‘Hunger Games’ Director Gary Ross Puts The Audience In The Arena

hunger-games-gary-ross1Set in the futuristic ruins that were once known as North America, THE HUNGER GAMES refers to the annual government decreed battle to the death of  children from each of the 12 remaining districts of the country. Selected by lottery, the 24 teens are placed in an arena where the no-holds-barred death matches are televised to a blood-thirsty nation. Based on the popular young adult novels by SUZANNE COLLINS, the film co-written (with COLLINS and BILLY RAY) and directed by GARY ROSS, who is a fan of the source material and took the job of adapting it for the screen very seriously.
For the arena battle scenes, ROSS adopted a hand-held, shaky-cam style that some critics have found fault with but, during our recent interview, the director explained the reasoning behind his choices. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE HUNGER GAMES opens in theaters tomorrow.

Donald Sutherland Brings An Unctuous Gravitas To ‘The Hunger Games’

247964-donald-sutherland-at-the-hunger-games-world-premiere-at-nokia-theaterIn theaters later this week, THE HUNGER GAMES is the much anticipated big-screen adaptation of SUZANNE COLLINS’ best selling young adult novel of the same name. An epic sci-fi adventure, the story is set in the not-too-distant future where children are forced by government decree to kill other children in an arena battle played out for the benefit of “reality” television.
As the delightfully corrupt President who rules over this dystopian society, DONALD SUTHERLAND is perfectly cast. Affecting an air of faux paternalism, SUTHERLAND oozes a serpent-like gavitas that jibes perfectly with the character COLLINS created in her text. We sat down with the actor a couple of weeks ago to talk about his performance and he admitted he’d not read the books until he was offered the job and credited director GARY ROSS for his performance. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO) 
 
 
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THE HUNGER GAMES opens in theaters Friday

‘Hunger Games’ Producer And Director Take On The ‘Battle Royale’ Debate

battle-royale-vs-the-hunger-gamesDue in theaters later this month, THE HUNGER GAMES is the big screen adaptation of SUZANNE COLLINS’ best selling young adult novel of the same name. An epic sci-fi adventure, the story is set in the not-too-distant future where children are forced by government decree to kill other children in a televised arena battle that brings an entirely new urgency to the term “reality” TV.
Since its original publication in 2008, THE HUNGER GAMES has been constantly compared to the 1999 Japanese cult favorite BATTLE ROYALE, a story that also centers on school aged children forced to fight to the death for the benefit of the cameras. Subsequently turned into a film and a manga series, it was also translated into several languages and developed a rabid following.
During the press event to promote THE HUNGER GAMES, producer NINA JACOBSON talked about the continuing debate over the similarities between the two stories. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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Director GARY ROSS says he chose to distance himself from the discussion by ignoring the Japanese product altogether. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE HUNGER GAMES opens in theaters 3/23

‘The Hunger Games’ Goes From Page To Screen At Los Angeles Premiere

hunger-games-cast-pictures-hollywood-reporterAn all-star crowd turned out last night for the highly anticipated Los Angeles premiere of the big screen adaptation of SUZANNE COLLINS’ best selling young adult novel THE HUNGER GAMES. An epic sci-fi adventure set in the not-too-distant future where children are forced to kill other children in a televised arena battle, the series of books (including titles CATCHING FIRE and MOCKINGJAY) has crossed all demographic lines in sales.
A devoted fan of the novels, director GARY ROSS desperately wanted to be part of bringing THE HUNGER GAMES to the screen and, during our recent interview, he talked about feeling lucky that the fan base is responding to the same themes of the source material that resonated with him. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE HUNGER GAMES opens in theaters 3/23

The Boys Of ‘The Hunger Games’ Bring Romance To The Arena

jennifer-lawrence-liam-hemsworth-josh-hutcherson-picturesAs if fighting to the death in front of a huge, blood-thirsty television audience isn’t enough, Katniss Everdeen (the reluctant heroine of SUZANNE COLLINS’ best-selling novel THE HUNGER GAMES, played here by JENNIFER LAWRENCE) must also deal with affairs of the heart as she’s torn between the adorable Peeta Mellark (JOSH HUTCHERSON) and the darkly handsome Gale Hawthorne (LIAM HEMSWORTH). Stepping into the shoes of some of the most popular and iconic characters in modern young-adult literature can’t be easy but these three actors make it seem so. During our recent interview, HUTCHERSON and HEMSWORTH had nothing but praise for the work of LAWRENCE. (*CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE HUNGER GAMES opens in theaters 3/23