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When Gary Ross. The Hunger Games was released in March of last year it became an instant phenomenon. Adapted from a best-selling book series and starring Hollywood.s newest and biggest star in Jennifer Lawrence, the film broke opening weekend records with a $152 million take, and by the end of its run it had taken in nearly $700 million globally. But not only did fans and movie-goers like the movie, critics gave it high praise as well, our own Katey Rich calling it a "masterful translation." As a franchise, the series began with a bang . but one has to wonder if that success can be continued with the first sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Scripted by Simon Beaufoy, Michael deBruyn, and Scott Frank and directed by Francis Lawrence, the new film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her fellow Hunger Games champion Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) get ready to »

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