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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 & Liam Hemsworth Looking To Star In Dito Montiel's Heist Flick 'Empire State'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 5, 2012 9:39 AM
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For someone as naturally, winningly charismatic as he is, and considering he's generally been the best thing in the generally terrible movies he's starred in, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson hasn't had the easy road to A-list stardom that you might imagine;

Watch: Beverly Hills Retirement Home Holds Paintball Contest In Teaser Trailer For 'The Expendables 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 7:34 PM
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Listen. Carefully. On the wind. Can you hear something? A creak of bone. A distant cough. Someone complaining that they haven't taken their pills, asking if you remembered to record "NCIS," and saying how their grandkids are going to show them how to use the Google. That's right, Sylvester Stallone and his buddies are rolling back into town.

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. 

Liam Hemsworth, James Badge Dale & D.J. Cotrona All Vie For 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 6:46 PM
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Wait a minute? Didn't we have a shortlist on this already? Sort of. A couple weeks back it was reported that Ben Foster, Paul Dano, Aaron Paul and Milo Ventimiglia were all going to be reading for the part of Bruce Willis' offspring in "A Good Day To Die Hard." Well, none of those guys survived except for the "Breaking Bad" star and he's got three people fighting him for the job, that he might not get anyway due to scheduling commitments for the AMC show.

Liam Hemsworth, Kit Harington, Jai Courtney, Max Irons & More Vie For 'The Host' With Saoirse Ronan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 10:02 AM
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Dane DeHaan, Thomas McDonnell, Augustus Prew & Jake Abel Also In The MixTake note, young directors. This is why you attach yourself to projects before your next movie comes out. While the middle performance and dreadful reviews for the pretty idiotic "In Time" would have sidelined any director, Andrew Niccol was savvy enough to sign on to "The Host," an adaptation of a novel by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer and with a release date already pegged, this one is beginning to cast up.

Liam Hemsworth Will Be 'Timeless' For Philip Noyce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 3:26 AM
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While his big bro Chris Hemsworth launched to worldwide fame thanks to "Thor," Liam Hemsworth is now ready to shine. "Hunger Games" fans already know he's gonna melt hearts (or not) as Gale in the upcoming film, and he recently booked a role with the old fogies in "The Expendables 2." Now he's stepping out of the franchise world to take the lead of a sci-fi romance all on his own.

Liam Hemsworth Boosts Beefcake Factor By Joining 'The Expendables 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2011 9:42 AM
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While his older brother Chris Hemsworth launched himself to worldwide fame with "Thor" earlier this year, Liam Hemsworth will soon join his sibling in the ranks of mega-movie fandom. Set to star as Gale Hawthorne in the upcoming "The Hunger Games" the actor is looking to take his shirt off again for the ladies and boost his action credentials alongside a bunch of old guys.

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.

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