If you felt a rattling last night as you slept off your weekend hangover, don't worry: that was just the stars aligning for one Jennifer Lawrence, who is destined to be loved by all for eternity. According to a report in The Independent, J-Law's got a new suitor now that she's done with Gwyneth Paltrow's estranged husband Chris Martin.
The trailer for Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, was unveiled late Sunday night during the MTV Movie Awards. It looks...exciting for fans of the franchise. Jennifer Lawrence is back in serious action hero mode ("Go ahead," she tells some soldier guy pointing a gun at her), and all your favorite actors are back playing characters with strange names. Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy. Donald Sutherland as President Snow. Jeffrey Wright as Beetee. And, in what's apparently a big deal, Philip Seymour Hoffman is Plutarch Heavensbee.
That movie no one will shut up about is setting new records already — The Hunger Games' $68.3 million opening gives it the biggest opening day of any non-sequel, and the fifth-biggest opening of all time. Midnight showings accounted for $19.7 million of the film's take, which gives you a sense of how devoted fans of this series are.
"The real sport of the Hunger Games is watching the tributes kill one another," says protagonist Katniss Everdeen in the first book of Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy. The real sport of The Hunger Games, Gary Ross's compulsively entertaining cinematic adaptation, is breezing by those murders without offending delicate sensibilities.
Hunger Games mania is upon us. The Young Adult trilogy-turned-blockbuster is due out this weekend, and some of you out there still have no idea what these crazy Food Games are all about. Fear not, as we have compiled a detailed Hunger Games explainer, just in time for G-day. Be you screaming tween, good-sporting parent, or disgruntled old timer, this explainer will guide you as we as a nation prepare for the newest (and unavoidable) pop-culture phenom.
Arena: A vast outdoor arena rigged with Panem's high-tech TV cameras as well as traps and challenges to test the tributes fighting each other to the death in the Hunger Games. An arena may contain anything from "a burning desert to a frozen wasteland." After the Hunger Games, the arenas become popular tourist destinations for Capitol citizens.
Invisible Children, the nonprofit behind the KONY 2012 campaign, has asked supporters to spend April 20 raising awareness of the crimes of Ugandan militia leader and horrible person Joseph Kony. But how can you raise awareness? How about with one of the many KONY 2012 knockoffs available on Cafepress, Etsy and deviantART? Here's a lovingly curated selection:
Hey Hunger Games creeps, now you can further disengage with the real world and emerge yourself in a fictitious world of Suzanne Collins' making. In anticipation of the upcoming film adaptation of the YA trilogy, visit the Capitol's website, or the "citizen information terminal." You can bone up on knowledge of the tributes, learn district population information, and my personal favorite, view a feature called, "tracker jack incidents." There is also, obvs, a countdown until the movie's premier (16 days, 11 hours, 06 minutes, 3 seconds).