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August 23, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Almost two years after Suzanne Collins first burst onto bestseller lists with her dystopian young-adult thriller in which 24 children are dressed up in costumes and forced to compete to the death before a television audience, the final act of the "Hunger Games" trilogy is upon us. One minute after midnight Monday, "Mockingjay" will finally be available to readers, bringing a wrenching conclusion to the tale of a country in chaos and the 17-year-old protagonist...
January 16, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Jennifer Lawrence is currently America's Sweetheart, but Thursday morning, it was kind of hard not to hate her. That was when she received an Oscar nomination for her supporting turn in "American Hustle," becoming, at 23, the youngest three-time acting nominee in the history of the Academy Awards. Do you feel bad about yourself yet? If not, let's keep going: Last weekend, her role as an unhappy suburban housewife in David O. Russell's film scored her a Golden Globe, and she has a good shot at winning a SAG Award on Saturday.
March 26, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Children murder one another in a multitude of gruesome and memorable ways in "The Hunger Games," deploying spears, arrows, rocks, venomous wasps, mutant wolves and their bare hands in a televised gladiatorial death match. The juvenile slaughterfest depicted in the film and its source material, Suzanne Collins' trilogy of bestselling young adult novels, may give audiences (particularly parents) pause — is this what contemporary entertainment has come to? But violence committed by and against children has a long, grisly tradition in literature — as an allegory for adult cruelty, a representation of the emotional volatility of adolescence and a tension-raiser for audiences.
December 6, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
On a Friday a few weeks ago, the "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's" first full day in theaters, I made my way into the real world - or at least as real as Rick Caruso's Americana at Brand gets - to see what the pre-"Games" party looked like, then take in the show. Teenage girls were everywhere. Cliques of them expanding, dividing, circling like amoebas in the consumer petri dish of the place. From ripped jeans to designer duds, fresh-faced to pink punk-streaked hair, they crossed stereotypes.
July 10, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Talk about long-term planning. Lionsgate on Tuesday announced dates for the next three (!) movies in its flagship "Hunger Games" series.   “Catching Fire,” directed by Francis Lawrence, will come out just before Thanksgiving in 2013, while the two “Mockingjay” movies will be released in November 2014 and November 2015. By the time the final “Hunger Games” movie rolls around, so much time will have passed that we'll be long past this presidential-election cycle and knee-deep in the next one. In making the announcement, Lionsgate revealed its intention not to play the game that “Twilight” studio Summit and “Harry Potter” company Warner Bros.
June 27, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
Looks as if Jennifer Lawrence and her on-screen alias have a little heroism in common. The actress, who played fierce warrior Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," saw an underage girl collapsed in front of her Santa Monica apartment building Monday evening, TMZ reported Tuesday. Wearing a black camisole, gray leggings and flip flops - she'd reportedly been walking her dog - the 21-year-old waited with concerned neighbors until the girl was treated and released from care on-site.
October 1, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Fans of Suzanne Collins' trilogy "The Hunger Games" have to wait until late November to see the second installment in its film adaptation, but at least they can secure their spots: Advance tickets for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are now on sale. "The Hunger Games" is the bestselling dystopia written for young adults that has been translated spectacularly to the screen, with Jennifer Lawrence as the underdog heroine Katniss Everdeen. Readers of  "Catching Fire" know they can expect to see Katniss and her sort-of-beau Peeta Mellark tour the districts of their dystopian world, and discover that a dangerous rebellion is stirring.
August 7, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Katniss Everdeen gets her golden mockingjay pin as a gift in “The Hunger Games,” but fans will have to shell out $999 to score a replica of the token on Target's website. The retailer, in a partnership with the Lionsgate studio, is making 100 of the 14-carat pins that it is selling in conjunction with the DVD and Blu-ray release of the “Hunger Games” film. Seems like an expensive way to commemorate a hardscrabble character from an impoverished district? Target is also offering 100 leather “Katniss” hunting jackets for $349 each.
August 22, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
After wide speculation, Lionsgate confirmed that it has cast Sam Claflin, best known for his turn in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," to portray the role of Finnick Odair in the upcoming sequel to"The Hunger Games. " Charismatic and manipulative, Finnick, a former Hunger Games victor, is one of the most compelling new tributes Katniss Everdeen must face as she returns to the arena. Katniss forms a rather suspicious alliance with the charming victor, unsure of where his loyalties lie. The role was one of much speculation with Internet chatter speculating on a slew of young actors that could play the integral part in the second chapter of the trilogy.
July 9, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
 Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, according to Lionsgate, the studio behind the movies. Hoffman will play the sly orchestrator of the 75th annual Hunger Games, replacing the previous gamemaker, Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley), who met an early demise after allowing heroine Katniss Everdeen to manipulate the previous games. Hoffman will enter the fictional world of Panem, playing opposite "Hunger Games" cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.
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.
November 21, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik and Amy Kaufman
When the receipts are tallied for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," heroine Katniss Everdeen and her famed arrows will likely hit a box-office bull's-eye. The film starring Jennifer Lawrence is forecast by some to sell as much as $180 million in tickets for its U.S. debut this weekend, which would be the biggest opening of the year. If it delivers as expected, "Catching Fire" will buck the recent trend in which films based on young adult books have fizzled. In the last 18 months, Hollywood adaptations of "Ender's Game," "Beautiful Creatures," "Mortal Instruments," "The Host" and others have failed to ignite with audiences, scuttling hopes of moneymaking new franchises.
November 21, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The saga of Katniss Everdeen will bring the masses into its arena this weekend as "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" arrives in theaters, easily unseating "Thor: The Dark World" for the top box-office spot. Lionsgate's "Hunger Games" sequel, which will open in 4,100 theaters starting with Thursday night showings, is expected to take in as much as $180 million through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Lower estimates for the Jennifer Lawrence-starring movie put it at between $150 million and $170 million.
November 20, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Second movies in a series can be such a comfort: We already know the key characters, we have a sense of where the plot is going, we just have to hang on and enjoy the thrills. Which is what happens with "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. " An effective piece of melodramatic popular entertainment that savvily builds on the foundation established by the first "Hunger Games" movie, "Catching Fire" layers in increased visual brio while remaining faithful to the essence of a trilogy popular enough to have more than 50 million copies in print.
November 19, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman and Steven Zeitchik
After riding through Rome, London, Berlin, Madrid and Paris for glitzy premieres and packed junkets, Jennifer Lawrence and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” posse made its much-anticipated stop at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, premiering the Katniss Everdeen movie in the U.S. ahead of its release Thursday. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the new film follows Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as she returns to District 12 after her victory at the end of “The Hunger Games” and finds her life has grown a lot more complicated.
November 15, 2013 | By Chris Lee
There are weeks when popular culture functions as if unified by a single, invisible thread, powered ever forward by ego, ambition and staggering sums of cash. At other times, the culture seems to operate in a continuous feedback loop , trumpeting and repeating perceived glories ad infinitum. This past week was governed by a kind of glorious mirroring; call it the place where entertainmentdom's parallel lines appeared to meet. How else could you possibly explain a span of days heralding the announcement of not one but two separate movie productions based on the Greek demi-god Hercules ?
November 1, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Lionsgate is sticking with "Catching Fire" director Frances Lawrence for "Mockingjay Part 1" and "Mockingjay Part 2," choosing consistency over directorial variety for its flagship "Hunger Games" franchise. Lawrence, who is currently shooting the second movie in the Jennifer Lawrence series, will finish out with the third and fourth films, Lionsgate confirmed in a news release Thursday. The news was first reported by the movie website Collider. In making that choice, Lionsgate is opting to give the series a consistent look and feel with Lawrence -- best known for directing the Will Smith zombie pic "I Am Legend" -- instead of switching up directors in the manner of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" franchises.
January 27, 2013 | By John Horn
Jennifer Lawrence won the female actor in a leading role honor at Sunday night's 19 th  Screen Actors Guild Awards for playing a headstrong but mentally unstable young widow in "Silver Linings Playbook. " The 22-year-old Lawrence, who burst on the scene with 2010's Sundance Film Festival sensation “Winter's Bone,” for which she was nominated for the lead actress Oscar, beat out a cadre of more experienced performers for the SAG honor: “The Impossible's” Naomi Watts, “Rust and Bone's” Marion Cotillard, “Hitchcock's” Helen Mirren and the presumed favorite, “Zero Dark Thirty's” Jessica Chastain.
November 13, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Remember when the first installment of “The Hunger Games” came out and critics said Jennifer Lawrence didn't look hungry enough to play heroine Katniss Everdeen? Well, about that nonsense : Lawrence recently told BBC News that she made a conscious decision to make her character strong instead of svelte. “I feel like somebody like Kate Moss running at you with a bow and arrow wouldn't be scary,” she said during the interview . And that's not all. The actress also wanted to be a positive role model for the young, impressionable women who'd see the movie.
November 8, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Lawrence's new pixie haircut is "catching fire," but the result came from dye damage and other overstyling. No, it wasn't just to freak out "Hunger Games" fans who shudder at the thought of Katniss Everdeen without her signature brunet braid. "No, this isn't how Katniss is going to look in the next movies, don't worry," the 23-year-old star said during a Yahoo chat on Thursday. "I'm wearing a wig [in them]. " PHOTOS: Jennifer Lawrence's life in pictures "I don't know, I cut it earlier, and it was just kind of like [shoulder-length]
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