E! Online spoke with Jena Malone and asked her about joining the cast of Catching Fire as Johanna.
“I’m super excited,” Malone exclusively told us at last night’s Beverly Hills party for Dannijo & Tucker Tea. “It’s going to be amazing.”
But she’s not rushing things.
“We’re getting there,” she said when asked if she’s met with director Francis Lawrence.
As for preparing for her role, she said, “One step at a time.”
One thing Malone doesn’t need to do is read the Hunger Games novels—she’s already done that.
“I read the whole series over a weekend when I had a wisdom tooth out,” she said. “I was in bed looking for something to read and my little sister recommended it like a year and a half ago, so she was like, ‘You have to read it! You have to read it!’ And so I’m glad I finally did and I loved it.”
We love hearing she was already a fan of the series! Cannot wait to hear more from Jena!
Yesterday E! Online reported that Finnick Odair casting for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was down to the final three. Taylor Kitsch, Armie Hammer and Garret Hedlund have been rumored to be the “finalists” for the role.
However, Zap2It is saying this is false. According to them many actors are still in the running for the role, and final decisions are far from being made.
E! Online reports that Kitsch, Hammer and Hedlund are the names Lionsgate wants, but Zap2it’s source says nobody’s in the lead just yet considering talks only began on Tuesday (May 29). Actors are still reading for the role, and the studio is strongly considering bringing in an unknown to avoid ego clashes on set. It’s easy to understand the mix-up — someone probably got their hands on the confidential memo going around that reveals the three men are currently on the shortlist of dudes we’d love to marry in a fantasy dream world. (Honestly, any list with those three guys on it is a win-win-win situation.)
The scenes the actors are reportedly reading for the role include the sugar cube scene where Finnick first meets Katniss and the scene where he hears Annie’s scream.
We’re still confident whomever Lionsgate chooses for the role will be great, we’ll be keeping our eye out for any official word!
Hammer will next be seen playing the title role in the Lone Ranger flick opposite Johnny Depp as Tonto. Tron Legacy‘s Hedlund was also a big Cannes Film Festival headline with the premiere of On The Road with Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst while Kitsch can currently be seen in Battleship.
Reps for the three did not comment.
A Lionsgate rep said, “As with the first film, we won’t be confirming, denying or commenting on any casting rumors for this title. We will announce news wide when there is official casting news to announce.”
Jesse Williams isn’t a name we’ve heard much around discussion for the role of Finnick, but there seems to be a lot of fans out there supporting him. If you aren’t familiar with the actor, Jesse plays Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy.
E! Online had the chance recently to chat with Jesse about the role and the fans:
“I have heard that! I’ve seen a lot of that on Twitter,” Jesse told us when we asked him if he’d caught wind of the fan campaign. “I didn’t know what the heck a Finnick was when I was getting a lot of the questions about it.” …
“I’ve since been educated, and that’s fun. People are really, really excited about it,” Williams explained about his casting potential. “There’s a website that’s dedicated to it—Jesse for Finnick. It’s kind of taking on a mind of its own. People are creative about that kind of stuff, and now I’ll try to figure out if that’s something that’s interesting to me.” …
“It certainly is a big, successful project, and I read the first book, which was great,” he revealed to us. “In this day and age, I think it matters what the fans think and they envision certain things.”
We want to know what you all think about Jesse Williams as Finnick. Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Up until now there’s been no word from any of The Hunger Games cast on how they feel about Gary Ross no longer directing the sequel, Catching Fire. But both E! Online and The Hollywood Reporter checked in with Josh Hutcherson (who plays Peeta Mellark) at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
As you can hear in the video above, Josh told THR that he’s excited to meet Francis Lawrence. ”I’ve heard amazing things about him, so it’s gonna be a fun ride.”
Here’s what he told E! Online about the new Catching Fire Director:
“Gary Ross was the best guy in the world,” Hutcherson said at the GLAAD Media Awards, where he’s being honored with the Vanguard Award. “I think he brought so much to the movie. I’m definitely going to miss him.”
Hutcherson added that he had thought Ross was on board for all three flicks, but he’s psyched to work with the sequel’s new director. “Francis Lawrence is extremely talented,” he said. “I’ve heard he’s the nicest guy in the world. I’m really excited to see what he’s going to do with it.”
Jacqueline Emerson talked with Celebuzz, and all three tributes Jackie, Dayo Okeniyi and Alexander Ludwig spoke with E! Online at last night’s 13th Anniversary Party for Nylon Magazine, about Gary Ross leaving The Hunger Games franchise. The stars were shocked and saddened by the news.
Alexander Ludwig with E!:
“One thing about Gary is, he can do everyone’s job better than you can… It’s an honor working with such a talented director. He is an unbelievable guy and an actor’s director, which is amazing…Nobody could really do what Gary did. I honestly believe that 100 percent.”
Dayo Okeniyi with E!:
“I’m heartbroken. He was the perfect person for me for the first movie, because he has this great ability to do the indie thing with the blockbuster thing and I think everybody wants that combination.”
While Okeniyi said he hopes “somehow in the cosmos it works out [that Ross] can do the second movie,” he also had a couple of suggestions for a new director.
“I’d like to see a David FincherCatching Fire or Darren Aronofsky,” he said. “I think he’d be amazing for the second movie. Be a little bit edgier, darker.”
Jacqueline Emerson with E!, who broke the news to the actress:
“That makes me so sad,” she said. “I’m sorry, I can’t move on yet. I’m still in mourning. I don’t know that anyone else could bring it to life the way that he did.” Continue reading →
You’ve likely heard the disgusting news about some Hunger Games “fans” complaining on Twitter about Amandla Stenberg playing Rue in the movie because of the fact that she’s African American (same racist complaints were also made about Lenny Kravitz and Dayo Okeniyi). We don’t even think it’s necessary to take a side on this because the right and wrong sides of the argument are so very clear. E! Online talked with Isabelle Fuhrman last night about the entire controversy, and we couldn’t agree with her thoughts more:
“I think Amandla was fantastic in it, and she’s so beautiful,” Isabelle Fuhrman, who plays Clove in the movie, exclusively told me last night at the Valentino store opening in Beverly Hills. “She’s exactly how I imagined her to be. “I think it’s just terrible,” she continued. “She’s such an amazing actress and she’s so sweet. I guess people read things differently and imagine things different, but I think she was the perfect choice for Rue.”
E! Online also shared this statement Amandla released this morning:
“As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family,” Amandla, 13, said in a statement released earlier today. “It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty.”
You can read the full article at E! Online. Also check out our friend Kaleb Nation’s thoughts on the issue in this great video.
At the Hunger Games premiere tonight, Jennifer Lawrence spoke with E! Online about how nervous she was and how is she is her own worst critic.
“Right now I’m terrified out of my mind,” she told Ashlan Gorse and Catt Sadler about the pressure of finally debuting the film. “I feel like a shaking Chihuahua at the door…I’m so out of my mind stressed and excited that I don’t know how I feel.”
Moments after admitting how freaking out she was, she seemed slightly embarrassed, telling the E! News gals, “I can see why,” when they said everyone was dying to talk to her: “‘Cause I just blurt everything out!”
Like how she’s very critical of her big-screen performance:
“Thanks for bringing that up,” Jennifer joked when Catt asked her about calling herself a “horrible troll.” “I’m a girl. I’m never going to look in the mirror and be like ‘Yeah!”…I’m going to look at myself and see my flaws and be like, I had a pimple that day. But that’s normal, right?!”
Elizabeth Banks talked with E! Online at the Hunger Games premiere about Effie and the emotions of the film.
“I really am inspired by her sartorial choices,” Elizabeth explained to Ashlan Gorse and Catt Sadler at tonight’s Hunger Games premiere. “My wardrobe used to be all black all the time, but now I add colors.”
Which was obvious with tonight’s killer neon Versace couture. But what does Ms. Banks have to say about channeling her inner be-yotch?!
“No. So easy. I love being mean,” she deadpanned when asked whether it was hard to bully her young costars (like Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson). “They’re getting fame and fortune, they can take the heat every once in a while.” Continue reading →
We posted video yesterday of Jennifer Lawrence talking about kicking Josh Hutcherson in the head, which resulted in a mild concussion. Thanks to Mark Malkin at E!, now we know Josh’s side of the story!
“The only time I got hurt was when I got kicked in the side of the head by Jennifer,” Hutcherson told me last night at West Hollywood hotel Palihouse, where Nylon Guys magazine and PF Flyers was celebrating his debut on the mag’s March cover.
“We were hanging out and she was like, ‘I can kick over your head’ and I was like, ‘No way,’ ” said Hutcherson, 19. “She said, ‘Watch!’ But then she kicked me right in the temple. She felt so bad. She was crying.”
Fortunately, he wasn’t seriously injured. “I’ve had a couple of concussions before so I knew what it feels like when it happens,” Hutcherson said. “We had to have a neurologist come in. It ended up being a very mild concussion, but still it was a concussion.”
Head on over to E! Online to see what Josh says about getting ready for the Hunger Gameslevel of fame coming his way!