Wednesday, February 29, 2012

EW Hunger Games Issue On Stands Friday, March 2nd!

“Is it violent?” says director Gary Ross of his PG-13 film. “Yes. Do we back off from what it is? No, we don’t.”
The March 23 release of The Hunger Games is nearly upon us. While we can’t make the clock turn any faster, we can offer fans of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling dystopian trilogy (and newcomers, too) a deep, behind-the-scenes look into the making of the film, from conception to casting, filming to marketing.
Perhaps no bit of casting news was met with greater surprise than Lenny Kravitz taking on the role of Cinna, hero Katniss Everdeen’s deeply cool and compassionate stylist. Kravitz was working on his album, living out of a trailer in the Bahamas and oblivious to the Hunger Games phenomenon, when Ross first approached him to offer him the part. The director had been moved by the musician’s gentle grace in Precious and was further intrigued by the fact that Kravitz already felt a nurturing bond with star Jennifer Lawrence, who had become close friends with his daughter Zoe during the filming of X-Men: First Class. “I love that girl,” says Kravitz. “The minute I met her she became a part of the family.”
It took one sleepless night of reading a downloaded version of The Hunger Games in his trailer for Kravitz to commit. But Woody Harrelson, who initially turned down the role of Katniss and Peeta’s sodden wreck of a mentor Haymitch, was a harder sell. “Listen, I’m nuts,” he explains. “It was just a stupid thing where I hadn’t read the books yet. I didn’t see that there was enough for me to do in the script. But then Gary called me back and said ‘You got to do this, I don’t have a second choice for the role.’ And of course flattery always gets the best of me so I read the books and really saw the depths of this guy. Holy s—, I would have been bummed to miss this.”

Pick this issue up on March 2nd to find out what's NOT in the movie too!

Source: EW

Lionsgate #HungerGames24 press release!

Be the first to see THE HUNGER GAMES in theaters - Search #HungerGames24 on Twitter Now!

In celebration of another milestone in the countdown to the release of THE HUNGER GAMES- with under 24 days until the film’s release mirroring the 24 tributes in the story, Lionsgate® has announced 24 Advance Screenings brought to you by NOOK® by Barnes & Noble.    

Fans can show their support for #HungerGames24 by visiting and tweeting a unique hashtag assigned to their closest city to unlock Advance Screening locations. Starting tomorrow, March 1, the top four cities with the most Twitter volume will be announced each day and fans will then be able to enter to win tickets to those locations.

In addition, Barnes & Noble is giving NOOK fans in select cities the opportunity to gain exclusive access to see THE HUNGER GAMES before its official theatrical release. On March 10, while supplies last, the first customers to purchase any of Barnes & Noble’s award-winning NOOK devices – including NOOK Tablet, NOOK Color or NOOK Simple Touch – at select Barnes & Noble stores will receive two complimentary tickets to the official Advance Screening on March 21. To locate participating Barnes & Noble stores, visit 

In the story, Tributes are sponsored based on their first impression at the opening ceremonies, training scores, impressions made in the interviews, performance in the arena, as well as a number of other factors. Donations from sponsors range from medicines to food to weapons and more. Because of this, Lionsgate brought on 12 DISTRICT SPONSORS to each host two of these Advance Screenings and offer 24 fans the chance to win a pair of tickets.  

The digital campaign follows those for #HungerGames100, #HungerGames74, and #HungerGames50 which marked milestones in the campaign with similar interactive fan activities. 
Be sure to register for a District here and learn more about how to impress your sponsors on Facebook:
Fans who don’t have an advance screening near them may be able to meet and greet the cast at their local mall during the National Mall Tour beginning in March.  Visit the film’s facebook events tab for more information. 
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil 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.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy.  If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 26 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.  
Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012. 
To experience The Hunger Games online, please visit:
Official Website:
Official YouTube Channel:
Official Facebook Page:
Official Twitter Page:
Capitol Couture: 
Check our post HERE for all the city hashtags!

NEW Hunger Games Adventures Poster!

Don't forget to sign up for the beta HERE!


#HungerGames24 Brings Us 24 Advance Screenings!

Today at 10am PST Lionsgate kicked off #HungerGames24 for the 24 tributes in the story. There will be 24 Advanced Screenings (to be had on March 21st), sponsored by Nook by Barnes and Noble.

Fans can show their support for #HungerGames24 here and tweeting a unique hashtag assigned to their closest city to unlock Advance Screening locations. Starting March 1, the top four cities with the most Twitter volume will be announced each day and fans will then be able to enter to win tickets to those locations.

In addition, since tributes often have sponsors to help them out, Lionsgate has brought on 12 District Sponsors to each host two of the Advance Screenings and offer 24 fans the chance to win a pair of tickets.  

How cool is that?!

UPDATE: Here's the list of cities and what each specific hashtag is!

Portland - #hungergames24POR
sponsor - IGN
Seattle - #hungergames24SEA
sponsor - EW
San Francisco - #hungergames24SF
sponsor - Fandango
San Diego - #hungergames24SD
sponsor - Vevo
Salt Lake City - #hungergames24SLC
sponsor - iVillage
Phoenix - #hungergames24PHX
sponsor - Machinima
Denver - #hungergames24DEN
sponsor - Moviefone
Minneapolis - #hungergames24MIN
sponsor -
Kansas City - #hungergames24KC
sponsor - Machinima
Dallas - #hungergames24DAL
sponsor - Yahoo! Movies
San Antonio - #hungergames24SA
sponsor - Celebuzz
Houston - #hungergames24HOU
sponsor -
St. Louis - #hungergames24STL
sponsor - Moviefone
Chicago - #hungergames24CHI
sponsor - HitFix
Detroit - #hungergames24DET
sponsor - IGN
Cleveland - #hungergames24CLE
sponsor - iVillage
Cincinatti - #hungergames24CIN
sponsor - Celebuzz
Nashville - #hungergames24NAS
sponsor - MTV
Atlanta - #hungergames24ATL
sponsor - EW
Charlotte - #hungergames24CHA
sponsor - MTV
Miami - #hungergames24MIA
sponsor - VEVO
Washington D.C. - #hungergames24DC
sponsor - Fandango
Philadelphia - #hungergames24PHI
sponsor - HitFix
Boston - #hungergames24BOS
sponsor - Yahoo! Movies

Sunday, February 26, 2012

More Propo Posters From Star Squad Fan Film!

CHECK IT OUT! The propo posters for Pollux, Perry (the defense in Katniss' trial), and a new character Crollo!

Check out our previous post about this AMAZING fan project!
Also, make sure to tune into Monday's HG Fireside Chat to hear those involved with it talk about the Star Squad project!

Image of Toby Jones as Claudius Templesmith

Found on the official Hunger Games movie website, here's our first look of Toby Jones as Claudius Templesmith:

The Hunger Games Movie Trading Cards Available for Preorder!

DWTC says:
You can now pre-order Hunger Games movie trading cards from NECA at the ToyWiz website. The cards cost $2.79 for a 6-pack. The entire set consists of 72 base cards, 9 of which form an interlocking puzzle. You can order them here, but please note that the image on that site does not seem to be accurate. @oolsie located the true images on a German website that sells NECA products. The site also included this break down of the cards:
1 Title Card
17 Character Cards
44 Story Cards
9 Poster Cards
1 Checklist Card
What do you guys think? Anyone going to try to collect them all?

DO NOT MISS tomorrow's #HGFiresidechat!!


Tomorrow Caroline and Brendan of the Star Squad series will be on to talk about their amazing project! Tiffany and I have experienced first hand the awesomeness and quality that is their project. Hopefully you guys can also get an idea of their awesomeness! Don't miss this episode!

“Seeing Stars”
Click here to listen to Episode 48 LIVE on 2/27/12 (Monday) starting at 10pm ET/7pm PT!
Episode 48 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live this Monday, February 27, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include some of our fabulous friends from Down with the Capitol, Crystal of and, Sam of Sam Cushion Music, Kait from Victor’s Village, Natalie of Crushable, and Ariel of Nerdy, Wordy, and Almost Thirty. We’ll also be joined by an amazing guest panelist: Jessi of!
- We’ll kick off the show by talking to some incredibly talented special guests: Caroline Framke and Brendan Bradley! Both Caroline and Brendan are involved in a new Hunger Games fan film project (as co-writer and director/actor, respectively) called Star Squad! Star Squad tells the story of Katniss’ trial at the end of Mockingjay and the brand new incarnation of Star Squad 451.
Star Squad is currently mid-fundraising and is releasing DAILY peeks including characters, actors, props and more on their campaign page: You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter!
- We’ll also do a round-up of all the latest Hunger Games movie news (midnight tickets, camping, and National Mall Tours — oh, my!) and discuss People’s exclusive new still of Peeta and his amazing camouflaged arm.
- After weighing in on the finalized rating (PG-13) and running time (142 minutes), we’ll share a crazy list of Crackpot Theories that some listeners sent us in honor of our 45th episode a few weeks ago.
REMINDER: Please remember to pre-order your copy of FAME: SUZANNE COLLINS by Sara Gundell to ensure that you get a copy! You can find it at!
You can chat with other listeners throughout the live show by using our hashtag #HGFiresideChat on Twitter! We recommend TweetChat to easily follow along with the conversation.
Follow this week’s participants on Twitter:
Adam Spunberg (Host): @AdamSpunberg
Savanna New (Co-Host/Producer): @MlleNouveau
Down with the Capitol: @HungerGamesDWTC
Crystal: @pikko / @mockingjaynet / @FictionalFood
Sam: @sam_cushion
Kait: @VictorsVillage
Natalie: @nataliezutter / @crushabledotcom
Ariel: @Madam_Pince
Jessi: @raineygrey
Star Squad: @StarSquadSeries

Saturday, February 25, 2012

New Details On "The Hunger Games Girl On Fire" iOS Game

We're a little too excited about this game. Tiffany and I are big gamers, and on the go we are always pulling out our iPhones and iTouches asking each other what the other is playing. We are jumping up in down in our chairs over this game and can't WAIT for this to be released. If you're hungry like us for this game, check out some new behind the scenes details about the game:

It's a different world now, one in which the official tie-in video game for a major motion picture is a game for phones, designed by a tiny team of people best known for games they made without publishers. It's a game with a deliberate retro aesthetic, as you can see in the new "pixel poster" for the upcoming game (visible in full after the break). Author Suzanne Collins even chimed in with suggestions. How on earth did this all happen?

The rise of iOS gaming is a separate, and larger topic, but pinpointing the design of this particular one was much simpler. "From the get-go my inspiration and motivation for this, aesthetically, has been to just pretend I am making a movie tie-in game for the Super Nintendo, only actually fun to play," Saltsman told Joystiq, explaining the look.
 "So as far as the setting, and the story, and the things that are in the game, these things are all sourced directly from the film, and by extension the books, and we even got some guidance on specific ideas from Suzanne Collins herself. But visually our inspiration comes from classic Sega Genesis games, especially Treasure games, and even more modern pixel art games like you see coming out of WayForward the last few years."

The use of pixel art helps cement Girl on Fire as a "game," separate from its source material. "I feel like if we're going to make a video game based on a film," he said, "then it shouldn't pretend to be anything else but a video game. Like to me intentionally using a pixelated style of presentation is a maybe not-so-subtle way of saying 'this is its own thing.'" As its own thing, Girl on Fire takes place within the universe of the books, but covers new events.
Read the full article over at Joystiq

 The fact that they are trying to emulate the old Sega Genesis and Nintendo aesthetic makes us so excited about this, we can't contain ourselves. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iTouch, make sure you get this when it releases on March 23rd!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Hunger Games Teams Up Against Hunger

Check it out, Hunger Games fans! Scholastic has a new blog post about Lionsgate partnering with United Nations World Food Programme and Feeding America to help solve hunger.

Today, exactly one month before the release of the The Hunger Games,” the cast and producers are teaming up with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger in the United States and around the world, with a new website and a video public service announcement. The partnership between Lionsgate®, WFP and Feeding America debuted a video spot with the movie’s stars, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Helmsworth, that urges fans to help end hunger — what they call “the world’s greatest solvable problem.”

“Unlike the characters in The Hunger Games, we do not live in a country in which food is scarce.  There is enough food to feed everyone living in the US, but it’s not getting to millions of low-income people who need it,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO, Feeding America, in the press release issued today.
The amazing community of Hunger Games fans, both in the U.S. and around the world, can now directly help those dealing with real hunger problems of their own. You can get started at right now by watching the PSA, taking the Hunger Quiz to learn about the extent of the issue, and become active participants on the solution to the world’s real hunger problem.
Check out the rest of the inspiring post HERE

Also check out the official website for this partnership RIGHT HERE where you can donate and do a hunger quiz which will enter you in a contest to win a signed Hunger Games item! Now that's an incentive to be involved!

And of course,  Lionsgate partnering for this great cause wouldn't be without an addition to the Hunger Games Facebook page which you can see HERE

Woody Harrelson Interview With Josh Horowitz

All the Josh Horowitz Hunger Games interviews have been awesome! Check out these in which Woody Harrelson gets interviewed. Also, Jennifer and Josh pretended to be cats? LOL! 

Check out the rest of the 4-part interview under the cut!

Cafe Press Launches Online Hunger Games Store

Check it out, if you thought Hot Topic has oodles of merch, check out the Cafe Press store that just launched today!

CafePress, the World’s Customization Engine, has partnered with Lionsgate to give fans of The Hunger Games the chance to support their favorite Tributes with official The Hunger Games gear. Launched this week, the official online fan page for The Hunger Games offers licensed film merchandise, as well as fan designed gear such as t-shirts, canvas bags, water bottles, and more than 250 other one-of-a-kind products.
Fans also have the chance to create their own unique free* District ID card through an exclusive Hunger Games Facebook application, available in the CafePress shop. Readers who have already registered as citizens of Panem can also claim their The Hunger Games ID card through the Facebook app. The physical District ID card displays your unique district and job assignment and is available to any fan that registers. This special program began on February 14 and will continue throughout the lifetime of the store.

GO HERE to check out the store. There's so many things, we can't decide to tell you what to buy!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Hunger Games Is Officially PG-13

From The Hunger Games movie website:

"For intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens"

We knew it would be anyway, but it's nice to know that it's finally official.


Official Lionsgate press release; Tomorrow Will Be Kinder to be the track download for online ticket purchases

Here's the press release from Lionsgate on today's news: tickets going on sale, camping out at the World Premiere of The Hunger Games, the livestream of the red carpet through Yahoo! and the national mall tour. Also the free download with online ticket purchase will be Tomorrow Will Be Kinder by The Secret Sisters.


Free Song Download From The Hunger Games Soundtrack With Ticket Purchase

Additional Fan Opportunities Also Revealed

Wednesday, February 22, 2012- Today marks an exciting milestone in the lead up to the release of THE HUNGER GAMES: Movie tickets are now available for purchase online

Additionally, all fans who purchase tickets online will receive a unique code to redeem in the iTunes store for a free download of a select track from the upcoming album "THE HUNGER GAMES”: Songs From District 12 And Beyond.”  The track is “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder” by The Secret Sisters, a hauntingly beautiful duet by the real-life sisters that was written especially for the film’s companion album.   More information about the companion album and its full track list is available here

Lionsgate has also confirmed that 400 lucky fans will be admitted to the World Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES on Monday, March 12th at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater at LA Live.  Guidelines for fans who wish to camp on site at “THE HOB” in hopes of securing tickets and participating in the red carpet excitement have been posted here

Fans who can’t make the trip to Los Angeles will still have an opportunity to watch all the excitement LIVE from the red carpet of the world premiere. Yahoo!, the premiere digital media company, will be the official live broadcast partner and the show, in addition to exclusive content from the event, will be viewable on Yahoo! Movies at to its audience of more than 46.1 million global users.

Another opportunity for fans to meet the cast will come in the form of a national mall tour during the month of March.  RSVP for the events here to set a reminder!

The COOLEST Hunger Games Products to BUY RIGHT NOW from Hot Topic!

Hey guys, we all know that the Hunger Games movie is approaching and you know what that means, MERCHANDISE!!! Whether you're a long time fan or a new one, surely you must be aware that Hot Topic is the mainstream store in which to buy Hunger Games stuff. Hot Topic is NOW SHIPPING their Hunger Games products STARTING TODAY!

Take advantage of this awesome deal they've got goin' on:

Hot Topic has a very LARGE amount of Hunger Games merch available to order, so here is our list of the most awesome stuff available! CLICK THE PHOTO to be taken to the order page!

Hunger Games Shirts!
The Hunger Games Haymitch Girls T-Shirt Pre-Order
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Scoop Neck Tee Plus Size Pre-Order
Plus size
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Scoop Neck Tee Pre-Order
The Hunger Games Peeta Girls T-Shirt Pre-Order
The Hunger Games Peeta Girls T-Shirt Plus Size Pre-Order
Plus size
The Hunger Games Gale Girls T-Shirt Pre-Order

The Hunger Games Gale Girls T-Shirt Plus Size Pre-Order
Plus size
The Hunger Games Katniss T-Shirt Pre-Order

The Hunger Games District 12 Logo Girls Tank Top Plus Size Pre-Order
Plus size
The Hunger Games District 12 Logo Girls Tank Top Pre-Order

The Hunger Games Rue Girls T-Shirt Pre-Order
The Hunger Games Flaming Mockingjay Girls T-Shirt Plus Size
Plus size

The Hunger Games District 12 T-Shirt Pre-OrderThe Hunger Games Flaming Mockingjay Slim-Fit T-Shirt

Other Cool Stuff!

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Logo Throw Pre-Order
HG Throw
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Logo Terry Wristband Pre-Order
The Hunger Games Flaming Mockingjay Vinyl Decal Pre-Order
Mockingjay Decal
The Hunger Games Gyroscope Necklace Pre-Order
Mockingjay Gyroscope Necklace
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin Pre-Order
Mockingjay Pin

The Hunger Games Gale Lanyard Pre-Order
HG Lanyard
The Hunger Games Katniss Pillowcase Pre-Order
Katniss Pillowcas
The Hunger Games Peeta Pillowcase Pre-Order
Peeta Pillowcase
The Hunger Games District 12 Vinyl Decal Pre-Order
District 12 Decal
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Watch Pre-Order
Mockingjay Watch
The Hunger Games Logo Hoop Earrings Pre-Order
Mockingjay Hoop Earrings

The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond Soundtrack Deluxe CD Pre-Order
HG Deluxe Soundtrack w/ Trading Cards

The Hunger Games Matchstick Necklace Pre-Order
Matchstick Necklace
The Hunger Games District 12 Tribute Buckle Pre-Order
District 12 Belt Buckle

Capitol Colours Nail Polish!

The Hunger Games Capitol Colours By China Glaze - Harvest Moon Pre-Order
Harvest Moon
The Hunger Games Capitol Colours By China Glaze - Foie Gras Pre-Order
Foie Gras
The Hunger Games Capitol Colours By China Glaze - Mahogany Magic Pre-Order
Mahogany Magic
The Hunger Games Capitol Colours By China Glaze - Hook And Line Pre-Order
Hook & Line
The Hunger Games Capitol Colours By China Glaze - Dress Me Up Pre-Order
Dress Me Up
The Hunger Games Capitol Colours By China Glaze - Agro Pre-Order
The Hunger Games Capitol Colours By China Glaze - Fast Track Pre-Order
Fast Track
The Hunger Games Capitol Colours By China Glaze - Electrify Pre-Order
The Hunger Games Capitol Colours By China Glaze - Stone Cold Pre-Order
Stone Cold
The Hunger Games Capitol Colours By China Glaze - Luxe And Lush Pre-Order
Luxe & Lush
The Hunger Games Capitol Colours By China Glaze - Riveting Pre-Order


The Hunger Games Katniss Hunting Bow Pre-Order
The Hunger Games District 12 Tribute Backpack Pre-Order
The Orange Backpack

Believe it or not, this is just a portion of the Hunger Games merchandise they have available. Click the banner below to take you to the rest of the Hunger Games stuff you can buy!

Get your official Hunger Games merch at Hot Topic

Check it out, Courtney and I went to our local Hot Topic and found Hunger Games merch!