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The Hunger Games Kicks Off Lionsgate's Digital 'Night at the Movies' Series

Katniss Everdeen is volunteering as tribute to keep you entertained Friday night

Amanda Bell

Get your bows ready because it's time for The Hunger Games again. Lionsgate announced a new weekly movie streaming series called "Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies," which will feature free digital screenings of four major films on YouTube while encouraging audiences to donate to the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation.

The series will kick off Friday at 6/5c with a showing of the dystopian hit The Hunger Games, followed by screenings of Dirty Dancingon Friday, April 24; La La Land on Friday, May 1; and John Wickon Friday, May 8.

According to Variety, which first reported the news, Lionsgate will make an initial donation to the foundation, which is working to help film industry workers affected by the shutdown, in addition to encouraging audience donations. The virtual event will be hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and will feature other celebrities and YouTube stars.

The Hunger Games is the first in a four-part film series that adapts Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy of novels. The movie was a massive box office success for Lionsgate. The story is set in a grim future version of the U.S. called Panem, which has been divided into a dozen districts (plus a 13th district, which, uh, rebelled and disappeared from the official map). All citizens live in service to the Capitol elite and must send two children to fight to the death in a televised battle royale event each year for the Capitol's entertainment -- that is, until Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her sister's place in the reaping and inadvertently ignites a nationwide revolution.

The Hunger Games will screen live on Lionsgate's YouTube channel on Friday, April 17 at 6/5c.

Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games

Murray Close/Lionsgate