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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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    “We don’t defy the laws of physics: There are no flying men or cars in this movie. So it made sense to do it old-school: real vehicles and real human beings in the desert. We shot the movie more or less in continuity, because the cars and the characters get really banged up along the way. The biggest benefit of digital technology for me was that the cameras were smaller and much more agile, so you could put them anywhere. We also spent a huge amount of time on spatial awareness—making sure the viewer could follow the action and understand what was happening. There has to be a strong causal connection from one shot to the next, just the same way that in music, there has to be a connection from one note to the next. Otherwise it’s just noise. Too often, if you just cram a lot of stuff into the frame, you get the illusion of a fast pace. But there’s no coherence. It doesn’t flow. It comes off as headbanging music, and it can be exhausting. We storyboarded the movie before we had a script: We had 3,500 boards, which helps the cast and crew understand how everything is going to fit together. Movies are getting faster and faster. The Road Warrior had 1,200 cuts. This one has 2,700 cuts. You have to treat it like a symphony.”
    ~ George Miller

    “I was having issues with my script for It’s All About Love, so I called Ingmar Bergman and we ended up talking about everything but the script. He said, “Well, Festen is a masterpiece, so what are you going to do now?” At that point, I had not decided if I was going to make It’s All About Love, so I answered, “Hmmm, I don’t know. Maybe this, maybe that.” There was just a long pause, and then he said, “You’re fucked.” I said, “Well, how can you know?” “Well, Thomas, you always have to decide your next movie before the movie you’re doing presently opens.” And I said, “Why is that?” “Well, two things can happen. One thing is that you fail, and then you’ll feel scared and humiliated. It’ll get into your head. Second, and even worse, you have success, and then you’ll want more of it, or you’ll want to maintain it. But if you decide on your next film while you’re in the middle of editing, it becomes a very nonchalant choice. And then it’s shorter from the heart to the hand.”
    ~ Thomas Vinterberg

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