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‘The Hunger Games’ Stage Show to Open in London

cvr_hungergames_movieLionsgate will partner with two companies, Imagine Nation (based in Holland) and Triangular Entertainment, to create a stage show based on Suzanne Collins’ hit book, The Hunger Games.

Broadway veteran Robin de Levita, co-founder of Imagine Nation, will serve as a producer for this project. According to the press release, this production will open in Summer 2016.

It will play in a brand new purpose-built theater located next to Wembley Stadium in London. No announcement has been made as to whether or not the show will be brought to New York City. (via E! Online)

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Comics Take Center Stage For This Year’s Banned Books Week Celebration

banned-comicsThe American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression will celebrate Banned Books Week from September 21st to September 27th.

The organization plans to shine a spotlight on graphic novels and comics. Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee, had this statement in a press release: “This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship.”

The American Library Association recently revealed the top ten list of most frequently challenged books for this year. Jeff Smith’s comic series, Bone, occupies the #10 spot. Earlier this year, Smith designed the cover for Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Banned Books Week Handbook. Follow this link to access a free digital copy. Check out the entire list after the jump.

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Authors Unite in Full Page NY Times Ad Against Amazon

authorlistMore than 900 authors including Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins have signed a letter calling readers to email Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and ask him to end the company’s dispute with Hachette.

“We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers,” reads the letter published under the name Authors United.

The anti-Amazon letter ran as a full page ad in The New York Times yesterday. The ad campaign was spearheaded by thriller author Douglas Preston. Here is more from the letter: Read more

Thailand Protesters Adopt the Three-Finger Salute From ‘The Hunger Games’

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Protesters who oppose the recent military coup in Thailand have adopted the three-finger salute that originated from The Hunger Games.

Time reports that “scores of those proffering the salute during weekend street protests have been dragged off by troops, in scenes eerily reminiscent of the Suzanne Collins novels and movie franchise, which depict a dystopian future society ruled by the totalitarian Panem regime.”

According to Wired, many of those who support this cause have posted photos of themselves performing the salute on social media platforms. Below, we’ve embedded a tweet of one protester thanking the series for its inspiration. What do you think?

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‘The Hunger Games Exclusive’ Website Offers Fans First Look at ‘Mockingjay Part 1′ Film

Lionsgate has launched TheHungerGamesExclusive.com to give fans their first look at the next installment of The Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay Part 1. The Facebook announcement has drawn more than 48,000 “likes.”

Visitors who explore the website will find notes from a filmmaker roundtable, excerpts from the script, and a Mockingjay motion poster. The photos feature Julianne Moore dressed as Alma Coin, Woody Harrelson playing mentor Haymitch Abernathy, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman portraying head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.

In the video embedded above, Moore sits for an interview and shares her thoughts on Suzanne Collins’ books, the characters, and the story itself. Mockingjay Part 1 will hit theaters on November 21, 2014. Mockingjay Part 2 is set to follow on November 20, 2015. What do you think? (via BuzzFeed)

Jennifer Lawrence Stars in Comic Book

FAMEJenniferLawrenceKINDLEBluewater Productions has released a comic book biography profiling Hunger Games film star Jennifer Lawrence. Writer Michael Troy penned the story and artist Ben Eargle created the interior illustrations.

According to the press release, it also “features three unique covers each exclusively through Nook, Kindle or iTunes. Iordan Terziiski illustrated the Nook cover, Kindle by Jaume Font (pictured) and iTunes cover by Ben Eargle.”

Vanity Fair has posted excerpts from the book. In the past, the indie comic publisher has released biographical comics about Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, comedian Betty White, Apple founder Steve Jobs, former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, and politician Ron Paul.

eBook Discounting Takes Off This Holiday Season

mockingjayOn Cyber Monday Open Road Integrated Media offered eBooks for up to 80 percent off. The publisher is not alone in offering such major discounts on eBooks this holiday season.

Many of the big retailers are offering huge discounts on bestselling eBooks. For instance, Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins is currently $6.99 from Kindle, down from the $14.99 eBook list price.

Digital Book World has more: “Authors, publishers and agents are still being paid the same amount for each copy of the book by the retailers, meaning that many of these books are being sold at a loss, the aim likely to accrue market share. While publishers with discounted books are likely moving many copies and shoveling in revenue, they may also be disconcerted with the new perceived value of their wares.”

The Hunger Games is Making Archery Popular Among Young Women

hungergames1Katniss Everdeen looks pretty cool operating her bow and arrow in The Hunger Games and young women in the U.S. have taken notice. In fact, Suzanne Collins‘ series is leading to a resurgence in archery among young adults in the U.S., especially among girls.

Membership in USA Archery, the association related to the sport, has doubled over the past two years. NPR has the story:

But Denise Parker, CEO of USA Archery — the governing body for the Olympic sport — says the boom following The Hunger Games original movie in 2012 caught many by surprise. ”We didn’t see that coming,” she says. “We’ve had archery in other movies, but never kind of that whole momentum at one time.”

Harry Potter Alliance Launches ‘Hunger Games’-Themed Social Justice Campaign

The Harry Potter Alliance has launched a Hunger Games-themed social justice campaign called “Odds In Our Favor.”

This nonprofit organization has created a video called “The Hunger Games Are Real.” Throughout the video (embedded above), the narrator refers to events which take place in Suzanne Collins’ young adult trilogy and shares statistics concerning poverty, hunger, and income equality within the United States. What do you think?

In a L.A. Times op-ed, Harry Potter Alliance executive director Andrew Slack writes: “Perhaps Lionsgate will embrace the simple but radical message of its blockbuster films: No one should have to go hungry in a nation of plenty. After all, fantasy is not an escape from our world but an invitation to go deeper into it. And we will keep going deeper until the odds are in everyone’s favor.” (via Upworthy)

Sesame Street Parodies ‘Catching Fire’

The Sesame Street gang stars in a parody of the Catching Fire film adaptation called “The Hungry Games: Catching Fur.”

Cookie Monster plays Cookieness Evereat; he is joined by a cast of friends that include “Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady, and Pita.” We’ve embedded the short film above–what do you think?

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