A & E Briefs – March 22, 2011
Elika Roohi / Sun Star Reporter
March 22, 2010
Whitewashing the ‘Hunger Games’ heroine
The popular young adult novel “The Hunger Games” is coming to the big screen, and there’s a lot of talk about who’s going to play the lead role of Katniss Everdeen. The casting call asked for a Caucasian actor between the ages of 15 and 20, who could portray someone ‘underfed but strong’ and ‘naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness.’ The rumor mill is saying that Jennifer Lawrence, a blonde haired blue-eyed 20-year-old, is the definitive frontrunner for the role. In the book, Everdeen is described as having ‘olive skin and dark hair,’ a description that should have left the call open to other ethnicities.
Larry King, a Daily Show correspondent?
The Daily Show might be getting a new correspondent. Larry King has been talking to producers at the show about becoming a regular contributor. He wouldn’t be around for every show, such as Jon Oliver or Wyatt Cenac. Instead, he would be the type of occasional contributor that Lewis Black is. Those who have never really thought of King as a comedian might want to check out his comedy tour that he’s headlining this spring, and then make up their minds about whether they want him on the Daily Show or not.
Too much bacon to be kosher
A chef in downtown Los Angeles is serving matzo balls wrapped in bacon. Top Chef Ilan Hall is famous for dishes that meld Jewish and Scottish cuisine. A critic of Hall calls his food “confrontational cooking.” But Hall said it’s not for the sake of being offensive. “Pork belly lends itself really well to sweet cooking preparations.”