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The Hunger Games

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Director:

  • Gary Ross

Writer:

    Cast:

    • Jennifer Lawrence
    • Josh Hutcherson
    • Elizabeth Banks
    • Liam Hemsworth
    • Woody Harrelson
    • Stanley Tucci

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    Articles

    Box Office Hell — May 11

    Our Players|Coming Soon|Box Office Prophets|Box Office Guru|EW|Box Office . com Marvel’s The Avengers |97.5|87.5|98.0|100.0|111.0 Dark Shadows |38.5|34.8|38.0|35.0|33.0 Think Like a Man|4.5|4.3|4.5|4.7|5.0 The Hunger Games |3.1|3.7|3.5|3.8|4.0 The Pirates! Band of Misfits|3.0|3.5|n/a|3.7|3.7

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    Box Office Hell — May 4

    Our Players|Coming Soon|Box Office Prophets|Box Office Guru|EW|Box Office . com Marvel’s The Avengers |158.0|171.8|155.0|160.0|170.0 Think Like a Man |9.0|10.3|10.0|9.0|9.0 The Pirates! Band of Misfits|6.7|7.4|6.5|6.5|6.3 The Hunger Games |6.0|7.1|7.5|7.0|6.5 The Five Year Engagement|5.6|6.4|n/a|6.0|5.7

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    Box Office Hell — April 20

    Our Players|Coming Soon|Box Office Prophets|Box Office Guru|EW|Box Office . com The Lucky One |n/a|15.2|17.0|16.5|21.0 Think Like a Man |n/a|9.4|17.0|19.0|24.0 The Hunger Games |n/a|13.6|13.0|13.0|13.0 Titanic in 3-D|n/a|7.9|n/a|n/a|7.7 Chimpanzee|n/a|7.3|7.0|n/a|6.5

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    Box Office Hell – April 13

    Our Players|Coming Soon|Box Office Prophets|Box Office Guru|EW|Box Office . com The Hunger Games |18.0|19.8|18.0|20.0|19.5 The Three Stooges |15.6|9.5|11.0|12.0|13.5 The Cabin in the Woods |14.2|16.7|15.0|15.0|14.5 American Reunion|11.5|11.4|11.0|10.0|11.7 Titanic in 3-D|8.5|10.3|10.0|11.0|11.8

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    Box Office Hell — April 6

    Our Players|Coming Soon|Box Office Prophets|Box Office Guru|EW|Box Office . com American Reunion |32.5|21.3|24.0|29.5|n/a The Hunger Games |29.5|30.3|30.0|30.0|n/a Titanic in 3-D|26.5|28.2|25.0|22.0|n/a Wrath of the Titans|14.7|14.4|16.0|14.5|n/a Mirror Mirror |10.0|10.6|11.0|11.0|n/a

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    Box Office Hell — March 29

    Our Players|Coming Soon|Box Office Prophets|Box Office Guru|EW|Box Office . com The Hunger Games |64.5|76.8|69.0|70.0|72.0 Wrath of the Titans|40.8|35.8|36.0|36.0|37.5 Mirror Mirror |24.8|18.3|20.0|27.0|24.0 21 Jump Street|12.3|12.4|12.0|13.0|11.8 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax |8.0|7.7|7.0|7.5|7.8

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    Link-bait Optimizer The Atlantic Tubthumps For Hunger Games Best Pictures Oscar

    Link-bait Optimizer The Atlantic Tubthumps For Hunger Games Best Pictures Oscar

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    Weekend Estimates: March 25, 2012

    The Hunger Games|153.6 (37,130)|NEW|153.6 21 Jump Street|20.4 (6,550)|-44%|70.2 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax|13.0 (3,540)|-43%|177.3 John Carter|5.0 (1,570)|-63%|62.4 Act of Valor|2.0 (910)|-46%|65.9 A Thousand Words|1.9 (1,050)|-40%|14.9 Project X|1.9 (920)|-53%|51.7 Safe House|1.4 (1,020)|-50%|122.5 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island|1.3 (1,000)|-44%|97.1 Casa de mi Padre|1.0 (2,170)|-55%|3.9

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    Review: The Hunger Games

    I’m not going to dissect the similarities and differences between The Hunger Games and Battle Royale, Koushun Takami’s 1999 Japanese pulp novel (adapted a year later into one of my favorite violent, equally pulpy moves of all time), which had a similar storyline about teens forced to battle to the death. Suffice it to say that yes, the general ideas and underlying themes of the two are similar, but while Battle Royale is good bloody dystopian fun, I think The Hunger Games has a better, more completely drawn story and interweaving of theme. And it has Katniss Everdeen, who’s a completely kick-ass female protagonist.

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    Box Office Hell — March 22

    Our Players|Coming Soon|Box Office Prophets|Box Office Guru|EW|Box Office . com The Hunger Games |124.8|133.4|125.0|130.0|125.0 21 Jump Street|19.5|19.8|20.0|20.0|21.0 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax |12.5|12.3|13.5|13.0|14.0 John Carter |6.0|5.7|7.0|7.0|7.0 One Thousand Words|2.0|2.1|n/a|2.0|2.1

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    Critics Roundup – March 22

    The Hunger Games |Yellow||Green|Green| The Raid: Redemption |||Green|| The Deep Blue Sea (NY, LA) |Yellow||Green|| Musical Chairs (NY) |||Green|| October Baby |||Red|| Free Men |Green||||

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    Review: The Hunger Games

    “What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he’s around? Nobody is going to be taken in if he has a long, red, pointy tail. No. I’m semi-serious here. He will look attractive and he will be nice and helpful and he will get a job where he influences a great…

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    Finger Wagging

    All of these sternly worded emails about the Hunger Games screenings in my inbox this week are simultaneously amusing and annoying. You MUST sign a review embargo agreement! You MUST NOT bring your cell phone to the screening! You MUST sign over your first-born son for us to sacrifice to the fickle Box Office Gods…

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    Soderbergh On Shooting A Few Days Of Second Unit For Hunger Games

    Soderbergh On Shooting A Few Days Of Second Unit For Hunger Games

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    Quote Unquotesee all »

    “The core fear is what can happen to you, personally. Your body. That’s what horror films deal with, precisely. We are a very thin skin wrapped around a pumping heart and guts. At any given moment it can come down to that, be it diseases, or somebody’s assault, or war, or a car wreck. You could be reduced to the simple laws of physics and your body’s vulnerability. The edged weapon is the penultimate weapon to disclose that reality to you.”
    ~ Wes Craven, 1996, promoting Scream

    MAMET
    Well, that, to me, is always the trick of dramaturgy; theoretically, perfectly, what one wants to do is put the protagonist and the audience in exactly the same position. The main question in drama, the way I was taught, is always what does the protagonist want. That’s what drama is. It comes down to that. It’s not about theme, it’s not about ideas, it’s not about setting, but what the protagonist wants. What gives rise to the drama, what is the precipitating event, and how, at the end of the play, do we see that event culminated? Do we see the protagonist’s wishes fulfilled or absolutely frustrated? That’s the structure of drama. You break it down into three acts.

    INTERVIEWER
    Does this explain why your plays have so little exposition?

    MAMET
    Yes. People only speak to get something. If I say, Let me tell you a few things about myself, already your defenses go up; you go, Look, I wonder what he wants from me, because no one ever speaks except to obtain an objective. That’s the only reason anyone ever opens their mouth, onstage or offstage. They may use a language that seems revealing, but if so, it’s just coincidence, because what they’re trying to do is accomplish an objective… The question is where does the dramatist have to lead you? Answer: the place where he or she thinks the audience needs to be led. But what does the character think? Does the character need to convey that information? If the answer is no, then you’d better cut it out, because you aren’t putting the audience in the same position with the protagonist. You’re saying, in effect, Let’s stop the play. That’s what the narration is doing—stopping the play… It’s action, as Aristotle said. That’s all that it is—exactly what the person does. It’s not what they “think,” because we don’t know what they think. It’s not what they say. It’s what they do, what they’re physically trying to accomplish on the stage. Which is exactly the same way we understand a person’s character in life—not by what they say, but by what they do. Say someone came up to you and said, I’m glad to be your neighbor because I’m a very honest man. That’s my character. I’m honest, I like to do things, I’m forthright, I like to be clear about everything, I like to be concise. Well, you really don’t know anything about that guy’s character. Or the person is onstage, and the playwright has him or her make those same claims in several subtle or not-so-subtle ways, the audience will say, Oh yes, I understand their character now; now I understand that they are a character. But in fact you don’t understand anything. You just understand that they’re jabbering to try to convince you of something.
    ~ David Mamet

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