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Cinema Blend Predicts Tomatometer For “The Hunger Games” On Rotten Tomatoes

In this week’s Rotten Week, Doug Norrie at Cinema Blend predicts how “The Hunger Games” movie will fare on Rotten Tomatoes’s Tomatometer where movies get verified as fresh or rotten and accompanied with a percentage based on reviews.

There are certain books written to become movies. And while it isn’t always intentional on the part of the author (or even an obvious pandering to the heartstrings of youthful audience and saps–I’m looking at you Nicholas Sparks) some novels have the characters, setting, plot, problems, ebb and flow that’ll just translate beautifully to the big screen. The Hunger Games is one such work.

The beauty and agony of Collins’ trilogy, but especially the first one The Hunger Games, is that they hold almost nothing back, and short of a few childish moments here and there (mostly with respect to the love stories), don’t shy away from the death and destruction established early in the harsh but rather dichotomous world of Panem. It’s a book I loved and rarely heard an ill word about so there are obvious reasons to get excited for the movie.

The writers here at CinemaBlend have already covered a fair amount of ground with respect to what this movie must get right in the adaptation. I agree with every point. And it appears from early reviews, critics believe director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit-77%) and company have nailed it. They’ve created a flick worthy of the book. Early reviews range from overwhelmingly positive to downright gushing.

Jennifer Lawrence, who really only seems to choose good flicks, appears to be the perfect Katniss. And the trailers prime the pump for a movie full of the kind of emotion and tension Collins established in her book. Though the rest of the trilogy, in this writer’s less than humble opinion, tend to devolve a bit, the first in the series is a clear winner. The movie appears no different. The Rotten Watch for The Hunger Games is 96%.

“The Hunger Games” movie is currently rated as 100% fresh based on the 15 early reviews by critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Do you think 96% is an accurate prediction for “The Hunger Games” movie on Rotten Tomatoes? What rating do you think “The Hunger Games” movie will obtain? Tell us by leaving a comment below!

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VIDEO: New “The Hunger Games” TV Spot: “Countdown Event”

Capitol TV has released this new TV spot on YouTube which features clips from previous trailers and TV spots as well as a few peek at Capitol and the colourful Capitol crowd.

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International Reviews For “The Hunger Games” Movie

Embargo for “The Hunger Games” movie reviews has been lifted today and international reviews for “The Hunger Games” are flooding in. As there are too many of them, we have provided links to the full reviews along with the given score and a quote on the first couple sentences of the review.

We will try to update this post with new reviews as soon as we find them though please understand it’s generally impossible for us to post all of it. Do leave a comment below if you do spot any review we haven’t posted yet.

Please approach the reviews with caution. Some do include spoilers such as opening scenes for “The Hunger Games” movie.

The list of reviews for “The Hunger Games” movie are as below and listed from A-Z:

Media: Box Office Magazine
Score: 4.5/5
Quote:

Science fiction’s defenders refer to the genre, in its highest moments, as “a literature of ideas.” The irony is that on film, the ideas in science fiction are often shoved to the back seat in favor of letting the images take the wheel—whether you think that the Transformers series is trash or treasure, the films’ only big idea is “Robot trucks are cool.” But in The Hunger Games, the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel (itself the first in a trilogy), the ideas and the characters drive the story. Avid fans of the books were going to make the film a hit, regardless. It’s our good fortune that, much like the people behind the Potter films figured out, you can rake in dough from the crowds and make a beloved book into an actual film of quality. With over 1,000 showings already sold out at this writing, a week before release, look for The Hunger Games to be Lionsgate’s biggest-ever hit. Better yet, it deserves to be.

Media: Cinema Blend
Score: 4/5
Quote:

Too often when it comes to big screen adaptations of beloved best-selling novels, we spend the bulk of a review pointing out all of the places the filmmaker went wrong. With The Hunger Games, it’s a distinct pleasure to sing about all of the places the masterful translation went right.

Media: Cine Vue
Score: 4/5
Quote:

Anticipation couldn’t be higher for the long-awaited first screen outing of The Hunger Games (2012), the inaugural film in a planned Lionsgate trilogy of three, based on the best-selling teen books from US author Suzanne Collins. Featuring an eclectic cast of young rising stars (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth) and established talent (Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland), director Gary Ross has a potential blockbusting hit on his hands – but will the dark, dystopian subject matter prove too tough for young audiences?

Media: Den of Geek
Score: 4/5
Quote:

Gary Ross is a brave man. He’d need to be, of course, to take on a project like The Hunger Games: the books have sold millions of copies, and have attracted both intense adulation and fierce criticism. The movie is a big deal, and the weight of its success or failure sits on his shoulders, so just making it requires courage.

Media: Empire
Score: 4/5
Quote:

Probably the greatest achievement of The Hunger Games, and there are many, is that in adapting a phenomenally successful teen novel its creative team have produced something that works as a film, not just as an adaptation of a book.

Media: HeyUGuys
Score: 4/5
Quote:

In the lead up to its release, The Hunger Games has been compared to the Potter franchise, Twilight, Battle Royale and even The Running Man. It’s understandable. It’s standard practice when writing about movies to use the “it’s a bit like ‘this’ meets ‘that’” shorthand to describe something new. The problem with The Hunger Games is that it completely defies that trick. It may have clear points of comparison with those films, but it would be just as fair to compare it to countless others, like Serenity or Children of Men or even leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence’s breakthrough movie, Winter’s Bone.

Media: Hit Fix
Score: A
Quote:

Gary Ross was, to say the least, an unconventional choice when it came to helming the adaptation of the popular young adult novels “The Hunger Games,” written by Suzanne Collins. Ross has established himself as a particular kind of filmmaker with his work on films like “Dave,” “Big,” “Pleasantville,” and “Seabiscuit.” He’s not the guy you think of for world-building science-fiction or big action. Yet when we look back at these films in the future, one of the smartest choices they could have made was giving this first film to Ross, because he’s made something very special, concerned primarily with the human heart of the story instead of the spectacle.

Media: IGN
Score: 4/5
Quote:

Arriving with a ton of hype and anticipation, The Hunger Games certainly isn’t lacking for attention. As with any project of this kind, the question is whether all of this hype is towards something worthwhile. Luckily, The Hunger Games answers that question with a resounding yes.

Media: indieLONDON
Score: 4/5
Quote:

DUBIOUS morality (for younger viewers) and questionable originality aside, the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ literary sensation is a hugely impressive affair.

Media: Indiewire
Score: B+
Quote:

Complexity and understatement are two criminally under-utilized values in most mainstream movies these days, but they’re at the core of, and the chief reason for the success of “The Hunger Games.” Director Gary Ross, screenwriter of the proletariat presidential fantasy “Dave” and writer-director of the social-consciousness-as-sci-fi tome “Pleasantville,” has always engaged his subjects with a light and yet substantial touch, but his adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ acclaimed young-adult novel is a truly remarkable achievement: he turns escapism into a deeply emotional experience. Instantly razing comparisons – qualitative especially — to other female-friendly series such as “Twilight,” “The Hunger Games” is the first film in a long time that deserves Hollywood’s instant-franchise ambitions because it appeals to genre fans regardless of gender by crafting a story that’s both epic and intimate, spectacular and subtle.

Media: Screen Daily
Score: “Dystopian sci-fi, tense action-thriller, soapy teen romance, grim social commentary: The big-screen adaptation of The Hunger Games certainly doesn’t lack for ambition, and although it’s mostly successful, one can’t help wishing the film could have better integrated its different tones and agendas. Based on the popular first novel in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy about a dark future society where young people must kill each other for sport, this much-anticipated film is anchored by Jennifer Lawrence’s strong central performance, which helps compensate for a somewhat derivative storyline and worldview.”
Quote:

The film’s tagline – “The World Will Be Watching” – refers to the televised titular contest, but it also serves as an apt prediction for the movie’s box office prospects. Lionsgate hopes they’ve found their own Twilight/Harry Potter/Lord Of The Rings fantasy franchise, and certainly awareness for The Hunger Games is high. The only downside for Lionsgate may be the studio having to temper industry expectations if their film falls short of the unbelievably high commercial bar set by three of the most popular screen series of the last decade. So the question will be not whether Hunger Games makes a killing but, rather, just how spectacular the grosses will be.

Media: Slash Film
Score: 8/10
Quote:

When Lionsgate began the task of adapting The Hunger Games for the screen, the odds were never in its favor. The book was too violent, too well-known and too hard to translate because not only was it about kids killing each other, it would also have to create a whole new world.

Media: The Dail Mail
Score: 4/5
Quote:

Teenage girls are going to love this film — so much so that I wouldn’t mind betting it will be the first in a very profitable franchise.

Media: The Guardian
Score: 4/5
Quote:

This compelling, lightly satirical tale is that rarest of beasts: a Hollywood action blockbuster that is smart, taut and knotty

Media: The Hollywood Reporter
Score: “Jennifer Lawrence is stellar in this faithful, good-enough film version of the massive best-seller.”
Quote:

The arrow hits an outer circle of the target in The Hunger Games, an amply faithful adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ monster young-adult best-seller that could have used a higher blood count in more ways than one. As she did in her breakthrough film Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence anchors this futuristic and politicized elaboration of The Most Dangerous Game with impressive gravity and presence, while director Gary Ross gets enough of what matters in the book up on the screen to satisfy its legions of fans worldwide. This Lionsgate release is being positioned as the hottest property for the teen audience since Twilight, and there’s no reason to believe that box office results won’t land roughly in that vaunted vicinity.

Media: The Telegraph
Score: 4/5
Quote:

That Bella Swan; she’s no Katniss Everdeen. Both teenage heroines journey deep into the woods at dusk, but while Twilight’s Bella returns flanked by bickering supernatural beefcake, Katniss emerges alone, smeared in blood and muck and gnawing on the charred remains of a spatchcocked squirrel. In The Hunger Games, the characters don’t fall straightforwardly into one team or the other. There are no vampires vs werewolves here, just Katniss on one side and the rest of the world on the other, although you wouldn’t fancy the rest of the world’s chances.

Media: Time Out London
Score: 3/5
Quote:

The perils of allowing a successful author to adapt their own work for the screen are demonstrated once again in this absorbing but cluttered take on Suzanne Collins’s highly regarded post-apocalyptic teen epic. This is a gripping, impressively mounted action movie – but its adherence to finicky details in the novel means that there’s not enough time to fully explore Collins’s complex world or the characters who inhabit it.

Media: Too Fab
Score:
Quote:

In the dystopian future of “The Hunger Games,” 24 teenage “Tributes” from 12 Districts battle it out in a televised death match — and while the future may look bad, the movie is anything but.

Media: Total Film
Score: 4/5
Quote:

Is it the new Twilight? Is it faithful to the book? How violent is it? What’s up with Woody Harrelson’s hair? No, yes, pretty violent and Lord only knows.

Media: Variety
Score: “The first novel in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy is a futuristic fight-to-the-death thriller driven by pure survival instinct, but the creative equivalent of that go-for-broke impulse is absent from director Gary Ross’ “The Hunger Games.” Proficient, involving, ever faithful to its source and centered around Jennifer Lawrence’s impressive star turn, this much-anticipated, nearly 2 1/2-hour event picture should satiate fans, entertain the uninitiated and take an early lead among the year’s top-grossing films. Yet in the face of near-certain commercial success, no one seems to have taken the artistic gambles that might have made this respectable adaptation a remarkable one.”
Quote:

The first novel in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy is a futuristic fight-to-the-death thriller driven by pure survival instinct, but the creative equivalent of that go-for-broke impulse is absent from director Gary Ross’ “The Hunger Games.” Proficient, involving, ever faithful to its source and centered around Jennifer Lawrence’s impressive star turn, this much-anticipated, nearly 2 1/2-hour event picture should satiate fans, entertain the uninitiated and take an early lead among the year’s top-grossing films. Yet in the face of near-certain commercial success, no one seems to have taken the artistic gambles that might have made this respectable adaptation a remarkable one.

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012. Book “The Hunger Games” tickets from Cathay Cineplexes now!

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Via Mockingjay.net.

REMINDER: “The Hunger Games” World Premiere Red Carpet Live Streaming Today!

We know we know. We know how it feels like to see all these reports of the impending “The Hunger Games” movie world red carpet première over at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE but we couldn’t be there in person.

Even though we couldn’t be there in person, here’s an alternative to be able experience “The Hunger Games” movie world premiere red carpet live!

You can watch “The Hunger Games” movie world premiere live straight from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE at InCinemas via Yahoo! on SGT 13 March from 8:30AM onwards!

That’s not all!

Fans can start submitting their questions now via Twitter and Facebook using #HungerGameLIVE. Questions will be answered LIVE on the red carpet.

Will you be watching? We certainly will be!

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012. Book “The Hunger Games” tickets from Cathay Cineplexes now!

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UPDATED: Shaw Listed ‘The Hunger Games’ Under “Coming Soon” With 90 Minutes Of Running Time

While ‘The Hunger Games’ is distributed by Cathay-Keris Films in Singapore and is scheduled to be open in Cathay Cineplexes on 22 March 2012, there was no doubt people were wondering if other local cinemas will screen it as well.

It looks like Shaw will certainly be screening it! Shaw has ‘The Hunger Games’ listed under “Coming Soon” section on their website. Click on the image to enlarge for a better reading experience.

‘The Hunger Games’ was also listed with a running time of 90 minutes on Shaw’s website. We had sent an inquiry to Shaw so hold on to your horses while we verify if this is the real running time for ‘The Hunger Games’ movie. Cathay Cineplexes on the other hand, does not have a running time listed for ‘The Hunger Games’ on their website yet.

With ‘The Hunger Games’ being listed in Shaw’s website as one of the “Coming Soon” movies, we couldn’t help wondering if Shaw will be screening ‘The Hunger Games’ in IMAX too as we had previously reported ‘The Hunger Games’ will have a week run in IMAX in USA.

As the only two IMAX theaters in Singapore are OMNIMAX at Singapore Science Centre and Shaw Theatres Lido IMAX at Shaw House, we think this might actually be a step forward to the possibility of ‘The Hunger Games’ will be screened in IMAX in Shaw.

We will update this post when we hear anything new from Shaw.

Updated on 8th February 2012: Cathay-Keris Films, the distributor for ‘The Hunger Games’ movie in Singapore has confirmed with us the running time for ‘The Hunger Games’ movie is not fixed yet. 90 minutes of running time for ‘The Hunger Games’ as stated on Shaw’s website is not true.

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.

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IMAX Format Of ‘The Hunger Games’ Will Have A Week Run In USA

Deadline reports Lionsgate has just released the press release announcing ‘The Hunger Games’ will be digitally re-mastered into IMAX format and released in IMAX theaters in United States of America for a week starting from USA release date of ‘The Hunger Games’ which is on March 23, 2012.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2, 2012 — IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) today announced that Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, the first installment of the trilogy based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novels, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® digital theatres in North America day-and-date on Friday, March 23, 2012. The film will have a limited one week engagement in IMAX theatres.

Written and directed by Gary Ross and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik, The Hunger Games: The IMAX Experience stars Academy-award® nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novels have already developed a massive global following, with more than 23.5 million print copies in the United States alone.

“With this news, the release of The Hunger Games has truly become an epic event,” said Lionsgate’s Joe Drake. “The Hunger Games and IMAX are a match made in heaven – fans love this book because its world is so vividly imagined and seeing the film in IMAX will make them feel as if they have landed right in the middle of the action. It is the ideal way for fans to experience this film for the first time.”

“The Hunger Games is one of the most popular properties in recent memory and we’re excited to offer this passionate fan base the opportunity to experience this exciting adventure in the most immersive way,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “We’re proud to kick off our relationship with Lionsgate around this highly anticipated film that will make a strong addition to our 2012 film slate.”

The IMAX release of The Hunger Games will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

We are not sure if IMAX versions will be available for viewing in Singapore currently for as far as we know, the only two IMAX theaters in Singapore are OMNIMAX at Singapore Science Centre and Shaw Theatres Lido IMAX at Shaw House.

We will update you if we do have any news regarding IMAX screenings of ‘The Hunger Games’ in Singapore.

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.

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Love ‘The Hunger Games’? Driven And Dedicated? Join Hunger Games Singapore!

Do you love ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy and is incredibly excited about ‘The Hunger Games’ movie franchise?

Do you search for and keep yourself updated ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise related news everyday?

Do you love to write?

Do you have fantastic and creative ‘The Hunger Games’ related ideas for events which you would like to turn it into reality?

Would you like to meet and connect with ‘The Hunger Games’ fans in Singapore?

If you had answered yes to the questions above, we want you!

Hunger Games Singapore is looking for driven and dedicated individuals who are huge fans of ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise. We are looking for writers who are willing to dedicate their free time to updating Hunger Games Singapore as well as planning events in Singapore. This will be done entirely on voluntary basis.

What does it takes to be part of Hunger Games Singapore family?
1) You’ll have to update Hunger Games Singapore daily during your free time with the latest news that are not posted yet on our site.
2) It’s best if you are residing in Singapore but we do welcome international fans who are willing to help out with updating Hunger Games Singapore on UK and US ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise news.
3) Preferably if you have feasible ‘The Hunger Games’ related event ideas and willing to organize and help out during such events.

What do I have to do before applying?
As you will be updating Hunger Games Singapore with latest news, we would like to see samples of your writing. Please write 2 separate news stories covering the 2 articles provided below in a Microsoft Word document. Name the Microsoft Word document using your name.

News 1 Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1660152/jennifer-lawrence-hunger-games.jhtml

News 2 Source: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/04/07/hunger-games-suzanne-collins-gary-ross-exclusive/

Treat writing the news stories in the Microsoft Word articles as you would do when you are contributing to our site. Each news story must have a proper heading and content with proper acknowledgement of news source. Picture(s) of the person/people mentioned in the article is preferred.

How do I apply?
Send us an email with the subject “I want to join Hunger Games Singapore!” to HungerGamesSingapore@gmail.com along with the information below and your news articles Microsoft Word document attached.

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We look forward to welcoming new members into our Hunger Games Singapore family!

Photos: Jennifer Lawrence At 84th Academy Awards Nominations

Jennifer Lawrence had just announced 8th Academy Awards nominations. If you have missed it, take a look at the post here where we have embedded a video of the nominations announcement.

Check out the photo gallery of Jennifer Lawrence at 84th Academy Awards nominations below.

84th Academy Awards presentation will commence on 26 February 2012 in USA.

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.

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Source: MTV and CELEBUZZ.

Video: Jennifer Lawrence Announcing Nominations For 84th Academy Awards

Academy member and Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, who will be playing Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games’, looked absolutely gorgeous when she was announcing the nominees for 84th Academy Awards, commonly known as Oscars, with Academy President Tom Sherak today at 9pm SGT.

Jennifer Lawrence and Academy President Tom Sherak

In case you had missed the ‘live’ streaming, here’s a video of the announcement provided by Oscar official YouTube channel.

84th Academy Awards presentation will commence on 26 February 2012 in USA.

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.

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