Hemsworth, Lawrence to appear at Regal benefit screening of 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Liam Hemsworth is shown in a scene from 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.'

Liam Hemsworth is shown in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

Knoxville-based Regal Entertainment Group has a red-hot catch for the 2013 edition of its annual Variety — The Children’s Charity of Eastern Tennessee benefit: an exclusive advance screening of the upcoming movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and a celebrity appearance by "Catching Fire" star Liam Hemsworth as well as director Francis Lawrence, executives announced Tuesday.

The event will take place Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 in Turkey Creek.

The film begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means ...

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language

Length: 146 minutes

Released: November 22, 2013 Nationwide

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

Director: Francis Lawrence

Writer: Michael Arndt, Simon Beaufoy, Suzanne Collins

More info and showtimes »

"Regal is rolling out the red carpet in Knoxville to honor Liam Hemsworth and Francis Lawrence who are scheduled to attend this fundraiser for special needs children in the region. I'm certain that East Tennesseans will turn out in force to support this special screening before the film debuts in theatres," stated Greg Dunn president and chief operating officer of Regal Entertainment Group. "We extend our sincerest gratitude to our friends at Lionsgate Entertainment for making this possible. The fact that this screening is benefiting Variety – The Children’s Charity shows the level of cooperation between our two companies.”/p>

Variety - The Children's Charity is a philanthropic organization that works to improve the lives of children in East Tennessee and around the world. Over the years, the annual Regal event has generated more than $5 million in charitable donations for East Tennessee.

A limited number of tickets will be available to the public for purchase through a drawing via the Regal Crown Club. To be eligible for the drawing, those interested must use a valid email address to sign up for the club - a free rewards service that offers movie tickets and refreshments on a points system, awarded to moviegoers as they make purchases at any Regal theater. Those who use their Regal Crown Club card from Oct. 22 through Nov. 1 will be notified through their provided email address information on how they can enter the sweepstakes. Those who are drawn in the sweepstakes will then have the opportunity to purchase two tickets to the screening for $50 each. In addition, a grand prize winner will be selected in the sweepstakes and awarded four free tickets to the screening, plus limo transportation, access to the VIP tent and the red carpet arrival of Hemsworth.

Regal Crown Club memberships are available at the box offices of all Knoxville Regal locations.

Ticket holders will be treated to a catered reception at the theater before the screening.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Hemsworth, 23, appeared in the first "Hunger Games" movie, and has also appeared in "Paranoia" with Harrison Ford, "Empire State" with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, "Expendables 2" with Sylvester Stallone and "The Last Song" with former fiancee Miley Cyrus.

Born to American parents in Vienna, Austria, Lawrence, established himself as a music-video director before moving on to films such as “I Am Legend,” “Constantine” and “Water for Elephants.” He is directing the next two “Hunger Games” films after “Catching Fire.”

In "Catching Fire," Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home after winning the 74th Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson, who coincidentally attended a Regal/Variety advance screening of his film "Journey to the Center of the Earth" in 2008). After embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts, Katniss senses a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still holds control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games -- a competition that could change Panem forever.

Previous Variety screenings have included 2009's "The Twilight Saga: New Dawn," which brought stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner to Knoxville, and 2005's "The Dukes of Hazzard," which brought Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson to town.

According to Box Office Mojo, the first edition of "The Hunger Games," released in 2012, made more than $400 million domestically, ranking it the 14th-largest grossing film of all time in America. The film also grossed almost $700 million worldwide.

Regal Entertainment Group operates the largest theater circuit in the United States, with 7,334 screens in 575 theaters in 42 states plus Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia.

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