Could a Tennis Ball Have Stopped Elliot Rodger?

Hitting a tennis ball against a wall. That’s the way we used to deal with it. If you were frustrated about a girl, or angry about something, or even just bored on a summer day, my father would walk up and present you with two objects: a tennis ball and a tennis racket. He didn’t even … Continued

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“Hunger Games” and the One-Girl Revolution

Last week, the latest film in the Hunger Games series— Catching Fire, topped the box office. It’s no surprise that this film is getting rave reviews, and topped the box office— because the series has a huge following. But, there also seems to be something special about the Hunger Games that is uniquely connecting with … Continued

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Still Hungry After ‘Catching Fire’

My wife and I were excited to see the newest installment in The Hunger Games trilogy – Catching Fire – this past weekend and so we resolved to make our way to the local Cineplex for $25 and two hours worth of dystopian-infused entertainment. Apparently, so were more than $300 million worth of Katniss enthusiasts … Continued

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‘The Hunger Games’: A Flawed Premise

I’m sorry. I’m just not buying it. I don’t believe The Hunger Games. I’ve now seen the second film in the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and I have the same impression that I did when I saw the first film. The premise of The Hunger Games is flawed – flawed enough to make … Continued

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Why 2012 Was the Year of The Hunger Games

Though it came in third on the year’s earnings chart (behind The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises), for sheer cultural force the biggest film story of 2012 had to be The Hunger Games. Just a few of the records it racked up after its March 22 release: —Third highest opening weekend ever. —Highest debut … Continued

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LeBron James Preps for NBA Finals by Reading–Page Views He’s read “The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream”; “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”; “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay.” In Praise of Mean Graduation Speeches–Katie Roiphe “None of you is special.” . . … Continued

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PostSecret Founder: Opening Shell of Human Condition–Brain Pickings Lena Dunham Speaks Uncomfortable Truths About Girls—LAT You Don’t Speak for Me, Lena–NY Post Dear Media, Shut Up About My “Puffy” Face–Ashley Judd Are The Hunger Games Too Violent?–PJ Media How to Work Out Like a Vogue Editor–Vogue Game of Thrones & Art of Adapting Novels to … Continued

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by Emily Esfahani Smith OK or Not? ABC Throwing the B!tch Word Around–Big Hollywood Is There a Gluttony Gene?–Huff Post UK Nothing Says Spring Like Avian Prints–WSJ 13 Bands to Check Out From South by Southwest–Atlantic The Must-See Fever of The Hunger Games—NYT The Scary, Weird World of Pro-Ana Blogs–Jezebel Neuroscientist Marc Lewis’ First Acid … Continued

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