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June 30, 2011

‘Hunger’ strikes USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list

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By Bob Minzesheimer

The movie version of The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence, won’t be released until March. But thanks in part to growing online chatter about the film and its cast (which includes Lenny Kravitz and Woody Harrelson) all three titles in Suzanne Collins’ teen series, set in a dystopian future, are in USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list’s top 10. Games, released in 2008, is No. 4. Catching Fire (2009) is No. 8, and Mockingjay (2010) is No 10. Publisher Scholastic reports 9.6 million copies in print. more

March 8, 2011

‘Hunger Games’ search heats up with Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin vie for lead.

By Justin Kroll

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With the Oscars over, two of this year’s up-and-coming nominees are being considered for the hottest female role available at the moment: the lead in “Hunger Games.”

Sources tell Variety that 2010 Academy Award nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Hailee Steinfeld — as well as Abigail Breslin, nominated for “Little Miss Sunshine” — are all vying for the Liongate tentpole, due next March 23.

While no offer has been made, insiders say that Lawrence has generated the most interest.

Studio has Gary Ross directing and Billy Ray set to pen the script that Lionsgate hopes will be the next “Twilight”-like franchise. Source material is the hit book series by Suzanne Collins, which takes place in a dystopian future where a young girl joins a survival contest to save her community.                                             …read more

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