Amandla Stenberg

The Cast That Gets Around

You’d think I would be writing about all the new clips that have been released, or the appearances cast members have made– but I won’t, because I’ve cut myself off from promotional material as of about a week ago. That’s right my lovelies, I haven’t seen an interview that Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Josh Hutcherson, or– wait, I read a couple Bruno Gunn did, but I promised a friend that I would. I lied then, I have kept somewhat in the loop, but I’m not ravenous for it all! Why? Because I’d really rather be surprised where it comes to the film from here on out, and hearing, or better yet reading about it almost on a daily basis kind of puts a damper on the zest of excitement that is this magical thing we like to call– anticipation. Which is why when I hear, or again, read that former and current cast members are taking on new projects, I’m much more receptive and willing to read on, and on, and on.

So, is anyone here a fan of the new series Sleepy Hollow? I certainly am, sure it’s not as gritty as some new series’ to be released within the last few months (Masters of Sex),– but then again I’m a die-hard Downton Abbey fan, and god knows costume dramas aren’t known for their grit. Any who, Sleepy Hollow is kind of half a costume drama, half cop show, and a whole lot of super natural thriller-ing. Which of course brings us to this, Amandla Stenberg, AKA our beloved Rue, will be taking on a recurring role on the popular Fox series. At first I thought she might be playing the younger version of one of the lead characters, but my assumption was incorrect, especially since that role’s already taken– how astute of me, I know. Amandla however will be playing Orlando Jones’ amandla-stenberg-01characters daughter, Jones is the brand new police chief in the bustling hamlet of Sleepy Hollow, New York. I don’t know about you, but I hope her character sticks around and gives Jones’ character some more and much needed heart and background. Stay frosty, Amandla’s debut will be November 25th, which is very very close!

Super natural series’ seem to be in The Hunger Games casts blood, because Meta Golding may have yet to fully grace us with her presence as Enobaria, but she’s already appearing on The CW’s The Tomorrow People. I’ve personally never seen The Tomorrow People, I did however used to watch the second incarnation of this rebooted series several years ago, yep– the one with Naomie Harris. I swear I hear crickets! Here’s the deal, it’s a series with an interesting concept, and even though I don’t have time to tune in and see Meta and co. doing their thing, I hope other people do. Besides, I keep hearing ads for it on the radio whilst driving around in my car, and it sounds like a decent series to me, little cheesy, but decent.

Did you think I was done? Well I’m not, because well, because I’m not! I mentioned his name above, well here I go mentioning it again– Bruno Gunn has been cast in a film that is currently shooting down in Atlanta. And this film has got its self a stellar cast! With people like Hailie Steinfeld, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Alba– and of course Bruno rounding it out, I don’t think it can go too wrong. The film is called Barely Lethal, and the synopsis is this, “a 16-year-old international assassin yearning for a “normal” adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls as a senior in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that being popular can be more painful than getting water-boarded.” I’m intrigued. The press release of Bruno’s casting went out yesterday, and I’d like to think of it as a positive way to bookend the work week– yes, because it’s not everyday that you read Bruno Gunn and Samuel L. Jackson in the same article! You’re probably curious now, so here’s the skinny, Bruno’s role will be that of Jessica Alba’s henchman with only one name, Jones. Yep, like Madonna, or Beyonce, or Elvis– sorry, I can’t think of any other famous people with one name names. Jones are no Jones, I’ll keep you all posted on any other information I gather on this project– I think Samuel L. Jackson would approve, perhaps even Bruno.

Liberace! See, thought of another.

Them There Eyes

Hunger Games Fans Are Cheaters… AKA Kids At Heart

Let’s all stop and admit to something: We are a bunch of big, dirty cheating cheaters!

It’s not our fault! When you’re swimming with sharks or running with wolves or existing alongside some vicious creature (aka other fandoms!), you do what you gotta do to come out on top!


It least it looks cooler than an Oscar!

How did this revelation come about, you ask?
Today was a big day for me on a personal level, as I managed to pull off my sister’s bridal shower without murdering anyone in the process. But even in the middle of playing party hostess extraordinaire, The Hunger Games still worked its way into the day… because everyone knows I’m a huge fandom geek.

This time, it was a cousin who has children in the appropriate Kids Choice Awards age range. To paraphrase…
Her: “We were watching The Kids Choice Awards last night. The Hunger Games won a bunch of stuff! I was kind of surprised, given the age range.”
Me: “Oh, the Internet knows no age range. Maybe 10 percent of the people voting for The Hunger Games were actually age appropriate. When voting is all online, an 80-year-old could vote for the Kids Choice and no one would be the wiser. Kids voted, I’m sure, but I guarantee you there were way more adults. Hell, I bet some cleared their cookies and voted multiple times.”
Her: “Don’t grown adults have better things to do with their time?”
Me: “Sadly, no.”

From there, I tried to point out Alexander Ludwig’s heinous comb-over. She didn’t recall, but SERIOUSLY, WHAT WAS UP WITH THAT?!

Anyhow, clearly there’s a large chunk of cheaters among us! Not to say that there aren’t kids who have read or seen The Hunger Games– we’re under the firm belief that it’s up to parents to decide when their children can watch certain books or read certain books– but we wouldn’t guess that the majority of kids are totally saavy on books and movies heavy on death and political turmoil. Plus, WE KNOW about the cheating because we helped facilitate it through our social networks! Because if The Hunger Games is nominated, WE BETTER WIN, DAMMIT!

Willow's elbows FTW!

Willow’s elbows FTW!

We’re not the only ones, of course! Kristen Stewart won not one but two awards. Plus Johnny Depp took home the award for Best Actor for Dark Shadows, which was a great movie… said no kid ever. They seem a little out of place among the wins for Selena Gomez and One Direction and Spongebob Squarepants. That’s because they are! They were put there for the fandoms and the fandoms ensured the win, regardless of supposed “age restrictions”.

For the record, it was totally worth it, simply for that moment we realized that Willow Shields is both adorable AND double jointed in her elbows!

We All Know We Have the Maturity Level of a Ten Year-Old Anyway,
The Girl With The Pearl

The Deluge of Hate

I can’t believe I’m writing about this again, but it’s making a racket AGAIN, and it’s just dying to be addressed AGAIN. First of all, I am immeasurably tired of all the racist bullshit that’s surrounded The Hunger Games since the 1st day the principle cast was announced, be it on the side that some people are, and/or were under the impression that casting Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch was “white washing”, and now that casting Amandla Stenberg as Rue, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, and Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh, is a disappointment on a monumental scale.

Yes, this is about the tweets, yes this is about the article on Jezebel, which was subsequently then picked up by The Huffington Post, and then the Chicago Tribune, and so on and so forth. Great, now that that’s out of the bag, let’s try to be adults about this (if that’s at all possible). First of all, race is an entirely socially constructed concept, and those who believe that it holds any bearing on one’s intellect, personal character, ability to chew solid food, or voting proclivity — you’re wrong, you’re dead wrong, and you need to get your ass into a sociology class and go re-learn some things, ’cause you’ve been ill-informed your entire life. You may also want to go interact or hang-out with people of different cultural, ethnic, or racial backgrounds from yourself — get a little perspective. I don’t even really want to talk about Panem today, because I’m not interested in waxing philosophic about a fictional place, because we’ve got enough problems in the real world right now, and they’re bleeding into this series like a bandage in need of replacing. I’m only writing about this because at the gym, of all places, I was asked about this incident of extremely bigoted written diarrhea, because I am The Hunger Games go-to-girl. This is unfounded, people, when something like this is not just being passed back and forth on Facebook and Twitter, but people at your gym are speaking about it face to face, this is a sign that it’s bled through the bandage at an inconceivable rate.

I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be Amandla Stenberg right now, but I’m sure she’s had to deal with a fair amount of racism in her life being a person whose background would make some people angry. I’m speaking of the fact that her parents are not of the same race, there’s that word again — race! What does it even mean?! Oh, okay — let’s do a google search and find out, because all my sociology text books are gone now — girl’s gotta eat (not the text books, I don’t eat paper).

  • Race is defined as a social category or social construction that we treat as distinct on the basis of certain characteristics, some biological, that have been assigned social importance in the society. It is not the biological characteristics per se that define racial groups, but how groups have been treated historically and socially. That is, society assigns people to racial categories such as Black, White, and so on, not because of science, logic, or fact, but because of social experience.

Amandla Stenberg and by default, Rue — does not deserve to be thought ill of because she’s categorized as black. Rue was an innocent child, in the worst situation any parent would ever deem to have a nightmare about, and thinking that she deserved to die the way she did, or at all, because of the color of her skin or the texture of her hair, is deplorable, sick, twisted, and so reprehensible that it makes me have to write about racism in The Hunger Games casting situation yet again! It has to be said, even though it’s been said before — but the people who wrote those tweets were not careful readers, and careful readers breed for careless citizens of a global world. The fact that they thought that tweeting their thoughts on the film and the casting in the manner that they did, and likely thinking they would go without receiving any backlash from the world at large — that’s ignorance on a scale that’s frankly unprecedented. I’m somehow glad to know that all of their Twitter accounts have been deleted, because of the deluge of hate messages they received. But they’re still out there, and I can only hope, we can only hope that with the amount of play this episode of hate got, and there will be more, that they’ve turned a new leaf and become a little less racist, a little less ignorant. If not — I fear to even imagine.

I don’t want to talk about this again, but I know I will — we’ve still got the Catching Fire castings to contend with.

Them There Eyes

The Hunger Games Cast Twitters Get Boss Status

If you follow some of our lovely tributes on Twitter (well, a certain one), a couple phrases may have entered your vocabulary. You guys know what we’re talking about. “Liv it up.” “Stay crispy.” “Chillin’ like a villain.” Okay, we added that last one, and we’re sure that dates us in some way.

Amandla and Xander having fun at dinner, pic courtesy of Dayo's Twitter

And then last night, we got another Ludwig gem: “Boss status.” We’re really expanding our vocab now!

As a fandom, we’re blessed with a largely fan-interactive cast. Sure, Josh, Liam and Jennifer are busy doing their thing, and rightly so, but Jackie, Dayo, Xander (obviously we’re all on a first name basis), et al., take to Twitter and answer fan questions and do live streams. And with such a tight knit cast that seemed to have really bonded on set, they seem to hang out with each other when they can, tweeting pics when they’re out together. Which is great for us! We love that. It’s nice seeing that they’re all so close and seem to genuinely like each other.

But of course, every now and then, we have to laugh and/or facepalm. Like we said, last night’s tweet was a real gem. And not just because of the “boss status” hashtag. Here’s the full tweet:

After we’ve gotten over the ickiness of someone in their 30s hitting on a 19-year-old, we have to admit, we kind of started to imagine what kind of pickup lines a 30-something would use on Jack Quaid. Probably calling him “Rookie” or “Maverick”. Asking if he’s “Got Mail” or “Addicted to Love”. Maybe trying to make a date for “The Day After Tomorrow.” All right, we’ve gotten that out of our system. If you couldn’t tell, we’re fans of his parents.

In all seriousness, to our wonderful Hunger Games cast, keep doing you. We love your pictures, we love that you seem to appreciate us fans, and we love hearing from you. Just… try to keep it appropriate. But if you don’t, you have given us license to playfully and lovingly mock you.

Liv it up and stay crispy!


Tribute Lightning Round

Dayo Okeniyi, Thresh in The Hunger Games

Unintentionally making us sad since June 14

Dayo Okeniyi, our Thresh in the upcoming Hunger Games film, had a birthday last week. While we were sending him a quick tweet to congratulate him, we were struck by a sad, sad revelation.

Ready for it?

By the time Dayo has his next birthday, he will be completely done with The Hunger Games. We’re talking filming, promotion, premieres.. the whole sha-bang.

Because no matter what other ways The Hunger Games may be considered sci-fi fantasy, there’s no coming back from the dead. Thresh suffers a mysterious death at the hands of Cato and POOF! We never see him again.

And then we get to thinking.. all but two of the actors playing tributes will have moved on from The Hunger Games by this time next year! We realize our Rue (Amandla Stenberg), Foxface (Jacqueline Emerson), Clove (Isabelle Fuhrman), Cato (Alexander Ludwig), Glimmer (Leven Rambin) and Marvel (Jack Quaid) will all have gone on to the next project along with Dayo.

Ben and Jerry's Phish Food Ice Cream

The Only Cure for The Hunger Games Blues

Then we eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream and cry ourselves to sleep.

In a geektastic way, the fans have become connected to the actors/stuntmen playing the tributes. They’re the ones who reply to fans, talk about the filming basics and hanging out, and take photos while out and about in North Carolina.

Obviously, we think Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth think they’re way too cool to communicate with fans. It’s not like they’re super busy running around a forest or something. Oh wait..

Then we come to a stunning realization about the people we’ve got a new found attachment to.