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By Dave Rosenthal | March 5, 2012
With less than three weeks remaining before "The Hunger Games" movie is released, I thought it was time to join the 20-plus millions who have read books in Suzanne Collins' hit trilogy. (That and the contunued urging of my teen-age niece, K.T.) Collins' tale about the life-or-death competition among youngsters in post-apocalyptic North America was aimed at a young adult audience -- much like Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series -- but has swept far beyond that group.
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Nick Tann, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
Rebel Wilson shines, confuses and titillates while hosting last night's 2013 MTV Movie Awards as tax-paying procrastinators struggled to submit their returns on a temporarily floundering TurboTax online. In gun control news, a sadly ironic turn of events took place at the first 500 Sprint Cup race sponsored by the NRA as a NASCAR fan shot himself in the head after an apparent argument with a fellow racing fan.  Other trends this morning involve the first grandchild for George W. and Laura Bush, the strains of running the Boston Marathon and the release of the first full trailer for the second "Hunger Games" movie, "Catching Fire.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 22, 2012
With so many tickets sold in advance of the release of "The Hunger Games," reviews may be beside the point. With millions of readers already drawn into Suzanne Collins' trilogy about the post-apocalyptic world of Panem, the way has been paved for a successful release. Add to that a huge publicity storm -- I think the star, Jennifer Lawrence, has been on the cover of every magazine except "Muscle and Fitness" -- and you're looking at record ticket sales. Still, movie critics insist on weighing in. They have to earn their pay, after all, by dropping references to Tarantino and the score.
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By Jennifer Dansicker | March 5, 2013
If watching Katniss fire off arrows in “The Hunger Games” made you yearn for a bow of your own, a trip to Churchville and a visit with George Bennett of Deer Creek Archery may be in your future.  Bennett was a builder by trade, but as he neared retirement, he decided to change gears and opened Deer Creek Archery in 1995. Now, almost 17 years later, at the age of 70, Bennett is taking advantage of the renewed national interest in archery. “The popularity of the sport has risen in the last few years especially with 'The Hunger Games,' and it is being introduced in schools across the country,” says Bennett.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 12, 2012
I face a tough choice this week: Start filling out my NCAA tournament bracket or continue with the Hunger Games trilogy. I finished the first book in Suzanne Collins' series over the weekend, just in time to clear the slate for a week of college hoops. Mid-March is generally the time that my reading goes on hiatus -- back-to-back-to-back-to-back basketball games will do that. And this year there's a special reason to watch: To see if my home-state team, the University of Connecticut Huskies, can defend its national championship.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 21, 2012
With the wide release of "The Hunger Games" movie in little more than a day, ticket sales are headed for a record, as fans across the country prepare for the biggest literary adaptation since the Harry Potter and Twilight films. And early ticket sales show that the movie is not just for teen-agers. The movie about post-apocalyptic North America is on track to become the biggest seller for the on-line ticket site Fandango, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jill Rosen.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 22, 2012
Translating a popular book such as "The Hunger Games" into a movie is tough work. (And when there are more than 25 million copies in print, the stakes are even higher.) There's always the real possibility of disaster -- such as the adaptation of Frank Herbert's "Dune," which is one of my favorite books but also one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Early reviews of "The Hunger Games" movie have been very promising, and much of the credit goes to producer Nina Jacobson, who also handled adaptations such as "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid. " In an interview with Publishers Weekly, she described the challenge of moving Suzanne Collins' trilogy from page to screen.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 24, 2012
As expected, "The Hunger Games" is killing at the box office this weekend, taking in more than $68 million in the first day of ticket sales. Estimates for the entire weekend range around $140 million as might be expected with the off-the-charts pre-release media buzz and almost uniformaly favorable reviews. According to boxofficemojo, the adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy ranks fifth on the all-time list behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($91.1 million)
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 26, 2012
As I noted Saturday, The Hunger Games movie was off to a big weekend, and the totals are huge: about $155 million. To give it some perspective, that topped the total from the Top 12 movies for all but two weekends this year, according to Box Office Mojo, which tracks these things. The adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novel ranked third all-time for opening weekend gross, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4 million)
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
When the lights dim for "Hunger Games" at midnight Thursday, Fatimah Nelson, who bought tickets weeks ago, will be there, a bit breathless, at the edge of a plush seat at Arundel Mills. "I've been waiting months and months and months," says the Baltimore 21-year-old. "I'm really excited. " Nelson and millions of others in Maryland and around the country are braced for the opening of "Hunger Games," the latest young adult book series to become a runaway hit and then a movie and, it's looking like, a cultural phenomenon on the likes of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 9, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence may be the best thing going for books this year. She helped propel the adaptation of "Silver Linings Playbook," and is starring in "Catching Fire," another Hunger Games movie. (Not to mention her role in screen versions of the X-Men comics .) Entertainment Weekly's look at "Catching Fire," the latest installment of the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins highlights the flexibility of star Jennifer Lawrence. On the EW cover, she sports a futuristic jump suit and quiver of arrows, part of her battle gear in the fight for Panem.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2012
Even though Halloween has become synonymous with "sexy" and "trashy" - heck, there's even a naughty ladies' "Bert & Ernie" ensemble - you have a choice. And you can choose fashion and sophistication. There are plenty of options that will have you looking runway-ready, while remaining true to the holiday. We combed the racks at some of the region's top clothing boutiques, consignment shops, vintage troves and even a furrier for our "no costumes allowed" photo shoot. We were able to capture period charm from "Downton Abbey," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Mad Men," the futuristic feel of "Hunger Games" and the boho chic of "Girls.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2012
Some of the newest fitness classes around Maryland involve warrior drills based on "The Hunger Games"books and practicing the downward dog yoga pose on a paddleboard in the middle of a lake. Others take a twist on conventional aerobics classes from the Jane Fonda era - SPRI Step360 is the latest incarnation of the step class. Then there are the ones that combine elements of other classes, such as piloxing, a combination of kickboxing and the ab-focused Pilates workout. The classes are the latest ways gyms are trying to keep people inspired with fresh workouts that take a page from pop culture trends and offer a new challenge.
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By Dave Gilmore | April 23, 2012
News Roundup   •••• A trio of geniuses made an art installation that uses real-time traffic data to populate a “Frogger” arcade game. While obviously smacking of a classic “Seinfeld” episode , “5th Ave. Frogger” is a great exercise in “reverse gamification” (a term we possibly just invented). [ The Verge ] •••• ”Marvel's The Avengers” kicks off summer movie season next weekend, and predictably there are going to be multiple video game tie-in titles.
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By Ryanne Milani, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2012
Suzanne Collins'"The Hunger Games" trilogy has sold millions of copies in the United States since the first book was published in 2008. Now, with the release of the blockbuster movie of the same name, the series has achieved even more: It has influenced kids to spend more time outside. Two weekends ago, 13 young "Hunger Games" fans braved the rain to learn about archery. The Saturday event, which was hosted by the Thurmont Regional Library and run by members of the Tuscarora Archers, allowed the teenagers to learn how to shoot a bow. "[It]
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By Dave Gilmore | April 6, 2012
News Roundup •••• The PAX East gaming convention kicks off today in Boston, with the fans and journalists eager to get a hands-on look at titles like Harmonix's newest offering, “Rock Band Blitz.” It's expected that Nintendo will share some more Wii U news, along with a rumored “ amazing announcement ” from BioWare. [ Pax East ] •••• Newly-minted NBA superstar Jeremy Lin is catching up on his gaming while recovering from surgery.
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By Dave Gilmore | April 23, 2012
News Roundup   •••• A trio of geniuses made an art installation that uses real-time traffic data to populate a “Frogger” arcade game. While obviously smacking of a classic “Seinfeld” episode , “5th Ave. Frogger” is a great exercise in “reverse gamification” (a term we possibly just invented). [ The Verge ] •••• ”Marvel's The Avengers” kicks off summer movie season next weekend, and predictably there are going to be multiple video game tie-in titles.
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March 20, 2012
Y ou may love reading "The Hunger Games" book trilogy, but do you have plans to camp out for the premiere? Would you try out a recipe for Katniss' favorite lamb stew with dry plums? "The Hunger Games" has morphed into a pop-culture phenomenon, with rabid fans who express their obsessions in a litany of ways. Here's a quick rundown. It's an event In Los Angeles a veritable tent city sprouted up before the premiere, bustling with fans waving signs anticipating cast-member visits.
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By Dave Rosenthal | April 6, 2012
If you have a spare $1.4 million -- are you listening Mega-Millions winners? -- you can buy the abandoned North Carolina village that portrayed Katniss Everdeen's hometown in "The Hunger Games" movie. Henry River Mill Village was built in the early 1900s as a planned community around a yarn factory, and after the mill closed, the 72-acre tract and its remaining buildings were bought by Wade Shepherd, according to an Associated Press story. He says fans have been swarming around the property to get a taste of District 12, and he's ready to sell.
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By Scott Dance | March 27, 2012
It may feel like it has been much longer, but the freezing temperatures expected overnight last night are the first in Baltimore since March 11 hit a low of 28 degrees. Before that, lows were at or below freezing five times this month, bringing the month's average low to 44 degrees. That's typically the average temperature for March overall. We won't know until Saturday how the month stacks up against history. Baltimore missed the heat records seen elsewhere, but perhaps the month overall will be one for the record books.
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