Divergent, whatever you think of it as a movie (I found it to be your basic, agreeably rousing sensitive-teen-in-Amish-linen-finds-her-inner-tattooed-jock-to-fight-the-power formula dystopian thriller), is, like the young-adult novel it’s based on, a piece of pulp mythology that obviously borrows a lot from The Hunger Games. The heroine who hails from a downtrodden district or, in this case, a faction (Abnegnation) that prizes self-sacrifice; the fascist schemers up top; the whole gym-class-on-steroids feeling of a seemingly normal girl who rises to a series of death-defying physical challenges; and, of course, the sense that the heroine can accomplish all this because, while ordinary on the surface, she’s really different, she’s special, she’s a rebel, she’s divergent in her innate superiority. (Why do I feel as if Leni Riefenstahl would have loved these movies?) READ FULL STORY
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American Hustle director David O. Russell likes sports analogies, which are actually surprisingly helpful in trying to describe his theory on aggressively spontaneous acting. “You see a batter or a basketball player when they’re stuck on something in their heads, that’s not good,” says Russell, who’s “coached” the casts of his last three movies to 11 Oscar nominations, including statues for Christian Bale (The Fighter), Jennifer Lawrence (The Silver Linings Playbook), and Melissa Leo (The Fighter). “Once you have a good focus, you want to keep it. You want to stay in that zone, so you want to work briskly and from instinct. It’s almost like a superstitious thing.”
There’s nothing superstitious, however, about Russell’s recent run of success. American Hustle, which arrived on Blu-ray on Tuesday, was his biggest box-office hit of his career. The star-studded 1970s period piece about a married conman (Christian Bale) and his lover (Amy Adams) who are manipulated by an ambitious FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to create an ABSCAM-like sting to implicate corrupt government officials, including the mayor of Camden, New Jersey (Jeremy Renner), was an actors’ showcase that also included Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Jack Huston. The laugh-filled drama landed 10 Oscar nominations, and Russell became the first director to ever direct a film with four actors earning Oscar nominations in each of the acting categories, twice — much less back-to-back.
Russell plans to stay in his zone. He’s currently writing another script for Lawrence, as well as “another big story I’m writing for many of these cast members that I don’t want to talk about yet.”
But he’s happy to talk about American Hustle, which character he thinks is the heart of the film, his unique approach to directing actors, and his understanding that all his success can vanish tomorrow. READ FULL STORY
'Catching Fire' on Blu-ray: Jennifer Lawrence describes the pressure of high expectations -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
If the last two years in Hollywood have taught us anything, it’s that The Hunger Games was never the absolute sure thing that, in hindsight, it seems to be. Yes, Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of books were enormous best-sellers — but so were The Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures, and Ender’s Game. There was no guarantee that the first Hunger Games movie would dominate the box office, that passionate readers of the book would automatically accept the characters as they were depicted onscreen, and that uninitiated moviegoers wouldn’t turn up their noses at all the “Next Harry Potter” hype. The fact that all those things happened is a credit to the filmmakers, but it was hardly inevitable.
Catching Fire arrives on Blu-ray tonight at midnight, and in a special nine-part making-of documentary, the cast and crew describe the imposing challenge of bringing Katniss Everdeen and the denizens of Panem to life. “It was a scary thing that we were doing,” Jennifer Lawrence says in the doc. “It’s hard when you get great books that are so loved by people. It’s impossible not to disappoint somebody.”
Disappointed? Certainly no one at Lionsgate is. The first Hunger Games grossed $408.0 million, and Catching Fire topped that with $423.9 million. It was last year’s biggest hit in the U.S., making Lawrence the first actress to headline a year’s highest grosser since Kate Winslet and Titanic.
In the two exclusive clips below, Lawrence and company describe the pressure they felt to deliver — and the magnitude of success they never could have imagined. READ FULL STORY
What would you do immediately after you won an Oscar? Not sure? Well, apparently neither were some of these past winners. From moments of excitement with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to being reduced to tears like Jennifer Hudson or literally jumping out of your seat like Roberto Benigni, there are many ways to react after hearing your name follow the famous “And the Oscar goes to…” Who knows who will make their moment even more memorable on Sunday after winning, but in the meantime watch our clip of some of the best moments in Oscar acceptance speeches. READ FULL STORY
David O. Russell is reportedly in early talks to rewrite and direct a biopic about Joy Mangano, the Miracle Mop inventor, for Fox 2000, and he’s eying Jennifer Lawrence to play the lead role. Deadline reports that Russell is interested in taking over the project from Annie Mumulo, the Bridesmaids co-writer who has a script about Mangano, the Long Island single mom who made a fortune when the Miracle Mop became an infomercial success.
Lawrence and Russell have successfully collaborated on his two last movies, winning her an Oscar for The Silver Linings Playbook and a nomination for American Hustle.
Representatives for neither Russell nor Lawrence immediately responded to requests for comment.
The eternal Days of Future Past social media press tour continues! This summer’s X-Men se-preboot-quel has just posted a very short video. Some of the footage is familiar, and there is a considerable amount of Fassbender doing his “I am crushing you with my brain” face. But there are a couple of notable new revelations. First: Jennifer Lawrence will do for the early ’70s what she did for the late ’70s in American Hustle. Second: Evan Peters is actually in this movie! You can get a quick glance at Magneto’s son Quicksilver, wearing what appears to be some kind of police uniform.
Anyhow, this video’s only like five seconds long, and it still has more mutants than X-Men 3. Watch below: READ FULL STORY
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“You guys didn’t watch my speech did you?” Jennifer Lawrence cracked to a room of reporters backstage at the Golden Globes after winning the supporting actress prize for American Hustle.
We did watch her speech, which was just the latest example of the Hunger Games star’s charmingly awkward persona. But even when she’s feeling awkward, her career is anything but: This is her second year in a row winning a Golden Globe. So how will she celebrate?
“I need to catch up on my drinking,” she said. “I think that’s why I was so manic. Normally I have, like, a glass of wine. Um, that’s not a good answer…”
Taking home the first prize of the night was “really overwhelming” for Lawrence. “It’s kind of unbelievable, really, genuinely unbelievable. I can’t really process it. It’s such a huge honor. … You gotta interrupt me or I’ll just keep talking.”
A reporter did interrupt, asking why she chose American Hustle and the loopy role of Rosalyn, the complicated wife of Christian Bale’s Irving. “Before I even read the script, I knew I wanted to do it,” she said, noting that it gave her a chance to reunite with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell. “Then I read the script, and I fell in love with Rosalyn. There was so much growth and so many ideas in there, and David and I were just on the phone constantly. She just kept evolving. She was just so exciting for me. She was just this character. I just loved her.”
Jennifer Lawrence just took home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work in American Hustle. She beat out fellow nominees Sally Hawkins, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, and June Squibb.
After thanking director David O. Russell for being “the most brilliant man in every single way,” Lawrence thanked her cast and admitted she saw most of the movies nominated this year. She ended her speech by talking about how “terrifying” winning is and reminding herself to “don’t ever do this again.”
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