High school “Hunger Games” fan Rebecca Foust was out shopping the other day when opportunity knocked. Actually, it tweeted.
“I happened to refresh my Twitter feed at the best moment possible, because a tweet from Atlantic Station’s Twitter came up saying that Josh and Liam had been spotted at the movie theater,”she said.
Indeed, Atlantic Station Community and Social Media Manager Caleb J. Spivak had just dished via @AtlanticStation that Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale, were taking in a screening of “Seven Psychopaths,” starring their fellow Hunger Gamer Woody Harrelson, at the Regal Atlantic Station.
“At Atlantic Station, our philosophy is that social media is only truly effective when conversations happen in real time,” said Spivak, a savvy social media practitioner who also tweets updates from his restaurant/retail/real estate blog What Now Atlanta, from his own accounts, @CalebJSpivak and @WhatNowAtlanta.
“We use social media as a two-way conversation tool — a way to connect directly to the community,” Spivak said. “Many brands simply broadcast marketing messages and take several hours to respond to customers. We try our best to engage with our guests constantly, 24/7.”
Armed with the breaking Twitbit, Foust sprang with Katniss-like quickness into action.
“I did what any 17-year-old girl would do and took a stroll on down to the movie theater,” she said. “Just a few minutes later, the boys came out with a few other guys around their age. I approached them and apologized for bothering them but said that I loved them so much and could I get a picture?”
“I almost thought they were going to blow me off but Josh said, ‘okay, sure but really quick!’ Liam asked me how I was, we took the picture, I said thanks and they started to leave. Liam turned around and said, ‘It was nice to meet you!’ and my little fangirl heart melted.”
“Catching Fire,” the sequel to “The Hunger Games,” has been filming at a number of Atlanta locations including the Atlanta History Center’s Swan House and, happily for Foust, the Goat Farm Arts Center off Howell Mill Road. It’s pretty close to Atlantic Station, where Hemsworth was previously spotted, checking out the restaurant Meehan’s.
“I’m so glad they were willing to stop and take a picture with me,” she said. “It was so great.”
By the way we figure Foust was due a celebrity encounter. “Trouble With the Curve,” starring Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake, Amy Adams and John Goodman, filmed a scene earlier this year at Dunwoody High School, where she is a senior. But the filming took place during spring break – and she missed it.