Leven Rambin

The Hunger Games Cast Is Working

Deceptive title I know– but it’s true, the cast of The Hunger Games franchise are a working bunch of actors, and that’s a good thing. Yes, not only for them, ’cause it means they’re eating regularly, paying their bills, and are able to buy soap (soap’s very important, keeps you clean), it also means that we the fans can watch and/or look forward to seeing them in other roles, and therefore get a better grasp on what they as actors are capable of. Also, if they were one of the unfortunate lot whose character died in The Hunger Games, it’s kind of nice seeing them essentially rise from the dead, however as other people. So, without further ado here are a few tasty morsels to look forward to or nibble on pre and post November of 2013.

Leven Rambin’s character Glimmer may have died a horrific death in The Hunger Games, but that doesn’t mean she’s not still trucking away at her own personal dreams of being a successful actress. So, this weekend if you’re so inclined you can take in Leven acting her face off (but not literally), in the new Percy Jackson film opposite Logan Lerman. Check percy-jackson-sea-of-monsters-posteryour local movie listings if you live in the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, or the Philippines, ’cause it’s out in all those countries today. Later this month it’s releasing even wider, and on into September it’s slated to be showing up in Greece, Australia, Argentina, Italy, and South Korea. After you’ve imbibed all your popcorn, and your monster sized cup of sugary carbonated water whilst watching Logan Lerman save the world… again, stay tuned within the next few months for Leven to show her face in the feature film Walter. Amazingly she has top billing on the IMDb page for the film, and the cast, not including Leven is pretty remarkable if I do say so myself, as it includes such names as William H. Macy, who has been in EVERYTHING, Jim Gaffigan, Milo Ventimiglia, Virginia Madsen, Neve Campbell, or as she’ll always be in my head– Julia Salinger from Party of Five, then there’s Justin Kirk– AKA Andy from Weeds, and Peter Facinelli. Personally I’m hoping this one turns out well, ’cause I like pretty much everyone in this cast, yes– even Facinelli.

Next victim, or Tribute if you will, is Mister Bruno Gunn! We haven’t seen him in action as Brutus in Catching Fire yet, only in static poster form sadly– but this month you can see him in the season finale of the HBO series True Blood. And if you’re a Trubie, little FYI– he’ll probably be clad in blue scrubs, and possibly in the company of Steve Newlin, AKA the worlds most hilarious former right-wing christian zealot turned gay vampire you’ll ever lay eyes upon. Anyway, I’m also under the impression that his role could possibly turn into something recurring, so cross your fingers, toes, and eyes for that to come to fruition– man’s gotta keep himself in soap, and keep feeding his dog. But there’s more! Just this past month he took part in the religious themed horror flick The Vatican Tapes, I have no info on when that one will be gracing the silver screen– but I’ll make an educated guess, and say probably next year maybe in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months, or perhaps around Halloween. Stay frosty, ’cause I think Bruno will show up in more projects sooner rather than later.

Dayo Okeniyi, the man with the thousand watt smile, has several films coming out in the near future. And if you’re one of the lucky people living in the Los Angeles area or New York City you can go see him in the critically well received film The Spectacular Now, which is in theatres in both those places right this very moment. The rest of us lazy sods will have to wait around for it to show up on Blu-ray, On Demand, or in our local independent movie houses. Grudgingly I’m now going to lay on you that Dayo’s currently filming a feature film opposite this fandom’s least favorite choice for Finnick Odair, yep– none other than Alex Pettyfer. The film’s called Endless Love, and the synopsis reads like something I’m positive will intrigue some, and make others scratch their heads and say, “wha’?” Synopsis is as follows, “the romance between two teenagers turns obsessive, dark, and disastrous.” So, basically he’s in Romeo & Juliet for the iPhone proficient. Do with that what you will.

Another Catching Fire cast member will also be gracing us with his presence on the Vikings-OneSheet-630-jpg_000314premium cable network HBO very very soon. Jeffrey Wright, our Beetee, has what looks like a meaty recurring role on Boardwalk Empire this forthcoming season. Luckily for most of us we won’t have to wait that long to see him showcasing his acting chops in this aforementioned meaty role, because Boardwalk Empire’s season premiere is September 8th of this year. If you’re not a Boardwalk Empire fan yet, I suggest you marathon that shit ASAP, because you’ve already potentially missed three years of amazing, and stepping in at the beginning of the fourth year is like skipping dinner, and then only eating the cherry on top of your melty chocolate fudge sundae. Go to! As they say in Shakespeare.

Lastly we have The Hunger Games alumni Alexander Ludwig who’s currently filming the second season of the TV series for the History Channel, Vikings. He’s far from home, and breathing the fresh air of Ireland, probably drinking lots of beer, and getting in touch with his likely non-existent Irish roots. Most notable however is Xander’s up coming film Lone Survivor, which looks like one of those films that may end up competing for an Oscar or two at next years Oscar ceremonies. Xander probably has a closet full of soap by now, tiny little hotel soaps if I’m guessing.

That’s all for now folks!

Them There Eyes

Girl Crushes R’ Us

We love Jennifer Lawrence and so do most of you! It wasn’t any surprise to see her at the top of Crushable’s 25 Crushable Girls Under 25. We have a certified girl crush. As in “I’m not attracted to girls but I would make some exceptions for Jennifer Lawrence.”

Elizabeth Banks Hunger Games premiere

Hello, Flawless!

Maybe it’s because she’s young and super talented and the star of the franchise, but Jennifer seems to get all the crushability votes, but she isn’t the only totally crushable lady on set!

Today, we’re going break down some OTHER Crushable ladies of The Hunger Games (of legal age, because we occasionally try to be politically correct.)

Elizabeth Banks – This woman is the Original Girl Crush (OGC, what what) that you never knew you had! From her older roles in Wet Hot American Summer and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, to bigger roles in Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Man on a Ledge, to ingenious characters on TV shows like Scrubs and 30 Rock— we love all of her roles! When this lady is on screen, you pay attention. She demands it. Off-screen, she’s super upbeat. What’s NOT to love?

Paula Malcomson – Mrs. Everdeen isn’t the easiest character to have warm, fuzzy feelings for, but anyone who has ever seen Deadwood or Sons of Anarchy knows that Paula Malcomson is actually a badass chick! The gun-wielding, man-trampling, take-no-shit-from-no-one part of our heart will always love her for that. Also, she is smokin’ hot for a woman of her age.

Jackie Emerson Prom Photo

Still one of our fave Jackie photos!

Jackie Emerson – Yes, she’s 18! She’s also one of the most positive, endearing spirits in The Hunger Games universe. She spreads love, works with multiple charities, and sticks up for girl friendship and girl crushes worldwide! The first part of every good girl crush is that the person makes you totally smile, so that’s why Jackie makes the list.

Leven Rambin – Glimmer comes off as a bit silly and boy-crazy in The Hunger Games movie, but we accept it because Leven Rambin is pretty adorable as she fawns over Cato the Mass Murder. It’s twisted, satirical in a way, but also a short burst of amusement that you need from time-to-time in a heavy story like The Hunger Games. And that little smirk of hers? Totally crushable!

Don’t let the boys get all the attention for being the likable ones! These ladies are wonderful examples for bringing solid characters to life and using their star power to be awesome, which makes them some of the most crush-worthy people out there, in our opinion!

Eat Your Heart Out, Boys!
The Girl With The Pearl

Goodbye Hunger Games, Hello New Projects


Leven Rambin in Chasing Mavericks

At the movies last Saturday, I was waiting for Premium Rush to start when the preview for a surfing movie came on. And then all of a sudden Leven Rambin was on the screen (obviously I involuntarily squealed and went “Aw Leven!”). It was a preview for her new movie Chasing Mavericks. It was strange because it was the first time, post Hunger Games movie hoopla, that I’d seen one of the “fallen” THG actors in a different project.

This was different from seeing, say, Jennifer’s House at the End of the Street trailer, or Josh’s Red Dawn trailer, which actually happened to play before Premium Rush as well. This is different because, as we all know, Glimmer had died at the hands of some tracker jackers, so Leven won’t be continuing on in the other Hunger Games movies. Same goes for all the other tributes we hold near and dear to our hearts.


Foxface may have eaten nightlock but Jackie plans on doing films AND studying at Stanford post-HG.

Leven had done many projects before filming The Hunger Games so it’s not surprising in the slightest that she’s got quite a few projects coming up, with increasing visibility for her. Then there’s Jack Quaid, who, while not exactly new to the Hollywood game, has The Hunger Games as his first role. He’s got a small film opening in October in New York and Los Angeles called Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, which I might just try to find a way to go see when the time comes. And our dear Isabelle Fuhrman is co-starring in a movie with the Fresh Prince himself (not to be confused with the Thresh Prince), Will Smith.

For the other tributes, some of them have projects, big and small, but for most of us reading this, they will first and foremost be their Hunger Games characters to us. It’s hard for some of us to even think that they won’t continue on to the three other Hunger Games movies, but we knew their characters had to die. We can still support them and their future projects!

With Russell Crowe

Starting Rumors Tribute Style!

Imagine this: You’re part of a very popular group of young, successful, and attractive actors. You’re on the set of a major motion picture that’s going to put your career on the map (if it isn’t already) and all your spare time is spent shaking up North Carolina with your awesome co-stars.

Too good to be true, right? WRONG! When you think about it, this is the life of our tributes. We’re not trying to rub it in anyone’s face. We’ve just got a suggestion for these lucky few:

Makeout forest

The good makeout spot is right behind that treee over there..

You’re a veritable fountain of gorgeous youth.. and we want you to hook up.

DISCLAIMER: 1) Obviously, this does not apply to anyone under the age of 16. For the love of all things holy, DO NOT BE THAT CHILD ACTOR.

When we say “hook up”, we’re not necessarily talking about the horizontal mambo. We believe in a wee bit of peer pressure, but not to that extent.

Frankly, we just think it would be kind of funny if a couple of the 74th Annual Hunger Games actors were sneaking off to make out in between takes. Since Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Hemsy are almost definitely not single, we have to depend on the rest of the tributes for such quality behind the scenes secrets!

All the ingredients are there: Dinner dates. Late night parties. Spending lots of time together outside of work, where you get involved in various shenanigans and then TwitPic it because it’s too awesome NOT to share. It’s all a big love fest even before the part where two of you break away and start kissing gets involved!

It’s not we don’t love to awesome friendship all the cast members share! It’s fabulous to see you’re all getting along so well in between shooting scenes in which you kill each other! But the fangirl gods are a nasty bunch that’s nearly impossible to appease. They DEMAND cast drama (and you thought the Greek/Roman/Norse gods were bad!)

Alexander Ludwig playing guitar

This dude is practically BEGGING for it!

Why do you think the media drools over the possibility of a romance between any two co-stars? That would be the fangirls!

Don’t worry, we’ll still care about your characters and your performance even if you all just sit around playing chess every Saturday night… maybe. We’ll just care a little MORE about, say.. Glimmer and Marvel if we think Leven Rambin and Jack Quaid are sneaking off into the forest for a little alone time. *wink wink nudge nudge*

We really hope none of you have a significant other that we’re offending terribly, but consider this a relationship prep course for when The Hunger Games hits it big! Speculation of sexytime is what the media lives for. You’ll supposedly be having romantic rendevous with people you’ve never even met before! We say you start the rumors early yourself, that way you’re guaranteed to be connected to someone you actually want to be connected to!

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The Girl With The Pearl

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.