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!

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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