Having left behind the "arena" ¿ a wooded realm where teenagers from across the districts of the totalitarian Panem are set against each other in a televised kill-or-be-killed death match ¿ at the conclusion of 2013's "Catching Fire," "Mockingjay" moves into a greater war, where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), the reluctant participant plucked out of the mining region of District 12, discovers a wider network of like-minded rebels.
More than a seller of unique books, Washington Street offers antiques, jewelry, sculptures, religious and new age items, and authentic movie and music memorabilia. Recent collectibles for sale include costumes worn in the hit film "The Hunger Games" and a guitar autographed by Katy Perry.
The celebrity and John "Jack" Dwyer, chairman of the family of Capital Funding companies, purchased the property for $4.5 million in a 50-50 venture in January after being connected by Dimitris Spiliadis, whose family opened the 12-room hotel in 2011 and lost it to foreclosure last summer.
Four-year-old Meg Bittinger can check one item off her wish list thanks to the county recreation and parks department: She is learning to use a bow and arrow like her idol, Princess Merida, the heroine of the 2012 Disney movie "Brave."
Millions are braced for the opening of "Hunger Games," the latest young adult book series to become runaway hit and then a movie and, it's looking like, a cultural phenomenon on the likes of "Harry Potter." Tickets to a number of the shows in the Baltimore area are already long gone.
The book trilogy by Suzanne Collins and the "Hunger Games" movie, which opens at the end of this week, seems to have the same kind of mass appeal among young adult consumers that fueled the success of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight."