When the stars of "The Hunger Games" come to the Mall of America today, they'd better prepare to be eaten alive.
When "Twilight" actors made an appearance there in 2008, about 1,500 excited Twihards showed up -- and that was without stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. The crowd screamed so loud when relatively unknown Taylor Lautner walked out that no one could hear a word he said.
Mall officials expect at least as many fans for the "Hunger" stars. Both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are slated to appear, along with four other "tributes," teenagers forced to fight each other until only one remains.
Minneapolis is the penultimate stop on the eight-city tour in advance of the highly anticipated film's March 23 premiere. Promoters plan to really put fans through the paces: At 5:30 a.m., the doors at the South Level 1 entrance will open and "we believe there will be a large crowd at that time," said mall spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt. A "limited number" of wristbands will be distributed at the Microsoft Store (mall officials weren't saying how many, but it was 800 at the "Twilight" event). The wristbands will get fans into an autograph signing with the cast, also at Microsoft, but not until 3 p.m., so there'll be plenty of time to show off your Katniss braid.
The Q & A is at 4:30 p.m. in the rotunda, standing room only, first come, first served. If you miss out on a wristband, stake your territory there early; there will be giveaways of "Hunger" merchandise.