PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Tag: The Hunger Games (81-90 of 142)

'Hunger Games' Rue helps Essence celebrate the strength and beauty of mothers

Amandla Stenberg won our hearts playing Rue in The Hunger Games. The 13-year-old wasn’t just adorable — despite being pitted against older warriors in a fight to the death — but her character’s demise was the moment that captured all the tragedy of Suzanne Collins’ book.

It’s no surprise that Stenberg’s mother has played a guiding role in her daughter’s career, and Essence‘s upcoming May issue is a joyful celebration of the bond between mother and child. “My mom reminds me that all things are possible,” said Stenberg. “If I’m feeling unsure, she’ll say, ‘Hey, you’re Rue!’ Within months after reading the novel The Hunger Games, I went from telling my mom that I could see myself as this character to actually getting the role. My mother reminds me that if I could manifest such an important role just because I wanted it so much, all of my dreams are possible.”

Click below for a larger version of Amandla and her mother, Karen Brailsford. READ FULL STORY

'Entertainment Geekly': EW's geek podcast tackles 'Game of Thrones,' 'Saga,' and 'The Hunger Games'

On this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly — our new podcast devoted to all things science fiction, fantasy, and generally weird in an awesome way — Jeff Jensen and I tackle a couple of fantasy-themed projects, including the return of HBO’s Game of Thrones and the debut of Brian K. Vaughan’s new comic series, Saga.

There’s also a brief tangent on the release of the hotly unanticipated remake-sequel Wrath of the Titans, followed by a lengthy conversation about The Hunger Games. Having not read the books, Jeff enjoyed the movie and thinks it could be a game changer for Hollywood. I was a fan of the books — and a wanna-be philosophy major — so I think the film missed the whole point Suzanne Collins was trying to make. Bloodshed ensues. Actually, no, we just talk out our differences. Clearly, Jeff and I both play Paragon in Mass Effect, and if you understand what that means, you’re a total nerd and my soulmate. Listen below! READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' propaganda posters: Panem wants YOU!

HUNGERGAMES-POSTERS-03

Panem’s Capitol is a futuristic nightmare filled with garish colors, slick death traps, and genetically engineered monsters that sport the hungry eyes of murdered children. (Suzanne Collins certainly knows how to paint a picture.) The rest of the post-apocalyptic Hunger Games world, though, is weirdly retro. District 3 may be devoted to creating electric doodads, but Katniss Everdeen’s home base of District 12 might as well be trapped in the 1930s. Several reviewers even noted that in Gary Ross’s film adaptation, the area looked like it emerged fully formed from a Dorothea Lange photo.

It makes sense, then, that Panem would embrace an old-fashioned aesthetic in its hypothetical propaganda posters. CollegeHumor staffers Caldwell Tanner and Nathan Yaffe — much like this Cafe Press artist — took that idea and ran with it, creating a series of Capitol-approved banners that cheekily promote President Snow’s agenda. Take a look at our three favorites below — then head to College Humor to see the rest of the set.

READ FULL STORY

Let's cast 'Catching Fire'! Who should play Beetee, Wiress, Enobaria, and everyone else in the 'Hunger Games' sequel?

catching_fire

The executives and filmmakers behind the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games are currently busy devouring bucketfuls of beluga caviar, wiping their mouths with $100 bills, and exercising by swimming through bins filled with all the currency that flowed in from movie theaters last weekend. One would imagine that — between swims — they’re also in the midst of a heated debate regarding the Hunger Games sequels. “Should Catching Fire be split into a trilogy?” asks producer Nina Jacobson. “I got a better idea,” replies director Gary Ross. “Why don’t we do a trilogy, but then make it a five-part trilogy, like Douglas Adams and Robert Caro?” “Love your thinking, Gare-bear!” says Lionsgate co-chairman Jon Feltheimer, “but the big question is: Should we make Mockingjay into five movies…or five movies and a prequel and a reboot?” It’s fun making movies.

Soon, though, the filmmakers will be faced with an even bigger question: Who is going to star in the 20 Hunger Games sequels? READ FULL STORY

Who should play Plutarch Heavensbee in 'Catching Fire'?

We’ve had some fun here this week casting Catching Fire, the sequel to the smash hit kid-killing thriller The Hunger Games. Ryan Kwanten currently holds a significant lead in the informal race to play trident-carrying man-candy Finnick Odair, although the comment boards lit up with the notion of casting Armie Hammer, a.k.a. evolution’s proof of concept. Meanwhile, a majority of voters think the beloved Glee uber-bitch Naya Rivera would make a great axe-murdering Johanna Mason. But another character introduced in Catching Fire plays a small but pivotal role in the franchise. Who should play Plutarch Heavensbee, the boisterous Capitol citizen who takes over Gamemaker duties from Seneca Crane? (Warning: A few SPOILERS follow, so maybe you should just read the books already. Or, if you’re one of our younger readers, tell your parents to work Suzanne Collins into the nightly bedtime-story rotation. That way, they can put the story into the proper meta-sociopolitical context.) READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games': The opinions, theories and mild confusion of a moviegoer who never read the book

The Hunger Games grossed $34.8 million in the United States last Sunday (en route to a record-setting $152.5 million weekend), and exactly $40 of that total came from my household. My wife and daughter are fans of Suzanne Collins’ novels. My son and I were newbies to the dystopian world of Katniss Everdeen and the cruel Survivor-gone-psycho reality show that was The Hunger Games. I “enjoyed” the story, as much as one can “enjoy” a YA-style riff on Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery whose second best quality was its artfully sustained tone of suffocating hopelessness. (The best quality: Jennifer Lawrence, who made this coldly cynical enterprise not only watchable but also meaningful. I loved the True Grit of this budding counterculture heroine.)

The whole set-up — from the Reaping to the countdown to Battle Royale outside the Cornucopia — was just heartbreakingly scary. They were trapped. Like, buried alive trapped. And I felt their despairing, mind-blowing panic. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'The Hunger Games' and 'Fifty Shades of Grey' are both novel covers

The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey: two literary sensations that have whipped readers into a frothy frenzy. The librarians of the world must be (very quietly) ecstatic.

Last weekend the first film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling book series about dystopian teenage blood-sport massacred the competition at the box office, raking in an astronomical $152.5 million and taking its place as the third biggest opening weekend of all time. Jennifer Lawrence’s headstrong heroine Katniss Everdeen shot her way into the hearts and wallets of moviegoers the world over, as well as onto our newsstand cover. (Subscribers will receive a slightly steamier cover featuring our exclusive story on Fifty Shades of Grey, the massively successful erotic novel that has everyone talking, if perhaps only in hushed tones.)

Even the folks who were banking on The Hunger Games being a success were shocked by how many fans and not-yet-fans alike crammed into multiplex seats to watch Katniss fight for her life. “This has exploded beyond anything we could have imagined,” says director Gary Ross. “There are days where it feels like we’re in the middle of some national media event that has nothing to do with entertainment. We keep looking around trying to figure out how this could have actually happened.” Lionsgate is aiming to release the sequel, Catching Fire, around Thanksgiving 2013, but everyone will be returning to work much sooner. “It’s fantastic to finally have the movie out in the world and to see all of these people who love it,” says producer Nina Jacobson, who first picked up the rights to Collins’ novel back in 2009, “but at the end of the day we’ll roll up our sleeves and it’s on to the next one.”

Even as The Hunger Games heats up movie theaters, another literary wildfire is threatening to turn Kindles into kindling. READ FULL STORY

Who should play Johanna in 'Catching Fire'?

Now that we’re finished waiting for The Hunger Games to arrive in theaters, we can begin the important work: waiting for Catching Fire to arrive in theaters. The sequel is slated for a Thanksgiving 2013 release — although there remains the outside possibility that Lionsgate will split the book into two movies for artistic reasons, and let’s theoretically call those movies Catching Fire Part 1: Love Takes a Victory Tour and Catching Fire Part 2: Back 2 the Arena. You can bet that casting updates for the sequel aren’t too far away, since the book introduces a few fan-fave characters. Yesterday, we asked you who should play tortured golden boy Finnick, and you responded with a resounding cry of “Ryan Kwanten!” along with a slightly-less-resounding-but-nevertheless-impressive-for-his-weight-class cry of “Grant Gustin!” Today, though, we’re going to ask the really tricky question: Who should play Johanna Mason, the cunning, nihilistic victor from District 7? (Warning: A few SPOILERS from Catching Fire follow.) READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games' on ABC Family: What will get edited out?

With yesterday’s news that The Hunger Games will head to ABC Family in 2014, one question came to mind: How will the film — which of course features violence and intense imagery — be edited for TV? When reached by EW, ABC Family acknowledged that it will likely have to edit Hunger Games for broadcast: “We don’t want to take away from what makes the audience connect with the film,” said the network in a statement, “and we will do our best to make as few edits as possible to maintain the integrity and essence of the film, both for content and length.”

So what scenes could you live without, and what absolutely must make the cut? Here’s my list to start (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!): READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' alum Rob Cesternino on how to improve the Hunger Games -- the event, not the film

Rob Cesternino was a contestant on Survivor: The Amazon and Survivor: All-Stars, finishing 3rd and 15th respectively. Once called “the smartest player to have never won Survivor” by Jeff Probst, Rob regularly writes about reality TV series like Survivor, Big Brother, Celebrity Apprentice and Jersey Shore at his popular blog, Rob Has a Website.com. This Wednesday starting at 7:40 p.m. ET, he’ll chat live with you on EW.com, taking your questions and adding his running commentary to the latest episode of Survivor: One World. Below, he presents suggestions to Panem’s President Snow about how to improve the Hunger Games. Warning: SPOILERS follow.

This weekend The Hunger Games opened to the tune of $155 million. Based on those numbers, it seems as though everybody should now be familiar with the story of Katniss Everdeen and her journey as a reluctant participant in the 74th Annual Hunger Games — a televised battle to the death where the last surviving player is the winner. The depiction of our future society in the film is not a positive one. In this post-apocalyptic world, a dystopian regime oppresses the surviving citizens of the planet. But the most troubling part of all? Reality TV has taken one giant leap backwards.

Many comparisons have been made between the Hunger Games and the reality competition shows of today like Survivor. As a two-time participant of Survivor myself, it hurts me to think that all of the progress reality TV has made over the years will somehow be lost because of a little thermonuclear skirmish. However, if I could just get a meeting with President Snow, and smuggle in my DVR, I believe I could convince him of a number of ways to improve the Hunger Games franchise. READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos

Advertisement

From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP