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March 26, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
I have to admit that I'm a late-comer to "Hunger Games. " Honestly, I didn't have any interest in the books or the film adaptation that was being made of them. A geek only has so much time for reading and going to the movies, and my plate was already full. And after all the hype leading up to the release of the motion picture, I thought I'd inoculated myself from being drawn into the mania that was consuming the sci-fi series' fandom. Regardless, I found myself attending a Friday night showing at my local Cineplex.  Hey, when your date says she wants to go see Hunger Games on opening night, you go....
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November 19, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) The end credits for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” roll to the tune of “Atlas,” a new track from Coldplay. This does not match. While the song practically tells your heart, “Continue at regular speed or perhaps nap,” director Francis Lawrence's (“I Am Legend”) adaptation of the second book in Suzanne Collins' addictive series reminds us that a 146-minute movie can be streamlined and deadly urgent. “Catching Fire” isn't a bull's-eye, but its arrow never wavers.
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January 8, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Eric Salinas swirls a pat of butter into a pan of sizzling green apples, brown sugar and apple juice. The fat glistens, creating the perfect sauce to go with a bone-in pork loin roasting in the oven. Golden-brown squash cools on the counter. You'd think Salinas was showing off his cooking chops on TV alongside chef Alton Brown, but in reality the 25-year-old is whipping up a master meal in his North Park kitchen. The studio audience consists of his mom and girlfriend, eagerly awaiting dinner in the living room.
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November 18, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Seasame Street is getting in on the "Hunger Games" craze with a spoof video called "Hungry Games - Catching Fur. " In the video, Cookie Monster plays Cookieness Evereat. "OK, we all know what we got to do: eat food to whin Hungry Games," Cookieness says. But poking monkeys and tickling winds block the way for Cookieness and her friends Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady and Pita. Can they escape? The real "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens in theaters later this week. Want more?
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November 18, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Seasame Street is getting in on the "Hunger Games" craze with a spoof video called "Hungry Games - Catching Fur. " In the video, Cookie Monster plays Cookieness Evereat. "OK, we all know what we got to do: eat food to whin Hungry Games," Cookieness says. But poking monkeys and tickling winds block the way for Cookieness and her friends Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady and Pita. Can they escape? The real "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens in theaters later this week. Want more?
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November 15, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Deadline reports: Lionsgate is in talks for a "Hunger Games" theme park attraction. In a Nov. 8 conference call with Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, he said the studio has been "approached in two territories about potential theme park opportunities," and that they are pursuing them. Get the full story: deadline.com Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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May 30, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
By now, you've hopefully read the entire "Hunger Games" book series. If not, a) What are you waiting for? It takes like five hours! and b) Don't worry, we're not going to spoil the plot of the second book, "Catching Fire," for you. But we will tell you that wild rumors have been flying for days over the casting of a big new character, human Adonis Finnick Odair. Robert Pattinson reportedly is out of the running, but eonline.com says Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund are in contention.
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March 7, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Today I spoke with Josh Hutcherson, who stars as Peeta in the just-a-bit-anticipated big screen version of "The Hunger Games. " The full interview will post the week of the film's March 23 opening, but here's a taste. “We wanted to give him a little bit more balls,” Hutcherson said of his character. “The cave scene where Peeta's admitting his love to Katniss, in the book it can come across a little sappy. We wanted it to come across as, 'I'm gonna die. I need to tell you how I feel.'” On a scale of 1 to 1 zillion, how excited are you for the...
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March 20, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
I read Suzanne Collins' addictive, massively popular novel "The Hunger Games" so compulsively that the pages feared my fingers. Any filmmaker would be challenged to similarly create scene after scene that sparks craving for the next. In other words, director/co-writer Gary Ross' big-screen adaptation doesn't quite live up to the movie that played in your head while you read the book. Yet "The Hunger Games" serves as an often riveting, occasionally underwhelming chronicle of a competition forcing teenagers to kill...
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April 30, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Let the games begin. Even if the most physical activity you got this winter was lifting a copy of Suzanne Collins'"The Hunger Games" or walking to your car to see the movie, the odds still are in your favor to get active come summer. That is, if you start your training now. The book trilogy and blockbuster movie - in which teenage "tributes" from one of 12 districts in a dystopian future battle to the death in an unpredictable arena - already has inspired a growing interest in archery, with heroine Katniss Everdeen being a master markswoman with a bow. But fitness...
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November 15, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Deadline reports: Lionsgate is in talks for a "Hunger Games" theme park attraction. In a Nov. 8 conference call with Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, he said the studio has been "approached in two territories about potential theme park opportunities," and that they are pursuing them. Get the full story: deadline.com Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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October 30, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Hey "Hunger Games" fans--you know all of those burning questions you have for the cast? You might just have the chance to get them answered. In anticipation for the release of "Catching Fire" Nov. 20, the film's stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and director Francis Lawrence will answer fans' questions Nov. 6 during a 45-minute Q&A on Facebook. Facebook has done similar Q&A events with other stars, most recently Oct. 30 with soccer star David Beckham, who conducted a global digital book signing and Q&A with...
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August 15, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) Destined to be started but not finished by Netflix streaming subscribers, "Paranoia" depicts a cutthroat community of so-called geniuses and then portrays nearly everyone as a fool. If this laughable excuse for a thriller quickens your pulse, please consult your doctor. In a world that apparently contains only two phone companies, rival executives Nicolas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) and Jock Goddard (Oldman's "Air Force One" foil Harrison Ford) strive to make the smartest smartphone at any cost.
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July 26, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
“Did you eat bugs?” “What did you sleep on?” “Did anyone get hurt?” Those were some of the most common questions that greeted Rob Anderson when he returned to Chicago from a trip to California. As you might have guessed, he wasn't on vacation. He was being hunted. The 25-year-old Lakeview resident was essentially playing real life “Hunger Games” as part of CW's newest reality TV show “Capture.” “I'm just excited to be a normal, civilized person again,” Anderson said.
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July 23, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
The interwebs have been good to Joe Moses. His first round of internet fame came from playing Severus Snape in Team Starkid's online parody sensation, "A Very Potter Musical. " Then he went viral with his follow-up YouTube project, "The Potion Master's Corner. " For the past two years, he's been performing a sketch and improv comedy show called "The Joe Moses One Man Showses" (#JMOMS), which featured himself and a rotating cast of guests. But for a five-city live tour - which kicked off Saturday in New York City...
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June 6, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana   August 2009 The two met on the set of their movie, "The Last Song," but more than just their characters found summer lovin'. They were spotted smooching all over the place after filming wrapped. The tweet: "I kinda want to go see 'The Time Traveler's Wife' but I think I'll just sit around and eat sushi and watch "Liar Liar" with Liam :)"  -- @mileycyrus October 2009 Miley quits Twitter on her boo's recommendation, saying: "FYI Liam doesn't have a...
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October 30, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Hey "Hunger Games" fans--you know all of those burning questions you have for the cast? You might just have the chance to get them answered. In anticipation for the release of "Catching Fire" Nov. 20, the film's stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and director Francis Lawrence will answer fans' questions Nov. 6 during a 45-minute Q&A on Facebook. Facebook has done similar Q&A events with other stars, most recently Oct. 30 with soccer star David Beckham, who conducted a global digital book signing and Q&A with fans.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
By now, you've hopefully read the entire "Hunger Games" book series. If not, a) What are you waiting for? It takes like five hours! and b) Don't worry, we're not going to spoil the plot of the second book, "Catching Fire," for you. But we will tell you that wild rumors have been flying for days over the casting of a big new character, human Adonis Finnick Odair. Robert Pattinson reportedly is out of the running, but eonline.com says Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund are in contention.
NEWS
April 30, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Let the games begin. Even if the most physical activity you got this winter was lifting a copy of Suzanne Collins'"The Hunger Games" or walking to your car to see the movie, the odds still are in your favor to get active come summer. That is, if you start your training now. The book trilogy and blockbuster movie - in which teenage "tributes" from one of 12 districts in a dystopian future battle to the death in an unpredictable arena - already has inspired a growing interest in archery, with heroine Katniss Everdeen being a master markswoman with a bow. But fitness enthusiasts from...
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