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'Hunger Games' Stars Greet Fans in Union Square

"Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence walks into a special signing event at the Union Square Barnes & Noble on Tues., March 20, 2012.
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MANHATTAN — "Hunger Games" fans flocked to Union Square Tuesday to get a glimpse of the wildly anticipated film's cast during an appearance prior to the movie's opening later this week.

Devotees of the hugely popular young-adult novel — set in a post-apocalyptic world where teens battle for survival in a televised competition — began lining up outside the Barnes & Noble bookstore on East 17th Street as early Monday night for a chance to meet the stars.

The film’s lead actors, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, appeared at a special signing event inside the store before a screening of “Hunger Games” at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea Tuesday night.

The movie opens nationally on Friday.