Pictorial on THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Fan Camp Weekend

From Saturday, November 16th through the red carpet U.S. premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Monday, November 18th, fans got a chance to camp out for the weekend and not only hang out with fellow fans, but also meet some of the stars of the sequel of The Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire.  700 fans slept out in tents that were set up specifically for them.  They got to show their support by bringing their own signs depicting favorite quotes and/or characters from the books.  On Saturday, the fans got to meet and get an item signed by Stephanie Leigh Schlund (Cashmere) and Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen).  Then on Sunday, Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), and Jeffrey Wright (Beetee) arrived for a group signing for the fans.  Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) and director Francis Lawrence also came by as a surprise to sign for the loyal fans as well.

Various activities were to be had, such as taking a picture with the Catching Fire poster in the background and raffle drawings hosted by KIIS FM.  A Catching Fire T-Shirt, sponsored by Time Warner Cable, was given to each participating fan.  And fans were able to watch The Hunger Games movie on the big screen that overlooks the Nokia Plaza square in preparation for the sequel.

The highlight, of course, was the red carpet event itself, which brought out actors from Catching Fire as well as a few others, including The Hunger Games author herself, Suzanne Collins!  Afterwards, all campers were able to get a ticket to see the movie.

Check out the images from the red carpet!

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Suzanne Collins Praises Lionsgate’s Marketing Campaign

Suzanne Collins gave a rare interview to Variety  where she shared her thoughts on Lionsgate’s marketing campaign for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  The good news is, she supports the work they’ve done calling it both “appropriately disturbing” and “thought-provoking.” 

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I’m thrilled with the work Tim Palen and his marketing team have done on the film,” Collins told Variety via email. “It’s appropriately disturbing and thought-provoking how the campaign promotes ‘Catching Fire’ while simultaneously promoting the Capitol’s punitive forms of entertainment. The stunning image of Katniss in her wedding dress that we use to sell tickets is just the kind of thing the Capitol would use to rev up its audience for the Quarter Quell (the name of the games in “Catching Fire”). That dualistic approach is very much in keeping with the books.”

Source: Variety

Happy Birthday Suzanne Collins!

Join us in wishing Suzanne Collins a very Happy Birthday!  Without her, we would not have this amazing trilogy which has had such a powerful impact on so many of us!  Wishing you the best, Suzanne–and thank you for everything!

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Liam Hemsworth: Suzanne Collins Wanted More Gale in Movie

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Liam Hemsworth was On Air with Ryan Seacrest and he spoke about Katniss and Gale’s relationship, and how Suzanne Collins told him that she loved what he was doing with Gale and wanted more screen time for Gale. We couldn’t agree more, Suzanne! Liam really stole the few minutes of screen time he had! Listen to the interview below, he starts talking about The Hunger Games at around the 5:30 mark.

Source: mockingjay.net

Watch Suzanne Collins Discuss Her Upcoming Book “Year of The Jungle”

We still have a few months until Suzanne Collins’ children’s book Year of the Jungle is available, so while you wait check out this video of Collins discussing the story and what inspired it.

Thanks to HG Girl on Fire for the tip!

Jennifer Lawrence and Suzanne Collins – Forbes’ Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities

Among names like Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga are two of The Hunger Games’ own, author Suzanne Collins and actress Jennifer Lawrence. The two made Forbes’ list of Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities. Jennifer was ranked 49th and Suzanne followed at 87. Congratulations to these two inspiring women!

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49- Established herself as Hollywood’s It Girl with Oscar win and lucrative franchise in The Hunger Games.

87-Lands on our list for the first time after The Hunger Games turns into Hollywood’s next big franchise.

Source: Forbes

Catching Fire Now Available In Paperback

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The second book of The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, is now available in paperback. Up until recently, only The Hunger Games was published in paperback. So, if for some crazy reason you don’t already own a copy of this amazing book and happen to love paperback books, good news for you! Or you can gift it to your kids, your wives, and your husbands. Perhaps you can add multiple copies to your own collection! Have it available in every room in your house, car, or workplace to dive into the world of Katniss Everdeen. Paperbacks are also cheaper! It’s really a win-win situation.

You can find it online or at a bookstore near you!