March 22nd, 2012
01:03 PM ET
Elizabeth Banks said it took about three hours – start to finish – to transform into her “Hunger Games” character Effie Trinket. Unfortunately, she said, it took even longer to use the restroom.
It’s because of Effie’s “huge, bejeweled nails,” Banks said Wednesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” noting, they make unbuttoning and unzipping a mere impossibility.
Luckily, Banks, who describes her eccentric character as a “government official/escort/PR maven,” said she had a team of people who accompanied her to the restroom. Her “ladies in waiting,” as she called them, would help her out of Effie’s skirts and undergarments, and even hand her toilet paper.
March 20th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
While some fans of "The Hunger Games" have arrived at the conclusion that heroine Katniss Everdeen's stylist, Cinna, is gay, the guy who plays him on screen, Lenny Kravitz, tells Celebuzz in an interview that the theory never crossed his mind.
When Kravitz would tell kids that he's playing the masterful fashion designer in this week's anticipated release, they'd respond, "‘Oh you’re playing the gay guy,’" the actor recalls.
"That was an actual answer," Kravitz continues. "I’ve never brought that up yet. That’s how they perceived it. So I thought about it, and I read the book and I don’t see that he is or isn’t [gay]. He’s a designer, he’s a stylist, he has gold eyeliner - that doesn’t mean anything either way.”
March 19th, 2012
01:02 PM ET
It's hard to read "The Hunger Games" and not be tantalized by the delicious descriptions of Capitol cuisine, so it's not a surprise that our iReporters wanted to dish about favorite foods with the cast.
"If you were really competing in 'The Hunger Games,' which food would you most want your sponsor to send you?" inquires iReporter Andy Clinton.
Star Liam Hemsworth, who portrays Katniss Everdeen's (Jennifer Lawrence) friend/love interest Gale in the movie, wouldn't go with the more practical beef jerky option that co-star Amandla Stenberg (Rue) would ask for.
"I have an addiction to original glazed Krispy Kremes, so if I could get a box of those sent in there, I'd be happy," Hemsworth says. (What, no anatomically correct birthday cake, Hemsworth?)
"The Hunger Games" bows in theaters Friday. Thanks to all our iReporters for submitting questions, and to the cast for responding!
March 15th, 2012
10:23 AM ET
Some readers of "The Hunger Games" might find an eerie resemblance between the book's fictional televised teen death matches and the way we consume reality TV today.
Except, we're not sitting around watching reality competitions where contestants are expected to fight to the death, which is the premise of author Suzanne Collins' dystopian books.
But for the star of this month's movie adaptation, Jennifer Lawrence, "The Hunger Games" called to mind a ubiquitous reality TV name: Kardashian.
March 13th, 2012
12:02 PM ET
“Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth says he's ready to take on the paparazzi and rabid fandom that'll come with the anticipated adaptation, thanks to some advice from girlfriend Miley Cyrus.
"Keep your head screwed on straight - I think that's the best advice she's given me,” Hemsworth told CNN Monday at the Los Angeles premiere. “It's very surreal and I'm constantly pinching myself. I just feel like I'm on this crazy ride at the moment. I feel very fortunate to be where I am."
The sage words could not have come at a better time.
March 7th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
Being the trendy ragtag group of characters that they are, the Muppets never fail to latch on to the hottest thing out - and in this case, that's "The Hunger Games."
Similar to their spoof on "The Hangover Part II" - with a trailer that proclaimed, "The Fuzzy Pack is Backy Back" - the parody video for the upcoming DVD release of "The Muppets" riffs on this month's adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novel.
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