While it did allow us to make that truly excellent title joke, we are not pleased with this news. While today we got the good news that Fox and Lionsgate worked out a filming schedule under which Jennifer Lawrence will be allowed to kick mutant/futuristic butt in both the X-Men: First Class sequel and the follow-up to Hunger Games, it appears that rumors we heard yesterday are true: HG director Gary Ross won’t be returning for Catching Fire. According to Indiewire, Ross has allegedly “exited the franchise.” The site claims it’s a matter of interest rather than one of salary; Ross was supposedly uninterested filming the entire series, which we guess we understand. We get exhausted just watching Katniss sprinting through the underbrush; imagine trying to give her a line read.
All of which makes us ask the question: what direction should the new director take the sequel? Should they go darker, a la The Dark Knight? Keep in mind that the series is already about, you know, a dystopia where children battle to the death for the ruling class’s viewing pleasure. What changes do you hope the director of Catching Fire, whoever he or she may be, will make to the series? Meanwhile, we’re pretty sure we know how they’re going to chose a replacement. Someone better polish up the Cornucopia!
We wouldn’t say Hunger Games is a perfect movie by any means. Well…okay, we have said that. Several times. At the top of our lungs before the credits were even over. Our personal feelings aside, you would think the film’s blockbuster box office and consistently great reviews of star Jennifer Lawrence would be enough for the haters to back on off of it. Sadly, if you read the critics who claimed JLaw was too big to be a believable Panem resident, you know that isn’t entirely true. Luckily Lawrence is allegedly taking it all in stride. “Jennifer told me, ‘This is hilarious,’” a source reported to the Chicago Sun-Times. “‘First, people say how so many actresses in Hollywood look anorexic, and now they are criticizing me for looking normal.’” Haha, it is absurd Jen, but we’re glad you can brush it off. Rather than, say, shooting an arrow through somebody’s MacBook Air. She could do that, you know. She has the training.
And now The Hollywood Reporter claims that tense negotiations between Lionsgate and director Gary Ross could potentially delay the filming of HG sequel Catching Fire. Allegedly Ross is trying to up his salary from the $3 million plus 5% of profits he made to shoot the first movie. After raking in $214 million its first weekend, Hunger Games has made over $363 million! So unless Ross is asking for $362 million, we say give it to him. Haters, will you never stop hating?
Look, everyone knows you’re in love with Jennifer Lawrence. It’s not a big deal! You love Jennifer Lawrence so much, when your friends mention how in love you are with the Hunger Games star, you yell, “No, I’m not!” a little too loudly and then things get really awkward for a while as you stare moodily out the window. We get it. We’ve been there. We also found five more reasons for you to love JLaw today, as if you needed them. Consider this list our gift to you and to that secret Jennifer Lawrence scrapbook you have. You know the one:
1) Jennifer’s eyeball-catching Rolling Stone cover: No one else seems to be saying it, so we will: that t-shirt is straight-up see-through, right? We won’t even going into how perfect girl’s hair looks, as you have already discussed it at length in your first and third volume of Jennifer Lawrence sonnets.
2) Jennifer’s positive attitude about casual nudity: “I’d met her a few times, and she was like, ‘You should come over and we’ll hang out.’ So I go over to her apartment, and she opens the door in a towel,” Zoe Kravitz tells RS. “She’s like, ‘Come in, sorry, you’re early, I was about to shower. And she drops her towel and gets in the shower, and starts shaving her legs, totally naked. She was like, ‘Are we here yet? Is this OK?’ And I was like, ‘I guess we’re there!’” You’re there, that’s for sure. Well, you weren’t actually there, of course. Which is for the best, as you definitely would have fainted.
3) Jennifer’s inquisitive nature: “I was on my bus,” her HG costar Woody Harrelson says of his first meeting with the girl on fire (with your passionate love). “And on my bus I have a yoga swing. Jennifer comes on, and she goes, ‘Hi, Woody, I’m J— is that a sex swing?’ Her first sentence to me.” Man, she is like a perverted reporter! Your favorite kind!
With The Hunger Games raking in $214 million over its opening weekend and the trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman topping last week’s Twitter trends, one thing seems sure: female action stars are having the best year ever, and it’s only March. And with Rooney Mara‘s Oscar nod for Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, teaser trailers for Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Kristen Stewart as vampire Bella!) and The Host giving us chills and Lily Collins confirming her role in The Mortal Instruments, the ladies leading up 2012/13′s biggest action flicks are in good company.
We took a look at the women who are establishing themselves as the action heroines of the future, as well as some actresses from whom we want to see more onscreen butt-kicking. Did we miss anyone on our list? Check out our gallery and then let us know!
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence appeared on the cover of Germany’s Interview magazine wearing a super sexy low cut corsette studded with precious stones! Wait a second: pantsless, sparkly and uber hot…has Jennifer been raiding Rihanna’s closet? With the record breaking weekend THG had at the box office, you’d think that Jennifer could afford to live in diamond encrusted clothes. But apparently she’s yet to get that insanely massive payday. “When I get my first real check, I want to bathe in a pool full of pasta,” she says. Kind of like that woman from Patch Adams?
Although she’s become known around the world as the butt-kicking Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence says she wants to take on a slightly different role. “I want to be Bridget Jones,” she told the magazine. We totally see it! Maybe a Bridget Jones prequel is in order? It’ll be weird seeing Jennifer do a movie without a bow, but we’ll have to deal.
Move over Star Wars, Harry Potter, and even Twilight (gasp): there’s a new record breaking film franchise in town! The first installment of The Hunger Games series opened this weekend to rapturous reviews and once-in-a-lifetime sales figures. When we broke down the numbers last week, the film was expected to pull in the still-huge amount of $125 million. But the saga ended up breaking records for a springtime opening, taking in an incredible $155 million in North America alone over the weekend. When you factor in the $59.25 million it took in overseas, that brings the total to a staggering $214 million! Not bad for an $80 million dollar price tag.
The spring record was previously held by Tim Burton’s 3-D reboot of Alice In Wonderland back in 2010, which clocked in at $119 million for its first weekend. But those figures could be considered a little inflated when you consider that ticket prices for a 3-D movie are higher than one in plain old cinemascope, which makes The Hunger Games performance over the weekend even more remarkable.
It was seen by some a risky move to open the series in March, instead of saving it for the more traditional blockbuster seasons of the summer and December. But obviously those people underestimated the draw of the Games. “If a movie looks intriguing, customers will show up, no matter what the calendar reads,” BoxOffice.com editor Phil Contrino told The New York Times. It also proves that with Harry Potter already history, and Twilight heading towards its November finale, THG will certainly pick up the slack as the next massive movie franchise. Let the games begin! And speaking of games, don’t forget to check out our FAB Life of Panem Superfan Giveaway!
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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.
Fashion plays such a huge role in The Hunger Games book series and movie, it might as well be another character. Luckily for you, you won’t have to build a time machine or be cryogenically frozen for centuries to enjoy the over-the-top, plain, outrageous and utilitarian looks sported by the good people of Panem. Why? Because those outfits are already here!
Whether from labels like Christian Dior, Zac Posen or Gucci or in the wig wardrobes of stylists for fashionistas like Nicki Minaj, Kelly Osbourne and Lady Gaga, we found outfits that would look completely natural either feasting on bowl after bowl of lamb stew in the Capitol or shopping at the Hob. We wouldn’t mind if people actually started wearing this looks, either. After all, we don’t want to look like a bunch of Greasy Saes, now do we? Haha, just kidding! That woman is a saint, dog meat soup or not.
And while you’re drooling over the fashion, be sure to enter our FAB Life of Panem Hunger Games superfan giveaway before the deadline on Monday, March 26! If you don’t, you’ll probably regret it, like how we regret that we were born in a time when it’s still unacceptable for men to wear blue eye shadow and lip gloss as a day look!
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Back when we heard the story about Josh Hutcherson pranking Jennifer Lawrence by putting a dummy tracker-jacker victim in her trailer’s bathroom, making Jen pee in her pants, we thought it was an adorable example of the Hunger Games stars’ rapport. And when Jen told EW about her first words to Woody Harrelson being “Is that a sex swing?” it was just another great moment of many self-deprecating JLaw stories. But when we put on our dirty celebrity blogger hats, we started to worry that stories like these might get twisted in the re-telling. Like when VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live host Carrie Keagan opened her interview with Lawrence by implying that Woody’s sex swings and “sex dolls hanging out in your bathroom” were symptoms of wild days on the set.
“It wasn’t a sex doll, let’s straighten that out right quick!” Lawrence laughed. ” ‘Jennifer Lawrence has a sex doll in her trailer.’ I bring it with me on every set. My requirements: A double banger trailer and a sex doll. No, it was a mutilated corpse and it was sitting on my toilet, and I don’t think anyone would want to use it as a sex doll.”
In case you didn’t notice, we are having a hard time sitting still in our seats this week as we count down the seconds (with Claudius Templesmith’s voice in our heads, natch) until The Hunger Games hits theaters. But now we want to hear all about your excitement for the movie. And as a little incentive, we’re giving away some pretty sweet superfan prizes in a little sweepstakes we’re calling “The FAB Life of Panem Giveaway.”
All you have to do is follow us on Twitter @TheFABlife (if you don’t already) and tweet the Hunger Games scene you’re most looking forward to seeing in the movie (like, “Katniss on fire at the opening ceremonies”) along with the hashtag #HungerGamesVH1 and a link to the rules here (http://www.thefablife.com/?p=227870), just so we know you know them. The Grand Prize winner, selected at random, will get a Hunger Games pin, a one-sheet Katniss character poster, a mini one-sheet Katniss character poster, a one-sheet Hunger Games holiday/stadium poster, a mini one-sheet holiday/stadium poster, and a final one-sheet Hunger Games poster. You can create an all-Panem room in your house with all those posters, or be nice and share with your friends. We’ll also give one runner-up a one-sheet Katniss character poster, a mini one-sheet Katniss character poster and a one-sheet Hunger Games holiday/stadium poster.