It’s a rough couple of days for Wes Bentley. The Hunger Games actor has reportedly been denied entry to Canada due to a four-year-old drug bust. As a result he will be unable to attend the Toronto Film Festival and promote his latest film, The Time Being. Bentley’s life took a wrong turn following his career making performance in the classic American Beauty, and by the mid 2000s he was addicted to drugs and alcohol and eventually filed for bankruptcy to dig himself out of a six-figure credit card debt. He was even homeless for a period, and hit low when arrested for possession of heroin back in 2008.
He has since recieved treatment and gotten clean of drugs, but his past caught up with him when trying to gain access to Canada.”Wes really wanted to go to the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of his movie and had his team contact the head of TIFF to try and pull some strings with the government,” an insider told RadarOnline. “There was nothing anyone could do. Wes was really upset and felt awful about not being able to partake in the promotion of the film.” Sorry about that, Wes. Here’s a video of a plastic bag blowing in the breeze that should cheer you up!
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!
As a Hunger Games fan since 2008, I have to admit that I was considerably nervous at the screening last night. I mean, all the interviews and teaser clips and trailers and images seemed to indicate that Gary Ross was getting things right, but I was still holding my breath. I’ve been burned before. So, yeah, the tension headache I had on my ride home was caused as much by that suspense as by anything Seneca Crane cooked up for the 74th annual games. But I’m here to tell you that my fears were unfounded. I mean, it wasn’t a flawless movie, of course, but it was exactly the right movie. If you want to be surprised by ALL the ways in which it is right, stop reading now. But if you want to alleviate your own tension headache, read on. This will not be too spoilery for anyone who’s read the books.
1. There is no overbearing orchestration. The trailers make it seem like all the dramatic scenes are accompanied by eerie oboes and such, but thankfully, no. There is some music, of course. But at several moments, particularly at the beginning, there is nothing but dialogue and the natural sounds of District 12. Thank you, Gary Ross, for trusting that your actors can act and your screenwriter can write and your audience can understand when to be sad or happy or scared.
2. There are moments of stark realism that will take your breath away. I’m not talking about tributes spearing each other. I’m talking about a grim morning in the Seam. Effie’s overly powdered face at the reaping. The screeching of her microphone. The hollow sound of President Snow’s voice as the Hunger Games propaganda movie is projected to the silent audience. And oh, god, the three-finger salute to Katniss.
3. Jennifer Lawrence. Katniss is not all fierce arrow-slinging badass. Mostly, she is a girl. Even though she’s had to grow up fast and take care of her family, she looks vulnerable and/or unsure of herself at all the right times. Read more…
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.
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.
After so many Hunger Games trailers and TV spots that have just given us glimpses of the same handful of scenes, Lionsgate has at last given us a peek at a new one — one of my favorites. It’s when Katniss presents her skills to the Gamemakers, who will give her a score designed to entice or deter sponsors for the tributes going into the games. Here’s how Suzanne Collins describes it:
“It’s excellent shooting. I turn to the Gamemakers. A few are nodding in approval, but the majority of them are fixated on a roast pig that has just arrived at their banquet table. … Suddenly I am furious, that with my life on the line, they don’t even have the decency to pay attention to me. That I’m being upstaged by a dead pig.”
Sure, Katniss often conflicted and insecure when it comes to her interviews and her later confrontations in the arena, but with a bow and arrow in hand, in the face of Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) and his silly Capitol colleagues, the girl is formidable. And we love seeing this come to life for the movie. Read more…
No, children, Katy Perry was not the first pop culture icon to make art about a plastic bag blowing in the wind. That honor goes to teen weirdo Ricky Fitts in the classic ’90s tale of suburban despair American Beauty. Now Beauty star Wes Bentley is cast in Hunger Games as gamemaker Seneca Crane. If Bentley can make us care about a piece of garbage caught in a breeze, he can certainly make us care about the fate of human tributes. Crane helps flesh out the adult segment of the HG cast, taking his place alongside Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket and John C. Reilly’s Haymitch Abernathy. Of course, anyone who’s read the books knows the tragic turn Crane’s story takes. Let’s just say it makes American Beauty look like The Muppets Take Manhattan. Wait, you haven’t seen that movie either? What are they teaching you kids?