The Final poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has been released:
The newest issue of Entertainment Weekly brings a feature on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. With new interview with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
It’s time to say goodbye to The Girl on Fire. Part political allegory, part family saga, the Hunger Games franchise has already generated over $2.3 billion, proving that young adult adaptations can be substantive, and — most of all — that a blockbuster action-hero doesn’t need to have a Y chromosome.
But as much as these movies have influenced Hollywood (and millions of global fans), their greatest impact has been on their three leads: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. They each entered the Games as relative unknowns, as wary of celebrity as Katniss was of the Capitol. But through the years, the actors — most notably now Oscar-winner Lawrence — have matured into major movie stars and have come to terms with the power of fame. “Jennifer realized at a certain point, that if people are going to be listening to you, you’d better have something to say,” says series producer Nina Jacobson.
The fourth and final installment, Mockingjay – Part 2 (out Nov. 20) opens in District 13. The propaganda campaign that filled most of Mockingjay – Part 1 has been predominantly successful with the exception of President Snow (Donald Sutherland) punishing Katniss by brainwashing her partner in crime Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) before sending him back to District 13 to kill her. Part 2 opens with Katniss in a neck brace, recovering from Peeta’s Tracker-Jacker induced attack, and contemplating how she will enact her revenge on Snow. Meanwhile, under the watchful eye of President Coin (Julianne Moore), the rebels — including Gale Hawthorne (Hemsworth) — are making last preparations for their mission to topple the Capitol once and for all. It’s been a long run-up to the final battle, which finds the three leads, their camera crew and a few key allies engaged in warfare inside the booby-trapped hub of Panem. Returning director Francis Lawrence promises it won’t disappoint. “When you get to the end, you just feel the entire history of what these characters have been through,” he says. “It’s part of what makes this movie all the more satisfying.”
So with a three-finger salute, EW sat down poolside at a Beverly Hills hotel with Hemsworth, 25, Hutcherson, 22, and Lawrence, 25, to reflect on it all.
On being part of a cultural phenomenon:
HUTCHERSON When you see the tons of people screaming and going crazy… I have the same problem that Peeta does of distinguishing reality from not reality. So for me, that’s not real. It seems so strange.
LAWRENCE It’s like you’re an avatar of yourself.
HEMSWORTH You get back into the car after a premiere and it’s dead silent and you’re like…
LAWRENCE “I’m glad that’s over.”
LAWRENCE If we had met each other in any different circumstance, we would still be best friends. And our love is as close to unconditional as it gets because there’s no fear between us because we love each other so much. There’s no fear in our love.
And the scene they were most worried about shooting on their epic 152-day Mockingjay shoot.
LAWRENCE I was excited about the scene at the end of the movie when I shoot my arrow—I won’t give it away— because when I was doing my archery training at age 20, that was always the scene I pictured. Five years ago I used to look at a stack of hay and pretend that it was this moment, and now it is here.
How was your aim?
LAWRENCE It was CGI, so let’s just say I nailed it.
HEMSWORTH You were particularly nervous about the singing scene [from Part 1]. We all know that.
HUTCHERSON It’s so stupid. You’re such a great singer.
HEMSWORTH She was so worried about it, I assumed that she must have a bad voice. And she did it and I’m like, “Jen, it’s actually good.” She’s like, “Shut up!”
LAWRENCE I only snapped at you because who else was I gonna snap at?
HEMSWORTH No, I know. I’m your punching bag, man. Don’t worry about it.
LAWRENCE But I can never be yours. Don’t you dare start thinking that’s a two way street.
HUTCHERSON For me it was the scene where Peeta had to freak out and lose his mind. I was more excited than nervous, but then right before we shot, I realized I hadn’t planned on what the hell I was going to do. And then they say “Action.” You’re like “Ah!” And you just kind of do it.
LAWRENCE But that’s always when you do your best because then you’re not thinking. You’re just feeling. Ugh! I meant that when I said it, but I realized how douchey it sounded so I just had to turn it into a joke.
Possible new project for Jen, via EW:
Though the final installment of the wildly popular Hunger Games series is set to be released in theaters this November, it seems the working relationship between lead star Jennifer Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence is far from over with the news that the pair may reteam for a film adaptation of Russian espionage novel Red Sparrow.
As first reported by Deadline, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 director Francis Lawrence is set to helm the adaptation of author Jason Matthew’s bestselling spy story for Fox. EW has confirmed the director’s participation, as well as that the actress is in talks to play Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorva.
Published in 2013 and drawing heavily from Matthew’s experience as a former CIA officer, Red Sparrow follows Dominika, a highly trained agent assigned to an American intelligence officer as he attempts to expose Russian state secrets in what becomes an international life-and-death operation that unfolds across Moscow and Washington.
With what promises to be lots of butt-kicking and super-sleuth tactics, the role of Dominika seems perfectly suited for Lawrence, who has honed her take-charge nature and action-movie physicality as Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen. Though the making of Red Sparrow is likely months away, Mockingjay – Part 2 promises to burn bright by making the most of Lawrence’s firebrand personality.
“There is some serious girl power in this movie,” Lawrence told EW earlier of the franchise’s final installment earlier this year, adding, “I think it’s the most satisfying of the bunch.”
It’s worth noting that Lawrence likes to reteam with familiar directors. Following the upcoming relase of Mockingjay – Part 2, Lawrence will next be seen in Joy, which reunites her with Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle director David O. Russell. And this isn’t the first time there’s been news of a reunion between her and Francis Lawrence: in January, it was announced that the two would reteam for the James Cameron-produced movie The Dive.
Earlier this summer, the trailer for Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie “Joy” raised some eyebrows, as well as questions about why Hollywood insists on casting 20-somethings as 30 and 40-something characters.
The 25-year-old actress was 24 when she shot the film and when the trailer was released. In it, she plays real life Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, a single mother, who was a full decade older than the actress when she developed the prototype for a product that would make her millions of dollars. (And the character ages throughout the film.)
While her casting has clearly rubbed some people the wrong way, Lawrence brushed off concerns she’s too young to play the character, telling the New York Times:
“[Director] David [O. Russell] gets visions. He’s in his own beautiful, amazing world. Those kinds of silly questions don’t really matter to him. It’s not like I was old enough for ‘American Hustle.’ And I was way too young for ‘Silver Linings [Playbook].’ That’s why I almost didn’t get it.”
Recall that Lawrence played a quirky widow in “Silver Linings Playbook” and an unhappy housewife in “American Hustle,” with both of the actors playing her love interests clocking in at about 15 years older than she was at the time.
Lawrence’s comments come a week after Anne Hathaway, who at just 32, revealed she’s already feeling the effects of ageism in Hollywood, and losing roles to younger actresses.
“I can’t complain about it because I benefited from it. When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them,” she told Glamour U.K. “And now I’m in my early thirties and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24-year-old get that part?’ I was that 24-year-old once, I can’t be upset about it, it’s the way things are. All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you and if people go to see them you’ll be allowed to make more.”
Hathaway’s comments are interesting since she was originally cast in Lawrence’s role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” but left the project due to “creative differences” with Russell, according to studio head Harvey Weinstein.
At only 25 years old, Jennifer Lawrence is Hollywood’s number one It Girl. She’s Hollywood’s highest paid actress and just generally really talented and loved by all.
But with major success comes major scrutiny, and even Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is affected by the endless rumors, speculation, and criticism that surrounds her.
In a super honest interview with The New York Times , Jennifer opened up about how much anxiety she now has about being herself in the public eye. “I’m so scared to say anything now,” she shared. “I can see every negative way that people can take it.”
Actually, she’s even worried about how people will take that, continuing, “And I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining. ‘Oh, she’s so conceited now. Oh, she’s so jaded now.'”
But she seems to know where this new insecurity comes from. “It probably comes from Googling myself.” Jen has gone as far as Googling something truly horrible to see what people were saying about her. “I once Googled ‘Jennifer Lawrence Ugly.'”
No, Jen! Everyone knows the number one rule of being a celeb or human being in general is to NEVER Google yourself. “You try being 22, having a period and staying away from Google,” Jen responded when the interviewer said just that to her.
Even though Jen knows she shouldn’t care about what people think, she’s over pretending she doesn’t. “I can’t think of a more wasteful use of my time than to worry about this. Why do I care what people think?” she asked. “But I do. I just can’t pretend I don’t care. I get really insecure about it. The world makes an opinion of you without ever meeting you. That worry should not bother me, but it does… I’m going to leave here and think, ‘Oh God, why couldn’t I just have been cool and confident?'”
But, in true JLaw form, she revealed that she has a special way of dealing with all the stress, and it somehow involved dog poop. “I find a certain peace by thinking of me in public as sort of an avatar self,” she revealed. “You out there can have the avatar me. I can keep me. And I just try to acknowledge that this scrutiny is stressful, and that anyone would find it stressful. So I’ve got to try to let it go, and try to be myself, and focus on important things, like picking up dog poop.”
She’s not wrong. Picking up after your dog is seriously important.
Even though knowing JLaw is so stressed out about how people perceive her is a total bummer, it sounds like she’s got a really great way of handling it.
Jennifer Lawrence recently spoke about what it has been like to have the spotlight of fame thrust upon her and, contrary to what some might think, Ms. Lawrence wasn’t at all comfortable with so much popularity in the beginning.
“I picture myself drowning,” Jennifer told the New York Times. “Outwardly, I look like I’m having a blast, and I am, at least on some levels. There I was — burp, burp, burp — just a little gal from Kentucky getting discovered by big ol’ Hollywood. But inside I’m terrified. In an instant — boom — everyone’s listening, everyone’s looking.”
Ms. Lawrence isn’t talking about the person she is now, so many films later, but the younger Jennifer Lawrence fresh off the set of the indie film Winter’s Bone and just being launched into stardom in her first performances as The Hunger Games‘ Katniss Everdeen. Now, more seasoned and less timid, Ms. Lawrence recognizes the changes in her personality.
“I feel more in control. I’m calmer. I know that there’s no point to feeling anxious all day, so I try not to. I’m still scared, but it’s about different things. Now, I worry about — [Trails off and shifts a bit uncomfortably on the sofa.] O.K., get a hold of yourself, Jennifer. This is not therapy.”
Of course, Lawrence would have to be more seasoned to be able to act so boldly in today’s Hollywood. For instance, maybe that Kentucky girl would be just a little too shy to contact Amy Schumer as directly as Jennifer reveals she did, when asked how the two women became such good friends.
“I emailed her after I saw Trainwreck and said: ‘I don’t know where to get started. I guess I should just say it: I’m in love with you.’ We started emailing, and then emailing turned to texting,” Lawrence said, according to Page Six.
In the beginning, Jennifer felt less influenced by fame and Hollywood lifestyles by keeping herself home and away from the limelight, but Ms. Lawrence says she’s found a happy medium.
“I realized at some point that I can live this life in my own way, that there are ways of joining Hollywood without being someone other than myself. For example, I don’t have to go to the Chateau Marmont to have a birthday party. I can just have it at my house.”
Ms. Lawrence also said that fame, like anything else, has gotten easier over the course of time.
“I believe in myself more, and that makes things easier. Early on, you wear clothes you don’t want to wear or say the sound bite you didn’t want to say because you’re afraid to speak up or be rude. And then you start to feel like a puppet. Now I just speak up. ‘No, I know what my hair looks like when you do that, and I don’t like it. No, we’re not gonna just try it. I’ve already tried it.’ But things are tougher, too.”
Ms. Lawrence explored the other side of the coin as well.
“I can get movies fully greenlit, and hundreds of people are devoting years of their lives to something that may not be happening otherwise. Does that mean it’s good? I can’t be the only one with an opinion around here,” Jennifer said. “I’m really afraid that I sound like I’m complaining, which I’m totally not. I’m just explaining.”
The commercial for Dior Addict, the lipstick was released and you can view it below!
If you pay a wee bit of attention to how your favorite celebrities are spending their summer vacations, you may have noticed that Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence have struck up a bit of a summer friendmance. The duo, who both have big, successful movies out this year (Schumer with Trainwreck and Lawrence with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2), vacationed together on Long Island and — according to a new interview with the New York Times — are now writing a screenplay together for a movie they will both star in.
Lawrence broke the news during the interview, revealing they’ll play sisters in the untitled comedy. “Amy and I were creatively made for each other,” Lawrence says. “We have different flavors. It’s been the most fun experience of my life. We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago. We’ll write a little bit with her sister, Kim, who worked with Amy when she was writing ‘Trainwreck.’”
J-Law told the Times that they’re about 100 pages in and it’s just flowing out of them, noting that their friendship began after she randomly emailed Schumer after seeing Trainwreck. Those emails soon became texts, and then they were vacationing together and now they’re making a movie together.
Sure it may sound a little odd, but it’s those kinds of crazy, unique, real-life relationships that will most likely produce the most exciting material. No word on what the movie is about, but both women are wildly funny, entertaining and genuine when it comes to what they create, be it a performance, a stand-up routine or a screenplay.
For Lawrence, this would be her first produced writing credit, assuming the movie actually happens. Then again, on what planet would a movie written by and starring Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence not actually happen?
Needless to say, this just shot up to the top of our anticipation list. What about you?
I have added two additional posters to the gallery for Mockingjay Part 2 as well as two stills of Jennifer from the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse to the gallery.
A poster for Joy has been released, and I added stills to the gallery.
Jennifer Lawrence was working on the final installment of the Hunger Games when she received a call at 4 a.m. from director David O. Russell. “He said, ‘Do you want to play the part of the woman who invented The Miracle Mop?’ ” Lawrence took the unusual hour and the call itself in stride. “I’ve gotten a lot of middle-of-the-night phone calls from David,” she says with a laugh. But Joy ended up evolving into something else. “From that seed he went off into David land and it developed and changed, and now it’s a completely different story,” she says. “Usually [a film’s focus] is about the fight on the way to success and the happy ending. David goes on to tell the struggle that comes after that, along with all the sacrifices that come with finally getting what you want.”
Russell, who’s last three films — The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle — have all been nominated for Best Picture, was intrigued by the idea of doing a film larger in scope: an epic journey examing one woman’s life from age 10 to age 40, as she grows up, gets married, has children, and becomes an entrepreneur and matriarch. “It’s a woman’s soul over many decades of her life and how she changes,” he says.
Change is an important concept when it comes to a Russell production. Scripts and scenes and shooting schedules are, shall we say, fluid at all times. His actors just need to keep up. “It’s fascinating and terrifying working for him because he’s a mad scientist genius,” says Lawrence. “He’s inspired by anything. One time he wrote a scene by watching me get my hair done. He just went, ‘Oh! The sound of a shovel in the ground. Sinister!’ And then he ran out of the room.” She laughs. “I always see the wide eyes of people who’ve never worked with him before. I tell them, ‘You have to let go of all your s–t. You are the paint. He’s the paintbrush and the canvas.”
Édgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty), who plays Joy’s husband, was one of those newcomers (along with Isabella Rosellini, Virginia Madsen, and Diane Ladd) joining Russell regulars Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. “You have to be on your game,” he says. “There’s never a dull moment on a David O. Russell set. But that’s the beauty of it. That’s the magic.”
Less magical was the brutal winter that hit Boston during production last winter. “There was literally eight feet of snow outside,” says Russell, who was forced to move some locations, but still managed to see the upside. “It actually turned out great for us. The snow is very beautiful and Joy loves snow from a very young age.”
The actress who plays her does not, however. “I still have Snowst Traumatic Stress,” Lawrence says. “I feel like I’m in Game of Thrones, running around going, ‘Winter is coming again!’ ”
Joy marks the third Russell and Lawrence collaboration after Silver Linings (which won her the Oscar) and American Hustle, and they’ve developed a deep professional connection. “I almost don’t want to talk about it, it’s so special,” Russell says. “It feels like bad luck.” Lawrence, luckily, isn’t superstitious. “Working on his sets is like the Olympics of acting,” she says. “Everything moves so fast. It’s like watching someone do a giant abstract painting or sculpture and you go, ‘Where is this going?’ ” She laughs. “And then all of a sudden you’re like, ‘Oh, it’s a pegasus. It’s beautiful!’ ”
Joy opens on Dec. 25.
Screencaptures will be coming soon, but for now, enjoy the newest trailer for the upcoming movie.
I added scans from the July 24th issue of Entertainment Weekly, which has a feature on X-Men: Apocalypse and Joy bringing the first stills from those movies. Thanks Claudia.
Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive Fox Superheroes Portrait, with the actors that were at the Comic-Con over the weekend, from X-Men, Deadpool, Gambit and Fantastic Four