April 23, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like Lionsgate is very pleased with their “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, and are now eager to keep her undeniable talent within their family. Deadline reports Lionsgate is now in talks with Lawrence to star in an adaptation of gossip columnist Jeanne Walls’ memoir “The Glass Castle”, though the project still appears to be in the very early stages.
If everything comes together, Lawrence will take on yet another role of a young woman with ill-fit parental figures who must look after younger siblings. Walls describes in her memoir – which was on the New York Times Bestseller list for over 250 weeks – how she was raised along with three siblings by a brilliant but often intoxicated father and a mother who described herself as an “excitement addict”, moving their family from place to place, living like nomads and often camping in mountains. The children had to fend for themselves and eventually, find a way to leave their dysfunctional parents. Lionsgate has bought the rights and tapped Marti Noxon to adapt the screenplay.
Lawrence is one of the busiest young actresses working today after landing an Oscar nomination for “Winter’ Bone” in 2011, and will undoubtedly become busier as even more people discover just how talented she is. She is currently in Prague filming Susanna Bier’s “Serena” opposite Bradley Cooper, with whom she also recently completed work on David O. Russell’s “The Silver Linings Playbook.” She’ll go back to work on “The Hunger Games” when sequel “Catching Fire” begins filming in August, and then she’s committed to returning as Mystique to the sequel to “X-Men: First Class” in January. In September she can be seen in horror flick “House a the End of the Street.”
April 20, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Now that the circus of deciding who will be directing “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” is finally over (in case you haven’t heard: “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross is out, and “Water for Elephants” director Francis Lawrence landed the coveted job), we can move on to more fun speculation about who might play some of the fan-favorite characters that begin showing up in the sequel.
We could begin nowhere else but with Finnick Odair, the 24 year old former Hunger Games victor from District 4 who becomes one of Katniss’s most important allies and closest friends. He’s also incredibly charming and attractive, so that helps too. Finnick won the games when he was 14 through his expert use of a trident. With District 4 being by the sea, Finnick is also a great swimmer, with bronzed skin and tousled copper hair, but don’t be mistaken that he’s just a pretty face. Finnick has a dark past and uncertain future, just like every citizen of Panem, and his value to Katniss as they grow closer is indispensable.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of five young actors who have demonstrated all the strength and charm and swagger and heartbreaking sadness that would make them more than suited to join Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth and step into Finnick’s shoes. See our choices below and do leave us your suggestions in the comments!
April 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
We’ve seen some set photos of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Prague filming their second collaboration, but today we have a crystal clear look at the first official image from Susanna Bier’s “Serena.” This time around, the “Silver Linings Playbook” co-stars play newlyweds Serena and George Pemberton, who rise to prominence in the lumber industry in 1920s North Carolina. When Pemberton’s illegitimate family threatens Serena’s ambitions, she turns her murderous agenda against them.
Collider posted the first official image, showing Lawrence and Cooper all glammed up as the lumber tycoons that rule over North Carolina, but as we know from the set photos, their ascension to the top is a bit dirtier and bloodier than this photo would suggest.
The full image plus official press release are below.
April 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Surely barely rested from her whirlwind promotional tour for “The Hunger Games” – which is now on its way to its third week at #1 at the box office – Jennifer Lawrence is already hard at work on her next film. The Prague paparazi snapped the newest overnight superstar on the set of Susanna Bier’s “Serena”, based on the novel by Ron Rash and co-starring Bradley Cooper. Czech news site Blesk.cz got the first pictures from the set of the “Silver Linings Playbook” co-stars reunited.
The 2008 Rash novel follows a pair of young newlyweds, George and Serena Pemberton, who attempt to build a timbre empire in 1920s North Carolina by ay means necessary, including killing their competition. When Serena discovers she can’t have children, she sets out to murder the illegitimate child her husband fathered before her arrival in town and their passionate marriage quickly unravels.
Cooper is shown in the pictures demonstrating such ruthlessness in a bloody shirt, while Lawrence is back to blonde and curly after going dark to play post-apocalyptic teenage hero Katniss Everdeen. The two appear to have filmed at an old-fashioned train station, perhaps Serena’s arrival, while young extras in period garb were also snapped on set.
See the first images from the set of “Serena” below, and head to Blesk.cz for more. No release date has been announced yet.
March 30, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rising stars Juno Temple and Evan Peters have signed on to headline indie drama “Truck Stop”, according to Deadline. This puts to rest continued speculation of Jennifer Lawrence’s involvement with the film, which she had been attached to star in back in 2010, along with “Twilight” star Jackson Rathbone. That was, of course, way before her career took off the way it did so this is no surprise at all, and Temple is certainly a nice substitute.
Along with a complete cast makeover, the director’s chair has changed hands too. Tony Aloupis had written the script for Rotimi Rainwater to direct Lawrence and Rathbone, but now Aloupis will take on directing duties himself, making his directorial debut on the project. In the 1970s set coming-of-age drama, Peters plays a young man with cerebral palsy who works at a truck stop and takes care of his dying father. When he encounters a young runaway/prostitute with her own dark past, the two form a bond.
Peters’ film credits include “Never Back Down” and “Kick-Ass” while he’s been much more prolific on TV, culminating last year when he landed his big break last year as creepy Tate Langdon on Ryan Murphy’s surprise hit FX series “American Horror Story.” He’s currently filming dramedy “Adult World” opposite Emma Roberts. Temple, one of our Faces to Watch in 2012, recently signed on to replace Dakota Fanning in British royal family drama “Girls Night Out” and will be seen in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.” She next films thriller “Magic Magic” opposite Michael Cera and Emily Browning.
March 29, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s kind of clever that the first trailer for horror flick “The House at the End of the Street” uses a sort of “Memento”-esque time warp to tell the story backwards, but it left me feeling a bit spoiled on plot points. What we knew before the trailer: Elizabeth Shue and Jennifer Lawrence play mother and daughter who move in down the street from a house where a brutal double murder took place. The lone survivor of the massacre, Max Theriot, still lives there. Lawrence and Theriot of course strike up a romance, but she soon begins to discover the dark secrets that still lurk inside his walls.
What the trailer tells us: It was Theriot’s little sister who allegedly committed the crimes, stabbing her parents to death in cold blood, and she’s still be living in the basement of the house and still carrying around the knife. And Theriot’s character probably has something to do with it. Yikes. Also, thanks for spelling it all out for me.
“The House at the End of the Street” will be released on September 21st. Watch the first trailer below, if you’re one of those people who likes to know everything about a movie before seeing it.
March 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
All eyes are on the Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) love story as they head into “The Hunger Games” to battle each other and 22 other kids to the death, but before she leaves, Lawrence’s Katniss gets one last visit from her best friend and hunt partner Gale, played by Liam Hemsworth, in this new clip. He knows better than anyone that she is well-equipped to handle herself in the arena and as we’ve seen in previous trailers, Gale’s words of encouragement stay with her as she navigates the jungle and fights for her life.
We are now 4 days away from the opening of “The Hunger Games.” Watch the clip below, or don’t. You can hold out for 4 more days!
March 6, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
One thing that’s been really great about the marketing for “The Hunger Games”, is that each trailer and clip released thus far have fittingly and wisely focused on the more universal, action/political themes and less on the girly love triangle aspects of the story. We’ve seen Katniss and her archery, and now we get a glimpse at the beginning of one of the most crucial relationships in the saga, between two people who will never make out. Jennifer Lawrence sits in a bare but still futuristic feeling room in a hospital gown, greeted by Lenny Kravitz, who introduces himself as Cinna, who will be designing all of Katniss’s costumes in the pageantry that precede the Hunger Games. Immediately, she realizes there’s something more than just being pretty and fashionable going on.
Kravitz plays Cinna as a bit more serious than the character in the book, though it’s not an unwelcome change, and the chemistry between the two also seems pitch perfect. All in all, it’s an enticing new tease of a movie that seems to be trying to strike a weird balance between wanting to be taken seriously for its serious subject matter, while simultaneously cashing in on some “Twilight” business with tween-friendly mall tours featuring its pretty young cast, merchandising that includes nail polish and more. We’ll see which side it falls on when “The Hunger Games” is released on March 23rd.
Gary Ross directed the film that also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and more. See the new clip via Yahoo! Movies below.
March 1, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
We are just about three weeks away from the release of the highly anticipated Gary Ross teen bestseller adaptation “The Hunger Games” and today the first scene clip from the film has been unveiled. It features, what else, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, forcibly impressing a room with her perfect archery skills. Taking place in the training center where all 24
children Tributes get a chance to practice their various survival skills before heading into the arena to fight each other to the death, Katniss is given an opportunity to impress the gamemakers in charge of the event. So she does what she does best but when they totally miss it in all their self-absorbed gluttony, she takes it to another level.
Tipped to be “the next Twilight” and gearing up to make international superstars out of Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, “The Hunger Games” is currently on track to make as much as $100 million on its opening weekend of March 23rd. So maybe Lionsgate weren’t jumping the gun when they set a release date for the sequel, “Catching Fire”, as early as last August. This franchise seems unstoppable at this point, and we are just as eager as the millions of you to see it for ourselves.
Watch the first clip below.
February 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
A new trailer has arrived for “The Hunger Games”, the Gary Ross film based on the best-selling teen novels that’s increasingly being marketed as The Next Twilight. Just like in the first trailer, the focus is put squarely on the shoulders of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, the unwitting Games participant who sparks something bigger than anyone realizes when she volunteers to go into the arena to fight other kids to the death in the place of her sister. Thankfully, Lawrence seems more than up to the task in the new footage shown here.
Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and more co-star, but “The Hunger Games” is clearly Lawrence’s show.
It was also announced today that the film will get a limited one week run on IMAX starting on March 23.