Popular baby names for 2013 include ... Katniss?
July 9th, 2013
05:34 PM ET

Popular baby names for 2013 include ... Katniss?

We knew the "Hunger Games" fandom was pretty intense, but we didn't think it would have quite this big of a cultural impact.

According to Nameberry's list of 2013's popular baby names (thus far), there are apparently some fans who love Suzanne Collins' trilogy enough to consider naming their daughter after its teen heroine, Katniss.

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August 9th, 2012
04:26 PM ET

Exclusive: Behind the scenes of 'Hunger Games'

The cast of "The Hunger Games" were working by the sweat of their brow while filming the franchise's first installment, and we mean that literally.

In an exclusive clip from the upcoming Blu-ray release of the film, which will arrive August 18 along with the regular old DVD, Willow Shields (who played Prim), Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove), and Alexander Ludwig (Cato) reminisce about how beautiful the scenery was surrounding the set - but also how brutally hot.

As Ludwig points out, their costumes didn't help, as each actor portraying a tribute had a jacket to wear which, as a North Carolinian would tell you, isn't optimal in high Southern temps.

Check out the video above to hear more behind the scenes details about filming in North Carolina. "The Hunger Games" will also be available as a digital download as well as on demand in addition to its physical forms starting at 12:01 a.m. on August 18.


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$999 Mockingjay pins? Find them at Target
August 7th, 2012
03:01 PM ET

$999 Mockingjay pins? Find them at Target

Target is typically the place to stock one's closet with bargain finds, but the retailer is moving into a more high-end category, and all because of "The Hunger Games."

In alignment with the film's release on DVD and Blu-ray August 18, Target's going to sell "Hunger Games"-themed "keepsakes" in very limited quantities on Target.com, including 100 14-carat gold replicas of Katniss Everdeen's Mockingjay pin.

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Release dates announced for 'Hunger Games' film 'Mockingjay'
July 11th, 2012
11:48 AM ET

Release dates announced for 'Hunger Games' film 'Mockingjay'

The "Hunger Games" movie franchise is based on a trilogy by Suzanne Collins, but the film series itself will include four films. Deadline reports that the final book, "Mockingjay," will be split into two parts.

The first part of "Mockingjay" will arrive November 21, 2014, with the fourth and final "Hunger Games" movie slated for November 20, 2015.

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'Hunger Games' actors talk director's exit
May 7th, 2012
03:54 PM ET

'Hunger Games' actors talk director's exit

"Hunger Games" heartthrobs Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are glad to have Francis Lawrence on board to direct their next film, "Catching Fire," but that doesn't make it any easier to see their old director, Gary Ross, exit the franchise.

"I'm really sad to see that Gary's not going to be part of the second one. He did such an amazing job on the first," Hemsworth told E!.

That said, "I think that there's still so many people a part of it that want the film to be great and care about it so much that they're not going to bring the wrong person on,” the Aussie actor added, saying he's amped to see where Lawrence takes the franchise with the next film.

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Director Francis Lawrence offered 'Catching Fire'
April 20th, 2012
12:17 PM ET

Director Francis Lawrence offered 'Catching Fire'

The collective sigh of “Hunger Games” fans may soon be heard ‘round the globe since it looks like the sequel may finally have a director.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Lionsgate has offered “I Am Legend” director Francis Lawrence the opportunity to helm “Catching Fire."

The near-happy news comes just a week after the original “Hunger Games” director, Gary Ross, announced he was bowing out of the job.

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