The Hunger Games

by (@katespencer)

Jennifer Lawrence’s Fashion File: 35 Pics Of Her Best (And Worst) Looks

Jennifer Lawrence is on a roll this week. She’s donned two gorgeous gold gowns at the Los Angeles and London premieres of The Hunger Games (Prabal Gurung and Ralph Lauren, respectively) and she’s built up a reputation as one of the red carpet’s brightest fashion stars in just a few short years. From last year’s Baywatch babe Oscar gown to her hot pink Oscar de le Renta win at the 2011 SAG Awards, Jen has proven she can hang out on the A List with ease. But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been missteps along the way!

We’ve pulled 35 of Jen’s most recent red carpet looks and rated them in three categories: The Good, The Bad and The Meh. Check ‘em out in our gallery below and weigh in on what you like – and dislike – to see the starlet in. And here’s hoping we get a third gold dress this week!

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by (@missmuttoo)

Elizabeth Banks Keeps Up The Brights Trend At Hunger Games London Premiere

When we saw Elizabeth Banks at the L.A. The Hunger Games premiere a couple of days ago, we thought she was trying to be the girl on fire. As opposed to co-star and real firestarter Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence, who wore gold Prabal Gurung and continued her metallic trend at the film’s London premiere last night. Elizabeth was kind of paying homage to Effie Trinket in a sexy bright orange Atelier Versace frock back in L.A. She continued the bright flame trend in London as well, wearing a gorgeous, backless canary yellow Bill Blass gown on the carpet last night. Do we love it? Yes we do! Stick with a color scheme that works for you, we say. We also noticed that Elizabeth looked quite bronzed in her yellow dress. Just the right amount though. She didn’t steer into Jersey Shore territory.

As we did with Jennifer in the post before this, we want to know what you think of Elizabeth’s flame trend, by comparing her two dresses in the photograph below. On the left is the yellow Bill Blass gown she wore last night in London. On the right is the orange Atelier Versace frock she wore a earlier this week. We have the poll waiting for you after the jump, so vote!

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by (@missmuttoo)

Jennifer Lawrence Goes For Gold Again At Hunger Games European Premiere

Two golden gown back-to-back and we couldn’t be happier. Jennifer Lawrence swanned in to The Hunger Games European premiere in London last night wear this stunning, shimmering metallic gold Ralph Lauren gown with a black YSL belt. If you take a closer look at it, you’ll see how the entire dress seems to be made entirely of sequin sheeting giving it a wonderfully fluid vibe. Remember how Jennifer wore that awesome gold, metallic Prabal Gurung gown to the premiere of the The Hunger Games in L.A? She’s really going for gold, isn’t she! Whoever her stylist is, they should take a bow right about now.

The Ralph Lauren gown she wore last night makes her look very elegant as well, even though the black YSL belt cinched at the waist is so sexy. The gold Prabal Gurung gown she wore in L.A. was a lot more va-va-voom, especially due to the cutouts. Jennifer rocked them both, is our take. Have a look at the photograph below to compare the two. We’ve also got a poll after the jump, so you can let us know which look you prefer. We really want to know your opinion, because we’re torn between the two, so vote vote vote!

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by (@hallekiefer)

Is Taylor Swift’s New Hunger Games Song As Good As “Safe & Sound”?

Taylor Swift is, one could argue, the voice of a generation. She’s also the voice of a bloody teenage dystopian battle ryoale, now that she’s added her spooky, hopefully voice to the Hunger Games soundtrack. And we do not see how anyone could possibly argue about that. Now that you’ve heard Swift’s “Eyes Open” (and if you haven’t, take a listen here), how do you think it compares to Taylor’s previously released soundtrack song, the eerie, ethereal “Safe & Sound“? Both of them strike the exact uneasy tone we imagine would go perfectly with Katniss’s mental state. Both songs also make us want to spend a few hours quietly writing in our journals…before we have run screaming away from a swarm of mutant wasps.

On the other hand, with lyrics like “In backyards, winning battles with our wooden swords/ But now we’ve stepped into a cruel world/ Where everybody stands to keep score,” the video for “Eyes Open” is probably going to be even sweeter than the “Safe & Sound” video. If it features Taylor Swift engaged in deadly combat, well then…contest over. So which of the two song do you prefer, if you had to choose? Unlike The Hunger Games themselves, there can always be more than one winner…

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by (@shalapitcher)

Lenny Kravitz Vs. Wes Bentley: Which Hunger Games Citizen Should Be This Week’s Hotness?

A year ago, we never would have thought we’d be writing about Lenny Kravitz and Wes Bentley in the same sentence. We honestly didn’t expect to be writing much about them at all, frankly. The superstar status Kravitz earned in the ’90s and early ’00s had calmed considerably, and Bentley never lived up to the next-big-thing hype he earned in American Beauty. But behold the miracle of The Hunger Games. Their brief but pivotal roles as stylist Cinna and Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane have made them the focus of a whole lot of attention, from teenage girls as much as a mature audience that appreciates their comeback.

If you’ve read Catching Fire, the Hunger Games sequel, you’ll know that Lenny and Wes’ characters have more in common than meets the eye, and they’ve got to be looking forward to their bigger roles in that film. So are we, of course. But for now, we’re going to look back, and try to determine which of these Capitol citizens is hotter. Peruse our little selection of photos and then vote! Poll closes at 2 p.m. ET on Friday.

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by (@katespencer)

Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games Co-Stars Would Totally Volunteer For Her

At the heart of The Hunger Games is Katniss’ devotion to her sister, Prim. She is literally willing to sacrifice her life for her, which is the ultimate loyal sibling move. We asked Willow Shields, who plays Prim, if she felt that connection with her co-star Jennifer Lawrence when they weren’t in character. “We totally became sisters on set,” said Willow at the premiere. “I have a sister, so I can totally relate [to Katniss]. I would totally volunteer for her.”


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by (@katespencer)

Josh Hutcherson Is A “Humble” “Old Soul” Say Hunger Games Co-Stars

The praise was only super positive for Josh Hutcherson on The Hunger Games red carpet last night. Dayo Okeniyi, who portrays District 11 tough guy Thresh, was all smiles as he told VH1 News about his “Southern gentleman” of a co-star.

“Josh is Peeta. If you watch the movie, you’ve hung out with Josh. He is Peeta, 100 percent.” Dayo — who is himself a Hunger Games mega-fan (check out that wrap gift pin he’s wearing!) — added,  “He’s such a Southern gentleman, and he doesn’t take himself too seriously and he’s a fun guy. We play basketball off-set. He does a really good job of making what he does look extremely easy. I hope to be as a great of an actor as these guys someday.”


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by (@shalapitcher)

Hunger Games Cuts “Blood Splashes” For Tween-Friendly Rating In U.K.

We always wondered how a book about kids brutally murdering other kids on live TV would get a PG-13 rating in the U.S. Not to be too spoilery but there are some grisly deaths in The Hunger Games that gave us, full-grown adults, nightmares. And now it seems that initially,there were a few too many of those gory scenes for the U.K. version of the MPAA, the British Board of Film Classification, to deem it appropriate for kids under 15. The BBFC, which is a little more up-front about its rules than the legendarily mysterious MPAA, posted the changes that were made to bring the rating from 15 down to 12A, their version of PG-13. Apparently, Lionsgate UK showed the board an unfinished version and was advised on where to make “cuts and visual reductions.” The next version had made adjustments two “four scenes of violence and in one scene showing details of injuries. These reductions were implemented by a mixture of visual cuts, visual darkenings and the digital removal of sight of blood.” But that wasn’t enough: Seven seconds of one more scene needed to be changed to “reduce an emphasis on blood and injury.” They did so by “digitally removing sight of blood splashes and sight of blood on wounds and weapons.”

We have no idea if such changes were made to the American version as well. But wow, that’s a fascinating peek into what the experts deem OK for a 15-year-old versus a 12-year-old. Blood splashes! Now, we wonder how they felt about burns, tracker jacker stings and, eeeewwww, pus?

[Photo: Lionsgate]

by (@missmuttoo)

The Hunger Games Red Carpet: The Men Decide To Suit Up

While they were plenty of well-dressed women at The Hunger Games premiere last night, the men weren’t far behind. Who doesn’t love a dude in a sharp suit? There were plenty of examples of why that makes us go gaga last night, with Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Wes Bentley leading the pack. Cody Simpson and Alexander Ludwig opted for more relaxed versions, deciding to forgo ties. Deciding to go the more cazh route was Donald Sutherland, who wore a rakish scarf instead. We’ve decided we want to hang with him now because he looks like he has a blast everywhere he goes. Woody Harrelson looked dressed for a luau while palling around with an appropriately clad Stanley Tucci, but we expected that. What we didn’t expect, but were thrilled to see, was Peter Facinelli who looked ridik-hot in jeans, hoodie and leather jacket combination. Want to see what we’re talking about? Head on to our gallery below.

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by (@missmuttoo)

Kylie And Kendall Jenner: Looking Great Or Looking Like Sister Kim Kardashian?

You can’t deny that Kendall and Kylie Jenner are two gorgeous young ladies. We also love what they had on at the Hunger Games premiere in L.A. yesterday, but would’ve preferred the dresses on someone older. Way too short for girls who are 14 (Kylie) and 16 (Kendall). We feel like we’re looking at a retrospective of older sister Kim Kardashian‘s fashions. Especially with Kylie’s teeny, tight, white number which we’ve seen various versions of on Kim over the years. Are you really comfortable with a 14-year-old being all about the booty? We gave them a pass when we saw them last at The Vow premiere because they look genuinely sweet. But those hemlines are getting dangerous and someone should say something, no?

Look at how members of their peer group like Hailee Steinfeld or Dakota Fanning (when she was younger) did carpets looking stunning and age appropriate. Our editor and all-around YA fiction boss (that’s you, @shalapitcher) also very correctly pointed out, a certain ironic factoid about these two. Considering a very important theme of The Hunger Games is built on a very strong critique of kids and (or on) reality shows, it makes us wonder about what sort of people are monitoring Kendall, Kylie and their ilk.

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