Josh Hutcherson has always been a man of giving back to worthy causes, and we are excited to share news of a charitable event taking place under the young actor’s name. The first annual “Josh Hutcherson Celebrity Charity Basketball Game” will be taking place in Los Angeles on August 3 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
In cooperation with AEG, Entertainment League Productions hosts the first annual Josh Hutcherson Celebrity Charity Basketball Game benefiting the *Straight But Not NarrowInitiative during the Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament.
Josh will take the court with a collection of celebrity friends to create a family-friendly, highly entertaining basketball event with the objective to raise funds and awareness for the Straight but not Narrow initiative.
For more information and to buy tickets to the event, be sure to visit the official website.
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Josh Hutcherson is listed among the celebrities scheduled to attend TEACHERS ROCK, a benefit concert celebrating teachers and education. The proceeds from the event, which takes place on August 14th, will benefit thee non-profit organizations, DonorsChoose.org, Feeding America and Teach for America. Check out the press release below for more details, how to purchase tickets, and how you can check it out at home.
LOS ANGELES, Jul 24, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Live on August 14th at 7:30 p.m. from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Ken Ehrlich Productions, Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media, and AEG present TEACHERS ROCK presented by Walmart and Walden Media’s upcoming feature film “Won’t Back Down,” a special tribute concert celebrating teachers and education and benefitting several non-profit organizations, featuring some of the biggest names in music, film and sports.
The benefit concert will showcase live performances by Dierks Bentley, Fun. and Josh Groban and special appearances by Viola Davis from “Won’t Back Down,” Josh Hutcherson, Miranda Cosgrove, Pauley Perrette, Roshon Fegan and many more. Proceeds from TEACHERS ROCK will benefit three non-profit organizations: DonorsChoose.org, Feeding America and Teach for America.
Tickets for this special benefit, starting at just $40, will go on sale this Friday, July 27th at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, plus via Charge-By-Phone (800.745.3000). A limited number of VIP packages will also be offered for TEACHERS ROCK, which include tickets to a post-concert party at L.A. LIVE.
The TEACHERS ROCK concert will feature scenes from Walden Media’s upcoming motion picture “Won’t Back Down,” released by 20th Century Fox. The film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, who play two determined mothers, one a teacher, who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. This powerful story of parenthood, friendship and courage mirrors events that are making headlines daily.
“AEG and Walden are very excited to join efforts with Walmart in celebrating teachers. Honoring teachers and recognizing the importance of education have been bedrock values since the founding of our companies,” said Anschutz Film Group & Walden Media CEO, David Weil. “We believe that TEACHERS ROCK and our upcoming movie, WON’T BACK DOWN, will both inspire parents to believe that they can make a real difference in the lives of students and teachers.”
TEACHERS ROCK will be taped for a special one hour CBS television event broadcast Saturday, August 18th from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT, that will also feature taped performance and appearances from Carrie Underwood, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Morrison, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Usher, Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and James Valentine, and more.
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The Hunger Games has 11 chances to bring home a surfboard at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards and it looks like Josh Hutcherson will be on hand to represent for the film. Also on hand, soundtrack artist Taylor Swift who has a nomination for her track Eyes Open.
Teens between the ages of 13-19 can vote once each day at www.teenchoiceawards.com until Saturday, July 21st at 11:59 PM PT. The Teen Choice Awards airs Sunday, July 22nd at 8 pm ET on FOX.
While perusing YouTube, we found some fantastic interviews with Enews featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Elizabeth Banks talking about The Hunger Games. The interviews were posted just after the world premiere of the film, and right in the middle of a huge avalanche of news, which somehow hid them from our view.
We hope you enjoy these blasts from the past as much as we did…
Josh talks landing the role, the infamous concussion and more.
Elizabeth talks becoming Effie and her son’s reaction to seeing her in costume.
Liam talks about how he became involved in the film, the meaning of the books, parachutes and more.
Jennifer talks about taking on the role, the message of the story, training for the role and more.
In US Weekly’s September 2012 special issue they are counting down their list of the 100 Cutest Guys, and 3 Hunger Games stars are included. Josh Hutcherson and Alexander Ludwig are featured on the cover of the magazine, while Liam Hemsworth (along with Josh and Xander) are included among the 8 giant posters included with the issue.
UPDATE: Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh) tweeted us to let us know that he is also included in the issue which goes on sale June 29, 2012.
— Dayo Okeniyi (@DayoOkeniyi) June 16, 2012
Looking good Dayo!
We’ll definitely be picking up a copy when it hits newsstands at the end of the month. Will you be grabbing a copy as well? Let us know in the comments.
VH1′s Annual Do Something Awards are almost upon us. Each year VH1 partners with DoSomething.org to honor the ‘do-ers’ of the world, including celebrities who inspire their young fans to stand up and take a step toward changing the world.
The 2012 nominations are taking place right now, and Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and The Hunger Games film are all in the early running as suggested nominees.
You can vote for Josh and Liam as nominees for Movie Star: Male and for The Hunger Games in the film category here.
Final voting will open in July. The Do Something Awards will be held on Sunday, August 19th, with the taped show airing on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 9/8 c on VH1.
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The Hunger Games and Twilight were the front runners of the MTV Movie Awards this past weekend, winning the majority of the awards with THG winning 4 and Twilight winning 2. In between awards, Josh Hutcherson bumped into Kristen Stewart backstage, this being the first time they’ve been able to sit down and talk in five years.
“That was awesome to connect with her again, especially after everything that’s happened to the both of us [with 'Twilight' and 'The Hunger Games']. It’s nice to just kind of be able to talk again and hopefully have some sort of friendship. She’s fantastic.”
Despite the two franchises battling it out for the awards, Hutcherson commented on the competition between THG and Twilight.
“Honestly, you know what? I’ve never really felt it to be a competition. And I wish I could pretend like it was ’cause it’d be fun, [but] it’s so not. Their cast is fantastic, our cast is fantastic and there’s never been any bloodshed. … Not yet,” he teased.
For the full article, be sure to head over to MTV, and you can also watch the video below!
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Lots of great reminders for you today! Check out how you can support the Cast, as well as learn more about a piece of Hunger Games History.
Synopsis via Hickory Record:Henry River Mill Village stood in as the home district of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, who end up competing in “The Hunger Games.” The movie, partially shot at the village, is based on a book trilogy by author Suzanne Collins. “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” are the other two books in the trilogy, with “Catching Fire” reported to start filming in the fall.Maddalena was at Henry River Mill Village in April filming the episode for tonight. He said the show will start off with a man in North Carolina who tells them he sold a lot of items, such as furnishings, that were used from the movie at auction.
Maddalena said the man was auctioning items as cheaply as $20 to $30, most of it going to antique dealers. He said someone could be sitting on a sofa used for filming the movie and not even know it. And because it was used for the movie, it would be worth a lot more than they likely paid for it, Maddalena said.
Maddalena and his crew then visit a company that offers “Hunger Games” tours and ends the episode in Henry River Mill Village in eastern Burke County. Where the shows host convinces the owner of the village Wade Shepherd to allow him to try to sell the property via sealed auction bid.
When MTV caught up with Alexander Ludwig, Josh Hutcherson and Elizabeth Banks at the Movie Awards last night they just had to talk with them about the major topic of discussion in The Hunger Games fandom, Who will play Finnick Odair in Catching Fire.
Josh: “I mean, honestly, I have no idea. I definitely need to re-read the second book,” he said. “I haven’t read it since I first read them, before the first one. So I think I kind of need to read it again to get a better grasp. Physically strong, I think that’s a big important thing. I think somebody who’s kind of similar to Peeta in the sense that he knows sort of how to work the situation a little bit. I think the physicality would be really important for Finnick because he’s such an imposing character, for sure.”
Alexander: “Whenever I read the books, I always thought Ryan Reynolds would be a great Finnick.” he said. “Ryan Reynolds is just how I pictured. I think he’s just got a charisma about him. Whenever I read the books, I was like ‘If I don’t get a [role] in the first one, [then I'd be interested].’ Finnick had always been something I was interested in as a character because he reminds me a little of myself. He’s got a really good charisma about him. He’s also got that bit of an egotistical edge to him which isn’t like me but I love it as character. It’s hilarious and he’s a really strong character too and he’s a really big part of the second book. He’s the most anticipated character in my mind as well. I can’t wait to see who they cast for him.”
Elizabeth: “I don’t [know], honestly,” she said. “Everybody that’s ever been mentioned seems fantastic. I’m sure they’ll find the right fit. I think the cast has come together in such an amazing way so far and I know that their goal is to keep adding the best people and the people that its gonna be great. You know, just charisma, just a lot of charisma. And he’s a looker.”
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Prior to The Hunger Games 4 wins last night, MTV had the chance to chat with Elizabeth Banks and Josh Hutcherson on the red carpet. The duo talked about who from the cast they would save in the event of a zombie attack, Josh’s odds at winning Best Male Performance (which were definitely in his favor), and Elizabeth’s remarkable transformation to become Effie for The Hunger Games.
“I might save Woody,” Banks said. “No, he could save himself, maybe. He’s already fought off zombies in one of my favorite zombie movies.”
Banks is of course referring to “Zombieland,” in which Harrelson battled against the walking dead with Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone. But since he proved himself fully capable, the actress picked a different co-star to save: “I probably would save Jennifer,” she said.
Hutcherson nodded in agreement. “I think Jennifer, too,” he said, “just because I think she means the most to the continuing of the story and to the fans.”
“I’d want to be the savior of Katniss,” Banks added.
“That’d be a good one to be,” Hutcherson said.
Among the many nominations for “The Hunger Games,” both actors have a shot at a coveted Golden Popcorn on their own. Banks is up for Best On-Screen Transformation and Hutcherson is vying for Best Male Performance.
“Little guy from Kentucky that could,” the actor laughed when Sway mentioned his shot at the award. “It’s crazy, man. It’s crazy.”
When we asked what it was like to see Banks’ on-screen transformation, he called the process “insane.” “The amount of conversation that went into the smallest details of, like, what color her eyebrows should be was astonishing,” he said. “That whole process was way more than I would ever go through for a role.”
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