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While the odds may not be in favor of these actors in the arena, they certainly were in the casting room. In what was one of the most-watched casting calls for young actors since Twilight, auditions for The Hunger Games were a battle royale in their own right. Anxious to make the cut, hopefuls went all out: they covered their faces with dirt, put twigs in their hair, and wielded various weapons (including a Nerf crossbow and plastic butcher knife). It was all for the chance to play the “tributes” who fight each other to the death in contests broadcast throughout Panem (the futuristic ruins of North America) in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s wildly popular young-adult novels. Ultimately, director Gary Ross took a liking to a fresh-faced cast that includes stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, and a host of new breakout actors. Scroll your mouse over their faces to get the basics on the soon-to-be household names, and read about how they got their highly coveted roles. Read more at the source.
This unfussy one sheet is a simple yet compelling look at the baker’s son. Pictured in profile and wearing a plain T-shirt, Peeta appears determined and yet somehow vulnerable, all at the same time. (Not to mention he looks so young, right?!) I just want to reach through the computer screen, give him a hug and tell him everything will be all right. But, again, as any bona fide “Hunger Games” acolyte will tell you, Peeta boasts plenty of mettle without my meddling.
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MTV News: You’ve experienced the whole award and recognition thing before, but how does it feel to be named to our New Class?
Josh Hutcherson: It’s very nice, especially to be considered with the group I’m in here with, all peers of mine I admire very much. I’ve been an actor for a long time, so to finally get some recognition from some people that I think are really cool is pretty nice.
MTV: It seems like this past year has been a whirlwind. Take us through all the projects you’re juggling at the moment.
Hutcherson: It’s been crazy. I shot “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” the end of last year and the beginning of this year, then I went into a little short film I shot in Cuba with Benicio Del Toro ["7 Dias en La Habana"], which was really fun, and then this summer the whole time I spent shooting “The Hunger Games,” which was an amazing experience. Very exciting, and I can’t wait for that to come out.
MTV: Is there someone in the business whose career you’d like to emulate?
Hutcherson: I have a few people. I’ve always been a big Jake Gyllenhaal fan. I like how he goes from doing a bigger studio movie to a more independent film. I am a huge Christian Bale fan; I think he’s incredible and can play any role and kill it. And I’m also a die-hard Ryan Gosling fan, so those are my guys I’d like to be like.
MTV: Do you make a conscious effort to go from smaller, independent films as well as big studio films?
Hutcherson: Yeah. It’s all about balance; everything in life is about balance, in my opinion. You have to do the big studio movies to keep people caring about you in a way, and also for me, I’ve been really fortunate. I haven’t done any big studio movies that suck. They’ve all been good material and that’s the most important thing for my career, to choose the right material and to choose the characters that I care about and stories I want to tell, so that’s kind of how I’ve gone about my career since I was 9, more or less.
MTV: So let’s talk briefly about “The Hunger Games” and that crazy audition process.
Hutcherson: For the audition process, I came in the first time and read a few scenes for [director] Gary Ross and [author] Suzanne Collins and some of the other producers involved. Then maybe about a week or so, maybe two weeks later, I came in and did a screen test with [co-star] Jennifer [Lawrence], where I actually read the scenes with her so they could see how the chemistry worked. Both of them felt really great, but as an actor, you just pick apart every single thing that you do, so for me, I was on pins and needles waiting to find out. And then when I finally found out, my jaw hit the floor. I was so excited. Read more at the source.
L.A. Times is reporting that Josh’s remake of “Red Dawn” has been picked up for distribution by FilmDistrict, and the even better news – it’s nearly confirmed for a 2012 release date!
The new version of the Reagan-era classic will be released in the U.S. by independent studio FilmDistrict, according to people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. FilmDistrict is finalizing a deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio that produced the movie in 2009.
In the original “Red Dawn,” a group of teenagers in a Washington town battle invading Soviet forces; in the remake, the invaders were changed to Chinese. But that decision turned the film into a hot potato.
After MGM emerged from bankruptcy in late 2009 and decided it wouldn’t release the movie, no other studio wanted to touch “Red Dawn” for fear of offending the government of China, a hugely important market in the increasingly global film business. Read more at the source.
Vanessa Hudgens updated her official site today with a photo of herself and co-star, Josh Hutcherson, at the press day for their upcoming film “Journey to the Centre of the Earth 2: The Mysterious Island”.
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Josh has finally appeared at a new event, after a six month slump, and attended the 9th Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party. The event is held every year and invites the very best of upcoming young acting talent. Photos from the appearance can be seen here in our photo galleries.
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Scan and transcript courtesy of JHutcherson.net. Josh’s “Hunger Games” co-star Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale Hawthrone, was also included in the September issue.
This Kentucky boy is unfailingly polite, tight with his family, and a complete sucker for romance. Are you in love yet?
We want to ask you the same thing we asked Liam: If you guys were fighting over a girl, who would win?
Let’s be honest, his Australian accent kills it. It’s an unfair advantage! I’d give the lady points straight to Liam. Liam is epic, man.
[Seventeen asked Liam, "In The Hunger Games, your character and Josh Hutcherson's character fight for the same girl. Who would win in real life?!?" Liam said, 'Josh is a pretty charismatic dude, so he'd probably win. I'm not that good at talking to girls! Honestly, he's persuasive. I listen to him talk a lot, and he's smart, he's funny... He could convince me to do anything!']
In Hunger Games, your character is totally in love with Katniss, even when she’s cold to him. Can you relate?
I feel like every relationship I get into ends up being like that! I’m someone who can fall in love at the drop of the hat. My parents raised me to be very accepting of other people, so because of that, I feel like I might be overly accepting of girls. If a girl shows any interest, I’m like, ‘Yes! I love you, you’re amazing!’
Well what about your Journey 2 costar, Vanessa Hudgens? You’re dating, right?
Oh, boy. I don’t kow if ‘dating’ is the right word. She’s awesome. We love being together. When I first met her, we just really hit it off. We could be goofy and silly and not worry about anything except having fun. I adore her.
Do you have a ‘type’?
I like girls I can have deep conversations with. The meaning of life and existence – you can go on forever about that stuff. When girls play the ditzy-dumb thing, I’m like, ‘Oh, God, please stop.’
“The perfect date is going to the beach, sitting under the stars, and listening to music. The cliches are cheesy, but I love them!“
The very first teaser trailer for “The Hunger Games” was debuted tonight at the MTV Video Music Awards. The teaser was introduced by Jennifer Lawrence, via livescreen interview, and shows Katniss Everdeen in the Arena, preparing for an onslaught from the other Tributes; Gale Hawthorne, who is played by Liam Hemsworth, can be heard giving Katniss a motivational peptalk. You can check out the trailer here on Youtube or watch it below.
This year, you can add “The Hunger Games” to that list of milestones. NextMovie can exclusively confirm that this year’s VMAs will feature the world premiere of the first ever footage from the most anticipated film event of 2012, introduced by star Jennifer Lawrence herself.
Looks like this year, the odds are definitely in your favor. Read more at the source.
Entertainment Weekly have released new shots featuring Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. These images were used in their “Men of the Hunger Games” spread from last month; you can check out the new photos here in our photo archives.
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