February 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming hasn’t even completed yet, but the viral marketing for sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a go. Today two versions of the first poster for the film, designed as Victory Tour posters which fit inside the plot of the story itself, have been released featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. HitFix released one, and the newly rebranded official Facebook the other.
The Victory Tour Katniss and Peeta embark on take place at the beginning of “Catching Fire”, following (spoiler alert?) their unprecedented victory in their first Hunger Games, which took place in the first film directed by Gary Ross. Francis Lawrence takes over directing duties for the sequel – and will direct the rest of the films in the series – which will see Kantiss and Peeta thrown back into another life or death competition, collecting new friends and foes along the way. Sam Claflin nabbed the coveted role of Finnick, while Jena Malone joins the cast as Johanna.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd. The new posters can be viewed below, with probably more items to whet your appetite coming soon.
February 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper box set is well on its way to becoming a reality as Deadline reports the “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Serena” co-stars have cemented their third project together. Cooper had been cast in “Silver Linings” director David O. Russell’s next film nearly a year ago, and today Lawrence has signed on to join the reunion. The political thriller also stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.
The film, originally called “American Bullshit” but now untitled, will follow the real life political drama Abscam, which was set up by the FBI in the 1970s and 80s. An FBI employee posed as a fictional Middle Eastern sheik named Kraim Abdul Rahman, who was videotaped taking meetings with government officials in which they agreed to take money for helping him gain asylum in the US, among other illegal activities. The investigation culminated in the conviction of a United States Senator and five members of the House of Representatives. Lawrence will play Bale’s wife.
With filming set for spring, Lawrence is about to have an even busier year as she wraps up “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and prepares to film “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” She’s also attached to historical drama “The Ends of the Earth” and memoir adaptation “The Glass Castle”, which she’ll have to fit in between “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” (a two-parter) and however many more X-Men sequels she’s contractually obligated to.
February 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jim Sturgess, Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks will star in indie comedy “The Big Shoe”, reports Deadline from Berlin, where the film’s rights are out to buyers.
“Secretary” helmer Steven Shainberg will direct from a script he co-wrote with Mickey Birnbaum. Sturgess plays a gifted shoe designer who wants to break away from the family business when they attempt to make him sell out for commercial gain. His mother hires a psychotherapist named Mary Kate (Banks) and a “muse” named Delphi (Stewart) to lure him back. Susan Sarandon had been rumored for the mother role but it’s unclear if she still is. Filming is set to begin on June 17th.
Sturgess had been poised for a breakout about five years ago with the one-two punch of “Across the Universe” and “21″, but has fizzled a bit. He now seems ready for a comeback after starring in last year’s “Cloud Atlas” for the Wackowskis and recently landing on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” shortlist. Stewart recently wrapped up her star-making vampire saga with “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II” and is attached to grifter comedy “Focus”, which is searching for its male lead after Ben Affleck dropped out. Banks is smack dab in the middle of a “Twilight”-esque phenomenon as she plays Effie in “The Hunger Games”, and recently wrapped up filming on the second installment “Catching Fire.” She’ was last seen in surprise comedy hit “Pitch Perfect”, which she also produced, and is currently filming rom com “Walk of Shame” opposite James Marsden.
February 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
in Awards, Features, Images
Jennifer Lawrence is not very good at taking compliments, which must have made Saturday night rather torturous for the newly minted two-time Oscar nominee. The compliments kept piling on at Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer of the Year Award Tribute dedicated to her incredible 2012 run, and after more than an hour of enduring words of praise from moderator Roger Durling, Lawrence joked, “I’m not going to say thank you anymore, I’m just going to say shut up.”
Lawrence joined festival director Durling onstage as they painstakingly went through her still short but already impressive acting resume, from her feature film debut in Lori Petty’s “The Poker House” to her newest, David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook”, in which she plays the vibrant, explosive and complex Tiffany and for which she just received her second Best Actress Oscar nomination, making her the youngest two-time nominee ever in the category. Lawrence charmed the audience and made them laugh out loud, perhaps none louder than Russell, who would later present Lawrence her trophy and who would call her talent “kissed by angels.”
February 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sam Claflin and Lily Collins, both headlining teen adaptation franchises this year, are teaming up for indie romantic comedy “Love, Rosie” according to Deadline.
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”‘ Clary and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”‘s Finnick will play best friends and star-crossed lovers in the film based on the novel “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern, who also wrote “P.S. I Love You”, which was adapted into a film starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. “Love, Rosie” begins filming in May under the direction of German director Christian Ditter and follows Collins’ Rosie and Clafin’s Alex, best friends and star-crossed lovers on the cusp of heading off to college. When she gets pregnant unexpectedly, she urges him to go without her and the film chronicles their lives over the next 12 years.
Claflin is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and has a lot on the line with his role in “The Hunger Games” sequel, after fizzling out in previous blockbusters “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Collins, too, will test her teen franchise metal as the lead of “The Mortal Instruments”, which seeks to become the next “Hunger Games” or “Twilight.” She’s also completed work on indie dramas “Stuck in Love” (previously “Writers”) and “The English Teacher” with Julianne Moore.
January 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: New images of Liam Hemsworth as Gale and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta have been added.
Oh yeah, “The Hunger Games” is still a thing. In just ten short months, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which will see the return of Jennifer Lawrence’s teen heroine Katniss Everdeen, will be released, and today EW has our first look at Lawrence and newcomer Sam Calflin, who plays fan favorite Finnick.
The two, wearing futuristic wetsuits and wielding their signature weapons – Katniss with her bow and arrows, Finnick with his trident – cover the magazine’s new issue, which also unveils a rather intimate moment between the two as the movie’s first official still. As fans of the book now and as director Francis Lawrence is now translating to screen, Finnick is a bit of a flirt who teases and flusters the usually level-headed Katniss, who he meets when they are both chosen to compete in the Quarter Quell, an anniversary edition of the Hunger Games that pits previous victors against one another. We’re not sure yet if Claflin is pulling off that sexy side of his character, but it’s still early yet, with filming only having wrapped recently in Hawaii. No images in sight just yet of returning characters like Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Elizabeth Banks as Effie, or other newcomers like Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Finnick’s cunning and fearless partner.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 21, 2013, and the first two images of Lawrence and Claflin can be viewed below.
December 31, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
in Features, Lists
Another end-of-year list upon us, and just like last year, the two of us once again appear to have disparate taste when it comes to the year in movies. Sixteen different movies populate our two Top 10 lists, though we did both love “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Moonrise Kingdom”, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” enough to list them. What movies were our favorites of the year? Which were yours?
Without further ado, below are our Top 10 Movies of 2012.
Click here for Linda’s Top 10 | Click here for Rebecca’s Top 10
December 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Peeta Mellark, meet Pablo Escobar. Deadline reports that “The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson is in negotiations to join Benicio Del Toro in a movie about the famous Colombian drug lord, marking the young actor’s first film since joining the lucrative teen franchise.
“Paradise Lost”, not to be confused with the aborted Alex Proyas biblical epic that had been working under the same name, follows Hutcherson’s young Irish surfer as he visits his older brother in Colombia. There, he falls for a girl and then meets her uncle, Del Toro’s Escobar.
Filming under the direction of Andrea di Stefano will begin in March, after Hutcherson wraps up “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Unlike his co-stars who’ve all leveraged their newfound fame for bigger and better roles, Hutcherson has laid low since hitting the jackpot in the worldwide phenomenon “The Hunger Games”, and has only committed to a second sequel to the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” franchise, which he first starred in pre-”Games.” He was seen earlier this year in the “Red Dawn” remake, which was also first filmed pre-”Games.” He’ll next lend his voice to animated family film “Epic.”
November 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Welcome to Oscar season, Jennifer Lawrence! Fresh off her first nomination of the year – Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards, now comes word via THR that the Santa Barbara Film Festival will be honoring the “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Hunger Games” star with their Outstanding Performer of the Year award. Prior to her first Oscar nomination for “Winter’s Bone” in 2010, she was given the Rising Star Award at rival awards-season-fest the Palm Springs Film Festival.
This pretty much solidifies Lawrence’s status as a major front-runner in the Best Actress race this year, as the award had previously been awarded to eventual Oscar nominees and winners including Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Heath Ledger, Helen Mirren, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Colin Firth, James Franco and last year’s Viola Davis. “Ms. Lawrence impressed us earlier this year in ‘The Hunger Games’, but has now left us moonstruck with her career-defining performance in ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ – recalling classic turns by Lombard, Stanwyck and Colbert,” SBIFF executive director Roger Durling tells THR. “Naming her our Outstanding Performer of the Year is an understatement.”
While the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award isn’t always given out to such a young up and comer, we do expect and hope for more of our favorite rising stars to show up at SBIFF’s Virtuosos Awards ceremony. Last year, they honored Rooney Mara, Shailene Woodley, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Patton Oswalt and Andy Serkis – and three of them went on to score Oscar nominations. Your move, Palm Springs.
November 13, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
You better not be teasing us now, The Wrap. Buried in a story about Chris Hemsworth becoming attached to Stephen Gaghan’s crime thriller “Candy Store,” the paper also reports Hemsworth is being eyed for a role in “Triumph”, a biopic of iconic American actor Steve McQueen, and that film has also offered a role to Liam Hemsworth, Chris’s younger “Hunger Games” star brother.
The film is set up at Sony Pictures and the script – following the story of McQueen and his stunt double Bud Elkins – is still being written by Brandon and Philip Murphy, so this sounds like it’s far from being finalized. But the good news is that the Hemsworths may be open to doing a movie together, and if not this one, then perhaps another one. Why haven’t we thought of this great idea before, and now that we have, yes please, can we have it soon? Ahem.
Meanwhile, Hemsworth’s involvement with “Candy Store” seems at least slightly more plausible, and if everything falls into place, he will be taking on the role of an elite operative who retires to Brooklyn, only to find the enemy he once fought setting up shop in his new neighborhood.
The older Hemsworth is currently reprising his role as the God of Thunder and Avenger on “Thor: The Dark World” and will next star in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of “Robopocalypse.” The younger Hemsworth is reprising his role as Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, and recently wrapped up corporate espionage thriller “Paranoia”, as well as heist actioner “Empire State.”