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Watching The Midnight Premiere For The Hunger Games – A Review

Last night I braved the crowds (full of tweens and despondent parents), the imminent bad weather, and staying up past my self proclaimed bed time for a movie that I have been waiting to see for MONTHS. The Hunger Games finally premiered in theaters last night, and I will go ahead and say this: It was FANTASTIC!

But I am going to take this review in three parts: Pre-movie, the actual film, and the aftermath.

Pre-film:

I have never attended, or wished to attend, a midnight premiere of a film. That is, until The Hunger Games was in the picture. I LOVED the trilogy, I read it in like a three day period and have been anticipating the film since then. So I’ll admit it, I bought tickets to the midnight viewing the day they were available.

I, as a 23 year old adult, totally geeked out for this film. Thanks to our sponsored giveaway from SkinIt, I had a Hunger Games skin on my tablet. While waiting in line, I got tons of compliments for it. Many said they wished they had one like it. The SkinIt skins look seamless. I had it for a Samsung Galaxy Tab, and it fit PERFECTLY.

I also fit in, probably too well, with all the tweens and young kids there, with my District 10 backpack that was custominzed with my name and Capitol citizen number, and my Down With the Capitol t-shirt. That’s right, I wore those things… But it was great.

One of the best things about going to a midnight premiere is the camaraderie. All these people that love a story as much as you do, all experiencing something that you all know is going to be HUGE. I kind of enjoyed that. For once I wasn’t lame for being so excited because everyone else was as excited I was.

The Film:

OH MY. This film was just as good as I thought it was going to be. I had been anticipating this film so much that I was a little worried that I would be disappointed. But I was surprised how closely it actually followed the book.

Honestly, there were a few things they changed that caught my attention, but they changes didn’t detract from the film, or affect the overall story.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss surpassed everything I could have expected from her. She is one of the best actresses I have seen in a long time. Every scene was so full of emotion. During the reaping day scenes I really felt and saw her terror when she volunteered. She knew how to act like she knew she was heading to her death. So much acting chops in one actress. I cried during the goodbye scenes before they left for the Capitol. I was so impressed the way she ran through the forest, dodging fireballs, and was able to pull herself up into trees. She embodied everything that is the character of Katniss Everdeen. I honestly do not think that any other actress would have been able to pull it off like she did.

I have mentioned before my love for Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, and it was reinforced by watching the film. He truly embodied the character I had pictured when reading the novel. He easily slipped between love sick baker boy, to warrior with the careers, to weak almost dying tribute. Hutcherson is a very talented actor who made the perfect Peeta.

The whole movie was an emotional roller-coaster that kept you enticed from beginning to end. I felt the same way about the novel when I read that, and was excited to see that that feeling translated to the big screen.

Rue’s death. Seriously. Tears. My face was a waterfall. They overlayed Katniss’s breakdown from her death with scenes of the riot beginning in District 11. It was just. Beautiful. My very manly boyfriend attended the film with me, despite not reading the books, and even he shed a tear at Rue’s death. If you don’t cry or at least tear up at that scene then you are not human!

There is only one scene that was missing from the film that I really wish had been included. When Peeta is still healing in the cave, instead of being put to sleep by the medicine by Katniss, he merely fell asleep. I loved that scene in the novel, and was a little disappointed that it played out differently in the film.

Something I liked that they changed was the way Thresh kills Clove near the end. It was incredibly brutal in the novel, but they tamed it down in the movie. I don’t think I could have handled seeing it the other way.

Every scene with the cornucopia was perfect. Just how I imagined it reading it all those times.

Aftermath:

Gary Ross is a surperb director. He was able to translate the novel almost flawlessly to the big screen. Fans of novel will not be disappointed with this adaptation. Once you get into the film, you stop thinking about the things that are different from the novel and you just fall in love with the characters from the novel all over again.

A big part of why this adaptation is so great, is truly the actors. They were so incredibly talented that they became their characters totally.

As we were leaving, I didn’t hear anyone saying anything other than praises for the film. Even those who had obviously gotten drugged their with their friends, family, and significant others, left the film as a fan.

This is one of the best book to film adaptations I have ever encountered. I don’t think any fan of the book will be disappointed with the way the film played out. It also will make new fans out of those who haven’t read the book.

So, go see it! It is totally worth it.

Catching Fire Script Delivered to Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games hasn’t even been released yet, and the world already knows it is going to be a hit. (I’ll admit it, I bought tickets for the midnight showing… something I have never done before). So it was no surprise when a few months ago it was confirmed that the other novels in the series, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, were also going to be adapted.

It was recently confirmed that the script for the second film based on the second novel has been sent to author Suzanne Collins for review. This is a big step forward for the film to begin production even though it is scheduled to be released more than a year from now.

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy recently said regarding the script:

 “I just finished the first draft, literally a few days ago. I’m waiting to see what everyone thinks.”

He also went on to say that Collins knows her audience very well and knows what they can and can’t cut out.

“Actually, she’s reading possibly right now the first draft. She’s involved a lot and there will be things. She just knows her audience brilliantly and she’ll say, ‘That bit you just can’t cut out because they’ll all go crazy.’ And other bits she’ll go, ‘This is fine. You can change this.’ But she really knows her readers and because she’s been in the film world, she understands about adapting, that things have to go and things have to change. She’s been fantastic to work with.”

Beaufoy revealed that he had actually worked very closely with Collins on The Hunger Games script and the same is going to be true for Catching Fire. It has also been confirmed that the three lead stars, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, have already signed on for four movies of  the franchise.

Beaufoy also said that similarly to The Hunger Games it will be a very close adaptation with only a few minor tweaks here and there.

“Things always do have to change otherwise there’s always something very flat about very faithful adaptations,” he said. “But on the other hand, there’s an extremely loyal fan base and readership and you just have to be careful of how many liberties you do take.

He also said,

“So fortunately Suzanne is here to help me,” he continued. “She’s reading this draft at the moment and she’ll tell me, ‘You can’t do that. You must do this.’ Because there are some things that are sacrosanct to her readers and she knows them very well and she’ll let me know.”

Catching Fire follows Katniss as she and Peeta leave the Capitol and head home following the events of The Hunger Games. Once home, however, she and Peeta must act the part of a loving couple in an attempt to quell growing anxiety and rebellion among the citizens on Panem. Instead things grow worse and she has to figure out where she stands as the girl on fire and deal with the new twist thrown into the 75th Hunger Games Quarter Quell.

Lionsgate has announced that Catching Fire is set to hit theaters on Nov. 22, 2013.

What You Won’t See In The Hunger Games Movie

In case you are one of the fans that is worrying about the new adaptation of The Hunger Games, I can tell you now, that you can stop fretting! Entertainment Weekly recently revealed the four aspects that fans won’t see in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. I am happy to say that the four things are not to major for me to be disappointed.

Thankfully, we at least get a little bit of an explanation of why each scene was changed. Gary Ross and producer, Nina Jacobson took the time to explain each one.

Madge Undersee

If you have read the novel, you know that Madge was a pseudo-friend of Katniss and also the daughter of the mayor of District 12. In the novel, she is the one who gives Katniss the mockingjay pin before she is taken to the Capitol. However, in the preview for the film we saw that Katniss gives the pin to Prim, and Madge is not mentioned at all.

On the change, Jacobson says,

“you have so little time to establish these characters. So if Madge has to get thrown under the bus so you can make sure that an audience who hasn’t read the books understands the devotion between Katniss and Prim, then that’s what you do.”

The Avoxes

In the novel, we meet the Avoxes when Katniss described seeing a girl taken by the Capitol, only to show up again as her servant before the games. It is not a major plot point, but it was definitely a darker part of Capitol. While they are in the film, they are not explained or given much of a back story.

Ross says, regarding the change,

 “we have Avoxes, but we don’t digress in the film. I think it’s a wonderful way to populate the world, but there are just certain [cutbacks] that have to happen.”

The Prep Team

Katniss’ prep team while in the Capitol includes, Octavia, Flavius, and Venia. Don’t fret, they are in the film, but unlike the novel, the audience doesn’t get the chance to know them. The only one the movie focuses on is Cinna, especially because of his role as confidant to Katniss.

Jacobson explains,

“we agreed that the main thing is to establish Cinna. So we had to sort of borrow from Peter to pay Paul!”

Capitol Awesomeness

If you remember the book, the Capitol has all kinds of sweet gadgets and awesome things that no one else in the other Districts have. An examples is the food automators. While these won’t be shown, the Capitol will still retain its ominous presence.

Jacobson explained the subtraction,

 “we didn’t want the Capitol to appear too fanciful. It has to appear ominous and threatening. The Capitol has to be a mind-blowing experience, but it can’t be Whoville.”

So it seems that the film adaptation will be pretty faithful to the novel. If these are the only changes we have to worry about, I will be pretty satisfied with how it turns out. Although, I would have liked to see Madge, I am ok with that change still because I have the feeling this is going to be a great adaptation.

I mean after all, author Suzanne Collins, has praised the film version herself. 

Source: Entertainment Weekly new issue

Suzanne Collins Praises Hunger Games Film

I would be lying if I didn’t say that despite my excitement for the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games, I was a little worried about it missing the mark of the novel. So it was a relieve to hear that author, Suzanne Collins, has praised the finished project.

Collins recently wrote on the official Hunger Games Facebook page that she was “really happy” with the finished movie. She also had great things to say about Gary Ross for remaining faithful to the novel but she commented that he added a “rich and powerful vision” to the society she created.

“And, my God, the actors,” Collins added. She singled out the “extraordinary” Jennifer Lawrence, who stars as the young heroine, Katniss.

It is really great to hear that Collins enjoyed the adaptation. To many times we have remakes that anger not only the fans but also the writers. It is even worse that there is so much hype around this particular film that there is a lot of pressure to make it awesome. With the endorsement of the author it seems that this will at least do the novel justice. And I can say I will be right there on opening night to find out.

The Hunger Games is the movie adaptation of the bestselling novel by Suzanne Collins. It is followed by the sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay. 

The plot for the film is as follows:

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the governing body, the Capitol, of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Katniss Everdeen volunteers as a tribute to save her sister from going in to the ghastly arena. She is joined by Peeta Mellark, a boy she knew who once saved her life.

You can see the official cast below:

  • Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
  • Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
  • Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
  • Willow Shields as Primrose “Prim” Everdeen
  • Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
  • Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
  • Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
  • Paula Malcomson as Mrs. Everdeen
  • Amandla Stenberg as Rue
  • Alexander Ludwig as Cato
  • Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh
  • Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove
  • Jacqueline Emerson as Foxface
  • Leven Rambin as Glimmer
  • Jack Quaid as Marvel
  • Donald Sutherland as President Snow
  • Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
  • Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane
  • Latarsha Rose as Portia

Watch A Sneak Peek Clip of Katniss and The Gamemakers

Lionsgate is picking up speed with their viral marketing campaign which includes a YouTube account called, “CapitolTV” which has been featuring the trailers and tv spots for the film over the last month. Today, they uploaded a small 0.39 second clip of one of the best scenes from the book. The clip featured Katniss going before the gamemakers only to be infuriated by their inattention and disrespect. To gain their attention, she takes the bow and arrow and shoots the apple out of the pigs mouth.

Unfortunately, the clip stops there, but seeing that keeps my hope alive that this adaptation is going to be awesome. You can see the new clip below:

The Hunger Games is the movie adaptation of the bestselling novel by Suzanne Collins. It is followed by the sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay. 

The plot for the film is as follows:

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the governing body, the Capitol, of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Katniss Everdeen volunteers as a tribute to save her sister from going in to the ghastly arena. She is joined by Peeta Mellark, a boy she knew who once saved her life.

You can see the official cast below:

  • Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
  • Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
  • Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
  • Willow Shields as Primrose “Prim” Everdeen
  • Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
  • Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
  • Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
  • Paula Malcomson as Mrs. Everdeen
  • Amandla Stenberg as Rue
  • Alexander Ludwig as Cato
  • Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh
  • Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove
  • Jacqueline Emerson as Foxface
  • Leven Rambin as Glimmer
  • Jack Quaid as Marvel
  • Donald Sutherland as President Snow
  • Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
  • Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane
  • Latarsha Rose as Portia

New Hunger Games Promo And Photo Stills Released

New Hunger Games content was released today that was met with excitement all around. A new trailer was released that featured the song Safe & Sound. Also released today were new stills from the movie featuring President Snow, Haymitch, Seneca Crane and Katniss.

Even though the movie is pretty close to being released, the media marketing for the film is not ending just yet. Also today, the MPAA has officially released its rating for the film ass PG-13 for “intense violent thematic material and disturbing images – all involving teens.”

The Hunger Games takes place every year in the ruins of what was once North America. The governing body, the Capitol, of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Katniss Everdeen volunteers as a tribute to save her sister from going in to the ghastly arena. She is joined by Peeta Mellark, a boy she knew who once saved her life.

The film is the big screen adaptation of the novel written by Suzanne Collins and was directed by Gary Ross. It stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. It also includes Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Lenny Kravitz as supporting characters.

(Personally, I don’t think I could be more excited about this film!)

We have seen tons of new trailers recently, but this one is slightly different. One new scene they actually featured in this trailer was a bigger glimpse into the first meeting between Katniss and Peeta, even if just for a moment. You can watch the new promo video below:

You also get a better look at some of the films supporting characters such as President Snow (Donald Sutherland), former Hunger Games champion Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), and deadly District 2 “tributes” Cato (Alexander Ludwig) and Clove (Isabelle Furhman). You can see the new images below:

Photos courtesy of Lionsgate and Entertainment Weekly.

Battle Royale VS The Hunger Games – A Comparison

I will go ahead and say this, yes; there are some major similarities between The Hunger Games and Battle Royale. But when you take a moment to look at individual components of each, you realize that while they are similar, the feel and details are very different.

So I’ve created a comparison of the two works to see where they stand.

Origins

Both films, Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, were initially based on novels. BR is a 1999 Japanese novel written by Koushun Takami. It has also been adapted into a film and a manga series. HG was written by Suzanne Collins as part of a trilogy that is being adapted into a four film series.

Setting

This category is a little bit of the same and a little bit different. HG takes place in a dystopian future in which North America has collapsed and everyone is ruled by the central governing body, The Capital.

BR takes place in an alternate timeline, in Japan. And it is in the pretty close future you know give or take 20 years.  In this world, the dystopian world is most likely linked to economic collapse (and is pretty plausible the way the world is heading now – minus the “BR Act”).

While both are indeed set in dystopian settings, they have enough differences to safely say they are different.

The Hook

The Hook, and the main proponent that the two are so similar is the fact that they involve a countries young children fighting each other to death in an arena type situation. It is true, they are VERY similar ideas, but they are ideas that are unique to the novels as a whole.

Both BR and HG the event, called “The Program” or the “BR Act” in BR and “ The Hunger Games” in HG, is punishment by the government to instill fear and oppression upon their citizens,

However, in BR, the program is used mainly to deter the young citizens from forming or joining gangs and enacting violence in the already desolate world they live in.

In HG, the games are primarily used to show the overwhelming power that the government holds over its citizens. The Capitol uses the games to show people that they are so powerful they can make their children fight to the death whether they like it or not.

But it is important to point out that in BR, the program is basically secret, no one knows when or where it is happening while the games in HG are broadcast like a terrible reality television show that you are forced to watch (another way the Capitol secures its power over its citizens). In BR it is even unclear if most of the country even knows what the BR Act is or that it is even happening.

Also the means of which to choose its victims is different between the two. In BR, a random classroom of teenagers are chosen against their will and knowledge and placed in an secluded area and are given three days to kill each other so that one can live.

In HG, the whole country watches as they send tributes off to the arena where the games can last a week or more (although if there isn’t enough action, they make sure people die).  There is also a volunteer choice people can make. Either for the honor to win and live or (as in the novel) to save a loved one from going in to the nightmare of the arena.

Another big difference in the setting is that while District 12 in Panem (HG) is poor, the whole country isn’t. In fact some are relatively well off and the Capitol is the definition of a hedonistic lifestyle. While in BR, the whole country is in shambles with an unemployment rate climbing and the country crumbling.

Dynamic Between Participants

I think it is interesting to point out that the dynamic between the participants in the games or the program is vastly different. This lends itself to being one of the biggest differences between the two stories because it changes the whole feel of the novels.

In BR, they choose a whole classroom to go in, which means everyone there knows each other pretty damn well as they have probably been in school together for years.

In HG, many are just meeting for the first time, and thus, have no emotional attachment to each other besides their district mate and even then because they could be years apart in age and in status of the community, they still might know each other and have no attachment.

In BR, it is much worse because now friends and lovers must kill each other rather than strangers killing strangers to live (which would be much easier for the contestants).  So when other tributes like Glimmer or Clove get killed, you don’t really mind so much because you don’t know these people, they are strangers.  But in BR, you are watching friends kill friends, which add a whole layer of sadistic sadness to the situation.

The Weapons

Of course this is similar in that the participants have random weapons, but how they get them is what makes them different.

In HG, the tributes are set in random spots around each other and at the starting mark they have to make a choice. Run for the Cornucopia where there are a plethora of weapons and items and possibly get killed (this is where most of the tributes die) or run and find water and a hiding place till everyone else is spread out and then try to get your bearings and a weapon.

In BR, it is much different. The contestants in BR are given a survival pack before entering the area. The packs contain different supplies and a random weapon with which they will kill each other. The “weapon” could range anywhere from a gun, to a bow, to a random ass item like a frying pan. It is a surprise grab bag basically for all the contestants.

One very similar idea, however, is that both works do contain a failsafe incase people are not dying fast enough. In HG, the game makers will rain all kinds of shit down to make sure people at home aren’t bored with the entertainment. This could include an earthquake or fireballs raining down.  The game masters in BR also use this same tactic to try and encourage these friends to kill each other.

I’d choose the girl who was on fire over the pot lid any day.

LOVE

Yes, it is true that the love aspect of HG is one of the higher selling points of the novel, that has spawned squeals of girlish glee and teens clamor over whether to buy a “Team Peeta” or a “Team Gale”. But there is also a love story written into the pages of BR except that this one is downplayed as a way to make room for much MUCH more violence.

In HG, Peeta Pocket and Male Gale internally fight over who deserves and loves Katniss the most. While she proceeds to play with them both in attempt to A) LIVE and B) figure out her own confused feelings of life and love. (And yes I am all for Peeta Pocket and Katniss together so they can make delicious bread together).

I just want them to make out right now!

In BR, we have Shuya and Noriko who you definitely want to live and love but when you realize that, hey, all these characters have dated one another, loved one another, have emotional attachments to one another, its hard to focus on the love story of these two characters. Not to mention the rape-y aspect of one of the characters is a little unsettling.

The Villain

In HG you have President Snow, in BR, you have the teacher. One is slightly to incredibly more powerful then the other, but surprisingly, the teacher is scarier. Yes, Snow smells of blood, but the teacher in BR you have a lonely angry man who has a wayyyy to weird obsession with children killing each other.

Both rulers also have an uncomfortable obsession with the lead female though, which is creepy in the “don’t leave the house” kind of way.

 The Characters

This NEEDS to be said. All the students in BR are freaking insane.  With the exception of Shuya and Noriko, everyone else in the story are literally just crazy. BR takes the characters to an extreme in which they will stop at nothing to kill each other and anyone who acts reasonably and logically like the leads, stand out as weird when surrounded by such insanity. (One of the characters doesn’t even feel real human emotion due to a brain injury!)

In HG, all the secondary tributes and characters are a little bit in the least relatable. The careers make sense, they want honor and they want victory in something they’ve been training for their whole lives, and everyone else was thrown in there under the same circumstances and they all want to live but they all have moral codes that at one point or another hold them back. Thresh doesn’t kill Katniss as a payback for her taking care of Rue, and often the tributes from each district form a partnership for as long as possible, protecting each other.

In BR, the only people who don’t go on a full on Patrick Bateman in the novel are considered weird and weak.

The Technology

Technology plays a huge part in both films/novels. It is used to police and monitor much of the world around them as well as control the arena in which contestants are dropped.

In HG, since they are in the future, they have crazy awesome technology like giant hovercrafts, the ability to manipulate anything in the arena as well genetically alter new species and creations. They even have the ability to create force fields, and biotech weapons as well a whole underground city complete with food and water.

Although BR isn’t that technological advanced, it still uses extreme technology to keep people in line. They use an exploding collar on the neck of every participant to make sure they either fight to the death, or die by way of the collar.

Each story uses the technology is a different way, but its results are the same, fight to death or die anyway if you refuse.

The Violence

 Pretty obvious right? I mean it is about kids murdering each other for basically entertainment. But while HG is very violent (this includes arrows to the neck, stones to the skull, and poison) BR still wins. It is gory and bloody to the very end with very little in between.

It has been pointed out that BR uses such brutal violence as a way to remind those watching that hey this is what the story is about. But in HG, we are seeing things from the eyes of Katniss, who internally struggles with killing, rationalizes it, and actually kills very little when compared to her fellow tributes who kill without second guessing themselves.

With that said, they are both pretty brutal.

The Overall Tone

In Panem, the tributes spends weeks in front of cameras, at events, touring, doing interviews and such BEFORE going into the arena where the whole country watches them die. The world gets to know each tribute only to watch them die horrifically weeks later.

In BR, the program happens secretly and is called “military research” so the biggest mind f*** is only between the participants.

Panem spends weeks building emotional investments to the tributes in front of the cameras so that can see them die. The Capitol must certainly uses this technique as another way to assert their dominance (albeit subconsciously).

In the program of BR, the only emotional investments have already been made over years and YEARS (instead of weeks) of friendships and time. So when the characters have to die, its even more heartwenching for the reader/viewer al though not for those involved because they are already insane.

This lends to the very different tones of the stories. In HG you get to know the characters as well, bond with them and move with them because we are seeing the story and the history through the eyes of someone living it.

BR is about blood, violence, hatred, and little touch of love set in a world that gives little explanation and very little connections between the characters. It is a good film, but doesn’t have the bonding quality that HG does.

So yeah, these stories have a few elements that are similar, but hey most of the world is similar if you look hard enough. And hey, who says two people can’t have similar ideas? Besides I am just as much a fan of the gore in BR as I am in the overall story of HG. I like them both but for different reasons because each film/novel gives me something different when watching it or reading it.

Top 3 Scenes From The Hunger Games I Am Most Excited To See

With the massively anticipated film, The Hunger Games, little less then a month away from hitting theaters, my personal anticipation for the film is growing. Yes, I preordered midnight showing tickets, and yes I read all three books in less than three days, and most certainly, yes, I am team Peeta (and no I can’t believe I just said that…) Either way, the point is, we are all excited for this film.

After reading the novel and considering the film, I have decided these are the three scenes from the book that I am most excited to see in the big screen adaptation. Unfortunately, we know that when it comes to movie adaptation of books, often things are left out for time purposes (although director Gary Ross maintains this is a very faithful adaptation) so hopefully these three scenes will remain intact for our viewing pleasure.

:::::Caution: there are a few tiny spoilers if you haven’t read the novel:::::

The Interview With Caesar Flickerman

I had to put this one, because I am girl who can’t resist a good proclamation of love. And I would be lying if I said my heart didn’t melt when Peeta professed his love for Katniss. I mean what girl didn’t enjoy that (even albeit slightly). It was a sweet moment, even if at the time you weren’t sure if it was a true revelation or manipulation. Thankfully, we all know it was a revelation of true love. When I read it, I read into its sincerity and thats something that Peeta isn’t able to fake during the games or even afterward. I hope Josh Hutcherson (who plays Peeta) will be able to pull off the sincere admission of love in the movie.

Either way, it was a great scene in the novel and I am looking forward to squealing in girlish delight when the scene plays in the theater.

Tripping of Tracker Jacker Venom

This was definitely one of the more intense moments of the novel. Katniss drops the nest of tracker jackers on the careers camp, killing two of them. However, in the process she gets stung several times and begins to hallucinate. I am very curious on how they are going to film this because basically, she was tripping. Her hallucinations are vivid and bright and incredibly weird.

I am excited to see this scene, because I think watching it will be pretty powerful compared to just reading about her tripping on the acid. I am also curious how the visualization of the weird things she sees will translate on screen.

The Feast

Easily my favorite scene in the novel. (The end with the berries is pretty awesome too, but c’mon you knew they would both live or there wouldn’t be two more books!) While reading, you know there is so much at stake when Katniss drugs Peeta to go to the feast and retrieve precious medicine and materials they need.  It was pretty intense and I couldn’t force myself to stop reading this. I can guess its going to be even more intense of the big screen. The feast scene adds more intensity when Katniss is about to be killed and Thresh saves her life.

While this is easily one of the most brutal scenes in the novel (I mean Thresh does cave in Clove’s skull) I know they will probably lighten it a little bit, however, even if it is a little less bloody, I really hope they retain the immense anxiety and fast paced imagery that the novel employs. Seriously, it was brutal.

I have mentioned before how much I loved this book series, and I still do. And frankly, I haven’t been this excited for a movie since Arrested Development announced chances of a movie. I will be moderately happy with the adaptation if at least these three scenes remain relatively intact. (But hopefully this really is a faithful adaptation and I will love it) I think all three are crucial turning points in the novel and should remain as they are.

The Untold Secrets of The Hunger Games

The people over at The Hollywood Reporter recently did a photo shoot and interviews with the stars and director of the highly anticipated film, The Hunger Games. They also highlighted several “untold secrets” regarding the casting and production of the film adaptation.

The Hunger Games film is the big screen adaptation of the novel written by Suzanne Collins. The film is the first of a four film franchise that will adapt the two sequels to the novel, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. 

“After the trailer launched Nov. 14, we had 8 million views in the first 24 hours,” says Lionsgate Films president Joe Drake. “We were the number one Twitter trend on the planet. Since then, the book sales have jumped 7.5 million copies. That kind of data gives us enormous confidence.”

As you may know the film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. The rest of the cast includes Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz and Elizabeth Banks.

Some of the secrets included:

Jennifer Lawrence, the actress who plays Katniss Everdeen, took three days to accept the lead role. While several actresses were considered for the role, Lawrence was ultimately rewarded the spot. Even though she hesitated when it came to accepting the role. Lawrence has stated that she credits her mother for accepting the role.

“I called my mom and she called me a hypocrite, because when I was doing indie movies and everyone was asking why I didn’t do studio movies, I said, ‘The size of the movie doesn’t matter.’ And she said, ‘Here’s a movie you love and you were thinking of turning it down because of its size.’ I thought, ‘I don’t want to miss out because I’m scared. Me being scared, I never want that to stop me fromdoing something.’ But I knew in my heart that I wanted it — it was about working out all the fears.”

It was also revealed that Lionsgate operated on a very tight budget to make the film. It was reported that the film eventually cost a little more than $90 million, reduced to $78 million after subsidies.

They also confirmed that the lead trio are in fact contracted for the entire franchise which includes 4 movies based on the three books of the series. Also that director Gary Ross is committed to working on the sequel as well, which will hopefully begin shooting in September.

You might not know that Lawrence had an accident while training for the film that almost halted filming of the adaptation. The actress revealed during the interview:

“I had to do 10 ‘wall runs,’ where you run at the wall as hard as you can to get traction, I ran at it and my foot didn’t go up, so I caught the wall with my stomach. My trainer thought I had burst my spleen. I had to get a CAT scan and go into a tube where they put this fiery liquid in your body. I was still pretty bulked up from X-Men: First Class, So a lot of the training was getting muscle back, heightening the muscles without building them. I loved the archery — well, I have a love-hate relationship with it.”

Probably the most unnerving parts of filming the project was the fact that the set was 100 degrees and included bears. During the interview with THR, Ross related that not only were there bears in the woods they were shooting but also 100-degree heat and rain that was almost daily. He added:

“we’d only get to shoot four or five hours a day,”

Liam Hemsworth also revealed that when he got the role of Gale in the movie, that his brother gave him a little bit of advice regarding his new project.

“My brother Chris texted me before shooting and told me to lose weight. He said, ‘It’s called The Hunger Games, not The Eating Games!’ “

You can read the entire article from The Hollywood Reporter here or watch the behind the scenes video from the photo shoot below:


Jennifer Lawrence, Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games

Hunger Games Star Credits Mom For Role

Jennifer Lawrence, Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games hasn’t even hit theaters yet but fans and critics alike are already talking about star Jennifer Lawrence’s role in the film. Lawrence portrays the main character of the film and book series, Katniss Everdeen. We haven’t seen her in the role yet, but from the trailers her performance is already buzzing. But this star credits one person for taking the role, her mother.

Lawrence recently revealed in a new interview with Total Film that if it weren’t for her mom pushing her to take the role, she might not have taken on the film.

When it came to the lead role in The Hunger Games, Lawrence told a story of how her mother called her a “fraidy cat” when she was considering passing on the film. Her reasons being that she was worried that it might be to big of a project for her to take on.

“I always got asked why I did indies, not studio films, and I said it was about the script, it’s not about how big it is,” Lawrence relates. “And she was like, ‘This is a script you love, a character you love, and you’re about to turn it down because of the size of it? You’re a hypocrite!'”

Lawrence also revealed that it was actually her mother who read the book first and suggested that she consider auditioning for the role.

“My mom has a terrible habit of reading books, telling me to read them and then me doing the movie – she did the same with ‘Winter’s Bone.'”

Either way it happened, I am happy Lawrence decided to audition and take the role. I can’t blame her though for thinking it might be to big of a project. If you have read all three books you know that it only gets harder for our lead character as the story progresses. Thankfully, she has signed on for all four movies based on the trilogy and I am sure this series will rock the world.

The Hunger Games is the film adaptation of the book of the same name written by Suzanne Collins. It is based on the first book in the trilogy followed by Catching Fire and Mockingjay. You can read the article about why The Hunger Games casting for the film is perfect here.