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Close up: Is Hunger Games the new Twilight?

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div class="track"img alt="" src="http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.22.4/86394?ns=guardianpageName=Close+up%3A+Is+Hunger+Games+the+new+Twilight%3F%3AArticle%3A1721540ch=Filmc3=GU.co.ukc4=Film%2CCulturec5=Not+commercially+usefulc6=c7=12-Mar-22c8=1721540c9=Articlec10=c11=Filmc13=Close+up+%28series%29c25=c30=contentc42=Cultureh2=GU%2FCulture%2FFilm%2F" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"Catch up with the last seven days in the world of filmbr /a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/22/the-hunger-games-review"Read our 4-star Hunger Games review/a/ph2The big story/h2pWith the John Carter fiasco a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/20/john-carter-lose-disney-200m"rumbling on/a Hollywood was desperate for some good news, and it duly came in the slinky form of Jennifer Lawrence and a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/142857/hunger-games"Hunger Games/a. The set of novels by Suzanne Collins have been touted as the new Twilight and – to all astonishment – have been turned into a rather good film, a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/16/hunger-games-review"if you believe Xan Brooks/a, our man at the first press preview. As the week wore on, it became clear that The Hunger Games was a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/21/the-hunger-games-march-box-office"looking at a serious pile of cash/a when it would finally be released – perhaps even beating the first Twilight film's opening weekend mark of $69m in 2008. Fortunately, as is their way, the Guide had got in quickly and a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/17/hunger-games-jennifer-lawrence-interview"interviewed Lawrence/a last weekend – and she had little truck with the Twilight comparison: "Both the content and the story are completely different." That's us told then./ph2In the news/h2pa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/21/michael-bay-sodomising-ninja-turtles"Michael Bay is betraying Ninja Turtles, says Michelangelo voice actor/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/22/orwells-nineteen-eighty-four-new-film"Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four forecast for Hollywood remake/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/21/tom-hanks-race-video-obama"Tom Hanks refutes 'racist' label after blackface video emerges/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/20/woody-allen-to-rome-with-love"Woody Allen's latest film renamed To Rome with Love/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/19/mandela-idris-elba-south-africa"Mandela the movie: Idris Elba gives short shrift to South African actors/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/20/john-carter-lose-disney-200m"John Carter set to lose Disney $200m/a/ph2On the blog/h2pa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/mar/22/kill-keith-british-horror"Kill Keith: Cheggers' horror is a film to die for/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/22/black-death-burned-at-stake"Reel history – Black Death should be burned at the stake /a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/mar/21/clip-joint-siren-songs"Clip joint: Siren songs/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/mar/19/iron-sky-timo-vuorensola"How Iron Sky fell to Earth/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/mar/19/we-bought-a-zoo-animals"David Cox on We Bought a Zoo: why displaying animals can be a grizzly business/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/mar/16/wes-anderson-car-ads-sellouts"Why Wes Anderson's car ads are sellouts/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/mar/19/21-jump-street-us-box-office"21 Jump Street gets off to a flying start at the US box office/a/ph2Watch and listen/h2pa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/audio/2012/mar/22/film-podcast-paolo-sorrentino"Film Weekly podcast – Paolo Sorrentino on This Must Be the Place /a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/video/2012/mar/16/wild-bill-trailer-video"Wild Bill: watch the trailer/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/gallery/2012/mar/20/biggest-box-office-flops-in-pictures"The 10 biggest box office flops of all time – in pictures/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/video/2012/mar/16/we-bought-a-zoo-video-review"We Bought A Zoo: 'A lightweight redemption tale doped to its eyeballs' - video/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2012/mar/21/dark-tide-trailer-halle-berry"Dark Tide trailer: will Halle Berry sink or swim?/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/gallery/2012/mar/16/pirated-film-posters-in-pictures"The imposters: pirated film posters – in pictures/a/ph2Further reading/h2pa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/18/john-cusack-raven-poe-interview"John Cusack interview: 'I'm not a scenester. I'm out for a few months, then I disappear'/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/20/novelists-plead-poverty-after-hollywood"Why is Susan Hill pleading poverty when The Woman in Black's film adaptation took £20m in the UK?/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/18/dexter-fletcher-film-changed-life"Dexter Fletcher: the film that changed my life/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/17/act-of-valour-us-military"Act Of Valour "shows that the US military should stay out of the movies"/a/ppa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/mar/18/trailer-trash-film-on-rocks"Jason Solomons on Tilda Swinton's Film on the Rocks festival in Thailand/a/ph2In the paper/h2pFriday's G2 Film Music features interviews with Lenny Kravitz, who shows up in a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/142857/hunger-games"Hunger Games/a, Olympia Dukakis, star of a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/145970/cloudburst/review"Cloudburst/a, which opens the 26th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival this weekend, and Jeffrey Tambor, who discusses the acting workshop he's been taking to a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/sxsw"South By Southwest/a for the last five years. In Saturday's Guide John Patterson writes on Iranian documentary a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/143143/this-is-not-a-film"This Is Not A Film/a, which chronicles the house arrest of director Jafar Panahi./ph2Something to look forward to/h2pa href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/mikefiggis?INTCMP=SRCH"Mike Figgis/a will be appearing in conversation with Simon Hattenstone this Saturday as part of the Guardian's Open Weekend. A British film-maker who made his feature debut with a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2001/jul/16/artsfeatures?INTCMP=SRCH"Stormy Monday/a in 1988, Figgis's other work includes the Hollywood thriller a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099850/"Internal Affairs/a, the Oscar-winning a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/60948/leaving-las-vegas"Leaving Las Vegas /aand experimental split-screen drama a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2000/sep/06/comment?INTCMP=SRCH"Timecode/a. While weekend tickets have now sold out, tickets for the Figgis event can still be purchased online. a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/open-weekend/2"See here for more details./a/ph2And finally/h2p• a href="http://www.twitter.com/guardianfilm"Follow @guardianfilm on Twitter/a/pp• ... a href="http://www.facebook.com/guardianfilm"and like us on Facebook/a/pbr/div class="terms"a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk"guardian.co.uk/a copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our a href="http://users.guardian.co.uk/help/article/0,,933909,00.html"Terms Conditions/a | a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/help/feeds"More Feeds/a/divp style="clear:both" /

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