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'Catching Fire': 12 big changes from page to screen (and why almost all of them work)

Let the Grumbling Games begin! Er… actually, maybe not.

While The Hunger Games: Catching Fire clocks in at an expansive 146 minutes, it necessarily can’t include every beat from Suzanne Collins’s 400-page novel. And because the sequel, like The Hunger Games movie — and unlike Collins’s series – isn’t limited to showing only Katniss’s perspective, the film also contains several scenes that have no basis in Collins’s narrative.

But here’s the thing — most of the adaptive choices made by director Francis Lawrence and screenwriters Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt are totally defensible, clearly meant to keep the story moving at a quicker pace and expand the world of Panem beyond Katniss’s immediate vicinity. In fact, I’d be hard-pressed to name a change that should anger fans — or even really one that feels unnecessary. (Though fine, Finnick’s less revealing Opening Ceremony outfit does seem like a missed opportunity. Have you seen Sam Claflin?)

Agree? Disagree? Let’s go over some of the most notable ways the movie diverges from the book, then discuss. (And you know there will be spoilers here, right?)

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Jennifer Lawrence: 'In Hollywood, I'm obese'

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When The Hunger Games was released in March, several critics had an issue with star Jennifer Lawrence: they thought she didn’t look quite hungry enough.

“A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission,” Manohla Dargis wrote in The New York Times. Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere also took note of Lawrence’s size, saying that she “seems too big” for her co-star Josh Hutcherson: “She’s a fairly tall, big-boned lady (I’ve been in a hotel room with her) who’s maybe 5′ 8″, and he seems to be something like 5’7″.” Variety‘s Justin Chang was a bit more oblique with his dig: “Hunger, the one constant in Katniss’ hard-scrabble life, barely even seems to register.”

The craziest thing of all: None of this is shocking to Lawrence herself. “In Hollywood, I’m obese,” the Oscar nominee says in Elle magazine’s December issue. “I’m considered a fat actress. I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach.” (Aw, why you gotta pick on Batman II like that, Jen?)

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'Hunger Games' parody trailer: Gale is way hotter than Peeta -- WATCH

The team at ScreenJunkies ruthlessly takes The Hunger Games to task in an “honest” version of the film’s trailer.

Check out the video below, where nothing that reeks of the nonsensical is spared, be it the perhaps slightly exaggerated powers trees lend Katniss in her quest for survival or the state of a “future so advanced they can conjure fire and monster dogs, but not food for the poor.”

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'The Hunger Games': Mattel debuts Katniss Everdeen Barbie -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

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We told you last month that — whether you like it or not — Mattel is turning The Hunger Games‘ Katniss Everdeen into a Barbie doll.

Now, EW is happy to share the exclusive first look at the iconic heroine after being filtered through Mattel’s Barbie-making factory. This Katniss isn’t wearing her reaping dress — instead, and rather fittingly, she’s wearing what she wore into the Games and comes complete with a miniature mockingjay pin, bow and arrow, forest-tromping boots, and that one, plump braid. You can find a full-body shot of the Katniss Barbie — as well as further details about the doll’s creation from its designer, Bill Greening — below.

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