X-Men: First Class Trailer

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Q & A With “Winter’s Bone” Actress Jennifer Lawrence

One of the year’s biggest breakout stars on enduring the cold and having Steven Spielberg see your movie.

As a way of celebrating this year’s nominees for the Spirit Awards in the weeks leading up to the ceremony, we reached out to as many as we could in an effort to better understand what went into their films, what they’ve gotten out of the experience, and where they’ve found their inspiration, both in regards to their work and other works of art that might’ve inspired them from the past year. Their answers will be published on a daily basis throughout February.

One of the recurring oddities of awards season is reconciling the actors and actresses who walk the red carpet with the roles they so thoroughly inhabited that got them honored in the first place. For Jennifer Lawrence, the difference has been particularly stark, radiating old school Hollywood glamour as she’s strolled through one ceremony after another in recent months for her performance in “Winter’s Bone” where as the steely Ree Dolly, she couldn’t be further away in the Ozarks. However, what makes it easier to reconcile the two is knowing the other things Lawrence radiates – an intelligence and inner strength – that makes Ree no victim and the actress no ordinary thespian.

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Jennifer In Talks For Oliver Stone’s “Savages”

Oliver Stone Has Met With Leonardo DiCaprio, Aaron Johnson, Tom Hardy, James Franco & Garrett Hedlund For Two Male Lead Roles; Benicio Del Toro Courted For Role Of Cartel Enforcer

There is nothing we like better than young actresses making smart, interesting choices and “Winter’s Bone” breakout star and Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence continues to diversify her resumé. She’s got a starring role in the upcoming “X-Men: First Class” (whose solid trailer just dropped) and now she’s made a nice little gear change into a project with great potential.

Deadline reports that Lawrence is in talks to star in “Savages,” a drug cartel thriller to be directed by Oliver Stone. First revealed the last summer, the project is based on Don Winslow‘s book about “two pals from Laguna Beach who share the same girlfriend and a thriving business growing and distributing the best-quality pot on the planet. When they resist being muscled by a Mexican drug cartel, the girl is kidnapped and the ransom is every cent they’ve made for the last five years. They agree to pay but hatch an alternate plan to get her back, get revenge, and then get lost.” Lawrence, will play the girl in the middle O, while the two pals—Ben and Chon—have seen some big names in the mix. Oliver Stone has apparently met with Leonardo DiCaprio, Aaron Johnson, Tom Hardy, James Franco and Garrett Hedlund about the roles and Benicio Del Toro is being sought to play an enforcer for the Mexican drug cartel.

This sounds like something much more lean and mean from Stone than we’re used to, and the source material is from a writer who has gained attention of prominent helmer’s in the past. Winslow wrote “The Winter of Frankie Machine,” a book that once had Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann interested in directing at various points. Definitely seems like some wickedly fun stuff and if Stone can attract some of those top tier names, we reckon it’s his most interesting project in years.

Recent Scans

I added some recent scans of Jennifer from US Weekly and Rolling Stone magazines:

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Jennifer @ Rolling Stone

001.jpgJennifer Lawrence, the 20-year-old Oscar nominee for Best Actress, is sitting in a fancy Manhattan hotel sipping tea and feeling a little out of place. See, she grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where her dad owned a construction company and her mom ran a summer camp. They had land and horses. She loved to fish. She was a total tomboy: field hockey, softball, basketball on an all-boys team. (“I was so dykey.”) One of her nicknames was Nitro. She lives in Los Angeles now, but “little redneck things still come out.” Like what? “I’m attracted to my brother. Stuff like that.”

At 14, she decided she wanted to be an actress and dragged her mom to New York for auditions. The people at Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups told her she was the best they’d ever seen. Her mom told her they were lying. (Her mom didn’t like showbiz much.) She auditioned for the role of Bella in Twilight, which would have been perfect if Bella were a badass, but since she’s a frightened waif, Lawrence ended up not getting the part. Which was for the best because the role she did get was for Winter’s Bone, in which she’s fantastic: harrowing and tender as the 17-year-old daughter of an Ozarks meth-cooker who’s fighting to take care of her little brother and sister.

To prep for the part, Lawrence learned how to shoot a gun and field-dress squirrels. She ­already knew how to chop wood: “I went through a wood-chopping phase when I was nine or 10.” She says she hasn’t even bothered preparing an Oscar speech: “I have been practicing my losing face, though. Do you want to see it?” (For the record, it’s a very good losing face.)

Later this year comes X-Men: First Class, where she’ll play the mutant Mystique, blue-skinned and topless. (“Did I feel naked being naked?” she asks, so you don’t have to. “Yeah. Totally.”) But before that there’s Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, premiering next month, in which she appears alongside a certifiable Mel Gibson. Which means she has some crazy Mel Gibson stories, right?

She leans in close. “If I say, ‘Off the record’ — that means you can’t print it, right?” Right. “OK. So, off the record …” She’s learning.

Oscars Nominations Luncheon

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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

As you know Jen was at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I added sime stills of her at the show and some links to the videos. I also added 7 more HQ outtakes from a photoshoot Jennifer did this January:

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The Poker House Photos

Keep filling the gallery, this time with Jennifer’s film “The Poker House”:

Lori Petty tells her life through her character Agnes. Agnes is a 14 year old girl, an aspiring basketball player with straight As. She has 2 younger sisters which she tries to protect from the life her mother leads. Her mom is a prostitute who brings home different men every night. Her pimp comes in and smacks her around to get the money out of her and she takes it because she is in love with her. To earn extra money the two older girls have jobs. Agnes works at a pizza place as well as a newspaper as she is an aspiring writer. Bee, the middle sister delivers papers in the morning. The baby tries to sleep over at her friends house because her friend has food. The three struggling children try and make ends meet with the only father type figure being their mother’s pimp. The pimp ultimately rapes Agnes on her living room floor.

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The Burning Plain Photos

Just filled the gallery with “The Burning Plain” Captures, Stills and Posters:

A trailer is burning in the middle of a plain. The bodies of two adulterous lovers are found. Scenes from both families, before and after the dramatic events, suggest an unusual connection between them. But what is their secret?

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Jennifer to sit in Leno’s guest chair

Louisville’s Jennifer Lawrence, fresh off her appearance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, heads Wednesday night for the chair next to Jay Leno’s.

The 20-year-old Oscar nominee will be chatting it up with the comedian on nd) “The Tonight Show,” which airs at 11:35 p.m. on NBC. She will follow “The Social Network’s” Jesse Eisenberg.

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue Preview

Jennifer will be in Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue this March! She recently did a photoshoot with Anne Hathaway and James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Noomi Rapace and many more great actors and actresses. You can see cover preview, a photoshoot picture and one photo from behind the scenes in the gallery. You can also see a behind the scenes video bellow (not much on Jen in it though).

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For our 17th annual Hollywood Issue cover, Vanity Fair went back to the basics—no teenagers, no penguins, no (full-on) nudity, just the most exciting actors and actresses of the moment. Anchoring the front panel are Oscar co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco (himself a best-actor nominee), along with Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal, two of the most versatile, likable (and, yes, good-looking) leading men in Hollywood. Click on the image above to see a larger version of the cover.

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Jennifer will be in The Last Apprentice?

There are some rumors that Jennifer will be in The Last Apprentice. Check the article bellow:

According to inside source at Vulture, I Am Number Four actor Alex Pettyfer, may be ditching one young-adult franchise for another.

It seems talks between Screen Gems and reps for Alex Pettyfer have reached an impasse, and the young Brit won’t be starring in the studio’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s best-selling young-adult books, The Mortal Instruments. Instead, the young seems to have opted to the lead role in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s best-selling YA series The Last Apprentice (known to U.K. readers as The Wardstone Chronicles), about a teenage boy training to be an exorcist in the 1700s.

“The project is heating up fast, our spies say, with Oscar nominees Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lawrence possibly playing roles as well; Bridges is being offered the part of the exorcist to whom Pettyfer would be apprenticed, and Lawrence that of a suspected witch.”

The Mortal Instruments comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Lily Collins. The film is directed by Scott Stewart.

The Last Apprentice comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Jeff Bridges, Alex Pettyfer, Jennifer Lawrence. The film is directed by Sergey Bodrov.

According to inside source at Vulture, I Am Number Four actor Alex Pettyfer, may be ditching one young-adult franchise for another.

It seems talks between Screen Gems and reps for Alex Pettyfer have reached an impasse, and the young Brit won’t be starring in the studio’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s best-selling young-adult books, The Mortal Instruments. Instead, the young seems to have opted to the lead role in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s best-selling YA series The Last Apprentice (known to U.K. readers as The Wardstone Chronicles), about a teenage boy training to be an exorcist in the 1700s.

“The project is heating up fast, our spies say, with Oscar nominees Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lawrence possibly playing roles as well; Bridges is being offered the part of the exorcist to whom Pettyfer would be apprenticed, and Lawrence that of a suspected witch.”

The Mortal Instruments comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Lily Collins. The film is directed by Scott Stewart.

The Last Apprentice comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Jeff Bridges, Alex Pettyfer, Jennifer Lawrence. The film is directed by Sergey Bodrov.

“Like Crazy” First Still and Sundance Award

Jen’s upcoming film “Like Crazy” won best film in Sundance! I just found and added the first still of Jennifer in this film. It looks really promising. Also there is another on-set picture from X-Men (a little blurry I’m afraid).

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British actor Felicity Jones won the special jury prize: dramatic at the Sundance film festival at the weekend for her role in romance Like Crazy, which also won the grand jury prize for best film.

Drake Doremus’s film, whose dialogue was largely improvised, tracks the long-distance relationship between a British woman (Jones) and an American man (Anton Yelchin). The movie also features Jennifer Lawrence, whose film Winter’s Bone won last year’s grand jury prize and has been nominated for four Oscars.

Two world cinema special jury prizes: dramatic for breakout performances were presented to Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan for their roles in Tyrannosaur, Paddy Considine’s feature-length directorial debut about a troubled man who finds a chance of redemption in the form of a Christian charity shop worker. The film also won the world cinema directing award: dramatic, making it the recipient of most awards at this year’s festival.

Peter D Richardson’s film How to Die in Oregon, about terminally ill people considering euthanasia in the north-western US state, won the grand jury US documentary prize. Richardson dedicated his prize to the “extraordinary individuals who allowed me to enter their life, document their life during the last four years. This award is for you and because of you.” The award for best foreign documentary went to Hell and Back Again, about the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has had on the life of 25-year-old US army sergeant Nathan Harris.

Science fiction tale Another Earth, about two strangers who meet each other the night before the discovery of a mystifying new planet, won the dramatic jury prize and the Alfred P Sloan science trophy for director Mike Cahill. Cahill said: “This is the greatest week of our lives.” Happy, Happy, Anne Sewitsky’s tale of troubled romance in the snowy Norwegian countryside, was named the winner of the best foreign drama prize.

Recent Scans and THR Interview

I just updated the gallery with scans of Jennifer in 2011. This includes the latest issue of EW (thanks to Kari). I also capped the interview Jen did for The Hollywood Reporter:

Gallery Links:

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And also here is the interview for THR:

Jennifer Lawrence: The Making of an ‘It’ Actress

The new Hollywood Reporter looks at the actress, once passed over for Bella in “Twilight,” and the year she’s had since becoming a Sundance sensation for “Winter’s Bone.”

Jennifer Lawrence cried when Winter’s Bone was accepted into the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The picture, set in the Ozark Mountains, might have been tiny, but the actress had recognized that the part of Ree Dolly — a teen struggling to hold her family together and keep their home — was a gritty, uniquely tenacious role. So she pursued it with unabashed commitment, even taking a spontaneous red-eye flight to New York to press the producers for the part. At the time, her highest-profile role had been in Guillermo Arriaga’s stark low-budget drama The Burning Plain, which had just scored her the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 2008 Venice Film Festival. Lawrence expected maybe a dozen people would see Bone, so its selection by Sundance was a splendid bonus for the cast, crew and co-writer/director Debra Granik. It was only a few days after its first screening that she realized that perhaps she had underestimated its impact.

“I got recognized on the street, and someone said, ‘I loved Winter’s Bone,’ ” the 20-year-old actress recalls. “And I was like, ‘You saw Winter’s Bone?’ ” Continue reading

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Jennifer Lawrence is pretty in pink at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday (January 30) in Los Angeles.

The 20-year-old Winter’s Bone actress chose an Oscar de la Renta shocking pink gown with draped bodice from the pre fall 2011 collection and Fred Leighton 18th Century rose-cut diamond pendant earrings.

Jennifer is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role against Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Annette Bening, and Hilary Swank.

On the red carpet, Jennifer shared that this is the first year she won’t be ordering takeout to watch the awards shows with her friend Laura.

FYI: Jennifer finished off her look with Roger Vivier shoes and a Judith Leiber bag.

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