The Hunger Games Mall Tour Sounds Eerily Familiar

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So, it was just announced today that the stars and director of The Hunger Games are embarking on an eight-city mall tour across the country, beginning in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 3. And we’re not sure what to think of this news. On the one hand, yay! Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and/or their tribute frienemies will maybe be coming to your town to answer your questions in person. On the other hand, well, the thought of these young stars being ferried from town to town and presented in front of crowds sounds kind of SPOILER

… like Katniss and Peeta’s victory tour. Except it will be done in malls instead of in town squares. And they’re probably traveling by plane, not fancy futuristic trains. And the masses there to greet them won’t be forced to attend against their will (unless you’re counting unwilling parents or significant others who don’t know what they’re missing). And they won’t be starving people about to start an uprising against the government. But yeah, other than those things, it’s eery. Actually, we’d love it if Lionsgate brought some movie magic to an event like this — perhaps for Catching Fire? — and made a full-on Panem experience for the die-hard fans. You’d have to fast for a day before attending, and dress in drab, post-apocalyptic clothing, and be pushed around by angry guards. Hmmm. Maybe there’s a reason they don’t hire us to organize these things.

Anyway here’s the list of dates. Don’t forget to wear your Mockingjay pins!

» Saturday, March 3 @ Westfield Century City, Los Angeles
Talent: Gary Ross, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth

» Tuesday, March 6 @ JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
Talent: Liam Hemsworth, Leven Rambin, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg and Jack Quaid

» Wednesday, March 7 @ Scottsdale Fashion Square, Phoenix
Talent: Liam Hemsworth, Leven Rambin, Dayo Okeniyi and Jack Quaid

» Wednesday, March 7 @ the Westfield Fox Valley, Chicago
Talent: Josh Hutcherson, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jacqueline Emerson

» Thursday, March 8 @ the Westfield Broward, Miami
Talent: Jennifer Lawrence, Alexander Ludwig and Amandla Stenberg

» Thursday, March 8 @ Galleria Dallas
Talent: Josh Hutcherson, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jacqueline Emerson

» Friday, March 9 the Mall Of America, Minneapolis
Talent: Jennifer Lawrence, Alexander Ludwig, Amandla Stenberg, Josh Hutcherson, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jacqueline Emerson

» Saturday, March 10 @ the University Village, Seattle
Talent: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson

More info on each event is available on the movie’s Facebook page.

[Photo: Lionsgate]

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