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Comicbook.com was at the Superman 75th Anniversary party, which took place at the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday night as part of 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International. During the event, Man Of Steel star Henry Cavill made an appearance, along with an original copy of Action Comics #1. Of course, Action Comics #1 features the first appearance of Superman and is an extremely valuable comic book.
Action Comics #1 arrived in a Brinks security truck delivery following a hand-off from Tornado Comics, a comic retailer that helped facilitate the appearance in San Diego. The comic was displayed in a special, “speeding bullet-proof” display case made specifically for the event.
“There wouldn’t be a Comic-Con without ACTION COMICS #1 and Superman so it’s fitting that we’re honoring the comic book that started it all here in San Diego,” stated Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. “It’s been a year filled with milestones for Superman – while we celebrate 75 years of entertainment from the world’s first Super Hero, the global success of Man of Steel proves Superman is more relevant than ever.”
Musician Jack White said, “Action Comics #1 is an important piece of history. Instead of keeping my comic locked inside a vault I want to share it with fans during key moments like Superman’s 75th anniversary, much like fine art is shared in museums.”
Other guests at the Superman 75th Anniversary party included DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson,DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.
The event was part of a year-long celebration honoring 75 years of Superman that includes a commemorative logo, and a new, animated short that pays homage to Superman and the many iterations of the Super Hero throughout his 75 years. The animated short is produced by Zack Snyder and will be released later this year.
The Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment: Superman’s 75th Anniversary Celebration takes place on Saturday, July 20 at 4:15pm in room 6A at 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International. Panelists include Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman), Tim Daly (Superman: The Animated Series), Jim Lee (DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and artist for Superman: Unchained), Jack Larson (the original Jimmy Olsen from Adventures of Superman), talent from Man of Steel, and many more.
Now for the actors and peasants: - All from the WBPictures Twitter
This post is dedicated to all the Cavillry on ONTD :)
This is my first post. Enjoy, lovelies :)
Actress Tilda Swinton who will be appearing in director Bong Joon-Ho’s new film ‘Snowpiercer’ became a cover model for fashion magazine W Korea.
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How did the world end in Bong Joon-Ho's highly anticipated post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer? An extended animated clip has been released, providing the backstory on how the catastrophic ice age began and depicts the first departure of the train following the tragic events that ensues as the people desperately fought each other over the only safe refuge.
Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, the film marks Bong's English-language debut with a cast that includes Chris Evans, Song Kang-Ho, Ko Asung (who narrates the animated prequel as her character, Yona), Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, John Hurt, and Ed Harris.
Snowpiercer is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.
The theatrical release date in South Korea is August 1st. You'll find the 4-minute animated clip (English subtitles included) embedded below.
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Praying to the Lawd Almighty that her editorial shoot would be a high-fashion retrospective of her previous film characters like Jadis, Gabriel, Orlando, Elizabeth Abbott, Emma Recchi, and Eva Khatchadourian. Obviously, my flaw-free androgynous alien goddess kween slaying fashion magazine covers better than your basic bitch faves. Lbr, they could never reach her superior perfection. And no Hollywood actress--absolutely no lesser bitch--can rock the blonde DragonBall Super Saiyan Goku/Vegeta hairdo and make it look super couture and fierce like she does. Also so fucking excited for "Snowpiercer" that I need this film to be released like yesterday, gdi!
P.S. This post is dedicated to another fabulous Tilda stan here on ONTD, agatharuncible. Hay gurl haayyyy!!! <3
Billionaire Wissam Al Mana, husband of famous popstar Janet Jackson, signed the letter of resignation for Marte Dalelv (24) after she reported being raped in Dubai.
The 6th of March this year Dalelv reported a colleague for rape while on a business trip in Dubai. Earlier this week, Dalelv was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted for having extramarital sex, drinking alcohol without permission and giving false statement to the police.
- Dubai is presented as a paradise, like everything is nice. But it's not like that, says the 24 year old woman from Tønsberg, Norway to the newspaper VG.
The 6th of March this year she reported a colleague for rape. But Tuesday this week, Dalelv was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted for having extramarital sex and for drinking alcohol without permission.
The nightmare started when she attended a work trip to Dubai with her colleagues in the Qatar based interior company she worked for.
Woke up being raped
The last night in Dubai she went out on the town with female colleagues from Norway. A couple of their Qatari male colleagues also joined them.
- The morning after I woke up being raped, my clothes were taken off and I was lying on my stomach, Dalelv explains. When she went to the police to report the assault, they didn't believe her.
- Two hours after being raped the police asked me: "Did you come to us because you didn't like it?". I then realized that they did not believe me, she says.
Took her passport
For four days she was detained in a prison cell, charged for having extramarital sex.
- They took my money, my purse and my passport before locking me in the prison cell. It was freezing cold in there, without enough places to sleep for everyone.
Dalelv was lucky enough to borrow a phone to call her parents and tell them what happened.
- I told my father rapidly: "I have been raped. I am in prison. You have to call the embassy. I am at the Burj Dubai station".
Her appeal hearing is scheduled for the 5th of September, and until then she is stuck in Dubai with the status "wanted". This means she will be arrested if she gets in touch with the police again.
«Unacceptable and improper behavior»
Ms. Dalelv received a letter from her employer Al Mana Interiors three weeks after she reported the rape, informing her that she was suspended from her position, effective immediately.
The ninth of april she got a new shocking letter: Her contract was terminated due to «unacceptable and improper behavior». This time it was the company's managing director, Mr. Wissam Al Mana, who himself signed the letter.
Al Mana and popstar Janet Jackson, the sister of Michael Jackson, got married in 2012. When they confirmed the marriage this February the news went worldwide.
«Last year we were married in a quiet, private and beautiful ceremony», the couple wrote in a statement to the press.
- I think a man's dream woman changes as he goes through different stages in his life. I'm fortunate to be dating my dream woman now, he told Harper's Bazaar in 2010 according to Gulf News.
Sacked by a billionaire
Wissam Al Mana is a businesstycoon in Qatar who is believed to be worth one billion dollars. His company has worked together, amongst others, with the luxury brand Hermès on opening a high-end story in Doha, according to Trends Magazine, an international magazine about arab business, who wrote an article about Al Mana in 2009.
Al Mana Interiors in Doha and their role as a franchisee in the interior chain The One Total Home Experience is also mentioned in the article. Dalelv got recruited through The One for the job in Dubai, and on The One's website Al Mana Interiors is promoted as The One's Doha-store.
The One is owned by the swedish bussinessman Thomas Lundgren, which has recruited several Norwegians to work for him and their franchisees in the Gulf-countries. Mr. Lundgren has not replied VGs repeated attempts to get a comment.
Removed Facebook-pagesOn their Facebook-page Qatar-based Al Mana Interiors informs that the company is led by the Saleh Al Mana-group, which is owned by the three brothers Hisham, Kamal and Wissam Saleh Al Mana.
This was also confirmed in a statement to the press in 2010. The brothers owns over 50 different companies in the Gulf-region, Wissam Al Mana informs in an interview to Gfconoisseur.
Other companies in the Saleh Al Mana-group do sales of cares, cosmetics and real estate.
The Facebook-page of Al Mana Interiors have been removed since Friday morning and the company has not given any statements. The same goes for the Facebook-page of The One.
Personally signed the letter
Al Mana writes the following in the letter he personally signed:
Dear Ms. Dalelv,
Further the suspension letter notified to you on 20th March 2013, we hereby inform you that you employment with Al Mana Interiors W.L.L. is terminated for misconduct and breach of your employment duties, effective immediately.
As mentioned is the suspension letter dated 20th March 2013, your employment agreement is termination due to your unacceptable and improper behavior during your last business trip in Dubai, which has resulted in your arrest by the Police Authorities in UAE.
The full and final settlement of any outstanding benefits can be discussed wih Mr. XXXX XXXXXX. At the same time, you are requested to hand in any company property given to you on account of company work.
The present letter has been given in accordance with article 61 of the Qatar Labour Law no 14 of (2004), and a copy of which will be submitted to the Labour Department, for their records.
Wissam Al Mana Managing Director
Reporters have not recieved any comments from Al Mana Interiors or Wissam Al Mana, despite repeated requests.
So ONTD, to what extent do you think guests in other countries should follow the local law?
>>>and the alledged rapist? was convicted for pre-marital sex as well, but got a shorter sentence.
Actress/singer MILEY CYRUS once embarrassed her father Billy Ray by falling asleep next to him at a HARRY POTTER premiere in front of all the film's stars.
The We Can't Stop hitmaker was so tired after walking the red carpet with the country music star, she began dozing in her seat in the theater.
Miley tells BBC radio DJ Nick Grimshaw, "I had to go to the premiere and then I slept once I got in. I walked the carpet and I made my dad come with me and I literally laid down. He's like, 'You cannot do this at the theater right now! You're at the premiere, the actors are sitting right there.' I'm like, 'I can't do it, I'm exhausted! I don't know what's going on because I haven't seen the other ones'. I've only seen the first one."
The 20 year old goes on to reveal her mother, Tish Cyrus, stopped her from watching the Potter movies as a youngster, adding, "My mom wouldn't let me watch it when I was a kid. She said it was witchcraft, she said it was dark. She didn't know what I was gonna turn out to be! My mom had high hopes. She thought Harry Potter was gonna be the worst!"
Don’t know about you, but Digg founder and current rainmaker at Google’s venture capital arm Kevin Rose had a pretty interesting Friday night.
“At 1:00am I hard my dog Toaster crying and yelping in pain,” his video says. “I discovered a raccoon attacking him. I do not encourage animal violence. I wanted to get the wild animal as far away from us as possible.”
So he stormed the raccoon, managed to grab it and launch it overhead. And the whole thing was captured on his security camera. Hopefully Rose and his dog both came out of the ordeal without rabies. Watch below for a serious show of guts and a perfectly executed raccoon trajectory.
There were stories out there that Robert Pattinson was turned away from meeting Beyonce because he was "drunk." This photo shows that's obviously not true.
The false story
Robert Pattinson was turned away from meeting Beyonce Knowles.
The Twilight Saga hunk and four friends watched Beyonce perform in Los Angeles last week but after the group tried to chat to her backstage, they were sent away because they didn't have the correct credentials.
A source told In Touch magazine: "He was at the concert with four dudes, smoking, but in a great mood. He was trying to get into the Beyoncé meet and greet, but he didn't have the right credentials and he didn't make it in!
"His friends tried to sneak into the meet and greet! After they weren't allowed in, [Rob] waited for 10 minutes at the door and security said no."
Robert, 27, was not the only star at Beyonce's show at the Staples Centre. Other celebrities in attendance included Seth Rogen and Glee stars Lea Michele, Naya Rivera and Chris Colfer, as well as Brittany Snow, Derek Hough, Karina Smirnoff, Tiffani Thiessen, Jason Alexander, Tyler Hoechlin and Bella Thorne.
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Thousands of excited Taylor Swift fans are returning to their seats at Lincoln Financial Field after a severe thunderstorm forced them to move out of the field.
The Country music superstar performed at the Linc Friday night and is performing again on Saturday. Heavy rain as well as lightning delayed Saturday night’s concert however and forced concertgoers to leave their seats and move to the concourse area.
Around 10:30 p.m. they were allowed back into their seats as the rain moved out.
The lightning cancelled the Electric Run, a 5K run in Philadelphia, according to twitter followers. The race organizers have not confirmed the cancellation however.
The storm has also led to power outages in several parts of the area as well.
According to AC Electric, 2836 customers are without power in Camden County while 4364 are without power in Salem County. Delmarva is reporting 458 outages in New Castle while PECO is reporting scattered outages.
Did an audio commentary for the Red wedding episode with Michelle for the DVD
Wants a combination of Jon and Dany on the Iron Throne
It was Oona's choice to keep the boots on during their sex scene
Is a fan of Battlestar Galactica
Matt and Jenna appear around 41:00
Who can ever forget THAT moment when Kanye West ruined Taylor Swift's MTV VMAs acceptance speech back in 2009?
Well it turns out the rapper keep going backstage and for some reason the tape of the recording has only just been released.
In the recording, a man who sounds a lot like Kanye West is heard saying, "I'd rather just let the [inaudible] speak for itself. You know, it's like, I was happy to be in a situation where people couldn't say, oh, I was trying to promote my own song. For the times that I've, like, defended myself…
"[Tape break] I'm pushing the envelope! I wrote my f–kin' 'Run This Town' verse for a f–kin' month! When I heard Eminem's verse on the Drake s–t, I went back and rewrote my sh-t for two days. I cancelled appointments to rewrite! I f–kin' care! You know what I'm saying? And that's what I'm saying.
"Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I'm alive! And if I'm alive, kill me then! Kill me then! As long as I'm alive, you gon' have to deal with it. 'Cause there ain't gonna be no more motherf–king Elvises with no James Browns. [A female voice asks, "Why are you so angry? What's the anger?"]
Because my mother got arrested for the f–kin' sit-ins. My mother died for this fame sh-t! I moved to f–kin' Hollywood chasing this s—t. My mother died because of this s–t. F–k MTV. It ain't no love. What the f-ck was Pink performing? Don't nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the f–k Pink perform two songs and I didn't even get asked to perform "Heartless." "Heartless" is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don't know that Pink song! But I noticed that she's pink!
"[A male voice asks, "How the f--k did Eminem get the Best Hip-Hop song in 2008?"] Eminem won Best Video! Rap Video! Yo, when he won that s–t, I was so happy. I said, "N—a, I'm gon' do this until y'all put a bullet in my head. I'm runnin' up to y'all, put a…" [tape cuts]."
Naturally fans of Taylor and Pink were not pleased to hear Mr West's words but Pink being the awesome artist that she is responded peacefully on Twitter.
P!nk ✔ @Pink
Oh come on y'all... If people secretly recorded me and all the shit I talk.... It's all good. All love. And we all still here. Peace please
10:12 AM - 19 Jul 2013
Midnight Red is the hottest new boy band on the scene. One listen to their brilliant RedOne-produced party anthem “Take Me Home” is all you need to know that One Direction and The Wanted have new competition. We caught up with Thomas Augusto (the well-coiffed hunk on the left) to talk about their new single, its lake house-themed video and the joys of working with arguably the most successful producer in pop music. Read all about it after the jump.
Midnight Red has actually been around for a couple of years before releasing “Take It Home”. Can you talk about those early days?
Essentially Midnight Red came together organically and a lot of the prior music we put out like “Hell Yeah” or “One Club At A Time” was really the beginning of our recording process. We were still going through a period of incubation and artistic growth and figuring out who we are.
You know, we were just thrown into the lion’s den with The New Kids On The Block tour. Prior to that first show we had done maybe a block party with 60 people and then our next show is 12,000 people, Mandalay Bay sold-out — so we really just had to roll with the punches and grow as we went.
How did you know that “Take Me Home” would be the song that would really launch you?
It was just one of those magical moments. We were in the studio with RedOne and we had heard “Take Me Home” in the studio and we were just like ‘yeah’. It was kind of a grower, it was a great song first listen and it was somewhere around the second time we were like ‘oh let’s hear it again’. It was just magical, we just kind of knew, especially when the chorus kicks back in, there’s just something really anthemic about it and very great, it was easily our favorite song.
You also have a tie-in with Coca Cola?
Yeah the Coca Cola promotion is amazing. They selected “Take Me Home” for their song for the summer campaign. It had been submitted and we were chosen and it kind of happened out of nowhere, suddenly we got this news, like alright this is the deal. We were just like oh my god! it’s a big deal, it’s Coca Cola. We’re super excited about it.
With that added push, do you have expectations that the song is going to be really big?
That’s a tricky question, I don’t know. I mean I have all kinds of expectations and no expectations, I have faith in the song and I really do expect people to like it. I really hope people like it. It’s difficult to say, to pinpoint where my expectations lay.
Obviously Coca Cola is helping with the exposure because we released the audio for “Take Me Home” a couple weeks ago and some of the feedback was “oh, heard this at the movies during the Coca Cola commercial and I was hunting down the song and I found it” — so definitely reaching a new set of ears with the Coca Cola thing.
Do you think the success of bands like One Direction and The Wanted have helped your cause or harmed it?
No, I think it’s totally helped our cause. I think it’s very evident now that the boy band is back and what’s cool about us is that we offer something a bit different from The Wanted or One Direction so that there’s a different flavor out there from what’s available.
What is that point of difference?
I really believe that a big difference is we dance, that’s really a big one. Our performance element is pretty strong. So we’re a bit more in the vein of ‘N Sync with but our own take on it. We grew up in that era so we’re very influenced by them. Musically it’s a bit different as well and we were organically put together so we just have this funky chemistry, we’ve known each other for a while and we just all are like brothers, you know?
What kind of music are you listening to right now?
There’s so much music out there it’s crazy. No Doubt has always been a really big influence on me since I was a kid. I don’t know that’s actually pretty hard. Believe it or not we’ve been working so much lately and I’m rehearsing so much and promoting “Take Me Home” that I feel like “Take Me Home” is just about the only record that’s been on my mind for the past few weeks to be honest with you.
Fair enough! What’s it like to work with RedOne in the studio?
He’s had so many huge hits with amazing people.
It’s amazing. It’s an amazing experience to work with RedOne. He has just become like family to us. He’s a kind of a mentor and he’s the executive producer of the album.
He did every song?
Every song, yes, every song. It’s very humbling to be in the studio with him because you’re sitting in the room with someone with so many accolades and someone so mentally talented and he’s such a humble guy and he’s just a great guy and he treats us like family and he is so passionate about Midnight Red and the entire project and the sound. He’s always believed in us since day one which is so inspiring.
And it’s inspiring to work with him because his creative juices are flowing and he’s just a genius. When we’re sitting there recording we become better studio vocalists. He’s so picky on takes and what he brings out of you so I think we’ve grown too as singers by working with him.
Do you have any other collaborations on the album?
As of yet, no. There is one song we recently recorded that we were in the studio with Red and we did want to get a name on the record but I can’t disclose that and I’m not sure what the status is on that. But potentially there could be a really great feature on a really, really great song on the record but as of now it’s just Midnight Red and you’re going to get to hear a lot of us.
Last but not least, what can we expect from the video?
I’m so excited about the video. We just wrapped it up a few days ago. It’s a fun video. It’s very fun, summery sort of video. It takes place at a lake so it’s kind of like a ‘good time at the lake house’. It was just so much fun to shoot, so you can expect that and expect some new choreography in there. It’s shot very clean, so it’s going to be awesome.
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Looks like an official debut album will be here in the fall. I'm stoked. I've followed these guys for almost 5 years now and this is all so over due.
Joss Whedon favorite Amy Acker upped to series regular on 'Person of Interest'
It looks like the Whedonverse truly is the center of Comic-Con 2013: At the panel for CBS’ Person of Interest, it was revealed that Joss regular Amy Acker has been promoted to series regular for season 3.
Acker most recently starred in Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing and first teamed with the director in Angel. Now she can get a little more comfortable as cyber-hacker Root on Person of Interest when the show returns September 24 at its new day and time: Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
Also, here's an awesome (and terrifying) video especially made for Comic Con; it combines footage from the show and actual news footage about PRISM. You won't be able to tell which is which:
Y'all better be watching this show. Whedonites, you can catch up over the summer. Amy has appeared on both Season 1 and Season 2 and her character is amazing. As is the entire show. Also, Sarah Shahi was previously promoted to series regular as well so now we have 3 awesome men and 3 awesome women on the show. HELL. YES.
Soundscan numbers are officially IN for Ciara‘s self-titled new album, and altogether she has managed to push 59,000 units. This marks a vast improvement from the 37,000 units sold with her last set, 2010′s ‘Basic Instinct’. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 this week, making it her fourth studio album to reach the top three on that tally.
The only album to miss the region was ‘Basic Instinct’, which debuted and peaked at #44. It seems these figures have become standard numbers for a female R&B artist with the exception of heavyweights such as Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and Mary J. Blige. Although these numbers are nothing to write home about, it’s not all doom and gloom. Ciara’s ‘Body Party’ jumps from #25 to #22 on the Hot 100 this week and she still has the VMAs. That is, if her marketing team actually care enough to guarantee her a performance slot there.
So that's 4,000 copies outside of America
Her album sold 2,300 units in the UK
Which means she sold about 1,700 copies outside of the US and UK
Jennifer Lawrence hits the red carpet as she arrives for the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Press Line and Panel during 2013 Comic-Con International held at Hilton Bayfront on Saturday afternoon (July 20) in San Diego, Calif.
The 22-year-old actress was joined by her co-star, 20-year-old Josh Hutcherson!
During the Catching Fire panel, the cast premiered the highly anticipated first full length trailer for the flick.
FYI: Jennifer is wearing a Proenza Schouler ensemble with Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, EF Collection ring and earrings, and a Monique Pean ring.
Be sure to catch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire when it hits theaters November 22nd!
A mainstay of Comic-Con in years past has been the fan-friendly Twilight panels. That series has come to a close, but Lionsgate picked up the baton this year by hosting a highly anticipated Hall H panel for the sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It became clear that this panel was very much about pleasing the fans, but we did get a look at the new trailer and director Francis Lawrence and his cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth took the stage to talk about character developments in the follow-up, Oscar season, having so many newcomers on set, working with author Suzanne Collins, and more.
Hit the jump to read my full recap of the Comic-Con panel for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Moderator Dave Karger introduced director Francis Lawrence, Willow Shields, Lenny Kravitz, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Jennifer Lawrence.
Taking over the reins as director from Gary Ross:
Francis Lawrence said it’s a dream cast and a dream story, and he had a lot of fun with the film.
Katniss’ challenges in Catching Fire:
Jennifer Lawrence said that Katniss is suffering PTSD from the games, and now Peeta understands a part of her that Gale never will.
The love triangle:
Hutcherson said that it’s very complicated, as Peeta expressed his strong feelings and he’s now come to find that “it was an act.” Lawrence corrected him by saying, “it was complicated.”
Hemsworth said that it took three days to film his torture scene.
Interacting with Suzanne Collins:
Right after Francis got the job, he flew out to meet with Collins to get together and go through the book. They began the “beat sheet” for the film’s screenplay after going through the book together.
They then rolled the new trailer, which you can watch right here. Lawrence seems to have adopted a more controlled camera style, and I like that they’re still holding back in showing the new arena.
How did the finished film compare to the movie Lawrence had in his head?
Francis Lawrence said that he’s very pleased with the emotional scale of the movie and the way the world has come together and how it looks. We see more of the other districts and the capitol.
Kravitz—essentially emoting coolness—described Cinna as “a really cool cat.”
Joining the cast as newcomers:
Wright said that the reason you make movies is you want people to see them, and the books established “a voracious appetite” for these movies and expectations. He said it could have been intimidating, but he found it easy because a great foundation had already been laid.
Malone said it was fun because the newcomers outnumbered the returning cast members, so there was a lot of new blood. The big initiation was “being let in on all these inside jokes.”
Did Oscar season feel like the victory tour?
Jennifer Lawrence said, “I mean the stakes weren’t as high.” She remembers reading the first book and seeing Katniss feeling uncomfortable in new clothes and with makeup and all the attention, which mirrored her first Oscar experience, and Katniss returning to the familiar Victors world was similar to her Silver Linings Playbook Oscar experience.
A slobbery kissing scene between Katniss and Peeta:
Jennifer Lawrence and Hutcherson recounted some takes from a kissing scene in which Lawrence had a lot of snot coming out of her nose that connected with Hutcherson’s mouth. When they pulled away the snot made a string that connected the two. Lawrence and Hutcherson were really funny in recounting the story.
Jeffrey Wright said that Lawrence and Hutcherson “are the funniest pair,” saying that their chemistry made it really comfortable for all the new people on set.
Jennifer Lawrence said her greatest challenges on set are running and trying not to hit herself with her bow.
The difference between working on big budget films and independent fare:
Lawrence believes there’s something to be said for having too much money. She said that when you don’t have very much money you have to work really hard to make the day and get all of your shots. On big studio films, it’s more laid-back, “but the food is much better.” She noted, however, that more money allows the filmmakers to tackle a larger vision.
Hutcherson said the big studio movies give them opportunities to do smaller movies. He added that he wants to eventually direct, so working on Hunger Games has been a great experience.
While I understand that the main draw for The Hunger Games panel was to give fans the chance to interact with the actors, I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get any footage beyond the new trailer, which is already available online. Jennifer Lawrence was unsurprisingly charismatic and she has some great chemistry with Hutcherson, but Francis Lawrence didn’t talk much about how he approached the material when he took over as director. The footage in the trailer was impressive, I just would’ve liked to have seen a full scene in the context of the film.
MTV chatted with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson on the San Diego Comic-Con press line today.
Jennifer jokingly grabs Josh Horowitz’s butt, raves about Francis Lawrence, says Sam Claflin is a good flirter, and says she’s about to read Mockingjay again in preparation for filming the movie.
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