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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...

Popcorn Preview: Some Velvet Morning

Leslie Sisman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Some Velvet Morning (2013) Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) Writer/Director: Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, ...

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

Haley Frederick | Posted 02.05.2014 | Teen
Haley Frederick

Given my previous experience, I walked into the 8 p.m. showing of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last night with low expectations. To my delighted surprise, 30 minutes into the film, I was sure that this movie would live up to everything I wanted it to be.

Hawaii's Most Glorious Hotels

trivago | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
trivago

Trivago has compiled a list of ten of the top luxury dwellings in the Hawaiian islands. You're likely to ogle over them, with or without Jennifer Lawrence.

Compulsory Monogamy in The Hunger Games

Mimi Schippers, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment
Mimi Schippers, Ph.D.

If Katniss has to "choose" Peeta or Gale, she will have to give up doing gender in this splendid, and, dare I say, feminist and queer way in order to "fit" into her and her "girlfriend's" or "boyfriend's" relationship. Now imagine a world in which Katniss wouldn't have to choose.

Catching Fire: The Hunger Games' Young Heroes Reinvent the Unsettling World of Politics, Violence, and Revolution

Russell C. Smith | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment
Russell C. Smith

In some ways, the YA dystopian novels of the early 21st Century can be looked upon as narrative handbooks for navigating an uncertain and murky future.

Elders React to The Hunger Games And As Expected, It's Hilarious

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" set new records for Thanksgiving weekend ticket sales, and the film can thank its dedicated teen and tween fan base ...

Restoring the Ladder of Opportunity

Eva Shang | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Eva Shang

However, the fantasy land of Panem is not so far off from the landscape of America's current social and economic inequality. The Hunger Games are real. The Hunger Games are here. And what the Hunger Games mean is the death of the American Dream.

Kony's Surrender, The Hunger Games, Social Justice and Your Teen

Allena Tapia | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Allena Tapia

As a mother and social justice writer, I struggle daily with the balance of wanting to provide my children a healthy cocoon with minimal discomfort, while also preparing them to take on the injustices of the world -- a role I expect them to step up into someday.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Kids: What Is Age Appropriate?

Cristy Clavijo-Kish | Posted 01.26.2014 | Parents
Cristy Clavijo-Kish

The movie really is suited for older tweens as there is plenty of drama and intensity. Prior to and following the premiere, I asked some parents and kids in attendance for their views and reactions to the movie.

Who Would Have Won the 74th Annual Hunger Games if Gale Had Been the Male Tribute from District 12?

Quora | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

Both Katniss and Gale are hunters, so they would've been on a better footing than most non-Career tributes, but that doesn't mean jack unless they have other attributes.

Catching Fire's Other Character

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Mark Yzaguirre

Catching Fire is a film about state terror. While the genesis of the movie was a series of young adult novels, I think the film series has already taken on a separate life of its own with a depth that appeals to an older adult audience.

The Hunger Games Are Real: We Are the Districts

Carl Gibson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Only by winning elections at the local level, the state level, and the congressional level can we redistribute the wealth that the ruling class have unjustly stolen from those who worked to create it.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Dan Persons | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

We'll look into whether there's story enough to support two-and-a-half hours of screen time, whether the return to the bloody Hunger Games competition is worth the trip, and whether all the characters have a preternaturally intimate understanding of human nature or are just damn lucky.