March 28, 2012 |
Never mind that "The Hunger Games"embraces a strong, courageous and capable heroine navigating a sick and twisted world where those in power benefit from the people suffering below them. The lamentable chatter dominating the conversation around the film of late has zeroed in on star Jennifer Lawrence's body: that, ahem, she didn't look hungry enough for the starring role. If Lawrence didn't have a complex before , this may well push her over the edge. New York Magazine has a roundup of the worst offenders . One critic says the problem is Lawrence's "baby fat," while another laments her "womanly figure.
March 30, 2012 |
Moviegoers are expected to return to the multiplex this weekend for second helpings of "The Hunger Games," pushing the teen epic to No. 1 at the box office again. After debuting with a record-breaking $152.5 million last weekend, the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestselling young adult novel has continued to rake in massive ticket sales this week. Since Monday, the movie has grossed $29.2 million, and it could collect more than $60 million in its second weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
April 2, 2012 |
Despite the arrival of new foes at the multiplex, "The Hunger Games" survived another weekend in the No. 1 position at the domestic box office and surged past the quarter-billion dollar mark after just 10 days in release. The movie starring Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen collected $61.1 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Lionsgate, bringing its total to $251 million in the U.S. and Canada. "The Hunger Games" easily picked off two new films, the 3-D sequel "Wrath of the Titans" and "Mirror Mirror," a modern spin on the Snow White fairy tale.
October 15, 2011 |
With its last three films flopping at the box office and the high-stakes release of "The Hunger Games" looming, Lionsgate is bringing some big new names into its film division. The Santa Monica studio has hired veteran marketing executive Terry Press as a consultant to help plan and execute the advertising campaign for "Hunger Games," the $80-million-plus production based on the bestselling book trilogy; the film opens in March. Press spent more than a decade as a top marketing executive at DreamWorks before leaving in 2007 to run her own company.
November 12, 2013 |
Jennifer Lawrence wore Dior -- and her new pixie cut -- to the world premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in London on Monday. Elizabeth Banks wore a stunning Jason Wu ball gown with cutouts. [Hollywood Life] Their co-star Jena Malone was dressed in a fringed crimson gown by Monique Lhuillier. [Perez Hilton] The film's director, Francis Lawrence, is taking the blame for his leading lady's new short haircut, by the way. Jennifer had to cut her hair because of all the damage done when Francis insisted she dye her locks rather than wear a wig in the film.
March 21, 2012 |
Archery had long been relegated to the realm of men in tights, apples atop heads and junior high summer camp. Then came "The Hunger Games. " The hit young-adult trilogy debuted in 2008, starring a heroine in a post-apocalyptic future who wields a bow and arrow to survive in gladiator-style contests. Key to the plots are several of Katniss Everdeen's dramatic shots and the increasingly advanced designs of her bows and arrows (including explosive shafts), as well as the rebellious symbolism of her archery skills.
September 13, 2011 |
In "The Hunger Games," 24 teenagers fight to the death in a tournament whose slogan is "May the odds be ever in your favor. " Executives at Lions Gate Entertainment are hoping those words will ring true for them as they gamble on the most anticipated literary adaptation to hit Hollywood since "Twilight" and "Harry Potter. " The first of four planned "Hunger Games" films, based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy, wrapped production in North Carolina on Saturday and will hit theaters March 23. A successful "Hunger Games" franchise could transform the studio, much as "Twilight" did rival Summit Entertainment, by providing reliable income for years from box-office, DVD and digital sales as well as television licensing and merchandise.
March 26, 2012 |
Children murder one another in a multitude of gruesome and memorable ways in "The Hunger Games," deploying spears, arrows, rocks, venomous wasps, mutant wolves and their bare hands in a televised gladiatorial death match. The juvenile slaughterfest depicted in the film and its source material, Suzanne Collins' trilogy of bestselling young adult novels, may give audiences (particularly parents) pause — is this what contemporary entertainment has come to? But violence committed by and against children has a long, grisly tradition in literature — as an allegory for adult cruelty, a representation of the emotional volatility of adolescence and a tension-raiser for audiences.
May 23, 2012 |
Joining the ranks of teenage homeowners is "Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson, who has bought a place in the Hollywood Hills West area for $2.5 million. Called the Tree House, the 2,000-square-foot-plus house has been home at different times to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and the late actor Heath Ledger. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, built in 1951, sits behind gates on nearly a half-acre filled with sycamores. Features include glass walls, polished concrete floors, an office, beamed ceilings and video security.
March 27, 2012 |
The back-to-back blockbuster successes of "Harry Potter," "Twilight" and now "The Hunger Games" have turned the hunt for fresh young-adult fiction white-hot in Hollywood, as studios try to turn what used to be a phenomenon into what might be a formula. Frenzied auctions are underway for books that haven't even been published. Studios are paying as much as $1 million for the rights to adapt titles that are relatively modest sellers, particularly those featuring science-fiction, fantasy and dystopian themes.