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May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor, 'American Idol' Contestants

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 04.18.2014 | TV

Keith Urban's latest comments would probably make the girl on fire burning mad. During a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest for "E! News," Urban c...

All The MTV Movie Awards Winners

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment

Because awards season never ends, the 2014 MTV Movie Awards were handed out on Sunday night. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" won Movie of the Year, ...

Six Seasons and a Movie and a Book: Episodes of Community That Would Make Perfect YA Novels

EricSmith | Posted 04.04.2014 | Books
EricSmith

In a recent episode, App Development and Condiments, I was struck by the hilarious dystopian world the series had created in the single episode.

If You're a Teen, Divergent Isn't Divergent At All

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 03.27.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

There is a hidden grain of resiliency buried near the surface of the dour and cloudy plots that these movies bring us. Remember that the best fiction, and especially the best fantasy fiction, often show us how NOT to behave.

Be Divergent and Other Lessons for My Daughter

Mandy Stewart, Ph. D. | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mandy Stewart, Ph. D.

May we celebrate a future where women know their worth, their potential and their ability to change the world. Move over Harry, the girls can take it from here.

ReThink Review: Divergent -- Just Be Yourself, Even in Dystopia

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Maybe there's enough dystopian teen book/movie money to go around, but not for a movie as nonsensical, poorly written, and dull as Divergent, which clocks in at a punishing, baffling 140 minutes.

Post-Apocalyptic Literature, Politics and Science

Boria Sax | Posted 03.20.2014 | Books
Boria Sax

Apocalyptic imagery has again lost its attraction through repetition over the past several decades. The use of a post-apocalyptic setting has now become fairly well-established in fiction.

Shatter Me, Ignite Me, Read Me!

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 03.20.2014 | College
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

Recently, my children found their spark in the wildly popular Dystopian fiction novels -- Hunger Games, Divergent, Shatter Me, to name a few.

A Grandpa's Guide to Internet Fame

Oren Mendez | Posted 03.14.2014 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

Many people ask me how, at age 78, I managed to accumulate such internet popularity. The web is a young people's game, they say. But I beg to differ. When you're my age, becoming a viral sensation is easy.

6 Books That Use Numbers In Fascinating Ways

Zola Books | Posted 03.14.2014 | Books
Zola Books

Pi Day: It brings out the math geek in all of us. March 14 (3/14) is an officially recognized annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi (the ...

Here's What 'Catching Fire' Is Really About

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 03.10.2014 | Entertainment

Don't be ashamed if "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" left you wanting to be Jennifer Lawrence's best friend even more than before. You're not alone. ...

The Best Movie Sites You Can Visit

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

If you've ever wanted to walk the halls of Downton Abbey or through Panem's District 12, lucky for you, you can do just that.

2014 Oscar Telecast Ratings: A Success Since 2005, but Mediocre Historically

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 03.03.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

If more blockbusters were in contention for Best Picture, it would not be a stretch to imagine a 10 to 20 percent increase in ratings. That would equate to millions of dollars for ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Hollywood: Where Villains Are Becoming Empowered and Heroes Are Becoming Impotent

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

Since the dawn of storytelling, good guys with strong moral compasses were glamorized, while bad guys with wayward moral compasses were vilified. But a slew of recent films and shows have turned gray to black.

Hollywood -- Biting The Hand That Feeds It

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

The 2014 Oscar nominations for Best Picture lists only one bonafide blockbuster, Gravity, which attained a domestic gross of over $260 million to date. The rest of the mega blockbusters were snubbed.

Why Does the Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman Sadden Us?

Marci Rich | Posted 04.05.2014 | Fifty
Marci Rich

My own reaction barely warrants a ripple in this tide. Still, I felt compelled to express my sadness, as I feel moved to write this essay. Why? Did I know the man? No. Or did I?

Popcorn Preview: True Detective

Leslie Sisman | Posted 04.04.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Our sense is that True Detective will be as much about understanding what happened between Hart and Cohle as solving a murder. Because of the interviews, we know something about how things turn out. But that only makes it harder to work out.

The Hunger Games: Super Bowl XLVIII

Courtney McKinney | Posted 04.02.2014 | Sports
Courtney McKinney

This is where the American dream meets reality.

What Is a 'Mockingjay'?

Boria Sax | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Boria Sax

As men and women ceased to believe in them during the early modern period, fantastic creatures such as the unicorn and eventually even the dragon became symbols of freedom and transcendence. They were, in a sense, also symbols of revolt, but more spiritual than political.

Here's The First Poster For 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

No need for anyone to make an odds/favor reference here: Lionsgate has released the first poster for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," and it wil...

When it Comes to Hollywood, Familiarity Breeds Comfort

David Bergstein | Posted 03.09.2014 | Entertainment
David Bergstein

2013 was a fairly successful year for Hollywood. The top five highest grossing films of the year all had something in common: They were all sequels or prequels. Which begs the question: Why?

Popcorn Preview: American Hustle

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.01.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

American Hustle (2013) Cast includes: Christian Bale (The Fighter), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Amy Adams (The Fighter), Jeremy Renner (...

Why The Hunger Games Are a Terrible Method for Political Control

Nel McDonald | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Nel McDonald

This is an utterly ridiculous method for maintaining political control. Why take children as tributes? Why make them fight to the death? To answer these questions, let's take a look at the sociologist, Foucault, who wrote a lot about punishment and systems of power.

Hollywood's Big Women Problem, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 12.13.2013 | Entertainment

In November, the New York Film Academy took a look at gender inequality in films from 2007 to 2012. The results were startling: there five men for eve...

32 Times We Wished Jennifer Lawrence Was Our Best Friend In 2013

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.05.2014 | Celebrity

The Hunger Games actress became an internet darling this past year as everyone identified with her self-deprecating humor and brutal (yet sincere!) ho...