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Jennifer Lawrence at the London Premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

It’s hard to believe that 2010’s “Winter’s Bone” was just a few years ago, but I’m sure most people will agree with me when I say it’s clear Jennifer Lawrence was going to be a huge star. Just think, in three short years, the 23-year-old has rocketed to super stardom.

The actress, sporting her new pixie cut, walked the red carpet along with co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth at the world premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” held in London’s Odeon Leicester Square last night.

Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and director Francis Lawrence also strolled the rain-soaked carpet outside the theater, delighting the crowd of fans.

I can’t say I’m crazy about the dress, but it’s definitely something a little edgier and different – which is probably good for a film like “Catching Fire.” And what’s up with all the short ‘dos on Hollywood starlets these days? I mean, it’s hard to make Jennifer Lawrence look bad in any way, shape or form, but I did love her longer locks.

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence at the London Premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Brit-born Claflin garnered a huge roar from the crowd and thanked everyone for waiting patiently in the rain. He joked that apart from breaking a finger and nearly being blinded, “making the film was easy.” The things you do for art, right?

Co-star Hutcherson noted that the press tour for a major film can be brutal, but that the crowds were re-energizing him and fellow cast members.

Many of the fans traveled long distances across Europe for a glimpse of the stars on the first leg of the movie’s European tour. Next up:¬†Berlin, Madrid, Paris and Rome before a scheduled Los Angeles red carpet gala on Nov. 18. Take your vitamins, stars!

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence at the London Premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

I usually don’t have time to read books ahead of movie adaptations, but I’m so glad I made the exception for Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” series. “Catching Fire” follows Katniss (Lawrence) as she and Peeta (Hutcherson) are forced to return to the deadly Games while dealing with increased unrest in the Districts.

The first in the franchise, “The Hunger Games,” opened in theaters on March 23, 2012, grossing $152.5 million on opening weekend, which made it the third-largest opening of any movie in North America at the time. It went on to gross $690 million worldwide.

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