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Girl On Fire: 5 Things That Worked In 'The Hunger Games' & 5 That Didn't

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 26, 2012 12:05 PM
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If you heard the sound of popping champagne corks and cheering in Los Angeles over the weekend, it’s more than likely that it was the celebrations over at Lionsgate HQ. The mini-major were built on low-budget genre fare like “Saw,” but hoped that their adaptation of young-adult publishing phenomenon “The Hunger Games,” co-written and directed by “Seabiscuit” helmer Gary Ross, would push them into the blockbuster game for the first time. And boy, did it ever. In only three days, it surpassed “Fahrenheit 9/11” as the company's biggest ever grosser, taking in around $155 million, making it the third biggest domestic opener of all time, and the most successful non-sequel ever. What’s more, with mostly positive reviews and an A-grade Cinemascore, the stage is set for two sequels that will be licences to print money.

Review: 'The Hunger Games' Is Thoughtful, Thrilling Popular Entertainment That Genuinely Deserves To Be A Franchise

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 16, 2012 9:01 AM
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Complexity and understatement are two criminally under-utilized values in most mainstream movies these days, but they’re at the core of, and the chief reason for the success of “The Hunger Games.” Director Gary Ross, screenwriter of the proletariat presidential fantasy “Dave” and writer-director of the social-consciousness-as-sci-fi tome “Pleasantville,” has always engaged his subjects with a light and yet substantial touch, but his adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ acclaimed young-adult novel is a truly remarkable achievement: he turns escapism into a deeply emotional experience. Instantly razing comparisons – qualitative especially -- to other female-friendly series such as “Twilight,” “The Hunger Games” is the first film in a long time that deserves Hollywood’s instant-franchise ambitions because it appeals to genre fans regardless of gender by crafting a story that’s both epic and intimate, spectacular and subtle.

Dwayne Johnson & Josh Hutcherson Expected To Return For 'Journey 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 2:05 PM
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Did you go see "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"? No? Well, guess what, it doesn't matter because a whole lot of people overseas went to go see it, helping the movie bring in over $270 million worldwide. Only a couple of days ago it was confirmed that a three-quel was in the works, and it looks like the producers want to keep their secret ingredients of Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson in the mix.

Review: Flavorless 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' Isn't Even An Admirable Folly

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • February 8, 2012 6:23 PM
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Had its filmmakers not hedged all over their creative bets, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" might have at least been an admirable folly. Its creators' many attempts to pander to the lowest common denominator and attract as many potential viewers as possible has made 'Journey 2' look like it was assembled by a creatively challenged brain trust.

Watch: Full Trailer For 'The Hunger Games' Is Mostly Convincing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2011 9:25 AM
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If a trailer's going to bow on "Good Morning America," it feels like you're safe in making some assumptions on the content of that trailer. Something frothy, we would imagine, in the vein of "New Year's Eve" or "Eat Pray Love," perhaps. At the very most, something from the latest Disney film, bearing in mind that ABC is a subsidiary of Disney. Not on our shortlist? A violent, dystopian sci-fi film about children made to fight each other to the death for the benefit of the general public. 

A Few More Photos Of Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson & Jennifer Lawrence In 'Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 5:20 AM
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So here you go...Hunger-heads? We're still searching for an appropriate nickname for "Hunger Games" fans. Mockingbirds? Team Everdeen? Yeah, maybe that last one works.

First Look At Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth As Peeta & Gale In 'Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2011 7:25 AM
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Hold onto your mockingjay pins "Hunger Games" fans because you now have a look at the two beefy slabs of meat that will hang off the arms of Jennifer Lawrence in the upcoming film.

Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson Cast As Gale & Peeta In 'Hunger Games'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • April 4, 2011 6:06 AM
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Finally, the wait for fangirls (and boys) everywhere is over. Lionsgate announced today that Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are officially cast -- after being outed as frontrunners last week -- as Peeta and Gale, respectively, in the company's huge tentpole adaptation "The Hunger Games." The boys join female lead Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss; Hutcherson plays Lawrence's love interest when she's placed in an arena to fight for her life, while Hemsworth is Lawrence's best friend waiting at home. The decision comes at the end of a long wait for casting choices. Other candidates for the parts included Hunter Parrish of "Weeds" and Lucas Till of the upcoming "X-Men: First Class" for Peeta and Disney star Drew Roy for Gale.

Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson Lead The Pack For Gale & Peeta In 'The Hunger Games'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2011 9:03 AM
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With Jennifer Lawrence locked in the lead role of Katniss Everdeen for "The Hunger Games," the race began last week for the other main roles with a host of names vying for the two male leads, but it appears a couple names have emerged at the top of the pack.

Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lucas Till & More Testing For Peeta & Gale In 'Hunger Games'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 26, 2011 2:13 AM
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Now that Jennifer Lawrence has officially accepted the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in Lionsgate's adaptation of the hit young adult series "The Hunger Games," that can only mean that other casting announcements are not far behind.

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