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How Have Women Fared in Film Over the Last Five Years? (GRAPHS)

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" caught box office fire this past weekend as a female-led action film. In timely fashion, the New York Film Academy has created a lengthy graphic showing that, despite the winningly tough likes of Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen or Jena Malone's Johanna Mason, quite a lot of work still needs to be done in the film industry toward gender equality. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 26, 2013 12:11 PM
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Weekend Top Ten: 'Catching Fire' and 'Frozen' Take Off

One expected blockbuster, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," easily matched expectations with a record gross for the season of $161 million, while the next tentpole up, Disney's animated "Frozen," took in nearly $270,000 on a single Los Angeles screen in advance of its national rollout next pre-holiday Wednesday.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 24, 2013 1:12 PM
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WATCH: Josh Hutcherson Catches Fire on SNL, Five Highlights

'Hunger Games' star Josh Hutcherson's easy appeal played well as an SNL host.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 24, 2013 12:47 PM
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'Catching Fire' Dominates But Not Record-Breaker, 'Frozen' Massive in LA Exclusive, 'Philomena' Decent in Limited

Many harbored hopes that "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the second film in the Jennifer Lawrence-starring young adult series, could possibly deliver the biggest domestic release of 2013. But the movie grossed $70 million from Thursday 8 pm through Friday, and should double that gross for the entire weekend. That's a massive number, but less than anticipated.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 23, 2013 4:38 PM
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Five Films to See This Weekend: 'Hunger Games,' Dench Oscar Bid 'Philomena,' Drug War Doc 'Narco Cultura' & More

Something for everyone this weekend. While most audiences will surely flock to the new "Hunger Games" film, Oscar hopeful "Philomena" arrives in select cities after its sweep through the festival circuit, and the new Vince Vaughn vehicle "Delivery Man" gets a wide release. Doc lovers, head to "Narco Cultura" if not "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?"
  • By TOH!
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  • November 21, 2013 4:24 PM
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Things I Learned at 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Premiere

What I learned at "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" premiere.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2013 1:41 PM
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WATCH: Cookie Monster Competes in 'The Hungry Games: Catching Fur' in New Sesame Street Parody

More laughs this morning from the brilliant minds over at Sesame Street. In honor of a certain YA franchise having its second installment hit theaters this week, Cookie Monster is competing in the Hungry Games. And along for the ride is his friend Peeta, here a piece of pita bread. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 18, 2013 1:52 PM
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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Review: Darker, More Drastic and Suitably Thrilling

Jennifer Lawrence’s triumphant career progress continues apace with the return of her heroically defiant Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" (November 22). To say the second in the four-film franchise is eagerly awaited is putting it mildly. Fans of the first installment (and the phenomenally popular Suzanne Collins trilogy of novels) will not be disappointed in the darker, more drastic and suitably thrilling goings-on.
  • By Angie Errigo
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  • November 16, 2013 12:21 PM
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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Finds Critics in Its Favor (REVIEW ROUNDUP)

First reviews have arrived for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and the general critical consensus is that the second installment in the franchise, starring Jennifer Lawrence as archer Katniss Everdeen and directed by Francis Lawrence ("Water for Elephants"), is a strong improvement on the first film. Variety calls it "rousing entertainment," while The Wrap says viewers will "come away satisfied."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2013 11:35 AM
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WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence Talks 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' Her New Pixie Cut, Body Image and More

Jennifer Lawrence and her "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" director Francis Lawrence recently sat down with Yahoo to promote the film, which hits theaters November 22. Video highlights below, including Lawrence talking the funniest moment on set from "Catching Fire," her new pixie cut (which apparently has the internet up in arms), body image, her '90s crush on Justin Timberlake and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2013 12:41 PM
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