More Hunger Games movie news

If you haven’t already seen the excellent picture of Jennifer Lawrence made up as Katniss from The Hunger Games, go here to the Entertainment Weekly blog to see a bigger version and read about the shoot.

More casting news here: Josh Hutcherson has been cast as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth has been cast as Gale, Paula Malcolmson has been cast as Katniss’ mother and Willow Shields as sister Primrose, Woody Harrelson cast as Haymitch, Stanley Tucci as Ceasar, Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Amandla Stenberg as Rue, and many more characters have been cast, too.

Katniss has been cast in Hunger Games movie!

Jennifer Lawrence, from Winter’s Bone, has been cast as Katniss in the upcoming Hunger Games movie! Click here for an exclusive article about the decision at The Wrap. What do you think — is she who you envisioned?

Casting for other characters, including Peeta and Gale, is still undergoing.

Hunger Games movie has release date!

The highly anticipated movie version of Suzanne Collin’s blockbuster trilogy has a release date — director Gary Ross has said it will open March 23, 2012 — and now speculation abounds on who will play the two main roles: Katniss and Peeta. No casting announcements have been made yet, but possible contenders for the role of Katniss are Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit and Jennifer Lawrence from Winter’s Bone, while I’ve heard that Alex Pettyfer has been approached to play Peeta.

What do you guys think? Who would you cast in your dream version of The Hunger Games?

Last summer reading program: Spirited Away movie showing

Tomorrow, Friday, we’ll be showing Hayao Miyazaki’s amazing animated supernatural adventure, Spirited Away. The movie will start at 1 p.m., and we’ll have some drinks and popcorn available. If you’ve never seen any Japanese animation (called anime), don’t worry — this is an extremely accessible story about a girl named Chihiro and her adventures in the spirit world to rescue her parents, who have been turned into animals by an evil witch.

Here’s a quick summary of the movie, taken from IMDB:
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new house in the suburbs when her father decides to take a shortcut along a lonely-looking dirt road. After getting out of the car and walking along a path for a while, they discover an open-air restaurant filled with food but with no workers or customers present. Mom and Dad don’t hesitate to sit down and dig in, but Chihiro senses danger and refuses. As night falls, she is terrified to see the area fill with faceless spirits, but when she runs to find her parents, she discovers that they have been turned into pigs. She is found by a mysterious boy named Haku, who promises to help her. He gets her a job working in a nearby building, which turns out to be a bathhouse for the thousands of Japan’s gods and spirits. Though the work is hard and the people strange, she does as well as she can. Her parents, however, are still waiting in the hotel’s stockyard, and Chihiro must find a way to break the spell on them before they end up as the main course of some guest’s dinner. (Written by Jean-Marc Rocher)