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‘Hunger Games’ premiere catches fire on campus

The world anxiously awaited Nov. 22 for the “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” to hit theater screens.

The science-fiction adventure film is based on the second novel in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. With a current 94 percent rating on “Rotten Tomatoes,” the film is predicted to bring in about $185 million at the box office and dominate for three weeks straight weeks.

Produced by Lionsgate and directed by Francis Lawrence, the film stars Academy Award-winning Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence as heroine, Katniss Everdeen.

The story picks up where the first film left off. Katniss returns home from winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games with fellow victor Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson.

While battling post-traumatic stress, Katniss must leave her family again to embark on a “Victory Tour” with Peeta. Katniss notices restlessness as she visits the oppressed districts of Panem and senses a rebellion.

Little does she know, the archer has yet to face her biggest challenge, when she will be forced into the arena again for the 75th Annual Hunger Games “Quarter Quell” to fight to the death against past victors.

There has been much anticipation for the futuristic, action-packed film.

The Student Association (SA) rented out three theaters at the Riverwalk Theater in Jenks to give away 600 free tickets for the midnight premiere.

Eighteen wings competed in a scavenger hunt to win tickets on Friday, Nov. 15. The victors were floors Vision of Gabby 2 and Full Armor of EMR 3.

Students have followed SA on social media for scavenger clues to locate tickets around campus.

Sophomore Samantha Finn even swam through Lake Evelyn in pursuit of tickets. Although she did not find any, she was awarded with 20 tickets in reward for her “brave attempt.”

“It was very cold. My body was completely numb afterwards,” Finn said. “I had a headache the first night and the second day.”

Lionsgate announced that the final piece of the trilogy, “Mockingjay,” will be split into two films, just as the final “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” movies. Part 1 will be released on Nov. 21, 2014, and Part 2 on Nov. 20, 2015. Francis Lawrence will be returning as director for the two pictures that will be filmed back to back.

We’ve been lucky with a curfew extension for the priemere. For the future films, may the odds be ever in our favor.

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