Friday, January 6, 2012

Kristen Bell, Hunger Games, and Community

It's Fangirl Friday, unofficially brought to you by Splitsider.

From the Huffington's Post interview with Kristen Bell, promoting House of Lies:

Now, "The Hunger Games." I know you're a big fan.
It's all I think about.
Anything new in your campaign to be Johanna? Is that still happening?
I mean from my campaign desk here on my full-size bed in a back bedroom in my family's house in Oregon, there are no new developments [Laughs] -- other than the fact that I am trying to stay on top of it and not age too rapidly so that I can still be cast.
For Halloween, were you Katniss?
No, but my 30th birthday I themed after "The Hunger Games" and I put District numbers up around. I put District 4 for water over the pool. I put District 2 for electronics over the stereo and iPod. I had a blow-up castle bouncy house on the front lawn and I put The Capitol over the bouncy house. And over my front door, I put District 12. All my friends dressed as the characters and I dressed as Katniss. I was head-to-toe in spandex with a fire cape and carried a bow and arrow.
That sounds pretty damn epic.
Oh yeah, it was pretty much major. I had friends that went all out. I have friends that like do it. They do not mess around. I had friends who came as Cato and Clove and were dressed in weird sewn-together fabric leaves and army colors. They had the football black under their eyes and they had taken all the knives in their house, even the butcher knives, and wrapped them in duct tape so they wouldn't be too sharp and flung them over their body like sort of ammo lines. They had all these knives taped to them -- it was amazing. I had a couple Effie Trinkets. It was pretty exceptional. People dressed up like tracker jackers. They were like bumble bees, but with huge horns.
Next themed party I have, I need to have you plan it for me.
Oh absolutely. Themed parties are pretty awesome.
YES themed parties. If it had been around when I was 13, I totally would have loved a Hunger Games-themed bat mitzvah party. Not that I would have been cool enough to throw it myself, but I definitely would have attended. I also find it interesting to see which previous roles are cited in interviews. Burlesque? Really? It's never Reefer Madness. Sigh.
In other fangirl news, Community is definitely coming back in the spring! Here's a gem from the set, via Fat Neil's Twitter:

I guess we can count on a Simpsons episode?

And if you just watched the Season 2 premiere of Portlandia, you might be interested in this interview with Carrie Brownstein.

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