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Sunday, January 20, 2013

'Saturday Night Live' mocks media in 'Hunger Games' press conference

With all the pageantry and parallelism between the "Hunger Games" to the modern Olympics in the recent film of the same name, the writers of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," fresh off hiatus, took the next step and followed up with the postgame press conference. The media was portrayed in a stereotypical, but hilarious nature. Watch below:


The concept of going beyond the Games into the follow-up questions is pretty funny and was executed well by the writers and, SNL actors and even show host Jennifer Lawrence, who played the role of Everdeen in the film. It was surprising how far the show went in mocking the film, which has a sequel upcoming, in using its protagonist.
The recent talk of the use of performance-enhancing drugs was brought up in the Games press conference. At one point, the main character, Katniss Everdeen, is asked if she used PEDs, which she denied, while her co-winner and believed love interest was asked if he was taking "performance-reducing" drugs.
Everdeen and her co-winner were asked to discuss specific moments in the Games, such as using a hive of wasps to kill one of her rivals, and other moments which may have been turning points.
There's always questions left unanswered at the end of films, but thanks to "Saturday Night Live," a few inquiries stemming from the wildly successful "Hunger Games" film may have been addressed. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Crazy sports stories lead to excellent front pages

I don't get around to this blog too often during college hoops season, but I've been saving some of my favorite front pages in recent weeks to share:

  First, there was the New York Times making terriffic use of artistic white space with the Baseball Writers of America failed to elect a single candidate to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

And the New York Post, which routinely has sensational, but accurate and very clever, headlines. NY Post leaned on its graphics department to crucify Lance Armstrong.

 And finally, the Chicago Sun Times has the best headline I've read thus far regarding the Manti Te'o "Catfish" girlfriend hoax.
I spent several minutes trying to create a headline that merged Notre Dame, "Catfish" and Manti Te'o, to no avail. The Times' copy editors did one better.