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'Hunger Games': Three new movie tie-in covers revealed -- FIRST LOOK

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For the tributes among us who are desperate for more Hunger Games, the folks at Scholastic have been like generous sponsors, dropping book after book on us like silk-parachuted gifts. The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition of Suzanne Collins’ mega-hit is already available for the holidays, and three other titles will be released simultaneously on Feb. 7: The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion, The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-in Edition, and the one I’m anticipating most, The Hunger Games Tribute Guide. Scroll down to see the covers for each of these three new titles for the first time:

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Lauren Conrad's book club finally starts reading 'The Hunger Games'

Exciting news for the world of literature: Former Hills star Lauren Conrad has just started reading the YA dystopian thriller The Hunger Games. That’s right: Lauren Conrad has a book club! She’s only read Part 1 of the book, but her favorite character is Katniss. This is perhaps unsurprising, since Katniss spends most of Part 1 being worked on by a crew of professionals whose mission is to transform her from an everygirl with leg hair into a waxed TV-ready golden goddess and a fashion icon. Basically, Lauren Conrad’s life story. I’m intrigued to see what Conrad thinks about Part 2, when the teenagers are set loose in a beautiful-yet-fake landscape and try to murder each other on-camera, which basically describes the plot of the best seasons of The Hills. In this metaphor, Brody Jenner is Peeta, Heidi Montag is Rue, Audrina Patridge is a tree without any discernible personality, and Justin Bobby is hopefully one of the Tributes who gets killed immediately.

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'Hunger Games' author Suzanne Collins wrote for 'Clarissa' -- what do Clarissa and Katniss have in common?

One’s a starving, militant rebel living in a post-apocalyptic world. The other is a fashion-forward teen thriving on a bright Orlando soundstage. What do they have in common? One clearly versatile writer: Suzanne Collins.

Ever since reading The Hunger Games, I’ve been intrigued by the fact that the same woman who wrote such a gritty, violent series also wrote for the fizzy, neon-colored sitcom Clarissa Explains It All (and also for The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, which I think is sort of underrated). Collins didn’t create Clarissa, but I’m sure she lived and breathed Clarissa while she worked for the show, just as she lived and breathed Katniss while writing the novels. We’ll learn about Collins’ journey from Clarissa to Katniss in the upcoming comic book about the author’s life, but for now, it’s fascinating to see ways in which the 90’s Nickelodeon heroine could have inspired the very different teen who made Collins famous. Okay, all of this is a huge stretch, and it’s easier to think of ways they almost-might-be similar but are completely different, but here goes: READ FULL STORY

A new edition of 'The Hunger Games' gets a brand-new mockingjay on its cover

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Here, for the first time, is Scholastic’s cover (front and back)  for The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition. That’s ordinarily the kind of thing that wouldn’t make the news. But what’s so arresting about the new slipcovered  volume is the way the mockingjay image—the symbol of Suzanne Collins’ whole series—has been recast. “It’s been fun for the art director and me to revisit the mockingjay images,” Scholastic editorial director David Levithan told EW. “Amazingly, we chose the mockingjay image for the first book before we knew how crucial it would be in the trilogy, and we concepted the cover directions for Catching Fire and Mockingjay before we’d read a word of either book.” He  adds, “Now we have the opportunity to go back and create new icons for each book. The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition shows a mockingjay in flight holding a bow, outside of the pin image featured on the original book, teasing the active role it’s going to play.”

The  book, which will cost $30, goes on sale in November.

A new life of Robert McCloskey: Make way for ducklings, blueberries, and Sal!

Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures (Seapoint Books) by Jane McCloskey is a gorgeously designed, enthralling new book. It’s a fitting tribute to McCloskey (1914-2003), author of some of the most beautiful and comforting children’s books ever, including Make Way For Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal. These are kid classics, also enjoyed by adults since they were first published over a half-century ago; their acute depictions of  children’s mischievousness (and realistic animal behavior) are eternally contemporary. READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games': A doubter finally dives in

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For several years now I’ve politely ignored friends and coworkers who try to talk me into reading Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games. A YA book about a televised contest where kids kill each other? It sounded both unpleasant and unoriginal (I’m enough of an old fart to have read Stephen King’s The Long Walk and The Running Man when they were collected in The Bachman Books in 1985). Who wants to read about a dystopian world where some evil police state makes kids fight to the death for everyone’s amusement? Even as mutterings of the book’s greatness started to rumble through the halls of EW, I just couldn’t get excited about it. I filed The Hunger Games away in the “not for me” part of my brain with stuff like Artemis Fowl and iCarly.

That was dumb. The Hunger Games has, of course, now blown up into a major cultural phenomenon, with countless copies sold and a big-deal movie in the works. Everyone in the pop-culture universe (or at least in our office) has read the thing, loves it, talks about it constantly. I felt left out. More than that, I started to wonder if my stubborn refusal to read it was standing in the way of something I might actually like, something that was every bit as exciting and entertaining as people kept insisting. Maybe, I finally thought, I should just get over it and read the damn thing.

So I dug it out of the pile in my office and forced myself to at least try the first chapter. READ FULL STORY

On the Books June 16: Denise Richards' 'love story,' 'Hunger Games' tie-in editions

++ Denise Richards says her upcoming memoir, due for release on July 27, will be more of an “inspirational” story than a tell-all about her marriage to Charlie Sheen. She calls her marriage to Sheen a “beautiful love story” before the “rotten stuff” took over.

++ Scholastic announced today that a special gift edition of The Hunger Games will be released in time for this holiday season. The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition, available November 2011, will feature a special slipcase featuring new mockingjay artwork. In February 2012, Scholastic will publish three titles — The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-In Edition, The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion, and The World of the Hunger Games — in anticipation of the March 2012 film release.

Suzanne Collins on writing a 'Hunger Games' movie: 'You have to let things go'

suzanne-collinsImage Credit: Todd Plitt/Contour by Getty ImagesA gutsy bow-and-arrow wielding 16-year-old rules the best-seller charts these days — Katniss Everdeen, the tough-as-nails star of  Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. The series’ first book (Hunger Games) alone has more than 2.9 million copies in print and spent over 100 consecutive weeks on the New York Times list. Collins (one of EW’s 2010 Entertainers of the Year) dreamed up Games a few years ago while channel surfing, when images of reality TV and the Iraq war melded in her head. Her books’ dystopian world features a government that does whatever it takes to control its citizens, even holding an annual lottery that pits the unlucky winners — all children — against one another, fighting to the death in an outdoor arena while the country watches on TV. Collins, who’s gotten some flak for the kid-on-kid violence in the three books (Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay), has responded by pointing to the powerful anti-war message in her story.  And she also notes that not everyone sees the books as war novels. “People view the books differently — as romance, as dystopian, as action adventure, as political,” she tells EW. “So there seems to be more than one way into the story.”

If somehow you still have not heard of Katniss and her District 12 cohorts, you will soon. Now that the book series is finished (with Mockingjay‘s publication in August), all eyes are on the upcoming Hunger Games movies. The first film, which will be helmed by Seabiscuit director Gary Ross, isn’t due out until 2012, but fans are already arguing feverishly over who should play Katniss on the big screen — Kaya Scodelario? Alexandra Daddario? Emma Watson? Fortunately,  Collins, a seasoned scriptwriter with several kids’ shows under her belt, wrote the first draft of the screenplay herself and says Lionsgate, who acquired the books, has “established a dialogue with me, making me feel my input was valuable and welcome.”

“Obviously, you have to let things go,” she says of the process, “but it’s more than a question of condensation. You want to preserve the essence while making the film stand on its own. It’s an art in itself.”

For more about Suzanne Collins and EW’s 14 other 2010 Entertainers of the Year, pick up the Dec. 10 issue of the magazine, with Taylor Swift on the cover.

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'The Hunger Games' movie to have a $60 million budget?

Kickstarting a movie franchise based on a bestselling book series is tricky business. For every Harry Potter, there’s an Eragon (and a Percy Jackson, and a Series of Unfortunate Events). The filmed version of The Golden Compass cost close to $200 million — a huge expenditure that didn’t pay off. It looks like the makers of the upcoming Hunger Games movie are taking a slightly more conservative approach: according to a report on the Baseline Intel blog from the American Film Market, the film will have a budget of roughly $60 million. That’s about $20 million more than the budget of the first Twilight, but hey, the first Twilight didn’t feature a lavish future metropolis. Do you think it’s enough?

Speaking as a proud limousine Marxist, I tend to think smaller budgets are better — they prevent bloat, and force the filmmakers to get creative instead of just throwing money at the screen. And, if you think about it, the first book doesn’t necessarily require much in the ways of set design or special effects. You’ve got District 12 and the Capitol, sure, but it’s not as if you see very much of either place. (Remember, Katniss spends most of her time in the Capitol training.) And the bulk of the story takes place in the forest of the Arena. So basically, we’re looking at a movie that’s 75% The New World, 15% October Sky, and a mere 10% Blade Runner. $60 million sounds about right!

What do you think, Hunger Games fans? Is this the end of our Downey-as-Haymitch dreams?

Fan-made 'Hunger Games' clip gives a taste of what might be

Tired of waiting for news on The Hunger Games movie? Anxious for a glimpse of Katniss in costume? Some people might tell you that patience is a virtue, but luckily the fans and aspiring actors behind this homemade, and surprisingly well done, mini-adaptation don’t believe that. Take a look below, but be forewarned: It’s the scene between Katniss and Rue and, even out of context, it packs an emotional wallop right to the most wallop-vulnerable part of your heart.

Sure, the actress playing Rue is fair-skinned and blond, but, other than that, I thought it was pretty impressive. What do you guys think?

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