Back in February, The Hunger Games Germany fansite created some amazing fanbooks for The Hunger Games cast, including more than 150 graphics, pictures, artwork and letters from fans in Germany and around the world. According to the site, they wanted to create something that would show how excited and thankful fans were to see the movie.
During the movie premiere in Germany on March 16th, they had the opportunity to give the 50-page books to Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Gary Ross and Elizabeth Banks. In their words:
At 19.00 o’clock we met someone from our distrubutor. She escorted us to the VIP-lounge, were the stars were supposed to be after the red (or better black) carpet event. We were really nervous and waited for about half an hour, but to wait really was worth it!
At first Liam came up to the VIP-Lounge, not even noticing us (guess we just waited at a corner, so no one would have notice us haha). After that our caretaker from Studiocanal told us that we can give the Fanbooks as soon as everyone came up to the VIP Lounge and since Josh really took a lot of time for his fans, we just waited and waited and waited! The next person who entered the VIP-Lounge was Elizabeth Banks. Her shoes seemed like to kill her, since she literally fell into her chair. After that Jennifer and Josh came up and disappeared into the VIP-Lounge. About 5 Minutes later Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence came out and Jennifer was like: “I guess we get something, but I don’t know what!” and all we could do was smiling. We really were so nervous! Since no one of the actors knew what’s going on, Josh, Liam and Gary took their time to come too, but Jennifer called them like “Come on we get preeeeeeesents!” what was really cute!
Watch the adorable video below to see the official handover of the books to the cast. You can see more pictures of the awesome book at HungerGamesGermany.de.
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Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive first look at the Katniss Barbie doll.. Here’s what the designer has to say about the doll’s creation:
“I chose to dress her in the outfit she wears during the games, since this is where all the non-stop action takes place and is instantly recognizable by fans,” says [Bill] Greening of the Katniss Barbie. “Of course, she wears her mockingjay pin proudly on her lapel.”
Designers at Mattel created Katniss’ look by going straight to the source and examining the actual costume that Jennifer Lawrence wore inThe Hunger Games. “Hopefully Hunger Games fans can appreciate the attention to detail,” Greening says.”The doll’s minimalistic style and details — such as her loosely braided hair and makeup-free look — also really embody the heroic character Katniss.”
Of course, it took a true fan to create such a doll. “I am a huge Hunger Games fan and loved all three books, so it was truly an amazing experience for me to be able to design the Katniss Barbie doll,” Greening says. “I think it really pays tribute to Katniss and The Hunger Games.”
According to EW, the doll will be available August 1st and for pre-order starting TODAY at 12 PM ET at BarbieCollector.com and various other online retail outlets for $29.95. You can see a closer pic of Katniss’ face at EW.
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If you’ve been following the Catching Fire/Gary Ross news, you know that last Friday it was reported that Gary was bowing out of directing the sequel and had officially submitted his notice. Then on Saturday, a separate report claimed that this wasn’t the case and that Gary had not formally withdrawn from Catching Fire. Now, from The Hollywood Reporter, here is the latest:
The Hunger Games director Gary Ross is set to meet with Lionsgate executives on Monday for a key meeting that will help determine his role in the follow-up to the mega-blockbuster.
Contrary to previous media reports, Ross—who returned from a vacation in Italy on Friday—has not exited the booming franchise. But he is not yet signed to return for the second installment,Catching Fire, and sources say the filmmaker is concerned about an ambitious production schedule that would require shooting to begin in August so that star Jennifer Lawrence can complete her work before she is due to start filming a sequel to Fox’s X-Men: First Class in January.
… With the script for the second Hunger Games not yet locked, that means all preparations for a sequel would have to be done in four months—a tough schedule to meet.
The article calls negotiations “delicate,” reporting that in addition to concerns about the schedule, Gary is also looking for a pay increase. Where does this all leave Lionsgate? Here’s THR’s take:
One option for Lionsgate is that it could attempt to “buy” more time for Ross, essentially paying Fox (or horsetrading in other ways) to bump its production schedule to accomodate the Hunger Games shoot. Or Lionsgate could move on and hire another filmmaker to take on the sequel, much like Twilight studio Summit Entertainment dropped Catherine Hardwick in favor of Chris Weitz for the second installment of that franchise.
THR expects we’ll get some clarity in the next week, so we’ll just have to hang tight while the work things out behind closed doors.