Free State of Jones will be based on the true story of Newton Knight, a leader of one of the Civil War’s rebellions who fought against the Confederates and sought to form an entirely new state along with fellow soldiers. McConaughey would play Knight. READ FULL STORY
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Jennifer Lawrence didn’t just win the Oscar for Best Actress last month. She basically won the whole Oscars. (Apologies to Ben Affleck.) She charmed late-night hosts — and Academy voters — with a disarming blend of bawdy humor and compulsive oversharing in the weeks before the ceremony. She rocked the red carpets with a variety of gorgeous gowns. More importantly, she was the only nominee who arrived at the Dolby Theatre currently fronting a $400 million blockbuster franchise. Certainly, she was wonderful and deserving of the Academy Award for her performance as a dispirited young widow in The Silver Linings Playbook, but as she accepted the Oscar, there was also a palpable recognition that she is The Future: a young, beautiful indie-film queen who can also carry and sell an action franchise.
At only 22, with an Oscar and central roles in The Hunger Games and X-Men, Lawrence appears to be the right actress in the right movies at the right time. “Everyone wants to work with her, whether it’s another actor or actress or a director or a studio,” says David Glasser, COO of The Weinstein Company, which distributed Silver Linings. “I think everybody right now wants to find that great Jennifer Lawrence Project.” READ FULL STORY
As if anyone needed more proof that Jennifer Lawrence is tough as nails, check out this EW exclusive clip from the special features of the Blu-ray/DVD of The Hunger Games, where viewers can take a behind-the-scenes look at how Lawrence trained for Katniss, and why the crew made her her own climbing gym.
Inside scoop: The knots on the tree in her training gym became the same as the ones in the movie so Lawrence could accurately practice her climb — complete with a harness, of course.
Watch Lawrence show her strength below: READ FULL STORY
Before The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence was known mostly for indie fare, like her Oscar-nominated turn in Winter’s Bone.
In this EW exclusive clip of a behind-the-scenes feature from the upcoming Blu-ray release of The Hunger Games, Lawrence discusses her fears about signing onto a popular franchise film, her advice from her mom, and why a good script is a good script, no matter the size of the movie.
Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
For those of you who aren’t at Comic-Con, fear not. EW has an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from The Hunger Games that just premiered at a Comic-Con panel.
The video is a closer look at the scene where Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is tied in a tree, and the fire starts to surround her. Watch director Gary Ross and stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski block out and show Lawrence the path she has to run, and watch how close Lawrence actually gets to the fire. Katniss would be proud.
Check out the clip below: READ FULL STORY
It’s just been a few weeks since Gary Ross’ curious disappearance from the director’s chair of Catching Fire, but already it appears the filmmaker is cooking up his next project.
EW has confirmed that Ross is in talks with Summit Entertainment to direct an adaptation of the 2006 biography of famed magician Harry Houdini, The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America’s First Superhero, by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. (The book suggests that that Houdini also worked as a spy for Britain.) Ross has not yet decided, however, whether his next film will be this project, which at one point had Catch Me If You Can screenwriter Jeff Nathanson attached to write and direct.
Summit, notably, was recently acquired by Hunger Games studio Lionsgate.
(The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.)
Gary Ross will not direct second ‘Hunger Games’ installment ‘Catching Fire’
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The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson found out director Gary Ross was bowing out of the sequel, Catching Fire, in the same way that many fans did — he read it in the news.
Hutcherson told EW at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday that he reached out to Ross after finding out he wouldn’t be directing the much-anticipated second-installment of the record-breaking film. READ FULL STORY
Whoever takes over the directing reigns for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire from the recently departed Gary Ross will have to come to the table with a nimble and wide-ranging skill set. The second of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling books in the series is darker, weirder, more political, more violent, and, yes, sexier. Whoever directs its big screen adaptation will obviously need to be adept with visual effects and breakneck action sequences, but also with scenes of political nuance and powerful emotional impact.
She or he will also have to maintain a strong rapport with the established cast; make some crucial casting decisions that will impact the rest of the series; navigate the Hollywood politics of taking over a massively lucrative movie franchise; deliver a PG-13 film that remains true to Collins’ text; and reconcile their artistic sensibility (i.e. ego) with what Ross established in The Hunger Games and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) has done with his script for Catching Fire.
Most importantly, whoever Lionsgate hires will need to be available to do the job. READ FULL STORY
In a surprising turn, The Hunger Games director Gary Ross has bowed out of directing the second part of the trilogy, Catching Fire, which is scheduled for release in November 2013. In a statement from Ross released by Lionsgate, the director said he didn’t feel the schedule allowed him the time to make the movie as he envisioned it. There had been speculation in recent days that Ross and Lionsgate were having trouble coming to an agreement.
“Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching Fire. As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule,” Ross said.
Lionsgate said they are “very sorry that Gary Ross has chosen not to direct Catching Fire.”
Read the complete statements from Ross and the studio below.
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