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The Hunger Games

by M. Polier

THE HUNGER GAMES/LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT

U.S.Release Date: March 23, 2012

DIRECTOR: GARY ROSS

STARRING: JENNIFER LAWRENCE, JOSH HUTCHERSON, LIAM HEMSWORTH, WOODY HARRELSONSTANLEY TUCCI

PROS

  • Crafted and executed flawlessly, with consummate performances; direction of action is made intimate using close close-ups; a very interesting choice since the action doubles as a reality show.
  • The story is really the star: the  proletariat, the ruling elite, the athletes, the weak, the strong, the entertainment class and the herd mentality of the youth – these groups come together in one great clash – and we are asked to view with our minds as well as our hearts.
  • The special effects are fantastic and seamless.

CONS

  • Hunger Games is about 24 kids in a fight to the death, so beware.
  • Fans of the book may not like the choices made, although the author was one of the screenwriters.  The film is two and a half hours long.
  • Is anyone tired of dreary post-apocalyptic future scenarios?  The story itself may be a turnoff to some.

FINAL VERDICT:  I loved it!  I immediately ordered all 3 books to my Kindle after the movie.  You might be able to tell I have not read the book, but I loved the movie.  Futuristic sci fi action drama that the whole family can enjoy and discuss. Violence.  Social injustice.  Victory of spirit.  Moral hearts prevail.  Sequel pending.

QUICK QUOTE!

Gale Hawthorne: “You root for your favorites, you cry when they get killed. It’s sick!”
Katniss Everdeen: “Yeah.”
Gale Hawthorne: “If no one watches, then they don’t have a game. It’s as simple as that.”

DAVE SAID, “That was entertaining, but it was no Avatar.”


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And The Winner Is Magazine

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10 Nominees for Best Pic 2010?

oscarMaybe more people than we thought were appalled not to see “The Dark Knight” in the Best Picture race for the Oscars this past January. Maybe “UP” was so good this year, they had to make room for those who would celebrate it beyond the category of Best Animated Feature. Maybe the Academy is just electing to have a little more suspense served up with the drumroll next Oscar season. But for whatever reason, there will be TEN, count them, 10 Nominees for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2010.

This is not the first we’ve seen of 10 nominees in a single race category. Back in the ’30s and ’40s the Academy recognized 8 to 12 Best Picture nominees. AMPAS president Sid Ganis said, “After more than six decades, the Academy is returning to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award of the year. The final outcome, of course, will be the same—one Best Picture winner—but the race to the finish line will feature 10, not just five, great movies from 2009.”

With a wider field to choose from, who knows, maybe we’ll see more small dogs winning like Slumdog!

"And The Winner Is…" Launches Film Industry’s Indie Site


(Hollywood) March 10, 2009 – After all the Academy Award predictions and glitter have settled, one magazine and companion website have emerged as the on-target resource for the entertainment world’s most coveted event.

“And The Winner Is…” is the glamorous brainchild of Marcie Polier, the original founder of ACNielsen/EDI, the world’s most respected box-office research service. Utilizing over 26 years of motion picture tracking experience, the publication successfully predicted 11 of 13 winners and has now carved itself a uniquely powerful niche in the business of Hollywood’s most important business.

“We look at nuances significantly more subtle and refined to hone our selections,” Polier explained. “We have access to a vast resource of proprietary statistical research and we carefully merge that with cultural and emotional considerations that affect current trends,” she added.

It’s not all science, Polier emphasizes. It’s also great fun – including the website’s recent gala Launch Party at the high profile Kress nightclub. The printed magazine was distributed to an elite circle of film industry professionals, parties, and was even delivered to prestige hotels as “pillow” gifts for guests.

Polier was originally prompted to create the publication after witnessing media hosts fumble with misstated facts about the movies and very little at all to say about the actual business of ‘the business’. Once she provided the research, the media began to rely on the publication to help prepare for the Oscar specials. “Word spread and soon all of Hollywood, from the studios, media, agencies, salons, restaurants and parties were utilizing our research to prepare for the Oscars,” Polier said.

The 2009 edition is available on-line at http://www.andthewinnerismagazine.com and is targeted as a resource guide for all print, radio and television media as well as Hollywood insiders, studios, and distributors. “Our goal is to raise the bar in providing solid, quantifiable information as
well as have some fun in the process,” Polier added.


Editors Note: For further information or to arrange an interview with Marcie Polier, contact Scott Regberg at (310) 475-5735 or Regberg@aol.com.

The Winners Are In!

It’s time to check your status!
This year, our team accurately predicted 11 of 13 Oscar Races, just missing on Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Original Song. But this year was a tough one. The competition has never been so fierce!

So how’d you do, bettin’ on the races?
Oscar Awarded:

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Sean Penn, in Milk

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Heath Ledger, in The Dark Knight

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Kate Winslet, in The Reader

Best Actress in a Supporting – Penelope Cruz, in Vicki Cristina Barcelona

Best Animated Feature FilmWALL-E, Andrew Stanton


Best Art Direction – Donald Graham Burt, and Victor J. Zolfo, for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best CinematographyAnthony Dod Mantle, for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Costume DesignMichael O’Connor, for The Duchess

Best Directing – Danny Boyle, for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Documentary Feature – James Marsh and Simon Chinn, for Man on Wire

Best Documentary (Short Subject) – Megan Mylan, for Smile Pinki

Best Film Editing – Chris Dickens, for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Foreign Language Film – Japan’s Departures

Best Makeup – Greg Cannom, for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Music (Original Score) – A.R. Rahman, for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Song – “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire, by A.R. Rahman and Gulzar


Best PictureSlumdog Millionaire, Christian Colson

Best Animated Short FilmLa Maison en Petits Cubes, Kunio Kato

Best Short Live Action Film – Jochen Alexander Freydank, Spielzeugland (Toyland)

Best Sound Editing – Richard King, for The Dark Knight


Best Sound Mixing – Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, and Resul Pookutty, for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Visual Effects – Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, and Craig Barron, for The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button

Best Adapted Screenplay – Simon Beaufoy, for Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Screenplay – Dustin Lance Black, for Milk

Tonight’s Your Last Chance to Vote!

Tomorrow’s the big night, and it’s time to get those ballots in. At midnight tonight, we are closing the polls! So jump to it!

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