Did you hear that? That noise? That’s the sound of racist Hunger Games fans losing their racist minds over the rumor that actor Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is being considered for the role of Finnick Odair, one of the most popular characters in the second and third books in the Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. (And I was just getting used to the quiet following the Rue and Thresh ridiculous racist hullabaloo…) Williams, you see, is half-black. “Um, Finnick is supposed to be Caucasian,” wrote more than a few disgruntled fans of the series on various message boards online. A man of color can’t possibly play the dashing Finnick!
Hell. Yes. He. Can. Keep reading »
It’s not a new trend to name your child after a favorite character from pop-culture but the last few years have lent themselves to trendy names from film making their way to the top of the list. For the last few years, “Twilight”’s Bella has been a popular name but this year it’s another young adult franchise that’s getting everyones’ attention – “The Hunger Games.” One of the characters took the number one spot on a preview list of what’s going to be hot this year, while a second name from the series also made it onto their radar. I think you’ll be surprised at the results. Read more…
We admit it! We greeted the announcement of a “Hunger Games” Barbie with a little skepticism. Okay, a lot of skepticism. The secondary marketing for the movie (which took first place at the box office for the third weekend in a row this weekend, beating “Titanic‘s 3D” rerelease and yet another “American Pie” movie, grossing more than $450 million globally so far) has ridden a surprisingly satirical line by speaking to its audience as if they were citizens of the hedonistic, voyeuristic Capitol; casting those who would excitedly anticipate The Hunger Games as those who would excitedly anticipate the Hunger Games.
A Katniss Barbie, however, seemed outside of that particular merchandizing plan. We feared the transformation of Katniss Everdeen into a Barbie doll in much the same way that Katniss is transformed into a dressed up Capitol plaything, but it appears what we’ve actually gotten looks more like an action figure than anything else. Read more…
In other “Hunger Games” news, how awesome was Katniss Everdeen’s behind-the-head, swooping reverse French braid in the film? The ideal hairstyle for fighting your fellow teens to the death! My styling skills tend to be as poor as the reading comprehension of those racist “fans” I wrote about earlier, but perhaps this tutorial will help. Let the braiding begin! [Samii Ryan]
Did you see “The Hunger Games” this weekend? What did you think? I really loved it. I thought it could have been, well, gorier and more horrifying — after all, we’re talking about children fighting to the death for society’s entertainment here. But overall, I was super impressed especially with the casting. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were totally on point as Katniss and Peeta, while Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Wes Bentley, and Donald Sutherland completely nailed their supporting characters. And even though we didn’t get to know them as closely in the film as we did in the book, I was also psyched with the actors who portrayed the other Tributes.
Not everyone who saw the movie was, however. Specifically racists! Keep reading »