Posts Tagged: Jennifer Lawrence

Hunger Games Breaking News: Director Found for ‘Catching Fire’

19, 2012 6:39pm

It appears a director has been found for the second installment of “The Hunger Games” franchise. With off and on news filtering in about whether big time helmer Gary Ross would return for another round with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, Lionsgate seem to have found their man for “Catching Fire.”

And just who is this lucky, soon to be mega-famous, director: FRANCIS LAWRENCE.

Haven’t heard of him? He’s the guy who directed Will Smith in “I Am Legend,” and put Reese Witherspoon up on a pachyderm for “Water for Elephants.” Can he repeat Ross’s success of four weeks at Number 1? It’s the fans who make this franchise, and they’ll be lining up for this one for sure, the pressure is on, Mr Lawrence – congratulations.

As for the script, mum’s the word, here’s what screenwriter Simon Beaufoy had to say when Celebs.com’s Susan Hornik caught up with him on the red carpet last month:

Celebs.com Junk Drawer: Courtney Love, Ryan O’Neal and Jennifer Lawrence

16, 2012 6:00am

Jennifer Lawrence in Seventeen

The ‘American Reunion’ Gang vs Young Leonardo DiCaprio vs Jennifer Lawrence – Celebs.com’s WHO WON THE WEEK

8, 2012 12:21pm

This weekend was filled with a bit of ’90s nostalgia as the popular raunchy comedy franchise from the decade returned with “American Reunion” and the once all-time box office champ, “Titanic,” came back in 3D. However, it was no match for “The Hunger Games,” which continues to flex its muscles having another strong weekend with $33.5M. That brings its total domestic gross to over $300 million, making the Jennifer Lawrence thriller the fastest non-summer release to reach that mark in the U.S.

Jennifer Lawrence – “Hunger Games”

As her film tops the box office for a third straight week, and now marking more than $450M in worldwide gross, it seems the Jennifer Lawrence headlines don’t want to die down either. There was the news this week that the tension between Fox and Lionsgate over Lawrence has finally subsided as Fox, the studio behind the popular X-Men franchise that stars Lawrence as Mystique, will move its start date for its next installment to the beginning of 2013 so Lionsgate, which is behind “Hunger Games,” can stay on schedule for shooting the Games sequel, “Catching Fire,” later in the year. There was also backlash from comments made by noted New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis who wrote that Lawrence’s “womanly figure” in “Games” doesn’t work to play Katniss, who comes from a famine-stricken district. This launched an onslaught of fan reaction coming to Lawrence’s defense, who see the star as a rare female role model in today’s young Hollywood.

To sum up, the Jennifer Lawrence train is racing down the tracks, and it doesn’t look like anything is likely to slow it down.

Jason Biggs / Seann William Scott / Chris Klein / Tara Reid / Natasha Lyonne – “American Reunion”

Marking its eighth film in the franchise (four went straight-to-DVD), “American Reunion” heralds the first time the gang has come together since 2003’s “American Wedding,” and it looks like there’s still interest in these horny kids as “Reunion” brought in $21.5 million this weekend in the US, and about the same again overseas. This was thanks in large part to a huge publicity push that included Jason Biggs being practically all over the E! channel (where it seemed like he had a daily segment on E! News for months and also showed up on “The Soup”) and also writing about his pie f*#king legacy for Vulture. Chris Klein also made the rounds, showing up on “Watch What Happens Live” and had a revealing profile on The Daily Beast that touches on his battle with alcohol and his dalliance with Katie Holmes. Speaking of redemption, Entertainment Weekly checked in with one of “American”‘s most troubled cast member (no, not Tara Reid): Natasha Lyonne.

Leonardo DiCaprio / Kate Winslet / James Cameron – “Titanic 3D”

James Cameron’s 1997 juggernaut made Leonardo DiCaprio a superstar, brought Kate Winslet to the fore and, yes, we still can’t forget about the power of Celine Dion’s contribution (though we try. Oh, how we try.).

The 3D revamp came in at #3 this weekend with $17.3 million and a solid per screen average, and was only a matter of time given Cameron’s obsession with new technology,  Cameron’s media manipulation for the film began with the news this week that Cameron piloted a state-of-the-art submarine to the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot on earth. Then, of course, any talk about Cameron results in news chatter of the “Avatar” sequel, and it sounds like we’ll have to wait at least until 2014 or 2016 to see anything :((( Hopefully the delays are over Cameron’s constant mission to push the visual effects of his films to the limits– Besides, when you’re the director of BOTH the highest grossing films of all time, people will wait.

And what does DiCaprio think about the “Titanic” re-release? Sounds like he was happy he skipped the premiere.

The Celebs.com’s Winner of the Week is…

The “American Reunion” gang. What the…???? Okay, okay, I hear you Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth fans but hear me out. Take away “The Hunger Games” headlines and the story must be how we still get a kick out of these kinky, sex-crazed friends after all these years.

And yes, the cast probably would have ended this whole franchise after the second film if things went differently and fame found more of the cast rising the ladders of on-screen success, but over the years, as the big names were knocked down a few pegs, they could be comforted by the fact that had a fan-loved franchise to go back to (honestly, who thought Seann William Scott would be the most successful out of this bunch?).

And for those of us who remember laughing our asses off watching “American Pie” in theaters, “American Reunion” is like that old T-Shirt (or that first Playboy magazine) you just can’t seem to bring yourself to throw out. EW.com touched on that this week when they wrote about the era of ’90s nostalgia we seem to be ushering in – “Jump Street,” “American Pie,” what’s next… “Married with Children”?

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Jennifer Lawrence, Miranda Kerr, Pamela Anderson – All in Celebs.com’s 2 Minute Snippet (Hot Video)

6, 2012 12:30pm


Celebs.com’s Angela Bakke takes you through all the news you need to know in just a few minutes – Pamela Anderson‘s new business venture, Miranda Kerr & Candice Swanepoel‘s interview, Jennifer Lawrence and all the Hunger Games craziness, Mirror Mirror’s Lily Collins and Ashton Kutcher‘s casting as Steve Jobs??!!

Click PLAY below to take a few minutes to catch up on all the latest.

Lionsgate Auctions ‘The Hunger Games’ Signed Posters for Charity (Photo Gallery)

3, 2012 8:00am

'The Hunger Games' Signed PostersDiehard fans of “The Hunger Games” may want to check out the three signed final posters Lionsgate is currently auctioning for charity. Each studio-certified poster is signed by Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz and Gary Ross and comes with a signed letter of authenticity.

Also up for auction are “The Hunger Games” books signed by Lawrence, Hemsworth, Ross, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson; nine flaming mockingjay posters, which are signed by Ross, Hemsworth, Hutcherson, Harrelson, Banks and Wes Bentley; and three Mockingjay pins.

All of the proceeds from the auction of the “Hunger Games” signed posters will go to The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation — including the cost of shipping. Check out the gallery below for additional snaps of the signed posters. If you’d like to bid on any of the items, check them out here:

Final Posters: 1, 2, 3

Mockingjay Posters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Pins and Books: 1, 2, 3

Jennifer Lawrence Glares on the Cover of Parade as Katniss

2, 2012 8:00am

Jennifer Lawrence in Parade

“The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence stares hauntingly on the cover of Parade magazine. The actress, who recently graced the cover of Rolling Stone, discussed how “The Hunger Games” relates to the Kardashians in her accompanying Parade interview.

Lawrence said, “I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone. But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it. The books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: This is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other’s pain.”

Read Jennifer Lawrence’s full interview here. Do you agree with her reality TV analogy?