MTV today revealed that ravenous fans of The Hunger Games need not look further than the "2011 MTV Video Music Awards" for an exclusive first glimpse at the film that will be introduced by the film's star Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone, X-Men: First Class). The "2011 "2011 MTV Video Music Awards" will air live from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT.)

Set in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where North America once existed, The Hunger Games follows the quest of "Tributes" - one teenage boy and girl chosen from each of the country's twelve districts - as they compete in The Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for the Hunger Games their entire lives, the main character, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Lionsgate will release the film on March 23, 2012.

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The "2011 MTV Video Music Awards" is set to light LA on fire with an impressive line-up of announced performers that includes Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Adele, Lil' Wayne, and Chris Brown. In addition, the show will feature Jonah Hill, Rick Ross, Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and Odd Future as presenters. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

Viewers can vote for general VMA categories, including "Best New Artist," by visiting vma.mtv.com online or m.mtv.com on their mobile phone. In addition, Best New Artist text voting is open to all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 66333. Voting continues through the show, live on August 28th. Verizon subscribers can vote on all categories via SMS by texting VMA to 66333 (standard message rates apply).

The 2011 "MTV Video Music Awards" will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV's global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than 640 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV's nearly 200 digital media properties around the world.

B. Alan Orange