‘The Hunger Games’ Trailer

Here’s the first full trailer for the Gary Ross-directed adaptation of The Hunger Games, the first novel in Suzanne Collins‘ darkly futuristic trilogy of novels about teenagers chosen by lottery to fight to the death as representatives of their local district. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are the young leads in the Lionsgate film that could be the studio’s answer to Twilight, but hopefully with a harder edge.

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Given Lionsgate’s tendency to trickle out The Hunger Games info one tiny bit at a time, you could be forgiven for rolling your eyes at yet another round of news on Gary Ross‘ dystopian teen epic. But happily, today’s offering is one of the most interesting things we’ve seen come out of the marketing team in a while.

The studio has just released eight brand-new character posters for the film, offering close-up profiles of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Rue (Amandla Stenberg), and Cato (Alexander Ludwig). And trust me, they’re way more exciting than those district seals that were released earlier this month. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Five ‘Hunger Games’ District Seals Revealed

It’s been relatively quiet on the Hunger Games front recently, so Lionsgate has just unveiled five new images to remind you that the film is still coming. And, oh yeah, while we’re on the subject, they’re also reminding us to go register at the website and Like the movie on Facebook. Each of the five images features a seal representing one of twelve Districts, which in the story comprise the dystopian future nation of Panem.

Directed by Gary Ross and based on a popular YA novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as tough 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who gets sent to the Capitol to compete for her district in a fight to the death against other teenagers. Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Lenny Kravitz also star. Check out the new posters after the jump.

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Well, it’s finally here! Just as promised, Lionsgate premiered the first teaser for The Hunger Games at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday. It’s just a one-minute clip of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in action, but after months of itty-bitty bits of info — minor casting announcements, some not-very-exciting photos, one-second teases, a motion poster — it’s great to have something almost substantial to sink our teeth into. Watch the video after the jump.

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UPDATE: A representative for Lionsgate confirmed that “we have a deal that encompasses 4 movies.” Original story follows with minor edits.

Harry Potter did it first, Twilight followed suit and, if Lionsgate experiences the success of those two franchises with their anticipated, upcoming film, they plan to do the same. Deadline first reported that in a recent meeting with Wall Street analysts Lionsgate told them to expect four movies from the trilogy of books in The Hunger Games series written by Suzanne Collins. That certainly sounds like they plan to split either the second book, Catching Fire or – more likely – the final book, Mocking Jay, into two movies. [UPDATE: Lionsgate confirmed their deal encompasses four movies but wouldn’t say where the fourth would come from.] Of course, if the first Hunger Games movie doesn’t do well when it’s released in March, this plan would likely go down the tubes. Read more after the break. Read More »

Casting for Gary RossThe Hunger Games continues to move full steam ahead. Lionsgate has just announced Kara Petersen and Ashton Moio in the roles of the two District 6 tributes, who do not have names in Suzanne Collins‘ original book. Read more after the jump.

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Now that Jennifer Lawrence has officially been cast in the lead role of Katniss Everdeen, it’s time to fill in some of the other major parts for The Hunger Games. Casting has begun in earnest for the roles of Peeta Mellark, a fellow Hunger Games competitor who has feelings for Katniss, and Gale Hawthorne, Katniss’ best friend from home. The list of contenders seems to contain a decent mix of rising actors, including previously mentioned names like Josh Hutcherson and Hunter Parrish. But the really great news? Alex Pettyfer is nowhere to be seen — so far, at least. Read more after the jump.

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Not everyone was thrilled with the casting of Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games, director Gary Ross‘ adaptation of the first in a trilogy of popular young adult novels written by Suzanne Collins. Despite her Oscar-nominated turn in Winter’s Bone catching the attention of many a filmmaker and studio, some couldn’t overlook the implications of her casting, and took the decision as yet another sign of Hollywood’s creative and moral bankruptcy. Read More »

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