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We're still months away from the March 23 release of The Hunger Games, the wildly-anticipated movie adaption of Suzanne Collins' best-seller.

But Lionsgate has already announced the premiere date of Catching Fire, the second novel in this suspense and love-filled trilogy. It will hit theaters on November 22, 2013.

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“The magical thing about the Hunger Games trilogy is that the books have such a vastly broad appeal,” said Joe Drake, co-COO of Lionsgate, in a statement. “The stories truly offer something for everyone, and the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies.”

Without giving too much away, we can report that Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson will all reprise their roles in the second installment of this (awesome!!!) franchise.

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You've seen them on magazine covers, but are you ready to get a look at Katniss and Peeta inside The Hunger Games themselves?

Two new photos have emerged online from the set of the March 2012 blockbuster, one featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and the other of Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. It's safe to assume both of these images are courtesy of the titular, death-defying contest itself:

  • Katniss Everdeen Photo
  • Josh Hutcherson as Peeta

Click to enlarge these photos of Lawrence and Hutcherson.

The first in a trilogy, The Hunger Games is based on a series of novels by Suzanne Collins. It also stars Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz.

For the latest on this and other films, bookmark our good friends at Movie Fanatic now!

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Two months ago, Entertainment Weekly gave readers their first look at Jennifer Lawrence in the main Hunger Games role of Katniss Everdeen.

Now, the magazine had done the same for Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, who will portray the two young man both pining for Katniss in the big screen version of this best-selling novel, Peeta and Gale, respectively.

Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth EW Cover

Hemsworth, of course, is mostly known for dating Miley Cyrus. But director Gary Ross stands up for the Australian actor in an interview with the magazine and says:

“On first glance he’s such a hunk that it’s easy to just sort of ascribe a hunk-like simplicity to him. But this is a phenomenally subtle actor.”

For more on The Hunger Games, pick up this issue of Entertainment Weekly - and continue to visit THG all the way through the film's March 21, 2012 release date!

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The countdown to the March 23 release of The Hunger Games is officially on... fire!

Lionsgate has released the first movie poster for this wildly-anticipated book adaption, but it's not your typical promotional photo. Watch below as a basic black background grows into a flame-festooned, gleaming gold Mockingjay pin.

The film, the first in a planned trilogy, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz. Check out the regular poster now, followed by the animated version after the jump.

The Hunger Games Movie Poster

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We may be getting a whole lot of The Hunger Games.

Months prior to the first film in this book trilogy hitting theaters (on March 23), Lionsgate has told Wall Street analysts that it may very well expand the final movie into two parts.

It's a money-grabbing strategy that has worked brought in hundreds of millions for Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga.

The Hunger Games Books

"We have distributors who consider this as their big brand next year, the movie that can change their company," said motion picture group president Joe Drake.

Considering the wild popularity of the story, and the incredible cast (Jennifer Lawrence! Elizabeth Banks! Donald Sutherland!), it's easy to see why.

But where would the split even occur between the second and third books? And, as much as we adore Katniss, Peeta and company, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

What do you think? Should The Hunger Games be expanded into four movies?

 

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Jennifer Lawrence, meet your nemesis.

Donald Sutherland has landed one of the final, major roles remaining in The Hunger Games.

The veteran actor will portray President Snow in the franchise, a character who grows in importance following Katniss' initial run in his Capitol-sponsored death event. Snow is in charge of the post-Apocalyptic North America depicted in the books.

Donald Sutherland Picture

Sutherland joins Jennifer (as Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (as Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (as Gale Hawthorne), Elizabeth Banks (as Effie Trinket), Stanley Tucci (as Caesar Flickerman), and Woody Harrelson (as Haymitch) in the big screen adaption of these novels.

The first hits theaters on March 23.

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Josh Hutcherson? He has brown hair.

Liam Hemsworth? The guy who dated Miley Cyrus?!?

These were the reactions many readers of The Hunger Games had upon learning who would portray Peeta and Gale in the movie version of these books. But co-star Jennifer Lawrence can ease the concerns of any hesitant fans.

  • Josh Hutcherson Photograph
  • Hemsworth Photograph

"Josh is so charming,” the woman behind Katniss tells Entertainment Weekly. “And when you read in the books about Peeta being able to manipulate anybody - I mean Josh could get, well, I don’t know a metaphor for [this scenario] except for dirty ones. But he’s charming, he’s sweet, he’s down to earth, he’s normal. He embodies all of it and brings it all to Peeta.. he’s got all of these great qualities and every single one of them come across in every line he says out loud as Peeta.”

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Lenny Kravitz has landed one of the few major roles remaining in The Hunger Games.

The musician, who impressed audiences with his range in Precious, will portray Cinna in the big screen version of this novel. That character is the personal stylist for Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss, a resident of the Capitol who grows more important, and sympathetic, as the story moves along.

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"When I saw Lenny's work in Precious, I was just knocked out," director Gary Ross said. "It was quiet and strong and understated and open-hearted: all qualities which define this character."

Despite joining a blockbuster whose cast includes Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and Stanley Tucci, Kravitz isn't done rocking:

His next album, "Black and White America," comes out on August 30.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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After a quick glance at the cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly, it's clear: Jennifer Lawrence IS Katniss Everdeen.

But how did the 20-year old blonde transform into the protagonist of The Hunger Games? She talks about the process in the EW feature piece.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

On her hair: "I think I just have to stay tan. Or I'll look like the girl from The Ring."

What about training? The Oscar nominee has become adept at archery, track work, stunt drills, and yoga. She was also told to became lean, not "gaunt," in order to begin shooting this week in North Carolina.

On her Hunger Games outfit: "I want to make sure I can run and jump and climb. I've been driving [the costume designers] crazy with the boots: You have to fix this here, you have to make it lighter here, you have to open it up here.' The dresses I don't care about. Just put them on me. It's like Oscar season again."

Pick up the latest issue of EW for a lot more from the star.

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A pair of relatively unknown actresses have joined Team Katniss.

Latarsha Rose and Brooke Bundy will portray stylists Portia and Octavia, respectively, in the widely-anticipated big screen version of the Suzanne Collins' novel.

The Hunger Games Stars

Rose, who will pretty up Peeta for The Capitol's devious event, has thus far enjoyed small roles in All My Children, CSI, Bones, Swingtown and Law & Order.

Bundy is even more of an unknown. Her role of Octavia, a member of Katniss' prep team, will be her first major role of any kind.

Neither character plays an integral part in the books, but they add flare and character to what is often a sullen, serious story.

The Hunger Games comes out on March 23, 2012.

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