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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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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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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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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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The Daily Treat: The Hunger Games, as Performed by Cats

Originally posted 11/11/2013 02:00PM

There's less than two weeks to go before the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but if you're one of the three people on Earth who hasn't yet seen the saga's first hit film, released in 2012, here's a quick way to get you caught up to speed. And it involves cats.

That's right. While we normally wouldn't advocate skipping any film that stars both Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, there is something to be said for the way a feline can portray Cat-niss that Jennifer Lawrence just can't replicate (no offense to the Katniss Everdeen actress).

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Why Did Jennifer Lawrence Cut Her Hair? 'It Just Couldn't Get Any Uglier' | Jennifer Lawrence

Why Did Jennifer Lawrence Cut Her Hair? 'It Just Couldn't Get Any Uglier'

Originally posted 11/08/2013 08:30AM

The star shares the surprising reason for her new look

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Josh Hutcherson: Jennifer Lawrence Is a 'Great Kisser' | Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson: Jennifer Lawrence Is a 'Great Kisser'

Originally posted 11/05/2013 03:00PM

Jennifer Lawrence can add another title to her resume: great kisser.

Or so says Josh Hutcherson, her costar in The Hunger Games franchise, who recently opened up to Cosmopolitan about her smooching skills.

"She's a great kisser – so, yup, the bar is high," Hutcherson, 21, told the magazine, per MTV UK.

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Josh Hutcherson Claims He's Funnier Than Jennifer Lawrence | Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson Claims He's Funnier Than Jennifer Lawrence

Originally posted 10/15/2013 09:20AM

On screen and on the page, The Hunger Games are a gladiator-style battle to the death. Behind the scenes making the movies, it's another competition altogether.

Just ask Josh Hutcherson who plays Peeta Mellark to Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen.

Having filmed the latest, Hunger Games, Catching Fire, opening Nov. 22, Hutcherson tells Seventeen for its November issue (on sale Oct. 22) that in a test of wits as to who's funnier, he or Lawrence, "We have this debate all the time – I think it's me!"

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Andy Samberg, Sam Claflin & More Top This Year's PEOPLE's Ones to Watch

PEOPLE's Ones to Watch: Andy Samberg, Sam Claflin & More Top This Year's List

Originally posted 10/09/2013 07:30AM

Whether a goofball comedian like Andy Samberg or an Oscar-contender such as Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Jordan, this year's coveted list of PEOPLE's Ones to Watch has something for everyone.

Samberg, who stars in Fox's new police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, says the family member most proud of his success is his father.

"There's a joke now that my dad will somehow find a way to work into a conversation anywhere with anyone that I'm his son," says the actor, laughing. "Probably to try and leverage it to get free stuff. Where they live that happens about one in every thousand times because no one cares, but bless his heart for trying."

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