Based on the best-selling young-adult novel by author Suzanne Collins, THE HUNGER GAMES tells the dark tale of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who volunteers to compete in a vicious televised tournament in which 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses. In the future, North America is no more. In its place has risen Panem, a divided nation split into 12 districts. Every year, each district selects a teen of each gender (called "Tributes") to test their worth in a competition known as the Hunger Games, which are broadcast across the nation as entertainment, and to reinforce the government's total power. When her younger sister is selected as District 12's latest "Tribute," Katniss volunteers to take her place, and trains under hard-drinking former Hunger Games champion Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) to sharpen her killer instincts. Now in order to survive the game and emerge the victor, this young combatant must put all of her skills to the ultimate test. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth co-star. UPC 031398155409
Branded Entertainment explains how product placement, a long-time phenomenon in films, has gone beyond this to now embrace all media. Citing examples from film, to music video, to computer games, the author explains the: history and development of product placement; advantages of this form of brand advertising; methods employed by different brands. Most importantly, Branded Entertainment discusses the future possibilities for using this form of promotion to recreate an emotional connection with customers and exploiting the opportunities afforded by advances in technology to spread the message across multimedia channels.
A down-on-his-luck comic plays a series of depressing shows in the Mojave Desert, while on his way to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Directed by Rick Alverson. Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera, Lotte Verbeek, John C. Reilly, Dean Stockwell, Becktoria and Amy Seimetz co-star. UPC 876964009096
Jeremy Snead's comprehensive documentary VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE explores how the video-game market has boomed over the previous few decades, and shows how these games are created and marketed. The filmmakers also profile various people who work in the industry, and hardcore gamers who have devoted their free time and money to this multibillion-dollar field of entertainment. UPC 013132626857
Long before television and video games gave New York City kids the option of disappearing into alternate worlds for hours on end, the best option for passing the time and burning off energy was to hit the street for a game of stickball. In this documentary, narrator Hector Elizondo takes viewers back to a time when the city streets echoed with the sounds of laughing children, and games like Punchball, Skully, and Jonny on a Pony helped instill youngsters and their parents with a very real sense of community. In addition to offering a nostalgic glimpse into a bygone era, NEW YORK STREET GAMES also explores the potential reasons urban adolescents no longer partake in the simple joys of games like Stick Ball, as well as the potential effects that today's more introverted forms of entertainment may be having on both their behavior, and our shifting social structures. UPC 841887014410
This release from World Wrestling Entertainment explores the anthems chosen by several wrestlers over the years as their signature entrance music, discussing the stories behind the athlete's choices, and the great moments that unfolded as a result. UPC 651191952694