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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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    What do you make of the criticism directed at the film that the biopic genre or format is intrinsically bourgeois? That’s the most crazy criticism. That’s an excuse for not engaging with the content of the movie. Film critics sometimes, you know, can be very lazy.

    Come on, formal criticism is valuable too. But I’m amazed when this is the thing they put in front of the discourse. My situation is that I’m dealing with a highly explosive subject, a taboo subject that nobody wants to deal with.

    Karl Marx? Yes, this is the first film ever in the Western world about Marx. And I managed to make an almost mainstream film out of it. You want me at the same time to play the artist and do a risky film about the way my camera moves and the way I edit? No, it’s complicated enough! The artistic challenge — and it took me ten years with Pascal to write this story — was the writing. That was the most difficult part. We were making a film about the evolution of an idea, which is impossible. To be able to have political discourse in a scene, and you can follow it, and it’s not simplified, and it’s historically true. This is the accomplishment. So when someone criticizes the formal aspects without seeing that first, for me, it’s laziness or ignorance. There’s an incapacity to deal with what’s on the table. I make political films about today, I’m not making a biopic to make a biopic. I don’t believe in being an artist just to be an artist. And by the way, this film cost $9 million. I dare anyone in the United States to make this film for $9 million.
    Raoul Peck on The Young Karl Marx

    “The Motion Picture Academy, at considerable expense and with great efficiency, runs all the nominated pictures at its own theater, showing each picture twice, once in the afternoon, once in the evening. A nominated picture is one in connection with which any kind of work is nominated for an award, not necessarily acting, directing, or writing; it may be a purely technical matter such as set-dressing or sound work. This running of pictures has the object of permitting the voters to look at films which they may happen to have missed or to have partly forgotten. It is an attempt to make them realize that pictures released early in the year, and since overlaid with several thicknesses of battered celluloid, are still in the running and that consideration of only those released a short time before the end of the year is not quite just.

    “The effort is largely a waste. The people with votes don’t go to these showings. They send their relatives, friends, or servants. They have had enough of looking at pictures, and the voices of destiny are by no means inaudible in the Hollywood air. They have a brassy tone, but they are more than distinct.”All this is good democracy of a sort. We elect Congressmen and Presidents in much the same way, so why not actors, cameramen, writers, and all rest of the people who have to do with the making of pictures? If we permit noise, ballyhoo, and theater to influence us in the selection of the people who are to run the country, why should we object to the same methods in the selection of meritorious achievements in the film business? If we can huckster a President into the White House, why cannot we huckster the agonized Miss Joan Crawford or the hard and beautiful Miss Olivia de Havilland into possession of one of those golden statuettes which express the motion picture industry’s frantic desire to kiss itself on the back of its neck? The only answer I can think of is that the motion picture is an art. I say this with a very small voice. It is an inconsiderable statement and has a hard time not sounding a little ludicrous. Nevertheless it is a fact, not in the least diminished by the further facts that its ethos is so far pretty low and that its techniques are dominated by some pretty awful people.

    “If you think most motion pictures are bad, which they are (including the foreign), find out from some initiate how they are made, and you will be astonished that any of them could be good. Making a fine motion picture is like painting “The Laughing Cavalier” in Macy’s basement, with a floorwalker to mix your colors for you. Of course most motion pictures are bad. Why wouldn’t they be?”
    ~ Raymond Chandler, “Oscar Night In Hollywood,” 1948