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Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
Unstoppable, ass-kicking heroines are still a minority in film and television, but we like to think that things are getting better. Women have been tearing it up in more and more in recent years in high profile Ya adaptations, superhero movies and gripping dramas from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and Tatiana Maslany.
Here are some of the most awesome female leads from television and film, all waiting to be watched on Netflix right now:
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Young adult adaptations have been all the rage in recent years, with a gratifying number of talented young women taking the lead roles. Out of all of these, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss has got to be our favourite.
Panem is a terrible place to live, and, on top of that, Katniss is handed some extra helpings of personal tragedy. And while not entirely comfortable or willing »
The websites are claiming that actors Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) are in talks with Disney to join the cast of the film, which has Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) already signed on as the lead.
“A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in Star Wars anthology film Rogue One.”
See Also: Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One plot details and teaser revealed
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is set for release on December 16th, 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") is being eyed for a role in the upcoming "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One" film. Riz Ahmed ("Four Lions," "Nightcrawler") is in talks to join the cast as well according to The Wrap.
Gareth Edwards directs the spin-off feature which also stars Felicity Jones and possibly Ben Mendelsohn. The project has been described as an action-centric heist film involving a group of resistance fighters who unite to steal the plans to the original Death Star.
Claflin has generally played supporting roles in major blockbusters, but the part he is being eyed for here is said to be much more substantial. "Star Wars: Rogue One" is currently targeting a December 16th 2016 release date. »
- Garth Franklin
As of now, the only confirmed cast member for Star Wars: Rogue One is Felicity Jones, and details from Star Wars Celebration last weekend revealed that she'll be playing a Rebel soldier involved with the heist to get the plans to the first Death Star. . However, two more potential names have surfaced to join the first Star Wars Anthology spin-off slated for release on December 16th, 2016 as The Wrap reports The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay star Sam Claflin is being eyed for a role and Badass Digest adds that Four Lions and Nightcrawler star Riz Ahmed seems to be attached to the project too. Read on! As of now, Claflin is said to be the frontrunner for what will be a major role amongst an ensemble of actors, with comparisons being drawn to The Wild Bunch and The Magnificent Seven for the kind of character set we can expect. »
- Ethan Anderton
Battle of the Sexes: Steve Carell and Emma Stone are set to star in Battle of the Sexes, based on a well-publicized tennis match in 1973 between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris will direct; they worked with Carell on 2006's Little Miss Sunshine, while Carell and Stone appeared together in 2011's Crazy Stupid Love. Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) wrote the script. Two other similar projects are in development; this one is aiming for release next year. [Deadline] The Entity: Director James Wan (Furious 7) will produce a remake of The Entity, a 1982 horror movie about a woman (Barbara Hershey) who comes under physical and sexual attack by a demon. The woman must also deal with a doctor (Ron Silver) who doubts...
- Peter Martin
Battle of the Sexes: Steve Carell and Emma Stone are set to star in Battle of the Sexes, based on a well-publicized tennis match in 1973 between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris will direct; they worked with Carell on 2006's Little Miss Sunshine, while Carell and Stone appeared together in 2011's Crazy Stupid Love. Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) wrote the script. Two other similar projects are in development; this one is aiming for...
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Fox Searchlight Pictures has just entered the race to make a movie about Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King's infamous 1973 tennis match, with Steve Carell and Emma Stone signing on to play the tennis pros in Battle of the Sexes. There are currently two other projects about this match in development, Chernin Entertainment's Match Maker, starring Will Ferrell as Riggs and an untitled project from Playtone that has Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks set to star. Fox Searchlight is aiming to release Battle of the Sexes in 2016, with Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) directing from a script by Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).
The 1973 match between the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, a former Wimbledon champ, and 29-year-old Billie Jean King, then the #2 ranked female tennis player in the world, became a nationwide sensation, drawing in the highest TV ratings since the Moon landing in »
In her expanded role the executive will oversee a division responsible for negotiating the production and talent deals across a broad portfolio of films.
In addition she has structured and negotiated production and talent deals for the first two installments of Lionsgate’s Divergent franchise as well as the upcoming Allegiant and other upcoming event films such as Gods Of Egypt, the live-action Power Rangers series, Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg, The Last Witch Hunter starring Vin Diesel and Damien Chazelle’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Marketing has been a key selling point of Stx Entertainment.
The newly launched studio plans to break through the clutter and shoulder out more established players by selling its pictures in a more innovative fashion. To that end, it has announced a lineup of marketing executives. The quartet includes marketing and strategic communications veteran Terry Curtin, creative advertising and branding executive Keri Moore, media and marketing executive Amy Elkins, and global digital marketing executive Andrew Runyon. They will report to theatrical marketing president Jack Pan.
Marketing is clearly key for Stx founder Robert Simonds. He has tapped Oren Aviv, a former marketing exec at Disney and Fox, as president and chief content officer, as well as Adam Fogelson, the former Universal Pictures chief who rose through the marketing ranks, to oversee the film slate.
Stx Entertainment is focused on mid-budget movies, the kind of pictures that major studios have opted »
- Brent Lang
Read More: Watch: 'Orange is the New Black' Star Uzo Aduba in Exclusive Trailer for Her First Movie 'Pearly Gates' Check out the exclusive trailer for "All in Time," a new film from Chris Fetchko ("Everything's Jake," "Eavesdrop"), which debuts today exclusively on Indiewire. The film stars Sean Modica as Charlie, a banker who decides to follow his dream of managing his favorite rock band and holding a concert for time travelers. Vanessa Ray ("Blue Bloods"), Jean-Luc Bilodeau ("Baby Daddy") and Lynn Cohen ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") also star. "All In Time" premieres Saturday, April 25 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. »
Top brass at the new studio launched by Robert Simonds and Tpg Capital have shed more light on the marketing executive suite in the run-up to the July 31 launch of maiden title The Gift.
The team includes veteran marketing and strategic communications expert Terry Curtin, creative advertising and branding leader Keri Moore, media and marketing innovation executive Amy Elkins and global digital marketing ace Andrew Runyon.
Under the direction of Pan, the marketing team has been set up to craft nimble cross-platform campaigns that specialise in consumer behavior, strategic thinking and new technology.
Curtin most recently served as president of theatrical marketing for Relativity Media and has held key marketing and communications positions at Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Revolution Studios and MGM/UA. Her campaign »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
"The Fault in Our Stars" led the MTV Movie Award nominations with seven and it took three, including Movie of the Year. It also won Best Female Performance (Shailene Woodley) and Best Kiss (Woodley and Ansel Elgort). Woodley took to the stage for a third time to accept the Trailblazer Award. -Break- MTV Movie Awards: Complete list of winners "Neighbors" wasn't nominated in the top categories, but it also picked up seven total bids and three wins: Best Wtf Moment (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne); Best Shirtless Performance for Zac Efron, who also prevailed last year for "That Awkward Moment"; and Best Duo for Efron and his partner in crime Dave Franco. "Guardians of the Galaxy" was the third film tied with seven total nominations, but the Marvel blockbuster was shut out. Though "The Hunger Games" was dethroned for Movie of the Year -- "Catching Fire" had won last year -- ". »
It was kind of written on the wall with all the Shailene Woodley love going around. And after "The Fault in Our Stars" co-led the way with nominations, with "The Hunger Games" more or less on its way out, it seemed obvious the young adult adaptation was bound to walk away the demographic's favorite. So…that happened. The film joins "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "The Avengers," and four out of five "Twilight" movies as winners of MTV's top movie prize over the last several years. The book's author, John Green, accepted the prize at the end of a rather flat show on the whole and acknowledged at the top, "I had nothing to do with the making of this movie, but I was the first at the microphone." He went on to thank his friend, author and online personality Esther Earl, whose story inspired his novel. "Esther taught me »
- Kristopher Tapley
Best Shirtless Performance is a relatively new category at the MTV Movie Awards. It has been handed out only twice before, awarded to Taylor Lautner ("Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2") in 2013 and Zac Efron ("That Awkward Moment") in 2014. Efron is back this year, nominated this time for doffing his clothes in the hit comedy "Neighbors," and he's the overwhelming favorite to repeat. -Break- Last year, we predictors weren't so convinced. We actually ranked Efron fourth with 20/1 odds, behind Jennifer Aniston ("Were the Millers"), Chris Hemsworth ("Thor: The Dark World"), and our presumed frontrunner Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"). We had thought, perhaps, that the "Hunger Games" juggernaut would crush any support for "That Awkward Moment," but the power of Efron's fandom took us by surprise. MTV Movie Awards predictions: 'Hunger Games' & 'G »
The MTV Movie Awards have been touch and go for years, but there's one thing we feel fairly confident about regarding the 2015 edition: Amy Schumer will rule. The star of Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer" and Universal Pictures upcoming (but already critically acclaimed) comedy "Trainwreck" is a stand-up force. Schumer should have no problem winning over the Nokia Theater audience or viewers at home. Considering Conan O'Brien seemed out of his element last year and Rebel Wilson pretty much bombed in 2013, that's actually something to look forward to. Another reason to watch this year's MTV Movie Awards is the fact so many categories are up in the air. With the "Twilight" series no longer in the mix many thought "The Hunger Games" would rule until the end of the franchise. Instead, "Catching Fire" took home only three Moon Men last year and, in some ways, the MTV Movie Awards »
- Gregory Ellwood
Lionsgate is reportedly chiseling away at a grand-scale re-imagining of "The Odyssey" to follow up "The Hunger Games" franchise, which concludes this Fall with "Mockingjay — Part 2" on November 20. Francis Lawrence, director of "Catching Fire" and the two "Mockingjay" films, has been tapped to direct, with "Mockingjay" co-screenwriter Peter Craig penning the film. Nina Jacobson, who has shepherded the entire "Hunger Games" franchise to box office gold, will produce "The Odyssey" through her Color Force production banner. Read More: Breaking Down How "Hunger Games" Became a Record-Breaking Blockbuster with Nina Jacobson "The Odyssey" is expected to begin production in early 2016, after the filmmakers wrap their "Mockingjay" chores. Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig, who pitched the project to Lawrence, is overseeing with executive production veep Jim Miller and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The latter would seem a viable prospect given that the episodic nature of Homer’s epic poem about the Greek king Odysseus’ journey home to Ithaca after the Trojan War lends itself to an action-packed fantasy spectacle.
Nor was it clear at time of writing whether co-chair of the motion picture group Patrick Wachsberger, who leads the international sales team at the markets, would officially introduce the project to buyers in Cannes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Lionsgate is bringing back the creative team from the last two Hunger Games movies to tackle Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2) has signed on to direct, with Peter Craig (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2) set to write the screenplay. Nina Jacobson, who has shepherded the entire Hunger Games franchise through her Color Force company, has signed on to produce.
The studio is putting this project on the fast track, aiming to start production early next year, following the November 20 release of the franchise finale, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The project came together after Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig pitched the idea to Francis Lawrence while they were working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in Paris. Erik Feig »
The DC Cinematic Universe is about to get a lot bigger with the arrival of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year, which not only introduces the new Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), but also reportedly gives us our first look at Justice League members Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Each of these superheroes will be getting their own stand alone theatrical adventure, but we haven't heard much about the development of these individual projects lately. Today we have a new report from Latino Review's El Mayimbe, who reveals that John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are being eyed for a future DC Comics movie, which may be Aquaman.
There is no confirmation that the directing duo are being sought for this particular project, but El Mayimbe reveals that the directors are reportedly good friends with Jason Momoa. »
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