“The Hunger Games” Is Out This Week . . . Here’s What You Need to Know

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The Hunger Games

It’s based on the first book in a trilogy by Suzanne Collins.   It takes place in the post-apocalyptic future, in a country formed from the ruins of North America.

Every year, the government selects a male and a female teenager from each of the twelve “districts”, and the 24 ‘tributes’ then fight to the death in a televised event.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are Katniss and Peeta, two kids from the same poor district selected to compete in the latest edition of the Games. But she’s only selected because she VOLUNTEERS . . . to take her little sister’s place.

Lenny Kravitz is their “stylist”, and Woody Harrelson is their mentor . . . the only person from their district ever to have won. They both encourage Katniss to manipulate viewers by falling for Peeta, so people will send them supplies.

The rest of the cast includes Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, and Liam Hemsworth. He’s Katniss’ best friend and possible love interest back home.

You might also be interested in downloading “The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire”. It’s a free game for your iPhone, iTouch and iPad that was just released today.

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