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I know Twilight is awful, but …

24 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Twilight caters to the sexual fantasies of teenage girls. I'm not saying in a good way, but there's not much else at the cinema that does

Reviews for Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 have been so gleeful in their derision it reminds you that critics love nothing better than a chance to sneer. Why try to say something useful when you can exercise your excoriating wit? That's fine – I do it, too. Edward looks like a marble statue covered in talc, only now he's in shorts! The wolves argue with each other in English, not even wolf-talk, which is just silly! And let's face it, if you're going to have a caesarean, it's not a good idea to have vampires in the room.

But if Twilight is so awful, why do we invest so much effort into slagging it off? Especially since everything that needs to be said about teen chastity, »

- Anne Billson

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Do you “Hunger” for “Battle Royale”?

18 November 2011 9:36 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Ever since the publication of the first book in Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games series, the similarities between that saga and Kinji Fukasaku’s violent 2000 cult film Battle Royale (pictured) have been noted and debated by genre fans. Anchor Bay, which will give Battle Royale its long-awaited official U.S. release next year, knows it, and plans to tie in to the debut of Lionsgate’s much-anticipated Hunger Games movie next March.

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Do you “Hunger” for “Battle Royale”?

18 November 2011 9:36 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Ever since the publication of the first book in Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games series, the similarities between that saga and Kinji Fukasaku’s violent 2000 cult film Battle Royale (pictured) have been noted and debated by genre fans. Anchor Bay, which will give Battle Royale its long-awaited official U.S. release next year, knows it, and plans to tie in to the debut of Lionsgate’s much-anticipated Hunger Games movie next March.

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The Hunger Games (2012) Movie Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence, Gary Ross

17 November 2011 1:04 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Hunger Games Trailer. Gary RossThe Hunger Games (2012) movie trailer stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks. The Hunger Games‘ plot synopsis: based on books by Suzanne Collins, “In the remains of North America lies the country of Panem, where there are 12 districts that must choose one girl and one boy between the ages of 12 to 18 to compete in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death in an arena on live television as punishment for the ‘Dark Days’ when the 12 districts rebelled together against the country’s government, the Capitol. When 16 year old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to takes her sister Prim’s (Willow Shields) place in the Games, she will leave behind her family and her friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), meet her fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), and be pitted against other tributes from fellow districts who have »

- filmbook

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Sos Staff Gateway Films: Chris Clemente – ‘Battle Royale’

16 November 2011 4:14 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout November, Sos staffers will be discussing the movies that made them into film fanatics.

(click here for the full list)

Growing up, movie nights consisted of whatever was on the “New Release” shelf at the movie rental store. Summer hits, multiplex blockbusters, pretty much if it was reviewed in People Magazine it was featured during our movie nights. Luckily, movie nights came about often at the Clemente house. Sure it wasn’t the intellectual mumbo-jumbo that would make a cinephile’s heart weep, but it was quality time with the family. Not to say my parents were opposed to non-mainstream films, it just wasn’t part of their psyche. Being the type that would go to the movie theater a couple times a year, they used it to catch up with what they missed and as a form of escapism from work. Being the Mel Gibson nut my mom was, »

- Ricky

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Lionsgate Wants ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Writer to Script ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel

16 November 2011 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Is this an indication that Lionsgate was happy with the reception given the trailer [1] for The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross? The first film based on Suzanne Collins' teen-oriented Battle Royale-revamp novel trilogy won't be released until March 2012, and a sequel based on the second novel, Catching Fire, is yet to get the green light. But Lionsgate is doing what so many studios do lately: hiring a writer to get a script ready for the sequel. The studio has sights set on  Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours screenwriter Simon Beaufoy to write Catching Fire, which Ross will likely return to direct. Getting a script in motion now means that if The Hunger Games performs in its first weekend, a follow-up can get moving quickly. Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins did a lot of writing on the first film and the original plan was for them to script the sequel. »

- Russ Fischer

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Elizabeth Banks Plays an Elite Clown in 'Hunger Games'

16 November 2011 7:48 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Do you think when Elizabeth Banks signed up for The Hunger Games she knew she'd be unrecognizable? After watched the quasi-impressive trailer premiere the other day, I literally had no idea Banks played a clown with a microphone. Truth be told, the costume and make-up design of the "elite" class in this dystopian tale is exactly what's wrong with it. As I sniped the other day, it looks like director Gary Ross is pushing into Joel Schumacher Batman territory. I'm highly concerned. Originally described as Running Man meets Battle Royale, the movie also mixes in heavy tones from Shirley Jackson's 1948 short "The Lottery". Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg, Chris Mark, Jacqueline Emerson, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci also star. »

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The Hunger Games: A taste of the trailer

15 November 2011 8:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Can this dystopian drama starring Jennifer Lawrence whet the appetites of Twilight fans and sci-fi boffins alike?

The Hunger Games has been billed as the new Twilight, a horrific prospect to those already looking forward to the end of the tween-favourite saga. And yet the first full trailer for this Gary Ross-directed movie hints at something a lot less irritating.

Chief among the reasons to be cheerful is Jennifer Lawrence in the lead. The X Men: First Class actor plays a young woman called Katniss who volunteers to enter the titular games, an annual event in which a boy and girl from each district of the dystopian nation of Panem (formerly the USA) are sent to battle to the death. Lawrence's character is from Appalachian District 12 and chooses to enter when her younger sister's name is pulled out of a lottery. So far, this could almost be a weird »

- Ben Child

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The Hunger Games Full Theatrical Trailer

14 November 2011 12:02 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

By now you've probably heard of The Hunger Games, the first in a planned trilogy of movies based on the young adult novels by Suzanne Collins. Lionsgate is expecting big things from this franchise, but when the first teaser trailer was released back in August, it seemed like anything but a surefire blockbuster. Now that the first full theatrical trailer has arrived, however, it is starting to look a bit more interesting as we are finally getting a good look at the dystopian world in which it is set and the large (if somewhat cartoony-looking) cast of characters. The story takes place in a future where North America has been divided into one wealthy controlling district and 12 poorer ones. Once a year, the poor districts are forced to send one boy and one girl to participate in a televised battle to the death where only one competitor survives. Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) plays Katniss Everdeen, »

- Sean

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Finally, the First Full Trailer for 'The Hunger Games'

14 November 2011 11:14 AM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

It's fair to say The Hunger Games is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and the producers of the film know it.

So far, the flick's marketing team has leaked posters, fancier posters, set photos, viral marketing ploys and a teaser trailer. But none of those have truly been able to communicate what The Hunger Games really is.

But now, we at long last have a full-length trailer that offers an increasingly eager audience a peek at director Gary Ross' cinematic version of the world first imagined in Suzanne Collins' series of best-selling novels. And I have to say, it appears fairly compelling.

I know nothing of The Hunger Games except it's really freaking popular. I'd never heard of it before the movies were announced, but I've gotten an earful since. Because of my ignorance, I'm a perfect test subject for this film.

Admittedly, before seeing the trailer, »

- Theron

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Lionsgate's Dystopian 'The Hunger Games' Inspired by Terrifying Short 'The Lottery'

14 November 2011 8:10 AM, PST | | See recent news »

I've never read the books, but I do recall the initial pitch when Lionsgate acquired the rights some time ago. It was The Running Man meets Battle Royale. They've since abandoned the comparison, but the newly released trailer does everything but ignore that it's a complete riff of the aforementioned films. Lionsgate has finally unveiled the first full trailer for The Hunger Games, which is solely footage from the first half of the adaptation. It displays Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in a Dystopian future chosen for a yearly battle to the death. Only one can survive. The selection process is right out of Shirley Jackson's 1948 short "The Lottery", while the games themselves look like a reboot of Battle Royale. My main complaint, other than the Braveheart-esque score, is Director Gary Ross' vision of the future. If there were a fine line to cross, he's pushing into Joel Schumacher Batman territory. »

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Let the Games Begin! New ‘Hunger Games’ Trailer Arrives

14 November 2011 7:32 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Humans hunting one another. Humans as sport.  These ideas have been portrayed in so many books and films before, such as The Most Dangerous Game and Battle Royale.  Yet, even with this previously explored plot working against it, the new trailer for The Hunger Games is still quite impressive and will convert new fans.  Many might be apprehensive about this film just because its adapted from a popular teen book series.  However, even though it looks to include a possible cheesy romance, these books (thankfully) seem to be a step in a different more adult direction compared to another popular teen book series.  The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville)  will enter theaters on March 23, 2012.  Compared to the initial teaser, this new trailer shows quite a lot of footage and introduces us to the futuristic world depicted in the film.  For action fans . . . you are going to have »

- Michael Haffner

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The Hunger Games: first full trailer

14 November 2011 6:32 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The future's beige in the first full trailer for Lionsgate's forthcoming sci-fi adaptation, The Hunger Games. Take a look right here...

A kind of alternate, teen reading of such future sports dystopias as The Running Man, Rollerball, or classic arcade game Smash TV, the cinematic qualities of Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel The Hunger Games made it ideal movie adaptation material. Like Battle Royale with a preoccupation with food and outlandish costumes, it saw heroine Katniss Everdeen fight for her life and her supper in a televised game of death.

Gary Ross is in the director's chair for next year's big-screen adaptation, and it's looking extremely faithful to the novel, if the trailer below's anything to go by, with Jennifer Lawrence looking the part as the brave, handy-with-a-bow-and-arrow Katniss. The finished film's out on 23rd March 2012.

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Watch The Hunger Games Trailer – Surprisingly Dark & Violent

14 November 2011 6:13 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Update: Apple seem to have botched the unveiling of the trailer and it went down from their site quickly after going live but thankfully someone grabbed it on Youtube and we have added the trailer below.

Having never read any of Suzanne Collins’ novel series The Hunger Games I’m totally going in blind for this movie but the first full-length trailer for Lionsgate’s first film adaptation played on Good Morning America today and is now available online at Apple HD and I’m intrigued.

This is way more substantial a trailer than the small preview from a few months back and shows a helluva lot more, plenty to keep the rabid bunch of screaming fans happy but also enough to get newbies like me sitting up and taking notice. The tone of the movie feels dark, murky, and potentially violent (the premise is basically a Hollywood version of »

- Matt Holmes

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New ‘Hunger Games’ Image: Lionsgate’s Big Box Office Gamble

9 November 2011 11:43 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

A lot of fans of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling book series The Hunger Games will be pleased to see the new photo of Jennifer Lawrence as the story’s heroine, Katniss Everdeen. However, for those of you who have never read the book series and were underwhelmed by The Hunger Games teaser trailer, you are likely still wondering what all the hype is about, and if you should put down your money to see a film that ostensibly looks like a cross between Battle Royale and Twilight. 

Well, if you’re one of those people who is feeling a bit skeptical about this franchise, you’re not alone: A recent business analysis report took a look at the sizable risk that indie studio Lionsgate is taking by making The Hunger Games.

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Katniss Everdeen Pulls Back Her Bow In New Hunger Games Image

8 November 2011 3:26 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Last we heard about The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence was talking about how the movie, which is being directed by Gary Ross, is "not Twilight." A big part of that is the fact that Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist in the story, is a strong-willed hunter who will kill you if she needs to. Need proof? Just check out the character's eyes in this new image from the film. Check out the image below and then head over to Business Insider for a slideshow that goes behind the scenes of the production on the movie. Though I haven't read the books, I will admit to being at least curious about this movie. From what I understand the plot is similar to the Japanese cult classic Battle Royale, but will also somehow try to get away with having a PG-13 rating. There's also the fact that Lawrence is one of the »

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Review: Leeds Film Festival's 11th Night of the Dead

8 November 2011 11:45 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Monster Brawl

Director/writer: Jesse T. Cook

Country: Canada

Running Time: 85 mins

Certificate: 18

Starring: Dave Foley, Art Hindle, Robert Maillet, Kevin Nash, Jimmy Hart, Herb Dean

The writer and director of 2008's horror flick Scarce, Jesse T. Cook, revisits the genre in his latest film Monster Brawl. “The time will come when monsters shape the futures of all” begins a suitably jocular voice-over that introduces us to the “most highly-anticipated extreme sport ever”. Making a horror enthusiast's hypothetical pub chat a reality, Cook pits some of the genre's most celebrated figures against each other in the wrestling ring.

Eight of the most powerful ghouls of all time from all four corners of the earth come together and are structured into “two conferences” with middle and heavy weight “monsters” and “creatures”, such as “Witch Bitch”. An American TV show set-up is quickly established with presenter, Buzz Chambers hosting from a secret cemetery location. »

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Danger After Dark pulls in 4 Asian Genre titles

7 November 2011 1:57 PM, PST | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Afm 2011: Danger After Dark Acquires Four Genre Films from Japan: “X-Game,” “,” its sequel “ The New Beginning” and “Strip Mahjong: Battle Royale

Danger After Dark has acquired all-rights for North American and United Kingdom to “X-Game,”,” its sequel “ the New Beginning” and all North American rights to “Strip Mahjong: Battle Royale.” The deal was finalized today at the 2011 American Film Market.

“We are excited to bring these films and their talented filmmakers into the Danger After Dark family,” says Derek Curl, President/CEO of Danger After Dark. “Each film’s unique vision of film-making presents a variety… More »


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Highlights From Celebrity Fight Night Include Octomom/Fisher Fight, Dykstra's No-Show

7 November 2011 4:21 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

If you happened to miss the Battle Royale that was Alki David’s “Celebrity Fight Night,” don’t worry! tweeted the link to the highlights of the show. The event was certainly one for the record books, and highlights include the grand entrance of eccentric billionaire founder Alki David, a view of the prize belt, and porno king Ron “The Hedgehog” Jeremy — in a blue polka dot bikini of all things — as the ring man. Quite a few of the matches are covered in the highlight reel, including the fight between Nadya “Octomom” Suleman and Amy Fisher, Coolio and Jeremy Jackson, Tila Tequila and Cami Parker, Jose Canseco »

- monique

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'The Hunger Games' Releases a Slew of Posters

29 October 2011 11:53 AM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

The Hunger Games has fired off a barrage of posters, one for each of the major characters within the film.

For the uninitiated (who the hell are you?), The Hunger Games is a Battle Royale like story wherein teens are forced to fight each other to the death for the entertainment of the masses in a dystopian future.

Have no clue who any of these people might be? Well, you're looking at Katniss (our heroine), Peeta (our heroine's love interest - sort of), Gale (our heroine's other love interest - sort of), Rue (ally to our heroine), Cato (brutal competitor who's looking to kill Katniss and everyone else), Haymitch (drunken survivor of a previous Hunger Games match), Effie (trains new contestants on the rules of the game), and Cinna (a stylist who must dress contestants up prior to the games).

Got that all? Good.

The Hunger Games is set to »

- Tristan Sinns

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