Afternoon Delight: Jennifer Lawrence cast in “The Hunger Games,” Cat Cora pens a new children’s book

Happy St. Patty’s Day, queer women of the world! As a woman of Irish heritage, I should be drinking green beer and wearing green apparel, but I’d rather eat my calories and green hues don’t work with my complexion. So instead I’m sober and bringing you this column. So let’s get started, shall we?

Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) has snagged the lead in the upcoming The Hunger Games trilogy. The films will be based on Suzanne Collins’s best-selling books The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay and have been compared to the Twilight series. Did anyone else just have a vision of Lawrence and Kristen Stewart making out? Just me? OK.

The series is set in the future and Lawrence will play Katniss Everdeen, a young girl who joins a survival contest on the television show called Hunger Games, in which children compete against each other to the death. It sounds just like growing up with my sister. I hope Lawrence wins! And if she doesn’t, I hope she leaves me that hot red Calvin Klein dress she wore to the Oscars. Red is my color.

Today the internet is buzzing with the news that Mila Kunis gets naked … with her co-star Justin Timberlake in their upcoming rom-com Friends with Benefits. Kunis and Timberlake play friends that get dumped and therefore decide to make a pact to have a strictly sexual relationship. No emotions allowed! Yeah right, like that ever works. In the film, Emma Stone plays Timberlake’s ex and Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg plays the MORON who breaks up with Kunis. Samberg should be dragged outside and kicked for even pretending to hurt Kunis.

Here’s the new trailer for the film:

Last year, Kunis talked to my (and most likely your) favorite lesbian Ellen DeGeneres and dished on what it was really like stripping down with the boy-band member turned actor. She told her, “It’s very awkward. I mean, the truth is, we got to have very uncomfortable scenes for two weeks. There’s like 150 crewmen watching and you see each other’s bits and pieces. The whole thing is just wrong!”

I agree, it sounds totally wrong. Although for the love scene with Natalie Portman in Black Swan, it was totally right.

Iron Chef Cat Cora’s newest book is out today! The mother of a zillion boys wrote a children’s book, A Suitcase Surprise for Mommy, about a mother who has to travel for work and be away from her children. Somebody has parental guilt! Cora’s wrote the book with her eldest son, 7-year-old Zoran in mind and named her lead character after him.

If my mom wrote a book about her career it would be called, “Mommy’s a nurse who’s going to stab you in the arm with a needle and make you cry!” I wonder if that title is already taken?

Beth Ditto recently did an interview with the Guardian from her bed. The journalist told her about “a fellow critic who bemoaned the fact that Ditto had sold out her riot grrrl principles to socialise with C-list celebrities.” Ditto countered with, “And let me guess, he was a straight white boy?” The journalist confirmed that she was indeed correct. She told him, “It’s mostly all straight boys who say that – nobody else! A lot of original Gossip fans are really championing that element of what I do.” Snap!

A big congratulations to Mississippi Damned writer/director Tina Mabry are in order! The Wrap reports that her film, County Line, was chosen to be a part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s All Access Program. Only a dozen projects from women and minority filmmakers were chosen out of 400 submissions, and each will receive a $10,000 grant. Those selected will also be paired with an advisor from the Producers Guild of America. Way to go, Tina!

Lesbian video site tello Films has just confirmed that their (okay, my) newest series, McManusland, will launch March 30. Here’s the official description: “Comic actress Bridget McManus [I know her!] wants to be bigger than Oprah. Not in circumference, but in star power. Follow the misadventures of McManus and her family in this four-part mockumentary series.”

The show stars my wife, pets, comedian Fortune Feimster and a few other faces you might recognize. I hope you’ll tune in, and I promise to keep you informed on all new developments via my McManusland Twitter account.

Now put on your best green hoodie and get out into the world and show your Irish pride!

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