A poster for Joy has been released, and I added stills 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.
The first teaser for Joy has been released, the movie will be out on December 25th, 2015, here’s the trailer and captures:
JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.
Jennifer Lawrence was at the Comic-Con this Saturday for the X-Men: Apocalypse Panel and the Stan Lee Superheroes Selfie. Here are photos and the video from the entire Fox Panel, and some candids from the Entertainment Weekly Party:
Here’s the video from The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Panel from Comic-Con:
And the cast *tries* to do the Mockingjay whistle
Jennifer Lawrence is lining up a new project, and this one already had prestigious pedigree before she signed on. THR reports that the Hunger Games actress has attached herself to the romantic dramedy The Rosie Project, which boasts a screenplay by (500) Days of Summer and The Fault in Our Stars scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and was initially intended as a directorial effort for Jump Street filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Now that Lord and Miller have signed on to helm a Star Wars movie, however, Columbia Pictures is quickly looking to fill the director’s chair.
Based on the book by Graeme Simison, the story centers on a professor of genetics who embarks on a project to help find him to the perfect partner, using a very specifically designed questionnaire. He is thrown for a loop when Rosie Jarman, who fills none of the criteria of the woman he should technically be with, stumbles into his life. The premise feels very close to Manic Pixie Dream Girl territory, but with such talent involved I’m inclined to believe (or hoping, rather) there’s more to the story than what this simple premise suggests.
With Lawrence’s attachment, Columbia sees this as a top priority and the studio hopes to put the project on the fast track. Lawrence recently wrapped a reunion with David O. Russell for Joy and is currently shooting X-Men: Apocalypse, and she has the sci-fi drama Passengers scheduled to start production later this year. If The Rosie Project comes together, though, it’s possible cameras could roll early next year, and the romance/dramedy would certainly make a nice change of pace from the more serious or grueling fare Lawrence has been tackling as of late.
Here are pictures from today’s Comic-Con Mockingjay Part 2 Panel:
Yahoo! Movies has released a brand new poster of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. I’ve also added a couple stills in high resolution, thanks Collider.com
I’ve added a scan from the Comic-Con special issue of Entertainment Weekly. Thanks Luciana!
The issue brings a photo of Katniss and Effie from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, which opens in November.
I have added one additional poster for the upcoming Mockingjay Part 2 to the image gallery.
Hollywood’s two hottest stars are teaming for a new movie set in outer space — but only after quite a bit of behind-the-scenes drama could have taken it out of Sony’s orbit.
Sony Pictures’ new motion picture chairman Tom Rothman has greenlighted Passengers, a big-budget romantic sci-fi drama starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt with Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) set to direct. And thanks to a deal that tied his remuneration to the success of Jurassic World, which broke box-office records with a $524.1 million global opening over the June 12 weekend, Pratt’s fee has jumped from $10 million to $12 million.
Lawrence, an Oscar winner and considered a top star, is getting an exceptional $20 million against 30 percent of the profit after the movie breaks even, say sources. Sony declined to comment.
Whatever the famously fiscally prudent Rothman’s misgivings might have been about paying such big bucks to talent or risking $150 million ($120 million with production incentives) on an original script that has floated around Hollywood for years, he now finds himself in possession of a two-hander star vehicle with the most in-demand male and female actors in the business.
Passengers is set to begin filming in July so Sony has been under pressure to act. Sources say Rothman wrestled with whether to greenlight it, put it in turnaround or place it with Jeff Robinov’s nascent Studio 8, which is partly owned by Sony and will distribute its films through the studio but has outside financial backing.
Lionsgate has confirmed what everyone already figured was going to happen: the studio is sending The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 to Comic-Con next month to drum up hype for the lucrative franchise’s final pic which is due out November 2o. The Hall H event July 9 will include another Lionsgate fall offering — the Vin Diesel-starrer The Last Witch Hunter — and both panels will be moderated by Conan O’Brien, who will be in San Diego to broadcast his TBS late-night show Conan live from the mega-convention to air Wednesday-Saturday that week.
Lionsgate says both panels, set for Thursday, July 9 from noon-1:15 PM, will feature never-before-seen footage from the tentpoles and Q&As with the stars and filmmakers. No word on who will make the trip but Diesel is a Comic-Con regular. His movie has an October 23 release date.
The panels dovetail with Lionsgate’s booth that will offer up swag from those pics as well as fellow upcoming pics Shaun The Sheep (release date: August 7, 2015), American Ultra (August 21) and Sicario (September 19, 2015).
Last year at Comic-Con, Lionsgate passed on Hall H to promote Mockingjay – Part 1 ahead of its fall bow. Instead, it took to San Diego’s Gaslamp and partnered with Samsung to build a futuristic fan experience designed like the Capitol, located inside the Hard Rock Hotel. Plenty lined up to watch an exclusive trailer on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S.
The first teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has just been released. Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games!