April 2, 2012 |
The Hunger Games was the top film for a second weekend in the United States and Canada, taking in $61.1 million in ticket sales. The movie, about teenagers forced to fight to the death on live television, has taken in $251 million since it opened March 23, making it the year's top-grossing film. The Wrath of the Titans made its debut in second place with $34.2 million. Demand for The Hunger Games has sustained a 22 percent increase in movie attendance this year and a 19 percent rise in ticket sales.
March 29, 2012 |
TATTLE has become confused by the term "racism. " Being a racist once meant that you viewed people of a specific race as inferior and did something to either harm them or hinder their advancement. Being a racist was worse than being prejudiced because it held with it a certain power to affect lives. In our current fractured society, however, you don't actually have to act like a racist to be labeled as such - you merely have to bring race into the discussion. Over the past week, people have been accused of being racist for pointing out that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin because he was black.
March 26, 2012 |
The Hunger Games killed, destroyed, folded, spindled, and mutilated at the weekend box office. Studio guesses say opening night was the fifth-best debut ever. Since the top four were all Harry Potter or Twilight sequels, Hunger is the top non-sequel opener ever! When all the arrows had fallen Sunday night, Hunger , at $155 million (almost twice the $80 mils it cost), had scored the third-best opening weekend ever. Now you can buy your Hunger Games hunter-grrrl shirt dress and matching lunch box and join your friends in Hunger Games -inspired nonsense, knowing millions are doing the same.
March 25, 2012 |
Last week, late one morning on a break from class, Emily Ansara Baines could be found seated at a table in the cafeteria of the Los Angeles-area school where she works as a substitute teacher. She was not eating Mockingjay flatbread crackers, or Prim's basil-wrapped goat cheese balls, or Rue's roasted parsnips, although she could tell you how to make them if you asked. Baines is the author of The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook (Adams Media, $19.95), a food-centric fan's tribute to the mega-selling Suzanne Collins trilogy.
March 24, 2012
Television Getting soapy with the stars. Fans of The Young and the Restless can ask its stars the burning questions at a no-holds barred question-and- answer session Saturday at Bally's in Atlantic City. The resort is hosting Soap Opera Weekend, when fans can ask questions beginning at 11 a.m. with Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher), noon with Stephen Nichols (Tucker McCall), 1 p.m. with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman), and 2 p.m. with Michael Muhney (Adam Newman). Tickets ( www.ticketmaster.com )
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 23, 2012 |
CHILLS, BOUTS of depression, loss of appetite: These are all symptoms of "The Hunger Games" hangover. After devouring Suzanne Collins' kid-killing trilogy and checking out the long-anticipated film adaptation, we understand if you are left wanting - nay! - needing more. Here's how to get your "Hunger" fix while you wait for the film's second installment, "Catching Fire," which is expected November 2013. Literature "The Giver": While many would point to William Golding's Lord of the Flies as the obvious antecedent to The Hunger Games, we see more in common with Lois Lowry's classic about a society that is so devoid of free will that people can't even see colors.
March 22, 2012 |
You're probably aware that The Hunger Games will premiere in movie theaters just after midnight. If you're a fanatic about Katniss Everdeen, you've probably already bought your ticket. For some, the countdown to the opening is just agony. "You wake up in the morning feeling happy, but then you realize it's not March 23," said Kate Kopf, 11, of Philadelphia. The film, focusing on teens in a dystopian world, is already the top-selling movie franchise opener and non-sequel recorded by ticket seller Fandango in its 12 years.
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.
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.