Josh Reveals His Acting Secrets

Josh Hutcherson wasn’t as well known of an actor as a Hollywood child star, but since The Hunger Games, he has become a household name. He still managed a lot of acting jobs and grew up in the limelight during the early years of his career. Though now, he has seen some major changes in his life, he spoke with Celebs about his journey as a child star.

“It’s hard — you’re not going to get a role unless you invest your whole heart into it, but then you also don’t get a lot of them. So, it’s a lot of little letdowns over time. I said out loud that if I didn’t get that, I didn’t know what I was going to do. I didn’t know what that meant because I had no idea what I was going to do. I was going to keep acting, obviously, but I had never read a role that I felt I connected with as much and that I felt like I was more right for in my life. So, if I didn’t get it, I was like: ‘What am I? Just a bad actor then?’ Because if that’s so much who I am, how can I not even play myself?”

Not to worry Josh! Everyone would pays the life’s savings to get their hands on you now.

 

Source: Celebs Gather

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Josh Hutcherson buys Heath Ledger’s “Tree House”

Enjoying his Victor’s Village there… (Photo from Yahoo!)

 

Oh yes he did…

Josh Hutcherson bought the property once owned by Mr. Ledger which was called the “Tree House” due to its dominating wooden architecture and the surrounding environment.

Whatcha say, Capitol? (images by Crushable)

The price for it has not been confirmed but it has been listed for $2.995 million. It contains two bedrooms, and two baths.

Not only was this owned by Heath Ledger, it was previously owned by Ellen DeGeneres until she and her wife moved to a pricier home.

To read more about it, click here.

 

Another glimpse of this property… (Photos by Crushable)

There’s A Rebuttal For That – Complaint #21

What do Gale and Katniss do in the woods?

Complaint #21 - They never touched on Gale’s and Katniss’ relationship on how they hunted together.

TFGeekGirl, TheFandom.Net – I beg to differ considering her time in the woods outside of the restricted “high voltage” fence, she’s met by Gale.  He obviously is familiar with the woods as much as she is, and he even helps her get food when he throws the rocks to scare the birds into flying.  If that’s not “touching” on the subject, then I don’t know what is.

Kait, Victor’s Village – Showing them hunting together explains in itself that they’ve developed a relationship as hunting partners. HOW they became hunting partners isn’t really that important.

Savanna, HGFiresideChat – This complaint just confuses me, since Katniss and Gale are shown hunting in the beginning of the film. When Katniss says goodbye to Gale, she cries out, “Don’t let them starve!” This implies that he has already been helping her provide for her family.

Tanvi, Hunger Games Network - Katniss and Gale were more than enough for one movie. I don’t know, I think you’re getting distracted from the main point of this movie.

 

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There’s A Rebuttal For That – Complaint #20

“Feature length” does not mean three hours long.

Complaint #20 - I honestly think that if they would have taken an extra 45 minutes to build on her relationships with those around her that the movie would be better than okay; it would have been memorable.

TFGeekGirl, TheFandom.Net – Unfortunately, this movie being 2:22 long is quite long for a movie geared towards the core audience of teenagers and young adults.  Logistically speaking, making it a 3 hour movie would have been great, but it also would’ve prevented some people from going to see it, which could affect the amount of money made and any plans of sequels.  There are rare cases where it works splendidly (like the LOTR series), but those are rare cases.

Perri, Movies.com – Of course a longer running time would mean more relationship development, but who has the patience to sit through a three-hour+ film? I’d like to bet that if those relationships, and therefore the running time, were amped up, there’d be so much material in the film, every little thing still wouldn’t resonate. Plus, we’ve got a whole franchise to look forward to! If you want relationships that feel honest and natural, it’s better to let them breathe.

Courtney, WelcomeToDistrict12.com – Are you crazy? A three hour movie? That’s a huge deterrent for the general public. Word gets out fast, and many people would have decided against seeing it.

Tanvi, Hunger Games Network - Umm. Why drag out something that is supposed to build itself throughout the series?

 

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We will be posting a new complaint and our argument against it each day until all 36 complaints have been posted.  We hope that if you didn’t like the movie for any of the issues we have coming within this next month, you will continue to hear us out and at least take into consideration our reasoning/rebuttal about it. Logical comments are welcome!  All others are invalid.

There’s A Rebuttal For That – Complaint #16

Are you not entertained enough?

Complaint #16 - Some of the killings weren’t as graphic, especially Clove’s and Marvel’s.

Kait, TheFandom.Net – If you’re only paying attention to The Hunger Games for gratuitous blood and guts, maybe you should go rent a SAW movie instead. The Hunger Games isn’t about the gore, it’s about the awful role violence plays in the media. By saying you wanted graphic deaths, you’re pretty much admitting you missed the point of the books.

Aldrin, Down With The Capitol – The first time I saw the movie, I felt sick watching the cornucopia bloodbath. The fact that it’s kids killing kids should be enough to leave most people unsettled. And the violence they did show was enough for me. You shouldn’t have to see blood and guts everywhere to understand that what The Capitol is making these kids do is brutal itself.

Courtney, WelcomeToDistrict12.com – I worry about all the people who think The Hunger Games wasn’t more graphic. The bloodbath made me shed tears my first viewing. It was so horrible, and there was plenty of blood. Remember, this story has an anti-violence message.

Tanvi, Hunger Games Network - The movie isn’t about blood, guts and gore. The movie is about how disgusting all of it is.

Perri, Movies.com – Graphic killings, like in Saw or Hostel, have the gross-out factor. They make you cringe and squirm and that’s basically it. However, when you’ve got, let’s say, Thresh bashing Clove against the Cornucopia and it’s off camera, not seeing it, but knowing what’s happening to her makes it all the more horrifying. And actually, there were far more graphic kills than I thought there’d be. You really don’t get more blatantly vicious than when Cato snaps that boy’s neck.

 

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We will be posting a new complaint and our argument against it each day until all 36 complaints have been posted.  We hope that if you didn’t like the movie for any of the issues we have coming within this next month, you will continue to hear us out and at least take into consideration our reasoning/rebuttal about it. Logical comments are welcome!  All others are invalid.

There’s A Rebuttal For That – Complaint #14

What didn’t you understand?


Complaint #14 - The biggest issue I saw was that people who didn’t read the book were left confused and disappointed. I’m also one of those type of people that will go and see a movie over and over again 3 to 10 times while its still in the theater before its gone.  This is one movie I won’t go back and see.

TFGeekGirl, TheFandom.Net – I’ve heard from other people as well, those who haven’t read the books and they understood as much as they needed to in the movie, as long as they paid attention.  I think those who have actually read the books are the ones that need to see it more than once to really appreciate it for a standalone film; that’s how it was for me.  Everyone who has read them already has a picture in their mind of how their own version of the books should be made and I believe that’s what detracts readers from really enjoying the film.  So, yes, I am suggesting that you see it more than once, but if you just can’t bare to do so, then from my perspective that’s a shame because I feel this is one of those movies that definitely can be seen multiple times and may even be better than the first time you saw it.

Kait, VictorsVillage.com – I know several people who saw the film without reading the book and not one of them was confused. They understood every detail.

Jessie, HungerGamesFandom.Net – This really just depends on the viewer.  I actually would have agreed with this complaint a couple weeks ago as I knew a number of people who didn’t read the book who were in fact left confused, so I thought this was the norm. However I have since talked to quite a few unfamiliar with the books who understood it quite well. It all depends on the individual.

Tanvi, Hunger Games Network - My best friend has never read the book, and she understood everything. She also says Josh Hutcherson as Peeta was great – even though she never read the book, I emphasize.

 

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We will be posting a new complaint and our argument against it each day until all 36 complaints have been posted.  We hope that if you didn’t like the movie for any of the issues we have coming within this next month, you will continue to hear us out and at least take into consideration our reasoning/rebuttal about it. Logical comments are welcome!  All others are invalid.

There’s A Rebuttal For That – Complaint #11

Can we talk about something else other than the pin?

Complaint #11 - How Katniss came upon the Mockingjay pin was a huge disappointment.

TFGeekGirl, TheFandom.Net – Again about the Mockingjay pin?!  I can understand that people are a bit underwhelmed about Katniss getting the pin from the box at The Hob, however, I don’t think it’s a “huge disappointment.”  The process of the pin will be a shared token between sisters now, a display of a sisterly bond, which seems a lot more significant.  I’ve read people’s complaints about how it now won’t be as meaningful in the upcoming sequels because the whole story of the pin has changed.  It can still be a factor, just maybe not the way it is in the books, maybe better. Or, if they actually do bring in Haymitch’s backstory into the fold, which I can see them not add in due to time (and you’d better believe they are going to have to cut out some sections from the books), I can still see the pin coming into play there as well and still have meaning.  The thing is, don’t jump to conclusions.  We still have a ways to go before the whole story is played out on film.   To be honest, I’m looking forward to seeing the pin come into play differently than in the book.

Kait, VictorsVillage   – When you consider character development, Madge Undersee wasn’t a huge part of the story, so her character was cut by the script writing team, which included Suzanne Collins. By cutting down that interaction, they cut down several minutes of character introductions that would have probably been cut elsewhere were it not for the change.

Tiffany, WelcomeToDistrict12.com – The use of Madge as a character is a storytelling device to give the pin significance, and it works on paper in book form. For a movie, introducing a character just to give a pin to Katniss, no matter how meaningful that backstory is in the book, takes up time and focus to show and explain. The meaningfulness of Madge giving Katniss the pin would not have translated well in the movie. Not all characters are going to make it from book to movie, and Madge was easy to cut, especially when movies, unlike books, have time limitations.

Aldrin, Down With The Capitol - Cutting Madge was essential in building the more important relationship between Katniss and Prim. Had they kept Madge, it would’ve taken valuable time away from showing how close Katniss and Prim are, and would’ve downplayed the sacrifice Katniss made by volunteering for Prim at the Reaping. You have to admit, Katniss and Prim exchanging the pin to protect each other was beautifully heartbreaking!

 

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There’s A Rebuttal For That – Complaint #10

What don’t you know about Rue?

Rue in training

Complaint #10 - Rue’s story not being in the movie was a huge disappointment.

TFGeekGirl, TheFandom.Net – While Rue’s backstory, as you say, was not specifically told in the way that it was in the books, I believe enough of it was told for you to understand who she is.  Rue was also someone for Katniss to compare her sister with, which is exactly what was brought out in the movie.  You see that Rue is sly and can climb when they show her in the training center.  If you pay careful attention in her interview with Caesar Flickerman, he does mention her agility and whether she’s a hunter or gatherer in her district.  And the whole scene in District 11 can also show you a glimpse of the oppression that Rue has had to deal with in her district.  So, there’s as much as you need to know about her.  I believe also, that they needed to keep the focus on Katniss throughout the movie, so yeah, sometimes the sidestories aren’t as detailed as they are in the books.  But I don’t believe Rue’s backstory not being shown how it is in the books is a disappointment.  For non-readers, I believe they understand the comparison between Rue and Prim than the fans estimate them to understand.

Stacy, GirlsintheStacks.com – Rue’s story was in the movie. Fundamentally, everything that she represented was imparted – her innocence and her ability to go unseen. .

Tiffany, WelcomeToDistrict12.com – While it would have been nice to see more of Rue, there is much about Rue that is told in her few scenes if you pay attention. You can tell much about Rue’s personality and what she means to Katniss in how she interacts with Katniss: how she eats everything off the bone, how she initially refuses Katniss’s, how she playfully asks if what Katniss and Peeta have is real, how she sings her four notes to the mockingjays, how she sleeps in the tree with Katniss. Yes, a lot of what that says is implied, but thankfully, the movie does not assume the audience is stupid. While watching the movie, there is no doubt that her death is tragic to us and to Katniss.

Tanvi, Hunger Games Network - I thought Rue was a beautiful character even as a movie standalone. What they cut out was a backchat, if you look at the big picture. What they kept was the tragic little girl who even in the short screentime wins hearts. From the training scene till the glimpse at the District 11 uprising, I thought Rue’s buildup was subtle and effective.

 

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We will be posting a new complaint and our argument against it each day until all 36 complaints have been posted.  We hope that if you didn’t like the movie for any of the issues we have coming within this next month, you will continue to hear us out and at least take into consideration our reasoning/rebuttal about it. Logical comments are welcome!  All others are invalid.

There’s A Rebuttal For That – Complaint #9

We just don’t think Katniss can afford to think like that.

Complaint #9 - Doesn’t it seem that the movie makes you want to be Team Gale, but the book makes you want to be Team Peeta?

TFGeekGirl, TheFandom.Net – Okay, putting aside the whole “team” thing.  I really don’t think the decision comes deep into play until more in the 2nd and 3rd books, though.  The whole time I was reading the book, I felt unsure of who Katniss should be with, and I think it plays it out the same way in the movie.  When you think about it, you get to read more about Katniss and Gale’s connection with each other and you think, how sweet, they have each other.  Then she’s reaped and then she’s confronted with another boy who you’re not sure what to think about until you read on and you find that he’s just as likeable, too.  In the book, they give you that feeling, that both have qualities that are good and likeable in a guy.  In the movie, you see that Gale obvious has something for Katniss and then you see Peeta and how he would give his life for Katniss to win, without question.  How can you not feel for him.  How can you not feel for Gale?  I don’t think we were supposed to side with one or the other.  And no, I don’t think the movie made me want to pick Gale over Peeta, just as the book didn’t want to make me pick Peeta over Gale.

Luly - In the book, you can know what goes on in Katniss’ head and, even so, you don’t know who she will choose in the end. Therefore, you can prefer her to be with whoever you like best. In the movie, we didn’t have Katniss’ insight but we could see different things from both of them, enough to “take a side” if that is what you want to do. Gale was seen worried, he was also brave enough to promise Katniss that he would take care of her family but he also offered her the option of running away from D12, which Katniss considers unreasonable. Peeta, on the other hand, was showed as the boy who gave her the bread back when they were younger, the one who doesn’t want the Capitol to own him, but they give you that moment of doubt when he’s with the careers. They weren’t able to show all the elements in both characters, but they showed enough of the things that have to do with their relationship with Katniss and how Katniss sees them. The movie doesn’t want you to be “Team Gale” and the book doesn’t want you to be “Team Peeta”; they both want to show you the shades of mankind’s behaviour, the cruelty of a government out of control, the hope of people who keep fighting despite all and many other ideas that are, in my opinion, far more important.

Courtney, WelcomeToDistrict12.com – The movie doesn’t make you want to believe anything about this silly existence of “teams”. We are simply shown the fact that Gale is bummed about the Katniss/Peeta thing, which begs audience members to see the following film where more about the characters’ relationships develop.

Tanvi, Hunger Games Network - A lot of people have come up with that but how, really? I guess there was no other way for a build up to Gale and Katniss’s relationship other than showing a bummed Gale. Frankly, it makes me pity Gale, but love isn’t based on pity. In the books, Katniss is always wondering what Gale is making out of all the kissing – so yes. No deviation.

Perri, Movies.com – The whole Team Gale vs. Team Peeta thing doesn’t really become much of an issue until Catching Fire. Sure, there are hints at her relationship with Gale in the first book, and the first film, but you don’t really see Katniss struggle to start making decisions until the second book. I think the only reason we have this Team Gale/Team Peeta thing at all with the movie is because so many people have read the entire series of books.

Ariel, Nerdy, Wordy, and Almost Thirty – Nope. (This is not a valid rebuttal, but I had to say it.)

Savanna, HG Fireside Chat – Maybe that is what YOUR experience was; others might feel totally different! Both the book and the movie tell a story, and it’s up to you — the reader or the viewer — to decide what you feel. The movie seems to have just made you look at Gale’s character in a different way, which I understand. I was never “Team Gale” when reading the books, but the movie made me feel a lot more sympathetic towards his character, simply because I was actually seeing him “fleshed out” for the first time by Liam Hemsworth. I don’t think the movie plays into the whole “Teams” thing at all, though; it simply portrays Katniss’s relationships with both characters in a very objective, true-to-the-book way.

 

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We will be posting a new complaint and our argument against it each day until all 36 complaints have been posted.  We hope that if you didn’t like the movie for any of the issues we have coming within this next month, you will continue to hear us out and at least take into consideration our reasoning/rebuttal about it. Logical comments are welcome!  All others are invalid.

There’s A Rebuttal For That – Complaint #7

Silver.  Gold.  It’s all shiny!

Image provided by MyHungerGames

Complaint #7 - Wasn’t it written that the cornucopia was gold?

TFGeekGirl, TheFandom.Net – I don’t think the cornucopia being gold is important to the story.  Suzanne Collins could’ve easily said the silver cornucopia and it wouldn’t have mattered.  Another possibility is that silver just looks better on film than gold, however, that’s just speculating on my part.  BTW, the cornucopia design was inspired by the work of famous architect Frank Gehry, which is a a really fascinating tidbit, if you’re at all into architecture.  I rather liked how it looked.

Aldrin, DownWithTheCapitol – The cornucopia was indeed gold in the book, but I personally think that would have looked like an eyesore in the movie. I personally prefer the movie cornucopia and think that the darker and futuristic look is more aesthetically pleasing.

Courtney, WelcomeToDistrict12.com – Welcome to moviemaking, where they take creative juices to build upon ideas and make them TOTALLY AWESOME.

Tanvi, Hunger Games Network - I was actually a little disappointed. No golden horn. The color and the shape were all wrong. But can you imagine that spectacular Cato and Peeta scene atop the Cornucopia if it was different? Now pick one – golden horn or Cato and Peeta? I thought so.

Stacy, Girls in the STACKS – Really? Does it matter? The cornucopia is symbolic, it represents abundance and nourishment. The color itself is not important.

 

To see our previous complaints, go to our Rebuttal Page

We will be posting a new complaint and our argument against it each day until all 36 complaints have been posted.  We hope that if you didn’t like the movie for any of the issues we have coming within this next month, you will continue to hear us out and at least take into consideration our reasoning/rebuttal about it. Logical comments are welcome!  All others are invalid.