the set of 'The Hunger Games'.

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After hiring a steady stream of actors you’ve never heard of, The Hunger Games has brought in a name you should kinda know. Toby Jones will star alongside the previously cast Stanley Tucci  as a guy who looks like a caricature drawing the co-host of the deadly games.

Best known for his roles in W., The Mist, and Infamous, Jones looks like he’ll be breaking through big in the next few years. Fanboys everywhere will see him this summer as the villian Armin Zola in Captain America: The First Avenger (seriously, can this guy go anywhere without Stanley Tucci?), and to have a role in The Hunger Games will raise his profile significantly. This is great news as Jones is a terrific actor, but sad news for Clint Howard. Looks like Hollywood has a new “Whoa, Is That That Guy’s Face???” Guy. (Deadline)

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‘Hunger Games’ News: Kravitz Is A Cinna, District 12 Exposed http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-news-kravitz-is-cinna-district-12-exposed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-news-kravitz-is-cinna-district-12-exposed/#comments Tue, 24 May 2011 04:07:04 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213376 Shelby, NC residents: find the big "District 12" lettering and it'll lead you to Tween Hollywood History in the making.

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In terms of Hunger Games news, we’ve heard quite a bit about what actors will be cast as which murdered tributes, but what about the buildings? Who’s being cast as what buildings? No, that’s not right. What I mean is, “what’s the set looking like?”

Below are some sneak peaks into the developing set of The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. The shooting is taking place in Shelby, NC, so if you’re a resident, just find the big “District 12″ lettering and it’ll lead you to Tween Hollywood History in the making. You can also catch a ride on the District 12 coal train, which is a lot like the soul train, only there’s more teen killing involved.

Meanwhile, Screen Junkies already reported that Lenny Kravitz was likely to be cast in The Hunger Games, but now the official word is that he’s playing Cinna the stylist. A girl’s gotta look fabulous before she gets shot at? Yeah, that actually sounds about right.

Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is directed by Gary Ross. (The Hob, The Playlist)

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‘Hunger Games’ Pics: See More Of Jennifer Lawrence’s Glistening Katniss http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-pics-see-more-of-jennifer-lawrences-glistening-katniss/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-pics-see-more-of-jennifer-lawrences-glistening-katniss/#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 23:07:25 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212925 Totally digging the bow and arrow. Quiet, deadly, can kill from long distances. Very classy.

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According to EW, Jennifer Lawrence is “The Chosen One.” Yeah, I’d choose her. I’d choose the hell out of her. *Slow Wink*

Check out new preview stills below of Lawrence as Katniss in The Hunger Games. It’s the movie based on the book, that based on tween enthusiasm, is going to be huge. Yesterday, Screen Junkies posted the first-ever Katniss still, and these are clearly from the same photo shoot. Totally digging the bow and arrow. Quiet, deadly, can kill from long distances. Very classy. Everything’s always guns and swords, guns vs. swords or guns with swords attached to them, so this looks like a nice change o’ pace.

The Hunger Games hasn’t actually started filming yet, but the Gary Ross directed adaptation is aiming to hit theaters with its arrow March 23rd 2012. (The Film Drunk)

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Our First Look At Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss In ‘The Hunger Games’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/our-first-look-at-jennifer-lawrence-as-katniss-in-the-hunger-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/our-first-look-at-jennifer-lawrence-as-katniss-in-the-hunger-games/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 19:19:30 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212681 Dystopian girls are pretty hot.

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[UPDATE: EW has confirmed it's official, so take comfort in knowing that you're looking at the real deal.]

Earlier today, a leaked (and unconfirmed) cover of Entertainment Weekly gives us our first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist from the upcoming film adaptation of The Hunger Games. Here she is in what we will assume is an official image:

I like the look, but have recently developed a pretty intense crush on Lawrence, so I’m by no means objective here. The uniform also looks like the karate outfits, or “gi” from the Cobra Kai dojo, which is awesome in a very different way. Lawrence is looking slender and bronzed compared to her Oscar-nominated turn in Winter’s Bone. Compare:

Both images of the same actress, playing two characters that are hell-bent on survival. One with a bow and arrow and sexy uniform, the other with wind-blown cheeks and a pocket with a dead squirrel in it or something.

At 3:30 PDT, we will have more pics of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, as well as confirmation that the above picture is real and official, so circle back then.

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Woody Harrelson And His Awesome Weed Join ‘Hunger Games’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-harrelson-and-his-awesome-weed-join-hunger-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-harrelson-and-his-awesome-weed-join-hunger-games/#comments Tue, 10 May 2011 23:44:46 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211411 Harrelson will play Haymitch ("Hey, Mitch...'sup?") for Lionsgate's adaptation Susanne Collins dystopian tween-o-thon.

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Woody is kind of a strange name. The Hunger Games is full of characters with strange names. I can smell the synergy. Oh… no, wait, that’s hemp. Never mind.

It’s official: Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of The Hunger Games, the endlessly-buzzed about Lionsgate adaptation of the first in a series of popular, dystopian tween novels by Susanne Collins. Harrelson will play Haymitch (“Hey, Mitch…’sup?”), the drunken winner of the 50th Annual Hunger Games, which took place over 20 years ago. Is Haymitch just a code name his character chose, in place of Woody Boyd? Does The Hunger Games take place in the “Cheers” universe? If so, I’m way more interested. Also, if so, which year did Norm win?

The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross and starring Jennifer Lawrence, hunts people in theaters March 23, 2012. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Stanley Tucci Will Be Live On The Scene Of ‘The Hunger Games’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stanley-tucci-will-be-live-on-the-scene-of-the-hunger-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stanley-tucci-will-be-live-on-the-scene-of-the-hunger-games/#comments Mon, 09 May 2011 18:33:10 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211142 The producers of 'The Hunger Games' made this move because they know one thing to be true: Tweens love Tucci.

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It wouldn’t be a day unless the sun rose and set and there was at least one The Hunger Games casting item to report. Today’s news actually features someone you’ve heard of. The earlier rumors have been confirmed: Stanley Tucci is now on board to play Caesar Flickerman, the TV host of The Hunger Games.

Tucci’s role will be a pivotal one, as he interviews all 24 of the tributes from all 12 districts (I speak of this like I know what the hell it means). Since he’s playing a TV personality, there is a good chance that we will be getting “sleazy Tucci,” rather than “overburdened cerebral Tucci,” which is good, because “sleazy Tucci” is way more fun.

Until tomorrow, when I am certain we will be reporting casting news about a tribute or a trident or a newbie or some weird thing from this movie.  (Deadline)

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‘The Hunger Games’ Could Use A Little Wes Bentley http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hunger-games-could-use-a-little-wes-bentley/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hunger-games-could-use-a-little-wes-bentley/#comments Thu, 05 May 2011 18:25:30 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210662 They got Bentley!

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The character of Seneca Crane in the Hunger Games series is one of the great actors’ roles. Lady Macbeth, King Lear, Hamlet, Seneca Crane, I believe is the correct order. And now he’s been cast: Wes Bentley, he of There Be Dragons, is on hopefully up to the cast of playing the character. Here’s Crane’s deal, in case you were sick when they covered The Hunger Games in high school:

“Crane is the head gamesmaker of the 74th Hunger Games, which pits teens from 12 districts in a televised battle to the death.”

Well, there you have it. Craven is the first of several adult characters in the series that have been cast, unless you count John C. Reily’s rumored involvement, which was denied by Lionsgate. Who will play the other adult characters in The Hunger Games? Second question: Does it matter? (Deadline)

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Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz Play ‘Hunger Games’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-harrelson-stanley-tucci-and-lenny-kravitz-to-play-hunger-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-harrelson-stanley-tucci-and-lenny-kravitz-to-play-hunger-games/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:35:17 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209623 'The Hunger Games' is now hungry for actors you've heard of.

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The Hunger Games is hungry… for actors. Not just ones you’ve never heard of, like Liam Hemsworth and Dayo Okeniyi, but also a few celebrities to compete for screen time with the teenage dystopian wastelanders. John C. Reilly‘s name has been bandied about, and now we’ve got word a few more big names have been offered roles:

According to new rumors, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz and Stanley Tucci have been OK’d for Hunger Gaming. In keeping with the tradition of naming everyone funny, Harrelson’s character would be Seneca Crane, the Head Gamemaker. He’d be like the Milton-Bradley of games where people die. Actually, that job sounds pretty badass. We don’t know yet who the other actors would portray.

Directed by Gary Ross, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. (Vulture)

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John C. Reilly Asked To Not Make Us Laugh In ‘The Hunger Games’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-c-reilly-asked-to-not-make-us-laugh-in-the-hunger-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-c-reilly-asked-to-not-make-us-laugh-in-the-hunger-games/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 23:03:03 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208425 John C. Reilly was once an actor who didn't make us giggle everytime he stepped on screen. Can he be again? Answer: Nope!

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The Hunger Games will not be outdone by the flurry of casting news from Savages. Keeping the buzz train chugging along, the producers have offered the part of the ludicrously-named Haymitch Abernathy to John C. Reilly. Abernathy was noteworthy for being the only resident of District 12 to ever win The Hunger Games, which sounds like a Taco Bell promotional contest, but is actually something that is probably VERY important to dumb teenagers.

John C. Reilly wouldn’t be my first choice to play a character that is capable of winning anything, but things make a little more sense when I learned that Haymitch Abernathy is now the alcoholic mentor of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). That clears things up nicely.

Expect more roles with ridiculous names to be cast in the near future. (Vulture)

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Elizabeth Banks To Increase Adult Male Interest In ‘Hunger Games’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/elizabeth-banks-to-increase-adult-male-interest-in-hunger-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/elizabeth-banks-to-increase-adult-male-interest-in-hunger-games/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2011 01:57:15 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207643 Banks is in talks to star as Effie Trinket in 'The Hunger Games'. Trinket is a beaurocrat, an escort for death-match participants and a bubbly airhead. In that order.

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I’m not too interested in seeing these Hunger Games that all the tweens are talking about, but I’ll tell you what I’m talking about: the hotness of Elizabeth Banks. Not only is she a very funny actress, who stars in”30 Rock,” Role Models and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but she’s also very, very easy on the ol’ eyeballs I am now somewhat more intrigued by this movie. Somewhat.

Banks is in talks to star as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Trinket is a beaurocrat, an escort for futuristic death-match participants and a bubbly airhead who regularly changes her hair color. All three of those are listed on her business cards.

Mere hours ago, we learned that Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Oekniyi will play Rue and Thresh. Do with that information what you will. Based on the first of several novels by Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross will direct this adaptation of The Hunger Games, written by Billy Ray. (Variety)

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Official Bidness: Hemsworth And Hutcherson Will Go Hungry http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/official-bidness-hemsworth-and-hutcherson-will-go-hungry/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/official-bidness-hemsworth-and-hutcherson-will-go-hungry/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 17:30:14 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205223 They're the male leads in 'The Hunger Games'! It's finally happening!

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Congratulations to two young male actors I’ve never heard of for securing major roles in The Hunger GamesJosh Hutcherson has, as was previously hinted at here on Screen Junkies, secured the lead role of Peeta Mellark, while Liam Hemsworth will play the Baker’s son, Gale Hawthorne. The much reported-about film, about a futuristic game involving a fight to the death (sadly NOT a remake of The Running Man), will star Jennifer Lawrence, be directed by Gary Ross, and will start filming very soon. And if this isn’t the next Twilight, a lot of very rich people are going to be very mad.  (Hollywood Reporter)

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Alex Pettyfer Might Play Handsome Young Dude In ‘The Hunger Games’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alex-pettyfer-might-play-handsome-young-dude-in-the-hunger-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alex-pettyfer-might-play-handsome-young-dude-in-the-hunger-games/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 19:12:15 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=102565 Alex Pettyfer of 'I Am Number Four' and 'Beastly' might make a young adult lit adaptation hat trick with Gary Ross's 'The Hunger Games'.

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Alex Pettyfer is becoming the reigning king of underperforming young adult adaptations, with I Am Number Four and Beastly just released mere weeks away from each other doing similarly underwhelming numbers. Now, the young actor might go three for three, as he’s in the running for another high profile YA adaptation: Gary Ross‘s The Hunger Games. Screen Junkies previously reported that upwards of THIRTY sought after young actresses from Jennifer Lawrence to Chloe Moretz were in the running to play the lead in the film, and now one of those actresses might have found someone to play her love interest, , Peeta Mellark.

Pettyfer, who appears to be the “next big thing” in the eyes of top Hollywood execs, but not the viewing public, is weighing his options to determine what his next film will be, as The Hunger Games isn’t his only option. He’s currently fielding offers to be in the next Jason Bourne movie, A film with Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lawrence called The Last Apprentice, and a biopic about race car driver James Hunt. Pile them on while you can, handsome guy. There’s a square jawed young fellow behind you, waiting to take your place. And behind him, and behind him, etc. (The Playlist)

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Chloe Moretz And Every Other Young Actress Want In On ‘Hunger Games’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chloe-moretz-hunger-game/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chloe-moretz-hunger-game/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 20:34:23 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31480 The list of talented young actresses who have read for this film is intense.

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Chloe Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley are just a few of the actresses who are up for the lead in the high profile adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel The Hunger Games. Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Jennifer Lawrence are also in the running for the part of the poor teenage girl who offers to compete in the titular game, a televised fight to the death. According to Entertainment Weekly, there are upwards of thirty actresses in contention for this role. Considering many of these buzzed about actresses, including Ronan, Moretz, Roberts, and Steinfeld, are all top contenders for the role, perhaps they should have their own televised fight to to death. They could film it and release in on DVD a week before The Hunger Games comes out on March 23, 2012. Just spitballing here. (The Playlist)

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‘Hunger Games’ Gets A Kick-Off Date http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-gets-a-kick-off-date/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hunger-games-gets-a-kick-off-date/#comments Tue, 25 Jan 2011 23:21:31 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22290 Lace up your whatever you need to lace up to play a game of survival.

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Lace up your whatever you need to lace up to play a game of survival. Lionsgate has informed EW that The Hunger Games, the adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘s futuristic thriller about a young girl surviving a reality show more brutal than “The Bachelor,” will be released March 23, 2012. Gary Ross is directing/reffing the child murder movie. Now you know how long you have to finish the book beforehand. I better boot up my Kindle like whoa.

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