April 9, 2012 |
Film fans are still forking over for The Hunger Games, which took in $33.5 million to lead the box office for a third straight weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, The Hunger Games raised its domestic total to $302.8 million and easily topped the American Pie sequel American Reunion and a 3-D version of the blockbuster Titanic. Both newcomers opened solidly - American Reunion pulled in $21.5 million, while Titanic in 3-D reeled in $17.4 million over the weekend, raising its domestic take to $25.7 million since opening Wednesday.
March 20, 2012 |
The golden image of a bird that graces the book cover of The Hunger Games - and now is captured in the movie - is as elegant, haunting, and psychologically nuanced as the book itself. The ternlike creature is a mockingjay, in Hunger Games parlance. Surrounded by a gold circle, its wings are spread and held back taut, the tips just touching the circle, its neck curved down, its head turned back, a sharp arrow in its beak. For its creator, artist Tim O'Brien, a professor of illustration at University of the Arts, it was an image that stood apart from the oil portraits of political and pop-culture figures he more commonly makes.
March 23, 2012
IF YOU'RE ONE of those people who wonder why Hollywood gave Jennifer Lawrence the lead in "The Hunger Games," do yourself a favor. Go rent a movie called "Winter's Bone," which earned Lawrence an Oscar nomination. She plays a tough-as-nails Ozark mountain girl with a dead father and an emotionally withdrawn mother who steps up to protect her younger siblings. And, let's see, Katniss Everdeen is ... a tough-as-nails Appalachian girl with a dead father and a catatonic mother who steps up to protect her younger sister.
March 21, 2012 |
The Hunger Games is a visual smorgasbord of a movie, a cast of hundreds dressed in everything from utilitarian garb with Depression-era grit to glam-gone-grotesque Gaga getups inspired by the latest haute couture. It may seem as if it doesn't get much better than this for a costume designer. But the pressure is on to please fans of author Suzanne Collins' YA trilogy; the film opens Friday. "I tried to stay as close to the descriptions in the book as I could," says costume designer Judianna Makovsky.
April 13, 2012 |
By Paul F. Bradley From my house, I could hear the wailing start every Saturday at 8 a.m. It penetrated the walls, growing louder with each wave. By 9, it was loud enough to prevent any further sleep. By 10, it was deafening. Was it a battle reenactment? Perhaps M. Night Shyamalan was filming in the area? Hardly. It was just the sound of crazed parents screaming as their 6-year-olds played soccer. One day, I walked over to the sports complex, drawn by the shrieking.
December 28, 2011 |
IF YOU'RE A tween girl, this is a merger of the two most awesomest things in the whole world. The Hollywood Reporter says Taylor Swift tweeted a link last week to her new song, "Safe and Sound. " And it's from the upcoming movie version of "The Hunger Games. " O! M! G! "Something I've been VERY excited about for a VERY long time is going to be happening VERY soon (and I'm not referring to Christmas)," she wrote, later adding: "And this is it, the big surprise . . . Go get it!"
November 5, 2013 |
"I see Sam!" Alexis Vernola, 16, of Allentown, screeched as actor Sam Claflin came near. "I can't breathe!" Gianna, 12, marveled as she peered at him from behind a metal barrier, "If this fence wasn't here, I would be up there! Like, I'm that close. " Her friend Becca, 13, agreed: "It's fate. It's destiny. " The girls, both from Haddonfield, were among more than 1,000 eager fans who crowded the Cherry Hill Mall on Sunday to get a glimpse of five stars of Catching Fire , the second installment in The Hunger Games franchise.
March 21, 2011 |
NOW THAT "Harry Potter" is nearing his finale on screen, the next big teen/tween movie franchise may be "The Hunger Games," based on Suzanne Collins ' best-seller. With competition for the lead role of heroine Katniss Everdeen drawing the finest young actresses in Hollywood, director Gary Ross has chosen Jennifer Lawrence (the Oscar-nominated star of "Winter's Bone" and the Oscar red carpet bright-red scoop-neck dress) to star. "Jennifer's just an incredible actress.
March 18, 2012 |
Harry Potter. . . . Bella Swan. . . . Katniss Everdeen? If the bespectacled boy wizard of the Harry Potter books and films and the sulky high schooler-turned-vampire-wife of the Twilight Saga have long been imprinted in the collective consciousness, is it now time for the teenage heroine of The Hunger Games to join them? With the Suzanne Collins book perched atop the children's and young-adult best-seller lists pretty much since its publication in late 2008, and with advance ticket sales for the $100 million Lionsgate film adaptation - opening at Friday - outpacing the inaugural Harry Potter, there are strong indications that Ms. Everdeen is indeed heading for that rarefied realm of pop iconography.
April 20, 2012 |
For four consecutive weekends, the most popular movie in America has been one depicting a government contest in which children kill children. The Hunger Games, based on a dystopian series of young-adult novels by Suzanne Collins, recently broke the $500 million mark in worldwide box office receipts. What gets people into movie theaters is hard to tell. But the film version of The Hunger Games is appealing to more than the books' chiefly young, female fan base, drawing boys and adults as well.