2012 was the Year of The Hunger Games, and now that it’s coming to a close let’s reminisce with MTV on the best Hunger Games moments of this amazing year!
The New Year began with a blazing bit of marketing ephemera that made it all seem real — the theatrical one-sheet featuring a close-up shot of star Jennifer Lawrence taking aim with the tagline, “The world will be watching,” emblazoned above. Boy, were we.
One Last Look
With less than two months until the theatrical release of “The Hunger Games,” Lionsgate followed up the pretty poster with a final trailer to whet fans’ already voracious appetites. The clip served up plenty of key moments, including Katniss gifting Prim the symbolic Mockingjay pin, the tribute’s interview with Caesar Flickerman and her touching pre-Games exchange with stylist Cinna.
Taylor Swift Is “Safe & Sound”
Country cutie Taylor Swift evoked Katniss’ dystopian district with eerie accuracy in the music video for her “Hunger Games” soundtrack song “Safe & Sound,” which she debuted exclusively on MTV and gained her a Golden Globe nomination. “Having a music video with that much symbolism in it is something I’m not used to,” Swift told MTV News. “Everyone who is a ‘Hunger Games’ fan knows what it means when there’s fire in the trees and they know what it means for the house to be burnt and they know what it means for the ‘Hunger Games’ pin to be covered in rust and old. Everybody can take their own meaning away from it, but it all goes back to the symbolism of the book.”
“Hunger Games” Lights Up Theaters
Katniss’ long-awaited entrance into the arena arrived March 23, hitting the box-office bull’s-eye straight on. The film reaped a record-setting $155 million in its first weekend, making it the fifth-biggest opening weekend on record. To date, the film has grossed an impressive $408 million domestically — something even President Snow couldn’t frown at.
The Director Shuffle
With the runaway success of the series’ initial installment, it seemed but a foregone conclusion that director Gary Ross would return to helm the sequel, “Catching Fire.” But in April, the auteur announced that he would not be returning to Panem, sending many fans into a tumult. “Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct ‘Catching Fire,’ ” Ross said in a statement. “As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule.” Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”) stepped in to fill the vacant director’s chair for the remainder of the series.
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