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Susanne Bier

March 21: The Cult of Katniss

b March 21

Jennifer Lawrence is relishing her last few weeks of anonymity. The 21-year-old actress understands that her starring turn in"The Hunger Games" is about to change her life. Opening Friday, the highly anticipated film, faithfully adapted from Suzanne Collins' bestselling young adult novels, promises to transform Lawrence into one of the most famous movie stars on the planet.

Some things already have changed for Lawrence. Just a few weeks ago, paparazzi began hiding in the bushes around her house, and a chauffeured SUV temporarily has replaced her Volkswagen. When she arrives at a Beverly Hills restaurant for an interview, though, it's a tabloid-invented rivalry between...