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The Best & The Worst Of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 25, 2013 1:40 PM
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Now officially the all-time November opening record holder, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was always a fairly sure thing in terms of box office. But what's more impressive is the advance word on the film (our own included), and the buzz around it, which has been so positive, with it being touted as the rare sequel that improves on the original, and with many going so far as to compare it to "The Empire Strikes Back." (Though, to be honest, we think that comparison is more to do with how open-ended it feels, with the good guys separated and some of them still imperiled, at the film's close.) Some of us might not go quite that far, but certainly director Francis Lawrence has made good on delivering a broader, more nuanced and more layered film than the first, which is fitting considering he was adapting what we'd consider the best of the three books, by quite some distance.

A Few More Photos Of Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson & Jennifer Lawrence In 'Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 5:20 AM
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  • 7 Comments
So here you go...Hunger-heads? We're still searching for an appropriate nickname for "Hunger Games" fans. Mockingbirds? Team Everdeen? Yeah, maybe that last one works.

First Look At Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth As Peeta & Gale In 'Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2011 7:25 AM
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Hold onto your mockingjay pins "Hunger Games" fans because you now have a look at the two beefy slabs of meat that will hang off the arms of Jennifer Lawrence in the upcoming film.

Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson Cast As Gale & Peeta In 'Hunger Games'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • April 4, 2011 6:06 AM
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Finally, the wait for fangirls (and boys) everywhere is over. Lionsgate announced today that Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are officially cast -- after being outed as frontrunners last week -- as Peeta and Gale, respectively, in the company's huge tentpole adaptation "The Hunger Games." The boys join female lead Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss; Hutcherson plays Lawrence's love interest when she's placed in an arena to fight for her life, while Hemsworth is Lawrence's best friend waiting at home. The decision comes at the end of a long wait for casting choices. Other candidates for the parts included Hunter Parrish of "Weeds" and Lucas Till of the upcoming "X-Men: First Class" for Peeta and Disney star Drew Roy for Gale.

Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson Lead The Pack For Gale & Peeta In 'The Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2011 9:03 AM
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With Jennifer Lawrence locked in the lead role of Katniss Everdeen for "The Hunger Games," the race began last week for the other main roles with a host of names vying for the two male leads, but it appears a couple names have emerged at the top of the pack.

Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lucas Till & More Testing For Peeta & Gale In 'Hunger Games'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 26, 2011 2:13 AM
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  • 5 Comments
Now that Jennifer Lawrence has officially accepted the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in Lionsgate's adaptation of the hit young adult series "The Hunger Games," that can only mean that other casting announcements are not far behind.

Josh Hutcherson Wants To Be Peeta Mellark in 'Hunger Games'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 13, 2011 11:29 AM
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Reveals He's Met With Director Gary Ross"The Hunger Games" casting mania has started in full earnest as Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence is almost locked down for the lead female role of Katniss Everdeen. Now her male lead, and main love interest, Peeta Mellark has to be cast, and there's a bevy of new twenty-something males vying for the part.

Josh Hutcherson To Star In Benicio Del Toro's Short 'Monday' For Omnibus '7 Days In Havana'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2011 10:04 AM
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Way back in December it was announced that Benicio Del Toro, Laurent Cantet (”The Class”), Gaspar Noé (”Enter the Void”), Pablo Trapero (”Carancho”), Elia Suleiman, Julio Medem (”Sex and Lucia”) and Juan Carlos Tabio were teaming up to direct segments for the forthcoming omnibus film "7 Days In Havana," and it looks like production is moving forward and the first bit of casting has been revealed.

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