Gravity

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts unveiled the winners of their 2014 awards this weekend, just two weeks ahead of the Academy Awards. The biggest winner of the night was Gravity, which took home six awards, but Best Film remained out of Alfonso Cuarón‘s grasp. That prize went instead to 12 Years a Slave, which secured only one other win last night, for lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Elsewhere, American Hustle, widely considered this season’s other Best Picture frontrunner, nabbed three prizes including one for supporting actress Jennifer Lawrence. The corresponding male category offered perhaps the biggest surprise of the night — a win for Captain Phillips‘ Barkhad Abdi, who beat out the likes of Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender

Hit the jump for the list of winners.

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Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

The last two times that David O. Russell teamed up with Jennifer Lawrence, it went really well for both of them. They each got Oscar nominations for Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle (with Lawrence actually winning for the former), and both films fared well at the box office. So it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that he’s eager to team with her again.

Russell is reportedly in talks with Fox 2000 to rewrite and possibly direct an untitled biopic about Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop, and wants Lawrence to star as the lead. If she does sign on, let’s just hope she does better with Mangano’s Long Island accent than she did with Rosalyn Rosenfeld’s. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

We hate spoilers. And so does actress Jennifer Lawrence. While doing an interview on the red carpet of the SAG Awards, one of the interviewers decided to spoil the ending of season three of Showtime’s television series Homeland even though Lawrence had just told the “reporter” that she had only seen the first two seasons. Watch the video after the jump to see Jennifer Lawrence try to channel her anger into comedy. I’m not sure I could keep it that calm.

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Jennifer Lawrence / Anne Hathaway

In 2013, both Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway took the the Oscar stage to accept acting awards — Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, Hathaway for Les Misérables. But had things gone a bit differently several months earlier, it could have been Hathaway grabbing the prize for her charming, sexy turn in a David O. Russell movie.

Producer Harvey Weinstein revealed recently that Hathaway had actually been the original choice to star in Russell’s movie — opposite Mark Wahlberg, back before Bradley Cooper was confirmed. However, Hathaway and Wahlberg dropped out, Lawrence and Cooper replaced them, and the rest is cinema history. Hit the jump to find out why Hathaway left.

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The second film in the Hunger Games series is out this week, and with it comes a new director, and a layer of extra complexity that fans of the novel series have been eager to see on screen. Now that we know the general outline of life in Panem, and how the Hunger Games are used as a tool for population control, it’s time to get into what really happens when the “winners” of the games learn how the Capitol really works.

With those elements, the addition of new characters, and a great load of footage shot in IMAX, there’s a lot to talk about with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. We’ve had Germain’s review and interview with Jennifer Lawrence, but now it’s your turn. What did you think of the film? Let us know in the comments below, where spoilers are encouraged.

Hunger Games Catching Fire Peeta Katniss

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire isn’t your typical blockbuster sequel. Yes it’s bigger and better than the original movie. The stakes have been raised and new characters are added. But what makes Catching Fire unique is how it’s infused with a gravitas most major Hollywood entertainment lacks. At every single turn, the plight of the citizens of Panem is felt as they face the cruel tyranny of the Capitol, adding layers of pathos and tension to everything we see. Couple that with the impressive IMAX visuals and a more surprising story, and Catching Fire joins that rare breed of sequels that improve on the original. Read More »

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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Next month’s release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has an interesting parallel to the film itself. When the original movie came out, expectations were high but impressive results raised them even higher. Because of that success, the release of the second film has fans and executives alike expecting nothing short of a mega-blockbuster. Sounds a lot like the film’s characters. Katniss and Peeta were thrust into the spotlight out of obscurity but after ultimate victory, their second trip to the arena is magnified one hundred fold.

To film something with huge expectations both on, and off, screen, director Francis Lawrence reportedly spend about $50 million more than Gary Ross did on the original film. One of those budget bumps was because of filming with IMAX cameras and, below, you can read about the budget and see the new IMAX poster. Read More »

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