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Debra Granik’s Stray Dog enters the life of one man who could easily become a caricature and gives us a portrait novelistic in its depth and breathtaking in its humanity. On the surface, Ron Hall, the subject of Granik’s documentary Stray Dog, is a kind of cultural Rorschach test: Depending on which part of the country you come from, and your own background, you might see him and arrive at any number of assumptions. Here’s a gruff, heavy Vietnam vet and biker, leathered up and covered in tattoos, living in a trailer park in the Ozarks. Are you intimidated? Attracted? Curious? Terrified? Granik met Hall when he came on to play a small part in her gripping 2011 drama Winter’s Bone, an indie hit that gave Jennifer Lawrence her breakout role and scored an unlikely Best Picture Oscar nomination (Exhibit A in why it was a good »
- Bilge Ebiri
Of the three "Hunger Games" books, "Mockingjay" was my favorite. This is partly due to the excellent way Suzanne Collins established the story in the first book and really hammered it home with true drama in the final moments, which is why I'm expecting a lot from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 and I'm really excited for the finale. I want to see how they handle it as well as the response from audiences that don't know what's to come. That said, along with the new picture above, Entertainment Weekly spoke with director Francis Lawrence who said, "There is some serious girl power in this movie... Suzanne Collins wrote it that way, and it's been so much fun to inhabit." "It's probably the most emotional of the bunch," Lawrence added. "And I think it's the most ?satisfying of the bunch." From a book perspective, yes, we will see »
- Brad Brevet
Hollywood is like a Miss America pageant: people flock from every state to get a piece of the action. In honor of the Fourth of July, we're celebrating the 50 nifty states, and the celebrities that call them home. Turns out not all stars were born and raised in Los Angeles; Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney, and Johnny Depp are all from Kentucky, while Emma Stone calls Arizona home. Pennsylvania has bred quite a few leading men and Louisiana raised both a romantic-comedy sweetheart and one of TV's most bloodthirsty vampires. Click through to find out who is from where! »
In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer has revealed some interesting tidbits on the film; describing it as something of a finale of the six films that came before and a chapter that will give birth to the true X-Men. "This is kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters. This is the true birth of the X-Men. This is how it happens." X-Men: Apocalypse arrives in theaters on May 27, 2016. The concept art above features a scene of someone disturbing Apocalypse's regeneration chamber/tomb. Singer will be directing his fourth X-Men film in 16 years. Alexandra Shipp will play Storm. Tye Sheridan plays Cyclops. Sophie Turner stars as Jean Grey. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Mystique. As wil James McAvaoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Jason Issac will play the film's titular villain. In addition, Kodi Smit-McPhee »
Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con edition is the gift that just keeps on giving. It’s already brought us images from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Deadpool, The Hateful Eight, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and The Walking Dead , and now we have a rather nice piece of concept art from another of next year’s big superhero blockbusters X-Men: Apocalypse…
See Also: Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse concept art
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 19th, 2016 in the UK and May 27th, 2016 in the States, with Bryan Singer directing a cast that includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert) and Lucas Till (Havok) along with newcomers Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, »
- Gary Collinson
The Hateful Eight: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight will be charging into select theaters in 70mm on December 25 before opening wide on January 8, 2016. The director claims it will be "the funniest snow Western ever made," and for evidence, we have the first look at Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson, just part of an ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern. [EW.com] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2: Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks are featured in a new image from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. The warrior and the stylist are seen in a rare moment of quiet contemplation. The final installment of the series also stars Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, Michelle Forbes, and Donald Sutherland; it...
- Peter Martin
Jennifer Lawrence appears geared up for battle in a new image from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” released on Thursday. Elizabeth Banks, sporting a lemon-colored ‘do and a futuristic blue dress with feathery fringe trim, returns as the stylist Effie Trinket — clutching the shoulders of Lawrence’s heroine Katniss Everdeen from behind. The fourth and final film in the blockbuster franchise based on Suzanne Collins‘ best-selling young adult novels hits theaters Nov. 20. Also Read: President Obama Compares Ever-Growing Gop Field to 'Hunger Games' (Video) Last month, Lionsgate announced that director Francis Lawrence and the cast of the series would return. »
- Thom Geier
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful fourth chapter in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now fully 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 (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 stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games. »
“The Hunger Games” cast is pretty much set in stone. We know who’s who, but in the final chapter, “Mockingjay—Part II,” Jennifer Lawrence’s girl power gets a boost from two “Game of Thrones” stars, Natalie Dormer (who was introduced in ‘Mockingjay—Part 1’) and Gwendoline Christie, and “True Blood” actor Michelle Forbes, who plays a new character, a lieutenant in the resistance. “There is some serious girl power in this movie,” director Francis Lawrence told EW this week. “[Suzanne Collins] wrote it that way, and it’s been so much fun to inhabit.” Since it’s the final chapter in the war about a rebellion against the powers that be, expect some casualties. Read More: Watch Jennifer Lawrence Lead A Full-Scale War In The First Trailer For 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2' “It’s probably the most emotional of the bunch,” Lawrence added. “And I think it »
- Edward Davis
With exactly one week until The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 invades Comic-Con 2015, Entertainment Weekly has debuted two new photos from The Hunger Games franchise finale, set for release on November 20. Both images feature Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen reuniting with fashion guru Effie Trinket, played by Elizabeth Banks. The actresses represent just a few of the numerous female stars in the movie, including, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson and Gwendoline Christie, with director Francis Lawrence revealing that all of the females shine in this finale.
"There is some serious girl power in this movie. She (Suzanne Collins) wrote it that way, and it's been so much fun to inhabit."
The director also teased that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will be quite the tearjerker.
"It's probably the most emotional of the bunch. And I think it's the most ­satisfying of the bunch."
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay »
As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
In a new image unveiled via EW, we see the Mockingjay kitted out as she and the rebels face down President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
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Director Francis Lawrence has also spoken of the empowering nature of the film series, which he says is down to Suzanne Collins' source novels: "There is some serious girl power in this movie. She wrote it that way, and it's been so much fun to inhabit."
He added that we can expect more violence as the Rebellion truly takes hold, with multiple casualties expected: "It's probably the most emotional of the bunch. And I »
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With Star Wars: The Force Awakens also on the calendar and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hogging the media spotlight, it’s been shockingly easy to forget that another major franchise event is headed our way this year in the final Hunger Games installment. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will bring the tale of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen to a fiery conclusion as she takes the fight for Panem’s future to the dastardly President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
Amid all the explosions, however, the finale also heightens the emotional stakes, and a new photo from the pic (premiered by EW) highlights a strengthening bond between Katniss and Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket.
“There is some serious girl power in this movie,” director Francis Lawrence (no relation to his star) told EW, crediting book author Suzanne Collins. “She wrote it that way, and it’s been so much fun to inhabit. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Filmmaker Debra Granik earned an impressive four Oscar nominations for 2010's "Winter's Bone," including best picture, actress (Jennifer Lawrence), supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay. Clearly all the talent on display in 2004's "Down to the Bone," which boosted the career of Vera Farmiga, was not a flash in the pan. What was the deliberate New York filmmaker, who works closely with producer-writer Anne Rossellini, going to do next? Well, she pursued several promising projects that have yet to come to fruition. Among them were "American High Life," a possible HBO series created by young writer Nicki Paluga, and Granik's film version of Russell Banks' novel "Rule Of The Bone," marking the third part of her unofficial osteo-trilogy, about an abused 14-year-old Jamaican-American who turns to drugs, gets kicked out of his home, and returns to Jamaica to find his father. Banks was optimistic that a cast of unknowns and names would. »
- Anne Thompson
Along with a slew of images from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly also has a new preview image from the final installment in one of the most popular (and best) franchises in recent memory: The Hunger Games. Director Francis Lawrence shot the last two films, Mockingjay – Part 1 and Mockingjay – Part 2, in one go, but this fall sees the release of the final movie. The epilogue for the pic wasn’t shot until last month due to weather issues, but as of now the Hunger Games franchise is entirely in the can. This new image features Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss and Elizabeth Banks’ Effie, and the two look much more “together” than the bunker versions seen in Mockingjay – Part 1. Speaking with EW, which premiered the image, Francis Lawrence calls Mockingjay – Part 2 the most emotional and the most satisfying of the bunch, and the »
- Adam Chitwood
A new photo from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" reveals that there's plenty of girl power to go around in the final installment in the massively popular Ya franchise.
Entertainment Weekly shared the snap, which features Effie (Elizabeth Banks) appearing to help Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) prep for battle -- and sport a killer outfit, naturally. Banks's bubbly stylist and Lawrence's feisty heroine are just two of several key female characters who make "Mockingjay" tick, and as director Francis Lawrence explained to EW, that's entirely by design.
"There is some serious girl power in this movie," Lawrence told the magazine, adding that "Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins's work was the backbone for establishing that tone. "She wrote it that way, and it's been so much fun to inhabit," Lawrence said.
Check out the photo of Effie and Katniss below, and be on the lookout for new characters played by »
- Katie Roberts
Jennifer Lawrence and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin‘s on-and-off relationship is reportedly back off. Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Martin Split Lawrence, 24, has been increasingly busy as of late with her multiple movie projects. With her focus on her career, there hasn’t been much time for her relationship with Martin. “Jen has been working nonstop and they […]
- Chelsea Regan
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Bryan Singer has taken to Instagram for his latest peek behind-the-scenes of the currently-in-production X-Men: Apocalypse, posting the following image with the caption “Today! #Xmen #apocalypse awakens”…
So, might we get our first look at Oscar Isaac’s villain today? There is of course the possibility that Singer is simply announcing that the actor is on set, so maybe we shouldn’t get our hopes up too much…
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 19th, 2016 in the UK and May 27th, 2016 in the States, with Bryan Singer directing a cast that includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert) and Lucas Till (Havok) along with newcomers Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, »
- Gary Collinson
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