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The Hipster Games: May The Trends Be Ever In Your Favor

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The Hunger Games movie was a lot of fun, but let’s face it, if you’re really going to make something that’s basically Battle Royale but with white people, then things probably should have looked a little different. For instance if you’re going to have a bunch of kids try to kill each other, shouldn’t those kids be hipsters?

That’s the premise of this alternate version of The Hunger Games phenomenon. Watch one woman and one womanish man from each district compete in The Hipster Games

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Hunger Games Becomes 3rd Biggest Movie All Time, Real Science Fiction Rules At The Box Office

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We’ve been predicting big things for the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games all along, but I don’t think anyone expected anything this big. The Hunger Games debuted in theaters this weekend and smashed the box office competition to become not just the biggest hit of 2012 so far, but the third biggest movie of all time.

With its $155 million opening weekend here in the United States, Hunger Games sits behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 ($169 million) and The Dark Knight ($158 million) on the list of top opening weekends. That also makes it the biggest non-sequel opening for any movie, ever, in the history of cinema.

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The Hunger Games Review: Katniss Is The Girl Hero We’ve Been Waiting For

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The Hunger Games is an exceptionally faithful adaptation of the popular novel by Suzanne Collins. Normally such a slavish approach to a book as source material would be the kiss of death, but in this case Collins’ book is so straightforward and simple that it easily lends itself to the no frills approach taken by director Gary Ross.

Like the book the movie doesn’t waste a lot of time developing the complexities of an alternate world. It exists in a place where a country, divided into twelve districts, keeps the peace by forcing each of its member states to participate in an annual tournament to the death. Each district must send two young people to participate as tribute, and this year one of the tributes is Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).

It may surprise the uninitiated to learn that, for a movie which revolves almost entirely around an arena where kids must murder each other, the fight scenes aren’t really the highlight of The Hunger Games. Sticking with the approach used by the book the battles are brutal and quick, the deaths swift and in some cases not even shown. Ross takes that even further by coating his movie in the fog of excessive shaky cam. Maybe this helped them get that PG-13 rating Hollywood so covets. It doesn’t matter.

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The Hunger Games Board Game Puts You In The Arena…With Boys!

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When a franchise reaches a certain level of popularity, the satire inevitably starts pouring in. How many Harry Potter and Star Wars skits have you seen? Likely you’ve lost count at this point, and with the Hunger Games adaptation hitting theaters tonight at midnight, the Suzanne Collins story is the primary target for the next round of kind-hearted internet ridicule.

Not surprisingly, College Humor has stepped up to the plate this time around delivering The Hunger Games Game, putting slumber partiers into the arena. The skit will remind you a lot of those 90s games that dumb 10-year-old girls played like Dream Phone, and is all the funnier because of it. Check it out below.

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Hunger Games Star Jennifer Lawrence Might Have To Choose Between That Franchise And More X-Men

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File this one under the category of “Nice Problems To Have.” Actress Jennifer Lawrence, who you might have seen playing young Mystique in last summer’s rather awesome X-Men: First Class, is about to become a huge star courtesy of this weekend’s The Hunger Games release. That film, as you may have heard, is poised to be a gigantic hit, which means Ms. Lawrence will become a bona fide hot commodity. The battle to lay claim to her schedule is already shaping up, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently studio insiders are whispering about a potential scheduling kerfuffle between the next Hunger Games installment and the new X-Men sequel, with Lawrence caught right in the middle.

As I said, as far as problems go, “Which multi-million-dollar franchise do I commit to first?” can’t quite compete with “Where am I getting the next meal for my children?” but such is the surreal landscape of Tinseltown. Lionsgate wants to shoot the HG follow-up Catching Fire this summer, which could cause it to butt up against Fox’s planned fall shoot for the untitled X-Men: First Class sequel. Supposedly nobody’s breaking out the torches and pitchforks just yet, and one of Lawrence’s reps says that both studios are “making accommodations for her.” If it did come down to a stand-off, however, THR’s insiders suggest that Fox’s option on Lawrence would trump Lionsgate’s, since Lawrence wasn’t cast in The Hunger Games until well after she signed on the line which is dotted with Fox.

You can see Lawrence as heroine Katniss Evergreen in The Hunger Games, opening in theaters this Friday, March 23rd.

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Early Hunger Games Reviews Label It One Of The Year’s Best Films

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Going into it, I think most assumed that the upcoming Gary Ross directed adaptation of The Hunger Games would be good, I just don’t think most thought it would be this good. Early reviews are hitting the internet for the film and, so far, there hasn’t been a single negative notice. With dozens of reviews available critics seem to be falling hard for Hunger Games.

On Rotten Tomatoes the movie currently has a stunning 100% fresh rating. While that’s sure to dip over the course of this week as a few predictably cranky naysayers chime in, don’t expect it to fall a lot. The Hunger Games is apparently more than just a good adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian future battle to the death, it’s a legitimately great feature film.

See for yourself. We’ve put together a breakdown of some of the most worthwhile Hunger Games reviews. Read these and check back for GFR’s take on the film later this week.