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Upcoming ‘Hunger Games’ prequel finally gets a compelling title, shiny book cover

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Upcoming ‘Hunger Games’ prequel finally gets a compelling title, shiny book cover

Renowned novelist Suzanne Collins’ all-new ‘Hunger Games’ precursor now has an official name and a new cover. On Friday, Scholastic unveiled the title as well as shiny cover for the new novel ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.’ Besides, it also revealed a big banner for the fans during the NY Comic Conference 2019.


It was previously referred to as ‘Untitled Panem Novel’ due to the fictional nation where the story is based on.

The novel is set to get published on 19 May 2020 in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia said the publisher in a press release. The book’s first English language printing will have 2.5bn copies. Translation rights meant for 28 other regions have also been sold, said Scholastic.

‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ is set 64 years prior to the events which took place in the ‘Hunger Games’ novel. The book will be based particularly around events related to the tenth Hunger Games.

In a statement, Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic said that the book raises significant questions related to authority, the truth behind human nature and violence use. Meanwhile, David Levithan, Scholastic VP said that the new angle upon the novel’s cover pretty much matches with the storyline Collins is explaining.

With this novel, Collins said that she wanted to understand who humans are, the state of nature as well as what humans think is needed for survival.

‘The Hunger Games’ book remained on the bestseller list of the New York Times for over 260 weeks. Scholastic says that there are over 100mn copies of each of the 3 books in YA dystopian trilogy in digital and print formats globally.

The series has also inspired the mega-hit 4-film franchise starring Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and Stanley Tucci.

Lionsgate, who created those films, said that it’s working on developing a spinoff inspired by the new prequel.

Michael Leahy has worked in various news organizations and now aims to make Report Door one of the best and fastest growing news websites in the U.S. He contributes to the US section. He loves going around different people in the US and loves meeting new people and making new friends.

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Spike Lee Shares New Short Film Uniting George Floyd and Radio Raheem Amidst Protests

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Spike Lee Shares New Short Film Uniting George Floyd and Radio Raheem Amidst Protests

Director Spike Lee shared a short film with the world over the weekend. Lee has one question for everyone: “Will history stop repeating itself?” The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked outrage across the United States and the world. The director sees some direct correlations to the past when looking at current events, which gave him the idea to splice footage of his 1989 movie Do the Right Thing with the deaths of Floyd and Eric Garner for 3 Brothers.

Eric Garner was killed in 2014 by the NYPD over allegations of selling single cigarettes. Like George Floyd, his death was shot on smartphones and shared with the world. In Do the Right Thing, Bill Nunn’s Radio Raheem is also killed at the hands of law enforcement. Lee takes footage of the fictional death and carefully edits it in with the real-life 2020 death of Floyd and the 2014 death of Garner in his short film titled 3 Brothers

. The short is just under 2 minutes in length and it might not be suitable for all viewers, so consider yourself warned.

RELATED: Danny Aiello Dies, Moonstruck and Do the Right Thing Star Was 86

The death of George Floyd sparked protests across the United States. Many of them started as peaceful and then got violent as time went on, with looting and fires starting across the whole country. Protests in front of the White House started to get violent on Friday evening, which saw the President Donald Trump allegedly use the bunker below for the first time since September 11th, 2001. Spike Lee appeared on CNN to deliver his short film and had this to say.

“How can people not understand why people are acting the way they are? This is not new, we saw with the riots in the ’60s, the assassination of Dr. King, every time something jumps off and we don’t get our justice, people are reacting the way they do to be heard… We are seeing this again and again and again… This is the thing: The killing of black bodies, that is what this country is built upon.”

Spike Lee tackled race relations in Do the Right Thing

in 1989. The comedy/drama stars Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The story explores a Brooklyn neighborhood’s “simmering racial tension, which culminates in violence and a death on a hot summer day.” The fictional Radio Raheem dies in the same manner as George Floyd and Eric Garner.

Protests, rioting, and looting lasted all weekend in the United States with many cities ordering strict curfews. It is unclear if this will come to an end now, but there are still protests across the country scheduled for today and this evening. As for the White House, it is believed that protestors will still be out today too. You can check out 3 Brothers above, thanks to Spike Lee’s Twitter account.

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When Will Rick and Morty Season 4 Be on Hulu and HBO Max?

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When Will Rick and Morty Season 4 Be on Hulu and HBO Max?

We came, we saw, we belched. At long last Rick and Morty Season 4 has concluded. Whether you watched every episode live or have been waiting for your chance to binge watch every adventure at once, you likely have one question on your mind: when can you stream Rick and Morty Season 4? On that front we have you covered.

From snake jazz and Story Trains to talking cats and Akira kids, this was one season you don’t want to miss. Here’s everything you need to know about when the newest episodes of Rick and Morty will be on Hulu and HBO Max.

Is Rick and Morty on Hulu? Is Rick and Morty on HBO Max?

Rick Sanchez and the Smith family have already crossed over onto two streaming services. The first three seasons of Rick and Morty are currently on Hulu and HBO Max. No matter what version of Hulu you have, you’re covered when it comes to watching the Rickest Rick and the Mortyest Morty. The same holds true whether you have HBO NOW, HBO Go, or if you recently signed up for HBO Max proper. All three now include HBO Max’s library of content.

When Will Rick and Morty Season 4 Be on Hulu and HBO Max?

There’s good news and bad news on this one. The good news is that Rick and Morty Season 4 will likely be going to both Hulu and HBO Max. New seasons have consistently been added to Hulu and the same will hold true for both Hulu and HBO Max this time around. The bad news is it’s going to take a while.

Typically its taken about 11 months after a new season’s finale for new seasons of Rick and Morty to come to streaming. But thanks to a new deal fans won’t have to wait as long. But according to The Hollywood Reporter Season 4 should be available on Hulu and HBO Max about five months after the finale. That means come October of 2020, you can expect to rewatch the Beth clone saga on your streaming service of choice.

How to Watch Rick and Morty Season 4

If you want to binge watch this new season now you’re going to need Adult Swim. If you have a cable subscription you’re already set. Simply go to Adult Swim’s site or the Adult Swim app and enter in your cable information. From there you can start watching no matter where you are in the multiverse.

No cable? It may not be a problem. Most like TV skinny bundles, like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and Sling TV, include Adult Swim. As long as you’ve marked Rick and Morty as one of your favorite shows or if you watched Season 4’s new episodes live, the DVR functions of these bundles should have automatically recorded the episodes for you.

There is still one more way to watch completely free of charge. Adult Swim offers a 24/7 Rick and Morty live stream. As long as you’re ready to watch a whole lot of multiverse rapping, you can catch up on this season in one ambitious swoop.

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Ilaiyaraaja Birthday: 5 Songs Composed By The Music Maestro Of Indian Cinema That You Need To Listen To Right Now!

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Ilaiyaraaja Birthday: 5 Songs Composed By The Music Maestro Of Indian Cinema That You Need To Listen To Right Now!

Ilaiyaraaja (Photo Credits: File Image)

Ilaiyaraaja is regarded as one of the greatest Indian music composers, who has composed more than 7,000 songs. The music maestro of Indian Cinema celebrates his 77th birthday today and fans can only reminisce some of the classics that he has given us in these many years. For the unversed, this legendary music composer, songwriter, singer is credited for introducing western musical sensibilities in the Indian film musical mainstream. Ilaiyaraaja is a recipient of five Indian National Film Awards. In 2010, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and in 2018, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. Ilaiyaraaja, one of the most precious gems in the world of music, was also honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2012. Maestro Ilaiyaraaja to Perform With KJ Yesudas and Balasubrahmanyam in a Special Concert!

Ilaiyaraaja’s music has a very different kind of magic. Be it to define any relationships or for any other given scenario, his songs have had a great impact on the audience. The veteran music composer has a deep understanding of so many different styles of music, uses a range of complex compositional technique, and one just falls in love with the various melodies composed by him. Be it Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada or English, he has composed songs for films in all these languages. On the occasion of his birthday, let’s take a look at some of his classic numbers.

Sadma – Aye Zindagi Gale Lagaa Le

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BXqAnZWqdQ

This is a very beautiful number from the Hindi film Sadma that featured Kamal Haasan and late actress Sridevi in the lead roles. This track was sung by Suresh Wadkar and it went on to become the cult song in Hindi.

Olangal – Thumbi Vaa Thumbakudathin

Veteran singer S Janaki had lend her voice for this popular Malayalam song “Thumbi Vaa Thumbakudathin” from the film Olangal. It had gained massive popularity on release.

Thalapathi – Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu

The song “Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu” from the Tamil film Thalapathi was sung by SP Balasubrahmanyam and Swarnalatha. Picturised on Rajinikanth and Sonu Walia, this was one of the biggest hits of 1991. In 2003, this track was named the fourth most popular song in a poll conducted by the BBC World Service worldwide.

Sadma – Surmayee Ankhiyon Mein

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5qMS-K8eYY

This was again from the 1983 film Sadma. It is another emotional yet a beautiful track crooned by KJ Yesudas. It was magical as the original Tamil song, “Kanne Kalaimane”.

Moonnam Pakkam – Unarumee Ganam

The song “Unarumee Gaanam” was sung by G Venugopal for which he had also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer. A soothing song, beautifully composed by the legend, Ilaiyaraaja.

These are the iconic number composed by Isaignani, as he is fondly called by all his fans. Here’s wishing music maestro Ilaiyaraaja a very happy birthday and a fabulous year ahead.

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