Jennifer Lawrence Catching Fire

At 23, Jennifer Lawrence has reached heights most of us never even dream of. She won the Oscar for Best Actress with her second nomination, for Silver Linings Playbook. She stars in a superhero franchise and toplines another of the biggest franchises in Hollywood, The Hunger Games. Without a doubt, she’s one of the biggest stars in the world, yet has somehow managed to remain genuine, funny and unfiltered. Jennifer Lawrence isn’t only America’s sweetheart, she’s everyone’s sweetheart.

So, in short, sites like /Film usually don’t get to speak to her, especially not for a film as highly anticipated as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. But you ask nicely, expect to get turned down, and then somehow find yourself outside a hotel room, the only online outlet who’ll be speaking one on one, in person, with Hollywood’s darling. No pressure.

While I can’t gauge my performance, Lawrence did not disappoint. Even after two full days of non-stop press, Katniss Everdeen herself snuggled up on her hotel room chair, slippers and all, and spoke eloquently about the pathos in Catching Fire, its political messages, shooting with IMAX cameras, her duties as reigning Best Actress, how often she gets out to the movies, Short Term 12, “texting Fassbender” (yes, that one), why promoting X-Men movies can be better than Hunger Games and the insane Internet notion she could play a female Han Solo. Read the full interview below. Read More »

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This weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is going to be the #1 movie at the box office. That’s a fact. The only question is exactly how much it’s going to make. $100 million? $150 million? $200 million? Fans are so rabid about the film, the sky is the limit. And while the majority of that number will be from traditional movie theaters, a percentage will be from IMAX too. In fact, director Francis Lawrence was so insistent Catching Fire be bigger than the original film, he shot the entire Games sequence with IMAX film cameras.

Having now seen the film twice, I can report the IMAX sequence is just under 50 minutes in length. While that’s not the most IMAX footage ever contained in a Hollywood film (Christopher Nolan holds that record with The Dark Knight Rises and its 72 minutes of footage) no feature film has ever had that much footage in a continuous sequence.  Read More »

Divergent

2011′s The Descendants brought widespread acclaim to Shailene Woodley, and this year’s The Spectacular Now earned her still more compliments. But it’s next year’s Divergent that really has the potential to make her a household name a la Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, or Daniel Radcliffe.

Based on the dystopian YA novel (boy, am I getting tired of typing that phrase) by Veronica Roth, Divergent is set in a futuristic Chicago in which all citizens are aligned with one of five factions depending on their personalities. Upon coming of age, Tris (Woodley) learns that she is Divergent, meaning she won’t truly fit into any of those categories. Needless to say, this does not sit well in a society built on tidy divisions. Hit the jump to watch the latest trailer.

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This extra-cuddly edition of Sequel Bits has Keira Knightley cozying up to Chris Pine and Kenneth BranaghJennifer Lawrence getting romantic with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, and the Anchorman 2 team showing their love for New York City. After the jump:

  • Michael Bay drops some details about a major Transformers 4 scene
  • Watch video footage of Michael Doughterty announcing Trick ‘r Treat 2
  • Paramount announces an Anchorman 2 “superticket,” see new character posters
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit reveals a new poster and lots of new stills
  • Everyone gets weepy in this TV spot for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Since the announcement of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, all of the marketing has carefully avoided one major thing: what happens in the second half of the movie. Well, with a few weeks to go before the November 22 release, and the release of the final trailer, the cat is out of the bag. Yes, Katniss and Peeta (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) go back into the games. This time, though, they’re not just fighting other tributes. They’re fighting a full roster of former winners.

The final final trailer for Francis Lawrence’s sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is now out and you can see it below. Read More »

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones

Constantin Films was confident enough in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that it started planning for the sequel, City of Ashes, before the first film even opened. However, when City of Bones proved a big disappointment at the box office, City of Ashes was delayed indefinitely, and we figured it was that was it for the would-be franchise.

But now that Constantin has had some time to mull it over, and fans have had a chance to speak up, the company has decided that it’s worth pushing ahead with City of Ashes after all. After the jump, find out how they plan to avoid making the same mistakes the next time around.

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Fox doesn’t have a YA series to match, say, The Hunger Games, even if it does have something better in the X-Men series. That hasn’t stopped the studio from trying to develop potential new franchises, however, and there’s a new one in the works with Andy Serkis as producer.

The Bone Season is the first of seven novels by young author Samantha Shannon, and now Fox has paired with The Imaginarium, in which Serkis is a principal, to develop a film based on the book. Read More »

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The 1981 romance Endless Love had a theme song by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross that was one of the biggest singles of the year. So naturally this trailer for the remake features a cover version of the song… ‘Addicted to Love,’ originally by Robert Palmer.

In fact, that’s probably a better song for the story; while the earnest and sweet Ritchie and Ross duet gave Endless Love a similar image, in fact the story is a lot more weird. It  features a straight-laced boy and bohemian girl who fall in love and start having loads of sex, thanks in part to the girl’s permissive free-spirit parents. But her mom starts to get off on watching the kids go at it, and eventually there’s an inappropriate attempt a seduction, and arson, and a mental institution. So sweet!

The original, an adaptation of the novel by Scott Spencer, was critically trashed. How will this remake fare? This version stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, and it seems like the roles have been flipped as she’s the one from the uptight home and he’s the free spirit. Some other elements seem to be in place, but it’s difficult to tell what else has been changed. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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