WENN.comIt now seems difficult to imagine anyone other than Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in the lead roles of The Hunger Games. But due to the phenomenal success of the novels, the majority of the cast faced super-tough competition to land a part in the film. Here's a look at five characters who in an alternate universe would have been played by somebody completely different.Katniss EverdeenAround 50 actors reportedly auditioned for the series' hero, the most high-profile of which were Abigail Breslin, Chloe Grace Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld and Emily Browning. The last of these shares something in common with J-Law: both actresses had previously missed out on the role of Bella in Twilight.Peeta MellarkAmerican Horror Story's Evan Peters, X-Men: First Class' Lucas Till and Magic Mike's Alex Pettyfer were all in contention for the male lead, as were Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Ludwig, both of whom of course went onto play Gale and Cato respectively.Gale HawthorneHad Miley Cyrus' ex been cast as Peeta instead, then Arrow star Robbie Amell, Disney Channel graduate David Henrie and former Hannah Montana regular Drew Roy would all have been poised to take his place.Haymitch AbernathyAccording to various sources, John C. Reilly was in the frame to play the middle-aged victor of the 50th Hunger Games until Woody Harrelson was selected ahead of his fellow Oscar nominee at the last minute.Finnick OdairDespite publicly professing his love for the series, Glee actor Grant Gustin missed out on the role of District 4 tribute Finnick Odair, who will first be seen onscreen in Catching Fire, to Pirates Of The Caribbean star Sam Claflin.
The week Glee evoked squeals of nostalgic delight as the students of McKinley High covered Wham!’s ultimate guilty pleasure song, “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.” From their epically '80s fashion to their finger-snapping dance movies, Blaine and Sam rocked the auditorium stage to kick off the glee club's week of secretly loved singing sensations. Complete with the "Choose Life" t-shirts and super-short shorts, the dynamic duo known as Blam made us want to get up and dance like nobody's watching.
But Wham!'s original high-energy performance has twirled its way into the hearts of millions through many more homages in TV and movies. From shows like Glee, Family Guy, and The X Factor to classic comedies such as The Wedding Singer, Talladega Nights, and Zoolander, many have tried to surpass the '80s greatness of Wham! — but few have actually succeeded.
So now Hollywood.com needs your help to settle a bicoastal office debate: Which of the following seven renditions of the modern classic puts the boom boom into your heart?
1. The Original Toe-Tapper:
Here’s the falsetto fantasy that started it all! Bask in the soft neon glow of Wham!’s shorty-shorts and behold the hideous hairstyles of the '80s. There’s even a super-sweet mullet hat, plus a gold hoop earing that makes all the girls shriek with delight as the band performs the world’s most repetitive dance moves with smiles on their faces.
2. Glee’s Blamtastic Version:
Complete with super sexy wind-blown hair, Glee’s Blaine and Sam pay homage to the ‘80s classic in “Guilty Pleasures.” With scrunchies, ankle socks, and Ray Ban-style sunglasses that are clearly from Urban Outfitters, the Glee cast gets an A for effort and energy on their high school rendition.
3. Family Guy’s Tribal Take:
When Chris joined the Peace Corps he embraced all the unique traditions and customs of his new tribal family including, their barely there loincloths and celebratory dance moves. Chris’s screechy voice yet perfectly choreographed moves on the song makes us want to cover our ears and smile at the same time.
4. Zoolander’s Infamous Gas Fight:
Okay, Ben Stiller and his crew of really really ridiculously good-looking male model friends are not actually singing in this clip, but come on — this is amazing! From the giddy car ride to the playful gasoline fight, not to mention that explosive ending, it’s no wonder why they’re making a Zoolander 2. P.S. Is anyone else craving an orange mocha frappuccino right now?
5. John C. Reilly’s A Capella Homage:
In Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, John C. Reilly belts out his best version of the pop hit as his racecar loving character Cal Naughton Jr. His off-key melody and soulful head bobbing will really draw you in to the words of Wham!.
6. The X Factor’s Confetti Concert:
Who better to pay homage to the British musical duo than the 2009 finalists of UK’s The X Factor? All that really needs to be said is that a bunch of really talented and attractive people are running around stage during a well-rehearsed, seizure-inducing light show.
7. The Wedding Singer’s Wake Up Call:
Adam Sandler gets a sultry and tone-deaf earful when his ex-fiancee Linda serenades him awake in The Wedding Singer. Not only does Linda butcher the words, but she also openes the door wearing only Robbie’s Van Halen t-shirt when Julia comes to profess her love! Even Billy Idol agrees that was a bitchy move.
Did any of these covers surpass the original jitterbug-loving greatness of Wham!? Cast your vote in the poll below and then hit the comments to defend your pop culture pick!
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What is an ensemble cast? How many actors constitute one? There aren’t any guidelines that determine what qualifies as a true ensemble, but if anyone can offer some insight it would be Woody Allen, who has been getting great groups of actors together for decades now. From Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters to Melinda and Melinda and You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, he’s always had a keen eye for casting and the stars continue to line up to work with the iconic auteur.
With the home entertainment release of his latest, fore mentioned film at hand, I thought it’d be apt to honor some of the coolest ensemble casts ever assembled. Keep in mind: this isn’t a list of the best films featuring an ensemble cast. It’s about the best rosters of talent roped in for a single production.
This under-appreciated Tony Scott action spectacle was polarizing to audiences because of its ultra-violent approach, particularly toward women. But Patricia Arquette proved herself to be one tough chick, able to take a beating a give it back in equal measure. Together with her beau-to-be Christian Slater, she embarks on an odyssey to free herself from pimp Gary Oldman and, later, his criminal overlord Christopher Walken, all while L.A. detectives Tom Sizemore and Chris Penn are hot on the trail of drugs and blood. With bonus appearances by Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Michael Rapaport and more, True Romance is a twisted web of cameos and special roles filled by some of the coolest actors of the time.
The Thin Red Line
WWII films have a long history of stellar casts comprised of legions of screen legends. This 1998 genre entry continues that grand tradition with enough A-listers to make five separate movies. George Clooney, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Adrien Brody, Miranda Otto, John Cusack, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, John Travolta, Nick Stahl, Elias Koteas and Jim Caviezel all appear in the prestigious picture at one point or another – a logistic achievement in and of itself.
This sweet rom-com gets me every time. Not just because of the cheerful dialogue and warm and fuzzy relationships, but also because of the charming cast of characters played by Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, January Jones, Elisha Cuthbert, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Elizabeth, Andrew Lincoln, Denise Richards and the adorable Thomas Sangster. Together, there are around eight revolving, relatable romances in the film, but we wouldn’t have cared about any of them if not for the lovable cast.
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The Magnificent Seven
Akira Kurasawa’s epic Seven Samurai was practically begging for a Hollywood adaptation when it was released in 1954. By 1960, director John Sturges had made it a reality with a pack of screen idols including the dashing Yul Brynner, the inimitable Eli Wallach, the ultra-cool Steve McQueen, the bad-ass Charles Bronson, the slick Robert Vaughn, the cool James Coburn and the “newbie” Horst Buchholz. The septuplet of stars had a great deal of chemistry that made their on-screen antics all the more enjoyable to watch, and fifty years later their work on this classic film has become the stuff of movie mythology.
The star power packed into these popular motion pictures is astonishing. With Hollywood heavyweights like George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt leading an army of talent - young and old - including Don Cheadle, Scott Caan, Bernie Mac, Andy Garcia, Carl Reiner, Eddie Jemison, Elliot Gould, Casey Affleck and Julia Roberts, there's no shortage of charisma throughout the film. You may be wondering why I chose Oceans Twelve over the 2001 remake of the 1960 original; it's because this hit heist pic also features the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Albert Finney, Robbie Coltrane, Jared Harris, Vincent Cassel and Bruce Willis in appearances big and small. Not too shabby for a sequel...
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I’m not sure if Francis Ford Coppola knew what he was onto when he picked his rag-tag group of actors for this kick-ass 1983 film. After all, most of the actors were relatively unknown and untested at the time (save for C. Thomas Howell, who had just starred in Steven Spielberg's E.T.), but that quickly changed in the years following its release. Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane and Tom Cruise all appeared in the acclaimed teen drama, leaving behind one hell of a legacy.