Buzz for "The Hunger Games" film based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling children's book series has been, er, catching fire. Jennifer Lawrence plays the film's heroine, Katniss Everdeen, a teenager who volunteers to take her younger sisters place in a cruel competition of children forced to fight to the death for the amusement of the wealthy and the political gain of the powerful in the post-apocalyptic nation Panem. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth also star in the film, which hits theaters March 23. In the meantime, a short preview aired at the MTV Video Music awards, the cast debuted in-costume character posters, the film's trailer brought Panem to life, "The Simpsons" referenced the story in an especially geeky episode, and fans went on a Twitter scavenger hunt for puzzle pieces to build the newest poster.
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