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 She plays a tough-as-nails Ozark mountain girl with a dead father and an emotionally withdrawn mother who steps up to protect her younger siblings.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.
March 19, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - As anticipation reaches a fever pitch for the big-screen adaptation of "The Hunger Games," opening Friday, a central element is absent from every trailer, television ad and online video: the Hunger Games themselves, in which teenagers fight to the death while their futuristic society watches on TV. In an unusual and risky strategy, studio Lionsgate has crafted a $45 million marketing campaign that shows none of the titular combat....
March 18, 2012
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye Documentary on artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his wife and collaborator, Lady Jaye, with an emphasis on the transformations they put themselves through for one of their projects. Delicacy See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Hunger Games See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Reviewed by critics Carrie Rickey (C.R.), Steven Rea (S.R.), and Dan DeLuca (D.D.)
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.