The day after the Oscars, interviews with Jennifer Lawrence being adorable/funny/clever swept the interwebs and were gif’d, shared, blogged about, and tweeted. One interview in particular was a favorite of many, and that was her interview with George Stephanopoulos that Jack Nicholson crashed.
We all love that interview because it represents what we love about Jennifer in the first place.
1) Veteran actors like and respect her.
Jack Nicholson came up to her even though they’d never met before. We all know Jennifer is talented, but so do her peers and role models. Donald Sutherland has sung her praises, but so have many in Hollywood as well. We like that our Katniss has so much talent and is well known for being a terrific actress.
2) Jennifer shows off her natural charm.
Her responses to Jack’s semi-creepy-but-it’s-Jack-Nicholson-so-it’s-sorta-okay comments were taken in stride. She even shoots back with her ‘new girlfriend’ comment. Yes, Jennifer says what’s on her mind, even when it’s mildly inappropriate or TMI, but we like that. It’s what makes her charming.
3) Her inability to hold in her ‘wow I just met Jack Nicholson’ feelings makes her relatable.
A big reason why we love Jennifer Lawrence is because we can relate to her. How many times have we said we want to be her best friend? It means that she has kept herself grounded and at our level, even though we are just common-folk to some more snooty and pretentious actors out there.
4) It was an honest moment.
Her surprise at seeing Mr. Nicholson come up to her and then coming back felt very honest. There has been some backlash about certain actresses being fake or insincere this awards season, but the crashed interview captured a genuine couldn’t-have-made-this-up-if-you-tried moment.
Jennifer has had an amazing awards season, and we’re confident she hasn’t peaked (Seriously, why would you ask her that after she just won the Oscar?). Here’s to more moments like this in the future!
Happy Guest Post MONDAY!
Yup, you read that right! We like to do some bobbing and weaving of schedules every now and again, just to keep you on your toes!
Today, we’ve got a great guest post from Hunger Games Book Bookclub! It’s all about one of our journo crushes, who brings out the best in a certain actress and doesn’t see much credit for creating hilarity!
I may not BE very funny, but I am a FAN of someone who is: the Hunger Games fandom’s very own Jennifer Lawrence. (OK, folks, we don’t actually own her… it’s just an expression.) If you’ve been around the Hunger Games fan block, you’ve probably seen a few humorous interviews with Jennifer and Josh. No, not Josh Hutcherson. I’m talking about Josh Horowitz, the interviewer from MTV.
Josh Horowitz is a lovable, quirky, nerdy guy that interviews Hollywood celebrities. If this were a “Pretty in Pink” scenario, Josh would be the Duckie character. He tries to ask different questions from same old, same old. A great example would be his MTV “Yes or No” show. He asks the questions and the answer from the celebrity must be a “Yes” or a “No”. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, yes… and no.
In the course of Hunger Games events, Josh Horowitz has had plenty of opportunities to interview Jennifer Lawrence, sometimes by herself and sometimes with her Hunger Games leading man, Josh Hutcherson. All of their interviews have some funny moments! Here are a few of my personal favorites:
- When Josh Horowitz asks how Jen and Josh Hutcherson met. Hutch can’t quite remember, but Jen is very insistent that they were dancing and that she was wearing a white dress, not a pink one! (Girls remember that sort of thing.)
- When Jen says that Josh Hutcherson is so charming, it is like a dog licking her face.
- When Jen tells Josh Hutcherson that he is sexier than Robert Pattison because of his accent: “You sound like a hick sometimes!”
- When Jen keeps saying to Josh Hutcherson about Katniss and Peeta’s eventual nuptials, “We’re getting married, AACK!”
- When Jen says, “I sound so annoying when I talk about myself in the past!”
There are other funny Jen/Josh moments, but if you really want to get a laugh, then you need to see the comedy sketch that Jen and Josh (Horowitz) did together when Jennifer tries to improve Josh’s interview skills. It includes her yelling at him, spraying him with bronzing spray, breaking off his glasses, etc. Doesn’t sound as funny on paper, but this is physical comedy, folks. You’ve gotta see it at MTV’s After Hours at the Movie Awards.
And for our Word Power exercise for the day, if you remember the interview where Jen uses the word “COPIOUSLY”, find a way to include it in your comments below!
Hunger Games Bookclub
As promised, here is the interview! The fansites did a group interview with others present like the crew from Lionsgate Home Entertainment in charge of the DVD special features. Check out what else went on at the Midnight Release Party here.
And we bring it to you in 3 different formats: embedded audio and a transcription, courtesy of Erin and Elena from HG Movie Site, and video as part of Down with the Capitol’s Aldrin’s vlog. Photos are also courtesy of HG Movie Site!
As a reminder, in attendance were Jack Quaid, Dayo Okeniyi, Welcome to District 12 (Courtney and me), HG Movie Site (Erin and Elena), Down with the Capitol (Aldrin), Mockingjay.net (Beth), and Victor’s Village (also me), plus individuals from Lionsgate, including Lisa, who did ask a few questions.
Dayo: All right let’s go.
Question: All right so we saw the special features.
Dayo: First of all, hi.
Courtney: Oh I’m Courtney by the way.
Courtney: This is my good friend Tiffany, we run WelcometoDistrict12.com
Courtney: (points to Tiffany) and she also writes on Victor’s Village.
Dayo: Right On.
Courtney: So, we saw the special features, and there is one part that is hilarious. Jack, he’s like, you guys are all together, and they are like PUT YOUR COFFEE DOWN (everyone laughs).
Jack: You guys have seen the special features, we haven’t.
Even though we’re a relatively quiet site compared to our rowdy fansite friends, we still get A LOT of e-mail. Believe it or not, most of it is NOT hate mail or spam! Some of it is actually pretty great!
Unfortunately, we work on very specific topics from day to day, so we don’t always have time to feature all the cool stuff we get!
So today, we’re taking everything in our inbox that’s amused us recently and posting it HERE. Then we’ll probably delete it from our inbox (Sorry, senders! WE STILL LOVE YOU!)
Without further ado.. BE AMUSED!
Hate the BR reference… LOVE EVERYTHING ELSE!
Okay, we’re cheating.. this one was never in our inbox, but it features Tiffany and may just be the most epic Gary Ross Is Boss video yet, so WE DON’T CARE!
For Celebuzz’s 100 Days of Hunger Games’ 100th Day, they invited me back along with Adam Spunberg from the Hunger Games Fireside Chat to share our immediate reactions to seeing The Hunger Games movie with Taryn Ryder.
Check it out, we made this 12 hours after we’d seen the movie.
Yes, yes, we posted our collective reactions to the movie, but that was after I had a chance to simmer with everything that had gone on for a couple of weeks AND after a second viewing. I highly encourage people to see the movie at least a second time; you may notice things you hadn’t or make observations that wouldn’t have occurred to you.
I know you’re sick of looking at my face
I was fortunate enough to have gotten the opportunity to ask Josh Hutcherson one question during a fansite roundtable interview as a representative of both Victor’s Village and Welcome to District 12!
When it came to figuring out the question, I knew it had to be a good one. I mean, you get one question to ask the guy who plays your absolute favorite character in anything ever so it’s kind of a lot of pressure. Also, as a fansite runner, I’ve gotten to know the kinds of questions that members of the media ask The Hunger Games stars, and after hearing the same questions asked time and time again, I was incredibly determined to ask something creative and something that hasn’t been asked before.
So here it is: If President Snow forced you onto a present day reality show, but you could pick which one, what show would you choose and why?
I was so nervous about asking and, you know, talking to him and having him hear my words, that I even wrote down my intro (“Hi, I’m Tiffany and I’m from WelcometoDistrict12.com and VictorsVillage.com”) so I wouldn’t lose my train of thought mid-sentence. That would’ve been embarrassing.
When it came time for him to answer, he seemed to give it a little thought. He claimed to not watch much reality TV, but come on, we haven’t forgotten how much he loves the show Gigolos. He eventually answered with Man vs. Wild, since he likes host Bear Grylls and thinks he could learn some great survival skills if he were on the show. How fitting for a Hunger Games actor!
Also, he said maybe Jersey Shore as well, just so he could talk some sense into those people. Come on, Josh. We all know you secretly wish to GTL with The Situation (joking!).
One of our other favorite questions was “What fansite would you start?” from Savanna from HG Fireside Chat, to which Josh replied with “a UK site”. No, not United Kingdom, but University of Kentucky basketball since he knows the players’ stats and follows the team really closely. Another great question came from Kimmy from Mockingjay.net, asking about the stunts in the film. Josh singled out the final showdown with Cato, Katniss and Peeta on top of the Cornucopia, explaining that it took a few nights to shoot and involved a lot of intense choreography, which of course made us more anxious to see that scene on screen. MyHungerGames.com asked about what it was like seeing his face everywhere, like on the Peeta pillowcases that have come out as merch. He humbly said that it wasn’t something a person expects in their lifetime and talked about how his friends would send him pictures to his slight embarrassment, but he feels that it’s also great to see that people are excited for the movie and his character. Shylah from Down with the Capitol asked about what Peeta’s and Josh’s tokens would be. For Peeta, he thought that since his relationship with his parents wasn’t all that great, maybe something like a pendant from a grandparent would’ve been his token. For Josh, his grandmother makes “the best fried chicken in the world” so he says he’d have a chicken bone from that as his token.
It was a great experience and slightly surreal in that I was on the phone with so many other fansite runners and then Josh Hutcherson! He was incredibly nice and seemed really grateful to the fansites for all their hard work.
So we pose the same question to you, dear victors:
If President Snow forced you onto a present day reality show, but you could pick which one, what show would YOU choose and why?
For more about what the other fansites asked Josh, check out my recap of the roundtable on Welcome to District 12!
As you might have heard, I had the extreme pleasure of briefly meeting Josh Hutcherson at the stage door to Jimmy Kimmel yesterday. He was very nice and funny and was gracious enough to sign an item for everyone in the line and pose for pictures when people asked. It’s a typical thing at Jimmy Kimmel Live for fans of the guests to line up in an organized fashion behind a barricade. It’s okay to ask for an autograph or a picture or even a hug if they’re that kind of celebrity at such an event.
You know what’s not okay? Showing up at his house.
Yes, Josh turned it into a funny story to tell on a late night talk show. But the secondhand embarrassment I got from that story was enormous.
The fan-base for The Hunger Games is huge and will get even more huge after the movie comes out. Crazy fan stories are inevitable. But the least we can do is do our part to dial down the crazy as much as possible, and that includes knowing your boundaries.
Celebrities are people who have private and public lives. Being in their home with their families for the holidays falls directly and irrevocably under the “private life” column. Bothering them there is just plain awkward and uncomfortable for them. Just… please don’t do it.
And think about it this way: you’re ruining it for the rest of us. If it gets too crazy, like “dangerous” crazy, then in the future, fans will have less opportunity to meet their favorite Hunger Games stars.
Just dial it down a tad. We don’t want to get a bad reputation, do we?
You don’t want to be that person
We’ve gotten a lot of interviews over the past week. Jennifer, Josh and Liam, of course, plus Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Wes Bentley, and even Isabelle Fuhrman! And even before that, we’ve had other members of the cast spill a little on what it was like to film The Hunger Games. But let’s talk about who we haven’t heard from yet.
Paula Malcomson – We’re not sure how much we’re going to see of Mrs. Everdeen in the movie (she can be spotted during the reaping in the trailer – if you squint), but she is an important character with a pretty interesting back story. We’ve spoken about how much we love the actress before, and it’d be great to hear from her. What was it like to play the mother of our great heroine?
- Raiko Bowman – Speaking of mothers, listed on IMDb as Peeta’s Mom, we’d love to know how it feels to play one of the most reviled characters in The Hunger Games. Hitting Peeta and basically telling him she’s sure he’s going to die? There’s got to be a story there.
- Jack Quaid – Speaking of reviled characters. We know he’s talked briefly about The Hunger Games to Interview magazine, but there’s got to be more there. What makes Marvel so marvelous? What was it like to pretend-kill cute little Amandla Stenberg? What’s it like to have been killed by Katniss herself? We want to know!
- Amber Chaney – The Avox Girl (Lavinia is her name!) may not be able to talk, but we’re sure she can. As such an emotional trigger for Katniss and an early sign of the existence of District 13, we’d love to hear about it. What was it like to convey the emotion needed for her scene with Katniss when she couldn’t even talk?
- Paul Gibson – Who is Trexler Hoverhound??? Hunger Games fans are dying to know.
- Donald Sutherland – We’ve saved the best for last. We know that Snow doesn’t get villain-y until the end of the first book when he crowns Katniss and Peeta as victors and doesn’t really start to scare the pants off us until his visit with Katniss in Catching Fire, but he is the villain, and a darn good one too. There is just something utterly terrifying about his nice/calm brand of evil that makes President Snow one of the best villains of all time. And he is being played by a Hollywood legend. Not only is he the progenitor of an actor famous in his own right, he has been an actor since the 60s and has had a hugely successful and well respected career, working with high caliber actors and winning 2 Golden Globes and an Emmy. And while we like to think of him as an adorable grandpa type figure because of his portrayal of Mr. Bennet in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie, we’re a little scared of him because he can play an unapologetic, calm villain so well. If you’ve ever seen Outbreak, you know what we’re talking about. So we’re dying to know his opinion on everything. What does he think of the story? The actors? Gary Ross? Suzanne Collins? The fans? And really, how does one get into the mind of President Snow?
Talk to me, I’ll listen