Mitch Perry Report 3.26.12: Hunger Games & budget gambits

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I spent $8 to go see The Hunger Games yesterday afternoon — contributing to the $155 million the film made in the U.S. this weekend. The sequel, Catching Fire, is scheduled to come out next fall.

I never saw (or read) any of the Harry Potter or Twilight books, but apparently the producers behind this series are tapping into that same hungry young adult fiction market, which sort of makes these films critic-proof. All I can say about this new flick is that the filmmakers were under guidelines to make a film that would qualify for a PG-13 rating, while being all about violence — and, through sharp editing, it's not really all that violent. Pretty slick, that.

Now on to the latest in the Trayvon Martin case. Governor Rick Scott said on national television yesterday that George Zimmerman has not asked for nor received any police protection. He was asked that question by CNN's Candy Crowley yesterday after the Black Panthers announced a $10,000 bounty to have Zimmerman arrested.

In Tampa on Saturday there was a huge rally in honor of Trayvon Martin. Read our report here.

And just like last year, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has released another controversial budget proposal that is being warmly received by his fellow Republicans and trashed by Democrats — and a lot of editorial boards.

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