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April 9, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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 She plays a tough-as-nails Ozark mountain girl with a dead father and an emotionally withdrawn mother who steps up to protect her younger siblings.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.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | Freelance
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
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!"
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
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.
NEWS
March 18, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
NEWS
April 20, 2012 | By Scott Holleran
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay - Part 1" continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards-season hopefuls "Wild" and "The Imitation Game" proved their might with impressive limited-release showings on this sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. In its third weekend in release, "Mockingjay - Part 1" earned an estimated $21.6 million. The penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates yesterday.
NEWS
November 24, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"MOCKINGJAY, PART 1" had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates yesterday. The movie opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and the $153 million opening of the 2012 original. But it easily topped the $100 million debut of "Transformers: Age of Extinction. " The result made for some unusual ironies. The biggest opening of the year (and by a wide margin) was seen by some as a disappointment.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seinfeld on autism spectrum Jerry Seinfeld 's sitcom character isn't the most socially adept person, but was he really autistic? The comedian tells NBC's Brian Williams that in real life he may suffer from a mild form of autism. "I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the [autism disorders] spectrum. " For one thing, he says, "basic social engagement is really a struggle. " Seinfeld, 60, who stars in the Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee , says, "I'm very literal.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
In a modest Northeast Philadelphia house, Masha Lipkovsky, an immigrant from Ukraine, thinks big - in terms of tiers, pounds of butter and flour, and elaborate decorative finishes involving rhinestones, wings, and even a teapot made of sugar. To say that Lipkovsky bakes cakes would grossly understate an artistic prowess behind an award-winning six-tier stunner inspired by the wedding dress of Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games: Catching Fire , and an Alice in Wonderland creation that weighed more than 80 pounds and took three people to carry.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rosie: Truth to power It's just days before her return to The View , but Rosie O'Donnell already is spilling a few embarrassing insider tidbits. Rosie, 52, tells Variety that the show's casting process was miserable. "It was very much like the Hunger Games , how they did it," says Rosie, who was signed in July. Come August and producers still needed to fill two slots, so they asked candidates (at gunpoint?) to conduct mock debates with Rosie and cohost Whoopi Goldberg . "I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test," Rosie says.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
ATLANTIC CITY certainly provides plenty of ways for you to spend money on entertainment. But thanks to a number of initiatives, the town also boasts plenty of freebie fun this summer. Between now and Labor Day, visitors and residents in the seaside gaming capital can avail themselves of free movie screenings and musical performances offering jazz, R&B and Broadway show tunes. For more information, go to atlanticcitynj.com.   'Movies Under the Stars' This family-centric series of flicks takes place at three separate locations.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE THREE-FINGER SALUTE from "The Hunger Games" is being used as a symbol of resistance in Thailand. Protesters against the military coup are flashing the gesture as a silent act of rebellion, and they're being threatened with arrest if they ignore warnings to stop. "Raising three fingers has become a symbol in calling for fundamental political rights," anti-coup activist Sombat Boonngamanong said on his Facebook page. He called on people to raise "3 fingers, 3 times a day" - at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - in safe public places where no police or military are present.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
If any members of our fractious species could get along, you might expect it to be those who make it their life's work to feed the hungry. And yet the Philadelphia region's food charities find themselves figuratively throwing food at each other. Fortunately, being practiced altruists, they ought to be able to find a way to put aside pride and parochialism for the sake of the needy. The local antihunger giant Philabundance is at the center of the controversy. With a budget of nearly $50 million and a staff of more than 100, Philabundance takes food from supermarkets, food makers, and other large donors and discounters and distributes it to nearly 500 area food pantries serving the needy.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE COMPETITION for most depressing teen-lit dystopia grows more intense each week. But the leader in the clubhouse may be "How I Live Now," squeezed in between the genocide epic "Ender's Game," and the upcoming installment of homicidal teen-gladiator drama "Hunger Games. " In "Now," Saoirse Ronan stars as Daisy, a kvetching American girl sent by an indifferent widower father to live with her feral British cousins in the country. Daisy has fears and anxieties and allergies, the family lives in a house full of farm animals and unwashed dishes, and there is much clashing of culture.
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
"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.
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