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With "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part II" slated for Nov. 20 release, the end of Jennifer Lawrence's blockbuster franchise is near. Indeed, it's been an unmatched breakout run for the actress: since 2011, Lawrence has racked up three Academy Award nominations ("Winter's Bone," "Silver Linings Playbook," for which she won Best Actress, and "American Hustle") and starred in a $1 billion-plus quadrilogy. How do you follow that up? For Lawrence, the answer seems to be, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Her forthcoming projects reflect the same deft balance of box office spectacles—including a reprise of her role as Mystique in 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse," directed by Bryan Singer—and mid-budget prestige pictures from proven directors, including David O. Russell and now Steven Spielberg. (Due credit to "Winter's Bone" director Debra Granik for launching Lawrence's career, not to mention providing her finest role to »
- Matt Brennan
In the news for the wrong reasons last week with a reported on-set bust-up with director David O. Russell (which she has denied as false), Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in the new film from Steven Spielberg.
Deadline reports that Lawrence is set to star in an adaptation of It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, a memoir by Lynsey Addario. Warner Bros. Pictures has secured the rights to the book, which was released last month. Here’s the official description of the book:
Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a photographer when September 11th changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, »
- Scott J. Davis
'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (photo: Olivia Wilde in 'The Lazarus Effect') (See previous post: "'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.") Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark Duplass-Olivia Wilde horror movie The Lazarus Effect – about bringing the dead back to life (as if world overpopulation weren't already a problem) – grossed $10.6 million from 2,666 U.S. and Canada venues on opening weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Relativity Studios-distributed low-budget horror flick had earned an estimated $3.8 million on opening-day Friday, including $350,000 from Thursday night screenings. Last week, box-office prognosticators had been expecting an opening between $12-$14 million. That was adjusted downward to $10 million or whereabouts after the film's disappointing Friday debut. Some, in fact, »
- Zac Gille
Jennifer Lawrence says she doesn't go on her official Facebook page a lot, but on Friday, she needed to.
"The eye witness says David started screaming at her... it was ear-piercing and laced with profanities," the report said.
Lawrence calls it all a "terrible rumor" in her latest Facebook post. She wrote, "David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship. I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey."
As for Joy, Lawrence said, "This movie is going great and I'm having a blast making »
Jennifer Lawrence took to Facebook on Friday afternoon to deny reports that she and director David O. Russell clashed on the set of 20th Century Fox’s “Joy,” in which the Oscar-winning actress plays Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano. TMZ reported on an epic screaming match between Russell and Lawrence, though insiders suggest it was simply two passionate artists expressing themselves during filming. Lawrence is no stranger to Russell’s unique techniques, as the two worked together on “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” His direction proved effective, as she won an Oscar for “Silver Linings” and was nominated for “American Hustle. »
- Jeff Sneider
Amid reports that director David O. Russell yelled at Jennifer Lawrence, the actress took matters into her own hands on Friday. In a note she shared on Facebook, Jennifer shot down rumors about bad blood between her and David on the set of their movie Joy, saying David "is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship." The movie marks their third project together since working on Silver Linings Playbook, for which she won an Oscar for best actress, and American Hustle, which earned her a best supporting actress nomination. Meanwhile, according to TMZ, a spokesperson for Fox 2000 blamed the misunderstanding on method acting, suggesting that David was trying to get Jennifer "amped-up for a scene in which she screams at someone." Read on to find out what Jennifer had to say. Post by Jennifer Lawrence. »
Jennifer Lawrence is speaking out in defense of her Joy director and frequent collaborator, David O. Russell. "I know I don't go on here a lot because I can barely work email," the actress, 24, wrote on her Facebook page, "but there's been a terrible rumor going around the last 24 hours so I wanted to clear it up. "David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship," she said. The rumor that Lawrence is referring to originated from TMZ; the report claims that she and Russell, 56, got into a "loud argument" on set Tuesday, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
This story may have to be taken with a grain of salt, but reports have started to swirl that Jennifer Lawrence and David O Russell got into a huge argument while on the set of their latest film, Joy. TMZ have reported that Russell, who directed Jennifer Lawrence to her Best Actress Oscar back at the 85th Academy Awards for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, and the actress got into quite a verbal sparring. The eyewitnesses who informed TMZ of the dispute explained that David O. Russell started screaming at Jennifer Lawrence while the pair were on set, and that it was all over a scene that they were shooting. They even described it as "ear-piercing" and added that it included numerous "profanities." A representative for Fox 2000 did confirm that there was screaming between the pair; however they insisted that it was part and parcel of the filmmaking experience. »
Stay warm, Jennifer Lawrence!
The Catching Fire actress, who was sadly absent from awards season, braved a snowy Boston day with a natural look in boots and a cozy looking pair of pajama pants. J-Law is in town filming Joy which reunites the actress with her Silver Linings Playbook team, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and director David O. Russell.
And it sounds like despite the cold weather, things are pretty heated on the set. TMZ reports that there was a loud argument between Jennifer and Russell this week because she reportedly didn't like the way the Oscar-winning director was directing a scene. A rep for the movie studio Fox 2000 however, reportedly chalked the shouting match up to "method acting."
Pics: Jennifer Lawrence poses nude with a huge boa constrictor
Annnnyway, something about this picture of a sleepy looking Lawrence in pajama pants makes us deeply reflective, and brings up 11 questions we will offer without »
Once you’re in with David O. Russell, you’re really in. The Oscar-nominated director’s next film, buzzy biopic Joy, will reunite him with American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, ensuring another round of Oscar nominations for them all. Luckily, though, it won’t be all familiar faces for Russell: Sideways actress Virginia Madsen has just joined the cast, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
The film, set for a prime awards season release on Christmas Day this year, will focus on Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano (Lawrence), who began inventing at a young age and eventually hit it big with the Mop and Huggable Hampers, in addition to more than 100 other patents. As her empire grew, Mangano also juggled the responsibilities of playing single mom to three children.
Edgar Ramirez also stars, though the specifics of his, Cooper’s, De Niro »
- Isaac Feldberg
“I hit the jackpot being able to work with Jennifer Lawrence twice in a row on ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ and now on ‘Serena,’” Bradley Cooper says in this new feaurette for Susanne Bier’s drama “Serena." “She is a wonderful, wonderful actress.” While that may be true, “Serena” got hammered with negative reviews back in the fall of last year — which wasn’t a huge surprise given the movie was delayed for almost two years. Bier essentially made two different films while it languished in the editing room. Here’s our review of “Serena” in case you missed it. But you’ve likely heard all that drama already, and it is what it is, but “Serena” is finally almost here for those who remain curious. Here’s the official synopsis: North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence), love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. »
- Edward Davis
Welcome to another horror round-up! This time we have release details on the Ryan Reynolds-starring horror-comedy, The Voices, as well as a look at Death Waltz and Mondo's upcoming vinyl soundtrack releases of Maniac Cop 2 and Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters, aka Zombi 2.
Press Release - "Santa Monica, CA (February 23, 2015) -Ryan Reynolds (upcoming Mississippi Grind, The Proposal)plays a simple, likeable guy trying to do the right thing with the help of his talking pets - but accidentally winds up as a serial killer in the black comedy, The Voices, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD April 7th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand. Directed »
- Derek Anderson
After the Oscars came and went, we were left with a number of burning questions. But none were quite as pressing as: Where was Jennifer Lawrence and why wasn't she there to liven up the ceremony?!
As it turns out, she decided that freezing in Boston snow was more fun than attending the Academy Awards.
Video: 2015 Oscars: The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Moments
The star was spotted shopping at a mall, bundled up to the nines, and carrying her tiny dog Pippi. Wearing 10 layers of weather-proof clothing is still more comfortable than squeezing into a tiny, poufy dress.
The Hunger Games star -- who has been nominated for Oscars three times in the last five years, winning once -- has been in Boston working on the upcoming bio-pic Joy, the real-life story of Joy Mangano, a single mom who became a world-famous entrepreneur after inventing the Miracle Mop.
Photos: J.Law's Best Oscar »
Oscar winner Marisa Tomei is set to play social and political activist Gloria Steinem in “Ms.,” a miniseries co-starring Kathy Najimy that is currently in development at HBO. Steinem will serve as a consultant on the project, which Bruce Cohen (“Silver Linings Playbook”) is executive producing with George Clooney and Grant Heslov, as well as Tomei and Najimy. The miniseries will examine the creation of Ms. magazine in 1971 through the eyes of both the women who founded and ran it, and those whose lives it changed during the world-altering early days of the Women’s Movement. Also Read: Sam Rockwell, »
- Jeff Sneider
This story first appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Leading actor and actress nominees: Steve Carell, Foxcatcher Carell, 52, has wrapped the indie drama Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore, and next shoots The Big Short with Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale. He also is executive producing the TBS comedy series Angie Tribeca, starring Rashida Jones. Bradley Cooper, American Sniper He'll reunite with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell and star Jennifer Lawrence for Joy in March. After Cooper, 40, performs The Elephant Man onstage this summer in London, he will produce and possibly
- Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit
Ryan Reynolds (upcoming Mississippi Grind, The Proposal) plays a simple, likeable guy trying to do the right thing with the help of his talking pets - but accidentally winds up as a serial killer in the black comedy, The Voices, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD April 7th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand. Directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and written by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity 2), the "meticulously crafted genre-bending film" (Indiewire) also stars Gemma Arterton (Runner, Runner, Quantum of Solace), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Into The Woods) and Oscar® nominee Jacki Weaver (Best Supporting Actress, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012). The Voices was a favorite at the Sundance Film »
- Pietro Filipponi
The Oscars are here! We're gearing up for the star-studded night by taking a look back at some of the Academy Awards' most iconic moments. Way back in 1998, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won their first statues for Good Will Hunting and showed off their excitement in the press room, Adrien Brody laid a big kiss on Halle Berry in 2003, Angelina Jolie's right leg became famous when she posed with Brad Pitt for the 2012 show, and Jennifer Lawrence made the audience gasp when she tripped up the stairs en route to accept her 2013 best actress award for Silver Linings Playbook. And even just last year, millions of hearts swelled when Lupita Nyong'o won best actress for 12 Years a Slave. For these moments and many more, keep scrolling through the historic photos, and then gear up for the Academy Awards by voting in our Oscars ballot or printing out one of your own. »
The new series of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway premiered to more than 6 million viewers last night (February 21), according to overnight figures.
ITV's variety show drew an audience of 6.17m (27.9%) from 7pm, with a further 400k (1.9%) tuning in on +1.
The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List and Casualty followed with 4.78m (23.5%) and 4.67m (23.2%) respectively.
Channel 4's Homes by the Sea averaged 605k (2.7%) in the 7pm hour. The World's Weirdest Weather interested 890k (4.2%), before an airing of »
The new Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence movie “Serena” will debut on iTunes and VOD this Thursday, Feb. 26 in advance of its theatrical release on March 27. Directed by Susanne Bier and based on the bestselling novel by Ron Rash, “Serena” is a sumptuous period romance that marks the third collaboration between Cooper and Lawrence after “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” Also Read: Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper Drama ‘Serena’ Finally Releases First Trailer (Video) Cooper and Lawrence play George and Serena Pemberton, passionate, love-struck newlyweds who are building their timber empire in the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920’sSerena proves. »
- Jeff Sneider
It's all work, no play for the Queen of Pop. Madonna has notoriously thrown one of the most anticipated parties of awards season, but her schedule will keep the singer from attending her own post-Oscars bash this year. The "Vogue" singer will be busy promoting her European tour. But according to a source close to the singer, the L.A. party will go on without her! Last year, the A-list event was held at her pal Guy Oseary's home and went on into the wee hours of the morning. The guest list was as star-studded as ever, including Best »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
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