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The 'Hunger Games' Nail Polish Line Is Not Happening, But a Lawsuit Is

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Earlier this month, a line of Hunger Games-branded China Glaze nail polish colors started to make the rounds on beauty blogs (including this one). Shortly after we wrote about the line, we got an email from a rep for Lionsgate, the studio producing The Hunger Games movies, informing us that the polishes weren't official.

Now, there's a new detail in the story: a lawsuit. American International Industries (AII), which owns China Glaze, is suing Lionsgate for breach of contract.

AII claims that they made a deal with Lionsgate to produce and promote the line of Hunger Games nail polishes. However, when images of the collection leaked early, Lionsgate told reporters (including us) that the deal wasn't confirmed yet. AII says that they "refused to lie" about the collab and were then informed by a Lionsgate rep that the deal was off.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, "American says it purchased millions of dollars in nail polish materials and expended substantial time and labor in reliance on the fully-executed contract, and it wants $10 million in damages." Several entertainment bloggers who run Hunger Games fansites told Racked that Lionsgate has been "very tight-lipped" about giving out spoilers and has taken away access from bloggers and reporters who didn't fall in line.

Our speculation? Lionsgate is going to blame someone at AII/China Glaze for leaking the colors ahead of time.

· Hunger Games Studio Hit with Lawsuit Over Nail Polish Deal [THR]
· Hunger Games Nail Polish [Racked]