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'Hunger Games' actors talk race, weight at Kids' Choice Awards

Amandla Stenberg signs "The Hunger Games" autographs

"The Hunger Games" has dominated the box office for two consecutive weekends now -- but with that success has come some vitriol from critics of Suzanne Collins' beloved young adult series.

Last week, stars Lenny Kravitz and Amandla Stenberg found themselves the subjects of some vicious attacks from fans questioning why the filmmakers cast black actors in those roles. The character Stenberg plays, the wide-eyed Rue, has "dark brown skin and eyes" in Collins' book.

Despite the critiques, the 13-year-old actress was all smiles at the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, and said she's appreciated all the support she's received from fans during the last week. She even got a message from an unexpected supporter: M.C. Hammer.

"He said, 'Respect for the people!'" Amandla said with a smile.

Oh, but that's not all some "Hunger Games" viewers are in a tizzy about. A slew of reviewers have criticized Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast for not looking "hungry" enough in the film.

"A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission," said Manohla Dargis of the New York Times.

Dayo Okeniyi, who plays the character Thresh, called that sentiment "beyond ridiculous."

"Suzanne Collins said in an interview, if Josh [Hutcherson] was blue and came from Mars, she would still cast him in this movie because his soul is the soul of Peeta," the actor said on the orange carpet. "I wish all movies were cast like that."

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Photo: Amandla Stenberg signs autographs at the Grove. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Miley Cyrus rejoins Twitter for Charlie Sheen and Liam Hemsworth?

Miley Cyrus wins Kids' Choice Award, rejoins Twitter Miley Cyrus is back ... on Twitter, that is, crediting her return to none other than Charlie Sheen. Oh, and her fans too.

The teen star returned to the micro-blogging site on the heels of her favorite movie actress win at the Kids' Choice Awards in order to promote her upcoming Gypsy Heart World Tour.

"Yo guys! Its MC! Thank you so much for my KCA! =] PS I am taking over the Gypsy Heart twitter! Gotta keep ya posted on tour <3 come see me!" she wrote.

But soon after, Cyrus revealed the real reasons for her comeback.

"Do not fear...the Sheenius is here!" I'm not gonna lie. I came back to twitter for 2 reasons. My fans and to follow @charliesheen #winning," she tweeted Sunday. 

Perhaps she just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Hey, Miley, you're not missing much in terms of torpedoes of truth anyway.

The 18-year-old amassed thousands more followers via the Gypsy Tour account. She deleted her personal account in October 2009 for on-again-off-again boyfriend and "The Last Song" costar Liam Hemsworth.

Ironically, she tweeted props to Hemsworth for landing a role in the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" with Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence.

"I can say the best news ever now! Dang word travels fast! Liam booked the role of Gale in Hunger Games! I gotta go read all the books now!" she wrote.

Cyrus was also quick to reply to fans and converse with other celebrities, including Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and Jaden Smith, who is teaming up with papa Will Smith in an M. Night Shyamalan-directed project.

It's a good thing salvia isn't as addictive as Twitter, we suppose.

Are you going to start following Miley now that she's back on Twitter? Let us know in comments.

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Photo: Miley Cyrus accepts the favorite movie actress award at the 24th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles April 2, 2011. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


Kids' Choice Awards: Miley Cyrus still embarrassed about crying at 2009 show [Video]

When Miley Cyrus started crying after being named the favorite female singer at the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards, critics lambasted her for taking such a light event so seriously.

Before heading into this year's ceremony, where the singer and actress was nominated for three prizes, Cyrus shuddered in embarrassment at the memory of the emotional moment.

Photo-gallery-kca "Let's not talk about the crying. I don't know why that happened," she said, laughing on the orange carpet on Saturday afternoon. "That was like bad teenage hormones kicked in where I was just like, so touched."

"And maybe it was partly The Rock in a dress matching me--that was kind of interesting," she added, referring to that year's host Dwayne Johnson's get-up as he presented her with the award. (You can watch the whole event unfold in this YouTube clip.)

"It's just from the fans," the 18-year-old said. "And that's what makes me the happiest."

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Kids' Choice Awards: Kardashian sisters insist they do actually keep some things private [Video]

With every new reality show that comes out featuring the Kardashian sisters -- of which, come Sunday, there will be four -- it seems there's almost nothing the family won't share. But at the Kids' Choice Awards, Kim Kardashian says there are some things she actually keeps to herself.

Photo-gallery-kca "There is a lot that you do want to keep private and so we don't film 24 hours a day or all year long," the 30-year-old said on the orange carpet at the Nickelodeon awards on Saturday, where she and sister Kourtney were presenters. "We obviously are comfortable sharing a lot, but you never really get used to a camera being there. People ask that. But not really."

Kourtney, meanwhile, was more forthcoming.

"Everyone on my crew has probably seen all my goods, and that's OK," the eldest of the Kardashian siblings said.

While "Kourtney and Kim Take New York" is currently on the air, sister Khloe's spin-off show with her husband, Lakers player Lamar Odom, is set to premiere next weekend. Being a part of so many reality shows can get confusing, admitted Kourtney.

"I've been filming on Khloe's show a little bit, but whenever we're filming, I'm like, 'Is this Khloe's show? Like, what show are we even filming for?' I don't know what's for what show."

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Kids' Choice Awards: Big Time Rush wants to be your 'Boyfriend' [Video]

At last year's Kids' Choice Awards, the four guys who star in "Big Time Rush" had only just premiered their Nickelodeon show. But as they walked down the orange carpet on Saturday for the 2011 show, hundreds of teen girls screamed out their names.

Photo-gallery-kca "Basically, what's changed is all of them over there. There's more of them than there was last year, for sure. We have a huge fan support and we love them for that and we're so thankful that they're here supporting us," said Logan Henderson, one-fourth of the group.

The guys also spend far more time together than they used to.

"We see each other seven days a week. We've kind of become like brothers. We bicker all the time but we get over it pretty quickly," explained James Maslow.

During the telecast, the band performed their new single, "Boyfriend," which seems to play right to their tween fanbase.

"We're not saying we're trying to rile them up, but if it gets a reaction, then, you know," shrugged cast member Kendall Schmidt.

"If you happen to be looking for a boyfriend," Maslow chimed in, speaking into the camera at his fans, "I technically could be that boyfriend."

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Kids' Choice Awards: Heidi Klum says Seal is already fretting about their kids' dating lives [Video]

Former supermodel Heidi Klum has four kids, hosts a television show called "Seriously Funny Kids" and still had time to show up at the Kids' Choice Awards this weekend. 

So does that make her the Hollywood child-rearing authority?

"I don't think that I am the kid expert, no. I learned a lot about children. I wouldn't say that I know Kids Choice Awards everything, because I don't," she said on the orange carpet Saturday, before her Gucci dress got covered in green slime during the telecast. "Every age group then changes things again. I know up until a 7-year-old. But everything that comes above that, now, I don't really know how they then change, and then the boyfriends come. My husband [singer Seal] is already like, 'Oh, when the boyfriends come...'"

But she has learned a thing or two about how to interact with children, she acknowledged.

"There are no rules, really, when you're interviewing kids or when you work with kids, because you never really know what you can expect," she said. "Some are really chatty. Some ask me, like, 'Why are you asking me so many questions?' Or others are like, 'Can we do something different? This is boring. Can we dance, or can we paint?' And some just answer really nicely my questions."

As for Klum's own children? They didn't attend the Nickelodeon telecast, instead opting to hang out with their famous dad.

"They're at home with daddy, because he was away the last three weeks, so they're excited to be with their dad," she smiled.

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Kids' Choice Awards: Will.i.am wants to do a 'sci-fi, fantasy musical' movie [Video]

Will.i.am, the lead singer in the Black Eyed Peas, has earned a reputation for his outlandish get-ups. At the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, the artist sported a pair of a electric orange sunglasses that he said allowed him to observe any action occurring behind him.

Kids Choice Awards The Black Eyed Peas gave the opening performance on the Nickelodeon show this year -- but the frontman seemed more excited about his upcoming voice role in the animated film "Rio."

"I want to do more movies. I want to write films. I want to do a musical. In the vein of fantasy. Fantasy musical. I haven't seen that yet," he said, getting increasingly excited at the thought. "Like a sci-fi, fantasy musical. If you were to take 'Harry Potter,' 'Tron,' and 'The Wizard of Oz' -- but today."

Any plans to actually make that happen, we asked?

"Just thought about it right now," he smiled.

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Kids' Choice Awards: Selena Gomez says next film role marks 'crucial turning point' in her career [Video]

Last summer, Disney Channel star Selena Gomez had her first major role in a feature film, "Ramona and Beezus." Based on a popular series of childrens' novels, it was a move she knew wouldn't upset her young fanbase or hurt her squeaky-clean reputation.

But in July, Gomez will be on the big screen again, starring in "Monte Carlo," which follows three young Kids Choice Awards women vacationing in Paris.

The actress-singer said she spent much time weighing whether or not the movie was the right move for her as she transitions into becoming an adult actress.

"Obviously, choosing 'Monte Carlo' was kind of a crucial turning point in my film career. I had to pick something that was gonna be something my fans could see, but something I would be proud of," the 18-year-old told us on the orange carpet at the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday. "So it's fun, and it's different, and I play two characters [a British heiress and a Texas teenager], which is a challenge. So ultimately I just wanted it to be something I was proud of."

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Kids' Choice Awards: Taylor Momsen tries out 'appropriate' outfit for tween show [Video]

It was just last year that Taylor Momsen was busy playing one of the prominent characters on "Gossip Girl" -- until the actress decided to take a hiatus from the show to concentrate on her music career.

But being taken seriously as a musician after playing little Jenny Humphrey has been a challenge, Momsen admitted.

"It's still something I'm overcoming -- getting people to just give the record a chance and not write it off," she said on the orange carpet at the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday. "Because it really is something I Kids Choice Awards have been working on my whole life. I've been writing songs since I was 5 years old, so that's what I want to do with my life is make records and tour until I'm dead."

Momsen's new record will be released later this month, and then she'll embark on a tour for the next year -- where we're sure she'll be sporting plenty of her infamously racy outfits. But for the Nickelodeon show, anyway, she toned it down.

"I figured I'd be appropriate," she said of her relatively demure get-up. Still, she was decked out with her usual mass of black eye makeup. Just how much eyeliner does she go through, we asked?

"I actually don't use much eyeliner. I use black eyeshadow, so not too much [eyeliner], honestly," she smiled.

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PREACH IT! Kids' Choice Award appearance reveals the real Justin Bieber

Beebs1 The comments are flying thick and fast over Justin Bieber’s appearance at the Kids’ Choice Awards this weekend. 

People are shocked, just shocked, at Bieber’s dismissive attitude toward reporters and his refusal to get slimed, which is the whole purpose of showing up at the Nickelodeon spectacle.

Beebs But anybody who has followed Bieber’s two-minute career  has to know the kid we’re dealing with.

Yes, he’s talented; he can sing and strum a guitar and keep his hair in place at the same time. He can sling the charm on talk shows, teaching Chelsea Handler how to wink and whatnot. He even has what he calls a "swagger coach" to keep his style situation in check.

But at 16, Bieber also is developing quite the ego.

He ordered everybody around ...

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