The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands tomorrow) includes a cover story on The Hunger Games, and one feature within is a list of things found in The Hunger Games book not seen in the films.

A couple of these we had already shared with you when they were published in The Hunger Games Illustrated Guide. Nonetheless, they’re interesting to hear again:

Madge: Jacobson says that “you have so little time to establish these characters. So if Madge has to get thrown under the bus so you can make sure that an audience who hasn’t read the books understands the devotion between Katniss and Prim, then that’s what you do.”

Focus on Avoxes: Director Gary Ross explains “we have Avoxes, but we don’t digress in the film. I think it’s a wonderful way to populate the world, but there are just certain [cutbacks] that have to happen.”

Focus on the prep team: Octavia, Flavius and Venia are all in the movie but we won’t really get to know them. Jacobson says “we agreed that the main thing is to establish Cinna. So we had to sort of borrow from Peter to pay Paul!”

Capitol gadgets: Gadgets like food automators won’t be shown. Jacobson explains “we didn’t want the Capitol to appear too fanciful. It has to appear ominous and threatening. The Capitol has to be a mind-blowing experience, but it can’t be Whoville.”

Are you okay with the fact that filmmakers felt like they had to make these cuts?

Enjoy the four new photos from EW below! Of particular note, we see President Snow’s rose garden! This must be one of the new scenes that Ross had hinted at a couple weeks ago.

Thanks to HungerGamesMovie.org for all this!

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