Happy Hunger Games! Well, for the folks attending the big premiere at least (those of us not attending, watch the Yahoo live stream embedded at the bottom of this page--the action starts at 5:30 PST). However, Lionsgate didn’t leave the rest of us empty handed; we’ve got a brand new clip from the film to watch over and over!
Lionsgate kicked the clips off with one of the book’s most profound scenes, when Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) fires an arrow in the Gamemakers’ direction to catch their attention. Then, quite appropriately, we got something more dialogue heavy, Katniss’ first encounter with her stylist, Cinna (Lenny Kravitz). The third clip has just arrived and yet again, it not only suggests The Hunger Games is simply a well made film, but it functions to build a more well-rounded sense of what’s to come, letting us watch two more of the film’s main players in action, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci).
While the Hunger Games is a fight to the death and very much depends on a tribute’s ability in the arena, earning sponsors is another key component and something that comes in to play big time when the tributes participate in the pre-game interviews conducted by Flickerman and this moment between Flickerman and Peeta is the perfect example of that. In an effort to earn the affection of the sponsors, Peeta professes his love for a certain someone, a certain someone who he can never be with. Why? Because she’s fighting for her life right along with him. Check out the clip for yourself below.
In addition to the three clips there’s a ton of new Hunger Games material floating around out there, one of the most exciting of which might be the six-minute+ montage of behind-the-scenes footage. No, it’s not really cut to be a piece of entertainment, but it does offer up a solid view of what it’s like while making a film, essentially pretending you’re really in Panem while having a camera and microphone in your face or having to do something as simple as putting on a coat over and over again. There’s also quite a bit of footage from inside the training facility, showing all the tributes together and some doing their own stunt work.
We’ve also got a slew of on-set interviews to share. Check out the list below and click on the actor’s name to watch the video.
Lastly, with the wide release just about ten days away, there are some critics out there who’ve already seen the film and thoughts are starting to surface. Eric of IGN tweets, “Jennifer Lawrence is terrific. She totally grounds the film and invests you in Katniss. Looking forward to seeing again!” IFC said, “It can be universally agreed upon that The Hunger Games not only is a good movie, but that it succeeds as a fully fleshed out adaptation where most before it have failed.” Blair Herter tweets, “The Hunger Games movie is AMAZING. Outstanding adaptation of the source material” while Collider’s Steve Weintraub assures hardcore fans, “If you're a HUNGER GAMES fan, happy to report the film is great and you're going to be very happy with Gary Ross' film.” First Showing's Alex Billington tweets, "I have visited The Hunger Games. And they were awesome. I think I loved the movie, as good as the book. Had a LOTR-epic feeling by the end."
If you’re look to get in on the premiere action tonight, Yahoo! is live streaming the event as is MTV, and you can watch it here tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. PST: