After riding through Rome, London, Berlin, Madrid and Paris for glitzy premieres and packed junkets,
To celebrate that — and get plenty of further ink for its tent pole — studio Lionsgate threw a major bash in downtown L.A., inviting guests as diverse as
With the stream of people packing the event's red carpet, the studio kept close watch over the proceedings. A tarp-covered chain link fence kept anyone sitting at any L.A. Live restaurant from peeking at the red carpet. As for the fans who had camped out over the weekend in exchange for a coveted premiere ticket? They were promptly herded behind barricades on the red carpet — perfectly situated to be visible in the background of every star interview.
Yes, there was chaos — particularly when Lawrence and her new haircut finally exited a limo — but it was controlled chaos. Wherever you looked, there seemed to be a suit-clad bodyguard whispering something into a walkie-talkie. And when stars Lawrence,
Signing autographs is about all the trio did on the red carpet. While their lesser-known costars — Willow Shields,
Jennifer Lawrence also brings a certain credibility, coming off an Oscar win for “The
In addition to the trio of Lawrence, Hemsworth and Hutcherson, the movie revolves around an increasingly large group of characters — stalwarts such as Senna (Lennie Kravitz), President Snow (
While the audience during the screening was enthusiastic and did its share of hollering, the volume level (thankfully) never reached that of the young female-skewing "Twilight" premiere — where a moment didn't seem to go by without a chorus of shrieking.
The instant the credits began to roll, the crowd jumped up, eager to rush over to the elaborate after party held atop a nearby garage deck. Teen power posse
At the final "Twilight Saga" premiere last year — held in the same location as this year's "Catching Fire" event — there were caged wolves awaiting guests outside the party entrance. Those who scored a coveted hologram-covered ticket to Monday's party were met by a movie-themed drum line filled with stoic young men pounding away on their instruments while staring straight ahead. Inside, the room was lit in dramatic fashion, with spotlights hanging from circular domes to give off a vibe reminiscent of the movie's futurism.
Slowly, a line began to form for a "Catching Fire"-themed photo booth, though most seemed interested in piling their plates full of Wolfgang Puck-catered fare. It had the feeling of splashy event not exactly in keeping with the bread-starved Districts. On this day, though, the audience was happy to be with the Capitol.