If you think a lady needs to be able to vote or buy alcohol in order to kill it on the red carpet, you are of course mistaken. While there’s no doubt that Kristen Stewart slayed at tonight’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiere, what with her auburn tendrils and nude gown, the girls who really brought the fashion heat were all years away from being able to legally operate a motor vehicle. For our money, Hunger Games‘ Amandla Stenberg was the strongest contender among the middle school set, pairing her florescent patterned dress with jelly sandals. Oh, how those sandals bring us back. Breaking Dawn‘s Mackenzie Foy and Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka also looked equally put together and adorable. So is the ultimate red carpet secret having a mom to fix your hair and rub dirt off your face before you leave the house? We’re starting to suspect the answer is…yes.
We fully admit, after seeing what Kristen Stewart will wear, our second favorite part of the Twilight red carpet premieres has always been seeing which completely left-field celebrity shows up to declare their fandom. It would be hard to match that time 50 Cent showed up, but there were some good random guests at the premiere of Breaking Dawn – Part 2. We never caught the names of the three basketball players who talked to the Yahoo live stream hosts (even the hosts just said they were two Lakers players and a Clipper), and we’re still waiting on pics of them. But in the meantime, we present to you the other awesome non-castmembers who graced the black carpet — from Hunger Games stars (Fox Face and Rue!) to Stevie Nicks and Shar Jackson, it was an impressive collection. Mayim Bialik, we will cast you in our own Twilight film one day, we promise.
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We get that the Kids’ Choice Awards is a casual event, but this year the red carpet was a bit disappointing. Luckily, a couple of ladies cut the mustard and salvaged the situation. Leading the pack was our favorite Kristen Stewart who picked her favorite — a mini dress. What was unusual was the color. She picked a cobalt blue Stella McCartney with lace overlay with matching pumps. Emma Stone looked adorable and quite sedate in a pinkish-beige Antonio Berardi pleated frock. We were also quite floored by Sarah Hyland‘s flowing red maxi by Myne. That long center-parted haired hair was the perfect choice to go with it.
Selena Gomez‘s Dolce & Gabanna may be a controversial decision here, considering it’s pretty much a bustier and tiny, printed skirt. But fashion is all about selling it, right? And she’s looking so happy and confident in the outfit, that it’s pretty much sold. Just like the always age-appropiate Amandla Stenberg who sparkled in a Tony Ward Couture dress and gold brouges, which we are going to go out and buy ASAP. Wearing the same designer was Kelly Osbourne who looked flirty and adorable in a one-shouldered, flounced black dress and hot pink pumps. It even made her pale lavender hair look good! Karina Smirnoff in a ladylike white lace Ema Savahi and Jacqueline Emerson is an electric blue Alice + Olivia shift and a crazy good pair of neon lace-up heels round up the list. As always, mosey over to the gallery to have a look!
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We barely even want to get into the awfulness that is the racist backlash against the casting of adorable Amandla Stenberg as Hunger Games tribute Rue. Apparently forgetting that Twitter is visible to everyone on the planet, even those of us that are not utter jerks, some fans took umbrage with the fact that Rue was depicted as African-American in the blockbuster film. As if blatant racism isn’t bad enough (and it truly, truly is), clearly these morons did not even read the book, which describes both District 11 tributes Rue and Thresh (portrayed by Dayo Okeniyi) has having “dark brown skin.” We are seconds away from a rage stroke, people!
Luckily for her mental well-being, and for our sky-rocketing blood pressure, Stenberg isn’t about to let haters break her stride. “As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family,” she told Us Weekly in a statement. “It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty.” Can we send this girl some crescent bread studded with seeds on a tiny parachute, please? As if we hadn’t cried over little Rue enough already! Alright, what’s a few more hours?
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Don’t get me wrong here, I loved The Hunger Games. But the level of my fandom is such that I couldn’t help but notice the things missing from the movie — and that noticing ranged from “Oh, that’s interesting they made that choice,” to “Oh, that’s actually probably better without X,” to “How could they?” And I’m sure I’m not alone, so take a look at this list, ranging from best omissions to worst, and then share your own. Or yell at me for daring to nitpick like this. SPOILERS GALORE!
12. The muttations’ tribute numbers and eyes. Really, as scary as it was in the book to think of a rabid dog with Rue’s eyes, there’s no way this could have looked good on film.
11. District 11 giving Katniss a loaf of bread. After Katniss places flowers on Rue’s body, she receives this humble gift from the poor district and knows they must have sacrificed a lot to afford it. It’s a subtle act of rebellion — maybe too subtle for a movie, especially without hearing Katniss’ thoughts. Instead, we get the added scene of the riot in District 11, which had me sobbing. So, good choice.
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10. Peeta’s dad delivering the cookies. I get why they eliminated Katniss’ friend Madge, since she goes nowhere as a character. But when Peeta’s dad gives her cookies and promises to look after Prim and their mom, we felt like it said a lot about District 12. And Katniss dumping the cookies from the window said even more about her conflicted state of mind with regard to Peeta.
9. Cato literally ripping his hair out after Katniss blows up the pyramid. OK, this one is from my husband, who liked this comic moment. I do wish that the scene after the explosion, along with Katniss’ hearing loss, could have been milked for a little more suspense.
From what we’ve seen online of the Hunger Games feature for the December issue of Vanity Fair, the magazine didn’t get a ton of new scoop on the movie (or, very likely, they’re saving the good stuff for the newsstands). What they did get was a spectacular photo shoot with the cast. We’re particularly amused by the black-and-white pic of Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth lying in the grass and looking like an outtake from a Vampire Diaries poster.
The other thing that stands out to us, both from the interview
with Jennifer and the fun interactive cast guide, is how much everyone wants to convince us that this is a movie about kids killing kids. Check out these quotes:
Jennifer (Katniss), on the most difficult part of filming: “The fact that it didn’t feel like filming a movie. When we were filming in the woods, it didn’t have that Hollywood gloss — it was real snakes, real bears, and really scenes of running up and down a mountain for 13 hours.”
Liam (Gale): “I’d heard about how popular the books were, but I wasn’t quite aware of how dark and gritty the story was. It started me thinking and asking questions like, Could something like this actually happen to us one day?”
Well, no one’s on fire and no one is being stung by tracker jackers, but we’re sure Hunger Games fans are buzzing with excitement about the eight new posters showcasing the eight main characters. After you’ve calmed yourselves down a bit, let’s take another look at these profiles:
Katniss (debuted on Yahoo! Movies): She looks a bit softer than I picture the tough District 12 tribute — like the camera caught her thinking about her mother and Prim back home. But there’s still something to the set of her jaw that hints at her unfailing strength. Also, very subtle how they made Katniss face to the right while all the others face to the left.
Peeta: As our friend Amy at Hollywood Crush (where this poster debuted) says, “Peeta appears determined and yet somehow vulnerable, all at the same time. (Not to mention he looks so young, right?!)” He certainly doesn’t look like a kid who’s ever fought for his own survival, like Katniss has.