For all its compromises, The Hunger Games is a zeitgeist movie that captures the spirit of a soul-sucking age in which ego easily trumps common cause. Ironically, the kill-to-win ethos that dominates movies from 1987’s prophetic The Running Man to the undiluted brutality of Japan’s Battle Royale in 2000, may find its largest viewership in The Hunger Games. But will mainstream audiences respond to the moral challenge churning under the pop-culture razzle-dazzle? It’s anybody’s guess. My advice is to keep your eyes on Lawrence, who turns the movie into a victory by presenting a heroine propelled by principle instead of hooking up with the cutest boy. That’s what makes Katniss revolutionary. May the odds be ever in her favor.”
AYKM, Mr. and Mrs. Beyonce? Blue Ivy Carter already has a tumblr? Whatever, I’m following.
Happy birthday, Muhammad Ali: As Muhammad Ali turns 70, it would be easy to say happy birthday and recite his accomplishments as a boxer and humanitarian. But in his heyday, Ali was complicated, columnist Bill Dwyre says.
Photo: Muhammad Ali blows out the candles on a cake baked for his 25th birthday in Houston on Jan. 17, 1967. The three-time heavyweight champion, who turns 70 Tuesday, is still a “big kid” who enjoys his birthday parties, his wife said. Credit: Ed Kolenovsky / Associated Press
(Source: Los Angeles Times)
Harry shouldn’t look this creepy!
Haunting New Stills From “The Woman in Black.”
“Ready for a full plate of spooky to get you going today? Well then, you’re in luck, my friend, as ten new stills from the upcoming Hammer horror flick The Woman in Black have made their way online! Joining star Daniel Radcliffe are Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer, Liz White, Alisa Khazanova, Tim McMullan, Roger Allam, Daniel Cerqueira, Shaun Dooley, Mary Stockley, Cathy Sara, David Burke, Victor McGuire, and Lucy May Barker. James Watkins (Eden Lake) is at the directorial helm with a screenplay by Jane Goldman. The Woman in Black follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in an old and isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover its tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance. Look for The Woman in Black in US theatres on February 3rd, 2012. The UK will be getting it on February 10th, 2012.”
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