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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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Josh Hutcherson is a boy on fire in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

If asked which Catching Fire cast member they’d most like to see host Saturday Night Live this weekend, a majority of people would probably not answer “Josh Hutcherson.” (That’s not meant to be a dig at Hutcherson – Catching Fire just has a really stacked cast, including Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci and Jeffrey Wright and…)

However! The Hutch acquits himself well in these promos for his first turn as SNL host, which feature a mugging Bobby Moynihan, hilariously bad CGI flames, and one very old hot dog. The odds definitely seem to be in his favor; let’s just hope the show’s take on The Hunger Games is less lame than it was when J. Law hosted in January.

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'Doctor Who' meets 'Hunger Games': 13 doctors fight to the death -- VIDEO

What do you get when you cross Doctor Who and The Hunger Games? You’ll find the answer in this hilariously imagined trailer spoof aptly titled The Doctor Games, which was uploaded to YouTube just in time for this Saturday’s 50th Anniversary Special and the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The trailer spoof finds all 13 Doctors (there are 13 because the creators chose to include both Peter Capaldi and John Hurt’s Doctors in the parody) transported into a Hunger Games-like arena where they must battle to the death until one remains as The Master. Only then can the winning Doctor fly off in the lone TARDIS at the center of the arena.

The best part about this parody is its attention to detail and the way they managed to incorporate all 13 Doctors’ individual quirks — Tom Baker’s Doctor uses his signature scarf to strangle people, for crying out loud!

Needless to say, if you’re a Whovian, you’ll definitely enjoy giving this a watch.

Watch The Doctor Games below:
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'Catching Fire' L.A. premiere live stream: Watch it here! -- VIDEO

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is almost here — there’s just a few days until the sequel’s Friday release date — and the cast has already been around the world promoting the latest installment. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and the rest of the cast are live on the red carpet at the film’s Los Angeles premiere, and you can watch it all go down in the live stream below.

We’re guessing Lawrence will say something that makes you want to be her best friend, Hemsworth will say kind words about his wild-child ex Miley Cyrus, and Hutcherson will be as sweet and lovable as his Hunger Games alter ego Peeta. Watch it all here:
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Jennifer Lawrence, 'Hunger Games' cast on their favorite YA books of all time

EW readers are in the midst of a bitter battle to crown the greatest YA book of all time. So who better to influence your opinions than the cast of one of the most popular young adult series of the moment — The Hunger Games.

At the London premiere for the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (in theaters Nov. 22), Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and more opened up about their favorite YA series.
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'Hunger Games' theme park? We have some ideas

Panem may become the hottest new vacation spot.

Lionsgate, the studio behind the Hunger Games movies, announced in a conference call with analysts this morning that the company had been approached about Hunger Games theme parks in two territories and was considering the possibility, according to Variety. No further details were given.

It obviously makes financial sense for the Katniss empire to expand; the first film made over $690 million, and people seem a little bit excited for Catching Fire, opening Nov. 22. Ignoring the pesky fact that starving districts full of poor people looking toward revolution as a way to end their suffering isn’t the most upbeat concept (and blatantly misses the point of the books), let’s brainstorm some ideas about what  Adventureland: Dystopia Edition would look like, should it happen. READ FULL STORY

Hang out with the stars of 'Catching Fire'! (Via Google)

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Deep down in your heart of hearts, you’ve always had an inkling that you and Jennifer Lawrence would be BFF4EAE if you just had, oh, 20 minutes to chat with her. Ditto Josh Hutcherson. As for Liam Hemsworth? You’re pretty sure that a bit of one-on-one time is all you’d need to make him forget aaaall about old Midriff McTwerkalot. You know, the one with the tongue.

Well, today could be the day you’ll get to put your metaphorical money where your mouth is. In just a few hours, the stars of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — including J. Law, Hutcherson, Hemsworth, and director Francis Lawrence — will storm the Internet by participating in a global Google+ HangoutSign up here, and you may be one of the six lucky fans selected to participate on air — i.e. ask the gang questions directly from your unfamous mouth. Everyone else will have to be content with submitting questions via Google+ or YouTube.

The fun starts today at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Will you be watching — and/or submitting any queries for the gang? (Someone has to ask Hutcherson to follow up on that whole threesome thing, right?)

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Natalie Dormer has never made it through 'The Exorcist' (and other confessions) -- VIDEO

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We think of Natalie Dormer as fearless. She certainly is on-screen, whether playing master manipulator Margaery Tyrell (Game of Thrones), Irene Adler (Elementary), Anne Boleyn (The Tudors), or the mysterious blonde who pops up for key scenes opposite Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz in The Counselor. (“That’s a master class in acting, seeing Javier Bardem relay that story,” she says of Diaz’s now infamous encounter with a car windshield. “It seems so perverse and so funny, but it’s actually a very clever, profound, deep psychological insight into what his character’s feeling at that particular time, especially when he ends the story by saying, ‘Maybe I’m scared.’”)

But when it’s time for Dormer to sit in the audience, there’s at least one kind of movie that turns her into a self-proclaimed coward. We found that out and more when she took EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below.  READ FULL STORY

Josh Hutcherson kinda wants Katniss, Peeta, and Gale to have a threesome

Well. Okay, then!

Context: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star Josh Hutcherson covers gay and lesbian lifestyle magazine Out‘s November issue. Naturally, sexuality comes up early and often in his accompanying interview: “I would  probably list myself as mostly straight,” Hutcherson says in a quote included in the story’s very first paragraph. He goes on to clarify what he means by saying, “Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight,” he says. “But who knows? In a f—ing year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person.”

Okay, so the Hutch is a modern guy — flexible about what sexual orientation means, every bit honest and open as his costar, Internet dream BFF Jennifer Lawrence. Then comes the part about the threesome:

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This Week's Cover: Ron Burgundy anchors EW's Fall Movie Preview

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Ron Burgundy and his news team are finally heading back to the big screen, and, well, it’s kind of a big deal — which is why we put it on the cover of EW’s annual Fall Movie Preview issue.

It’s been nine long years since the 2004 cult comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy introduced the world to Will Ferrell’s blow-dried, sexist, jazz-flute-playing San Diego TV newsman and his action-news gang: weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), sportscaster Champ Kind (Dave Koechner), and field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd). Though only a modest success at the time, the movie went on to become one of the most beloved — and frequently quoted — comedies of the past decade. Yet for years, Ferrell and director Adam McKay struggled to get a sequel off the ground. “We all resigned ourselves to the fact that it was never going to happen,” says Carell. “It just didn’t seem to get any traction.” READ FULL STORY

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