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FX's true-life companion to "American Horror Story," the anthology series "American Crime Story," premieres Feb. 2 with perhaps the most infamous case in American history, "The People v. O.J. Simpson." From memories of the Lapd's slow-speed chase of Simpson's white Ford Bronco—televised live and recently recaptured in Brett Morgen's Espn/"30 for 30" documentary "June 17, 1994"—to the poster's allusion to Johnnie Cochran's unforgettable line—"If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit"—"Acs" seems unabashed about tapping into a two-decade-old zeitgeist. (See the poster, and more clips from the series, below.) Read More: "Espn Nixes Grantland as the Post-Simmons Era Continues" Casting is everything in a story with such familiar, provocative personas, though the involvement of "The Hunger Games" producer Nina Jacobson is reason for confidence. (Has there been a better match between »
- Matt Brennan
The blockbuster Hunger Games franchise has taken audiences by storm around the world, grossing more than $2.2 billion at the global box office. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen [Jennifer Lawrence] realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future.
Recently, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson, Liam Hemsworth, Francis Lawrence, and Nina Jacobson sat down with a small room of press in Hollywood to talk about the film. Check out part of the press conference below!
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale [Liam Hemsworth], Finnick [Sam Claflin] and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on »
- Melissa Howland
“Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson admires Jennifer Lawrence for many reasons, one of them being the actress’ stance on body image in Hollywood. “Jen was very vocal about the tyranny of skinniness imposed on actresses, and the way in which actresses are expected to be very subhuman in their weight,” she told People. “She really has passionate feelings about that and how destructive it is for girls. For her to be vocal about that when she’s a beautiful, glamorous young woman — I always admired that.” The producer remembers one particular moment when Lawrence was asked who her favorite designer was, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
It was always an unlikely Hollywood franchise: the story of a feminist hero trapped in a dystopian capitalist nightmare. But its message of rebellion and revolution has gone round the world and grossed billions. As its fans explain, the odds were ever in its favour
On 17 July 2006, Nina Jacobson was in hospital in Los Angeles, where her partner was about to give birth. Jacobson, then 40, was president of production at Disney (among other things, she had overseen the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie). She was one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. Yet in the wake of a corporate reshuffle, rumours had reached her that her job was in danger. Panicked, she stepped from the delivery room and phoned Disney CEO Richard Cook. She was fired.
Jacobson now runs her own production company, Color Force. It is a small operation, but one with a mighty trick up its »
- Danny Leigh
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Willow Shields, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Natalie Dormer and Jeffrey Wright, along with director Francis Lawrence, production designer Philip Messina, makeup designer Ve Neill and producer Nina Jacobson, discuss the phenomenon that is The Hunger Games in this in-depth featurette.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future.
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. »
- Michelle McCue
The cast of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” may have stayed silent at the film’s U.S. premiere but their support for the victims of the Paris terror attacks rang loud and clear Monday night.
Stars of the hit franchise, who recently cancelled all media interviews for the downtown L.A. event, wore Mockingjay ribbons adorned with the French flag as a tribute to the those killed in Friday’s attacks.
Jennifer Lawrence was flanked by co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson on the red carpet, while Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and the entire “Mockingjay” team were also seen with the red, white and blue emblems.
“Our hearts are with you France where we have so many amazing fans,” Banks tweeted.
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures’ The Rosie Project may have lost Richard Linklater only a few weeks ago – not to mention Jennifer Lawrence, too – but that hasn’t quelled the director’s appetite to get back behind the camera. He’s currently dreaming up his follow-up to critically-acclaimed indie drama Boyhood, and after settling on an adaptation of Maria Semple’s 2012 novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette, we now have word of the project’s first potential star.
Word comes by way of The Wrap, revealing that Cate Blanchett is in contention for a lead role. The exact specifics of said part hasn’t been disclosed at the time of going to press, though it’s a safe bet that a star of Blanchett’s calibre would be in line to assume the title role.
- Michael Briers
The Hunger Games series draws to a close next week as the final chapter Mockingjay: Part 2 arrives. The story reaches it’s climax as Katniss sets out to bring down the regime set by President Snow once and for all. The film’s release will be bittersweet to fans, especially those who aren’t yet ready to say goodbye, but could it really be over? Years ago when the Harry Potter films came to an end we all thought that it was all over. Recently though we’ve had news of spin-offs, stage shows and more. This, combined with plans to create a theme park based around the Hunger Games, has sparked hope that things might not be over.
The question about whether we’ve really seen the end of Pan Em was asked during the press conference, here’s what producer Nina Jacobson had to say:
For me Suzanne Collins »
- Kat Hughes
An adaptation of Maria Semple's best-selling 2012 novel, the story deals with the title character - an agoraphobic architect and mother named Bernadette Branch - who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica.
The book is narrated by her 15-year-old daughter Bee Branch and the story is conveyed via emails, letters, FBI documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist, and a bill for an emergency room visit.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Cate Blanchett is in negotiations to star in Where'd You Go, Bernadette? for Annapurna Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Color Force's Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson (The Hunger Games) are producing alongside Annapurna's Megan Ellison. The film is based on Maria Semple's 2012 best-seller that unfolds in its own quirky way — via emails, letters, FBI documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and a bill for an emergency room visit involving the titular character. Semple's novel, which was adapted for Annapurna by Fault in Our Stars writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, centers on an agoraphobic architect and
- Borys Kit
Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is in advanced negotiations to star in Richard Linklater‘s adaptation of “Where’d You Go, Bernadatte,” TheWrap has learned. The project is set up at Annapurna Pictures, whose Megan Ellison will produce with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force. “Bernadette” follows an agoraphobic architect who disappears right before a family trip to Antarctica. Her teenage daughter narrates the story, which unfolds via emails, letters, FBI documents and correspondence with a psychiatrist. “The Fault in Our Stars” screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber adapted Maria Semple’s 2012 bestseller. Also Read: Cate Blanchett to Play Lucille Ball in. »
- Jeff Sneider
Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson took a break from the red carpet and attended Tim Palen's Photographs From The Hunger Games book launch in London on Friday. Natalie Dormer, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Claflin were also on hand for the event, along with the film's producers, Jon Kilik and Nina Jacobson. The cast is currently making the press rounds for their upcoming film, which hits theaters on Nov. 20. On Wednesday, they kicked off their final press tour in Berlin, and on Thursday, they continued dominating the red carpet in London, where Jennifer and Natalie accidentally kissed during an on-camera interview. Read on for the latest pictures of the Hunger Games cast, and then check out the cutest moments from their promotional tour - so far! »
- Monica Sisavat
“Guten Abend!” said Julianne Moore to the 6,000 “Hunger Games” fans gathered at Berlin’s Sony Centre in Potsdamer Platz on Wednesday for the world premiere of “Mockingjay – Part 2.”
Lionsgate’s series finale will also make stops in London, Paris, Madrid, Beijing and Los Angeles as part of their world tour.
“I’m excited for fans to see it,” said Jennifer Lawrence, “I know it’s going to be your favorite one.”
Producer Nina Jacobson spoke about the decision to film and hold the premiere in Berlin. “The fans in Germany have always been our most passionate and committed fans. People really understand and love the books and they show up in a big way.”
Although fans may be sad to see the franchise end, the cast and crew reflected on the last five years with great memories from filming and fondness for the characters and the films.
“We feel such a sense of accomplishment. »
- Janine Lew
The cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 has permanently left their mark on Hollywood! As the movie series comes to a close with Mockingjay - Part 2 being their final film, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and a stylish Jennifer Lawrence were honored with their own hand- and footprint ceremony at the Tcl Chinese Theatre on Saturday. The trio was all smiles while showing off their hands, signing their names, and sticking their hands in cement. Also in attendance was comedian Conan O'Brien, who spoke at the event, and the film's director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson. Jennifer has made a string of fun appearances all month long, from a hilarious camp-inspired interview on MTV to a laughter-filled night out with pal Aziz Ansari in NYC. Keep reading to see the best moments from the cast's handprint ceremony, then check out all the pictures from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, »
- Monica Sisavat
Thursday’s amfAR Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios was filled with a parade of Ryan Murphy’s blockbuster talent that populate his shows and his offscreen life as well. The event was filled with stars such as Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Chloe Sevigny, Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis and boasted a special performance by Lady Gaga, the centerpiece of “American Horror Story: Hotel” and as Bomer phrased it, “Ryan Murphy’s creative soulmate.”
After joking that the evening was being referred to as “Ryan Murphy’s Bar Mitzvah,” CAA Managing Partner Kevin Huvane gave the first of many testimonials to Murphy’s devotion to amfAR and the work the organization does for the gay community. When Murphy took to the stage to accept the Inspiration Award, after joking that he was “honored to be amfAR’s big gay of the year, »
- Diane Gordon
Anticipation is building ahead of the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, and now three new pictures from the film have been released online.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2's running time is Not 147 minutes
Mockingjay - Part 2 marks the last screen role for Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February 2014 during the making of the movie.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 opens in cinemas on November 19. Watch the »
Parker, who most recently was on Disney Xd’s “Lab Rats,” will appear in nine of the ten episodes in the hotly anticipated Ryan Murphy series, which premieres next year. Her other credits include “ER,” “Castle,” “Soul Man” on TV Land and NBC’s “Sean Saves the World.”
Parker joins an A-list cast, which includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, and Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, who hired Chapman to work on Simpson’s defense in the mid-’90s criminal trial.
Now known by her married name Shawn Holley, the high-powered lawyer has gained media recognition for her roster of celebrity clients, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
A live-action film version of Y: The Last Man has been in the works for years, with filmmakers such as D.J. Caruso and Dan Trachtenberg previously attached to direct, but now the plan is to adapt Brian K. Vaughan's critically acclaimed comic book series for the small screen. THR has learned that FX will develop the television series with Vaughan and Color Force's Nina Jacobson and Brad... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
After years of unsuccessful attempts from New Line Cinema to get a film version of Y: The Last Man off the ground, the rights for the immensely popular Vertigo comics series have recently reverted to its creators, writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra.
The two have been quick to put a plan together for a TV series adaptation instead. The Hollywood Reporter has heard that Vaughan is working with the Fox-owned network FX on this one, with help from producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson through their production company Color Force (known for working on The Hunger Games and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid franchises).
If you’re unfamiliar, Y: The Last Man is the gripping story of Yorick Brown, the last »
The 60-issue comic follows young amateur escape artist Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the last two men on Earth. Something simultaneously kills every mammal on Earth possessing a Y chromosome - including embryos, fertilized eggs, and even sperm.
Society is plunged into chaos as infrastructures collapse and the surviving women everywhere try to cope with the loss of the men. Yorick goes on a mission to find his girlfriend Beth, who was on vacation in Australia.
Attempts have been made for years to adapt the property as a movie. DJ Caruso ("Disturbia"), Louis Leterrier ("The Incredible Hulk") and Dan Trachtenberg were previously attached as directors while Shia Labeouf and Alicia Keys were linked as stars to earlier versions.
It has taken a while for the TV series plan »
- Garth Franklin
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