"The Hunger Games" (2012)
Movie Synopsis: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Pictures of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Elizabeth Banks as Effie, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, and Amandla Stenberg as Rue.
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Jennifer Lawrence Talks About Playing Katniss
Jennifer Lawrence on getting into the character of Katniss, why she loves the character, the appeal of Suzanne Collins' books, and being an action figure.
Exclusive Interview with Willow Shields
We go one-on-one with Willow Shields to find out what it was like being cast as Prim, how she bonded with Jennifer Lawrence, and what she thinks of the books.
Behind the Scenes with Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson on relating to Peeta, the baker's son who finds himself completely out of his element and striving to hang onto his humanity as part of the deadly Hunger Games.
Trailers and Clips
Watch the trailers, clips and TV spots promoting "The Hunger Games."
First Full Trailer
I wasn't a fan of the first teaser look we got at "The Hunger Games," but this real trailer conveys the tone of the film much, much better.
Liam Hemsworth on Playing Gale
Liam Hemsworth discusses playing Gale, Suzanne Collins' books, the story, and "Expendables 2."
Character posters of Gale, Peeta, Katniss, Cinna, Rue, Haymitch, and Effie.
Writer/Director Gary Ross Discusses "The Hunger Games"
Director Gary Ross talks "The Hunger Games," his cast, the appeal of the story, shooting action scenes, and the story's violence.
Mall Tour Photos - LA
Pictures of 'The Hunger Games' stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth at Westfield Century City mall in Los Angeles.
"The Hunger Games" Motion Poster
The official Mockingjay symbol is set on fire on this motion poster for the first film of the four-part series.
A list of the actors and crew, running time, release date, and rating.
Teaser is right. It's super short and doesn't really show off anything about the movie.
Steven Soderbergh Confronts "Hunger Games" Rumors
(Sept 2011) So it turns out Steven Soderbergh actually did do some directing on "The Hunger Games," but not because the film was falling apart? Read on...
First Photo of Katniss
(May 2011) Fans of Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" books got their first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen when Entertainment Weekly posted her photo on their cover.
"Catching Fire" Catches a Release Date
(Aug 2011) The second book of Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy has an official theatrical release date, even though the first film hasn't yet been released. Read on...
Jennifer Lawrence Will Sing in "Hunger Games"
(Aug 2011) Yes, "Hunger Games" fans, that song you've all been wondering about will show up in the film adaptation.
Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss
(Mar 2011) "Winter's Bone" star is following up that breakthrough performance as 'Katniss Everdeen' in "The Hunger Games" film series.
"The Hunger Games" Finds Its Two Male Leads
(Apr 2011) The two lucky actors who beat out a horde of wannabes to play Peeta and Gale have been revealed.
"Hunger Games" Finds Its Composers
(June 2011) Grammy winner T Bone Burnett and one of Tim Burton's frequent collaborators, Danny Elfman, have boarded "The Hunger Games" to create the music.
Fan Contest Announced
(June 2011) Just a simple mouse click and you could be calling yourself the luckiest "Hunger Games" fan on the planet.
Lionsgate Plans Four Films?
(June 2011) When is three really four? When 'three' is a popular book series that the studio wants to expand to four.
Donald Sutherland Gets Presidential
(June 2011) We've found our President Snow and he's Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland ("Path to War," "Citizen X").
Lenny Kravitz is Cinna
(May 2011) Lenny Kravitz, full-time musician/part-time actor, has landed the key role of fashion stylist Cinna in "The Hunger Games."
Director Ross Defends Jennifer Lawrence's Casting
(Mar 2011) "The Hunger Games" fans weren't immediately sold on the casting of Jennifer Lawrence, but director Gary Ross says to give her a chance.
Elizabeth Banks Circles "Hunger Games"
(April 2011) Elizabeth Banks is in the "in talks" stage for the part of Effie.
Woody Harrelson is Haymitch
(May 2011) Woody Harrelson ("Zombieland," "The Messenger") has nabbed the key role of drunken former Hunger Games champion Haymitch Abernathy.
Stanley Tucci Boards "Hunger Games"
(May 2011) Stanley Tucci is Caesar Flickerman which means absolutely nothing if you haven't read the books.
Wes Bentley Signs Up for "Hunger Games"
(May 2011) Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Willow Shields, and Elizabeth Banks will be joined by Wes Bentley in the series.
Prim's Been Cast
(Apr 2011) Newcomer Willow Shields will be playing Katniss' little sister, Primrose, in the "Hunger Games" series.
Rue and Thresh are Cast
(Apr 2011) Newcomers Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg are Thresh and Rue, according to the official Facebook page.
Casting Heats Up for Gale and Peeta
(Mar 2011) Every young actor wants to be Peeta or Gale, and right now the ones in the running are being tested by director Gary Ross.
Hailee Steinfeld as Katniss?
(Mar 2011) Could "True Grit" actress Hailee Steinfeld by our Katniss? It's one of the rumors floating around...
"Hunger Games" Has a Release Date
(Jan 2011) There's no casting news yet, but we do have an official release date now.
Director Search Narrows to 3
(Sep 2010) It's been a while since there's been any movement on "The Hunger Games" film adaptation, but now Deadline says Lionsgate's eyeing one of three directors to handle helming the popular book series as it makes the leap to the big screen. David Slade ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," "30 Days of Night"), Sam Mendes ("Revolutionary Road," "Jarhead"), and Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit," "Pleasantville") are in the running to direct "The Hunger Games."
Casting to Get Underway in Early 2011
(Dec 2010) Ever since Lionsgate picked up the film rights to Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games," fans of the book series have been tossing out names of who they'd like to see take on the role of the book's tough-as-nails heroine, Katniss Everdeen. Suggestions from "Hunger Games" fans range from "Gossip Girl's" Willa Holland to Emily Browning (soon to be seen starring in "Sucker Punch") to anyone as long as it's not someone from "Twilight". But in an interview with the LA Times, producer Nina Jacobson revealed there isn't a front-runner yet. She also confirmed casting will get underway in early 2011 as they anticipate filming to start in late spring.