The Hunger Games

25 Must-See Movies For the Fall

Hey there reader, been to the movies lately? If the box office reports are any indication, I’m guessing not — and who can blame you? We’re currently in the weird dead zone between the tentpole blockbusters of the summer and the prestige, Oscar-friendly pictures (and, increasingly, tentpole blockbusters) of the fall. But relief will be here soon enough, so in the interest of helping you mark up your movie-going calendar, we’re looking ahead to the fall films we’re anticipating most. … Read More

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Stylized Violence on Film Isn’t Just Lazy — It’s Immoral

I walked out of the first movie in The Hunger Games series, directed by Pleasantville‘s Gary Ross, feeling surprisingly frustrated. In fact, I may have ranted to my friends that the film was “morally reprehensible” and “disturbing” and the only thing of value was Jennifer Lawrence’s endless soulfulness. … Read More

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Here’s Your First Official Teaser Trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1′

After two faux-propaganda “Panem Address” spots, we’re finally getting our first look at The Hunger Games:… Read More

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Watch the First, Clever Teaser Trailer for ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1′

The Hunger Games films have, thus far, cleverly intersected narrative and advertising to create marketing materials in the form… Read More

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Beautifully Terrifying District Propaganda Posters for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’

It seems like just yesterday that we watched Katniss escape the Quarter Quell’s clock of horrors, but the countdown to another Hunger Games movie — Mockingjay: Part 1 – has already begun. With the premiere almost exactly five months away, The Capitol has produced a stunning series of propaganda posters depicting the heroic workers who populate its districts. While beautifully composed, the images also have a creepy coldness to them that befits the darkness (not to mention the escalating tensions in Panem) to come. … Read More

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Full List of 2014 MTV Movie Awards Winners

The 2014 MTV Movie Awards went as expected — The Hunger Games won big, Zac Efron took off his shirt, and… Read More

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Don’t Blame Science Fiction for Hollywood’s Race Problem

Does sci-fi have a race problem? If you’re The Atlantic, the answer is yes — yesterday, the magazine’s website ran this piece, wherein writer Noah Berlatsky argues that there are essentially four ways in which sci-fi handles race: metaphor, tokenism, diversity, and explicit narrative. It’s ambitious to try to construct a definitive thesis about an entire genre’s handling of race, especially a genre as diverse as sci-fi, and judging by the article’s mammoth comment section, which is basically like 500-plus comments by Roman DeBeers, Berlatsky has touched a nerve. I don’t want to tear him down here, but I do want to note one fundamental flaw in his thesis: it works from the assumption that all sci-fi starts from an essentially white male point of view and then either does or doesn’t address race. The problem with this approach is that it perpetuates the marginalization of sci-fi that doesn’t come from that point of view. … Read More

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“Bossy” Is for Girls, “Hero” Is for Boys: Why Gendered Language Matters

“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.” Maybe it’s because those words came out of Beyoncé’s mouth (and Jane Lynch’s, and Diane von Furstenberg’s), but Lean In’s minute-long “Ban Bossy” video grabbed my interest, whereas the organization’s previous efforts just raised my eyebrows. The campaign, co-sponsored with the Girl Scouts, is far from perfect, and it’s already attracted its fair share of flak. But it calls attention to an issue that’s gotten far less air time in high-profile feminist rhetoric than the gender breakdown of the Fortune 500: the way words can subtly shape our conceptions of what is and isn’t appropriate for girls. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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25 YA Novels Everyone — Even Adults — Should Read

It’s a truism that kids’ books aren’t just for kids. Franchises like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games wouldn’t be nearly as successful if adults weren’t packing into theaters along with teens and tweens, and besides, the stigma against teen lit is so passé. YA is a rich, fascinating, and constantly evolving subset of literature, and it speaks volumes about the values literature passes on to subsequent generations. That said, here are 25 of the best books and series whose appeal endures even for those whose ages don’t end in “-teen”; some are eternal classics, some personal favorites. All are… Read More

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