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.
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.
Well, here’s a party that will give us nightmares. It’s Paris Fashion Week, and last night Vogue threw a masked ball that looks like it was quite a debaucherous but elegant affair. Basically everyone from the fashion and modeling world was there in some variation of mask that ranged from elegant to haunting to 7-11 robber who wore fishnets instead of traditional pantyhose (that would be Tyra, could you tell?)
We haven’t seen so many funny/scary pictures from a party in a long time. Kate Moss looks trashed (could that look and hair be intentional? With her you never know), Lenny Kravitz looks like Zorro, and Dita Von Teese looks exactly the same as she always does. If you have an aversion to clowns. mesh, or Eyes Wide Shut, proceed with caution.
UPDATE! We were so right about Tyra. She actually did fashion her mask out of an old pair of fishnets. She Tweeted about it, saying: “So FRENCH VOGUE mask is sum cheap FISHNET stockings I got n crazy store n Paris! I cut em up n made it y’all. N did my ow hair n makeup.” You don’t say.
Think Nicole Kidman is some uptight Aussie actress, primly married and behaving like the serious 40-something mother-of-one that she is? Think again, suckers! No, Nicole is totally racy, and has gone through some crazy sh*t in the name of sex. Honestly, she’s told us so. In the current issue of British GQ magazine, Nic not only poses on the cover in her underwear and one chiffon glove (maybe she lost the other one), but also talks about her relationship experiences in detail.
Describing her current marriage to singer Keith Urban as “raw and dangerous” and reiterating again that she “never will” discuss her marriage to Tom Cruise in detail (boo), Nicole nonetheless is pretty open about what she’s gone through. “I’ve explored obsession. I’ve explored loss and love in terms of being in a grief-stricken place, I’ve explored strange sexual fetish stuff, I’ve explored the mundane aspect of marriage, and monogamy,” she says. Yikes, who could she possibly mean? Our filthy minds are racing with distressing images of Tom, Keith or maybe even Lenny Kravitz! Nicole – what have you done to us?! [Photo: GQ]