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Life Lessons From Catching Fire Superfans

Hunger Games Superfans Teach Us Life Lessons on Catching Fire's Opening Night

Originally posted 11/22/2013 03:00PM

Grab your bow and braid your hair, because The Hunger Games is here again. Thursday night was the first chance for true tributes to take in the glory of Catching Fire, the second film based on Suzanne Collins's dystopian but oh-so-trendy book trilogy.

The midnight showings, squealing mayhem and opening night lines may seem overwhelming to some, but plenty of Panem aficionados turned up for a first look. Hoping to discover the special sauce behind The Hunger Games frenzy, we arrived at a New York City theater several hours before the first showings to see why these diehards don't mind spending a whole evening camping out in a movie theater lobby.

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Liam Hemsworth on Life After Miley: 'I'm Much Happier' | Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth Is 'Much Happier' After Miley Cyrus

Originally posted 11/21/2013 07:00PM

It's been two months since Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus ended their engagement, but the Hunger Games: Catching Fire star says he's doing okay.

"These days I feel like I'm more centered and grounded than I've ever been," he tells the Associated Press.

The actor, who met Cyrus in 2010 on the set of their film The Last Song, admits he's gone through a lot since he moved to Hollywood from his native Australia five years ago.

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Jennifer Lawrence and David Letterman Get Cozy Under Blanket (VIDEO)

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Jennifer Lawrence and David Letterman Get Cozy Under a Blanket

Originally posted 11/21/2013 10:05AM

Jennifer Lawrence was as friendly as ever on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, but she wasn't particularly warm – until she was handed a big pink blanket to fight off the chill.

And soon, she was joined under the comforter by the host himself, who then joked that he wanted the audience to leave immediately.

"God, can it be any colder? … It feels like all the windows are open or something," the Oscar winner, 23, said at the beginning of the interview. "Do you ever get so cold that you start sweating? Is that just a gross problem I have?"

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Readers Love Jennifer Lawrence's Continued Candid Comments

Jennifer Lawrence's Candid Comments Have Readers Loving the Catching Fire Star

Originally posted 11/16/2013 09:30AM

It was a week of intense laughs and also lows for our PEOPLE readers, from a much-gabbed-about royal hair twirl, to an eye-rolling Euro-twerk – and suspicious pop-star smoke – to the sad news of another celebrity cancer diagnosis.

Here are the five stories that drew the strongest reactions from PEOPLE.com readers this week – those that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, angry and left you saying "wow."

To register your responses, tell us what you think by clicking on the appropriate icon appearing at the bottom of every story.

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The Hunger Games Recasts Prim's Cat in Catching Fire

The Daily Treat: Hunger Games Recasts Prim's Cat in Catching Fire

Originally posted 11/15/2013 11:00AM

There was much to love about 2012's The Hunger Games, from Jennifer Lawrence's badass portrayal of heroine Katniss Everdeen to Elizabeth Banks's over-the-top ensembles as Effie Trinket. But for a certain group of fans, the book's big-screen adaptation got one very important aspect of the story wrong: Prim's cat.

The beloved feline of Katniss's younger sister is described as having a yellow coat, an aspect that inspires Prim to name him Buttercup. In last year's blockbuster, however, Buttercup was portrayed by a black-and-white cat – until author Suzanne Collins had a word with Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence.

"That was a request from Nina [Jacobson] the producer and Suzanne the author," he told io9.com of the change. "They thought the cat from the first movie was not the way he was described in the book. And that had annoyed a bunch of fans, and things like that."

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Joan Rivers Fires Back at Jennifer Lawrence for Criticizing Fashion Police

Joan Rivers to Jennifer Lawrence: You're Arrogant

Originally posted 11/13/2013 01:45PM

It's becoming an all out fashion war between Joan Rivers and Jennifer Lawrence.

Rivers, 80, is firing back at the 23-year-old actress after she criticized her E! show Fashion Police for teaching young people "the wrong values."

"There are shows like the Fashion Police that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on all the wrong values and that it's OK to point at people and call them ugly or fat," The Independent reported Lawrence as telling Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer while promoting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. "We have to stop treating each other like that and stop calling each other fat."

Rivers immediately took to social media to respond with cutting humor.

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He's Single – Again! Liam Hemsworth 'Doesn't Have a Lady at the Moment'

Liam Hemsworth 'Doesn't Have a Lady at the Moment'

Originally posted 11/13/2013 09:05AM

Well, that was quick! Liam Hemsworth has admitted in a new interview that he's single again.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star – who was spotted making out with Mexican actress Eiza Gonzalez in September – tells Extra's Terri Seymour that he's not dating anyone right now.

"I don't have a lady at the moment," the 23-year-old admitted.

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Jennifer Lawrence Weighs In on Miley Cyrus and Sexualization in Hollywood | Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence Talks Miley Cyrus, Body Image: 'For Some Disgusting Reason, Young Sex Sells'

Originally posted 11/12/2013 04:00PM

Jennifer Lawrence actively fought to keep Katniss Everdeen from looking too thin in The Hunger Games movies, because she knew the character would be a hero for young girls.

"When we were doing the first The Hunger Games, it was a big discussion, 'cause it's called The Hunger Games – she's from District 12, she's obviously underfed, so she would be incredibly thin. But, I just kept saying, 'We have the ability to control this image that young girls are going to be seeing,' " she says in an interview with the BBC.

"Girls see enough of this body that we can't imitate, that we'll never be able to obtain, these unrealistic expectations, and this is gonna be their hero, and we have control over that," she explains.

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Jennifer Lawrence Comforts Crying Fan at Hunger Games Premiere | Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence Comforts Crying Fan at Hunger Games Premiere

Originally posted 11/12/2013 03:00PM

Jennifer Lawrence was at the London premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Monday night, strolling the red carpet and being generally glamorous and amazing, when she noticed a fan crying behind a security barrier. So she did a very un-Hollywood thing: She bailed on the carpet and went to talk to the girl.

Lawrence knelt down to the girl's wheelchair and thanked her for coming to the premiere, before asking if she was excited for the movie. The girl quickly stopped crying, as most people would when confronted with Lawrence, the living embodiment of beneficence and magnanimity.

Lawrence took a few photos with her new friend, and then got back to whatever it was she was supposed to be doing, which obviously was not as important as making this little girl's entire life.

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Is a Hunger Games Theme Park on the Way? | Jennifer Lawrence

Is a Hunger Games Theme Park on the Way?

Originally posted 11/11/2013 04:00PM

Hunger Games fans may soon be able to sample the dangers of Panem from the safety of a family-friendly theme park.

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