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12 Dystopian Books to Read If You Couldn't Put Down The Hunger Games

There's a soft spot in our hearts for Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in Lionsgate's adaptation of The Hunger Games, but we definitely shouldn't forget about Suzanne Collins's dystopian novel that started the entire franchise. It's a page-turner of a book about the society of Panem, where teenagers called tributes are forced to enlist in a high-stakes televised fight to the death called the Hunger Games.

While it might be overlooked as a young adult series, The Hunger Games actually discusses important themes like inequality and consumerism. It also features Katniss Everdeen as its protagonist, a strong female character's who is as tough as she is vulnerable.

If you can really appreciate Suzanne Collins's themes and characters, you'll enjoy the following books, which range from dystopian teen series like Divergent to classroom classics like Lord of the Flies.
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'Rampage' Tops Weekend Box Office, but 'A Quiet Place' is Making the Most Noise

'Rampage' Tops Weekend Box Office, but 'A Quiet Place' is Making the Most Noise
It was nearly an upset at the weekend box office, but Warner Bros. and New Line's Rampage was able to hold off a strong second weekend from Paramount's hit horror/thriller A Quiet Place to take the weekend's #1 spot. But that doesn't discount the fact A Quiet Place is less than $400k shy of topping $100 million domestically after just ten days in release. Additionally, Blumhouse's Truth or Dare delivered a solid, third place debut. With an estimated $34.5 million, Warner Bros. and New Line's Rampage delivered a first place finish from 4,101 theaters. Looking at some of the comps we used heading into the weekend, this is a bit ahead of the $31.7 million opening for Tom Cruise's The Mummy last year, which went on to gross just over $80 million and an improvement over Dwayne Johnson's Hercules, which opened with $29.8 million in 2014 and grossed just over $72 million domestically. Looking ahead,
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Wes Ball Interview – Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Maze Runner: The Death Cure director Wes Ball talks about the film’s home release, completing the trilogy of Ya movies, and what’s next for him. The first movie in the blockbuster film series, The Maze Runner, hit theaters in 2014, amid the success of fellow Ya-based franchises like The Hunger Games and Divergent. With the middle chapter, The Scorch Trials, debuting in 2015, the trilogy wrapped up earlier this year with the release of The Death Cure. All three movies followed novels by James Dashner, though the book series also includes two prequels.
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Ashley Judd to Receive Greenwich Film Fest’s Changemaker Award

Judd in “Divergent”: Summit Entertainment

Actress, activist, and Silence Breaker Ashley Judd will be celebrated for her international work with women and children at this year’s Greenwich International Film Festival. According to People, she will be presented with the fest’s Changemaker Award at a gala on May 31.

The honor is given to artists who use “their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change,” explained Wendy Stapleton Reyes, fest Chairman of the Board.

Judd is being recognized for her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (Unfpa). The role sees her travelling to nations such as Bangladesh, India, Jordan, Ukraine, and Turkey, and working to help improve the lives of women and children. Judd also serves as global ambassador for Population Services International and Polaris, an org dedicated to ending human trafficking.

Previous Changemaker Award recipients include Renée Zellweger,
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Chaos Walking to Undergo Reshoots; May Delay Release Date

Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking movie will reportedly undergo reshoots later this year that may delay the Ya adaptation’s early 2019 release date. After a bit of a lull in the wake of The Hunger Games‘ diminishing success and the box office flop of the third Divergent film, Allegiant, Hollywood has dipped back into the Ya sci-fi/fantasy well for some upcoming blockbusters. One will debut later this year with Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s The Darkest Minds, which recently unveiled the first trailer, while another is set for early next year. That film is Doug Liman’s Chaos Walking, an adaptation of Patrick Ness’ Ya trilogy that follows the first novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go.
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‘The Darkest Minds’ Trailer: Teens Get Superpowers And Revolt Against Parents In New Ya Film

In a world that hates and fears them, a group of teens with superpowers fights for freedom. Yes, this is the basic premise of “X-Men,” but also apparently, the premise for the upcoming film, “The Darkest Minds.” It’s like “X-Men” but with a heaping helping of “The Hunger Games.”

Just when you think the Ya movie trend had come to a close, with “Divergent” never finishing its film series and “Maze Runner” stumbling to the end, it looks like there’s another teen franchise hoping to take off.
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‘The Darkest Minds’ Trailer: Amandla Stenberg Finally Gets a Dystopian Ya Series All Her Own — Watch

‘The Darkest Minds’ Trailer: Amandla Stenberg Finally Gets a Dystopian Ya Series All Her Own — Watch
“Soon, there wouldn’t be any kids, anywhere.” So begins the tantalizing first trailer for Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s upcoming big screen adaptation “The Darkest Minds.” Based on Alexandra Bracken’s novel of the same name, the film offers up a teen-centric dystopian vision that’s mostly been missing from the movie marketplace since the last “Divergent” film didn’t even make it in into theaters. It’s no surprise then that the book series — which now includes three novels and three novellas — was first published at the height of the Ya dystopian craze, and perhaps the movie version can reignite interest in turning the fertile literary category into big box office bucks.

Yuh Nelson’s film has at least one big ace up its sleeve: star Amandla Stenberg, who first broke out in the original “Hunger Games” film as darling competitor Rue. The “Everything, Everything” actress now has her
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Ashleigh Powell to Adapt YA Fantasy Novel ‘The Hazel Wood’ for Columbia Pictures (Exclusive)

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Ashleigh Powell to Adapt YA Fantasy Novel ‘The Hazel Wood’ for Columbia Pictures (Exclusive)
Ashleigh Powell has signed on to adapt the YA fantasy novel “The Hazel Wood” for Columbia Pictures, TheWrap has exclusively learned.

Powell previously wrote “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” for Disney. Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher (“Divergent,” “The Great Gatsby”) at Red Wagon are producing. VP Lucas Wiesendanger is overseeing for Red Wagon.

“The Hazel Wood,” a novel written by Melissa Albert, has been on the NY Times Young Adult Bestseller list for seven weeks and is currently at Number five. Flatiron Books publishes in the U.S. and...
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Darkest Minds First Look Images Feature Teenagers With Superpowers

The first look images for 20th Century Fox and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s The Darkest Minds movie adaptation are now online. Based on the books by Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds is a dystopian sci-fi/thriller series in the same vein as previous young adult novels turned movie franchises like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner, among others. Bracken published four Darkest Minds novels from 2012 through to 2015, at which point Fox picked up the film rights to the property and set Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) to produce a big adaptation of the first Darkest Minds book through his 21 Laps Entertainment banner.
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First Trailer for A24's 'Backstabbing for Beginners' Starring Theo James

"It sickens me to have to stand there and listen to your lies." A24 has debuted the first official trailer for a true story political drama titled Backstabbing for Beginners, from Danish director Per Fly. The film is about a young, idealistic program coordinator at the United Nations, as played by Theo James (from the Divergent series), who stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves. Ben Kingsley stars as his boss, and the cast includes Jacqueline Bisset, Christina Dupre, Rossif Sutherland, Belçim Bilgin, Rachel Wilson, and Brian Markinson. This looks like a very compelling political thriller about a kid just trying to do what's right. And, as A24 says in their email, it's a very "timely" film for us to watch these days. Here's the first official trailer for Per Fly's Backstabbing for Beginners, direct from YouTube: Based on a true story, an idealistic young employee (Theo James
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Trailer Binge: ‘Borg vs. McEnroe’, ‘Adrift’, ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ Lego Trailer, ‘6 Balloons’, ‘Life Itself’ & ‘Sun Dogs’

Welcome to Trailer Binge, a recurring feature where we get a chance to catch up on some of the recent trailer releases in the past week. Whether it be indie releases, or recent movie and TV trailers that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks, Trailer Binge allows us to catch up on the seemingly constant onslaught of new new content being released each week.

In this edition of Trailer Binge, we take a look at new trailers for Borg vs. McEnroe, Adrift, 6 Balloons, Life Itself, Sun Dogs and a cool trailer Lego trailer for the upcoming Pacific Rim: Uprising. Let’s start binging!

‘Borg vs. McEnroe’ Trailer

Borg vs. McEnroe stars Shia Labeouf, Sverrir Gudnason, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny, and Robert Emms. Janus Metz Pedersen directs from a screenplay written by Ronnie Sandahl, and the film is set to hit theaters on April 13, 2018.

Borg Vs. McEnroe tells the
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‘I Can Only Imagine’ Might Not Be March’s Only Faith-Based Box Office Surprise Hit

‘I Can Only Imagine’ Might Not Be March’s Only Faith-Based Box Office Surprise Hit
Faith-based filmmaking isn’t dead. While the genre has struggled recently to turn out crossover hits (and nothing has topped the $611M take of Mel Gibson’s controversial smash hit “The Passion of the Christ,” still the top earner in the genre 14 years after its release), brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin’s latest film, “I Can Only Imagine,” surprised this weekend’s box office with a $17 million opening take, good enough to push it to third place in a crowded field. Among contemporary Christian community titles, only “Heaven Is for Real” had a better opening, scoring $22 million when it opened in 2014.

Other faith-based movies have recently faltered at the box office, making the success of “I Can Only Imagine” as a bit of an outlier in a struggling — and often independently made — genre. The last big Christian-leaning hit to crack $100 million at the domestic box office was 2010’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
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‘Tomb Raider’ Opens With $12.3 Million on First Day in China

‘Tomb Raider’ Opens With $12.3 Million on First Day in China
Alicia Vikander’s “Tomb Raider” has opened with a solid $12.3 million in its first day in China, taking in a 50% share of the top five films.

Warner Bros. reported Friday that “Tomb Raider” has become its fifth-highest grossing opening day in China, and surpasses by a significant margin all three films in the “Divergent” series and was double the opening of “Lucy” and 6% ahead of “Wonder Woman.” “Tomb Raider” also generated $500,000 in Thursday night previews.

Warner Bros. said “Tomb Raider” generated a total Thursday gross of $5.7 million on approximately 16,325 screens in 46 territories, which brought the international running total to $24.7 million. The action-thriller opened in nine markets last weekend and is opening Friday in another 19 markets including China, Spain, Scandinavia and Mexico.

Early box office results out of the U.K. generated $553,000 on 1,004 screens with a 40% box office share of the top five films, 25% ahead of “Red Sparrow.” In Russia, “Tomb Raider
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'Love, Simon' Star Keiynan Lonsdale Talks Coming Out on Set

'Love, Simon' Star Keiynan Lonsdale Talks Coming Out on Set
[This interview contains minor spoilers for Love, Simon.]

Australian actor Keiynan Lonsdale has appeared in everything from the Divergent series to CW’s The Flash, but his new role as Bram Greenfeld in Love, Simon is personal.

Love, Simon, out today, breaks new ground as the first mainstream gay teen romance film to hit theaters across the U.S., and Lonsdale knows firsthand how important that is. Last May, soon after production on the film wrapped, he came out publicly to his fans: “I like girls, & I like guys (yes),” he <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUBaxprAm-f/?hl=en"...
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Love, Simon – Review

Time to plunge into a movie genre that strikes fear in many a film goer (or it does so with me, I’ll admit). No, it’s not a horror, monster, or thriller flick, nor from the sub-genres like “torture porn” or the played out “found video footage”. Nope, this is an adaptation, or to be precise it’s based on a “young adult” novel, but (here’s the good news) it’s not from a series like “The Maze Runner” or “Divergent”. Whew, thank heaven for small favors. This one’s a coming of age story set in the lead character’s last months of high school, full of dreams and romantic entanglements. Hmmm, sounds a whole lot like last year’s critical darling, and Oscar shut-out (awww) Lady Bird. Well, that’s where the similarities end. Lb was set around 16 years ago, and it was a low-budget, non-studio
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Tomb Raider movie review: raiders of the old movie

MaryAnn’s quick take… Another videogame adaptation in which empty avatars run around perfunctorily because that’s what the plot requires of them. There’s no humor, no fizz, no movie magic at all. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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Very Indiana Jones. Much Last Crusade.

Except… they forgot the humor. They forgot the fizz. They forgot the verve. They forgot the fun.

Forget any Indy sparkle. This is a movie about old maps and secret tombs and puzzle boxes and exotic travel, and there isn’t even a hint of J. Peterman about it.

Lara wears our Perfect Tank in morose (£495); Adventurer’s Trousers in grim (£1,975); axe, belt, bandages her own.

This Tomb Raider movie: it has no personality.
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Inhale. Exhale. Scream! 4/20 Massacre set for April release – Trailer | Poster

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Make a date with death this April. Suspense, smoke and spine-tingling chills are on the menu when horror icon Jamie Bernadette and Justine Wachsberger, star of the Divergent series, face a 4/20 Massacre. Premiering on VOD and DVD 4/3 from Film Chest, the first-ever “stoner slasher” movie pits today’s hottest young stars against cinema’s next …

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Adrift Trailer: Shailene Woodley & Sam Claflin Get Lost at Sea

Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin star in the first trailer for Adrift. After making their marks in big Hollywood films adapting young-adult novels, the stars of Adrift find themselves doing something much smaller. Woodley is still best known for being the face of the Divergent franchise, which came to a sudden halt after three movies. Claflin, meanwhile, found his biggest role to date by playing Finnick Odair in the final three Hunger Games movies.
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Box Office Preview: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Looks to Lure Kids as ‘Black Panther’ Stays Muscular

Box Office Preview: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Looks to Lure Kids as ‘Black Panther’ Stays Muscular
Disney will be facing off against itself at the North American box office this weekend as “A Wrinkle in Time” opens against the fourth weekend of Marvel’s “Black Panther.”

Black Panther” shows no signs of slowing down its box office reign, as estimates show Ryan Coogler’s tentpole has a good chance of coming out on top against Ava DuVernay’s time-travel fantasy, which is targeted to hard-to-track younger filmgoers.

The latest tracking for “Wrinkle” projects an opening weekend of $30 to $38 million at 3,980 North American locations. That’s slightly lower than initial estimates assessed, which showed a range between $34 to $37 million. “Black Panther” could bring $35 to $40 million in its fourth weekend.

Numerous schools start their spring vacations this week, giving PG-rated “A Wrinkle in Time” a few weeks to lure young audiences in the weeks leading up to Easter, which is on April 1 this year.

“A Wrinkle in
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Vanessa Taylor to Adapt “Hillbilly Elegy”

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The Oscar-nominated co-writer of “The Shape of Water” has booked her next gig. She’ll follow-up the otherworldly fairy tale with a gritty drama set in the Rust Belt, an adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” Deadline broke the news.

J.D. Vance’s 2016 best-seller tackles the white underclass, race, and privilege in the United States. “Vance, raised poor among working-class ‘hillbillies,’ explores his childhood and family struggles as they navigate through drug addiction, and social, and economic challenges,” according to the source. “Supported by his larger-than-life grandmother, he developed a deep appreciation for education that laid the foundation for him to rise out of poverty and its cultural restraints.”

Taylor is up for an Oscar at this Sunday’s ceremony for penning Sally Hawkins-starrer “The Shape of Water.” “Divergent,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Hope Springs” are among her previous credits.
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