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April 4, 2012 | By Blaine Harden
Joining my 9-year-old daughter and a sizable slice of the American population, I queued up last week to watch"The Hunger Games. "My daughter had just read the book and was giddy with excitement. Reviewers had reassured me that scenes in the film showing children fighting each other to the death on orders of a totalitarian state had been carefully edited. Still, the movie turned my stomach - and not because of what I saw on the screen. What flashed through my mind were images of North Korea.
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March 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The new movie "Divergent" stars Shailene Woodley as a brave young woman who challenges the rigid social order of her dystopian society, in which people are categorized into factions based on their personality types. Many film reviewers, however, are saying that for a story all about daring to be different, "Divergent" hews closely to the conventions of its young-adult genre. "Divergent," like the blockbuster "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" films, is based on a popular book series, in this case by Veronica Roth.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for St. Patrick's Day . Let the debates begin, "Hunger Games" fans: Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence has landed the lead role in the movie adaptation. ( The Wrap ) Get comfortable everyone. The long, long legal battle between Charlie Sheen, Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros. is just beginning. ( Los Angeles Times ) Seann William Scott, late of "American Pie" films, has checked into rehab. ( Los Angeles Times ) Or maybe he's not late at all. The original "American Pie" cast is reunited for another film.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Tuesday's episode of "The Voice," the final round of blind auditions, fell in the ratings from last week but was still the top show in prime time, propelling NBC to a nightly victory in a key demographic.  "The Voice" averaged 13.1-million viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Its rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, the demographic preferred by advertisers, fell 17% from last week to a 3.4. In the 18-to-49 category, a ratings point equals about 1.3-million people.  The new comedy "About a Boy" also fell week-to-week by 16% in a key demo to a 2.1 and drew an overall audience of 7.9 million.
NATIONAL
March 23, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A trailer for "The Host" -- the new book-to-movie project by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer -- premiered right around the time that moviegoers were taking their seats for the first screening of"The Hunger Games. " Why is this news? "The Host" doesn't open in theaters until March 29. Of 2013. Is this all a coincidence? We think not. It wasn't all that long ago that Meyer was pretty much the reigning princess of young adult literature with her wildly successful "Twilight" trilogy-turned-film phenomenon.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
After wide speculation, Lionsgate confirmed that it has cast Sam Claflin, best known for his turn in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," to portray the role of Finnick Odair in the upcoming sequel to"The Hunger Games. " Charismatic and manipulative, Finnick, a former Hunger Games victor, is one of the most compelling new tributes Katniss Everdeen must face as she returns to the arena. Katniss forms a rather suspicious alliance with the charming victor, unsure of where his loyalties lie. The role was one of much speculation with Internet chatter speculating on a slew of young actors that could play the integral part in the second chapter of the trilogy.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"The Hunger Games" is big enough of a draw this weekend that movie theaters don't have to do much to sell tickets — in the opening hours, hundreds of thousands of fans dropped nearly $20 million for admission. But those who showed up at the Megaplex Theatre in Sandy, Utah, for the first screenings were able to participate in their own (nonlethal) version of the cinematic teen death match, donning sumo wrestling suits, picking up laser guns and jousting with inflatable swords. Before battling strangers and friends, patrons could visit Cinna's Salon and have their eyes decorated with glitter — just like the film's heroine, Katniss, gets dolled up by a stylist named Cinna before she's thrown into the arena.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
The '90s may be back at the multiplex this weekend, but that decade's comeback could be thwarted by a more of-the-moment movie event:"The Hunger Games. " For the third consecutive weekend, the blockbuster based on Suzanne Collins' popular novel is expected to top the box office. The film starring Jennifer Lawrence has already raked in more than $260 million domestically and could collect an additional $30 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
"The Hunger Games," the teen action-adventure film that is opening to big numbers this weekend, is, without question, a parable of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It's also a cautionary tale about Big Government. And undeniably a Christian allegory about the importance of finding Jesus. Or maybe a call for campaign-finance reform? Like the Suzanne Collins bestseller on which it is based, the movie about a teenage girl fighting for her life in a televised death match in a dystopian post-apocalyptic country that has replaced America has a whiff of political content.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Melissa Rauch, a.k.a. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz from "The Big Bang Theory," is showing that she's got just as much brawn as she's got brain in the latest issue of Maxim. And here she follows in costar Kaley Cuoco's 2011 footsteps ... The petite star of the Emmy-winning CBS comedy vamped it up in a dominatrix-style jumpsuit and a black bra and bustier that showed off her ample cleavage, teasing her photo spread in the December issue of the men's magazine. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities It's definitely a titillating departure from the demure dresses and classy cardigans Bernie sports as a doctorate-holding microbiologist on the hit sitcom.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- China's box office has made its first $1 billion for the year, crossing the mark in the week that ended Sunday with some help from “Robocop.” Year-to-date box office receipts for the mainland -- the world's second biggest movie market behind the United States -- now stands at $1.03 billion for 2014, film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway said, a pace significantly ahead of 2013. “Robocop,” Jose Padilha's remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 futuristic dystopia classic, took in $21.5 million in its second week in release, claiming the top spot.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continued to post big numbers as it made its debut on retail shelves.  The "Hunger Games" sequel sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend in release, Lionsgate said Tuesday. The original sold 3.8 million units in its first weekend. Sales for digital copies of "Catching Fire" increased 40% from the first film, according to Lionsgate, which did not disclose how many electronic units were sold for either movie, though the company said "Catching Fire" marked its biggest digital debut ever.  WATCH: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' exclusive clip shows Katniss on the run The opening weekend for the Jennifer Lawrence dystopian action picture generated $65 million in home entertainment revenue, Lionsgate said.  Blu-ray versions were more popular this time around, with the pricier format accounting for half of physical sales of "Catching Fire," compared with 35% of sales for the first picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
George Saunders' short story collection "Tenth of December" was named the winner of the first-ever Folio Prize in London on Monday. The prize is worth more than $65,000. Lavinia Greenlaw, chairwoman of the judges, said: "George Saunders' stories are both artful and profound. Darkly playful, they take us to the edge of some of the most difficult questions of our time and force us to consider what lies behind and beyond them. His subject is the human self under ordinary and extraordinary pressure.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
A generation before "Twilight" stole teen girls' hearts, Anne Rice's "Interview With the Vampire" and its sequels explored the romance and eroticism of the vampire myth. No matter who was telling the stories of their loves and misdeeds, the vampire Lestat was at the center of the story, a magnetic, selfish antihero. The undead Lestat, who was played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 film "Interview With the Vampire," will return in a new novel in October. Rice announced the upcoming publication of "Prince Lestat" on "The Dinner Party," an Internet show co-hosted by Christopher Rice, her son. "It is a big vampire chronicle," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The team behind the blockbuster film adaptation of "The Hunger Games" has signed on to make Donna Tartt's 2013 bestseller "The Goldfinch" into a film -- or something. The Wrap reports that Nina Jacobson's Color Force is looking for the right director for the project. She expects the shape of the project to evolve once the director has signed on. "We are looking for the right filmmaker, and then we'll choose the right home based on that filmmaker,” Jacobson said. “We've been thinking we are more likely to make a limited series for TV. There's so much scope to the book.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 Available on VOD beginning March 6 It's hard to know how to evaluate this because Lars von Trier's two-hour character sketch is, on its own, an unfinished film, ending on a cliffhanger that suggests a change of gears for the next two hours (set to come out in a few weeks). And that's not even considering the five-hour "complete" version that won't be available stateside for a while. But at the halfway point, "Nymphomaniac" is on pace to be perhaps the essential Von Trier film, pouring all his thoughts about faith, death, lust and gender relations into the story of one sick woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Lionsgate plans to make its next three "Hunger Games" movies an annual event every November from 2013 through 2015. The Santa Monica studio announced Tuesday that it will release "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" on Nov. 21, 2014, and "Mockingjay Part 2" on Nov. 20, 2015. The company has already scheduled the second picture, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," for Nov. 22, 2013. The news demonstrates how critical it has become for Hollywood studios to stake out the best release dates for their event movies as early as possible.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The team behind the blockbuster film adaptation of "The Hunger Games" has signed on to make Donna Tartt's 2013 bestseller "The Goldfinch" into a film -- or something. The Wrap reports that Nina Jacobson's Color Force is looking for the right director for the project. She expects the shape of the project to evolve once the director has signed on. "We are looking for the right filmmaker, and then we'll choose the right home based on that filmmaker,” Jacobson said. “We've been thinking we are more likely to make a limited series for TV. There's so much scope to the book.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Mindy Farrabee
Toward the end of "Half Bad," a debut young adult novel about battling witches by British author Sally Green, readers learn that the protagonist's favorite book is "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," the 1962 novel about life in a Soviet gulag. Why does he like it so much? another character asks him. "Because [Ivan] survives," he answers flatly. Likening the psychic terrain of young adulthood to a prison camp (where illusions die ignoble deaths and defying authority is a prerequisite for forging one's identity)
SCIENCE
February 12, 2014 | By Mary MacVean, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The executive director of the Eating Recovery Center of California, Jennifer Lombardi, says it was no surprise to her that a contestant on “The Biggest Loser” lost a shocking amount of weight - in this case, Rachel Frederickson dieting to less than half her weight. “I have been waiting anxiously for this moment to arrive,” she said a few days later. Lombardi says the NBC reality show “puts people in the bubble” of constant supervision and grueling workouts to win a prize; Frederickson won $250,000 on Feb. 5, setting off a social media firestorm.
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