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The Hunger Games
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.
Originally posted 03/24/2012 02:45PM
Whether she knew it or not, Jennifer Lawrence has been preparing for her Hunger Games role since she was a little girl.
The actress, who stars in the weekend smash film adaptation of the dystopian teen trilogy about a televised battle to the death, told David Letterman on Late Show this week that her two older brothers roughhoused with her growing up.
"I've got scars all over my body," she said. "The best part – they would fight each other over who could fight me."
Originally posted 03/20/2012 06:00AM
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.
Originally posted 03/14/2012 08:00AM
It's Game time!
After months of anticipation, endless fan discussion and a pandemonium-producing premiere, the first Hunger Games film is finally arriving in theaters on March 23. The fans are ready – but are the stars?
"It still hasn't sunk in," Jennifer Lawrence, who plays series' heroine Katniss Everdeen, tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story.
The 21-year-old actress also shares how she bonded off-set in North Carolina with leading men Josh Hutcherson, 19, and Liam Hemsworth, 22.
Originally posted 03/13/2012 07:15PM
The Hunger Games are a brutal fight to the death requiring smarts, resourcefulness and brute strength to win. So if, say, Liam Hemsworth were competing in the Games against his girlfriend Miley Cyrus, who would take it?
"Probably her," Hemsworth, 22, said on the black carpet alongside Cyrus, 19, at Monday's massive Hunger Games premiere in L.A. "She's a tough girl, that one."
Originally posted 03/13/2012 02:30PM
The son of two movie veterans will square off against Katniss Everdeen in the highly-anticipated Hunger Games film.
Jack Quaid, 19 – whose parents are Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid – plays Marvel, one of the tributes who competes in the annual battle to the death in this post-apocalyptic fantasy.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine anything like this," he told PEOPLE at the movie's premiere in L.A. Monday night. "This is so surreal to be here. It's insane."
Originally posted 03/08/2012 09:00AM
Unlike her Hunger Games character's violent coming-of-age, Jennifer Lawrence's childhood in Kentucky was definitely less intense.
"Growing up, I lived 15 minutes away from a horse farm, and I went there almost every day," she tells Seventeen. "My brothers were into fishing, but I was all about the horses."
Originally posted 03/06/2012 09:20AM
Fans of The Hunger Games who found themselves torn between Peeta and Gale, the two heroes of the popular book series, can rest assured that Jennifer Lawrence, who stars as Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming film adaptation, also felt conflicting loyalties.
"I think I was [Team] Gale until he started getting a little too trigger-happy," Lawrence, 21, tells Seventeen magazine. "Or maybe first Peeta and then Gale or Gale, then Peeta? I went back and forth. I flip-flopped."
But one thing the actress was sure of was her affection for her two male costars, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, who play Peeta and Gale, respectively.
Originally posted 03/02/2012 08:00AM
Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death. So don't you want to be prepared for The Hunger Games?
Get ready for the March 23 release of The Hunger Games with PEOPLE's special issue, on stands now! In it, you'll find:
Exclusive interviews with the film's stars Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta)and Liam Hemsworth (Gale)
Originally posted 03/01/2012 10:05AM
Jennifer Lawrence doesn't suffer fools.
The no-nonsense actress, who stars in the highly anticipated upcoming movie The Hunger Games, is clear about a few things she doesn't like: phonies, actors who complain, and people who say they love exercise.
"I hate saying, 'I like exercising.' I want to punch people who say that in the face," Lawrence tells Glamour in its new April issue. "But it’s nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It's like, 'Here's your trainer. This is what you can eat.' "
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