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Hunger Games Pictures

The Hunger Games

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Hi, crew!  Hope you’ve all been having wonderful days since last we chatted.  I’ve been crazy busy- working, working on music for a new musical (more on that soon), and RL crap has been occupying my time.  BUT, I have had my ears open for any cool Hunger Games news. . .

If you don’t already know (how could you not) I love The Hunger Games books.  They’re not the best things I’ve ever read, but I was totally engrossed and I’ve recommended them to all my friends.  The world author Suzanne Collins created is so exciting.  I can’t wait for the film adaptation! Gah!  In the meantime, a bunch of new pics came out recently that I’m gaga for.  Pick up the latest issue of Vanity Fair for the complete series of pics from this shoot.  It looks really good.

Photo credit: VanityFair.com

How cute is the girl who’s playing Rue?  I just can’t.  You can check out most of the photos here on VF’s website.  Just be warned that the interactive bio feature on the cast photo has some mayjah spoilers, in case you don’t already know what happens to everybody.  Also, don’t hit me, but doesn’t this look eerily similar to the shoot they did for “Twilight?”  I feel like it’s in the same field and they’re wearing the same clothes.  Anyone else?

Also new to the HG website are striking cast posters.  The posters feature the first book’s main characters in profile.  I’m obsessed with them.  Woody Harrelson looks kind of dapper as mentor Haymitch Abernathy, right?

Jennifer Lawrence as "Katniss Everdeen"; Woody Harrelson as "Haymitch Abernathy"

Elizabeth Banks as "Effie Trinket"; Lenny Kravitz as "Cinna"

And I’m living for Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket.  She looks way fiercer than I pictured Effie (which was pretty damn fierce), and Lenny Kravitz as Cinna is adorbs.  Hard to believe this guy will be playing the mild mannered designer:

You can check out all of the character posters and stay updated on HG movie news at http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com . There’s some cool stuff on there.

Gah!  I’m loving these new pics.  They are getting me super jazzed for March 23 2012, when The Hunger Games hits theaters.  If you haven’t read them yet, what are you waiting for?  Crack a book open and join me in the fandom.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! xx


Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence Covers EW

Tada!  After all the online hoopla surrounding her casting, Jennifer Lawrence’s look for next year’s Hunger Games movie is revealed.  Lawrence will star as tough- girl protagonist Katniss Everdeen, a teen forced to fight for her life in a post apocalyptic world.  The movie is based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel of the same name.

Chatrooms have been buzzing for weeks about how blondie Jennifer Lawrence would morph into raven-haired, olive-skinned Katniss.  I think this looks pretty damn good!  But then again, I’m a fan of the actress and I think she was a great choice to play this strong heroine.

The relative newcomer joins some heavy hitters for the movie version of The Hunger Games, including Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, and Woody Harrelson.  I’m gonna try not to get to excited. . . but it will be pointless because this already looks like it’s gonna be amazeballs and actually a real movie and Mama can NOT wait until this puppy hits theaters!

Phew.

What do you think of this first look at the HG movie?  I’ll be on the lookout for more great HG media in the coming months! xx


That Tricky Thing Called “Chemistry”

Not buying it.

Last weekend I went to see “Water for Elephants” starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.  I had recently read the Depression-era story of a young veterinary student who loses his parents, then hops a train that just so happens to belong to a traveling circus.  I wanted it to be great, but I read the reviews so I had little to no expectations.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the movie as a whole, but (like pretty much everyone else) I didn’t get into these two stars as a couple.  Their romance was forbidden (Reese’s “Marlena” is married to the circus’ owner), which should be exciting, but I just didn’t buy it.  She seemed way too cranky, and Rob. . . well. . .  his “Jacob” just looked bummed out most of the time.  This boggled my mind because Reese is very pretty, and Robert Pattinson is stupid hot.  I thought that was a no-brainer.

The girl Jacob truly had chemistry with was “Rosie,” the titular elephant.  Rosie was played to perfection by Tai, a gorgeous asian elephant.  You can see in the way that Rob looks at Tai that he truly has a thing for her.  It’s crazy.  Why isn’t it that way with Reese?

Totally buying it! Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Was it just because Rosie is so lovable, and Jacob and Marlena’s relationship is fraught with drama?  Why didn’t audiences get on board?  Just what makes two people (or animals) have “chemistry?”

After a quick Google search, it’s pretty clear that no one else knows, either.  There are lists on some sites for who has the best on-screen chemistry, but none can really explain why.

Cover of

Winners

To be sure, it’s not just two beautiful people, or romantic lighting.  Plenty of awkward pairings have benefited from those things to no avail.  If you ask me, there is no answer to chemistry.  Just like in real life, I believe you can’t really help who you love.

As an actor, this realization really hits home.  I feel like there have been plenty of times that I “just wasn’t right” for a role.  Things just didn’t click, no matter how much I wanted it.  That’s why when the perfect part comes along- and the perfect person to play it does too, we see some real fireworks.

What do you think?  Can chemistry be explained, or is it a random fact of life?  Did you see WFE?  Did Rob and Reese fall flat, or am I way off base?  Tell me in the comments, and please click “LIKE” if you liked this post!  xx


Strange Magic: Lifetime Movie About JK Rowling

Author JK Rowling

The other night I was watching Access Hollywood and laughing at Charlie Sheen, when I saw a story that almost made me pee my pantaloons!  Lifetime is currently making an original movie about Harry Potter scribe JK Rowling!  S-to the QUEE!

The movie, titled Strange Magic (get it?  ‘Cause she wrote books about magic.  Oh you kooky Lifetime kids!) begins when Rowling is 26- before she wrote any of the books.  It’s a look into her young life, and the inspiration behind the story of Harry Potter.  It’s set to air in July.

I can’t wait for this movie.  I love all things HP (just search “Harry Potter” on my blog and you’ll see), and I think Rowling’s story is mad inspirational.  I really want to see the moment when the inspiration for HP comes to her (on a train!) played out on screen.

Also, I expect the full Lifetime treatment on this movie.  I highly doubt that Rowling herself had anything to do with this production, so it should be all kinds of crazy.  I’m ready for questionable English accents and a cheesy montage of the first HP book getting rejected from numerous publishers.  (If they can do that effect where all the rejection letters come swirling at the screen like newspapers that would be acceptable, too.)  I also hope there’s a montage of her spending money in crazy ways once she becomes rich.  Bring it on!

Check out the piece from Access Hollywood:

I would turn into a puddle of water, too, Poppy!
What do you think about this Lifetime Original Movie?  Will you watch?  Let’s discuss in the comments!  xx

Fantasia to star in “Mahalia!”

According to NOLA.com, Fantasia Barrino will star in a biopic about gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.  Mahalia (Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty.  Is it wrong to make that joke about a gospel singer?  Ah, well. . .) was not only a gospel singer, but a civil rights activist as well.

Mahalia Jackson led a pretty dramatical life;  She was often criticized for branching out from pure gospel music, and had a tumultuous love life.  That must have helped her project the emotion and strength that she did.  I swear, seeing her sing on film is always amazing.  She had a small role in one of my favorite movies of all time, the 1959 version of “Imitation of Life.”  Seriously, I’ve seen this movie like 30 times, and I always cry.  Omigod.

Check out Mahalia’s riveting version of “Trouble of the World” from the one of the final scenes of the movie (spoiler alert!  But really, the movie is 50 years old.  Get over it):

Producers have high hopes for this film, based on the Jules Schwerin book “Go Tell It:  Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.”  In a film synopsis posted on the New Orleans Times-Picayune, producers say:

We envision this film as a black woman’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ a colorful rags-to-riches story of a great talent who achieves enormous success and survives personal tragedy.

While the film’s producers have gotten the rights to 18 of Mahalia Jackson’s songs, this biopic is not a musical. In a move that many see as a slap in the face, the producers have also decided to have Fantasia lip-synch to remastered versions of Mahalia’s songs, instead of remake them.  This route would make the movie more “Ray” than “Cadillac Records.”  This would also make this film almost completely reliant on Fantasia’s acting, not her voice, for its emotional depth.  I’m not so sure that will be easy for her.  If you ask me, it’s definitely going to take a lot for viewers to see Fantasia climb into the role.  Her voice is so famous (she is an American Idol, after all) but it’s completely different from Mahalia Jackson’s.

Here are my 3 questions about “Mahalia:”

1.  Was J-Hud too busy?  For real, she looks and sounds way more like Mahalia. Even with her new super-skinny bod.  Maybe she didn’t want to put on the weight?  I guess their “rivalry” will intensify if this movie does well.

2. Why does the movie title have an exclamation point? Are we in the ninth grade?  Get me excited about your movie by casting it well, producing it well, and directing it well.  This exclamation point makes me want to work my “jazz hands.”  FAIL

3.  With New Orleans being billed as “Hollywood South,” and Mahalia as one of the city’s most famous daughters, why isn’t “Mahalia!” being filmed in NOLA?  I’m gonna need to see some bayou scenes and a streetcar, producers!

What do you think about Fantasia’s casting in “Mahalia (EXCLAMATION POINT)?”  Can she pull it off?  And, will you go see this biopic this fall?  Please share your thoughts below- I love hearing from you.  And if you liked this post, please “Like” it!  xx


Humility: It’s What’s For Dinner

Whoopi Goldberg, during dress rehearsal at Com...

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I love Whoopi Goldberg.  When I was three or four, I saw a clip of her pretending to be a little girl who wore a pillowcase on her head because she wanted “long, luxurious blond hair.”  I would crack my mom up by walking around the house wearing a pillowcase on my head because I wanted long hair, too.

I watch “The Color Purple” at least once a year (usually two or three times), and watching either “Sister Act” movie is probably really annoying with me because I say all of the lines aloud.

My mom likes Whoopi Goldberg, too.  Growing up, we had a huge “Ghost” movie poster at the top of the stairs in my house (along with a “Five Heartbeats” poster for some odd reason).

Why am I telling you these (mostly embarrassing) tidbits?  Because I want you to know that what I’m about to say in this post comes from a place of loveWhoopi, you lost your mind last week.  I’m  glad you got it back, though.

Lemme back up real quick.  Last Monday on “The View,”  Ms. Goldberg lost her shiz over a New York Times article that she claimed left her off a comprehensive list of black Oscar winners.  She lashed out at the paper, calling the piece “sloppy” and “shoddy.”  Check it out below (she seriously goes on for, like, five minutes.  Sorry about the title of the video- I couldn’t find another one!):

I love the part when she brings out her Oscar!  That’ll teach those haters over at the NYT to forget Whoopi!  Burn!  Or, it would have been.  If the NYT had actually effed up.

In fact, the article never claimed to list all black Oscar winners.  It was a critique of the lack of black stars in Oscar nominated roles this year.  Even worse, many of the films released in 2010 had no black characters in them at all.  This is actually a really important issue that should be discussed.  Instead, we were all talking about Whoopi Goldberg.

I get it.  Whoopi is a cultural icon, and if the NYT had left her off a comprehensive list, she’s got a right to be pissed.  But they didn’t, and when she realized she was wrong, she took two days to apologize (and even then it was kinda raggedy).  I’m sorry, but getting an Oscar doesn’t mean you get to throw hissy fits whenever you want.*  Maybe if she hadn’t been so caught up in needing to be mentioned, she would have read the article correctly.

I guess I just feel like a lot of artists let their egos get in the way of reality.  What we do is so important, but inflating oneself somehow takes away from the artistry of it, and makes it a game.  Winning an Oscar is a big deal.  I just wish that  Whoopi had acted more like an Oscar winner, and less like a sore loser.

*Okay, fine.  Maybe it does.  But the rest of us don’t have to like it.

Thoughts??  How do you feel about Whoopi?  Do you agree with the NYT article?  Do you love the movie “Clara’s Heart” as much as I do?  And can I play somebody if they make a “Color Purple 2?!”


That’s Fine: Henry Cavill

I mean. . . do I even need to say anything about what's happening here?

Everyone knows by now that English actor Henry Cavill has been cast as Superman in Zack Snyder and Chris Nolan’s reboot of the franchise.  There’s been some talk because he’s not American and a bit of an unknown, but I don’t care about that.  I think he’s got the right blend of sweetness and wholesome strength to wear the “S.”

In the last couple of days, Henry Cavill has become a hot topic, but most people knew little about this hottie before the announcement this week.  Which was fine with me.

You see, I’ve been a fan of Henry Cavill since 2002’s The Count of Monte Cristo, where he played the son of the titular Count.  I remember sitting in the theater and thinking, “This whole Count being put in prison story is sad and stuff, but who the EFF is that guy playing his kid?!  Show him more.  SHOW.  HIM.  MORE!”  True story.

Henry Cavill at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival...

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After that I went home and Googled (if you know me, you know I Google everything), and the lourve grew.  I tried to catch Cavill’s work whenever I could.  I swooned for his Melot in Tristan + Isolde, and was thankful to him for making Stardust bearable (I’m sorry.  I know people really like that movie, but it was just weird).

And then came The Tudors. If you don’t watch this Showtime series, you need to jam on it!  Henry Cavill’s turn as the Duke of Suffolk is something to see.  He’s complicated, flawed, and shirtless for many of his scenes.  Win-win.

So, what do you think of Henry Cavill as Superman?  Is it weird to have an English actor in this iconic role?  And more importantly, do you agree that he is super hot?


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