The headlines have been buzzing this week with news about the cast and others involved in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. From new projects for star Jennifer Lawrence, a social media presence for Liam Hemsworth, and the paperback release of Catching Fire.
Fans are eagerly awaiting the November 22nd release of Catching Fire in theaters, but in the meantime, check out the following seven news stories related to The Hunger Games franchise and its stars in the list above.
Meanwhile, in other recent news, The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins has revealed she has plans for a new teen book series.
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Liam Hemsworth officially joins Twitter
Liam Hemsworth has finally joined Twitter. The actor now has a verified account on the social media website. His first message to fans read:
Kicking it off on Twitter for the first time. Glad to be on board. Thank you for following… -L
Several media outlets, in latching onto the latest gossip about his supposed on-again, off-again engagement to Miley Cyrus, have noted that he is not following the actress/singer on Twitter. However, as Hemsworth’s second Tweet came from “Team Liam” and featured his new movie trailer, it appears the account may be primarily focused on PR for the actor’s career.
Jennifer Lawrence to produce her first film
Jennifer Lawrence is now adding “producer” to her Hollywood resume. In addition to starring in The Rules of Inheritance, based on Claire Bidwell Smith’s recent memoir, Lawrence is also slated to produce the film along with Bruce Cohen. This will mark Lawrence’s first time as a credited producer on a film.
Joss Whedon wants more female superheroes
Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and director of last year’s smash-hit The Avengers, is all about the girl power. And he’s hoping powerful characters like Katniss Everdeen can help lead the way towards more mainstream female superheroes.
When asked by The Daily Beast why there is a lack of female superheroes in film, Whedon replied:
Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. It’s stupid, and I’m hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, “My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,” and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.”
‘Catching Fire’ released in paperback
For the first time since its publication in 2009, Catching Fire — the second book in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy — is finally available in paperback. The paperback edition went on sale Tuesday. Movie tie-in editions of the book are expected to be released later this year, as well. The movie adaptation of Catching Fire will hit theaters November 22nd.
Suzanne Collins discusses love of reading
In part to celebrate Tuesday’s release of Catching Fire in paperback, Scholastic has released a new video of author Suzanne Collins, discussing why she loves reading and writing.
“One of the things I love about writing, is it allows me to explore new worlds,” Collins states. “Reading gives you that same experience.” Watch the full video here.
Trailer for Liam Hemsworth’s ‘Paranoia’ released
One of the next places fans of The Hunger Games can catch their Gale, aka Liam Hemsworth, is in the thriller Paranoia (in theaters August 16th), in which he co-stars with Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Hemsworth plays “an ambitious tech genius named Adam Cassidy, who finds himself in a sticky situation after his boss tasks him with stealing trade secrets from a rival firm.” Check out the steamy trailer here.
Lenny Kravitz rocks at the 2013 CMT Awards
Lenny Kravitz kicked off the 2013 CMT Awards this week with a blazing performance of “American Woman” — so thrilling, in fact, that he became a top trending topic on Twitter! The CMT Music Awards took place June 5th at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.