The Hunger Games
May 12, 2012 | 4:00 p.m.
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April 05, 2012 | 12:47 p.m.
Not without fanfare, Katniss Everdeen has taken her place in a pop culture lineage of new millennial vintage. Like Harry Potter and Bella Swan before her, the protagonist of “The Hunger Games” transfers from the pages of young-adult fiction to the big screen as nothing less than a pre-engineered box-office phenomenon. And as with all such YA juggernauts, the merits of the first adaptation of novelist Suzanne Collins’ trilogy are debatable (and for many fans, beside the point). Less in doubt is Katniss’ place at the forefront of a growing number of movie characters who happen to be tough young women and who don’t need to be rehabilitated for it. From the no-nonsense muscularity of her name to her peerless skills as an archer, Katniss (portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence) is an avatar of strength and purpose — without the once-requisite “for a […]
March 28, 2012 | 11:16 a.m.
You’ve read the books — maybe even twice — and now you’ve seen “The Hunger Games” brought to life on the big screen. If that leaves you, well, hungering for more, North Carolina has an offer for you: Come see it for yourself. Tourism officials here are hoping that the blockbuster, filmed entirely in the Tar Heel State, will spur a new wave of travel by fans eager to see and touch the world of heroine Katniss Everdeen. And it’s helping things along with brochures and a Web campaign touting the Lionsgate film’s locations. Want to see the shanty where Katniss lives? Or the bakery that Peeta Mellark’s family owns? Then visit the Henry River Mill Village outside Charlotte where those scenes were filmed. Or learn survival skills in DuPont State Recreational Forest, where Katniss and her friend Gale Hawthorne […]
March 21, 2012 | 6:50 p.m.
Fans of “The Hunger Games” can meet cast members from the upcoming film at a book signing Thursday evening in Los Angeles. Organizers declined to say which stars will attend, but indicated key cast members will be included. The signing will be held at 6 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at the Grove shopping center. More than 100 fans who purchased a Nook tablet device earlier this month during Barnes & Noble’s “Hunger Games” promotion received VIP wristbands for Thursday’s in-store signing and will be first in line for the event, which also includes themed activities and prizes. Non-VIP standby passes will be made available beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at the store, where all fans will receive a free poster, and a limited number of fans can receive a wristband with the purchase of “Hunger Games” books, including […]
March 20, 2012 | 11:08 a.m.
Josh Hutcherson thinks he’s in Dallas, though all he’s seen is an airport, a hotel and a mall. It’s 16 days before the opening of “The Hunger Games,” and though the 19-year-old actor has been performing since he was 9 — in films as diverse as “American Splendor,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “The Kids are All Right” — the reaction to co-starring in the adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel is unlike anything he’s ever experienced. It’s also the first cross-country mall tour the young actor has jumped aboard, hence the reason for his location confusion. In the last week, the actor has been in giant shopping centers in Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle and Dallas, signing posters and books for throngs of screaming fans who have shown up to get a glimpse of the young man playing […]
March 13, 2012 | 5:07 p.m.
You can find our team coverage of “The Hunger Games’” world premiere over at 24 Frames but, in short, the scene was something that could have been staged in the Capitol, the sleek, over-the-top city of sensory overload from the books. “A little bit like this,” producer Nina Jacobson said as she took in the scene. The crowd was dotted with fans taking fashion tips from the “Hunger Games” world — some wore flamboyant Easter-egg colors with long black gloves and hairpieces of purple feather or bright blue tulle; others went for the heroine’s battle-ready ensemble of French braid, orange-lined black jacket and archer’s bow. The most popular symbol? Mockingjay pins (or necklaces or T-shirt logos or hair accessories) , of course, which were worn by fans, staffers and even some members of the press. The stars themselves didn’t seem to get […]
Feb. 21, 2012 | 1:32 p.m.
Fans of “The Hunger Games” won’t have to wait long to see Katniss Everdeen take aim on the big screen. Advance tickets for opening night go on sale Wednesday, a full month ahead of the Lionsgate film’s March 23 release, and will be available through MovieTickets.com and Fandango.com. In the meantime, aficionados of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling young-adult novels can meet the film’s stars during a national mall tour beginning March 3, and they can get a glimpse of their favorite “Hunger Games” characters in new pictures from the film and a new IMAX poster (click through the gallery above). The new photos, released on the film’s web site, provide a closer look at Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), as well as the less-publicized supporting characters, including Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, […]
Feb. 03, 2012 | 5:03 p.m.
Fans of “The Hunger Games” are getting a closer look at the characters brought to life in the film’s second trailer, which will air during the Super Bowl this Sunday. “The Hunger Games,” based on the bestselling children’s book series by Suzanne Collins, is set in a post-apocalyptic nation called Panem. Two children from each of the nation’s 12 districts are plucked to compete in a cruel, televised fight to the death — as punishment for rebellion 75 years prior, and for the amusement of the wealthy Capitol residents. Jennifer Lawrence plays the film’s heroine, Katniss Everdeen, a teenager who volunteers to compete in her sister’s place. The film will be released in IMAX theaters March 23, Lionsgate announced Thursday. The new trailer reveals more of the reaping (the ceremony in which tributes are selected), a teary embrace between Katniss […]
Jan. 12, 2012 | 5:42 p.m.
For a guy knee-deep in post-production on one of 2012’s most highly anticipated films, Gary Ross exudes an unnatural calm. It’s mid-December and despite the 1,200 visual effects shots that need to be completed in the next month, not only is the hyper-articulate director of “The Hunger Games” willing to show a journalist around his sprawling edit bay in Hollywood, but he’d also probably show off the whole unfinished movie if only the studio would allow. Clues to Ross’ jovial-yet-serene disposition lay all around. His iPhone boasts a screen-saver picture from the set of the Lionsgate film — leading lady Jennifer Lawrence is wiping her nose on Ross’ sleeve while the two are standing in the middle of a North Carolina forest. Walk down the hall to editor Stephen Mirrione’s office and he quips how Lawrence “makes everyone’s life a […]
Jan. 11, 2012 | 7:08 p.m.
Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Suzy Q’s, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, leaving many to ask the question Bill Murray once posed in “Ghostbusters”: “What about the Twinkie?” While the company says its Ho-Hos and CupCakes aren’t going anywhere soon, we’re already feeling nostalgic. Especially for the Twinkie, which, with its delicious “cream filling” and laundry list of additives, has inspired everything from the Twinkie diet to “Die Hard’s” sweet-toothed cop. Sure, some may consider it a nutritional wasteland, but the Twinkie is bona-fide Americana and a star on TV and in film. The seemingly never-expiring treat has given us “Family Guy’s” dysfunctional Twinkie kid and a different kind of hunger game for Woody Harrelson in “Zombieland.” So let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of out favorite Twinkie moments: 1. If ”Ghostbusters’ ” […]