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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 03/02/2012

‘Hunger Games’ roundup: New clips, Arcade Fire song released; Suzanne Collins praises film

Jennifer Lawrence in "Hunger Games." (Associated Press/Lionsgate)
Another week, another roundup of “Hunger Games” updates.

First, two new clips from the film have been released.

In the first, 40-second video, Katniss shows off her archery skills in front of the game makers. In the new TV spot, which uses Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound” in the background, a little bit of new, non-spoilery footage from the beginning of the film is revealed. Watch the clips below.

Next, Arcade Fire’s contribution to the soundtrack, “Abraham’s Daughter,” has been released to Entertainment Weekly. Lead singer Win Butler told EW “it’s not a pop song,” but rather what the band imagines the Capitol’s anthem might sound like. Listen to it here.

“The Hunger Games” cast. (Lionsgate)

In a bit of very good news, Suzanne Collins, the author of the “Hunger Games” trilogy, released an open letter on Facebook praising the film:

I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.
Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.
And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.

Finally, the craziest promotional tool I have ever seen.has been set up to give fans a chance to win advanced screening tickets.

Allow me to explain how this is done: Each of the 24, sponsored screening locations, or “districts,” has been assigned a Twitter hashtag. A person tweets the hashtag assigned to their city to help unlock that location. Each day, the four cities that have received the most tweets will be unlocked. Once the location is unlocked, then a person can enter to win tickets to that screening.

It appears fans in San Diego, Miami, Philadelphia and Boston are the most prolific Twitter using “Hunger Games” fans.

One may also obtain two tickets to an advanced screening by buying a Barnes & Noble Nook at select stores on March 10. See a list of participating stores here.

“The Hunger Games” hits theaters March 23.

By  |  11:35 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Hunger Games

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