Peeta in new Hunger Games teaser
Fans have had a glimpse at the first images of Josh Hutcherson’s captive Peeta in an eerie new teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
Donald Sutherland’s evil President Snow, dressed from head-to-toe in white, gives a chilling address to the country of Panem in the clip, ‘‘Together as One’’.
In the last instalment of The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book, sparks of a rebellion were flying throughout the 12 districts.
With Mockingjay set to confront this head-on, Snow subtly addresses the growing dissent in the highly sanitised propaganda video, reminding the districts that they are part of a delicate system.
‘‘Your districts are the body, the Capitol is the beating heart,’’ he says, as close-ups on his face are interspersed with banners such as ‘‘prosperity’’ and ‘‘sacrifice’’.
But toward the end of the address, things take a more sinister turn.
‘‘If you resist the system, you starve yourself,’’ Snow says, as you realise he’s seated on a white throne.‘‘If you fight against it, it is you who will bleed.’’
Then it’s revealed that the figure, standing soldier-like next to Snow, is Peeta, the baker’s boy and Katniss’ would-be beau who was captured in the last film.
The teaser comes nearly a week after a collection of seven posters of District Heroes hit the Capitol website www.thecapitol.pn, with fans still waiting on a glimpse of heroine Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) or Gale (Aussie Liam Hemsworth).
However, these tiny leaks are sure to only fuel the excitement for Mockingjay Part 1’s November 20 release.
Rebel Wilson reports scam to police
Hey everyone, especially friends in Australia, if you see a post about me relating to some 'diet' product: this is a SCAM. Police alerted.— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) June 25, 2014
Australian actress Rebel Wilson has contacted police over allegations her name and image have been used to promote a weight loss product without her permission.
The Pitch Perfect star was alerted to an online promotion which allegedly suggested she uses a pumpkin-shaped fruit from Indonesia to lose weight, and included ’before and after’ snaps.
Wilson alerted her fans to the scam via Twitter.‘‘This is some scam, I have no idea what that is or why they are using my image,’’ she said to one follower, before telling all her fans: ‘‘Hey guys, just to be clear, if you see an ad for some weight loss product with my name and picture on it, it is 100 per cent not me. Some bs scam!’’
Wilson said she had alerted police to the situation.
‘‘Hey everyone, especially friends in Australia, if you see a post about me relating to some ’diet’ product: this is a SCAM,’’ she tweeted.
‘‘Police alerted. They are unlawfully using my name and image. Please ignore.’’
Danii Minogue goes makeup-free for cover
Dannii Minogue says she hopes her barefaced magazine cover will inspire other women to say ‘‘stuff it’’ to unrealistic beauty standards. Minogue appears as the fresh-faced covergirl for July’s issue of Who magazine.
But while she was initially nervous about the idea, Minogue hopes the cover will inspire other women to appreciate their natural beauty.
‘‘There’s a major thing with women that we’re expected to be perfect all the time,’’ she told Fox FM.
‘‘(But) get this, news breaking - we’re not.’’‘‘Hopefully it will inspire some other women to go, ‘ah, stuff it’.’’
At 42, Minogue said she was feelling ‘‘pretty good’’ and just wanted to enjoy herself.
Bridesmaids star spent her 20s crying
Funnywoman Melissa McCarthy says she spent her 20s crying like an ‘‘idiot’’ because she didn’t think she was thin or pretty enough.
The Bridesmaids star told People magazine she was often emotional as a young adult.‘‘In my 20s I used to cry about why I wasn’t thinner or prettier,’’ she said.
‘‘But I want to add that I also used to cry about things like: ’I wish my hair would grow faster. I wish I had different shoes.’’
‘‘I was an idiot. It’s a decade of tears.’’
But even though she’s developed a thicker skin, McCarthy said some media coverage can still hurt her feelings.
In particular, she said headlines that portray her as a trailblazer for plus-size women in Hollywood are out of line.
‘‘It’s like I’m managing to achieve all this success in spite of my affliction,’’ she said.
‘‘Would you ever put that in the headline for a male star?’’
September date set for Brown’s trial
Hip hop star Chris Brown will stand trial in September for allegedly hitting a fan after lawyers failed to agree on a plea bargain.
A deal could have spared Brown the risk of spending up to six months in jail.
The Grammy-winning R&B artist was charged with assault after an altercation outside a Washington hotel with a fan who wanted a photo with him.
At the time, Brown was still on probation following his conviction for assaulting his then girlfriend, pop diva Rihanna.
His bodyguard Christopher Hollosy has already been found guilty of assault in the same incident, following a separate trial.