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“May the odds be ever in your favor!” ~ Hunger Games Movie News

The Poster

Prepare to be wowed! Click on the poster below and it will take you to an absolutely stunning motion poster! You have to see it to believe it.

Entertainment Weekly ~ The Boys

We saw Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in an issue of last month‘s Entertainment Weekly, this month we’ve got the boys 21-year-old Liam Hemsworth as Gale and 18-year-old Josh Hutcherson as Peeta.

[Source: Photos]

The Soundtrack

12-time Grammy winner T Bone Burnett (Cold Mountain, Walk the Line) will team up with award-winning composer Danny Elfman (have you seen a Tim Burton movie? Or any movie really, he’s done them all it seems) to produce the score and soundtrack to The Hunger Games.

A Message From Suzanne Collins (posted on Facebook)

“Now that the filming of The Hunger Games has begun, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the script, so I thought I might share a little of my experience with you. Back in early 2010, Color Force and Lionsgate began the process of adapting the book to the screen and I wrote the first draft of the script. After that, we brought on veteran screenwriter Billy Ray to further develop the piece. Not only has he written and directed excellent films like Shattered Glass and Breach, he was a complete pleasure to work with. Amazingly talented, collaborative, and always respectful of the book. His adaptation further explored the world of Panem and its inhabitants. As though I wasn’t lucky enough, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross, known for his wonderful works such as Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, came on board. As part of his creative process, he wrote a subsequent draft which incorporated his incredible directorial vision of the film. And then he very generously invited me in to work with him on it. We had an immediate and exhilarating creative connection that brought the script to the first day of shooting. Of course, the piece will naturally continue to evolve through the filming, as the actors bring the characters to life, as the entire crew brings their significant talents to the piece, as the editors work with Gary to best realize his vision. The final draft will be on the screen next March.

So that’s been the script process, and as an author, I’m truly grateful for the journey.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Suzanne Collins


‘Hunger Games’ Movie News Update

On May 31st, Donald Sutherland was announced as The Hunger Games‘ cruel, detestable and ruthless President Snow [Source]. The most famous star yet to appear in this movie and with his distinguished acting talent he should bring much gravitas to the role.

Lenny Kravitz is going to be playing Cinna, Katniss’ fashion stylist for the Games. [Source]

Woody Harrelson is to play Haymitch Abernathy.

All the district tributes have now been cast.

We’ve seen the first pictures of Jennifer Lawrence in Entertainment Weekly along with an exclusive interview with her about the role.

Her favourite scene from the first book in the trilogy, The Hunger Games was:

“The first time that Katniss has to go into the cylinder and she goes up into the arena and looks around and sees it for the first time,” says Lawrence. “Knowing that when that trumpet blows she could die. The thing that’s great about her is she’s not a murderer. She’s a hunter, but she’s not a killer.”

But her absolute favourite scene is this one from the second book, Catching Fire:

Without hesitation, he reads, “On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors.”
My mother gives a faint shriek and Prim buries her face in her hands, but I feel more like the people I see in the crowd on television. Slightly baffled. What does it mean? Existing pool of victors?
Then I get what it means. At least, for me. District 12 only has three existing victors to choose from. Two male. One female…
I am going back into the arena.
–Catching Fire

Also, according to Deadline: ‘Lionsgate executives told Wall Street analysts this morning to expect big things from The Hunger Games, a series of four action films that the studio will release from the trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. COO Joe Drake said it was “the highest-selling film we’ve ever had” at the Cannes Film Festival and that overseas exhibitors consider it “the movie that can change their company.” Although Lionsgate wouldn’t disclose its budget for the films, Drake says Hunger Games could become an “outsized success” for Lionsgate. The studio says it bought the rights before the books became runaway bestsellers, and it has “retained the majority of the upside” in its talent and distribution deals.’

Filming has all ready started with the first movie set for release on March 23, 2012.

I can’t wait!

‘Hunger Games’ Tributes Being Cast

After receiving several nudges to check out Suzanne Collins’ young adult ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy, I finally gave in and read it. I wanted to send a big Thank You care package to those that pushed me to start it. That rarely ever happens. I have always been a fan of dystopia, probably going back as far as my first time reading George Orwell’s ‘1984’. Since then, there’s no shortage of them. However, there is something to be said for any young adult novel, trilogy or series that can draw as many adult fans as they do young adult fans.

In less than a year, on 23 March 2012 to be precise, we’ll all be able to see our favorites on the big screen. Is that a good thing? Myself and others wonder … Have they cast actors and actresses that will fully represent the characters we’ve come to love? Everyone creates a picture in their head of the characters they read about, based on the author’s descriptions. But, sometimes the mark is missed.

Here are the updates on the cast members so far. What do you think? Good job or mark missed? Do you have alternatives you would’ve preferred to see? And, once the movie is released, will you be watching the movie? Or skipping it?

Follow the rest of Liongate’s tribute casting on their Hunger Games Official Facebook Movie Fan page and get a look at the cast so far on Entertainment Weekly’s Hunger Games cast gallery.

Per Wikipedia, As of February 11, 2010, The Hunger Games has sold 800,000 copies and 26 foreign editions. Rights to the novel have been sold in 38 territories, and there are over 2.9 million copies in print. The book is a USA Today and The New York Times Best Seller. It was on The New York Times list for over 100 consecutive weeks as of September 2010.

Per Goodreads, the trilogy has won the following awards:
British Fantasy Award for Top Ten (2009), Georgia Peach Book Award (2009), A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2008), Cybils Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2008), Amelia Bloomer List (2009), Amelia Bloomer List (2009), An ALA Notable Children’s Book for Older Readers (2009), Horn Book Fanfare Best Book (2008), West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) for Older Readers (2010), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award Nominee (2011), Red House Children’s Book Award for Older Readers & Overall (2010), New York Times Notable Children’s Book of (2008), Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of The Year, South Carolina Book Award for Junior and Young Adult Book Awards (2011), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2010), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2010), ALA Teens’ Top Ten (2009), Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2010), Sakura Medal for Middle School Book (2010), Silver Inky Award (2009), Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (2009), Florida Teens Read (2009), Iowa High School Book Award Nominee (2011), ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2009)

If you are one of the few that haven’t read it, what are you waiting for??  Trust me, you should read it!  🙂

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Mockingjay