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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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Behind The Scenes on The Hunger Games

Behind The Scenes on The Hunger Games

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.

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The Hunger Games Premiere: Live-Streaming Coverage

Originally posted 03/12/2012 07:30PM



Your hunger will finally be satisfied.

PEOPLE has live-streaming coverage from the red carpet of The Hunger Games premiere, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and other stars will turn out at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles to launch the highly anticipated movie version of Suzanne Collins's bestseller.

And be sure to take the PEOPLE poll on your favorite Hunger Games leading man vying for Katniss's heart.

The Hunger Games opens March 23.

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POLL: Are You Team Peeta or Team Gale?

Hunger Games: Are You Team Peeta or Team Gale?

Originally posted 03/12/2012 01:35PM

The world premiere of The Hunger Games is just hours away – watch the live-streaming red carpet at 8:30 p.m. ET on People.com! – and fans have been camped out for days in Los Angeles, ready to greet the much-anticipated movie's stars.

But which of the two handsome leading men will get the loudest screams? In the movie and bestselling books, heroine Katniss Everdeen's heart is torn between Gale (Liam Hemsworth), the rugged hunting partner who's helped her survive in oppressed District 12, and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), the kindly son of a baker who becomes her competitor in the televised fight to the death.

Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, told Seventeen: "I think I was [Team] Gale until he started getting a little too trigger-happy. Or maybe first Peeta and then Gale or Gale, then Peeta? I went back and forth. I flip-flopped."

So whose team are you on?

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Is Jennifer Lawrence Team Peeta or Team Gale? | Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence Dishes on Her Sexy Hunger Games Costars

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.

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SNEAK PEEK: PEOPLE's Hunger Games Special | The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence

Hunger Games Collector's Special

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)

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Josh Hutcherson Is Enamored of Ryan Gosling

Originally posted 02/08/2012 01:45PM



As Hollywood role models go, you can't do much better than Ryan Gosling.

Among the budding young actors under his spell is Josh Hutcherson, one of the stars of The Hunger Games, who says he admires Gosling's total immersion in the craft.

"I'm a big fan," Hutcherson, 19, says in a new video interview with Elle. "I like his subtleties and how he really internalizes a lot of the emotion. And for me, that's kind of my style. So, he's definitely a big person to look up to."

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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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