July 20, 2013 at 10:19 PM EDT

Catching Fire

Current Status
In Season
Suzanne Collins
Scholastic Books
Fiction, Sci-fi and Fantasy

The Project: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment of the film series based on Suzanne Collins’ kid-killing dystopian series.

The Panel: Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Lenny Kravitz, Willow Shields, along with director Francis Lawrence

Footage Screened: A new trailer (check it out below), which featured a very brief look at the new Arena, newcomer Sam Claflin as your merman boyfriend Finnick,  and several scenes set around the Capitol.

Snap Judgment: In contrast to the gray-grit aesthetic adopted by director Gary Ross for the first Hunger Games, the footage screened from Catching Fire was decidedly more colorful, with sweeping shots of the Capitol and the Victory Tou rof Panem. (In fairness to Ross, Catching Fire is almost certainly benefiting from that sweet sweet sequel cash.) The film certainly looks impressive, although it’s disappointing that we didn’t get to see much of the new characters.

The Big Revelations: A single shot of Sam Claflin led to loud whoops throughout the crowd. The chatty panel didn’t offer many surprises — turns out Jennifer Lawrence is incredibly charming, have you heard? Lionsgate is clearly sticking to the YA-franchise script with the second Hunger Games movie. (It’s really going to get interesting next year, when the cast and crew try to convince us that they’ve figured out how to turn the incredibly bleak Mockingjay into two movies.)

Most Incisive Audience Question: An attendee asked Lawrence and Hutcherson whether they would have any “hot” kissing scenes. This led to a long story which involved Lawrence — who, lest you forget, is an Academy Award winner and one of the most popular actresses alive on the world today — saying the words, “There was a huge string of snot!”

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