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Monday
Apr092012

NC Town Setting of 'The Hunger Games' for Sale

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(HENRY RIVER MILL VILLAGE, N.C.) -- Still hungry for The Hunger Games? If owning a "Katniss" Barbie doll isn't enough to satisfy your love of the young adult book series and film, for $1.4 million you can own a town that served as a set for the box-office smash. The film was shot entirely in North Carolina, with the hometown of the three main characters -- District 12 -- filmed in Henry River Mill Village. With more and more fans visiting the place where District 12 was brought to life on the big screen, the owner of the village is now trying to find someone to take the property off his hands.

Wade Shepard, 83, is selling the 72-acre property, which has over 20 buildings. The mill burned down in 1977, but no matter to die-hard fans of the book by Suzanne Collins and the film, which has topped the box office for three straight weekends.

The village is reportedly about 70 miles east of Asheville, near the town of Hildebran.

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Monday
Apr092012

"The Hunger Games" Katniss Barbie Doll Revealed

Mattel, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Hunger Games fans waiting to see what a Katniss Barbie doll would look like now have their answer.

Entertainment Weekly has the first picture of the special collection doll inspired by Katniss, the 16-year-old heroine of the Hunger Games books and movie phenomenon.

Katniss Barbie is makeup free with a single braid and decked out in boots, a black-and-orange jacket, trademark mockingjay pin, along with her bow and arrow favored by the  lead character of the wildly popular book trilogy and movie.

Since its 2008 release, the Hunger Games book trilogy by author Suzanne Collins has sold more than 11 million copies, and has been published in 47 foreign-language editions.  The Hunger Games movie has stayed atop the box office for three consecutive weeks after its $155 million opening last month, and has now passed the $300 million mark in total revenue.

Pre-orders for the Katniss Barbie opened Monday at Barbiecollector.com, according to Mattel, the toy maker behind the doll.  The special collection doll will be widely available in stores in August, the company said.

The Katniss Barbie is the latest product in a line of merchandise being produced at breakneck speed to capitalize on the wildly popular franchise.  Fans can also purchase Hunger Games-themed nail polish, cookbooks, posters, clothes and even a workout class at some health clubs.

Mattel describes the doll as “created specifically for the adult collector.”

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