Hunger Games Cake Balls are … Amazeballs!

Cake balls have become a really popular commodity among Hunger Games fan site people, thanks to some mouth-wateringly delicious Mockingjay cake balls baked by Beth of Mockingjay.net. She brought them to the Capitol Shore party and watched them get devoured by pretty much everyone.

Well, this cake ball thing seems to be getting around. Look at this Jennifer Lawrence GIF created by sierrataybowen.tumblr.com:

And if that wasn’t enough, the WelcometoDistrict12.com people (one of whom is Tiffany, who made that Capitol Shore logo you see above), were apparently attempting to make cake balls themselves. To quote their tweet:

@WtoD12: Making CAKE BALLS! @jhutch1992

Followed by this picture of Tiffany and Denise:

So what is it about cake balls? Maybe Beth (she’s the biggest culprit), Tiffany, Denise, and of course Courtney (bound to have played some devious role in this) can shine some light on the new phenomenon.

Or maybe we should all just have chocolate-covered strawberries instead.

Jennifer Lawrence is Not Too Fat for Katniss

It’s completely ridiculous that we have to address this at all, but some superficial idiots out there from tabloid publications like the New York Times (wait, what?) and other places have questioned whether Jennifer Lawrence was too fat for Katniss. For shame!

Here’s all the more reason to like Jennifer Lawrence, if you haven’t seen this from Seventeen Magazine:

Spotted by sunny-dream.tumblr.com

For what it’s worth, I also wrote up a little opinion about this for another publication, which I’ll share below. This comes from a male perspective:

Jennifer Lawrence was the epitome of Katniss Everdeen, from the skin cells on her toes to the mahogany-dyed hair atop her scalp. So warm-hearted, amiable, and down to Earth, she has become as much of a role model for kids to emulate as the character she plays. For people to question her weight is as superficial as the Capitol, and it just goes to show how — like in The Hunger Games — many of the adults who supposedly know best could learn a few lessons from their children.

We live in a world where women are judged in every moment, by their outfits, their smile, their makeup, and of course, their weight. If there’s any message to take from this inspirational film, it’s that you should be happy and comfortable with who YOU are and leave these kinds of trivial judgments elsewhere.

Lawrence looks perfectly fine for the role, and to anyone who wants to call her “too fat” for Katniss, I say in an Effie-like voice, “Manners!”

I’m so proud of the people in this fandom for speaking up about this. And if you needed further proof that Jennifer Lawrence is NOT fat (not that it even matters), remember this image?

That’s our Mockingjay, no matter what she weighs!

There Are Lots of Underdogs, and You Would Root For Them

Seneca Crane: Everyone likes underdogs.

President Snow: I don’t.

This comes in the movie right after Rue’s death and the District 11 rebellion. This is one case where we actually agree with President Snow — he shouldn’t like the underdogs from the outlying districts, because they would look at him like a meal. (See what we did there?)

Well, we especially love these six underdogs: Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Prim and Mrs. Everdeen. And we imagine President Snow is NOT rooting for them. Good thing all of us are!

Thank starvingforhungergames.tumblr.com for putting this inspiring piece together!

Cato + Glimmer, On Screen and Off

We hate to report gossipy type stuff, and we are certainly no fans of paparazzi tactics. There were some horror stories from the Hunger Games premiere in Los Angeles about overzealous photographers.

However, we do love this Cato-Glimmer storyline, and this video pretty much confirms that something was going on off-screen between Alexander Ludwig and Levin Rambin. And that is pretty cute.

If you hate yourself for watching and smiling during that, join the club. Thanks to becausethegirlloveshungergames.tumblr.com for spotting it.

Does this make you want to ship Cato and Glimmer even more? (And if they were involved, what would have happened at the end of the Games?) This is the kind of stuff that will hold us over until Catching Fire. That, and mahogany!

Salute Rue, and a Mockingjay Symbol

This is pretty self-explanatory, but that doesn’t make it any less cool!

This was spotted by our wonderful friends at welcome-to-district-12.tumblr.com

SEE HERE for more details on how you can get it!

Why Hunger Games Fans Love Katniss

Two of our top admins are in this! And it’s also wonderfully put together by Alex Berg of The Daily Beast.

Funny stuff. Well done, Alex!

Guess what? Boys like The Hunger Games, too!

As a guy in this fandom, I’ve spent a lot of time wondering why there haven’t been more of my gender to share in the fun. Well, it seems the men are coming! Maybe they didn’t jump on all the fandom stuff pre-movie, but The Hunger Games is reaching a far greater audience than just teenage girls.

As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, by way of Down With the Capitol:

And, unlike Twilight, Hunger Games is luring males, and particularly young boys. Of those turning out on Friday, 39 percent were males, while 61 percent were females.

Hunger Games drew an overall A CinemaScore after those over the age of 25 gave it an A-.

And as Theresa of Down With the Capitol astutely points out:

It certainly won’t be a surprise to fans of the books that the book appeals to more than just teen girls, but it’s nice to see the details in this way.

And what that also means is that The Hunger Games is far more successful than that other movie about love with vampires.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, that photo is from the movie The Sandlot! Classic, right?

$155 Million Opening Weekend!

Take that, Twihards! OK, not really. We’re not turning this into a fandom war, but The Hunger Games is — shall we say — a girl on fire.

Paging Caesar Flickerman to say it in his voice with hands raised: “HUNGER GAMES THE MOVIE ON FIRE!”

Look at this report from E! Online:

The Hunger Games

To say The Hunger Games  has caught fire is understatement: The film will gross a historic $155 million in its opening-weekend box-office debut, its studio estimated this morning.

The Friday-Sunday take is the third-biggest in Hollywood history, blowing past the blockbuster hauls of the Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean and Twilight movies, among others.

And the records keep coming for Katniss Everdeen and company…

The Hunger Games is now the biggest nonsequel opener, and the biggest nonsummer opener.

Its haul was on the very upper end of outsized projections, projections that had been fueled by monster advance-ticket sales.

The film opened at midnight Friday, taking in nearly $20 million from those screenings alone. By the end of its first day, it had collected $68 million, the fifth-biggest single and opening-day grosses ever. On Saturday, it collected another $51 million. Lionsgate was calling for a $36 million Sunday.

Internationally, the film was just as strong, opening No. 1 in nearly every market it played, the studio said, and grossing a combined $59.3 million.

The final tally on The Hunger Games‘ three-day, worldwide haul: $214.3 million.

“To launch this franchise in the way we did is mind-blowing,” studio exec David Spitz said.

The Hunger Games did it all without 3-D, but with some help from IMAX, where it showed on 268 screens domestically (out of 4,137 total), and came away with $10.6 million, the most ever in the format for a 2-D nonsequel.

The Jennifer Lawrence-led movie was driven to its great heights largely by women, with females comprising 61 percent of its weekend audience, per polling data.

Proving its reach beyond the young-adult market  that was targeted by the Suzanne Collins books, more than half of Hunger Games moviegoers, 56 percent, were aged 25 and older.

Another good sign for the franchise-to-be: Audiences who saw the movie liked it—a lot, grading it an A.

The first sequel, Catching Fire, is already in the works, and set for a November 2013 release.

Here’s a complete rundown of the top 10 all-time opening weekends, as compiled per BoxOfficeMojo.com stats:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, $169.2 million
  2. The Dark Knight, $158.4 million
  3. The Hunger Games, $155 million
  4. Spider-Man 3, $151.1 million
  5. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, $142.8 million
  6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1, $138.1 million
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, $135.6 million
  8. Iron Man 2, $128.1 million
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, $125 million
  10. Shrek the Third, $121.6 million

See the full article from E! Online HERE!

More Movie Theater Humor

This is great! You have to love when these movie theaters embrace the fan spirit and make little jokes. Why can’t they all do things like this?

This comes courtesy of notheotherone.tumblr.com:

We think they may have meant Arena instead of area at the end, though. We can forgive them.

No Big Deal: Gary Ross Showed Up to a Midnight Premiere

If you needed any further proof that Gary Ross is COMPLETELY AWESOME and the perfect person to direct The Hunger Games, check out this story and video from our friends at Mockingjay.net:

We are SO LUCKY to have the right people involved in this film. THANKS GARY!

P.S. Damn, why couldn’t we be at the Arclight!