New Hunger Games Trailer Is All Bombed Out Houses And Sad Faces

Dystopia continues in the new Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1 teaser trailer featuring a pensive Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and the voice of Plutarch Heavensbee, played by the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, in the background. Between the imagery of a bombed-out District 12, Lorde's haunting song… » 10/16/14 9:50am 10/16/14 9:50am

The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

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It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning. » 9/25/14 1:57pm 9/25/14 1:57pm

Jennifer Lawrence Has a List of Demands in the Full Mockingjay Trailer

President Snow threatens Katniss by using her loved ones against her, Katniss threatens District 13 to save Peeta or find a new Mockingjay, Gale threatens aircrafts by destroying them with exploding arrows and Peeta threatens to continue wearing white after Labor Day. For all that is good and Haymitch, will Panem ever » 9/15/14 3:45pm 9/15/14 3:45pm

10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. » 9/15/14 3:41pm 9/15/14 3:41pm

​The Hunger Games Theme Park Might Actually Happen

Apparently, Lionsgate Entertainment is considering making even more bank off of the Hunger Games franchise. With the two-part Mockingjay movie still in the works, the company is creating The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, a museum tour set to launch next summer and will feature costumes, props, and other elements from… » 5/31/14 1:45pm 5/31/14 1:45pm

Get ready to fall in love with Veronica Mars all over again

Veronica Mars was a teen sleuth whose superpower was storytelling. She was adroit at making up clever lies and crafting fake identities, but it was always in the service of piecing together the truth — which was another story she constructed. Now she's starring in a big crowd-funded movie, which turns out to be about… » 3/14/14 2:20pm 3/14/14 2:20pm

That Time the Hunger Games Smoke Monster Almost Ate J. Law

With the advent (and relentless ubiquity) of CGI, it's easy to imagine that contemporary actors in action movies are little more than children playing pretend on a giant soundstage, waving fake weapons at imaginary opponents and strolling safely off to their trailers until the next big scene. Actors still, however,… » 12/28/13 2:00pm 12/28/13 2:00pm

What If Katniss Didn't Have to Choose Between Peeta and Gale?

NPR's Linda Holmes wrote a great article about the gender dynamics in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and concluded, "…you could argue that Katniss' conflict between Peeta and Gale is effectively a choice between a traditional Movie Girlfriend and a traditional Movie Boyfriend." I do love the way Holmes puts this.… » 12/03/13 6:00pm 12/03/13 6:00pm

The 10 Types of Teen Heroes, Ranked According to Wish-Fulfillment

Everybody loves teenage heroes. Grown-ups and teens alike snarf young-adult novels. Katniss is owning the cineplex. But which kind of teen protagonist offers the most escapist bang for your buck? Here's our survey of the 10 types of teen hero, ranked by pure wish-fulfillment. » 11/30/13 12:45pm 11/30/13 12:45pm