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Oscar-winning, blockbuster-fronting Jennifer Lawrence seems to have the odds ever in her favor

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

'Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Check out official poster -- PHOTO

Residents of Panem, get ready. The Victory Tour has officially begun.

After winning the 74th annual Hunger Games, it’s only natural that Katniss and Peeta embark on the demanded tour to visit all the districts. And that’s just what the first official poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire depicts. The fun twist is that the poster is actually advertising the Victory Tour as opposed to the movie, something the Hunger Games’ official Facebook page is also playing along with. The Facebook page posted today, “The Capitol proudly announces the victors of the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark, as they embark on this year’s Victory Tour! Stay tuned to The Capitol PN for updates…”

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Why Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence turned down 'Inside the Actors Studio'

 In this week’s cover story, newly-minted Golden Globe best actress winner for Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Lawrence told EW that her publicist recently turned down an offer for the 22-year-old to appear on Inside the Actors Studio. “Do you know how much that guy would hate me?” she said with her goofy chuckle about professorial host James Lipton. ‘’Tell me about your method?’ There is no method! I never know my lines! He would be horrified.” Besides, said Lawrence, surely that hot seat is meant for folks with a longer resume to show for themselves than hers. “I love that show but I’m not old enough. I’m not at a place yet where I can look back and think ‘Oh this how I….’ I’m not ready. And, please, I’m an animal.”
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'Catching Fire' star Sam Claflin on Finnick's sugar cube scene: 'I was definitely prepared to do anything' -- EXCLUSIVE

Sam Claflin was sure he’d whiffed his audition. He was in Los Angeles on a promotional tour for Snow White and the Huntsman when his agent sent him in to read for Finnick Odair—District 4’s charismatic golden boy whose motives remain unclear to Katniss as they head back into the Games. “Finnick is this tanned, green-eyed, sex god,” laughs the 26-year-old Brit over sodas at his Waikiki hotel on a day off from shooting. “I’m thinking I’m brunette, I have loads of stubble, at the time I was by no means in shape. This guy walked in just after my audition who looked like Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise. Yeah, I’m not going to get this.”

But the filmmakers were after more than just some young stud.  “Sometimes you get someone with the swagger but not the soulfulness or the other way around,” explains Jacobson. “Sam had both. He is such a sweet, sweet fellow.” He has a sweet fiancée as well, the British actress Laura Haddock who walked by the restaurant during our interview, excitedly holding up towels and waving at him as she made her way to the beach.
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Three 'Catching Fire' characters you won't see in the movie -- EXCLUSIVE

Fans of Suzanne Collins’s  words, you can rest easy. The adaptation of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire will be “very, very true to book,” promises new director Francis Lawrence.

This week’s cover story  describes the whirlwind few weeks that followed once director Gary Ross stepped away from the helm in April. “We were five months from when we needed to start shooting and we had no script and no director,” says producer Nina Jacobson. Once Lawrence came aboard, Jacobson put together her new director with series mastermind Collins to outline the script. Their main task, says Lawrence, was figuring out a way to best distill the novel’s dense first third, during which our hero Katniss Everdeen, home from her victory tour but tormented by the ghosts of war, struggles internally with her next move.
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'Broken City' star Jeffrey Wright talks Mark Wahlberg, 'Catching Fire,' and Sundance -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Jeffrey Wright is the kind of weighty actor that directors fiend for, able to handle both indie and big budget movies, down-in-the-dirt roles and parts that require square-jawed strength.

So it’s no surprise Wright took on the intense role of police commissioner Carl Fairbanks in the upcoming political thriller Broken City, directed by Menace II Society filmmaker Allen Hughes and out in theaters Jan. 18. Co-starring Mark Wahlberg as an ex-cop who is hired by a corrupt mayor (Russell Crowe) to photograph his cheating glam wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), the noir-ish movie explodes into a full-out scandal laced with murder.

Check out an exclusive clip from the film, below, in which Wright has a heated chat with Wahlberg at a crime scene. EW spoke with Wright about exploring the confines of power in Broken City and working with Wahlberg, playing a much different down-and-out character in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and taking on the part of District 3 tribute Beetee in The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire and working with Jennifer Lawrence.

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Best of 2012: The breakout kids

Image Credit: Murray Close

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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Entertainers of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence

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

'Catching Fire' set photos: Jennifer Lawrence in the arena! (Plus: A peek at Finnick?)

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

'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' gets new animated poster -- PHOTO

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 GamesFacebook 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.

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