“The Hunger Games” opened with a staggering $155 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices, beating Hollywood’s lofty expectations and making history as the third-highest domestic film opening. “Hunger Games” also set records for highest opening of a non-sequel film and biggest debut outside the summer blockbuster season. The film is an action-filled survival drama based on the first of three best-selling young adult novels by Suzanne Collins. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, a teen girl who fights in a televised battle-to-the-death ordered by her society’s rulers. Everdeen becomes a beacon of hope for freedom against the totalitarian government.
On this day, March 23, 2011, Elizabeth Taylor, Academy Award winning actress, aids activist, beauty and fashion icon, died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California from congestive heart failure. The violet-eyed Taylor began her acting career as a child and spent most of her life in the spotlight. Known for her striking beauty, she was married eight times and later in life became a prominent HIV/AIDS activist. Taylor was seventy-nine years old.