"The Hunger Games" movie has done more than just give us the braided badass Katniss Everdeen on-screen: it's also served up a useful "How To" guide for future book-to-film adaptations on a Panem-sized platter.
We've come up with 12 basic lessons to be drawn from "The Hunger Games" by anyone looking to create the next book-based blockbuster, and following these closely might just mean the difference between hitting the mark dead center and, well, being laughed at after a shoot and a miss. Get More »
Forget being "First in Flight." What's really apt to pump in some North Carolina tourism this summer is "The Hunger Games."
The full movie was shot across the state last year, tapping several different towns to accommodate the vastly ranging set looks and, as a result, the state's already prepared for an influx of tributes from across the globe. In fact, they've got a handy four-day itinerary all lined up to take the heat off making arrangements. Get More »
If you're like us, "The Hunger Games" has left you with a major hankering for seconds … Actually, we may be onto third or fourth helping status by this point, but in any case, what you might just be famished for is a little levity about the whole situation in Panem.
We here in District 14 abide by the "when up a tree, look for descending parodies" mode to surviving times of drought, and these videos dropped just in the nick of time.
Sit back and feast your eyes on our very favorite "Hunger Games" parodies. We think even the Capitol would approve (Well, maybe not President Snow. He doesn't have much of a sense of humor). Get More »
Now that "The Hunger Games" has transformed Josh Hutcherson into the bread-slinging, camouflaged cutie Peeta Mellark (and trending Twitter topic Josh HOTcherson), are you willing to see every last movie he makes?
Apart from February's "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," though, Hutcherson's "Hunger Games" career effect has yet to be tested. Until now. Oh-so-conveniently, "Detention" (an indie slasher flick of his which sat on a shelf for about a year after debuting at Sundance) has been dusted off and prepped for distribution this Friday, just as "The Hunger Games" comes off a three week box office winning streak. Get More »
The news is not officially official just yet, but fans across the various districts are already up in arms about it. The hashtag #WeWantGaryRoss made its way into today's trending topics on Twitter as a result of the story.
If it is true, and Ross will not return for the second film, we're left with a very burning question: Who could take his place?
Ross' will be big shoes to fill by whomever steps in, of course, so we thought we'd go ahead and size up some of the potential candidates for the job. Get More »
Now that "The Hunger Games" is tearing up the box office and we've had a chance to dig through what surprises the film offered even long-time fans, it's time to turn up the heat on the subject of the first sequel, "Catching Fire."
We already know a few deets about what's in store for the second "Hunger Games" installment. For one, Simon Beaufoy of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours" fame is currently busy typing up a first script for the film. Also, the release date for "Catching Fire" is set for Nov. 22, 2013, and director Gary Ross is committed to direct it (though he's still not a sure thing for "Mockingjay" and we do hope he sticks it out for the full series). Plus rumor has it that the team is eyeing Hawaii as a potential filming destination for the new Arena scenes.
Still, with all the new characters and locations in the second story, there's a lot of pre-production kindling yet to burn with "Catching Fire." Here's our wish list for the second flick. As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter. Get More »
Faithful as it was to the source material, "The Hunger Games" still had more than its fair share of on-screen surprises.
Even so, the following eight moments had our jaws on the floor.
Do be warned: this list is full of delicious spoilers, so if you haven't seen the movie yet, you may want to bookmark this column for later. Get More »
When you head to the theaters this weekend to see our girl Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) compete in "The Hunger Games," keep in mind there's another battle brewing. The battle for Miss Everdeen's heart, that is.
On one side is Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), who's been Katniss' tall, dark and handsome confidant and hunting partner ever since they both lost their fathers in a mining accident. For years, Gale has had the exclusive on Katniss' trust and attention thanks to their mutual need to provide for their younger siblings. Get More »
And let's be honest; Bella paved the way for Katniss. Before "Twilight," the biggest thing in book-to-film phenoms was "Harry Potter" and before that, it was "Lord of the Rings." Boy leads abounded.
So, the world was caught off-guard when a seemingly chick-centric flick took such a mighty box office bite. Studios scrambled to nab the "next big thing" in this – pardon the pun – arena, and whaddya know: Here comes Suzanne Collins with a Stephenie Meyer-praised trilogy, equipped with a strong she-protagonist, millions of fans deep and perfectly ripe for film translation.
No more doubts about the success potential of a literary heroine lead. Get More »
Those faithful to Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" series know the books offer up a whole new catalog of vocab terms to explain the ins and outs of Panem.
Chances are, we'll be hearing plenty of such words this month when "The Hunger Games" finally hits theaters. So, to introduce the uninitiated and serve as a refresher for those who have read the books, we've created an A to Z glossary of the major "Hunger Games" terms you need to know before taking your spectator seat on March 23.
You might want to make flashcards. Get More »