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Hunger Games: See Katniss's House in Person! | The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence

Hunger Games: See Katniss's House in Person!

Originally posted 04/03/2012 08:35AM

Though the location of the Hunger Games set was kept secret for six months during filming, fans of the franchise who want to experience life in Panem for themselves now have the opportunity to do just that.

The blockbuster film has provided a boon to the tourism industry in North Carolina, where it was shot, according to Friday's Today show. Fans are flocking to locations such as the Henry River Mill Village, an abandoned mill town outside Charlotte, which is home to the set pieces that were used as Katniss's house and Peeta's bakery.

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The Hunger Games Lives Up to the Hype: PEOPLE Review

The Hunger Games Lives Up to the Hype: PEOPLE Review

Originally posted 03/20/2012 06:00AM

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Katniss Everdeen's (Jennifer Lawrence's) life was difficult enough before she was forced to try to kill 23 other children on national television.

Fatherless and starving in District 12, the mining center of dystopian future world Panem, she takes her little sister Prim's (Willow Shields's) place as a tribute, fighting to the death in an elaborate spectacle broadcast as a reality show.

To add poison to the sting, Katniss is expected to kill her own teammate, Peeta (The Kids Are All Right's charming Josh Hutcherson), a sweet boy who has a crush on her.

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Join the Hunt for Hunger Games Puzzle Pieces at PEOPLE.com

Hunger Games Puzzle Piece No. 51

Originally posted 12/15/2011 01:00PM

Hungry for a little online scavenger hunt? Sink your teeth into this one.

The Hunger Games, a science-fiction movie opening March 23, has broken its new poster into 100 pieces and scattered them on sites around the Internet – including #51 right here at PEOPLE.com!

Can you find them all and solve the puzzle? Here are some pointers:

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Hunger Games Sneak Peek: Two New Photos | Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lawrence

Hunger Games Sneak Peek: Who's Behind That Crazy Hair?

Originally posted 11/16/2011 10:00AM

It's the pink hair that did it.

For Elizabeth Banks, playing Effie Trinket in the upcoming screen version of The Hunger Games first clicked into place thanks to the character's signature cotton-candy coif.

"I would be in the hair and makeup trailer and I was Elizabeth, and then the wig went on and very suddenly I was Effie," says Banks, 37. "Every day I would have that aha moment, like, 'We did it! We found Effie!' "

In the best-selling The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Effie serves as a publicity agent of sorts for the Games, a cruel arena battle that pits youths, called "tributes," against each other in a televised fight to the death. The movie opens March 23.

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Jennifer Lawrence Gets Ready for The Hunger Games in Movie Trailer

Originally posted 11/14/2011 10:30AM

For fans looking to whet their Hunger Games appetite, the odds are ever in your favor – as the Suzanne Collins trilogy teases.

"It's 24 of us," Jennifer Lawrence, playing fierce and feisty heroine Katniss Everdeen, says in the movie's trailer, which debuted Monday on Good Morning America. "One comes out."

The peek at the film adaptation of the best-selling series, which follows Everdeen's post-apocalyptic journey through the ultimate televised game of life-or-death, offers a glimpse into the dark and dreary world of District 12.

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Donald Sutherland Elected as Hunger Games President | Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland Elected as Hunger Games President

Originally posted 05/31/2011 03:30PM

The Hunger Games has elected its leader: Veteran actor Donald Sutherland has been cast as sinister President Snow in the film adaptation of in the dystopian trilogy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sutherland's character is described as "cruel and ruthless in his intimidation and control tactics – especially toward Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen.

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Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Land Hunger Games Roles | Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Land Hunger Games Roles

Originally posted 04/04/2011 02:55PM

The PEOPLE have spoken! And although they voted for Hunter Parrish, 23, to take on the role of Peeta in the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins's wildly successful sci-fi story The Hunger Games, that part will be going to the just-as-hotly tipped Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right).

Hutcherson's lovesick baker-boy will compete for the affections of Katniss (to be portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence, 20) with her strapping hunting partner Gale, to be played by 21-year-old Liam Hemsworth, a.k.a. Miley Cyrus's on-again, off-again beau).

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Who Should Play Jennifer Lawrence's Mentor in The Hunger Games?

Who Should Play Jennifer Lawrence's Mentor in The Hunger Games?

Originally posted 03/29/2011 07:45AM

Let the games begin: After it was announced that Jennifer Lawrence – who received an Oscar nod for her rugged role in Winter's Bone this year – would once again rough it onscreen in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games, fans of the trilogy are abuzz about who will join her on the big screen.

As Lawrence, 20, prepares to flex her leading lady chops in the role of Katniss Everdeen, the feisty, dark-haired heroine in author Suzanne Collins's dystopian society, there are two other major roles up for grabs: Peeta Mellark, her love interest, who (mostly) stays by her side during the annual life-or-death Hunger Games, and Haymitch Abernathy, a Hunger Games champion with thick skin and an alcohol addiction – tokens of his survival.

With Hunter Parrish as the frontrunners to fill Peeta's shoes, who should step up for the role of Haymitch?

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POLL: Who Should Play Peeta in The Hunger Games Movies?

Who Should Play Peeta in The Hunger Games Movies?

Originally posted 03/21/2011 10:30AM

Now that Jennifer Lawrence has snagged the plum part of Katniss Everdeen in the post-apocalyptic saga The Hunger Games, who will play her fellow Games competitor and (possible) true love, Peeta?

As fans of the Suzanne Collins trilogy know, fiercely independent Katniss is at the heart of a love triangle with Peeta, a quietly courageous baker's son, and Gale, Katniss's childhood best friend and hunting partner. But when both Peeta and Katniss are forced to compete in the cruel Hunger Games, things between the two get especially complicated.

In the books, Peeta is described as having "ashy blond hair that falls in waves over his forehead," blue eyes and a muscular build from lifting huge bags of flour at his family's bakery. He is also a gifted artist who uses his talents to help charm a reluctant Katniss.

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The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence Compares Katniss to Alien's Ripley

The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence Compares Katniss to Alien's Ripley

Originally posted 03/19/2011 02:00PM

As the official leading lady of The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence knows she's landed an out-of-this-world role – in more ways than one.

Taking on the part of Katniss Everdeen, a fierce and feisty heroine competing in the ultimate game of life-or-death, Lawrence, 20, has extra special, extraterrestrial inspiration for tapping into the "fighting spirit" of her character.

"Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in Alien is the first [movie] that comes to mind," she tells Entertainment Weekly of an older yet similarly famous heroine.

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