Robin Roberts attends the 47th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville
*Neither Kim Kardashian nor Kanye West are Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating Person of 2013, but the engaged couple are somewhere in the Top 10.
The most fascinating person will be announced on the program, which airs on Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m.
Jennifer Lawrence and Barbara Walters on “Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People of the Year”
Kimye joins “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts, foam finger-loving Miley Cyrus, Oscar winning “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence and stars of the hit reality show “Duck Dynasty” on Babs’ list this year.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s little bundle of joy, Prince George also made the cut.
This will be the last “Most Fascinating” special for Walters, who announced last May that she would retire from TV journalism next year.
*Snip, snip, snip is being heard all around Hollywood!
“I wanted something different. A change,” Jennifer Hudson told EURweb associate Fahnia Thomas. “I was like, if I’m going to go short, I’m going to go all the way. And so I did. I’m so happy to see the response its getting.”
Hudson debuted her pixie cut at the BET Black Girls Rock event at the end of October. More recently, Pamela Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth chopped their manes. And now Jennifer Lawrence has joined the posse!
Starlets have been lining up to drop off their locks; as shorter-do’s have been seen on Anne Hathaway, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Queen Bey.
Holding the scissors is Cesar Ramirez - J Hud’s hairstylist – who tells InStyle.com, “A fierce, short pixie is the perfect way for her to show the world how fierce she really is. We both agreed that going short is like a reward well-deserved when losing a lot of weight, and the long hair didn’t seem to showcase her personality.” The Weight Watchers spokesperson, by the way, has lost more than 80 pounds.
“For Jennifer, we kept a bit of length and volume on top to elongate her face, and it gives us room to create multiple looks. In wearing your cut, give it life, but don’t let it wear you,” says Ramirez who also works with LaLa Anthony, Ciara and Adrienne Bailon.
“Black Girls Rock!” The songstress posted on her Instagram. She added, “Yep , catch it! You’ve been jenniferized…catch it!!”
J Hud can be seen on the big screen alongside Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige and Jacob Latimore in the new movie Black Nativity out November 27th.
Watch Jennifer’s full interview here. What do you think of her shorter locks? Who wears the pixie look the best? Who is next to join the pixie posse?
Lenny Kravitz as Cinna in art for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
*Lenny Kravitz is back as stylist extraordinaire Cinna in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” this time prepping young heroine Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) for the 75th Hunger Games, where stakes are much higher. The competitors this time around are culled from past winners, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is hell-bent on destroying Katniss and her District 12 co-champ Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) for breaking the rules of the 74th Hunger Games so that both could win.
Lenny Kravitz and Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Cinna styled and advised Katniss during her 74th campaign, impressing fashionistas throughout Panem with his “Girl on Fire” theme for Katniss during the tribute parade and pre-game interview…
Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) holds up the hand of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in her Girl on Fire-themed dress designed by Cinna in “The Hunger Games”
“He’s quiet, he does his job, but he has an instant attraction to Katniss,” Kravitz said of his character at a recent press conference. “He understands who she is, he believes in her abilities and he wants to be there for her. And they begin this friendship.”
Below, Lenny explains how Cinna goes even bigger with Katniss and her ensembles in “Catching Fire.”
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opens nationwide on Nov. 22. Watch the trailer below.
(L-R) Chris Tucker, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from “Silver Linings Playbook”
*In “Silver Linings Playbook,” Chris Tucker and Bradley Cooper play close friends who meet when they are both patients in a psychiatric hospital.
Cooper’s Pat Solitano, a former schoolteacher, is sent there for eight months as part of a plea bargain. He caught his wife showering with another man and nearly beat the man to death during a violent breakdown.
Upon his release, Pat’s mom Dolores (Jacki Weaver) arrives from Philly to pick him up, only to discover that his friend Danny (Tucker) could also use a ride home. The only problem is – Danny was never actually released.
“My role was a smaller role, but there was so much depth to the character,” Tucker tells us during interviews for the film in New York. “Working with [director] David O’Russell (“The Fighter”), he brings so many things out of you, and he’s right there with you helping you along the way. And the dialogue is so great. It made me look smart, actually.
“This was one of the most important roles I’ve ever done because a lot of people haven’t seen me do dramatic roles a lot. I had a good time doing it.” [Scroll down to watch Tucker in a clip.]
Below, Chris talks more about his character’s relationship with Cooper’s.
(L-R) Actors Jacki Weaver, Robert De Niro, writer and director David O. Russell, actors Bradley Cooper and Chris Tucker attend “Silver Linings Playbook” New York Press Conference at Regency Hotel on November 12, 2012 in New York City
“Silver Linings Playbook” opens in theaters today. Rounding out the cast: Robert DeNiro plays Pat’s Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed father and Jennifer Lawrence plays a woman who falls for Pat after meeting him in the psychiatric hospital. Below, watch Chris Tucker in a clip from the film.
Actor Chris Tucker speaks onstage at “Silver Linings Playbook” Press Conference during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada
*Chris Tucker will be back in theaters this fall in the comedy/drama “Silver Linings Playbook,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month and won the event’s top prize – the People’s Choice award. [Scroll down for the trailer.]
Previous winners of the TIFF’s People’s Choice award include “The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire,” which both went on to Oscar “best film” success.
In theaters Nov. 27, “Playbook”stars Bradley Cooper as a man recovering from a mental breakdown, while Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver play the parents he moves back in with following eight months in an institution. “The Hunger Games’” Jennifer Lawrence stars as Cooper’s love interest, a widow fighting depression.
Chris Tucker, Bradley Cooper and Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Tucker, who hasn’t been on the big screen since 2007’s “Rush Hour 3,” said he jumped at the chance to work with “Playbook’s” acclaimed director David O’ Russell (“The Fighter”). His character Danny offers comedic relief in the film – but Tucker admits O’ Russell had to keep him on a tight leash.
“Once I go too far, David is like, ‘Don’t do that. Do this,’ you know. That’s the privilege of working with a great director,” Tucker told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival. “There’s a lot I didn’t know. And comedy, there’s a lot you don’t know. When you say something, people say, ‘What? What did he just say?’ So, this part was right up my alley.”
Below, Tucker explains that his five-year absence from film was less about him wanting time off, and more about the lack of quality scripts coming his way.
(L-R) Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson and Josh Hutcherson in "The Hunger Games"
*Any film as pervasively popular as “The Hunger Games” will inevitably be infiltrated by politics.
The movie raked in more than $155 million in its first weekend, but some conservatives circles are already shunning the story as pro “99 Percent” – the moniker taken on by a grass roots movement of U.S. citizens who are not in the top one percent of Americans in terms of wealth.
“The Hunger Games,” based on the book by Suzanne Collins, is set in a post-apocalyptic America, “Panem,” with an authoritarian central government set in “The Capitol.” Residents of the Capitol live a life of luxury while the rest of Panem’s citizens are scattered across North America in twelve slave colonies known as “districts.”
These “bottom 99 percent” are forced to ration their food in a bid to reduce the chance that their kids will be sent as “tributes” to compete in a game to the death. These so-called “Hunger Games” are then broadcast as an over-the-top reality television spectacle.
Two teenagers are selected by lottery from each district, escorted to the Capitol, trained and styled, and then transported to an arena for a battle where only one teen can survive. The winner gets to have a lifetime supply of food and supplies for his or her family.
Below, Lenny Kravitz, who plays a stylist to protagonist 16-year-old tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), says this movie has a number of important themes that are likely to stick with viewers long after they leave the theater.
Below: Democratic strategist David Goodfriend says “The Hunger Games” is more than dystopian fiction; it is a commentary on America and its economic disparity.
But the relative unknowns playing tributes from District 11 in the dystopian saga (which scored a historic $152 million its opening weekend and rave reviews) are the subject of an offensive debate among some obviously racist fans of Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster young adult novel, as reported by the Jezebel blog.
So what’s the problem? Well, even though both Rue and Thresh are described as having “dark brown skin” in the book, some bigoted fans, oddly enough, object that both Stenberg and Okeniyi are black. Duh.
“Why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie,” complained a fan via Twitter
Added another: “Why did the producer make all the good characters black?”
“Why is Rue a little black girl? Stick to the book, dude,” intoned another.
Another even admitted he was “racist” when he learned of tragic Rue’s racial identity.
“I’m still pissed that Rue is black,” wrote another.
“Ewwww rue is black?? I’m not watching,” another person wrote.
*Even if you have zero interest in “The Hunger Games,” it’s nearly impossible to escape the media hype surrounding its long-awaited premiere this Friday.
Based on a series of books by Suzanne Collins, the story is set in the future, where North America has become the nation of Panem and is comprised of 12 Districts. Due to a failed uprising by the Districts some 70 years earlier, the Capitol (which rules Panem) decided to punish all Districts by organizing the Hunger Games, a competition where one boy and one girl from each District (aged 12-18) are chosen to battle to the death until one child is left standing. The winning child (or tribute) receives all kinds of prizes, but more importantly, gets enough food and supplies to last a lifetime.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star in the film as Katniss and Peeta, the tributes who represent District 12 in the Hunger Games. As part of their participation, these kids can get “sponsors,” and are given “escorts,” “prep teams” and yes, even “stylists” to help them through the process.
Enter Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, a stylist assigned to Katniss.
“He’s genuine. He’s a guy who’s stuck within a system, having to survive himself, but this is not his thing,” Kravitz told EURweb about his character. “He’d rather be free and designing and doing his thing, but he works for the Capitol. That’s his job, to create images for these kids who usually die.”
Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) in a scene from The Hunger Games
Kravitz compares Cinna to a doctor who deals with death everyday as just part of his profession.
“You have these patients, you have to get to know them, but it kills you every time somebody dies,” he explains. “How do you deal with that emotion of connecting and disconnecting? [Cinna] chooses to connect with Katniss. He sees something in her. He admires her. She’s the underdog, so he starts to speak to her, and he lets her know how he feels about her: ‘Hey, you’re going to make it. And I’m going to do everything I can do to help you make it.’” [Scroll down to watch a clip from this scene.]
Kravitz, the father of actress Zoe Kravitz with ex Lisa Bonet, explains how he and Jennifer Lawrence had developed a close relationship long before their “Hunger Games” characters did the same.
*The Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair is almost here and fans can expect a star studded page-turning book in March. This year, Paula Patton and Adepero Oduye (writer/director of “Pariah”) are featured in the predominantly white magazine.
The publication has been sharply criticized for its lack of diversity and has since introduced a more colorful variety of actors and stars.
Last year the magazine featured Anthony Mackie and Rashida Jones.
This year, there’s a little more sex appeal for the gents with a showcase of 11 young female power players including Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling as well as the previously mentioned Paula Patton and Adepero Oduye .