From a human-vampire hybrid to a pair of precocious love birds, these kids stole the show in some of this year’s biggest flicks. The peewee actors mirrored their strong-willed characters’ strengths, stirring Oscar buzz for several of their roles in 2012.
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Ben Affleck might be on the cover of our Entertainers of the Year issue, but there’s a case to be made that Jennifer Lawrence could take him in a street fight. The 22-year-old (22!) actress from Kentucky anchored her first franchise when she nimbly picked up Katniss Everdeen’s bow in The Hunger Games, thrilling Suzanne Collins’ discerning fans with her equal parts fierce and tender performance. And then, in a graceful return to her indie roots, Lawrence delivered a bravura performance playing Tiffany, a damaged young woman who refuses to apologize for her messiness, in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. She’s a miracle up on the screen. And, miraculously, she sounds like her very big 2012 has not gone to her head.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve had an extraordinarily successful year. Is there a moment or decision which makes you particularly proud?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: Personally, yes. Business-wise no. I don’t think I’ve ever done that. No matter what anyone says, I’m my own worst critic.
Well, if I was talking to your parents instead, what might they say was their proudest moment?
At the Toronto Film Festival for the Silver Linings Playbook premiere. I couldn’t sit with them because I had to sit with the cast. I went out first [afterwards] and then I saw them and my Dad had tears in his eyes. I’ve never seen my Dad with tears in his eyes, ever. My first thought was that someone hurt him or something! ‘What’s happened to my Dad?’ My mom was crying too but she always cries. They were really proud. That was probably the one moment I allowed myself to feel good and proud. READ FULL STORY »
The Catching Fire cast is currently filming in beautiful Hawaii, a setting which doesn’t seem to have much to do with grim dystopian Panem. But as readers of the Hunger Games books know [SPOILERS if you don't like reading, weirdo] the Arena that plays host to the 75th Hunger Games in Catching Fire has a body of water and a curious environmental climate which seems perfect for a tropical island. A photographer snapped some photos from the set, which feature a look at Jennifer Lawrence in her Quarter Quell outfit, Josh Hutcherson in the water, and a guy who appears to be Finnick acting very Finnick-y indeed. Look on! READ FULL STORY »
The Games have begun – again.
The animated poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which shows the iconic Mockingjay pin set aflame, has arrived. “Every revolution begins with a spark,” the poster declares.
You can download the animation from the Hunger Games’ Facebook page, which is running a contest along with the poster. The first 12 million people to ‘Like’ the page will be entered to be one of the 12 names listed in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire credits – all of the glory of the reaping, none of the danger.
Check it out below: READ FULL STORY »
Lionsgate announced on Thursday that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence will remain with the franchise and direct parts 1 and 2 of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
The announcement means Lawrence, who’s been shooting Catching Fire since September, will have helmed three out of the four feature adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling YA novel series. READ FULL STORY »
From the (figurative) cutthroat world of American politics to the (literal) cutthroat world of Panem: EW has confirmed that Danny Strong — who won an Emmy last month for writing the HBO movie Game Change about the 2008 G.O.P. presidential campaign — is in talks to adapt Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay for the two-part finale of The Hunger Games saga. Part one of Mockingjay is already set for theaters on Nov. 21, 2014; part two on Nov. 20, 2015.
Though Strong began his career as an actor on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, and Mad Men, the Hunger Games gig cements him as one of the most sought-after working writers in Hollywood. His first writing credit was for the HBO movie Recount, about the 2000 presidential recount battle, and his upcoming projects include co-writer-director Lee Daniels’ life-in-the-White-House biopic The Butler, and the adaptation of Dan Brown’s bestseller The Lost Symbol.
Between Strong’s ability to refashion complicated narratives into a feature film timeframe and his clear affinity for stories with a robust political bent, he makes for a strong choice to handle Mockingjay‘s thorny tale of uprising and betrayal.
Variety first broke the news. Lionsgate had no comment.
Like someone who underestimated how much space there was left in the margin, Lionsgate has just said “eh, screw it” and crammed the rest of their casting news in at the bottom. After months of slowly and methodically revealing the actors in their highly anticipated sequel, the studio has added eleven new faces to their marketing team’s Facebook trading card/advent calendar doohicky.
While most of them probably won’t have a line longer than “Whu–?” in the movie, this final bit of news rounds out the list of tributes participating in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s murder-a-thon. The sequel began shooting this month in Georgia and is set to hit theaters next Thanksgiving.
Here are the newly announced cast members and who they are slated to play:
- James Logan – District 5 Tribute Boy
- Ivette Li-Sanchez -District 5 Tribute Girl
- Justin Hix – District 6 Tribute Boy
- Megan Hayes – District 6 Tribute Girl
- Bobby Jordan – Blight
- John Casino – Woof
- Elena Sanchez – Cecelia
- Daniel Bernhardt – District 9 Tribute Boy
- Marian Greene – District 9 Tribute Girl
- Jackson Spidell – District 10 Tribute Boy
- Tiffany Waxler – District 10 Tribute Girl
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ begins shooting in Georgia, before moving to Hawaii
Jeffrey Wright cast as Beetee in ‘Catching Fire’
Official: Sam Claflin is Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
“Rue’s Lullaby” was only the beginning.
This “music video” trailer for The House at the End of the Street features aspiring triple threat Jennifer Lawrence as you’ve never seen her before: placidly strumming an acoustic guitar and crooning a soft version of Benji Hughes’ “All You’ve Got to Do Is Fall in Love.” From the clip, you’d think House is a sweet romance about Lawrence and her broody neighbor, played by Max Thieriot… at least, until the creepiness begins about 40 seconds in. Either way, the song sounds great — whether it’s played straight or distorted as Lawrence’s character descends into the Death Basement of Doom.
Judge the Oscar nominee’s vocal prowess below:
The 75th annual Hunger Games are on!
Lionsgate announced Monday that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has officially started production in and around Atlanta, Ga., with director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) at the helm, before moving to shoot in Hawaii. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are, of course, reprising their respective roles as winning tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark; Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland are all also returning, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer joining the franchise. Shooting is set to conclude in December.
Intriguingly, the announcement was notable for what it didn’t mention as much as what it did. READ FULL STORY »
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire casting is wrapping up, and there are just a few more announcements to go. The latest? Jeffrey Wright will play District 3 tribute Beetee, a.k.a. Volts, Lionsgate announced in a press release today. An electronics expert, Beetee becomes an ally for Katniss in the 75th Hunger Games.
Wright is best known for his work in the play Angels in America, earning him a Tony Award in 1994. In 2003, he reprised his role in the HBO miniseries, winning a Golden Globe and an Emmy. He’s also appeared in Basquiat, Source Code, Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace, W, Syriana, and Cadillac Records.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will arrive in theaters Nov.22, 2013.
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