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Lenny Kravitz Cast in The Hunger Games

Grammy award winning musician Lenny Kravitz will play fashion stylist Cinna in The Hunger Games film adaptation.

As an actor, Kravitz (pictured, via) is best known for his portrayal of Nurse John in the 2009 literary adaptation Precious.

Director Gary Ross made this remark about his performance in the press release: “When I saw Lenny’s work in Precious I was just knocked out.  It was quiet and strong and understated and open hearted; all qualities which define this character.”

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Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth Cast in The Hunger Games

book 1 collins.JPGAfter months of speculation, two key roles have been filled in the adaptation of Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games.

Actor Josh Hutcherson (from The Kids Are Alright) will play Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth (from The Last Song) will play Gale Hawthorne. Earlier this year, Jennifer Lawrence was cast as the heroine, Katniss Everdeen. YouTube has been full of fan-made trailers for the movie for months.

Here’s more about the coveted roles, from the release: “Peeta accompanies heroine Katniss Everdeen into the 74th annual Hunger Games as the male tribute chosen from their native District 12, the most remote and marginalized district of all the subjugated districts of Panem … Though Katniss and Gale have never had a romantic relationship, they share a transcendent bond, often of few words.”

Suzanne Collins Endorses Jennifer Lawrence

Entertainment Weekly has posted a message from The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins (pictured, via) giving actress Jennifer Lawrence her endorsement to play Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation.

Here is an excerpt from Collins’ statement: “In her remarkable audition piece, I watched Jennifer embody every essential quality necessary to play Katniss…I think that was the essential question for me. Could she believably inspire a rebellion? Did she project the strength, defiance and intellect you would need to follow her into certain war? For me, she did.”

The actress herself also spoke with Entertainment Weekly about landing this role. In her interview, Lawrence said that she understood the great responsibility she has to the book’s fans. What do you think?

Hunger Games & Writers Living in Japan: Most Popular Stories of the Week

Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, (pictured, via) authors in Japan, and Boston Globe book review cuts led our top headlines this week.

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1. Jennifer Lawrence To Play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games Adaptation
2. Writers Living in Japan: A Twitter Directory
3. Author Leads Shelterbox Fundraiser for Earthquake Victims in Japan
4. Mary Higgins Clark to Lead St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC
5. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO  Barry O’Callaghan Resigns
6. National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Revealed
7. Betty White on Writer’s Block
8. Boston Globe Cuts Two Book Reviewers
9. James Frey To Self-Publish ‘Radical Book’ About the Messiah
10. Women in Publishing Twitter Directory

Hunger Games Director Defends Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen Pick

Inside Movies got interviewed The Hunger Games director Gary Ross. He explained why he cast Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen–a choice criticized by fans yesterday.

Ross explained: “This is a girl who needs to incite a revolution. We can’t have an insubstantial person play her, and we can’t have someone who’s too young to play this. Suzanne [Collins] was incredibly adamant about this. Far from being too old, she was very concerned that we would cast someone who was too young. In Suzanne’s mind, and in mine, Katniss is not a young girl. It’s important for her to be a young woman. She’s a maternal figure in her family.”

Ross said he appreciated fans’ passion, but he also needed to satisfy Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins. Now Ross must find actors to play Peeta Mellark, Gale Hawthorne, Prim Everdeen, and other characters.

Jennifer Lawrence To Play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games Adaptation

Winter’s Bone actress Jennifer Lawrence will play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film adaptation. As of this writing, fans have left more than 380 comments on Facebook, many protesting the choice.

We’ve included some of the comments below. Some complain that Lawrence (pictured, via) is too “old” because she is 20-years-old. In the first book, Katniss is 16. Others find fault with her appearance; Lawrence has blond hair, milky-colored skin, and blue eyes. Author Suzanne Collins describes Katniss as being a brunette with an olive complexion and gray eyes.

Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga, has said in past interviews that his hiring was met with initial fan protest. These days, Pattinson enjoys great popularity and has even gotten mobbed during outdoor movie shoots. What do you think?

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