​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

How Catching Fire Fixed All the Worst Mistakes The Hunger Games Made

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire made all the money this weekend, raking in a record-topping $161.1 million. But that's not all this YA sequel did for the movie franchise. Catching Fire actually goes about unchecking our long list of problems with the first Hunger Games film, resetting the franchise both for die-hard… » 11/25/13 1:30pm 11/25/13 1:30pm

Catching Fire Is Just Like The Empire Strikes Back, Says Internet

Catching Fire, the vastly superior second installment of the Hunger Games saga, has set a record for November earnings, pulling in around $161.1 million over its opening weekend. That success has Hunger Games fans tingling with joy, so much joy, in fact, that some of them have started comparing Catching Fire to… » 11/24/13 4:00pm 11/24/13 4:00pm

Which words turn up most in Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter?

Certainly The Hunger Games and Twilight are very different media experiences, but how do the YA series differ in their actual vocabulary and sentence structure? Slate put together a textual analysis of Suzanne Collins and Stephenie Meyer's series, alongside J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. » 11/23/13 1:37pm 11/23/13 1:37pm

Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a captivating tale of privilege and PTSD

The second Hunger Games movie builds on the emotional intensity of the first, telling a harrowing story of what happens when you win a deadly game by playing dirty. Catching Fire is the rare film that's better than the original book. Even if you've memorized Suzanne Collins' text, you'll get something new out of it. » 11/22/13 1:57pm 11/22/13 1:57pm