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March 21, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When you're talking about "The Hunger Games," it all comes down to Katniss. Like other strong-minded women who have driven book sales into the stratosphere - think Lisbeth Salander of the "Dragon Tattoo" triology and even Bella Swan of the "Twilight" series - ace archer Katniss Everdeen is an indomitable heroine whom nothing fazes or flusters for long. Making a successful "Hunger Games" movie out of Suzanne Collins' novel required casting the best possible performer as Katniss, and in Jennifer Lawrence director Gary Ross and company have hit the bull's-eye, so to speak.
April 2, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Despite the arrival of new foes at the multiplex, "The Hunger Games" survived another weekend in the No. 1 position at the domestic box office and surged past the quarter-billion dollar mark after just 10 days in release. The movie starring Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen collected $61.1 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Lionsgate, bringing its total to $251 million in the U.S. and Canada. "The Hunger Games" easily picked off two new films, the 3-D sequel "Wrath of the Titans" and "Mirror Mirror," a modern spin on the Snow White fairy tale.
March 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Imagine a place where people are assigned to a district by lottery, where they hone archery and slingshot skills and zip-line through dense forests to fight to the death for their own survival. It happens in the movie "The Hunger Games," which opened Friday, but it also will start happening in the woods of North Carolina, where the movie was shot. OK, maybe not the fight to the death part. But the much-anticipated movie has spawned a "Hunger Games" adventure weekend where children as young as 10 years old (with an adult)
October 15, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
With its last three films flopping at the box office and the high-stakes release of "The Hunger Games" looming, Lionsgate is bringing some big new names into its film division. The Santa Monica studio has hired veteran marketing executive Terry Press as a consultant to help plan and execute the advertising campaign for "Hunger Games," the $80-million-plus production based on the bestselling book trilogy; the film opens in March. Press spent more than a decade as a top marketing executive at DreamWorks before leaving in 2007 to run her own company.
November 12, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Jennifer Lawrence wore Dior -- and her new pixie cut -- to the world premiere of  "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in London on Monday. Elizabeth Banks wore a stunning Jason Wu ball gown with cutouts. [Hollywood Life] Their co-star Jena Malone was dressed in a fringed crimson gown by Monique Lhuillier. [Perez Hilton] The film's director, Francis Lawrence, is taking the blame for his leading lady's new short haircut, by the way. Jennifer had to cut her hair because of all the damage done when Francis insisted she dye her locks rather than wear a wig in the film.
October 9, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
“Allegiant,” the last book in Veronica Roth's “Divergent” series for young adult readers, is winning the Hunger Games. Or rather, against them; the 25-year-old author's still-unreleased finale for the trilogy is outselling the “Hunger Games” finale in its first month of preorders by a factor of five to one at Amazon, the company announced this week. The dystopic YA trend shows no signs of slowing down, and Veronica Roth seems to have caught it at the right moment. Her heroine, Tris, is poised to overtake both “Twilight” star Bella Swan and “Hunger Games'" Katniss in a contest for readers' hearts.
March 28, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Never mind that "The Hunger Games"embraces a strong, courageous and capable heroine navigating a sick and twisted world where those in power benefit from the people suffering below them. The lamentable chatter dominating the conversation around the film of late has zeroed in on star Jennifer Lawrence's body: that, ahem, she didn't look hungry enough for the starring role. If Lawrence didn't have a complex before , this may well push her over the edge. New York Magazine has a roundup of the worst offenders . One critic says the problem is Lawrence's "baby fat," while another laments her "womanly figure.
November 22, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before buying my "Catching Fire" tickets. The Skinny: I've been tired all week and Friday morning is no exception. Was out late at premiere for TNT's "Mob City. " The party was nice although some of my fellow ink-stained wretches were griping that the bartenders were a little tight with the Maker's Mark. Friday's roundup includes the weekend box office preview and a recap of Sony's investor day. Daily Dose: Sony Corp. held its investor day Thursday (see below)
April 12, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
In just a few months, actress Jennifer Lawrence will return to the arena to fight for her life again as Katniss Everdeen in "Catching Fire," the sequel to "The Hunger Games. " But her director and off-screen mentor, Gary Ross, will not be joining the fight. Ross and Lionsgate, the studio behind the hit movie, surprised millions of fans and many in Hollywood - even some who work at the Santa Monica company - with the news that the director was giving up the franchise's reins.
November 25, 2013 | By Andrew Slack
Last spring, CoverGirl announced a makeup line called the Capitol Collection, a marketing tie-in with the "Hunger Games" film franchise, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins. The makeup is supposed to draw its users closer to the world of Panem, where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must fight to the death against other teenagers who have been forced by the powerful Capitol to participate in the nation's annual blood sport. Lionsgate, the studio responsible for the films, is promoting "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and CoverGirl makeup with a website, Capitol Couture . The site is a visually stunning, in-character spectacle, with contributors pretending to work for, and live in, the Capitol.
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