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These young women are markedly different, but both are such dolls.

Like Kate Middleton before her, The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen, as embodied by Jennifer Lawrence, has just been immortalized as a Barbie doll.

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Barbie Katniss has more of a casual, rugged look - fitting, considering the maimed and bludgeoned tweens left in her wake as she fights for survival.

No point in getting blood stains on an Alexander McQueen dress, which Kate's likeness wears to perfection. Middleton wields a tiara, Katniss a bow and arrow!

Which Barbie would you rather own? Vote in our poll below!

And the Winner is?

Who makes the better Barbie, Katniss or Kate? Compare The Hunger Games heroine and the real-life princess and vote in our survey! View Poll »

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by Hilton Hater at

Two more cannon shots were heard around the country this week, as The Hunger Games defeated a pair of widely hyped newcomers to wear the box office crown for the third week in a row.

Neither American Reunion nor Titanic 3D were any match for Katniss and company: the big screen version of Suzanne Collins' novel earned $33.5 million on Friday and Saturday to become the sixth-fastest film to reach $300 in domestic receipts.

Peeta Poster

At this pace, The Hunger Games is on target for a final U.S. gross of between $360 million and $370 million.

Here's a look at the top five finishers from Easter weekend:

  1. The Hunger Games: $33.5 million
  2. American Reunion: $21.5 million
  3. Titanic 3D: $17.4 million
  4. Wrath of the Titans: $15.0 million
  5. Mirror Mirror: $11.0 million
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by Hilton Hater at

Lionsgate has already booked a November 2013 release date for the wildly-anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. But might the studio have trouble meeting this deadline?

Katniss Everdeen Hunting

The question arises because negotiations aren't going smoothly with director Gary Ross, who executives want to return based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews for the first installment of the franchise.

Ross earned $3 million for The Hunger Games - plus back-end profits - and, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, is angling for a major sequel raise.

All other major players have signed on for both Catching Fire and Mockingjay - from Jennifer Lawrence to Liam Hemsworth - so the only real hold-up at the moment is Ross. The film could always take on a new director, of course, but an insider sees that as unlikely.

"Ultimately, it will be difficult, and yet everybody will do the sane thing, which is to work it out. Everybody will end up unhappy in their own way. It's just the nature of the beast."

UPDATE: Or... not. Ross has dropped out, and the movie will open as scheduled on 11/23/13.

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by Hilton Hater at

Following a record-breaking opening weekend at the box office, how much did The Hunger Games rake in this Friday and Saturday?

$61.1 million, enough to easily top all other films once again. A few facts about this impressive figure and where it helps The Hunger Games rank among the all-time best in Hollywood...

Caesar and Katniss
  • This weekend's gross marks a 60 percent drop from the prior weekend, which is on par with other blockbusters: Iron Man 2 dropped 59 percent; and Spider-Man 3 fell 62 percent; and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 decreased by 70 percent.
  • The Hunger Games has now earned $251 million in 10 days, making it the fastest-ever non-sequel to achieve this milestone. The only movies to have hit that total in fewer days: the final Harry Potter; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; The Dark Knight.
  • Analysts predict a final domestic tally of around $375 million.

Have you seen The Hunger Games yet? Give it a grade if so:

 

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Amandla Stenberg, the 13-year old actress who plays Rue in The Hunger Games, has spoken out on the unexpected, ignorant, racist controversy that has somehow enveloped her beloved character.

Rue in The Hunger Games

In response to posts on Twitter that dared to wonder why Rue was portrayed by an African-American on screen - one actually wrote: "Why did the producer make all the good characters black?" - Stenberg has taken the mature road and released a statement that reads:

"As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family. It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty."

No, thank YOU, Amandla, for bringing such an important character to life. You can't see us at the moment, but take our word for it: we're holding up three fingers in your honor.

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by Hilton Hater at

Jennifer Lawrence bares every emotion possible in The Hunger Games: fear, confidence, exuberance, sadness.

She also bared her naked body the first time she met Zoe Kravitz, whose father stars in the blockbuster film as fashion guru Cinna.

“I’d met her a few times, and she was like, ‘You should come over and we’ll hang out,'" Zoe tells Rolling Stone. "So I go over to her apartment, and she opens the door in a towel. She’s like, ‘Come in, sorry, you’re early, I was about to shower.’ And she drops her towel and gets in the shower, and starts shaving her legs, totally naked. She was like, ‘Are we here yet? Is this OK?’ And I was like, ‘I guess we’re there!’”

Jennifer Lawrence Rolling Stone Cover

Lawrence apparently made quite the first impression on two others associated with the movie, too. Says Woody Harrelson of their initial meeting:

“I was on my bus, and on my bus I have a yoga swing. Jennifer comes on, and she goes, ‘Hi, Woody, I’m J— is that a sex swing?’ Her first sentence to me.”

And then there's this tale from Josh Hutcherson:

"When I got cast, she called me up for one of those five-minute 'Excited to work with you, blah, blah, blah' things. The conversation started with her saying, 'Think about a catheter going in – ouch!' and then turns into a 45-minute rant about zombies and the apocalypse."

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by Hilton Hater at

Let's get this out of the way:

On page 45 of Suzanne Collins' novel, on which The Hunger Games is based, the author writes of Rue: "She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that's she's very like Prim in size and demeanor..."

So, yes, any reader of this franchise should be aware that the female Tribute from District 11 is African-American, as portrayed by Amandla Stenberg on the big screen. Not that it should matter, of course... but apparently it does to a slew of supposed fans

Consider the ignorant, racist Tweets many have sent over the past few days:

Racist Tweets

Fortunately, these idiots are in the minority, as The Hunger Games sky-rocketed to a record-breaking box office haul this weekend and has been generally well received by critics and theater goers alike.

As for these morons? If only Katniss could get them in her bow-and-arrow crosshairs...

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by Hilton Hater at

Stars, they really are just like us.

Among the millions of people who watched The Hunger Games this weekend were an abundance of celebrities, many of whom Tweeted strong praise and endless affection for the Jennifer Lawrence-led film. Among some of our favorite responses:

Effie and Katniss

Miley Cyrus: "Happy Hunger Games everyone! :) can't wait for everyone to see it! Such an amazing film! JENNIFER LAWRENCE IS GENUIS!"

Justin Bieber: What other movies do u and your friends wait for in the middle of the night. #Hungergames."

Ryan Seacrest: "Romance for the ladies, bloodshed for the fellas … after a century of filmmaking, @TheHungerGames has finally mastered the ultimate date movie."

Kelly Osbourne: "Just got out of seeing #HungerGames all I have to say is wow! it really is a must see!"

Joel McHale: "Breaking entertainment news: Jennifer Lawrence crushed to death by avalanche of scripts offered her this morning."

Darren Criss: "In short, The Hunger Games was great. They did an awesome job."

Blake Shelton: "It's was SO good!! I can't wait til the book comes out. I hope it does it justice…"

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by Hilton Hater at

The world was most definitely watching.

Following astounding takes at both midnight showings and overall on opening day, The Hunger Games has shocked even its most ardent followers by earning $155 million between Friday and Sunday, the third biggest opening of all-time in Hollywood.

Katniss Everdeen Photo

"It was the perfect storm. Having the first film in a franchise to be so gigantic is amazing. We had a great book and a great director in Gary Ross," said Lionsgate president of marketing Tim Palen.

Last year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 set the mark for best debut with $169.2 million; while The Dark Knight took in $158.4 million in 2008.

But The Hunger Games is now the record-holder for opening weekends in terms of non-summer films and non-sequels. It shot past Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million in 2007), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($142.8 million in 2009) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($138.1 million last year) late on Saturday.

Yes, Katniss Everdeen may be The Girl on Fire. But she's also starring in The Movie on Fire, that's for sure. Here's a look at the top 10 box office results from an incredible weekend:

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by Hilton Hater at

Fans around the country enjoyed a very happy opening day of The Hunger Games yesterday.

In its first 24 hours of release, the very well-received Jennifer Lawrence blockbuster earned $68.3 million, taking fifth place on the all-time single day revenue chart. It actually ranks first, however, for all non-sequels.

The Hunger Games IMAX Poster

What grade would you give The Hunger Games?

In fact, The Hunger Games is the only non-sequel to occupy a spot in the top 10 opening days in history, as you can see below:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, $91.1 million
  2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, $72.7 million
  3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, $71.6 million
  4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, $68.5 million
  5. The Hunger Games, $68.3 million
  6. The Dark Knight, $67.2 million
  7. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $62 million
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, $61.7 million
  9. Spider-Man 3, $60 million
  10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, $58.2 million
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