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'Hunger Games' Parody 'Starving Games' to Elicit Groans In 2013

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games’/Photo © Murray Close/Lionsgate
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games’/Photo © Murray Close/Lionsgate

Good news for people who love bad movies (and bad news for everyone else): The team who brought you "Date Movie" and "Meet the Spartans" has decided to lampoon the biggest show in town with "The Starving Games." Apparently the movie will also mock recent broad targets such as "Sherlock Holmes" and "Harry Potter," to minimal comic effect. The movie will make millions of dollars based on name-recognition alone, granting the filmmakers the financial freedom to keep making insipid parodies until they die. There goes the twenty-first century.

Did you know that the famously grim Harry Clarke illustrations to Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination made such a huge splash when they were first published that copies of the book sold for five guineas? (That's about $300 by today's standards.) You can learn more about the history of these incredible illustrations right here.

Tor wants to know who you'd cast in a fantasy "Avengers"-type league of heroes. They've assembled a spectrum of suggestions from film and literature, from Fezzik in "The Princess Bride" (played by Andre the Giant) to Falkor the luck dragon from "The Neverending Story." Robert Jordan and George R. R. Martin heroes abound. C'mon, admit it -- if this ever made it to the screen, you'd watch.

Instead of the torment that was "Alien vs. Predator," we were this close to having an "Alien 5" directed by James Cameron, starring Sigourney Weaver and maybe even Arnold Schwarzenegger. Unfortunately FOX decided to move ahead with its monster mash-up instead, and Cameron moved on to other things. A painful lesson to learn, but if it ultimately brought us to "Prometheus" then perhaps it was worth it.

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