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With “The Hunger Games” doing boffo box office business this weekend, I thought writing about one of the stars of the movie was very timely. Obviously all the media attention has focused on Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Rightfully so, since they’re the main stars and will appear in the entire trilogy. That being said, one of my favorite characters from the movie was played by Lenny Kravitz. Sure, his character Cinna was a minor supporting role, but dude rocked out the gold eye shadow. Plus, he gave Katniss that fire dress. But before Kravitz appeared in the hottest movie of 2012, he was rocking it out on MTV and for Generation X.

A talented musician, the 47-year-old rocker taught himself to play piano and bass. This natural talent allowed him to become one of the most influential musicians of his time. When Lenny released his debut album, “Let Love Rule“, he was applauded for retro style that incorporated rock, soul, reggae and psychedelic folk seamlessly. He maintained that sound for throughout of his career, resulting in over 40 million albums sold. From 1999 to 2002, Kravitz won the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” Grammy four years running, earning him the most consecutive wins in one category for a male.

On a personal front, Lenny is the son of Roxie Roker who played Helen Willis in the hit 70s sitcom, “The Jeffersons“. In 1987, he eloped to Las Vegas with Lisa Bonet (The Cosby Show) on her 20th birthday and were married til 1993. The two had a daughter, Zoë Isabella Kravitz. She is also a singer/actress and was most recently seen in 2011′s “X-Men: First Class”. Even though he’s nearing fifty years old, Kravitz is still one sexy man. I’ve included recent pictures of him shirtless later in this post. All I can say is… DAYUM.

my favorite Lenny tracks along with a shirtless pic after the jump

The Hunger Games: Movie Review

In: Dan, Movies

I don’t even know where to begin. I’m overflowing with excitement as I type this! The Hunger Games movie lands in theatres this week, Friday, March 23 and I was fortunate enough to see the film TWICE already! Two different opportunities came up through work and naturally I jumped at the chance. Having obsessed over the trilogy book series by Suzanne Collins, I was beyond excited to see the characters and settings come to life. I was fretting that key elements of the plotline that I personally thought were important) would be left out altogether, simply to make the film a bit more concise. Thankfully, I’m happy to report, this film adaptation is one of THE BEST I have ever seen! With a few additional key speeches from President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland (inserted by director and screenplay writer Gary Ross), the film was 100% true to the original novel.

Every. Single. Scene. Was. Perfect.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen couldn’t have been more perfectly cast. Her transformation from a poor and underprivileged teenager from District 12 in Panem, to ‘the girl on fire’ as a tribute in The Capital and 74th annual Hunger Games was utterly stunning. The two biggest surprises, in a good way, were Lenny Kravitz as Katniss’ stylist, Cinna, and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mallark, Katniss’ companion from District 12 throughout The Hunger Games. I was SO skeptical when I first heard that both of these men had landed their respective roles, as I had such a different idea in my mind after reading the books. Again, I am happy to report that these two men blew these roles out of the water and I quickly started questioning whether my own imagination had been wrong.

More of my review and find out which actor disrespected fans by playing Angry Birds at the screening I was at after the jump…

‘The Host’ Unveils First Teaser Trailer

In: Movies, Patrick

Just as ‘The Hunger Games’ hits theatres today, another book to film adaptation reveals it’s first teaser trailer. Adapted by the book written by ‘Twilight‘ author Stephenie Meyer, this is a story about a global alien takeover of human bodies. This is ‘The Host‘. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder (the heroine of the story), in addition to Diane Kruger, Max Irons and Jake Abel.

In the trailer below, we hear Ronan’s voice describing the future of Earth: “The earth is at peace. There are no wars. There is no hunger. Honesty, courtesy and kindness are practiced by all. The world has never been more perfect.” Sound great right? Well, then she adds, “It is no longer your world.” I myself haven’t read the book but I am definitely intrigued. If any of you have, please comment and let me know if you’re excited about this story coming to the big screen.

The film premieres in theatres on March 29, 2013. I known… over a year away. Who knows, maybe we will actually have an alien invasion by then. LOL. Check out the teaser trailer below!

Watch the teaser trailer after the jump…

With The Hunger Games film adaptation of the first novel in the epic trilogy from Susan Collins coming out in theatres later this week, I just couldn’t resist putting this little Who’d You Rather article together! I’ll be covering the film for the site a little later this week; however, there are premiers and red carpets happening all across North America this week and we wanted to take part in some of the fun. What better way to celebrate a movie than to fawn over the male eye candy?!

I decided to focus on the two lead male actors in the film: Liam Hemsworth, playing Gale Hawthorne, the best friend of female protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence. The second actor is Josh Hutcherson, playing Peeta Mellark, Katniss’ partner from District 12 embarking on their quest into The Hunger Games. Seriously, just typing these last few sentences has be exploding with excitement! I can’t wait to see this movie in all its glory!

Check out their pictures & vote after the jump…

A brand new extended trailer for ‘Snow White and the Huntsman‘ has just been released, showing more scenes from this highly anticipated darker look at a classic fairy tale. Charlize Theron stars as the Evil Queen, while Kristen Stewart stars as Snow White.

On a sidenote, if you’ve been watching Once Upon A Time, last night’s episode was all about Snow White and the Evil Queen and it was intense – one of the best episodes in a long time and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Anyway, in this new trailer we are treated to some new scenes, showing Snow as a child, catching a glimpse of the dwarves and the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) learning that she is the one that is destined to bring an end to the darkness, and more. I really can’t wait for this movie. It’s going to be amazing! I’ve also included below an interview with Theron and Stewart from The Today Show with Matt Lauer this morning.

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As was expected being the only new film opening this weekend for wide release, ‘21 Jump Street‘ leads this weekends box office estimates with $35 million. The comedy remake, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill has received good reviews and this strong start will certainly help when it has The Hunger Games to compete with next weekend.

This is the second successful film opening in the past two months for the sexy Tatum who also starred in ‘The Vow‘. Just wait until ‘Magic Mike‘ hits theaters, with Tatum and a handful of hotties starring in a film about male strippers. I can imagine that film will also do well for obvious reasons.

Find out which film has crossed the $150 million threshold and how the rest of the films did in the top ten list below. Did you hit the theaters this weekend or were you to busy drinking green beer? Oh, and I’ve also included a clip of Tatum on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he shows a picture of Channing Tatum mooning Jonah Hill (while he’s sleeping). If you want to catch a glimpse of the side of Channing Tatum’s butt, that’s below as well.

Top 10 films at the box office after the jump…

Oren Peli is best known for scaring the pants off of us with his Paranormal Activity set of films. Now, Peli is switching it up with a less “documentary-like” looking film titled Chernobyl Diaries. The film centers around six friends who while vacationing in Europe decide to check out the abandoned city which was struck by nuclear diaster in 1986. They call it extreme tourism. When night falls, the group is stranded in the ghost city only to realize they aren’t alone.

The film stars Sh*t My Dad Says actor Jonathan Sadowski and sees a triumphant, comeback return from singer and actor Jesse McCartney. While some of you may argue that Chernobyl is an odd backdrop for a thriller, I think that a 25-year-old abandoned city is more than perfect. Once you check out the trailer, I think you’ll agree. The film has yet to receive to an official release date but is expected to hit theaters this summer.

Check out the trailer for “Chernobyl Diaries” after the jump.

Transforming once again, Johnny Depp stars as vampire Barnabas Collins in ‘Dark Shadows‘, the Tim Burton movie based on the 1960s TV series of the same name. The original series was more of a gothic soap opera, whereas this new film is more of a campy comedy, like The Addams Family.

After being cursed by the witch Angelique Bouchard and locked away in a coffin for centuries, Collins is freed in the year 1972 and must adjust to the way the world is now. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin, and his dysfunctional clan each harboring their own dark secrets.

The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz and Helena Bonham Carter. The part in the trailer where Collins discovers a TV for the first time seriously made me burst out laughing. The film looks fun and I’m definitely interested in watching it. Check out the trailer below!

Watch the trailer after the jump…

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