We really wonder how Jennifer Lawrence would have reacted if Woody Harrelson brought some of these antics to the Hunger Games set. According to the Cheers Oral History in this month’s issue of GQ, Woody was quite an interesting influence on his castmates when he joined the sitcom in 1985, when Cheers was in its fourth season, and he was an enthusiastic 24-year-old.
“I was very excited by this newfound ability to hang out with gals who probably wouldn’t have hung out with me before,” Harrelson told the magazine. “I became a party animal. You couldn’t do what I did now because of all the tweeting and Facebooking. All the sh– I did back then, I’d be hung from the rafters.”
Star Ted Danson in particular had a story that would have driven the Internet crazy, if it existed at the time. “I’ll tell you about the worst day of my life. Shelley [Long] and Rhea [Perlman] were carrying that week’s episode, and the guys were just, ‘Let’s play hooky,’” Danson recalled. “We’d never done anything wrong before. John [Ratzenberger] had a boat, so we met at Marina del Rey at 8 a.m. We all called in sick, and [exec producer] Jimmy [Burrows] caught on and was so pissed. Woody and I were already stoned, and Woody said, ‘You want to try some mushrooms?’ I’d never had them, so I’m handed this bag and I took a fistful. On our way to Catalina, we hit the tail end of a hurricane, and even people who were sober were getting sick. Woody and I thought we were going to die for three hours. I sat next to George [Wendt], and every sixty seconds or so he’d poke me and go, ‘Breathe.’ [gasp] And I’d come back to life.”
When we first saw a photo of this poster popping up around LA, our first thought was “Wow, we really would have pegged Woody Harrelson as a cat person.” But it’s clear from the flyer that this dude REALLY loves his dog. Psychotically so, it seems. “Who Stole My F#@king Shih Tzu!?” the poster passionately screams before launching into a long, rambling, manifesto-like rant about the “beautiful f#@king perfect dog” known as Bonny. The pooch apparently “has a heart bigger than a lion” and “lives only to love,” but was recently stolen “by some horrible, terrible piece of s#*t who doesn’t have an ounce of joy, or decency or kindness in them.” Ouch!
“Bonny (NOT Bonnie) has been a faithful companion, more loyal than any person ever could be,” the distraught owner continues in the text. “And has brought me peace and solace and joy in a world filled with filth and hatred and evil and hate and misery.” The message starts to become more and more unhinged, climaxing with “I LOVE HIM! I LOVE THIS F#@KING DOG MORE THAN MY GIRLFRIEND!” It was around this point that we started to wonder what the hell was going on with this thing, and we weren’t sure whether to laugh or cry. The plot thickened when we saw the mysterious name Charlie Costello in the contact information.
After some snooping, it all came together. The posters are part of a guerrilla promotional campaign for Harrelson’s new movie Seven Psychopaths, which made it’s debut at the Toronto film festival last weekend. In the movie, Woody’s character Charlie Costello gets his beloved dog stolen. So thankfully the real Woody Harrelson is not down a pet. But fans of the actor (or of dogs) have been going to the fictional Charlie Costello’s twitter page to get updates on Bonny, and band together in their love of shih tzus.
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.
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.”
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.
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Lenny Kravitz was his usual charming self in his interview for today’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, and we got a little bit giddy when she asked about stories that everyone often congregated in his hotel room after the day’s shooting of The Hunger Games.
“That did happen; my room became ‘after hours,’ ” said Kravitz, who plays more-than-meets-the-eye stylist Cinna. “I was rehearsing for the world tour at the same time. … They listened to me play music. I had the wardrobe for the tour — there were racks of clothing everywhere, and Woody Harrelson would try out all my clothes and parade around the room.” Read more…
Lionsgate has done all of us a heavy and released a mostly fresh batch of The Hunger Games stills to ogle. While the countdown to March 23 continues, we’re pretty much champing at the bit to get out hands on it, so we’re excited about the “new” photos Lionsgate released this week, even if we’re pretty sure we’ve seen them all before. There are some photos that were previously exclusives with other magazines and sites, like the one of Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket with Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen in a scene that we know is going to make us bawl — when Katniss volunteers herself instead of Rue — as well as one of Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson and Josh Hutcherson as Cinna, Haymitch and Peeta discussing strategy, and a behind-the-scenes shot of Jennifer in the forest. There are also stills of what we’ve seen in the trailer, such as the one of Amandla Stenberg as Rue, warrior Katniss holding a bow, and Katniss and Liam Hemsworth‘s Gale in the meadow and the one we included above, of Katniss being led to the arena. But yeah, so what if it’s all familiar territory? We don’t want the whole darn movie spoiled for us!
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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.
Back in the 80s, we had a wee bit of a crush on Woody Harrelson. He was so hunky on Cheers — so clueless, so sweet, so with hair. Who would have thought he’d go on to become an acclaimed, Oscar-nominated movie star? (Answer: not us.) From White Men Can’t Jump to The People vs. Larry Flynt to Zombieland and The Messenger, Woody never settles for doing the same thing on-screen. This summer he co-stars alongside Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in the comedy Friends With Benefits, and he’s currently filming The Hunger Games, in which he stars as the moody drunk Haymitch. Yes, Woody as Haymitch is pretty much our dream casting; we’ve been fantasizing about him shouting at Katniss and Peeta with booze and lamb stew dribbling out of his mouth for months.
Because we can’t get enough of Woody, we’ve got the best photos of the actor through the years in our gallery below. Enjoy!
We’re about to get all Oprah on you! TheFABLife is starting an online book club and twitter sweepstakes and we want you to join in. We’ll be kicking off on Monday, May 23rd with The Hunger Games, right as the movie version of the book goes into production. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson are starring in the film, which shoots in North Carolina. Over eight weeks we’ll recap the eight biggest moments from the book with a new discussion post each week. Participate on Twitter by following us at @thefablife and using the hashtag #vh1reads. Every person who does so will be eligible to win either the Grand Prize (a hardcover copy of The Hunger Games signed by author Suzanne Collins, plus a box set of the trilogy) or the First Prize (a box set of the trilogy).
For those of you already on Team Katniss — we’ll be reading the book for the second time, so there’s really no excuse for you not to join us. Don’t you want to relive Peeta’s sweetness all over again? Yeah, we thought so. We’ll meet you all back here in one week with our kick off post and first “reading assignment!” Down with the Capital—up with reading!
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