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One of the biggest films of the year opens today and many people are going completely apeshit.

The Hunger Games, based on a book series by  Susanne Collins, raked in $19.7 million at midnight screenings, and if this keeps up, the film could bring in upwards of $150 million this weekend alone. This weekend!

According to IMBD, The Hunger Games is “set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television” and things get interesting when “Katniss Everdeen [the protagonist] volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.”

Like both the Twilight and Harry Potter franchises, The Hunger Games is popular with many teens and tweens, but I’m sure the film will have many adult fans as well.

So far, this film has enjoyed good reviews, a blockbuster budget, and several big names. The film stars Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Lawrence, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and many more.

Clutchettes and Gents…are you excited about seeing ‘The Hunger Games’?

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  • Nic

    Totally bandwagon (because I don’t tend to like young adult/children’s books) but I finished the books a few weeks ago. I haven’t seen the movie yet because even though I know what is going to happen, I still don’t like when its not a complete replica of my imagination. I will later.

    I hate to bring this into it, but the backlash on 2 specific characters is appalling. I don’t use twitter, but there’s this tumblr “hungergamestweets” that points out this issue in detail. Let’s just say, at best, reading comprehension is not your strong point if you are disgusted that a character is played by black actors when you “imagined” white ones…even though the book specifically laid that out.

    • apple

      i think i know who your talking about, but she is called brown skin the books, how could she be white? white people always get mad when PoC appear in their movies. For example they casted one of the vampires as black in 2 of the movies(part of a villian trio) and white people were mad about that.. in harry potter they named girls from india and china and white peopel were mad! and i’m DAMN! theyre from india they have indian names, how did you ever think they were going to be white?!

    • Karen

      @ Apple

      You are so right! White people don’t like to see blacks (especially) in their movies. That’s why I don’t like it when they are in our movies. Tyler perry comes along and put alot of beautiful black people to work and then here comes white folks bitchen about how PREJUDICE TP is for NOT having any or enough white folks in his movie. SMH

  • Nnaattaayy

    Did not meet my high expectations. The actors they chose to portray the characters were all wrong. In the book, Katniss is clearly described as tan with dark hair (Spanish) and Rue is supposed to be black. But the female lead is white and Rue looks mixed. Plus Katniss’s love interests are not hot AT ALL. I pictured a hot Spanish guy as Gale and a Brad Pitt-ish Peeta. >=[

    I watched it online for free because I didn’t wanna pay for that crap lol.

  • Tiffy

    I liked the movie a lot however it was really an abbreviated version of the book. I think the movie really skimmed over the point of the books which is really a critique on our society today and a warning of what it could become. A few other things irked me, though the movie was long at 2.5 hours it felt rushed in some parts, Katniss’s relationship with her style team isn’t even there but other stuff like all the kissing in the cave and her hallucinations about glimmer’s body but I understand this movie had to be PG-13 to make money. Overall it was good and close to the book

  • Leelee

    I really liked it once I stopped comparing it to the book. I didn’t think we saw enough of rue and Thresh. You don’t get to know about Katniss’ feeling towards Rue and how she is reminded of her little sister. You also don’t really feel Katniss’ struggle or really get to know Cinna or anyone else. I really like Woody Harrelson in general but the toughness that is Haymitch just wan’t there. I feel like anyone who hasn’t read the books wouldn’t have got it at all. As for the actors who were cast, with the exception of Peeta, I was pretty impressed. The author herself has said what color Katniss was supposed to be, and she is white. She’s just not blond and blue-eyed like the people in her family. As for Rue, black is black whether or not she’s lighter skinned or dark.

  • I’m sorry, folks…but I refuse to watch a movie done by the same guy that did schmaltzy films like “Pleasantville” and “Seabiscuit”.