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Jennifer Lawrence Was Adorably Awkward in 2011 E! News Interview Before Her First Oscars

19 November 2015 12:01 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jennifer Lawrence was pretty much always adorable...and often, adorably awkward at celebrity events. Before she wielded a bow and arrow as Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence was introduced to much of the world as a relatively unknown Oscar nominee. She was just 20 years old when she was nominated for her first Academy Award, for her performance in Winter's Bone, her breakout role. She had previously starred on the TBS comedy series The Bill Engvall Show and the shows MediumCold Case and Monk (as a high school mascot!). Lawrence was very surprised that Winter's Bone got Oscar buzz. "Uh, I dunno," she told E! News »

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A Look Back at Jennifer Lawrence’s Bizarre Pre-‘Hunger Games’ Career

18 November 2015 1:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jennifer Lawrence’s career can be divided into two distinct parts: before and after Katniss Everdeen.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” opens on Friday, concluding the series that has guaranteed her global attention, in which the digital world has recorded each sentence, movement and rumor (95% of them not true).

Her work before the first film in 2012 was also pretty interesting, though less scrupulously documented.

She grew up in Louisville, went to New York during spring break at age 14, and persuaded her parents to allow a summer there to explore acting. On July 17, 2007, Variety‘s Brian Lowry reviewed a new Bill Engvall sitcom, “The Bill Engvall Show,” which was hoping to tap into his “blue collar comedy” audience. The standup comic played a family counselor who couldn’t control own family, including a teen daughter (Lawrence). Lowry wrote that the show was a “decidedly slim and rarely funny,” and there »

- Tim Gray

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The 5 Best Performances By Jennifer Lawrence (So Far...)

16 November 2015 11:50 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jennifer Lawrence swept into Hollywood like a hurricane, a comparison referring both to the relative suddenness of her celebrity as well as the young woman’s penchant for tripping and falling into things, people, really whatever’s close by. It’s rare for actors to rocket from obscurity to household-name status with the speed that Lawrence has, even actors as personable, lovely, and preternaturally talented as she. After a few years in barely-existent roles on TV (with the exception of an extended stint as the typical sitcom teenage daughter on “The Bill Engvall Show”), Lawrence trudged through exactly two little-seen indies ("Garden Party" and "The Poker House") before landing in a miscalculated prestige picture that nonetheless afforded her the opportunity to do some fine work. For her fourth appearance in a feature film, Lawrence stumbled into an Oscar nomination, and from there it was game, set, match. Lawrence sometimes acts like the successful product of. »

- Charles Bramesco

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In Gambit, USA Disrupts Its Own Shows To Hype New Series

24 February 2015 6:51 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On TV, commercial breaks are old hat. So USA is trying something different: Interrupting one program for a few seconds to talk about another.

Viewers of repeats of “Law & Order: Svu,” one of the linchpins of USA’s schedule, may have been surprised during a recent episode. Just as detectives Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson walk up to an apartment door to interview someone, a mysterious symbol flashed between frames of the drama. Within milliseconds, the show disappeared and a dark backdrop with the enigmatic token at its center took up the entire screen, while a hashtag message told couch potatoes to “#digdeeper.” Quickly thereafter, the show returned.

The message, almost subliminal but not quite, is a pitch for “Dig,” a new drama that is of high importance to USA as it seeks to emphasize serialized storytelling over the self-contained plots of one-time mainstays like “Covert Affairs” and “White Collar. »

- Brian Steinberg

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