Here are some interviews:
The first of four parts in Suzanne Collins‘ massively popular book series The Hunger Games, about two dozen children randomly chosen to compete for survival, opens March 23 on more than 4,000 screens across the country. The film’s reception could determine whether its stars — Jennifer Lawrence, 21; Josh Hutcherson, 19; and Liam Hemsworth, 22 — ascend to Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner superstardom and fill the gap opening as Twilightheads toward its final chapter
For Lionsgate, which has struggled recently at the box office (Abduction, Conan the Barbarian), Games is its first major test since acquiring Summit Entertainment, the studio behind The Twilight Saga franchise, in January — a move that yokes together execs responsible for the most recent youth phenomenon with those hoping to launch the next. Games’ success could impact the future of many at Lionsgate, all eager to claim credit for the Collins adaptation, now that the film division has named Summit’s Robert Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger to run it.
“After the trailer launched Nov. 14, we had 8 million views in the first 24 hours,” says Lionsgate Films president Joe Drake. “We were the number one Twitter trend on the planet. Since then, the book sales have jumped 7.5 million copies. That kind of data gives us enormous confidence.”
Director Gary Ross leads MTV News through some of hot topics surrounding the highly anticipated adaptation.
If you thought our “Hunger Games” exclusives would end with the sneak peek Jennifer Lawrence introduced during Sunday’s VMAs, you are in for a pleasant surprise! MTV News teamed up with director Gary Ross in order to shed some insight into the teaser trailer and his vision for the highly anticipated film. And although Ross couldn’t reveal too much about his plans for Katniss and the Capitol, we were able to get him to answer a few burning questions:
What’s the Status of the Score?
“T-Bone [Burnett] and Danny [Elfman] haven’t really started working yet. We’ve all begun working together. We’ve all begun discussing music, pulling references, going through the initial process you go through. Music can actually affect the movie more than anything else. It establishes the tone. It literally can change the way you feel or perceive a movie. That’s a very long discussion that happens between me, T-Bone and Danny, and that’s already begun. Danny was out last week. T-Bone’s been out three times. We’ve begun this conversation of trying to understand what this is musically. But that’s not going to bear fruit for a while.”
How Did Jennifer Train for the Role of Katniss?
“It’s an intensely physical movie. Someone said Jen is in 110 percent of the movie, which is really true. She works every day, all day. It’s a very physically demanding thing that she’s doing. She did train really, really rigorously. She worked with an athletic trainer, someone who conditions athletes in Los Angeles. She had intense archery training. So she’s had a very rigorous athletic conditioning program.” Continue reading
Jennifer Lawrence: In ‘Mockingjay’ I get to be Joan of Arc!
I first met Jennifer Lawrence in June 2010. At the time, her movie “Winter’s Bone” was a critical smash but the spotlight that comes along with Oscar nominations & major movie casting had yet to find her. But let me tell you, one year later — after all the red carpet hoopla, “X-Men: First Class” attention and “Hunger Games” hiring — Jennifer is exactly the same down-to-earth, self-deprecating girl who was more interested in where I bought my bag than talking about her actorly motivation.
A skill that will undoubtedly serve her well over the next three years as she becomes one of the most popular and omnipresent actors thanks to her casting as Katniss in “The Hunger Games” movies. Yes, that Young Adult Rocket has one destination: stardom. Just ask Kristen Stewart.
Sitting down with Jennifer is always a joy, as you can probably tell from the following interview. It takes so many detours I almost got whiplash. So keep reading because in addition to talking “Hunger Games” and “X-Men,” I also get Jennifer’s take on psychics, her lack of parental supervision and vomiting on live television.
PW: I know this is still fairly new to you, but if there are any nerves, you’re doing a remarkable job of hiding them.
Jennifer: Right before I went on the “Letterman” stage, the guy who was telling me where to go said, “have fun out there, you’ll be great.” And I just looked at him and said, “I think I’m going to throw up.” [laughs] But once you’re out there, it’s OK. I think I’m getting a bit better at not being nervous. Mostly because I’m so focused on my posture. All I think is, “suck in! suck in! don’t put your arm against your body!” But that can screw me up to because it’s like, “wait, what is David Letterman saying?” Continue reading
I found a couple new photos of Jennifer in “X-Men: First Class”:
- [x001] Movies – 2011: X-Men: First Class – Stills
- [x001] Movies – 2011: X-Men: First Class – Promotional photoshoot
Also, here is another interview of Jen:
Jennifer Lawrence: The next big thing
She’s only 20 and already has an Oscar nomination to her name. Now Jennifer Lawrence stars as a blue mutant in X-Men and a teen warrior in Hunger Games. Has success affected her?
At the moment, Jennifer Lawrence — Academy Award nominee, comic-book-movie star and the current unofficially anointed It Girl — can barely catch her breath long enough to have a conversation.
During a recent telephone call with Lawrence — who received her first Oscar nomination this year for her portrayal of a steely teen in Winter’s Bone and will be seen in her first summer blockbuster, X-Men: First Class — the actress is all over the place. Continue reading