Thou Shall Not Be a Racist "Hunger Games" Fan! 

This incense me! Many so-called "Hunger Games" fans are complaining that some of the beloved characters of the book are played by African-American actors. They were turned black, they said!

Amanda Stenberg, who plays the angelic Rue, and Dayo Okeniyi aka Thresh, have been under scrutiny for playing roles in the movie that were supposed to be played by white folks! Really?

Never mind that both Rue and Thresh are described as characters with "dark, brown skin" in the Suzanne Collins book. So, those characters could be played by anyone with dark, brown skin, yes, even African-American folks!

Now, even Lenny Kravitz who stars as the stylist Cinna could not escape the wrath of these bigoted fans. According to E!, "Another, who also questioned the casting of Kravitz as sympathetic stylist Cinna, tweeted, "cinna and rue werent suppose to be black," before adding, "why did the producer make all the good characters black."

Can you imagine the wrath of these fans if Katniss was cast with a black actress? The horror! And did these fans really learn the message of the book about all-encompassing love? I don't think so.

One crafty "Hunger Games" fan created a Tumblr page where these racists folks could vent their dismay. (Check it out here)

And I don't know about you but -- SPOILER ALERT -- when Rue died, it was a very sad moment of the movie, but one viewer tweeted, "call me racist but when i found out rue was black her death wasn't as sad #ihatemyself."


In this day and age, I can't believe race of characters is still an issue. Did the inclusion of their race beneficial to the movie? Did it hinder the narrative of the film? Does it really matter?

In the end, it really does not matter, and these folks need to go back and read the book and learn from it!

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"Bully" Movie Review -- One of the Most Important Films of 2012 

A simple Google search of the word bully yields 139 million results. It is indeed a worldwide problem that has everyone from President Obama to Lady Gaga taking action.

One action you can take is watching the new documentary “Bully” directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch. It’s a startling and humanistic portrait of five kids and their families dealing with bullying. Read More...

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Final Tally: "Hunger Games" Box Office Total Smaller Than Estimated 

Hold on! Before you start unleashing your swords and weapons, hear this -- "The Hunger Games" STILL has the third biggest opening weekend ever!

BUT, its final total, suggesting $155 million, was actually more like $152.5 million. Have no fear, it's still bigger than any of the "Twilight" movies! So there.

Based on the bestselling young-adult novel by Suzanne Collins and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, blame Lionsgate, the film's distributor, for the minor brouhaha.

According to E!, the projection for Sunday's box-office was the culprit. Lionsgate said the film made $36 million that day, but it actually ended up with $34.9 million. Whew, thank Capitol we cleared that one.

(To watch my "Hunger Games" review click here, and to win prizes for the film, click here)

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Be a Part of "Katy Perry: Part of Me" 3D Movie! 

If you're a Katy Perry fan, this is your chance to be a part of "Katy Perry: Part of Me" movie! Paramount's Insurge Pictures and Twitter have announced their partnership to give you unprecedented access so you can help shape Perry's feature film. From songs to wardrobe, get your voice heard! Visit and get involved!

Here's the complete press release from Paramount:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 26th, 2012) – Paramount’s Insurge Pictures and Twitter announced today they have partnered to give Katy Perry’s fans on Twitter an exclusive opportunity to be a part of her upcoming feature film, KATY PERRY: PART OF ME, releasing this summer.

Over the next several months, Twitter and Paramount will jointly offer unprecedented access to one of the world’s most famous pop stars by offering multiple opportunities for Katy’s millions of Twitter fans to play a role in helping to shape the final film. From helping to choose which songs Katy will sing, to weighing in on her always exciting wardrobe options, this first-of-its kind interactive experience will set a new precedent for engaging movie going audiences on Twitter.

Fans can visit to get involved. They can also follow Katy on Twitter to see exclusive behind-the-scenes content of the movie, which will provide fans a first-ever big-screen look at the international superstar’s life both on and off-stage.

"KATY PERRY: PART OF ME is a really fun and engaging movie that celebrates every aspect of Katy’s life including her relationship with fans,” said Amy Powell, President of Insurge Pictures. “What better way to kick start the filmmaking process than by inviting her millions of fans on Twitter into her world.”

“Millions of Katy’s most passionate fans use Twitter every day to hear directly from her and get a unique glimpse into the life of one of music’s biggest stars,” said Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO. “With this new approach to filmmaking, Paramount is taking the connections forged on Twitter one step further by empowering people to take part in the movie.”

Fans can use the hashtag #KP3D to connect with each other and share on Twitter.

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It's Pretty Freaking Cool to Catch Glimpse of Vampire Bella! See New "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2" Teaser!  
I say it's about darn time! Bella (Kristen Stewart) shows off her fangs (well not quite) and vampire prowess (a little bit) in the new teaser trailer for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" that was shown exclusively in front of "The Hunger Games" showings this weekend. From what I hear from fans, the vampire transformation of Bella is the most exciting part of the final chapter. Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner complete the cast. But will "Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2" opened better than "The Hunger Games?" And will it finally make sense? We'll find out on Nov. 16 when the last chapter bites its way to theaters near you. For now, take a look at the teaser which absolutely teased the heck out of me!

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