It looks like not everyone is excited about 'The Hunger Games.' The American Federation of Musicians plans to protest 'Hunger Games' studio Lionsgate on Thursday, because the union is up in arms over the studio not using AFM musicians to score the film, which is now in post-production.
"The American Federation of Musicians is moving to organize the independent film studio Lionsgate, and we are working right now toward securing AFM coverage for all musicians who might be employed on their upcoming movie, 'The Hunger Games,'" AFM president Ray Hair recently told members. He pointed out that the "director [Gary Ross], cinematographers, editors, actors, writers are all receiving union wages, benefits and protections for this U.S.-filmed movie, and so it should be for the musicians."
He added, "Our goal is that Lionsgate recognize the importance of being a responsible employer, as well as the unparalleled value of working with the world's finest musicians ... our AFM members."
The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. The score was to have been done by Danny Elfman, but scheduling conflicts caused him to bow out with James Newton Howard taking over. The soundtrack will include songs from Taylor Swift, The Decemberists and Lawrence singing 'Rue's Lullaby.'
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