The Hunger Games is poised to be the world’s next giant movie franchise, and we are counting the seconds (and days, weeks, month and years) until it’s in theaters – or at least in production. If you haven’t read the trilogy of young adult books, you’re doing yourself a maj, MAJ disservice. And don’t give us that “I don’t read books like Twilight, pass me the Jonathan Franzen” BS; hear us out.
The Hunger Games is nothing like Twilight (this is coming from a Twi-hard, mind you), it’s a sci-fi nail-biter that focuses on a post-apocalyptic America (Panem) that keeps its citizens in check with a Battle Royale-style competition made up of two teens from each of the country’s districts. It’s got tons of action with enough romance to make us never think about Edward Cullen again (okay, that’s an obvious lie, but you get what we’re saying).
Gary Ross has just signed on to direct the movie, which means casting should begin soon. Obviously theFABlife wants in on the the fun, and we’ve spent weeks agonizing over our dream cast. We’ve finally nailed down the peeps we envision bringing The Hunger Games to life and we’ve listed them below, complete with a gallery and deets behind our picks. We’re sure you’re going to disagree with at least some of them, so leave your own Hunger Games dream cast list in the comments. Maybe you’ll make us change our minds!
Kate and Alex are secondhand furniture sellers who know all the good stuff comes from dead old people. When not picking over undervalued estates, they’re waiting for their elderly neighbor to die so they can co-opt her apartment. That brings them into contact with the irascible buzzard’s grand-daughters. Mary is a too-tan skin care technician. Rebecca is a sullen nurse dedicated to the sister and grand-mother who don’t really deserve her. At first glance, this story of the well-to-do on New York’s Upper West Side seems like it’s headed to familiar Woody Allen territory. In fact, it’s a smart and sometimes bittersweet take on being greedy, the value of aging and the limits of compassion. It also provides meaty parts for a trio of terrific actresses: Catherine Keener (Where the Wild Things Are), Amanda Peet (2012), and this month’s “It” girl, Rebecca Hall (The Town).
Extras: A Q&A with director Nicole Holofcener and a behind the scenes featurette.
– By C. Bottomley
Check out our DVD bonus clip above!
Amanda Peet didn’t let pregnancy keep her off the red carpet, so why should she waste any time getting back on once the kid was born? The Whole Nine Yards star attended the premiere of her new movie Please Give at the Tribeca Film Festival last night, only eight days after the birth of Molly June, her second daughter with husband David Benioff. Molly’s birth came early enough that Peet had to cancel a Letterman appearance scheduled the day after—maybe she was supposed to be preggo for this photo op too. See photos of Peet and more in the gallery below.
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Another night, another movie premiere for Blake Lively. While the Gossip Girl star played it casual at Monday’s Stepfather premiere, Lively pulled out the plumage for last night’s Where The Wild Things Are premiere in New York. Maybe the subject matter inspired her to wild out a little, but how often does someone wear a bustier top to a kid’s film? Party on, Blake!
Check out red carpet fashions from Lauren Ambrose, Karen O and others in the gallery below.
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The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most glamorous events of the year, taking place in the South of France among celebrities, caviar, diamonds, and yachts, but some stars seem to slip up when it comes to working the red carpet. From Sharon Stone showing up to the amfAR benefit in an animal print gown to Natalie Portman sporting an origami-looking dress and Samantha Ronson looking like she just rolled out of bed at the Dolce and Gabbana party, some celebrities just didn’t cut it when it came to red carpet fashion at some of the most glamorous parties of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Check out our gallery of Cannes Worst Dressed of 2008!