Highlights From Episode #96 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat

If you missed this week’s episode of Hunger Games Fireside Chat,  don’t worry you can listen to the entire show here!  However, if you’re short on time, you might want to check out these show highlights which cover those amazing new Victory Tour posters!

 

 

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Suzanne Collins featured on Classical KUSC this week

In case you didn’t know,  this week on Classical KUSC’s Morning show with Dennis Bartel they are featuring a few words from Suzanne Collins each morning at 8:15.  If you can’t listen live don’t worry, you can just listen on their site or download the mp3 version and take it with you!

 

 

Thanks to our friend Grace on twitter and HG Fireside Chat for alerting us to this!

LeBron James reads The Hunger Games

If you were watching the Heat-Pacers game you might have seen this:

ABC showed a brief clip of LeBron James reading The Hunger Games! It always brings us joy when we see people reading this in public (and on national TV)! By the looks of it, he just started; we wonder how he likes it so far.

You can read the story from Dead Spin HERE.

Thanks to HG Fireside Chat for tipping us off to this!

FANDOM UPDATE: Thanks to Suzanne Collins, LeBron had one of the greatest playoff performances in NBA history, posting 40 points, 18 rebounds, and 9 assists in Miami’s huge 101-93 win.

#55 Fireside Chat: Lawrence Squared

Most of the fandom is curious as to what Mr. Francis Lawrence has to offer to Catching Fire. Some are skeptical whether he can present the same passion that Gary Ross bestowed upon us. Others, like myself, are clenching to hope that Suzanne Collins and Producer Nina Jacobson won’t give over the director reigns to the wrong fella. No matter your feelings, be sure to tune into to tonight’s episode of HGFiresideChat as they discuss their thoughts about our director (assuming he does accept the offer) at 10pm ET/7pm PT!

We’ll share some brief announcements before focusing our discussion on Francis Lawrence, our new director! Last Thursday (4/19/12), it was announced that Lawrence — best known for directing Water for Elephants and I Am Legend — had been chosen by Lionsgate to direct Catching Fire. We’ll weigh in on his past directing work and talk about how the franchise might change with him at the helm.

Source: HGFiresideChat

Hunger Games Fireside Chat’s One Year Anniversary

Hunger Games  Fireside Chat podcast has reached its one year anniversary!

Extraordinary image created by Savanna New

Sorry, that is some spectacular image! Well done, Savanna! And make sure to see their HUGE GIVEAWAY that goes with their episode tonight!

Hosts Savanna and Adam share their reflections as they approach the milestone tonight:

Adam: Hosting the Fireside Chat podcast with Savanna has truly been one of the greatest decisions of my life. What began as a fun opportunity for Hunger Games fan sites to share their passion together turned into a much grander operation, and yet it still feels as simple and well-intended as when we started. Along the way, we’ve shared incredible memories, connected with wonderful listeners, and watched our child (the Hunger Games fandom) grow from an infant to a strapping Finnick Odair. Now, one year later, all I can do is say from the bottom of my heart: Thank you to the fans, to the amazing sites we have on every week, and especially, to Savanna for making this dream possible.

There were so many highlights this year, it’s hard to know where to start. CinnaWatch2011 being revealed during our show is a moment I’ll never forget. All the teaser, trailer, and TV spot episodes were such a blast, along with the great Fireside Chat jokes like “orange backpack” and the little phrases we would adopt. Doing that Ustream together from Los Angeles was such a phenomenal experience, and I only wish the devoted fans could have been there with us.

More than anything, though, my favorite moments have been the relaxed and silly episodes, where we all just enjoyed ourselves cracking jokes and appreciating the latest Hunger Games happenings. It’s been an honor, a privilege, a great source of pride, and a life-changing experience to host this show. Let’s make this next year even better!

Savanna: I have to echo everything that Adam said above; I am continually amazed at how far we’ve come. When we started Fireside Chat last April, I had no idea that we were embarking on a journey that would last this long and allow us to meet so many wonderful people. I’ve been able to connect with other Hunger Games fans throughout the United States AND all around the world, which is really pretty incredible when you think about it. I’ve made some truly special, lifelong friends, and it’s all thanks to this show!

One of my favorite memories from our first year will always be the Lenny Kravitz casting announcement that was made DURING Episode 8. I love that our “live reactions” to the news are forever immortalized for everyone to hear. Like Adam, I also loved all of our teaser and trailer analysis episodes! Other moments that stick out in my mind are our first Unscripted episode, our interview with Gamemaker Rowan, and Music Night. And how can I leave out our awesome “new Panem anthem” contest? If you weren’t listening to us back then, Sam Cushion set the winning anthem to music, and you can listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKQXGouEgGI&ob=av3e

I can’t talk about the past year without mentioning our trip to Los Angeles for the world premiere of the movie. Attending the red carpet premiere of a film is something I had only ever dreamed of doing, and I still can’t quite believe I was actually there, watching The Hunger Games in the same theatre as the cast, crew, and Suzanne Collins! The best part of that trip, however, was getting to meet all of my fan site friends in person. I don’t know how I’m going to last 20 months without seeing them!

Honestly, though, those are just SOME highlights of an unforgettable, unbelievable, and indescribable year of a lifetime.

Celebrate with them TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET, by listening HERE! and try and WIN THE GIVEAWAY!

Click to win all this stuff!

Hunger Games Fans, Charities in New York Times

To quote one of Jeremy Piven’s best lines in the movie Serendipity:

“I happen to write for a little publication. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s called the New York Times.”

Yes, we have indeed heard of it, and that’s why we’re excited to show you the piece they’ve done on Hunger Games fan sites and the Imagine Better charity campaign (spawned from the Harry Potter Alliance).

Here’s an excerpt from Courtney E. Martin’s piece:

This week, Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games” hits the big screen. As the latest wildly popular young adult (Y.A.) novel becomes a film franchise, it’s not just box office dollars that will be captured, but potentially nascent citizens.  At least that’s the goal of the social campaign called “Hunger Is Not a Game” which aims to connect fans to the global food justice movement.

“The Hunger Games” devotees have long congregated on sites like Mockingjay.net, Down with the Capitol, and the “Hunger Games” Fireside Chat podcast. Now Oxfam, with its long history focused on famine relief, has joined forces with a small, fan-focused group called Imagine Better to encourage the mostly young people who gather on these sites to sign Oxfam’s GROW pledge. Representatives will also circulate at midnight theatrical release parties on March 23 to ask people to sign, and encouraging them to tweet with the hashtag #notagame, in order to build a sense of global community.

Food prices in recent years have hit record highs, leading to riots worldwide. Oxfam’s pledge calls for simple reforms: create policies that encourage crops for food, not fuel, reform food aid procedures and support small farmers.

It’s worth paying attention to this campaign, not just because “The Hunger Games” film is projected to make $90 million at this weekend’s box office, but because Imagine Better is an example of how social change organizations are looking to tap into the extraordinary market power of Y.A. fiction — now the world’s fastest growing literary genre.

You can read the rest of the article HERE! Go us, and do what you can to help Imagine Better and Oxfam!

Picktainment Podcast: How Good is The Hunger Games?

If you can’t get enough Hunger Games, you HAVE to listen to this Hunger Games special from Picktainment, which includes some admins from here as well.

On this week’s Picktainment Movie Show, we devote the entire program to The Hunger Games. HGFiresideChat.com co-hosts Adam Spunberg and Savanna New join Picktainment senior writer Kit Bowen to review the upcoming film. Phil Wallace hosts a very special podcast.

Also See:

Adam Spunberg’s review of The Hunger Games

Our Friend Kiersten

Here’s the latest video from our friend (and super huge Hunger Games fan) Kierstenm, make sure you watch this!  It is not only very funny (everything she does is) but it is also so true to many of us (probably what makes it so funny!).

In addition to that, Kiersten got a much deserved mention on Episode 50 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat for being such an awesome fan, see below for her very gracious thank you to everyone:

Thank You Everyone!

Tonight I received a special thanks from the hosts on the HG Fireside Chat. Everyone in the chat room joined in by telling me how much they appreciate my loyalty and that I deserved the appreciation. I started crying. This is probably the lamest thing anyone has every typed on Tumblr but oh well. When I first got into The Hunger Games, I honestly couldn’t put it down. I read them all in a week and then read them all again, crying each time. I started searching and learning more things about it on Google and followed the process of the movies from the very first announcement of the making of the movie on EW. I then discovered the HG Fireside Chat. The first episode I listened to had to be around the early 20s. I started chatting and created a Tumblr, and eventually made friends around the world, which honestly, scared the hell out of me because I’ve never met them in person. Over time, I realized that they aren’t to bad. They were just fans like me, excited to see their favorite book turned into a fantastic movie. When I first got mentioned  on the show for a question I asked, I blushed and didn’t know what to expect. I’ve spent most of my time being overlooked at anyways, so being noticed was a huge deal. When Savanna and Adam thanked me personally on the show tonight, saying my first and last name, I started crying. It really changes you when you are noticed for just being supportive for the fandom and fansites. Thank you to everyone who thanked me. And a HUGE thank you to everyone who hosts and is in charge of the HG Fireside Chat. (:

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HG Fireside Chat’s 50 Podcast Tonight! The Fandom Will Be Listening!

At 10pm EST tonight, HG Fireside Chat will be broadcasting their 50th podcast and we would LOVE for you to listen in!  We have tons to talk about, mostly the World Premiere event that took place at the Nokia L.A. Live theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 11th though Monday, March 12th.

Episode 50 (hooray!) of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live this Monday, March 19, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include some of our fabulous friends from Down with the Capitol, Crystal of Mockingjay.net and FictionalFood.net, Sam of Sam Cushion Music, Tiffany from Victor’s Village, Ariel of Nerdy, Wordy, and Almost Thirty, and Courtney of Welcome to District 12. Natasha from TheFandom.net will also join us to chat about her experience camping out at the Hob in L.A.

Let’s get excited!  Only 4 more days until Opening Day for The Hunger Games!

Go here for the podcast!  (10pm EST, 7pm PST) TONIGHT, Monday, March 19th, 2012.

Savanna New Reviews Hunger Games Adventures Facebook Game

Our dear friend Savanna New of the Hunger Games Fireside Chat podcast has put together an exceptional review of the new Facebook game, The Hunger Games Adventures, which will be available to all of you VERY SOON!

Fireside Chat is also giving out a few free beta accounts if you enter a contest, so CLICK HERE to check that out now!

Here’s an excerpt from Savanna’s review:

I’ve never really played Facebook games before, so I had no clue what to expect going into The Hunger Games Adventures… Before I’d even gained one level, however, I was addicted. The graphics are really cute, the sound effects are strangely satisfying, and the quests are easily achievable and fun. Background music was also recently added to the beta version of the game, and it’s surprisingly intense and atmospheric. A major part of the game is creating and adding to your character’s “Forest Escape” — a clearing in the woods where you set up camp, plant strawberries and apple trees, and build things like herbalist tables, wells, and traps. In the past, I’ve made fun of Farmville players for obsessing over their virtual farms; well, I’m now obsessed with my Forest Escape. Looks like crow’s on the menu at Greasy Sae’s today.

Check out the screen shots below (click for larger versions) and then scroll down to find out how YOU can get early access to The Hunger Games Adventures!