A precociously talented young actress, Isabelle Fuhrman never shied away from dark material, making her film debut in the controversial, barely-released Dakota Fanning rural South drama "Hounddog" (20...
Taylor Swift, Lindsay Lohan, Zoe Saldana and Tyson Beckford have led tributes to designer Oscar De La Renta, who died on Monday (20Oct14).
Shortly after news of his death hit the headlines, celebrities lit up social media with fond farewells and kind words. Swift, who heard the news as she began her day in Australia, took to Instagram and wrote, "My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory."
Lohan posted a quote from the designer, adding, "'Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny - #RIPOscar. A remarkable one of a kind legend." Zoe Saldana writes, "Iconic legendary genius, gone but definitely not forgotten #OscarDeLaRenta. My heart goes out to the De La Renta family." Actor/model Beckford adds, "RIP Oscar, I will truly miss you. 22 yrs (years) of your kind words", and Nicky Hilton tweeted, "What a sad day for the fashion industry. An icon is gone. RIP Oscar de la Renta."
Twitter tributes also poured in from Jamie Lee Curtis, Alyssa Milano, Garcelle Beauvais, Isabelle Fuhrman, Padma Lakshmi and fashion experts Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Christian Siriano, while actress Rita Wilson added, "A great has left us. #OscarDeLaRenta Thank you for adding such beauty to the world, along with elegance, class and grace." Gloria Estefan, a big fan of de la Renta's work, recalled he was "a big part of 3 of my life's biggest moments", adding, "Made Grammy dress 4 performance and win for 'Mi Tierra', dress I wore to perform for the Pope and my daughter-in-law's wedding dress."
What’s a dystopian novel without a post-apocalyptic world? In Panem, life is truly tough the further you live from the fashion-conscious Capitol. In case you needed a refresher, Panem is split up into 12 districts (we don’t talk about district 13) and a glittering and wealthy capital city.
Taking a page from The Colbert Report, this ongoing “Better Know a District” series will take a look at the districts that make up the brutal world of The Hunger Games.
Welcome To District 9: Carbs, Carbs, Carbs!
Industry: District 9 is known as Panem’s “bread bowl.” This district is best known for its amber waves of grain and its production of bread that residents are probably too poor to afford.
Notable Residents: District 9 is one of the districts least talked about in the books and films. None of the District 9 contestants in The Hunger Games are named, although Katniss does have a run-in with one tribute in the 74th annual Hunger Games. She and the District 9 tribute go for the same backpack, put the District 9 tribute ends up with a knife in the back courtesy of Clove. Ouch!
How Hungry? Like the other far-flung districts, District 9 is not very wealthy. The district is mostly made up of farms and factories for grain processing and storage.
Hunger Games Prospects: District 9 is probably one of the worst districts when it comes to prospects within the games. The tributes almost always die in the initial bloodbath on the first day. Since the district is far away from the Capitol, tributes aren’t afforded the training that career tributes enjoy. Even worse, District 9 is also more urban than some of the other outlying districts, giving them a distinct disadvantage in nature-filled arenas.
Which District is your favorite? Sound off in the comments!
Actress Drew Barrymore is set to release her first ever book of photographs in January (14). Find It In Everything is a collection of 96 photos of heart-shaped objects the Charlie's Angels star has shot over the past 10 years.
She says, "I have always loved hearts. The way that one continuous line accomplishes the most extraordinary thing, it conveys love. Hearts are my beacons. I love them man-made and natural, young and old.
"Whenever and wherever I see the heart shape, a smile spreads across my face. The heart has an unbeatable romance when you discover one where you least expect it."
Barrymore has had her photos exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York City and just last year (12), she shot Shailene Woodley, Victoria Justice and Isabelle Fuhrman for V magazine.
The Charlie's Angels actress shot a group of budding talents, including Victoria Justice and The Hunger Games co-stars Amandla Stenberg and Isabelle Fuhrman, for the special feature, titled Drew's Angels.
It's not the first time Barrymore has shown off her photography skills - she previously snapped The Descendants' Shailene Woodley for U.S. magazine Vs and took the pictures of nine different bands for another V Magazine project earlier this year (12).
The ballet-themed horror movie has kind of been done to perfection, but why not take another stab? That's David Gordon Green's mentality, as he has opted to remake of the 1977 chiller Suspiria — the movie that could potentially get him out of his Pineapple Express/Your Highness/The Sitter slump, and back into interesting projects like George Washington, All the Real Girls and Snow Angels. And Green has begun the process by casting quite the viable up-and-comer: The Hunger Games' supporting player Isabelle Fuhrman.
Fuhrman played the antagonistic Clove in the blockbuster movie, but this is hardly her most vile character to date. The young actress mastered the art of horror in 2009's Orphan. Although the film itself was hardly a triumph, Fuhrman's performance was the standout gem.
This marks the second Hunger Games cast member to turn to horror after the success of the young adult fiction film: star Jennifer Lawrence will take the lead in House at the End of the Street in September.
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In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
2012 is going to be a huge year for blockbuster films. Not only are we getting The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Amazing Spider-Man on the superhero side of things, but also Prometheus, a new Tarantino movie, and The Hobbit. And that handful of flicks is but the tip of the iceberg.
This week, another highly anticipated film hits theaters…probably the first one of the year to carry this level of hype. I’m speaking of course about Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. In preparation for The Hunger Games, and inspired by its culinary-sounding title, we’ve put together a little viewing feast just for you. Each course is composed of an earlier film in the catalogue of one of its stars. Bon appetite!
X-Men: First Class
Start off your feast with a light, but satisfying return to the X-Men franchise with Matt Vaughn’s fresh take on the series. A prequel taking place during the Cuban Missile Crisis, X-Men: First Class details how the legendary group of mutated heroes formed and how the division between Professor X and the sinister Magneto came to be. Hunger Games heroine Katniss aka Jennifer Lawrence portrayed the younger version of Raven Darkholme, better known as the shape-shifting mutant Mystique. Her beauty and charm, both in and out of makeup, made her one of the clear standouts in this class.
The Kids Are Alright
The next course is a delightful little dramedy about your “typical” family unit. Nic and Jules are a lesbian couple who are each the mother of a child thanks to a single sperm donor. The younger of the two children, unfortunately named Laser, is now desperate to find his in vitro dad. Laser is played by Josh Hutcherson who will be playing the similarly unfortunately named hero Peeta in The Hunger Games. The Kids Are Alright is about as offbeat as it gets, but genuinely funny and movingly human.
Next on your plate should be this 2011 actioner featuring one badass female. Colombiana stars Zoe Saldana, Uhura of the J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, as a woman who grows to be one of the top assassins on the planet after seeing her parents murdered as a child. The film has plenty of explosive action tropes to satisfy genre fans and was actually co-written by Luc Besson of The Professional and The Fifth Element. Thirteen-year-old Amandla Stenberg, who will be appearing as Rue in The Hunger Games, is featured in Colombiana as the younger version of Saldana’s character during that most crucial moment in her life.
If you’re not already stuffed, perhaps you’ll consider taking a bite out of this very bizarre horror film from 2009. Orphan is the story of a young couple who adopt, you guessed it, an orphan who may or may not be a sociopath…but probably is. The highlight of the film is the performance of young Isabelle Fuhrman as the titular pint-sized psycho. There is something so naturally off-putting about her and yet is she able to effortlessly switch from charming to devilish at the drop of a hat. Fuhrman will be appearing as Clove in The Hunger Games.
To top off this feast, a fitting desert if ever one existed, we offer a heaping helping of 1999’s American Beauty. This multiple Academy Award winning film centers on a terribly average guy, played by the incredible Kevin Spacey, living a terribly average life, who decides to upend everything he knows once he hits his mid-life crisis. American Beauty is a total deconstruction of suburban life and middle class values. The film was also featured Wes Bentley in a breakout role as a troubled aspiring filmmaker. Though his career since has been marked by some less-than-wise choices, we’re hoping his turn as Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games restores him to household name status.
The actress, who plays Clove in the much-anticipated blockbuster adaptation of Suzanne Collins' beloved young adult novel, quickly realised what she had signed on for when friends and family started requesting information.
And one pal went over the top to get the gossip.
Fuhrmann tells WENN, "My friends are Hunger Games fanatics. They have all the posters, all the magazines; absolutely everything.
"One of them actually locked me in a bathroom and said, 'I'm not gonna let you out until you tell me something!' I said, 'I can't tell you anything!'
"So I'm locked in this bathroom for literally an hour and a half begging my friend, Lizzie, to let me out. She wouldn't let me out so I had to crawl out through the bathroom window."
Lionsgate today revealed the details of an eight-city Hunger Games mall tour to promote the release of the studio's much-anticipated dystopian teen thriller. Commencing March 3 in Los Angeles, the tour will feature lots of Hunger Games-themed giveaways as well as with Q&As and meet-and-greets with the film's stars, including Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, who are no doubt cursing themselves for not examining the terms of their promotional contracts more vigorously.
You can sate your Hunger at one of the following fan events at a mall near you:
March 3 - LOS ANGELES, Westfield Century City Talent Expected: Gary Ross, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth March 6 - ATLANTA, JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Talent Expected: Liam Hemsworth, Leven Rambin, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg and Jack Quaid March 7 - PHOENIX, Scottsdale Fashion Square Talent Expected: Liam Hemsworth, Leven Rambin, Dayo Okeniyi and Jack Quaid March 7 - CHICAGO, Westfield Fox Valley Talent Expected: Josh Hutcherson, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jacqueline Emerson March 8 - MIAMI, Westfield Broward Talent Expected: Jennifer Lawrence, Alexander Ludwig and Amandla Stenberg March 8 - DALLAS, Galleria Dallas Talent Expected: Josh Hutcherson, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jacqueline Emerson March 9 - MINNEAPOLIS, Mall of America Talent Expected: Jennifer Lawrence, Alexander Ludwig, Amandla Stenberg, Josh Hutcherson, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jacqueline Emerson March 10 - SEATTLE, University Village Talent Expected: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson
The Hunger Games opens March 23, 2012, but tickets for the film can be purchased starting tomorrow!
Made feature film debut opposite Dakota Fanning in controversial Southern drama "Hounddog"
Cast as Clove, one of the Tributes playing against Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss in "The Hunger Games"
Landed titular role of a murderous "child" in horror feature "Orphan"
TV series debut, "Ghost Whisperer" (CBS)
A precociously talented young actress, Isabelle Fuhrman never shied away from dark material, making her film debut in the controversial, barely-released Dakota Fanning rural South drama "Hounddog" (2007). She earned excellent reviews for the memorably cartoonish horror flick "Orphan" (2009), in which she starred as the titular eerie adoptee. Holding her own against Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard in the film, Fuhrman displayed an impressive range and presence that set her apart from many of her peers. After starring in the indie comedy "Salvation Boulevard" (2011), Fuhrman landed the meaty supporting role of Clove, a merciless competitor out for the blood of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in "The Hunger Games" (2012), based on the popular trilogy by Suzanne Collins and tapped to become the world's next big film franchise. Wise beyond her years and drawn to challenging roles, Isabelle Fuhrman left no doubt with many fans and critics that she was destined for a fascinating career.