Race and The Hunger Games: Stand Down, People

Sadly, race has become an issue in the blockbuster hit “The Hunger Games.” A few fans have tweeted their disappointment that the characters Rue, Thresh, and or Cinna, are black. It’s all the more strange because Rue and Thresh are described as having brown skin in the books.

One misspelled, often printed quote even uses the racial epithet beginning with “n.”

Sad. Disgusting. Wrong.

Still, by my admittedly rough math, some 140,000 people saw “The Hunger Games” last weekend.

There are about ten racist quotes making the rounds on the web, only one that I’ve seen with the racial epithet.

I don’t want to excuse racism. Not at all.

But I ask: Aren’t we focusing on the wrong story? Shouldn’t the headline be: “Of the 140k that saw The Hunger Games, ten are racist?”

Or, “Nation tells the racist .07% of Hunger Games Fans that Racism is Not OK?”

I mean, good grief. If white people as a whole were upset about Rue, Thresh, and Cinna, would the film have made 152.5 million?

Isn’t this outrage snatching defeat from the jaws of victory?

Violence, Morality, and the Inherent Schizophrenia of The Hunger Games: A Review

Are you ready for the Hunger Games?

With a fantastic story, powerful acting, and excellent setting creation, the movie is poised to be the movie event of the year. The glitz and hype, however, only serve to highlight the Hunger Games’ inherent schizophrenia  reflecting our national discomfort with our wars. The film is intentionally and unbendingly anti-war as any grey ponytailed UC Berkeley professor, and yet its best moments come when it makes a case for violent revolution against injustice. [Read more...]

A Parent’s Guide to The Hunger Games

So what are these “Hunger Games” I’m hearing about?

The Hunger Games Trilogy is an addictive, well-written series of books written by Suzanne Collins in the young adult market. First published in 2008, the three books The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay have sold millions of copies in dozens of languages and spent over a hundred weeks on the New York Times’ Bestseller List. The movie of the first book, directed by Gary Ross and starring Jennifer Lawrence, came March 23, 2012 and was very successful. The second movie, Catching Fire, will be released November 22, 2013.  [Read more...]

Interview: George Washington Reviews The Hunger Games

He’s a hard interview to book these days, but Patheos recently sat down with the hero of the American Revolution and the United States’ first president, George Washington. He told us about the afterlife and his obsession with young adult literature, especially the red-hot Hunger Games.  But be warned, Washington has read all the books and isn’t shy about revealing the ending. He is our nation’s Father, after all, so he has the privilege.

PATHEOS: So how are things in the afterlife?

GW: Busy. Busy. Independence Hall in Philly doesn’t haunt itself, you know. Plus, Abe and I just finished with Presidents’ Day. We like to go to car dealerships and furniture stores and impersonate presidential impersonators. Abe sold a nice leather sectional. Got the commission and everything.

PATHEOS: Do you need commissions in the afterlife?

GW: Abe owed Churchill some money after a bad round of cloud golf.

PATHEOS: Cloud golf?

GW: Sure. Lincoln, Churchill, myself and John Belushi have a standing tee time every Thursday.

PATHEOS: Belushi?

GW: You wouldn’t believe his handicap.

PATHEOS: Sounds like you’re enjoying retirement.

GW: That, and keeping up with young adult literature.

PATHEOS: Really? I wouldn’t have guessed that. [Read more...]

Peeta Confesses Love for Katniss – Hunger Games Clip

We’re happily part of “The Hunger Games” frenzy here at Tinsel. With the movie having its LA premiere tonight and huge tracking to make a cool$100 million, Lionsgate has released another clip from the film. It opens March 23. Got your tickets yet?

Clip is from MTV.


New Hunger Games Clip

Lionsgate has released a clip from “The Hunger Games.” It shows stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz – what inspired casting!) planning the concept of Katniss’s first public appearance.

Every time I see something new from this movie, I think a) “They did it perfectly. I can’t wait to see it” and b) “I can’t believe how dark this story is.”

Jennifer Lawrence was amazing in “Winter’s Bone,” a hero’s journey through the backwoods of the Ozarks looking for her missing father among all the outlaws. I have to say, “Hunger Games” looks about as cheery.

Luckily, I like dark.