The Hunger Games is one of the most exciting movies of the year.  It’s certain to win lots of awards.  Have you seen it yet?  It reminds us a lot of a 1987 movie, The Running Man.

According to YouTube “Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”

The movie even has it’s own Wikipedia page with over 65 references, all since March 23rd.  We think The Hunger Games reminds us of The Running Man with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

According to YouTube “The year is 2017. The world economy has collapsed. The United States has sealed off it’s borders and has become a military controlled police state which controls TV, movies, art, books, communication and censorship. In the police state America has become, criminals have a choice. They can serve their sentences in prison or they can take part in “The Running Man” a government owned violent game-show where contestants running for freedom are pursued by “Stalkers” wrestler-like bounty hunters. “The Running Man” is the top rating show on network TV and Damon Killian, the creator and host is the most popular entertainer in the US. But one man has yet to play… Former L.A. police officer Ben Richards, framed for the massacre of innocent people, when disobeyed orders is recaptured, after escaping from prison. Ben is forced to appear on “The Running Man”, joined by resistance fighters William Laughlin and Harold Weiss and Amber Mendez, (a network employee who Richards took hostage and she turned Richards into the authorities) are chased by The Stalkers, as they search for the secret base of the resistance, as they bid to broadcast the truth about the government and prove Ben’s innocence.”

So what do you think?  Is Hunger Games a remake of Running Man with a twist?

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Guest Post by Ryan Carter, an avid traveler and student.

Speaking in the fancy language of the academy, experts extol the virtues of international study, saying, “It affords students unparalleled opportunities for immersion in cultures far different from their own, empowering them with mastery of language and more-than-passing familiarity with customs and traditions centuries, even millennia, in the making.” Students themselves tend to be more direct and pragmatic, noting, “I never again will enjoy this freedom to travel and explore, and potential employers will like seeing international experience on my resume.” For just a few dollars more than a regular semester at your American college, you can enjoy all the benefits of study abroad. [Read the full article…]

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Free Music

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by collegelife on March 19, 2012

Guest post from Vincent Vance.

Amassing a large music collection – or else simply adding a few fresh albums to it every so now and then – can get rather expensive, even if you do primarily use the often cheaper digital distribution platforms such as iTunes or Amazon Music. However, there are ways for you to nurture your music collection that don’t require you to break the bank. For instance: [Read the full article…]

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Is your school in the “Big Dance”?  Are your favorite teams going to play in the championship game?

For the players, it all starts on the playground dreaming of performing for their favorite schools.  For the fans, it’s cheering and sweating bullets on every shot.

It’s time to make your picks for your tournament brackets to get rich, yell until you’re hoarse and walk around with your fave hoodies, t-shirts and sports gear. [Read the full article…]

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Whose turn is it to buy paper towels? Who was the last one to mop the floors? Who ate my last two slices of bread?!?! Is it my turn to collect rent money from my roommates and write the rent check? [Read the full article…]

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The game console has progressed considerably over the years, from the early innocence of ‘Mickey Mouse’, ‘Tetris’ and ‘Sonic’ we now have ‘Sims’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto’. Not only have the games we play advanced, but so have the highly caffeinated minds of the rather creative developers. With a light bulb drifting above their heads, the new and improved ‘Gaming Universe’ came to light. With games selected and slotted into ‘planets’ based on their genre, the developers believe this will make it a lot easier to search for games that suit you, and keeping things organised. The categories step from Horror, racing, fighting, cartoon and sports… direct access to all sport and football games, just what we need. [Read the full article…]

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Guest Post by Bellaisa’, relationship expert.

When I was younger I wasn’t very honest with myself. I pretended that I was something more, or less, than I actually was a good portion of the time.

Sometimes I pretended to be someone different in order to fit in. Like when I would pretend that I hated sitting at home and reading so that my friends thought I was a party animal like them. The truth was that I loved sitting at home and reading! It was actually my favorite thing to do!

I also pretended to be someone I wasn’t in order to impress other people. Like when I decided to act as if I had tons of money and buy all my friends ‘a round’ at the bar, just so that the guy I liked thought I did something that made a lot of money. Of course bills would not get paid because of it! [Read the full article…]

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Collegebookrenter.com (CBR) partnered with the Dance Marathon at Florida State University to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network at Shands Children’s Hospital. CBR made a $7,000 donation at the event’s closing ceremonies on Sunday, Feb. 19. [Read the full article…]

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President’s Day

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by collegelife on February 20, 2012

Happy President’s day!!!

What use to be known as Washington’s Birthday, in honor of George Washington, our first president, is now known as President’s Day.  Washington’s B-Day is Feb. 22 and Lincoln’s B-Day is Feb 12, the day was renamed to honor both of them as well as honoring the office of the presidency. [Read the full article…]

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Today’s post is from our west coast videographers.  Stuff ( insert group here) would or wouldn’t say videos are very popular.  So CBR had their own video produced by the winners of the “My school is too cool video contest” from last fall, see below.

You can see all of our videos on the CBR YouTube channel.

This is the winning video mentioned above, “Long Beach State Cool Video”

Monday, we will highlight all the winners from all the CBR sweepstakes and contests we had from the last couple of months.

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