TechCrunch
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For the past few years, Hollywood has been enamored with dystopias pulled from young adult fiction stories like The Hunger Games and Divergent, where the evil government provides a structure for our heroes to rebel against, a set of villains for them to defeat. The Handmaids Tale is something else entirely. Ive only seen the first three episodes (the same three Read More
The Sun Daily
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THE fashion police on Twitter is skewering McDonald's new staff uniforms, calling the grey and black motif depressingly dystopian Hunger Games rip-offs. The critiques have been coming fast and furious on social media for the new McDonald's uniforms, which were designed by two influential American designers-to-the-stars Waraire Boswell and Bindu Rivas. While McDonald's calls the "collection" modern and contemporary, the internet had other things to say about the new look which will be seen on the chain's 850,000 restaurant employees across the US this month. From evil Star Wars employees, to characters out of the Hunger Games, the internet has been blasting the new monochrome uniforms as creepily dystopian. "I don't like. They look like henchmen uniforms. Like everyone is working for an evil mastermind," said one critic on Twitter. "Irony: @McDonalds ripping off Hunger Games costume design for new uniforms," reads another.
Informed Comment
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Daily Mail - Australia
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The Event Chronicle
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By Rory Hall John W Whitehead’s “ Is the U.S. Military Planning to Take Over America? ” is based on the information produced by the Pentagon – more than likely by the CIA at Langley. If you have seen the movies, The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, Matrix or TV shows Colony, The Walking Dead, The Leftovers or Mr. Robot you have seen glimpses of the future as planned for by the military/surveillance industrial complex . Within each of these movies and TV programs there is a theme of haves and have nots. There is also an overarching dystopian nightmare that most of the citizens freely accept with the exception of, literally, a handful of patriots working night and day to take their country back from the thieving banking and ruling classes that own the citizens like another pet or farm animal. The websites that we all know and love that made the “prop or not” hall of fame are now on the frontline of the “domestic terrorist”, “dissident”, “enemy of the statewar list.
Bristol Post
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BBC UK News
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South China Morning Post
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Evening Standard - Showbiz
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GCMLP
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Techradar
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Indie boom When digital publishing started to take off, though, suddenly it became much more affordable to release games and get them noticed. With the right social media skills and perhaps a successful Kickstarter campaign a game from an independent developer could be a massive success. This is partly because the financial return on copies sold is much higher for a digital game than it is for a physical game and partly because there's a hunger out there for diverse gaming experiences. Now the online stores for Nintendo, Xbox, PlayStation and PC are filling up with exciting titles from independent developers Aside from increasing the number of indie titles available, buying digital has many advantages your game isnt going to break, you dont need to worry about physical storage space for boxes and as the majority of these games are tied to online accounts (Nintendo not included) you can play your title on any console as long as youre able to log into your account on the supported machine.
Mondoweiss
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California’s flagship university prides itself on being a democratic institution, and thus allows students to propose, and teach, as Paul did, one-unit courses on subjects they’re interested in. Such “Democratic Action at Cal” (DeCal) courses include classes on Pokémon , Harry Potter , The Hunger Games , and Game of Thrones — as well as more serious topics such as “ Marxism and its Discontents ,” “ Helping the Navajo Rebuild ,” “ CopWatch ,” “ Film Making for Activists ,” and “ Human Trafficking Prevention .” As one might imagine, the Marxism course requires readings by Karl Marx, Lenin, and Gramsci — all Marxists — with no corresponding readings by Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek. Similarly, the “Traffickingcourse contains no pro-trafficking viewpoints , and the “Navajo Nationcourse objective is for students to “not only learn about the issues surrounding the Navajo Nation.
Plymouth Herald
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A hunger-games style archery event has launched in Plymouth.'Battlezone Archery', an adrenaline-filled game for both adults and children us an exciting combat game that offers the thrill of being in the hunger games, just without the potential of death.Read more: Eight big events to get you excited for spring and summer in PlymouthIt's a new arm of the of the Plymouth-based company, Bubblemania UK, which offers a number of fun-filled activity parties for people of all ages. Natalie Wills, the...
The Economic Times
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“For Amazon, investing in Prime Video is like investing in customer retention.” Amazon founder Jeff Bezos no less spelt it out in the 2015 shareholder letter, justifying large spends on creating original video content a la Netflix. “(Video) shows are great for customers and they feed the Prime flywheel – members who watch Prime Video are more likely to convert from free trial to a paid membership and to renew annual subscriptions. … Prime has become an all-you-caneat, physical-digital hybrid that members love.” Amazon’s video play, which is less than four months old, cannot be seen in isolation of its overall digital ambitions, even in India. Hunger Games The first users of internet in the US were for paid-utilities like shopping (eBay, Amazon) and internet-enabled home services, apart from email. But in India’s next wave of growth, online users will consume video before buying products online.
The Economic Times
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“For Amazon, investing in Prime Video is like investing in customer retention.” Amazon founder Jeff Bezos no less spelt it out in the 2015 shareholder letter, justifying large spends on creating original video content a la Netflix. “(Video) shows are great for customers and they feed the Prime flywheel – members who watch Prime Video are more likely to convert from free trial to a paid membership and to renew annual subscriptions. … Prime has become an all-you-caneat, physical-digital hybrid that members love.” Amazon’s video play, which is less than four months old, cannot be seen in isolation of its overall digital ambitions, even in India. Hunger Games The first users of internet in the US were for paid-utilities like shopping (eBay, Amazon) and internet-enabled home services, apart from email. But in India’s next wave of growth, online users will consume video before buying products online.
Techradar
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At the time of its release (2004), it was the most successful Russian movie for all time and for good reason. It's a brilliant, sometimes incoherent fantasy that melds Bekmambetov's great style with a story that involves modern day vampires that are split into two factions: the night watch and the day watch. Don't try and understand it, just feast on the surreal, stunning visuals. Splitting the last book in the series was a mistake as instead of having one fantastic movie, you instead have two good ones. Mockingjay - Part 2 is by far the darkest Hunger Games movie but it's well made and a fitting end to the franchise. While there's not enough Hunger Games style action scenes, the end showdown is worth the wait and elevates the movie above its YA fiction leanings. Guillermo del Toro's back catalogue is wonderful bag of strangeness. He's delved into the superhero genre with both Blade II and Hellboy, wrote a fan letter to Japanese culture with Pacific Rim, tackled horror with both Chronos and Devil's Backbone but his masterpiece has to be Pan's Labyrinth.
Plymouth Herald
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TIME - Top Stories
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) Major is working every minute to figure out who she is, and that's got to be drainingit must be a relief for her just to move. This brainwave warrior has an amazing wardrobe of tough-girl gear, from padded bomber jackets to parkas that look to be made of papery silk. (The costumes are by Kurt & Bart, the wild duo who designed for the Hunger Games films.) But when Major strides into battle, her outfit of choice is the thing that passes for her own skin: Its like a pieced-together bodystocking made of latex, with the color and luminosity of opaque milk glass. If that body is just a shellthen what a shell! But its Johanssons face, with its shifting lunar phases of tenderness, confusion and resolve, that holds the movie together. Her Major is a citizen of nowhere and everywhere. Yet her ghost belongs to no one other than herself.
Mashable
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Cotswold Journal - Showbiz
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Deadline
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Techradar
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The film is frenetic, the action impressive and there's also a strange Mike Tyson cameo. Great stuff. Although one of Arnie's latter movies, The Last Stand plays out like an old-school Schwarzenegger romp, complete with big guns and a 'one person can save a town' plotline. Marking the English-speaking debut of the superb South Korean director Jee-woon Kim, the movie eschews high art and instead does a decent job in bringing pleasure to the guilty. Kids are the worst. Well, they are when you put them on an island and make them fight to the death until there is only one winner. This Japanese cult classic is a hard watch but it's worth it. It also pretty much inspired the Hunger Games, albeit in a very watered down way. You can understand why the Wu-tang Clan loved The 36th Chamber of Shaolin so much they used it as the basis of the name of their first album.
Sky News
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Good afternoon to you. Stuart Ramsay said to me that this was the worst thing potentially that he had ever seen, this propaganda video. It showed, he said, real-life hunger games. How.
Deadline
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Power Rangers ? Twenty-four years later on the big screen? In the wake of such mega young adult hits like Hunger Games and Twilight, Power Rangers may have appeared initially as a desperate attempt by Lionsgate to reawake the millennials they lost. And talk about a risk: the original feature film Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers tanked back in 1995 with a final domestic of $38.1M and that was at the peak of the TV/toy franchise's fame. However, the solid opening...