Josh Hutcherson‘s been doing the acting thing since age 10, though not until his impressive performance in The Kids Are All Right and then landing the coveted role of Peeta Mellark in the much-anticipated Hunger Games series did he hit our radar. Come March, this rising star is likely to catapult to Robert Pattinson-level fame, so get a jump-start on your fangirl game and celebrate his 19th birthday by checking out his 19 hottest looks. [Photos: Getty Images, Lionsgate]
That’s the thing about filming sci-fi: if you’re going to shoot a story that includes fabulous pink wigs, human-bird interspecies communication and carnivorous golden squirrels, you can’t act like you’re too cool for school. Luckily, Hunger Games director Gary Ross is clearly a man who is capable of deeply nerding out. “There’s times when you’re viscerally inside Jen’s shoes, and I mean that’s the main experience,” Ross tells MTV about filming his star Jennifer Lawrence. “And there’s other times where you’re witnessing her the way they witness her in the game….and she’s constantly being watched, which is what I think makes the book so compelling.” Explains Ross, “It’s mainly an intense first-person experience inside Katniss’s shoes.” Now, personally we find the non-stop battle royale to be the most compelling part, but either way, you know we’ll be screaming behind our hands.
In case that doesn’t make you feel like you want to engage in blood sport in a future dystopia, you can also stop by The Capitol, the movie’s new site that will select which Hunger Games district for which you’ll most likely get torn apart by mutated lizards. May the odds be ever in our favor…that this movie will turn out as weird and awesome as it sound be.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Hunger Games series, you probably pieced together that the upcoming films are set in a futuristic dystopia where adolescents must fight in a harrowing battle royale. But did you also know it involves fabulous pink wigs? Elizabeth Bank’s Hunger Games character Effie Trinket, in particular, has an over-the-top costume which she described as being perfectly done. “I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait for people to see her,” the actress proclaimed to Vulture. “The makeup is incredible. We were actually shooting in North Carolina. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 100 degrees, like 98 percent humidity. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, like, 400 extras, or some crazy number. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all little kids. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re standing in the hot sun. We felt so badly. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re, like, handing out Popsicles to keep their strength up and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re just dropping like flies.” Those kids probably just fainted due to too much wig fabulousness! Or heatstroke. One of the two.
While Banks is ecstatic about her wardrobe selection, she couldn’t give much away for fear that director Gary Ross would film her in an actual bloodbath.Ã‚Â “All I can tell you is that Effie does have pink hair. When the hair and makeup was finished, we had all these people in the trailer and it was like everybody just got giddy all at once, like, ‘We did it!’ and ‘This is Effie! ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be awesome!’ We were so happy,” Banks says, explaining, “You can get away with a lot of things in a book that you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get away with when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re visually watching kids kill each other. So we just wanted to make sure that she didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look too clownish. And that we honored the solemnity of whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on in the book. I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say we toned it down at all, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very specific.” Gruesome hand-to-hand combat, an drag queen-style wardrobe, Stanley Tucci: this movie has everything for everyone.
Let The Hunger Games…continue! After Lionsgate released several stills last week featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsorth getting gritty for HG, the studio has released a few more Hunger Games images. Between Katniss’s bow and blood spatters, we’d say we are officially in the Arena. Meanwhile, Peeta looking like…well, he looks like he’s very casually on the process of getting hacked apart by a sword. Below, we’ve added them to our ever-growing Hunger Games gallery. At this rate by next spring you’ll practically have a flip-book of the entire movie.
While we’re sure the the first film, set for release on March 23, 2012, is enough to tide us over until the movie’s sequel, The Hollywood Reporter says Catching Fire’s release date isn’t until November 22, 2013. Since the series is reportedly a quadrilogy, we could have sequels too look forward to until 2016. After that, we’ll enter into the same despair spiral we entered into after The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 came out. And so the cycle continues.
These Hunger Games stills make us soooo excited to see the movie, and soooo hungry for a delicious slice of sourdough bread. Which one do we want more? It’s soooo hard to tell. After Entertainment Weekly premiered Peeta and Gale on their cover last week, Lionsgate released hi-res versions of the images depicting our major players; Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Liam Hemsworth as Gale chat in the woods, while Josh Hutcherson as Peeta mournfully stands besides his family’s bakery. The photos might not reveal any major details, but they at least give a good sense of atmosphere and set design. Plus, there’s the emotional component: we’d be brooding too if we had to eat a loaf that was all burnt like that.
Sadly, there are no rumors so far of a torrid affair between Gale and Peeta on-set, most likely because they are fictional characters whose romance exists solely in our minds. However, there have been several recent blind items alleging that there might be something of a Hunger Games hook-up going on between cast members. Yesterday Lainey Gossip hinted in part, “It was instant attraction when they started rehearsals, despite the fact that he’s supposed to be happily married. On set flirtation, some touching in the trailer, soon became after work ‘prep time’, and heavy petting in the car, and before long it was a full blown affair. May have been a method situation for him, which would surprise no one, but for her, even though she told herself this was a big girl, mature woman thing to do – take a co-star lover – of course she fell in love, although she obediently went back to her boyfriend and tried to shake it off he cut it off after three weeks as soon as his wife came over to stay.”
Meanwhile, Crazy Days And Nights had a much more direct blind item about a Hunger Games romance, teasing “What married Hunger Games actor is having an affair with his much younger female co-star? She is in love. To him it is just a hookup and he already has told others he has his eye on another female actress in the movie. Umm, what about your wife?” While it seems like everyone’s minds immediately assume it must be Jennifer Lawrence, let’s not forget that much of the female cast is on the young side, including District 1 tribute Leven Rambin…who is currently engaged. As for the identity of the married actor? Well, let’s just say there are few women alive who can resist the ancient charms of one Mr. Donald Sutherland.
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It’s been over two months since we swooned over Entertainment Weekly‘s big reveal of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, and now they’ve whipped out the big guns (literally) and given us a sneak peek of Liam Hemsworth as Gale and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta.
EW sat down with The Hunger Games‘ handsome duo and got the deets on the first six weeks of filming. Most interestingly, the two actors whose characters battle for the heart of Katniss have become fast friends in real life – so fast that Hutcherson has already brought Hemsworth home to Kentucky to meet the fam! Precious!
What do you think, Hunger Games devotees?
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]
Back in the 80s, we had a wee bit of a crush on Woody Harrelson. He was so hunky on Cheers — so clueless, so sweet, so with hair. Who would have thought he’d go on to become an acclaimed, Oscar-nominated movie star? (Answer: not us.) From White Men Can’t Jump to The People vs. Larry Flynt to Zombieland and The Messenger, Woody never settles for doing the same thing on-screen. This summer he co-stars alongside Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in the comedy Friends With Benefits, and he’s currently filming The Hunger Games, in which he stars as the moody drunk Haymitch. Yes, Woody as Haymitch is pretty much our dream casting; we’ve been fantasizing about him shouting at Katniss and Peeta with booze and lamb stew dribbling out of his mouth for months.
Because we can’t get enough of Woody, we’ve got the best photos of the actor through the years in our gallery below. Enjoy!
INT. VH1 OFFICES – DAY.
TheFABlife Editor Kate Spencer sits at her desk and checks her email. She looks glamorous and put together but in that annoying way where it seems like she doesn’t try too hard.
Oh look, an email from The Hunger Games publicist. Oh neat, a new poster. Sure, I’ll click on this lin-OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. IT. IS. GLOWING. IT’S FIRE! THE GIRL ON FIRE! OH MY GOD THE FIRE IS BECOMING THE MOCKINGJAY! THE MOCKINGJAY IS CATCHING FIRRRREEEEE! IS THAT THE SOUND OF SOMEONE BREATHING AS THE FLAMES BURN?! YES! YES IT YES! WHY IS THIS HAPPENING OH MY GOD WHY CAN’T ALL OF TWITTER BE HERE IN THIS ROOM TO WITNESS THIS WITH ME?! I WANT TO HAVE BABIES WITH THE BABIES OF THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THISSSS!
(Check out the poster below the jump!)
We’ve reached the end of our Hunger Games Book Club (sniff) and we’re here to bring you our final book report before we drift off into the sunset and into the arms of Catching Fire. Let’s recap what goes down at the end of the Games: The muttations attack! They kill Cato! The Capitol revokes the rule saying both District players can win! Katniss and Peeta go to kill themselves but before they do The Games end! They continue to fake their relationship and…they leave the door open for Book 2. So where does that leave us? Wanting more, obviously.
We all know The Hunger Games is about landing on top — so who are the Biggest Winners and Losers from the first book of the series? Let’s count ‘em off.
1. Peeta: He lived! He proved himself to be smarter than anyone thought, including himself. And he got the girl — kinda. Regardless, he solidified himself as the dreamiest pushover in Panem.
2. Katniss: She won the Games — not just for herself and her sister, but for her entire District. Being the mockingjay is a ton of pressure, yes. But is it worth it? YES.
3. Haymitch: The drunk redeemed himself with an impeccable strategy, but only because he had the talent to make it happen. Still, he proved himself to be somewhat lovable — when not acting like the lush that he is.
4. Cinna: Hey may just be a fictional stylist, but the image overall he gave Katniss is the stuff Hollywood dreams are made of. (Lindsay Lohan could stand to find herself a real life Cinna right about now.)
5. District 11: Though Thresh and Rue both died, they were among the most noble fighters in The Games. Classy always wins.