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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 She plays a tough-as-nails Ozark mountain girl with a dead father and an emotionally withdrawn mother who steps up to protect her younger siblings.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.
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
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!"
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
The final "Hunger Games" spoiled an early Christmas for the holiday horror comedy "Krampus" to maintain its top spot at the North American box office for the third week running. The Jennifer Lawrence -led film took in an estimated $18.6 million in the U.S. and Canada, bringing its domestic total to $227 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. The anti-Santa Claus thriller (which did not screen for critics) was the only film to debut in the Top 10 this week and brought in $16 million.
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
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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January 7, 2016
Last week and total box office in millions. Weeks    Per    Rank/Title/Studio Last Week   Total    Out   Location    1. Star Wars (Disney) $90.2   $742.2   3   $21,829    2. Daddy's Home (Paramount) 29.2   93.9   2   8,739    3. Hateful Eight (Weinstein) 15.7   29.0   2   6,349    4. Sisters (Universal) 12.8   62.9   3   4,285    5. Alvin and Chipmunks (Fox) 12.1   67.6   3   3,475    6. Joy (Fox)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
The final "Hunger Games" spoiled an early Christmas for the holiday horror comedy "Krampus" to maintain its top spot at the North American box office for the third week running. The Jennifer Lawrence -led film took in an estimated $18.6 million in the U.S. and Canada, bringing its domestic total to $227 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. The anti-Santa Claus thriller (which did not screen for critics) was the only film to debut in the Top 10 this week and brought in $16 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fogle's divorce final Disgraced Subway spokesman  Jared Fogle  and wife  Kathleen McLaughlin  finalized their divorce Nov. 16, three days before he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, says  ABC News. Fogle was found guilty of trading in child pornography and paying for sex with underage girls. McLaughlin's lawyer says in court documents that Fogle had little contact with their two children throughout the couple's five-year marriage. Badu: Alien from outer space I mean, she says so herself!
NEWS
November 27, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Saget: Cosby is tarnished Comic  Bob Saget , who has said  Bill Cosby  was his greatest teacher, says Cosby's reputation is forever destroyed by allegations that he raped more than 40 women. "I went to Temple University and he was a mentor of mine," Saget tells HuffPost Live. "It's very sad. I think the answer is obvious: that the man has been tarnished, and it's just sad for all the people involved. " Added Saget, "I think any human being that does things that are despicable to other human beings will be slightly tarnished by history.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN IS a $100 million opening weekend a disappointment? When it's for "Mockingjay - Part 2," the final "Hunger Games" film. For most films, $101 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday, would be a coup, but M2 collected the lowest opening take among the four films in the series. The series, starring Jennifer Lawrence , kicked off with a bang in March 2012 with a massive $152.5 million weekend - one of the highest openings of all time. "Catching Fire," the second film in the franchise, one-upped that with a $158.1 million debut in November 2013.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Katniss Everdeen can hang up her bow and arrow now and wipe away that look of sad, defiant rage. With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 , the final installment in the adventures of a valiant teen and her battle against decadent authority figures and the cynical puppetmasters of a deadly reality-TV spectacle, all the dystopian hooha comes to a crashing end. A franchise that made Jennifer Lawrence a star and made something like $2.3 billion...
NEWS
November 20, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," an action movie in the form of a dirge, brings a fitting end to the most downbeat pop franchise in mainstream movie history. Gruesome, pessimistic, angry, violent, subversive and also wildly popular - that would worry me, if I were running for public office. The YA world of Suzanne Collins, after all, operates at a modest remove from what the author sees as a just-around-the-corner reality - a logical continuation of economic decline for the middle and lower classes.
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