After a month of domination, 'The Hunger Games' has finally been displaced from the number one position on the box office top ten. Considering its theme of the little guy taking on the establishment and emerging victorious despite the odds, it's appropriate that it wasn't a major Hollywood blockbuster that snatched that spot. Show us someone who predicted that 'Think Like a Man' would win the weekend and we'll show you a certified box office predicting master. Or a liar. One of the two.
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This week we've got the continuation of the Lionsgate 'Catching Fire' director search saga -- and spoiler alert, it doesn't have a happy ending. Disney decides that Hasbro shouldn't have all the fun adapting games, so they're adapting another ride. And Shia LaBeouf -- always reliable for a big dose of, "Um, what?" -- has decided he's a comic artist. We don't think he knows what that means.
‘The Avengers’ took over Hollywood last week, hosting its world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, conducting hoards of interviews with the world’s top journalists, and bringing Joss Whedon’s film to 10 markets that proved themselves as fan-friendly through a Facebook campaign. According to tracking results, the ‘Avengers’ initiative is working.
Despite a handful of brand new wide releases, 'The Hunger Games' continued to thoroughly squash its competition without anything remotely resembling mercy, taking the top spot at the box office for the fourth week in a row. With a weekend gross of $21.5 million, the violent, dystopic science fiction flick (but you know, for kids) continued its march to the coveted $400 million mark with no signs of stopping, slowing or giving anything else in the multiplex a break.
In this week's dose of ridiculous we've got some news from those jokers at Lionsgate and promises of progress on long-gestating film projects. Batman tours America in the worst thing to happen to the caped crusader since Joel Schumacher, and 'The Office' just won't die already.
Lionsgate seems to have gotten a bit full of themselves after tapping into some of that tween gold with 'The Hunger Games.' With the recent departure of director Gary Ross from the franchise, Lionsgate is scrambling to find someone to replace him that can please both the fans and series author Suzanne Collins.
Baby names are often influenced by pop culture, and this year is no exception, with prognosticators saying several movies, television shows and music stars will impact what winds up on birth certificates in 2012.
After last week's announcement that Gary Ross was out of 'The Hunger Games' sequel 'Catching Fire,' word came quickly that his demise was greatly exaggerated. But now we've heard that this matter has been settled and that Ross is out for good this time. I don't think there's a take back option here. Gary Ross is not directing 'Catching Fire.'
Fans of 'The Hunger Games' (and there are millions of us, er, them...) are going to be thrilled to hear that along with the 'Twilight,' 'Harry Potter,' and Bill O'Reilly conventions, a brand new teenage fan-fiction convention has now been added to the money-grabbing mix!
That's right 'Hunger Games' fans -- you have your very own convention!
It's 2012 and apparently people are still trying to ban books (and sadly, still succeeding). So much so that the American Library Association actually celebrates "Banned Books Week" to celebrate the First Amendment and to fight back against the banning of books. In their research on 2011, they found a surprising addition to their list of the most frequently banned books: Suzanne Collins' 'The Hunger Games' trilogy.