Those MTV Movie Award Shenanigans

It’s that time of the year again, when the people at MTV try to annoy the crap out of fandoms by having social voting for those magical internet ponies (you might just call them awards). You can vote for various ponies on their website. But every year they do some kind of social vote award too. Last year they made the “Best Hero” category something you voted for just on their website (and Katniss was left out of that in lieu of more traditional male action hero types). We remember being really annoyed about that. The fandom even started a petition about it, which was nice, but ultimately ineffective.

Like Gale, we're sitting this one out.

Like Gale, we’re sitting this one out.

But yes, last year their “social vote” category was “Best Character” and the two main contenders were beloved YA heroines. It wrecked havoc on our social feeds for over a week, and if you followed the voting on the day of the awards, the huge voting comeback for the character with the actress actually attending the awards was quite amazing. Pretty much unbelievable actually. MTV even overtly helped that along by keeping voting open long after their own communicated deadline. So in the end, all the time the fandom spent clogging every timeline was for naught. And we learned not to bother and spend our time doing more enjoyable things.

This year, here we go again. Although MTV has made the social vote category for “Best Hero” and actually including our dear Katniss Everdeen this time. Gee, thanks a lot for including her this time. How generous of you. Also included are the two other big YA book to movie characters, whose fandoms really love to vote for the internet ponies. And also Bilbo Baggins and Starlord, whose fandoms seem less inclined to care.

We get the purpose of these shows – they’re one big ad for movies and MTV. And MTV wants to award the actors and actresses who are willing to attend to promote movies and MTV. If you want to devote yourself to voting, go for it. We love Katniss too, so we can’t blame anyone for wanting to sing her praises everywhere. But please, don’t take the results too hard and realize that there are other agendas at play in all these games.

Jen Can't Eat The Award

Katniss won’t hold it against you – she doesn’t have any use for golden popcorn either.

JJ

The Hunger Games Fandom Prank Parade

As fandom lovers, we have a bittersweet relationship with April Fools Day. Because it’s okay to get tricked every once in a while, but fangirls and fanboys are OBSESSIVE, it put it lightly. We believe everything. We react strongly to everything. We lose our cool… A LOT.

Yesterday, watching Twitter was essentially watching a bunch of fans freak out when they read a fake headline, then freak out again when they realize what day it is and feel like an idiot. But it’s okay, people! Everyone falls for April Fools Day jokes! So let’s recount the best of them.

It started with THG Australia. BECAUSE TIME ZONES. They came right out the gate with this baby:

Without calling anyone out specifically, we think it’s straight out hilarious that actual entertainment websites picked this up and reported it as fact. Did they look at the schedule?! The cast toured six countries for Catching Fire and had massive issues with exhaustion and disease, to the point where Jennifer Lawrence went straight from the last stop on the LA red carpet to the hospital. An 11-country tour schedule would kill them.

For getting news outlets to truly believe this, THG Asutralia wins the day. But there were still tons of other funny ones!

Down With The Capitol played on the fandom’s worst (and most irrational) fear:

Jabberjays worked that angle in a different way. One in which Liam Hemsworth pulled a Kim Kardashian:

Quarter Quell stirred up the crowd by announcing the Mockingjay Part 2 has been pushed back until March of 2016 to properly celebrate the first film’s anniversary. People were pretty sure that one was the end of the world, for which we applaud them.

It is fun getting duped? NOPE. But on that special day, we were all reminded not to take ourselves too seriously and always, ALWAYS consider what you’re reading before you react. Kudos, guys!

We Would Have Participated But We Take Our Days Off SERIOUSLY,
The Girl With The Pearl

Commence (The Final, Final?) Blond Josh Watch

The fandom had a quick, yet fun, freakout this weekend because of a picture from the In Dubious Battle set (where Josh is currently filming).

In dubious battle set

fake blond joshDon’t see it? Look beyond all the people in costume towards the person in the plaid shirt.

Is Josh Hutcherson blond again?!?! Epilogue time!!!

Well, no, more like blond Josh doppelganger, unfortunately. But thanks for freaking us out, guy we don’t know.

Now, it doesn’t make sense for Josh, who’s been seen in period attire and his natural brown hair on Friday to just suddenly pop up in the middle of set platinum blond. I mean, I suppose the set hairstylists could be trusted to do a first round of the Peeta blond before sending him off to film any of that final epilogue-y goodness. But I think we all know it’s too soon for that. Jen is also still in the middle of filming Joy as well.

So even if we’re crazy impatient, it is not quite time yet. We need to be a bit more into deep spring. That meadow needs more time to be in full growth.

You can’t blame the fandom for having a momentary freakout though. Josh is known to favor the “plaid + sunglasses” casual uniform. Observe the Google Image search results.

josh plaid

This was a good drill though. Get ready for the final blond Josh meltdown. Cause while it won’t be this week, it’s coming.

Unless it doesn’t and he just wears a wig or something ;(

JJ

Liam Hemsworth’s Awkward Phase

Everybody goes through some awkward phases, even celebrities. And after his appearance last night at the Kids Choice Awards… Man oh man, is Liam Hemsworth going through one RIGHT NOW.

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First off, don’t get us wrong! Liam Hemsworth is a wonderful actor and a total hottie no matter what. He also seems like a nice dude, though we don’t actually know from experience because it’s not like we hang out with him every other Saturday night or something. But as we sit here, occasionally having a bad outfit day or in desperate need of a haircut, it’s nice to know IT’S NOT JUST US ALL THE TIME!

Clearly. nobody takes the Kids Choice Awards seriously and it’s really not a dressy event– even though a celebrity’s “dress casual” shirt probably cost more than all of our wardrobes combined. The event is also known for being obscenely orange. Hemsy took that to heart and wore a faded orange t-shirt that we’re pretty sure he left on after working on his radiator or carburetor or some other -ator located under the hood of a older model, slightly beat-up-but-classic car.

And then there’s the hair. Oh man, the hair!

Your input is requested! Is it a bowl cut or not?!
Bowl cuts were all the rage in middle school and we definitely think this qualifies. We’re confident that if we stuck a bowl on someone’s head and cut around it, it would look similar. However, some site friends say it’s just more of a surfer dude haircut. We’ve no consensus, but we all agree it’s wonderful and terrifying all at once.

We figure there’s a couple possibilities for the hair:
1) He’s styling it that way for a role or an audition. We can’t imagine it’s for Independence Day 2, though, unless his “former president’s son-in-law” character is a real rebel
2) He’s growing back his longer sexy Jesus hair and it’s just in that not-long-enough-but-not-short-enough growth stage.

We can’t help it, okay?! When news dies down, weird things start happening in our heads! You all know we love Hemsy, but it’s good know that just like everyone else, even studly actors have their off days. They’re human after all!

Remind Me To Get A Haircut Next Week, Y’all!
The Girl With The Pearl

Josh and Franco

While we’ve been toiling away wishing for more Mockingjay Part 2 news, the principle cast of our favorite franchise have all gone off and got them selves some fancy new gigs. Now this is where I’d usually wax on and on about Jen working with David O. Russell again, but not today! Today it’s all about James Franco. Yes, you read me right– JAMES FRANCO, shout-y letters and all. Our beloved Peeta is currently filming a film with James Franco, the man who collects advanced degrees, and makes memes out of himself on Instagram, has about 80 different jobs at once, is starring and directing. Awkward runs on sentences aside, this is pretty interesting news! Why? ‘Cause the film is an adaptation of one of John Steinbeck’s lesser known novels, In Dubious Battle. Steinbeck of course is the American fiction writer best known for novels like East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, and a collection of short stories including The Red Pony.

This is the second Steinbeck adaptation I have heard anything about in the last twenty years. The last was oddly enough Gary Ross’s announcement that he’d like to try his hand at a two part adaptation of East of Eden, starring Jennifer Lawrence no less. However, instead of our dear Jen stepping into a role created by Mr. Steinbeck– it’s Josh. I gotta say I like this development.

Now everyone stare at Josh in Great Depression Era clothes, and not think “District 12 is calling for its clothing back!”

Check out that pageboy cap!

Check out that pageboy cap!

Yes, that's Selena Gomez.

Yes, that’s Selena Gomez.

All right, that’s enough! Now everyone go read In Dubious Battle!

Them There Eyes

Francis Lawrence Fiesta!

GUESS WHAT GUESS WHAT GUESS WHAT?!

Hemsy and Lawrenced Squared. BECAUSE WE SAID SO.

Hemsy and Lawrenced Squared. BECAUSE WE SAID SO.

Today is Francis Lawrence’s 44th birthday! And we’re celebrating with this appreciation post!

Francis Lawrence is THE main man behind the last three films in The Hunger Games franchise. Though we’ve yet to see Mockingjay Part 2, we can definitely say they we loved his work on Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1.

If you were around when Gary Ross left the franchise after the first film, you remember the collective groan from the fandom and the general sense of “Now what?” It’s not that Gary Ross was the undeniable leader of the film franchise, but he had done a solid job on a limited budget. Who knew what to expect from a new director?! It definitely had the potential to be a disaster.

Then rumors of Francis Lawrence directing came about. He had three movies under his belt– one of which was Constantine (In retrospect, we blame the screenwriters, Francis!), but another one was I Am Legend, which was actually really good. More than his limited movie history, we went into throwback mode because F-Law started off with music videos and HE DIRECTED THIS:

This alone is proof of what this man could do with effects (which weren’t a strong point in the first movie) and a limited budget.

Soon after, Francis was announced as the definite director for Catching Fire. The first photos of Francis and Jennifer meeting wound up online and LAWRENCE SQUARED WAS BORN! Because unnecessary nicknames are our favorite!

This guy is immediately MOBBED by the fandom. He definitely feels the pressure. But he shoots his movie and the same and when fans get their first trailer… It’s really, really good. As more clips and footage finds its way online, it’s more than good. This movie looks fan-freaking-tastic!

Lionsgate announces that Mockingjay will be split into two films and Francis will direct both before Catching Fire is even out. We’re divided on the split, but no one has any complaints about Francis directing. He talks about the films passionately and articulately.

At the Catching Fire premiere, Francis comes out for a signing. The fansites stand in a media pit a few feet away, not expecting much attention. He introduces himself (as if we didn’t know!), asks up how we’re feeling as we stand in the hot sun, asks us what sites we’re from (Them There Eyes is wearing a Victor’s Village shirt and replies “It’s on my chest!” He doesn’t even flinch.) Someone thanks him for saving the franchise from a sophomore slump and we all agree pretty heartily. He’s nothing but gracious.

And then we watched Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1, which were tonally different but both superb. And we are super thankful for his part in this franchise!

At Least We’ve Stopped Calling Him Frank,
The Girl With The Pearl

Dancing With Willow

Okay, I did something I’m not necessarily proud of. I watched Dancing With The Stars. TWICE.

Participation perks include free Glamor Shots!

Participation perks include free Glamor Shots!

When Willow Shields aka Primrose Everdeen was first announced for the show, we discussed our mixed feelings about a young, talented actress going on a television show typically populated by burnouts (and the occasional legend who is just really bored).

But then something else kicked in… persistent, unnerving CURIOSITY.

Well… Was she good? How complex are the dances? What’s the production quality on a show like that, anyway?

Someone retweeted Mark Ballas saying she was underscored. Was she underscored? We had to discover for ourselves. So we watched:

And hell, Mark was right! She kinda WAS underscored. Because if Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s dance in Silver Linings Playbook managed an average of 5, that shit was AT LEAST a 7, dammit! Why are you trying to take this joy away from a 14-year-old?!

But I know from my cheerleading days (I was 12. Allow me to keep my dignity!) that clean lines are really important in competition and.. *sigh*

And that was all it took. The morbid curiosity could only build from there. Oh damn, those dance actually look really difficult. Were they easier on her the next week? There were a couple problems in the first routine. Could she improve?

So yesterday, my bum met the couch once again for round 2:

And it was much better. And there’s still hope for Team MarkingJay– tackiest thing we’ve ever heard, by the way– despite the fact that she’ll eventually lose to Rumer Willis’ crazy-ass legs brought to you by years of personal trainers.

No, we’re not keeping this up. This show just ain’t our jive. But now that we’ve got a couple views out of the way, it’s nice to see that Willow is genuinely having fun with it and not allowing the competition element to drive her crazy. She’s too young for any drama!

But Not Too Young To Cuddle With Mark Ballas Sooooo Heyyyyy,
The Girl With The Pearl

3 Years of THE WORLD WATCHING

hunger games world will be watchingMarch 23, 2012. A date that lives in many a Hunger Games fan’s fond memories. Because it was the day that the first movie came out in the US and many other countries, give or take a day. Yes, three years ago, we saw the first Hunger Games, and watched it become a legit phenomenon. No spin needed here- the massive $152 million US opening weekend broke all kinds of records.

You see, waaaay back then, when a movie came out on a certain weekend, it TRULY came out that day. No 8pm showings the night before. No, back in 2012, if you wanted to see the first showing of The Hunger Games you had to stay up until midnight. And so at 12:01, the showings began.

From my personal experience, that 12:01 showing definitely indicated what a BIG DEAL this movie was going to be. I saw it in one of those megaplexes with 18 screens. And they had at least 8 of them reserved for 12:01 showings. And they had 3am showings as well! And the place was PACKED. I think they used all 8 of those theaters with nary an empty seat to spare. There were lots of people dressed up. The most popular were the Capitolesque Effie types, but there were also those decked out in t-shirts of various districts. The excitement was REAL all throughout the movie. I remember feeling very overwhelmed. There were a few parts that fell flat for me, like the tribute parade. I’m sorry, but that was just badly executed. And not enough time given to develop Peeta’s character. Why Gary Ross, WHY?

But overall I really loved the movie and felt that the book was treated respectfully while also understanding the necessity of making it work for the screen. I went back 3 more times in the next two weeks, so I must have felt pretty good about it.

One more to go!

JJ

May The Force Be Ever In Francis Lawrence’s Favor

Today we’re talking about a big, unconfirmed rumor that could be a load of bunk, BUT WE LOVE THIS RUMOR SO MUCH THAT WE DON’T CARE.

According to StarWarsTime.com (which appears to be a Star Wars fansite), Francis Lawrence “is being sought to write and direct” Star Wars Episode IX. The site doesn’t list the source, so as we say, it could be completely untrue, but it got our pulses racing at the possibilities.

Francis Lawrence on Mockingjay set

Why? Because we LOVE what Francis Lawrence did with Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1. He respects source material, hires great people, and seems to have great working relationships with his cast and crew.  He knows how to world build yet doesn’t over-use CGI. It also doesn’t hurt that he deals with the demands of crazy fans well too. That’s a pretty important quality if you’re taking on Star Wars.

Even if he doesn’t end up taking on this job, we’re excited to see what Francis does next. Well, I guess that’s technically Mockingjay Part 2, SO WE’RE ACTUALLY REALLY INSANELY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. But we’ll be in line to see whatever comes after that too.

Go get, ’em F-Lawless

JJ

Mockingjay Part 2 Logo Win

After much fandom flailing, Lionsgate released that Mockingjay Part 2 teaser that’s running in front of Insurgent in theaters!

And no surprise, it’s a logo reveal.

However, this is a good logo reveal!

Yes, because we managed our expectations, we were able to enjoy this quite a bit! As far as logo reveals go, this is one of the better ones out there. It could have been silent besides some sound effects or a little hum of the score in the background, not offering much for the fans to enjoy. Sure, the visual is cool, but it was cool when we all saw it at the end of Mockingjay Part 1 too. We needed more and we got something.

The title, “Remember”, actually seems relevant now. It wasn’t just a reference to one quote, but rather a boatload of nostalgia stuffed into 44 seconds. As it cycles through popular quotes from the previous films, you’re able to think back on them pretty fondly but you’re also able to anticipate a new Mockingjay Part 2 quote that’s probably coming. AND IT DOES!

“Tonight, turn your weapons to the Capitol!”

It’s probably not the most exciting line from the whole movie, we admit. But it does fit in with the theme for these quotes, which seems to be the way the Panem audiences (and to a point, real audiences) are seeing this story play out. Also, it gets you a little riled up because Katniss is clearly riled up as she says it. We hoped for a more famous book quote, but it’ll do.

Annnnnnd we now know the next teaser is coming with Age of Adaline and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, so now is the time for the fandom to feel good!

Tonight, turn your fandom feels to the Internet!
The Girl With The Pearl