"The Hunger Games" stars Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth at the movie's world premiere. The black carpet event was at Nokia Theatre on March 12. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Link
Liam Hemsworth said he drew from the trilogy's second and third books "a little bit" to craft his performance of Gale. "It’s nice to know what the character’s full arc is gonna be," he told Hero Complex, "but as we’re shooting the film, we’re kind of sticking to the one script." (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Link
Meeting a fandom devoted to a beloved book is nothing new for Toby Jones, who voiced Dobby in the "Harry Potter" films. He noted that compared to those loyal to the boy wizard, "Hunger Games" fans are "slightly older I think, to begin with – maybe. Just as intense. At the moment, very American." In "The Hunger Games," Jones plays games announcer Claudius Templesmith. (Matt Sayles/AP)Link
Amandla Stenberg, who plays District 11 tribute Rue, said of taking on the role of a fan-favorite character, "I think there was a pressure to make sure I stayed as true to the book as possible, and I hope fans really like it." The 13-year-old can probably rest assured that she's gained some fans, as she said of the premiere, "I wasn’t expecting it to be this crazy. To think that people are screaming because of me is, like, an ‘Oh my God’ moment." (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Link
Isabelle Fuhrman, who plays District 2 tribute Clove, has read "The Hunger Games" 13 times. "I am a true fan. If I was not here [walking the carpet], I’d be either across the street or in that pit with everyone else," she said. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)Link
Dayo Okeniyi, who plays District 11 tribute Thresh, said, "I’m still getting used to that whole experience" of fans screaming his name. "I had to make up an autograph, like, a couple months ago." (Chris Pizzello/AP)Link
Actor Jack Quaid finished reading the book about a month before the film’s production began. “It was this crazy, cool imaginary world on paper, and then about a month later, there it was. I could touch it. It was exactly how I’d imagined it,” said the actor who plays District 1 tribute Marvel. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Link
The female-dominated crowd at the premiere was full of Effie Trinket fans who repeatedly yelled "We love Effie!" Some made a poster that read, "Tri-Delta loves Effie." The actress playing the character, the escort for District 12 tributes, wore a bright orange dress to the premiere. "I really wanted an Effie-esque look tonight. I’m very inspired by her love of color," Elizabeth Banks said. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)Link
Alexander Ludwig, who plays District 2 tribute Cato, poses with fans at "The Hunger Games" premiere. (Chris Pizzello/AP)Link
Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson smile for a sea of photographers. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Link
Is this a sign of good things to come for “The Hunger Games” franchise?
“The Hunger Games” took home a Grammy on Sunday night for “Safe & Sound,” a song on the film’s popular soundtrack. The honors went to Taylor Swift, T. Bone Burnett, John Paul White & Joy Williams in the category of song written for visual media.
Now you might be thinking, “Hey, I watched the Grammys. I don’t remember that.” That’s because the honor was given out before the show began on CBS. Many fans found out via Swift’s tweet:
The win comes as “The Hunger Games” and its star are on a roll.
Jennifer Lawrence (who stars as Katniss Everdeen, of course) has been cleaning up this awards season, racking up dozens of nominations and lead actress wins for her performance as a young widow in “Silver Linings Playbook.” She is considered a favorite heading into the Oscars on Feb. 24, but has already made her mark. She is one of the youngest actresses ever to receive an Oscar nomination for lead actress. And let’s not forget that she actually has two Oscar nominations for lead actress. (She was also nominated for 2010’s “Winter’s Bone.”)
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the second installment in the blockbuster franchise based upon the wildly popular trilogy by author Suzanne Collins, hits theaters in November.
Expect box-office expectations to run high for “Catching Fire.”
“The Hunger Games,” the first installment of a cinematic glimpse into a dystopian future where children are made to battle to the death, pulled in over $686 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, making it one of the most successful movies in Hollywood history. Do you think the second movie will surpass the box-office success of the first?
You can watch the video for Swift’s “Safe & Sound” (featuring the Civil Wars) here:
— Rene Lynch