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Sian on March 16th, 2012 0

Empire Magazine has gave a great review of Jennifer’s movie The Hunger Games  that is out next week!

Probably the greatest achievement of The Hunger Games, and there are many, is that in adapting a phenomenally successful teen novel its creative team have produced something that works as a film, not just as an adaptation of a book. There’s no required reading before entering the cinema in order to ‘get it’, and it’s well above the ‘all your favourite bits but with pictures’ business that has become the accepted standard. When a series has sold millions of copies, as Suzanne Collins’ trilogy has, the default position is to produce something that will look just as readers imagined, to show what we were all thinking, rather than offer something nobody had considered. The Hunger Games as a novel has been dissected, expanded and retooled into something intelligent, immersive and powerfully current.

The world of Panem, a futuristic America, is established elegantly in about 90 seconds. First we see two men discussing an event called The Hunger Games in front of an audience; both men evidently so luxuriating in time and money that they can tint and trim every inch of their surface until they resemble painted couture clowns. Then, with a literal scream, we cut to District 12, where all is grey and people dress like the cast of a regional stage production of Little House On The Prairie. This is how Panem is divided. There are the haves and the have-nots. The haves live in The Capitol, amid great wealth and power. The have-nots live in a series of impoverished districts, put under oppressive rule after a failed uprising some time in the indefinite past. Each year two of every district’s youngest members are selected to battle to the death in an arena, from which one will emerge victorious for… no real reason. The poor will do as they are told, however senseless, and the rich will keep on keeping on. The echoes of the 99ers are clear and not unintended. 

This world bleeds with a cruelty from which director Gary Ross never retreats. Even luxury is portrayed as almost oppressive — gluttonous and requiring constant effort. Our heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), is introduced hunting a cute little deer — typically movie shorthand for a complete monster. She’s no time for being wistful because she has to survive. This runs right through the film: What is survival worth? Lawrence is perfect as Katniss. There’s very little softness about her, more a melancholy determination that good must be done even if that requires bad things. She stretches many of the tightly anguished muscles built in Winter’s Bone — the District 12 scenes have a similar hard-bitten feel — plus some other more traditionally gym-honed ones.

The violence and cruelty is most explicit in the Hunger Games arena, a vast, synthetic forest where 24 children hunt each other, and the level of brutality is very smartly done. You don’t get a rating suitable for a teenage audience by gutting preteens or decorating the landscape with their blood. So Ross cuts around it. The constantly searching, handheld camerawork used throughout the film comes in most useful during moments of violence, flashing round the action and making you think you’ve seen everything without ever really clocking anything that would upset your appetite. 

It’s an old trick but a very effective one. The only clumsy element of these scenes is an intermittent commentary provided by Stanley Tucci and Toby Jones, which fills in incidental story details in a brash ‘Basil Exposition’ way. When it pops up, it kills the momentum.

Arguably more interesting than the cruelty within the arena is that going on outside, which is almost entirely of the film’s invention. Unlike in the book, we see The Capital’s Gamemakers pulling the strings, despatching contestants with casual stage directions. It’s all played with a cold, even hand, chilling in its absolute lack of concern for consequence. It’s these moments that linger after the film has finished because it doesn’t seem quite so very removed from reality. If this were real, it slyly asks, would you watch it? Well, would you?

Verdict
As thrilling and smart as it is terrifying. There have been a number of big-gun literary series brought to screen over the past decade. This slays them all

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Fram on March 16th, 2012 0

Jennifer and her fellow co-stars attended another European premiere of “The Hunger Games” this time in Paris. Jennifer looked stunning in a Tom Ford backless dress and heels.

Take a look at a first big batch of photos including HQ ones:

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Fram on March 14th, 2012 0

More photos are already in the gallery including the first HQs and some beautiful portraits of our beautiful young lady. Stay tuned for more.

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Fram on March 14th, 2012 0

Jennifer just walked the red carpet of the European Premiere of “The Hunger Games” held in London. You can check some first photos of her in our gallery. I’ll post pics as they come out so get ready for many HQs soon.

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Fram on March 13th, 2012 0

“The Hunger Games” premiere took place at at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles yesterday and of course Jennifer didn’t miss it! She looked stunning walking the black carpet wearinga gold Prabal Gurung dress with Jimmy Choo shoes and Jacob & Co. black diamond earrings. Check bellow tons of HQs (more to come soon as we just run out of space while uploading the photos):

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Sian on March 7th, 2012 0

Jennifer is on the cover of Cineworld’s Unlimited Digital magazine available for free for Unlimited card holders. The Hunger Games is the film of the month and it has some un-tagged promotional pictures of Jennifer in The Hunger Games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sian on March 7th, 2012 0

I have added the screen captures to the first ‘Hunger Games’ clip to our gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There was a new clip released  couple of days ago but due to technical difficulties we can not post it but Sophie has screen caped the clips for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sian on March 6th, 2012 0

Our reader Sophie had sent in a promotional picture from Jennifer’s new movie (out in 16 days) The Hunger Games

Sian on March 6th, 2012 0

Like the Glamour UK Photo shoot, Jennifer had covered Glamour US Magazine and I have uploaded the pictures to the gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sian on March 6th, 2012 0

A few days ago I had uploaded a photoshoot that Jennifer did for Glamour UK Magazine this year so check them out, they are in the gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Sophie who sent the pictures in!

Sian on March 6th, 2012 0

I have uploaded the photos from Jennifer’s photoshoot with Seventeen Magazine

Sian on March 6th, 2012 0

With The Hunger Games coming out in 16 days, Jennifer is catching quite a lot of attention and she is covering Seventeen Magazine where she gives a little interview.

Art imitating life

“The Hunger Games is not that far off from real life. We are living in a world where we watch extreme sports shows where people get hurt or killed. It takes a lot to shock us.”

How she spends her downtime

“When I’m not working, I love to just hang out with my friends and watchReal Housewives. My favorite cast used to be New Jersey, but now I’m really into Beverly Hills.”

Team Peeta or Team Gale?

“I think I was Gale, until he started getting a little too trigger-happy…or maybe first Peeta and then Gale, or Gale then Peeta? I went back and forth a lot!”

On her co-stars

“Josh [Hutcherson] and Liam [Hemsworth] are really great friends too. They are hilarious and sweet. They are like my brothers. As soon as we all got together, we reverted back to being 13-year-olds. Josh and I were neighbors and everytime I would come in late I would go bang on the door and wake him up and we’d all hang out.”

Cherishing her childhood

“Growing up, I lived 15 minutes away from a horse farm, and I went there almost every day. My brothers were into fishing, but I was all about the horses.”

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Marica on February 26th, 2012 0

As the leading lady in Hollywood’s next series of teen blockbuster movies, Jennifer Lawrence is about to become one of the world’s hottest stars.

But although she’s an all-American girl, the 21-year-old has admitted she’s in love with all things British – and that includes her boyfriend, the About A Boy actor Nicholas Hoult.

The Kentucky-born actress says: ‘British men have these wonderful manners, and everything they say is funnier just because of the accent.

There’s this cute “I’m trying to be adorable because I know you’re mad at me” accent, and then the drunk accent where all the consonants have vanished.’

It must be the accent which helped her fall for 22-year-old Hoult – whom she met on the set of X Men: First Class – as she adds: ‘I don’t find myself attracted to actors, which is a weird thing to say when you’re dating one.’

Lawrence is still a relative unknown in the UK, despite her best actress Oscar nomination for her role in A Winter’s Bone.

But The Hunger Games – a trilogy set in a post-apocalyptic future in which youngsters fight to the death on TV – is set to change all that, with expectations it could even eclipse the global success of the Twilight series.
‘I love the relaxed way British girls dress. I think I dress like one,’ she said. ‘I like Topshop, Portobello Road and Selfridges – although I always get Selfridges and Waitrose mixed up, which has led to a few disappointing shopping trips.’

But the former H&M model might have trouble making incognito high street shopping trips if she becomes as famous as Twilight star Kristen Stewart.

‘I look at Kristen Stewart now and I think, “I’d never want to be that famous”,’ she says. ‘I can’t imagine how I’d feel if all of a sudden my life was pandemonium.

‘But I love my job. I can take months off, and I get a lot of money – way more money than any 21-year-old should have – so what is there really to complain about?’

Source: Dailymail.co.uk

Marica on February 25th, 2012 0

The Hunger Games, the cast and producers are teaming up with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger in the United States and around the world

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