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“Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson is a vocal supporter of gay rights and an advocate for greater diversity in the entertainment industry.
Why has the push for marriage been so important?
Because gay people want the same mundane, boring lives as straight people. How can you espouse so-called family values and then look at two parents who want to raise children in a loving home and say those aren’t family values?
How important have shows like “Modern Family” and “Will & Grace” been?
There is an intimacy to television; these shows let images of gay people into homes. They showed viewers that gay people were sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents. They weren’t so exotic.
Why is film falling behind in depictions of gay life?
That will change. Television is often out ahead on social issues. With film, we’ve only recently proved that one of »
- Brent Lang
Read More: Tribeca: Ava DuVernay's 8 Tips to Filmmakers On How to Stay in Control "Dear White People" producer Effie T. Brown, moderator of the "Women Make It Happen" panel at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, opened with a very particular directive for the 90-minute conversation to follow, which featured producing heavyweights Dede Gardner ("Selma," "12 Years a Slave"), Nina Yang Bongiovi ("Dope," "Fruitvale Station"), Nina Jacobson ("The Hunger Games," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" franchises) and Gale Ann Hurd ("The Walking Dead"). “I'm not going to focus so much on the sort of 'woe is me woman thing,'" Brown told the audience. "I'm black and a woman, been so all my life. I know it's hard out there, we know it's hard out there, the statistics show us that, so duly noted." Her goal, she said, was to dig into "the[ir] experiences, their strength and their »
- Shipra Harbola Gupta
As excited as we are for the Mockingjay - Part 2 trailer, it's hard not to feel a twinge of sadness when we remember that this is the last movie in the series. Director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson tweeted from the set on Sunday, calling attention to the fact that it was the final day of filming . . . ever. How depressing is that? At least we still have official pictures and posters to comfort us. Take a look at the tweets - and the beautiful final picture - here. »
“We all have one enemy,” she exhorts her cohorts from District 13 as the Panem rebels prep for an assault of the Capitol.
The first three films have grossed over $2.3 billion worldwide. Lawrence is rejoined by Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore and Natalie Dormer.
Lionsgate begins releasing “Mockingjay – Part 2″ on November 18, with the U.S. launch coming two days later.
- Dave McNary
Even the final chapter of The Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay, was split into two parts, both films were shot simultaneously last year, except for one crucial scene. With production winding up as Winter was setting in, the green landscapes director Francis Lawrence wanted for the movies epilogue were no where to be found, meaning the final film in the series was without an ending. Until now. The Mockingjay Part 2 production team rolled into Atlanta, where much of the movies were shot, one last time to shoot the final scenes of the highly anticipated finale. Producer Nina Jacobson even shared the occasion with Twitter. Sunrise. The epilogue, at last. pic.twitter.com/rP0foE6IC8 — nina jacobson (@ninajacobson) June 5, 2015 With the final scene now in the can, Lawrence is no doubt deep into assembling the final cut of the movie, which comes our way November 20th. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Nearly a year on from the main shoot, the final scenes of The Hunger Games movies are in the can...
No spoilers here.
Principal photography on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was pretty much completed last year, as the movie filmed alongside Part 1. However, one scene that director Francis Lawrence and his team couldn't capture back then was the epilogue. Seasonal shifts meant that the greenery was on its way out for winter, and thus they held off getting the last scenes of the movie series (at least until the reboot/remake/cinematic universe)
Until now. Lawrence reassembled the required cast of The Hunger Games in Atlanta over the weekend, and got the final shots they needed, to wrap up The Hunger Games adaptations. Here's a picture of them at work, from producer Nina Jacobson's Twitter account...
Sunrise. The epilogue, at last. pic.twitter.com/rP0foE6IC »
Though filming on the two-part "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" movies wrapped last year, one crucial scene was not shot - the epilogue of the upcoming second part.
The scene reportedly required green landscapes, which wasn't available in Atlanta when filming was winding down. As a result, the team decided to wait until conditions were favorable and shoot that last scene.
Jennifer Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson, and the actors involved in the epilogue assembled over the weekend and did the scene with Jacobson posting a photo from the set. The photo comes ahead of the first trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" which goes online tomorrow:
Sunrise. The epilogue, at last. pic.twitter.com/rP0foE6IC8
— nina jacobson (@ninajacobson) June 5, 2015 »
- Garth Franklin
“Hunger Games” fans, you’re about to do more weeping than at the reaping because today (June 7) is the very last day of filming for the final installment, “Mockingjay – Part 2,” which means this might be the last day of “Hunger Games” filming Ever. (You know, unless they decide to make more movies — our three finger salute is raised sky high in favor of that idea!) And guess what? We *think* we just might know what the last scene being filmed is, and if we’re right, it is an emotional doozy. So prepare to feel things. Director Francis Lawrence wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon, “Looks like our short reunion is almost over. Last day.” Which was vague and crowd-teasy, sure, but then when you combine it with some info producer Nina Jacobson’s been dropping over on her feed, really adds »
The final two films of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, were filmed simultaneously last year, but one crucial scene was left unshot when production wrapped. When it came time to film the epilogue of Mockingjay – Part 2, the conditions weren’t right—director Francis Lawrence explained to us that they needed green landscapes, and that wasn’t the case in Atlanta when filming was winding down. So, since Mockingjay – Part 2 wasn’t coming out for over a year, the team decided they would return to Georgia later, when the conditions were favorable, and shoot that last scene. Well that time has now come and gone, as over this past weekend Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson, and the actors involved in the epilogue assembled in Atlanta to shoot the last scene of The Hunger Games ever. Those who’ve read the »
- Adam Chitwood
Jennifer Lawrence took to Facebook today to share our first official look at this fall’s hotly anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which will conclude the high-grossing dystopian franchise in highly dramatic fashion. As war rages throughout Panem, Lawrence’s heroine Katniss Everdeen embarks on a dangerous mission to bring the battle to President Snow (Donald Sutherland), a devious dictator with sinister designs for the Hunger Games Tribute-turned-freedom fighter.
The first shot doesn’t reveal much, but it appears that Katniss and her team, including love interest Gale (Liam Hemsworth), soldier Messala (Evan Ross) and former Tribute Finnick (Sam Claflin), are prepping to venture into the Capitol on a mission to take down Snow. What’s more exciting than the actual image is the caption Lawrence placed next to it: “6.9.15 #MockingjayPart2 #Unite.” This suggests that Lionsgate is rearing up to drop the first trailer for the anticipated pic, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Last month we learned that Francis Lawrence would continue his working relationship with Lionsgate and The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson by helming an adaptation of The Odyssey by Homer. At that time, it was up in the air whether or not this adaptation would consist of a single film or be the start of a multi-film franchise; today we found out that it's definitely the latter. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed today that the plan is to develop at least two movies from the »
- Kevin Fraser
Given the subject matter and the high-profile cast and creators, there was little doubt that “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” was going to garner a ton of attention. But just how accurate will the project be? Judging by the below photos, pretty darn close.
“People v O.J. Simpson” is written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. They are exec producing along with Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brad Falchuk. Murphy is also directing the first episode. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
(Photos courtesy of Prashant Gupta/FX)
- Whitney Friedlander
This year, Lionsgate finds itself in the same position that Warner Bros. was in a few years back. Its golden goose franchise—The Hunger Games—is coming to an end, and the studio is trying to find ways to bolster up its slate. Given that Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1 were the #1 and #2 movies, respectively, of 2013 and 2014, it’s certainly gonna hurt not to have that kind of revenue coming in next year. But the studio is doing all it can to get some new franchises going, and fresh off this morning’s news that Now You See Me 3 is already in development comes word that the studio’s upcoming adaptation of The Odyssey will span a number of films. We learned last month that director Francis Lawrence—who has helmed every Hunger Games film except the first—is reteaming with Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson and Lionsgate on an »
- Adam Chitwood
Lionsgate is banking on the team behind its mega-successful Hunger Games franchise to work similar magic on an adaptation of Homer’s ancient poem The Odyssey, which the studio hopes will birth an ambitious franchise. Simultaneously, execs are looking at Homer’s other epic, The Iliad, as another potential tentpole.
“We’re feeling very, very bullish,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairman Rob Friedman said recently about the in-development project. Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is attached to direct The Odyssey, working with Hunger Games writer Peter Craig and producer Nina Jacobson. The plan for that adaptation “contemplates more than one movie,” according to CEO Jon Feltheimer.
Though both Odyssey and Iliad are in very early stages of development, the former is on the fast track, with Lionsgate looking at getting production underway by early next year, after Lawrence and company are done promoting the final Hunger Games movie, »
- Isaac Feldberg
CEO Jon Feltheimer made the disclosure Friday in response to a question during the company’s conference call with analysts to discuss quarterly earnings. “Our deal with Francis contemplates more than one movie,” he said.
Lawrence took over directing duties on the final three “Hunger Games” movies (including the upcoming “Mockingjay — Part 2”) after Gary Ross exited following the first film. Jacobson has also produced all four films through her Color Force producing banner.
“The Odyssey” is believed to have been »
- Dave McNary
Along with discussing a potential third film in the "Now You See Me" franchise, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed during an earnings call on Friday that plans are underway for another major franchise that the studio hopes to launch.
Last month it was revealed that Lionsgate will develop a film version of Homer's classic 8th century B.C. tale "The Odyssey". The story centers on Odysseus and his legendary journey home after the fall of Troy.
In Feltheimer's call though, it has been revealed that their plan has been expanded into a potential franchise and that Lawrence's deal "contemplates more than one movie".
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
While Ryan Murphy’s television career thus far has been squarely set within specific genres like the musical Glee, the “horror” American Horror Story, and the upcoming horror-comedy Scream Queens, he’s now setting out to tackle something wholly different: true crime. American Crime Story is a new anthology series set up at FX, executive produced by Murphy and his partner Brad Falchuk, as well as Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, and Larry Karaszewski. The idea is to take on famous true crime stories, and the first season’s topic is decidedly Ryan Murphy-esque: American Crime Story: The People V O.J. Simpson. The first images from the series have been unveiled, and they’re certainly something. Cuba Gooding Jr. fills the role of Simpson, and the rest of the main cast includes Sarah Paulson as head prosecutor Marcia Clark, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer »
- Adam Chitwood
Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the drama is said to show the behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court. It also stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as defense attorney Robert Kardashian and Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark.
“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” is written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. They are exec producing along with Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brad Falchuk. Murphy is also directing the first episode. »
- Whitney Friedlander
This story first appeared in the May 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Ask nearly 40 industry heavyweights -- directors, producers, writers and studio executives -- to tell you about their favorite book on their shelf, and you'll get a mix of genres and time periods. Some, including Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon, will veer toward the political, selecting Henry Kissinger's latest tome. Others will choose obscure novels (The Americans creator Joe Weisberg's pick: Ashenden), debut novels (You're the Worst showrunner Stephen Falk's pick: Leaving the Atocha Station), Ya novels (The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson's pick: the Kingkiller
- Lacey Rose, Bryn Elise Sandberg, Pamela McClintock
Warner will play A.C. Cowlings, the former pro football player and protective friend of O.J. Simpson, most known for his role in the murder trial as the driver of the white Ford Bronco in the infamous televised police chase.
“The Cosby Show” alum is no stranger to FX or Murphy, as he recurred on both “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and “Sons of Anarchy.” Recently, he had a long arc on season three of TNT’s “Major Crimes.”
“American Crime Story” features an all-star ensemble cast topped by Cuba Gooding Jr., who will play Simpson; John Travolta, who will play Robert Shapiro; David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian; Selma Blair as Kris Kardashian; Connie Britton as Faye Resnick; Courtney Vance as Johnnie Cochran; and Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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