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Jennifer Lawrence bares every emotion possible in The Hunger Games: fear, confidence, exuberance, sadness.

She also bared her naked body the first time she met Zoe Kravitz, whose father stars in the blockbuster film as fashion guru Cinna.

“I’d met her a few times, and she was like, ‘You should come over and we’ll hang out,'" Zoe tells Rolling Stone. "So I go over to her apartment, and she opens the door in a towel. She’s like, ‘Come in, sorry, you’re early, I was about to shower.’ And she drops her towel and gets in the shower, and starts shaving her legs, totally naked. She was like, ‘Are we here yet? Is this OK?’ And I was like, ‘I guess we’re there!’”

Jennifer Lawrence Rolling Stone Cover

Lawrence apparently made quite the first impression on two others associated with the movie, too. Says Woody Harrelson of their initial meeting:

“I was on my bus, and on my bus I have a yoga swing. Jennifer comes on, and she goes, ‘Hi, Woody, I’m J— is that a sex swing?’ Her first sentence to me.”

And then there's this tale from Josh Hutcherson:

"When I got cast, she called me up for one of those five-minute 'Excited to work with you, blah, blah, blah' things. The conversation started with her saying, 'Think about a catheter going in – ouch!' and then turns into a 45-minute rant about zombies and the apocalypse."

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Let's get this out of the way:

On page 45 of Suzanne Collins' novel, on which The Hunger Games is based, the author writes of Rue: "She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that's she's very like Prim in size and demeanor..."

So, yes, any reader of this franchise should be aware that the female Tribute from District 11 is African-American, as portrayed by Amandla Stenberg on the big screen. Not that it should matter, of course... but apparently it does to a slew of supposed fans

Consider the ignorant, racist Tweets many have sent over the past few days:

Racist Tweets

Fortunately, these idiots are in the minority, as The Hunger Games sky-rocketed to a record-breaking box office haul this weekend and has been generally well received by critics and theater goers alike.

As for these morons? If only Katniss could get them in her bow-and-arrow crosshairs...

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Stars, they really are just like us.

Among the millions of people who watched The Hunger Games this weekend were an abundance of celebrities, many of whom Tweeted strong praise and endless affection for the Jennifer Lawrence-led film. Among some of our favorite responses:

Effie and Katniss

Miley Cyrus: "Happy Hunger Games everyone! :) can't wait for everyone to see it! Such an amazing film! JENNIFER LAWRENCE IS GENUIS!"

Justin Bieber: What other movies do u and your friends wait for in the middle of the night. #Hungergames."

Ryan Seacrest: "Romance for the ladies, bloodshed for the fellas … after a century of filmmaking, @TheHungerGames has finally mastered the ultimate date movie."

Kelly Osbourne: "Just got out of seeing #HungerGames all I have to say is wow! it really is a must see!"

Joel McHale: "Breaking entertainment news: Jennifer Lawrence crushed to death by avalanche of scripts offered her this morning."

Darren Criss: "In short, The Hunger Games was great. They did an awesome job."

Blake Shelton: "It's was SO good!! I can't wait til the book comes out. I hope it does it justice…"

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The world was most definitely watching.

Following astounding takes at both midnight showings and overall on opening day, The Hunger Games has shocked even its most ardent followers by earning $155 million between Friday and Sunday, the third biggest opening of all-time in Hollywood.

Katniss Everdeen Photo

"It was the perfect storm. Having the first film in a franchise to be so gigantic is amazing. We had a great book and a great director in Gary Ross," said Lionsgate president of marketing Tim Palen.

Last year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 set the mark for best debut with $169.2 million; while The Dark Knight took in $158.4 million in 2008.

But The Hunger Games is now the record-holder for opening weekends in terms of non-summer films and non-sequels. It shot past Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million in 2007), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($142.8 million in 2009) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($138.1 million last year) late on Saturday.

Yes, Katniss Everdeen may be The Girl on Fire. But she's also starring in The Movie on Fire, that's for sure. Here's a look at the top 10 box office results from an incredible weekend:

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Fans around the country enjoyed a very happy opening day of The Hunger Games yesterday.

In its first 24 hours of release, the very well-received Jennifer Lawrence blockbuster earned $68.3 million, taking fifth place on the all-time single day revenue chart. It actually ranks first, however, for all non-sequels.

The Hunger Games IMAX Poster

What grade would you give The Hunger Games?

In fact, The Hunger Games is the only non-sequel to occupy a spot in the top 10 opening days in history, as you can see below:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, $91.1 million
  2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, $72.7 million
  3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, $71.6 million
  4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, $68.5 million
  5. The Hunger Games, $68.3 million
  6. The Dark Knight, $67.2 million
  7. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $62 million
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, $61.7 million
  9. Spider-Man 3, $60 million
  10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, $58.2 million

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From the THG staff to everyone rocking a Mockingjay pin at this very moment, allow us to say: HAPPY HUNGER GAMES!

The blockbuster big screen version of Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel is already off to a memorable start, earning a staggering $19.7 million at midnight showings across the country this morning and setting a midnight record for the highest-grossing non-sequel ever.

It's hard to believe that the film won't break $100 million on its opening weekend.

Have you already seen it? If so, chime in and give The Hunger Games a grade now:

 

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Three days prior to The Hunger Games hitting theaters and possibly smashing records ($100 million opening weekend, anyone?), the movie's soundtrack has been released.

Available on iTunes and in stores at midnight on March 20, the CD is already climbing the charts; it currently sits at number-one on the iTunes album chart and is number-five on Amazon.

The Hunger Games Soundtrack Art

Taylor Swift is responsible for a pair of tracks on an album that hypes "Songs from District 12 and Beyond." You can listen now to "Eyes Open" and "Safe and Sound." We've included the full track list below:

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A new, special sneak peek from The Hunger Games has emerged.

It focuses on President Snow giving advice to Seneca Crane, explaining the important of hope and the contest at the center of the movie, and it's a scene NOT included in the novel. Don't waste any more time. Check it out now!

Among other sneak peeks released by the studio:

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Jennifer Lawrence is everywhere these days. In Hollywood, on the cover of Parade, in the Arena fighting for her life.

Well, the latter will take place on March 23 when The Hunger Games opens nationwide.

In anticipation and promotion of that monumental event, the Oscar nominee has been traveling the globe, premiering the film in various locales. She stopped by both London and Paris this week, donning a very different style dress each time.

Compare them here and decide: Which do you prefer? The gold gown or the backless black?

Fashion Face-Off!

Jennifer Lawrence poses here in London and in Paris, both times at a premiere of The Hunger Games. Which look do you like best? View Poll »

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On March 23, Jennifer Lawrence will bring one of the most intriguing, tough-minded, well-written young heroines to the big screen in The Hunger Games.

So you can imagine our surprise when the actress, in a featured interview with this month's Parade, compared Katniss Everdeen to one of the least interesting, most wooden and rarely-dressed individuals out there, Kim Kardashian.

Jennifer Lawrence Parade Cover

Why do you think so many people relate to the books, the magazine asked the rising star? Replied Lawrence:

“I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone. But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it. The books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: This is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other’s pain.”

Hear that, people?!? Continue to tune in to E! every week on Sunday nights and we'll soon be sending our teenagers out to kill each other all in the name of sport! Just something to consider.

With just days until the biggest premiere of the year, check out the official Hunger Games trailer now!

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