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As The Hunger Games nears its end with Mockingjay - Part 1, James looks at the side effects of the billion-dollar franchise...
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is now in the cinemas and that means that we've reached the beginning of the end. With the climactic novel of Suzanne Collins' trilogy split into two movies, this first part will take eager audiences into the end game and start to detail a denouement that, frustratingly, we'll have to wait until next autumn to finally witness.
I have no idea what's going to happen because I haven't read the books. (It's keeping the movies surprising, I guess.) Still, what I do know is that things are building up in Panem and that Mockingjay will up the stakes and drama several notches in what has already been a gripping series. We have rebellion against the Capitol! We have heartrending separations! We »
While Jennifer Lawrence's career is a relatively new affair, she's already drawn a lot of attention to her professional self, and with good reason. Her performances in such films as Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, and even The Hunger Games films have made her a force to be reckoned with. As if Lawrence's star couldn't rise any further, she's been compared to "the genius" of Jesus Christ himself. And her champion for canonization is none other than co-star Donald Sutherland. E! Online caught up with the man who brought President Snow to life in equally iconic fashion, and he's a vocal supporter of the woman that he pretty much deified on the red carpet at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. You can read his glowing praise in the quote below: When I worked with her, I realized the child was a genius. She's the »
StreamFix is your weekly update on the best and weirdest streams happening on Netflix, Crackle, Amazon, and Hulu. You dig it? Check out these happenin' spectacles now. Netflix "Kingpin" This is just a reminder that Bill Murray was up to some weird stuff in the middle to late '90s. "Kingpin" is raucous and watchable, but God, remember "Larger Than Life"? Elephant humor, folks! What about "The Man Who Knew Too Little"? Or "Wild Things"? Or -- oh yes -- "Space Jam"? Thank God he gave us "Rushmore" because that filmography was getting grim. "Babes in Toyland" I command you to embrace the holiday spirit and revisit this 1961 classic with Ray Bolger and Annette Funicello. No, it's not the Laurel and Hardy version, but it features Ann Jillian of the perfect '80s sitcom "It's a Living" as Bo Peep. "Doug Benson: Doug Dynasty" And now, ladies and gentlemen, my »
- Louis Virtel
Fox's casting directors certainly had an idea of what they were getting into when they cast a post-"Winter's Bone" Jennifer Lawrence in "X-Men: First Class," but even they probably couldn't have anticipated that the young actress playing Mystique in their superhero reboot would explode to become one of the biggest and best-liked stars around, and an Oscar-winner to boot. That's why you lock people into multi-film contracts, kids. It's no surprise that Lawrence has become increasingly crucial to the franchise, with a bumped-up role in this year's big hit "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," and talks of getting her own spin-off, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, looks to be front-and-center of the next movie in the series. "X-Men: Apocalypse" is gearing up to shoot next April, and according to the trade, the script is being "crafted around" Lawrence's Mystique and Michael Fassbender's Magneto, with their characters' romance being a. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Spoiler alert: The Oct. 28 episode of Sons of Anarchy, "The Separation of Crows," found Jax searching for the rat and deciding how to handle Marks' demands for Bobby's return. Charles Murray, the co-executive producer who directed the episode, spoke to EW about key scenes. EW: Let's start with Bobby's sitdown with Moses in his cell. That was beautifully shot, with the light coming from above and the camera coming from below at times to capture the smoke rising off Moses' cigarette. What was the inspiration? Murray: I love noir and black-and-white movies. In a lot of WWII films, when hostages were taken, »
- Mandi Bierly
Jennifer Lawrence is defending carbohydrates.
"Jennifer is the anti-vegan, anti-gluten-free consumer, having just eaten a breakfast of spaghetti and meatballs before the interview," Vanity Fair contributor Sam Kashner says of the actress following their much talked-about interview.
Kashner adds that the 24-year-old actress refers to gluten-free dieting as "the new cool eating disorder, the 'basically I just don’t eat carbs' [diet]."
Even back at the 2011 Academy Awards when Lawrence was nominated for her role in Winter's Bone, the actress was touting to Et about how much she dislikes dieting.
Twin Peaks is coming back. Those are five words David Lynch fans having been waiting to hear for a long time. On Monday, Showtime announced they are reviving the ABC cult classic for a nine episode run in 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Both of the show's original writers, Lynch and Mark Frost, are back to pen the new season, with Lynch also signed on to direct the reboot. Now that the news is officially out, Twin Peaks devotees are wondering where the revival will pick up. Those involved in the project are staying tight-lipped about details, including whether the original cast will return, »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
In the four years since Jennifer Lawrence's breakout role in 2010's Winter's Bone, the actress has established herself as the ultimate onscreen badass and Hollywood's most desirable dream Bff, the combination of which makes her box-office and newsstand gold. Even better, her infectious personality isn't a PR product - after all, she was bringing on the Lol-worthy moments way before she got superfamous, and she clearly lacks the filter necessary to emulate anyone else's path to fame. Case in point: her candid interview with Vanity Fair about the nude-photo hacking incident. As we await the full story, which hits newsstands on Thursday, let's take a look back at all the times we could not hide our admiration for the outspoken A-lister. Source: Getty / Jeff Kravitz »
I sat down with Granik at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, which she attended for the first time along with the backers of "Winter's Bone," Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, to get her to take me through that decision-making process. What Granik did make was "Stray Dog," a documentary about U.S. war veterans, inspired by one of the actors in "Winter's Bone," which debuted at the Laff. (Review here.) Your documentary "Stray Dog" gives a fascinating slice of the lives of motorcycle-rider veterans and the role played by both religion and poverty. But you had so many choices you could’ve made. Why this one? Simultaneous to making "Stray Dog" we did go through a couple of cycles on coming really close — There was the HBO series. That was one. There was a script that we really loved that was set in Baltimore, »
- Anne Thompson
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 »
- Anne Thompson
Though just 24 years old, Jennifer Lawrence has already had an extraordinary career. In 2010, she garnered critical acclaim--not to mention her first Academy Awards nomination--for the gritty indie drama Winter's Bone. In 2013, she won her first Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, and the following year earned a third nod for her scene-stealing turn in American Hustle. But it's been The Hunger Games that has made her an international icon, not to mention a Guinness Book World Record holder. Movie Pilot reports Jennifer Lawrence will have her name included in the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records, which will officially name her the highest-grossing action heroine the world has ever known. This latest edition of the almanac of every accomplishment--from the incredible to the odd and arcane--will hit bookshelves on September 11th, 2014. Lawrence owes this honor completely to Katniss Everdeen, the tenacious protagonist at the center of The Hunger Games franchise. It's almost »
Jennifer Lawrence has climbed upon a mighty white steed in the latest photo from Serena. The drama reunites her for the third time on screen with Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle co-star Bradley Cooper. The period drama comes from In a Better World director Susanne Bier, and follows a young married couple from Boston to the very cold North Carolina, where the Pemberton's quickly build a logging empire. As the title character Serena Pemberton, Jennifer Lawrence employes some of the gritty backwoods mannerisms that made her famous in Winter's Bone. Here, she is any man's equal, fighting rattlesnakes and even saving one man's life in the wilderness. Take a look as she prepares for her hard journey, one that may not end well for all involved.
A new mind-f#cking trailer for John Suits' 'The Scribbler' has been unleashed by XLrator Media. The gorgeous Katie Cassidy -below ('Arrow', 'Kill For Me') stars as Suki, a woman with multiple personalities who tries out an experimental machine to help cure her 'issues'. The movie is based on the 2006 graphic novel by Dan Schaffer and looks like it'll certainly bring the pages of the original to life. 'The Scribbler' also stars Michelle Trachtenberg ('Gossip Girl'), Eliza Dushku ('Dollhouse'), Gina Gershon ('Bound'), Sasha Grey ('Would You Rather') and Ashlynn Yennie ('The Human Centipede (First Sequence)'). Garret Dillahunt ('Winter's Bone'), Michael Imperioli ('The Lovely Bones'), Billy Campbell ('The Killing') and Kunal Nayyar ('The Big Bang Theory'). Check out the trailer below. »
Roadside Attractions co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff are running their specialty label--co-owned by frequent distribution partner Lionsgate--with taste and smarts. They have a handle on what will work in the the specialty theatrical market, when to go day-and-date with VOD, and when to chase an Oscar campaign that can cost more than it's worth. (They did well with Oscar nominations for "Winter's Bone" and Jennifer Lawrence, "Biutiful" and Javier Bardem, and "Albert Nobbs" and Glenn Close, among others.) The Oscar question came up when their most recent release, Anton Corbijn's Sundance entry "A Most Wanted Man," based on the John Le Carré novel and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last leading role, opened strong last weekend. Cohen came by Sneak Previews to talk about how they released the film, Hoffman, and the indies' future. He's bullish. Anne Thompson: "A Most Wanted Man" might have been a »
- Anne Thompson
Michael Sugar: " I have to sell it - so I have to love it."
The production and management company Anonymous Content that has backed any number of films, directors and TV series (among them Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Wild at Heart, Winter's Bone, and HBO's True Detective, recent recipient of 12 Emmy nominations (*) and the upcoming The Knick, from Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen) has been the subject of a special focus at Karlovy Vary.
Under the direction of its founder Steve Golin, the veteran producer behind Being John Malkovich, and producer and partner Michael Sugar, the company represents directors such as Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn, and actors including Emma Stone, Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright and Ryan Gosling, among many others.
- Richard Mowe
In just four short years, Jennifer Lawrence has earned an Oscar win among three nominations, and she is now declared as the most powerful actress in the world. Beyond that victory for "Silver Linings Playbook" and nods for "Winter's Bone" and "American Hustle," her ranking is mostly based on the success of "The Hunger Games" film franchise. She is the 12th overall person on the new Forbes Celebrity 100 list. The top five are singer Beyonce, basketball star LeBron James, producer Dr. Dre, entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey, comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Thompson on Hollywood. -Break- Oscar-nominated writer and director Paul Mazursky dies in Los Angeles at age 84. Though he was never nodded as a director, he competed four times as a writer for "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice," "Harry and Tonto," "Enemies: A Love Story," and "An Unmarried Woman" (for which he also earned a producing bid). H. »
She may not have won an Oscar this year, but Jennifer Lawrence is still the top actress in Hollywood, according to a new Forbes ranking.
The financial publication placed Lawrence at the top of its Most Powerful Actresses list for 2013-2014, thanks to her multiple millions-earning franchises and her long list of award nominations -- and wins -- from her short career. Of her selection as Hollywood's biggest female power player, Forbes writes:
Who says women can't be action heroes? Just 23 years old, Lawrence is proving that women can be as big a draw for blockbusters as men. "The Hunger Games" is the most successful young adult franchise since "Twilight" and her recent turn as Mystique in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" helped make the movie the highest-grossing of the franchise. Combine that box office prowess with three Oscar nominations and one win and you have the most powerful actresses in Hollywood. »
- Katie Roberts
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
At an intimate ceremony held in the festival lounge, the Los Angeles Film Festival announced the winners in this year's awards categories. Detective noir "Man From Reno" and "Stray Dog," a documentary about a Vietnam veteran and his friends, took home the festival's top honors: Narrative Award (For Best Narrative Feature) and Documentary Award (For Best Documentary). The jury praised how "Man From Reno" examines "barriers of age, language and success, set against a noir plot line infuses a pop energy into the well observed portrayal of its unique characters." Read More: Laff Review: Pepe Serna is a Standout in Ambiguous Detective Noir 'Man from Reno' Similarly, Debra Granik's "Stray Dog" -- her first film since the 2010 release of the Academy Award nominated drama "Winter's Bone" -- was called "a beautifully crafted observational portrait that addresses, with love, empathy and humor, some of the issues we struggle with as a country today, »
- Shipra Gupta
A film about a mystery novelist and a Japanese man who vanishes from a San Francisco hospital won the top narrative prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival Thursday. “Man from Reno" stars Osaka-born actor Ayako Fujitani as Aki Akahori, a crime writer who takes a breather from her press tour and ends up mixed up with Akira Suzuki—played by Kazuki Kitamura, who hails from the same Japanese city as his co-star—a mysterious stranger from Reno who’s staying at the same hotel in San Francisco. The film, directed by Dave Boyle ("White on Rice"), uses a mix of English and subtitled Japanese. "Stray Dog" took the Best Documentary Feature award. The first documentary from director Debra Granik ("Winter's Bone") followed a Vietnam War veteran biker and his struggle for place in America. Meanwhile, the festival’s audience picked “Young Kieslowski,” directed by Kerem Sanga, in the narrative category, »
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