Gary Ross won't direct next 'Hunger Games' film
April 11th, 2012
09:39 AM ET

Gary Ross won't direct next 'Hunger Games' film

As "The Hunger Games" continues to dominate the box office, director Gary Ross has confirmed that he's stepping away from the franchise.

Reports surfaced last week that Ross was bowing out of helming the next "Hunger Games" film, "Catching Fire," with some citing creative reasons and others speculating he was holding out for a larger payday.

But Ross himself says the issue is one of timing.

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Is the 'Hunger Games' sequel without a director?
April 6th, 2012
03:25 PM ET

Is the 'Hunger Games' sequel without a director?

Is there drama afoot in the “Hunger Games” camp?

Sure sounds like it.

Director Gary Ross told CNN in March that he was on board to helm the "Hunger Games" sequel, "Catching Fire," but new reports suggest that he might be off the project altogether.

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'Hunger Games' town up for sale
April 5th, 2012
02:36 PM ET

'Hunger Games' town up for sale

Now’s your chance to own a piece of “Hunger Games” history.... if you've got at least a cool million on hand.

You know that abandoned mill town in North Carolina where much of the blockbuster movie was filmed?

Well it’s for sale, courtesy of its owner, reports the U.K.'s Guardian.

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Director drops hints about 'Hunger Games' sequel
March 27th, 2012
05:01 PM ET

Director drops hints about 'Hunger Games' sequel

Now that we've seen “The Hunger Games,” we're readily anticipating the big screen sequel, "Catching Fire." (Warning: There's a spoiler below the jump if you haven't read the trilogy. If you don't want to know, stop reading.)

Director Gary Ross told MTV that the heavily-anticipated follow-up to the flick that crushed the box office over the weekend will “look and feel” differently from “Hunger Games” - in a good way, of course.

"The arena in the second book is tropical, and the arena in [the first] book is forests,” he explains, clearly for non-fans of the series, referencing the second adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling books. "So that in and of itself will make for a different wardrobe on the part of the crew." (And now, for the spoiler...)

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'Hunger Games' fans tweet displeasure over black actors
March 26th, 2012
03:59 PM ET

'Hunger Games' fans tweet displeasure over black actors

You can't please everyone when adapting a book for the big screen, especially one as beloved as "The Hunger Games," but director Gary Ross and the casting team likely weren't anticipating this.

According to Jezebel, there appears to be a group of fans who are displeased that black actors were cast to portray Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Rue (Amandla Stenberg) and Thresh (Dayo Okeniyi). While Cinna's complexion isn't described in the novel, author Suzanne Collins does describe the latter two characters as both having dark skin.

As chronicled on the Tumblr "Hunger Games Tweets," it seems some readers either didn't pick up on the description or didn't read the description as depicting two African-American characters, and as a result have been vocal about their disappointment.

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March 23rd, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Avoiding 'Hunger Games' hysteria? May the odds be ever in your favor

You may not be aware, but a little independent film called "Hunger Games" was released today.

We kid, because seriously how could you not know that the movie, which some say might eclipse the 'Twilight' frenzy, has arrived? Tons of tweets, articles and anticipation by fans proceeded the release of the tale of Katniss Everdeen's fight for survival during the televised fight-to-the-death known as the Hunger Games.

Based on the young adult book series by Suzanne Collins, the film was selling tickets like crazy before the first midnight screenings early on Friday morning. Book sales increased both online and at brick-and-mortar establishments, like the Soho Scholastic store which, according to the New York Daily News, was enjoying a frenzy of fans picking up the novels (published by Scholastic.) FULL POST

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