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Well… kind of. The publisher announced today that a special gift edition of The Hunger Games will be released in time for this holiday season. The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition, available November 2011, will feature a special slipcase featuring new mockingjay artwork. Then, in February 2012, Scholastic will publish three more titles — The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-In Edition, The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion, and The World of the Hunger Games — before the Hunger Games film is released.

Think you’ll buy any of these upcoming titles?

So, important question: If there ARE four ‘Hunger Games’ movies, where should they split up the action?

EW’s Karen Valby has a suggestion: (Spoiler alert!)

Leave the relatively slimmer third book, Mockingjay, alone. Instead dig deep into meaty Book 2, Catching Fire. I always thought Collins cut the scene in the hunting cabin with Bonnie and Twill, the runaways from District 8 who spoke of revolution, a little short. There’s more tense fun to be had with them and their revelations. Perhaps a natural gut punch of an end to a second movie could follow Snow soonafter dropping his bomb on Katniss that he’s tossing her back in the arena. Boom! Jennifer Lawrence herself said this was her favorite scene of the entire trilogy, and the one she could not wait to bring to life.

What do you all think of this idea?

Is the Hunger Games series going to be split into four movies?

Maybe; maybe not. In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, some Lionsgate execs revealed that the studio was planning to follow the recent trend of splitting the final book in series like Harry Potter and Twilight into two filmsBut the plan isn’t solid yet; the focus remains on the first film and how it performs next March. (Lionsgate had no comment when contacted about this by EW.)

This may be a dumb question, but they are making three movies, right? There's no way they could fit that much into one.. I just can't find anywhere on the internet that confirms that.


As of now, only one movie is officially in production; it’s likely that the existence of films based on the second two books in the trilogy is contingent on the financial success of the first. Lionsgate will probably wait to see how The Hunger Games is received before it decides officially to go ahead with Catching Fire, just as New Line did when they tried unsuccessfully to launch a movie franchise based on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

Thought you guys would enjoy this as well. (Weird that you can’t reblog responses to questions!)

Is this the face of pure evil? It might just be—Donald Sutherland has been cast as President Snow in The Hunger Games.

Although Snow mostly lurks around the outskirts of the first volume of Games, he is unquestionably the series’ main puppet master (and hey, Sutherland starred in a film called The Puppet Masters!) A quietly malevolent figure who is shrouded in secrecy, Snow was described in the books as a thin and unassumingly small man — which aren’t quite the words that come to mind when you consider the 6’4” Sutherland. Still, the actor has certainly earned his epic-enigmatic bona fides — remember his Mister X in JFK? — and it should be interesting to see him play off Jennifer Lawrence’s spunky Katniss Everdeen.

Some more casting news: Red-headed newcomer Amber Chaney will play the Avox Girl in the big screen adaptation of The Hunger Games.

Did you miss your chance to buy our fabulous Hunger Games issue while it was on newsstands? Never fear—you can order a back issue online.

Oh yeah… Toby Jones also voiced this guy.

"Katniss Everdeen must not go back to the Arena this year! There is a plot, a plot to make most terrible things happen!"

British character actor Toby Jones — if you haven’t seen his take on Truman Capote, rent Infamous immediately — has been tapped to play bombastic Hunger Games announcer Claudius Templesmith. Claudius is best known for ending all of his pronouncements with his booming trademark line, “And may the odds be ever in your favor!”

Heeeeeeeere’s Cinna! Singer/actor Lenny Kravitz will play Katniss’s Capitol-appointed stylist, the kind and graceful artist who conceives of Katniss’ breathtaking Girl on Fire dress. How do we feel about this casting—which is basically the last piece of the puzzle?

It’s so tempting, especially with a cool, big budget franchise movie, but we have to remember that she’s a 16-year-old girl who’s being forced to do this. These kids are only killing each other because if they don’t, they’ll die. It’s needless, pointless, unjustified violence. So there’s nothing cool about her. It’s not like she looks around the arena and goes ‘Yeah, I got this, I’m going to do this.’ I think she looks around terrified and thinks, ‘Well there are all the million different ways that I can die.’

Jennifer Lawrence was really on fire (… get it?!?!) in our interview with her.

I told Gary, ‘I totally understand if you don’t hire me, but please remember that after Katniss shoots a bow and kills someone her face cannot be badass. It has to be broken.’ She has to be heartbroken because she just took another person’s life.

Jennifer Lawrence to EW, proving why she’ll be the perfect Katniss.

Find out by clicking the link above!

Has Cinna been casted?
Or has he been cut out of the movie, or something?


Cinna has not been cast yet, but I wouldn’t take that to mean that he’s been cut out of the movie—they’re filming District 12 scenes first, meaning that so far, there’s been no need for Cinna on set. As soon as we know something concrete, though, we’ll post it here and at

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