Logan Paul makes triumphant return to YouTube with a low-rent Hunger Games knock-off

Logan Paul, the internet personality too shitty for even YouTube to countenance, has returned. This isn’t the first time he’s come back, of course. Ever since uploading footage of a suicide victim late last year, Paul has been trying to rehabilitate his image in an effort to get his ad revenue flowing again. A slight…

Stephen Colbert bids an appropriately toxic Hunger Games farewell to corrupt plutocrat Scott Pruitt

It’s been a long week without TV comedians lobbing brickbats at the daily conveyor belt of Trump administration targets, as literally every late-night host took the July 4 holiday as a patriotic excuse to refresh, and reload. Stephen Colbert had plenty of bad news from our long national nightmare to catch up on in his…

The key to securing a PG-13 rating is ensuring that no one looks like they're enjoying anything

Movie studios have long understood that PG-13 is the ideal rating for maximizing the number of butts in seats. But what if, as a filmmaker, your art requires you to maximize the number of butts on-screen? This video from Slate looks at how films do their best to include as much of the good shit (cursing, violence,…

13 onscreen female presidents who would be better than Donald Trump

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the day that will live in infamy: the election of Donald J. Trump. On one hand, it feels like yesterday; on the other, it seems like 200 exhausting years have passed, full of Twitter rants and never-ending embarrassing moments by our ridiculous and dangerous commander in…

Lionsgate is still sniffing around for more Twilight and Hunger Games movies

Reboot/remake fever continues to grow over Hollywood like a wistful fungus, with executives everywhere waxing poetic about the chances of rebooting their most beloved (i.e., financially successful) properties. Lionsgate—which currently finds itself in a bit of a franchise drought, to the point that it’s reportedly…

Here’s why Saving Private Ryan’s opening battle scene works so well

Eighteen years later and Saving Private Ryan remains a vital and emotionally relevant film that speaks to audiences while displaying the horrors of war. With that film, Steven Spielberg seemed to have set out to disprove François Truffaut’s famous statement that it’s impossible to make an anti-war film, because it’s…

Jennifer Lawrence thinks it’s too soon to talk Hunger Games prequels

Although she’s out stumping for her latest David O. Russell collaboration, Jennifer Lawrence isn’t exactly shoveling dirt over the corpse of the YA franchise that made her a huge star. While at the premiere for Joy, Lawrence was asked for her thoughts on Lionsgate’s intentions to keep churning out The Hunger Games movies

The ’90s version of The Hunger Games is a much more generic affair

Timing is important. Some things need the proper technological advances in order to come to fruition, some need to be part of a particular zeitgeist to really work, and most of today’s large blockbusters need to have not come out in the ’90s. At least, that seems to be the lesson conveyed by a new trailer remix from …

Beyond Goosebumps: How we’d bring 14 classic YA book series into 2015

God forbid that the most beloved (and profitable) YA series ever die. Sure, the Boxcar Children have been around since the ’20s, but add a few cell phones and recruit some new ghostwriters, and those kids can be just as fresh and timely as they were almost a century ago. And while R.L. Stine’s original Goosebumps …

Shocking new survey reveals people want to see Star Wars and The Hunger Games

Science has given us a lot over the years, from vaccines and water filtration technology to iPhones and whatever the McRib is made out of, but some discoveries are so monumental and unexpected that they shake the entire human race to its very core. This is not one of those discoveries, but that’s probably because it’s…

Jennifer Lawrence hotfoots through the Capitol in final Hunger Games trailer

It’s been a long road for Katniss Everdeen, who shot her arrows through two Hunger Games events and started a rebellion against the dictatorship in the first four films of the Hunger Games franchise. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 finds her, once again, in a Hunger Games-style setting, her path full of obstacles…