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'The Hunger Games,' 'Fringe,' 'Mass Effect 3,' and more on EW's geek podcast

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Hunger Games Katniss

The Hunger Games is indisputably the first big movie of 2012. Based on the beloved, bleak YA novel by Suzanne Collins — which led into even bleaker, somewhat less beloved sequels — the film has already earned $19.2 million at the midnight box office, a record for a non-sequel. But what, exactly, does the film’s success mean? What is it about Collins’ book that is so captivating in our modern age — and does the movie have the same power?

That’s the main subject of the first episode of our new weekly podcast, Entertainment Geekly, local geek guru Jeff “Doc” Jensen and I will be chatting obsessively about all things geek. Other topics today include tonight’s thrilling episode of Fringe, the much-loathed conclusion to the Mass Effect videogame franchise, and the teaser for Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. We hope you enjoy listening!

Be sure to let us know your own thoughts in the comments. We’ll see you back here next week!

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