over the course of a week “The Hunger Games” garnered up a many mixed reviews, however the one thing the critics could all agree on is the spectacular perform by Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. “The Hunger Games” is not the first film in which her performance has been critically acclaimed. Lawrence’s performance as Ree, a young girl with the weight of her family on her shoulders, in the 2010 gritty indie drama “Winter’s Bone” not only won over critics everywhere, but also landed her an Academy Award nomination. While the family situations in both “Winter’s Bone” and “The Hunger Games” are similar, Lawrence manages to convey the struggles of both characters differently. in “Winter’s Bone,” Lawrence portrays Ree as a vulnerable yet strong character who in many ways is unsure of the magnitude of the situation in which she is in, but is determined to do what has to be done for her family. in “The Hunger Games,” Lawrence’s emotional facial expressions, along with her ability to make the small amount of dialogue she had stand out among all the rest attributed to her uncanny portrayal of Katniss Everdeen. whether she is portraying a young girl from Missouri dragged into a dangerous situation (“Winter’s Bone”), a mutant struggling to come to terms with herself (“X-Men: First Class”), or a devoted sister sacrificing her life for her family (“The Hunger Games”) Lawrence has the amazing ability and talent to divulge so deeply into a character to where the audience feels as though they are not just watching an actress portray a character, but the character herself. With one Academy Award nomination already under her belt and a prestigious role in a beloved franchise it is safe to say audiences have not seen the last of Jennifer Lawrence.
Because Jennifer Lawrence’s StarMeter is sky-high during this glorious Hunger Games weekend, why not take a look at her next venture, the indie horror pic House at the End of the Street? Katniss Everdeen this ain’t; JLawr (JenLaw? JLa? did we ever figure this one out?) stars as a teenager who befriends a new neighbor (Max Thieriot) whose family was murdered years ago. in the first image from the pic, a tank topped Lawrence discovers something mysterious and, from the look on her face, probably horrifying. Where’s that bow and arrow when you really need it…?
EW has the exclusive scoop on what exactly Lawrence is up to in the pic, from director mark Tonderai (Hush):
“She’s basically managed to get into Max’s house, waiting for his character, and she’s made a discovery there about his family and is trying to hide before her presence is detected,” he says.
Thieriot plays a 21-year-old who lingers in the house against the wishes of the other neighbors, who would rather forget both him and his family’s horrific history. “Since he lives in this house and is driving down people’s home values, he’s very ostracized in this town,” Tonderai says. “The murder was committed by his sister, and she disappeared into the woods. There’s this rumor she still lives in the woods. People have seen her, and she’s insane. But is she out in the woods? And if she is, how does she feel about her brother getting involved with somebody else?”
(Read more at EW.)
Elisabeth Shue co-stars as Lawrence’s mother; Relativity will release House at the End of the Street on September 21.
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In The Hunger Games, nobody who knows better would mess with Jennifer Lawrence’s ultra-survivor Katniss Everdeen, but in her upcoming horror thriller House at the End of the Street, the 21-year-old actress stars as someone a lot more vulnerable — though just as threatened.
Lawrence’s character and her mother (played by Leaving Las Vegas actress Elisabeth Shue) move in next door to a house that was the site of savage murders years ago, only to learn that the young man whose family was slaughtered (Max Thieriot, Chloe, My Soul to Take) still lives inside. he and Lawrence strike up a friendship that starts to edge toward romance, but then she discovers some twisted secrets.
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So what’s happening in this shot? Director Mark Tonderai (the 2008 road-trip thriller Hush) is reluctant to give away too much, but obviously Lawrence’s character is freaking out big-time. “She’s basically managed to get into Max’s house, waiting for his character, and she’s made a discovery there about his family and is trying to hide before her presence is detected,” he says.
Thieriot plays a 21-year-old who lingers in the house against the wishes of the other neighbors, who would rather forget both him and his family’s horrific history. “since he lives in this house and is driving down people’s home values, he’s very ostracized in this town,” Tonderai says. “The murder was committed by his sister, and she disappeared into the woods. There’s this rumor she still lives in the woods. People have seen her, and she’s insane. But is she out in the woods? and if she is, how does she feel about her brother getting involved with somebody else?”
You can probably guess — she’s not happy.
Lawrence is one of the few people who view Thieriot’s character sympathetically. she has some family history she’d like to escape too, though it’s not nearly as creepy.
“She’s a high school kid, about 17, and they’ve just moved into this new area,” Tonderai says. “her father was in a rock band and was never around. The mother, in the early part of her life, was always out on the road with her husband taking drugs and getting drunk. when she cleaned up and they got divorced, she was always out working. Suddenly, she thinks she wants to engage and be a parent, but at this point her daughter is becoming a woman and has been left to herself for a long time. she rejects these overtures of motherly love.”
Part of the story is about the damage bad families can cause. “I wanted to talk about how a parent’s love can help us or hinder us in becoming the people we are,” the filmmaker says. “It’s very much about a girl who’s becoming a woman, but her mother still feels she can do an audit on her life. The daughter is rebelling against that. She’s the petulant daughter, and [Shue] is the mother who doesn’t understand.”
House at the End of the Street opens Sept. 21.
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Jennifer Lawrence has played a tough chick throughout her young career; in Winter’s Bone she got her butt kicked by her hillybilly relatives and sawed off her dead father’s hand so that her family could collect insurance money, in Burning Plain she accidentally burned her mother and the man she was having an affair with alive after trying to smoke them out of their love shack, and in the Hunger Games she will fight to the death to save her people and start a revolution.
As we reported in a previous article, Lawrence went through intense training to prepare her for the role of Katniss Everdeen. throughout the process she has become a biological weapon of Lara Croft proportions and unfortunately HG co-star Josh Hutcherson was on the receiving end of her playful death blow.
Hutcherson revealed on the “Late Show with David letterman” on Wednesday that he was goofing around with Lawrence on set and she ended up giving him a mild concussion: “we were just goofing around, and like doing some shadow boxing for fun. She throws this beautiful kick, but it landed right on my temple and literally knocked me to the ground. I was down. I was seeing stars and she was freaking out, crying.”
Apparently Lawrence doesn’t know the power of her own strength.
Hutcherson tried to comfort Lawrence and patted her on the back as the production called in the number 1 neurologist in the state to make sure he was okay.
Hutcherson said he was so dazed that the next day he started giving someone his address from when he was nine.
The young man was in good spirits earlier this week and thinks the entire incident is hilarious.
It took a three-day, across-the-globe separation from Brad Pitt for Angelina Jolie to "let off steam," says an insider, over his growing infatuation with The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence. and the blow-up began in earnest after Angie learned Brad was texting the stunningly seductive 21-year-old actress.
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"Brad hasn't stopped talking about how gorgeous, poised and talented Jennifer is," the insider tells Star, and adds that Brad is "determined to find a project to collaborate on" with Jennifer through his company, plan B Entertainment." "he was already a huge fan of her work in the 2010 film Winter's Bone, which earned her a best Actress Oscar nomination. and once he saw an advance screening of The Hunger Games, he just flipped."
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But Angie isn't thrilled about the 48-year-old Brad's obsession, says the insider. "she warned him to act his age and stop drooling over a girl young enough to be his daughter. she even hit him with the jab, 'Which Jennifer are you talking about?' — a reference to his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston — when he wouldn't stop gushing."
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Jennifer Lawrence, the breakout star of “the Hunger Games,” likens Kim Kardashian’s reality show to an early version of the deadly blood sport depicted in the movie. she especially sees parallels with Kim’s divorce drama with Kris Humphries.
Lawrence was searching for analogous situations to explain the role the Hunger Games plays in the post-apocalyptic society of Panem, where 24 “tributes” fight to the death for public sport.
“I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone,” she said in an interview with Parade magazine.
“But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it. the books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: this is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other’s pain.”
Jennifer Lawrence Behind-the-Scenes in Hunger Games
Kim filed for divorce from Humphries just 72 days after their blowout wedding. the two have been locked in a court battle ever since. Humphries wants to end the marriage in an annulment, which would be tantamount to a finding of fraud.
The divorce drama played out on the Kardashian reality show “Kourtney and Kim take New York.” the show was criticized as an attempt to portray Humphries in a bad light to justify her decision. the show received its highest ratings ever as viewers tuned in to watch the train wreck.
Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen, one of the teens drawn into the Hunger Games by a annual lottery from Panem’s 12 Districts, or states.
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Kim has been weathering a barrage of criticism ever since she announced her divorce on Halloween last year. In the latest development, lawyers for Humphries slammed the reality queen for spending “much effort and energy to mis-direct the public’s perception” about the New Jersey Nets basketball player.
Speaking through his new legal team, Humphries slammed the Kardashians for their “ridiculous and defamatory allegations and personal attacks” against him.
Lawrence was searching for analogous situations to explain the role the Hunger Games plays in the post-apocalyptic society of Panem, where 24 “tributes” fight to the death for public sport.
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By Kurt Schlosser
“The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence is on the verge of going from that actress who you should have heard of to that actress who you never stop hearing about.
Her much-anticipated film opens Friday, and the 21-year-old has been hitting premieres and screenings and talk shows across the globe. this is as good a time as any to pull together a bunch of her recent red-carpet looks.
When the mania fully sets in and the publicity shots start to blur with the paparazzi, you can look back on this moment. We’ve watched Kristen Stewart go through it, although the attention on her has much to do with her romance with “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson. When Rooney Mara did a worldwide blitz for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” we called her out for her particularly consistent style.
Here’s Lawrence, below from left, at a screening Tuesday night in New York; outside of the Ed Sullivan Theater after doing the “Late Show”; and at the film’s premiere in Paris on March 15.
Lawrence dazzled in London on March 14; in Berlin she was on fire in a red lace Marchesa dress on March 16; and in Los Angeles on March 12 she was the golden girl.
And finally, let’s step away from the red carpet for the reason we’re all here: Katniss Everdeen in a scene from “The Hunger Games.”
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RoadFish.com men’s lifestyle and finance magazine commended “The Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence for her modesty in the face of overwhelming paparazzi and stardom, as Lawrence displayed an unpretentious, unassuming demeanor during her interview on the Late Night Show with David Letterman. “The Hunger Games” has surpassed “Twilight” in ticket pre-sales, rocketing Jennifer to certain fame and a household name.
Letterman and Lawrence discussed fans’ reactions when they get to meet her, to which Jennifer said that most either scream, cry and/or faint. Nicole Eggenberger of OK Magazine reported that when David Letterman asked Lawrence if it was possible for her to watch the film and “see what they see on the screen,” Lawrence replied, “No! I am a troll. I hate myself.”
The “Letterman” interview isn’t the first time Lawrence has shown her down-to-earth, modest personality. the Internet Movie Data Base has compiled quotes by Lawrence taken from auditions and meetings, such as “I don’t really diet or anything. I’m miserable when I’m dieting and I like the way I look. I’m really sick of all these actresses looking like birds… I’d rather look a little chubby on camera and look like a person in real life than look great on screen and look like a scarecrow in real life.” Lawrence is also quoted on IMDb as saying, “I’m doing what I love, and then I get months and months of rest. I have a lot of money for a 21-year-old. I can’t stand it when actors complain.”
RoadFish.com’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “I thought Jennifer was a good actress before, but after seeing her personality in interviews, she’s entered ‘dream girl’ status in my book. Talented but modest, funny but humble, and a little goofy. She’s the kind of person you can just tell won’t let stardom and fame get to her head, and will always be true to herself. I really admire a person like that.”
Jennifer Lawrence was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from high school two years early to pursue an acting career. She got her start on TV in 2007 on “The bill Engvall Show” as eldest daughter, Lauren Pearson. Lawrence has since acted in Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner films “Winter’s Bone” and “Like Crazy.” She been awarded other such honors as one of People magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful People in the World 2011,’ one of Variety magazine’s ‘Top ten Actors to Watch 2010,’ and voted number 10 in Maxim’s “Hot 100 Women” list in 2011.
RoadFish.com describes Lawrence as “the perfect woman,” offering its readers a dating tip of “taking a page out of Jennifer’s book when looking for a woman: someone who is talented but down-to-earth, who follows her heart and remains true to herself.”
21-year-old Lawrence portrays the 16-year-old character of Katniss Everdeen in the film “The Hunger Games,” due to hit theaters on March 23.
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LOS ANGELES A black Cadillac Escalade with tinted windows is idling in front of the four Seasons Hotel, when the right rear window slides down to reveal Jennifer Lawrence looking like a movie star.
Makeup flawless. Hair glowing. she smiles brightly and waves to onlookers as the vehicle pulls around to get onto Doheny Drive. Then it stops, as the star of the next Big Blockbuster The Hunger Games, shot in North Carolina and in theaters Friday greets fans toting movie posters emblazoned with her likeness, signs a dozen of them, then waves again as the Escalade peels away.
A dozen down, a million to go.
Its a big change for Lawrence, 21, who just over a year ago was living among an ocean of young actresses fighting for roles in smaller films and assorted TV shows.
Then in January 2011, she was nominated for an Academy Award up against Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams for her performance as a teen trying to negotiate a web of criminals in the Ozark Mountains to find her missing father in Winters Bone.
Two months later, she landed the lead role in The Hunger Games, the first in a series of movies that is as highly anticipated as the first Twilight film had been. Anonymous no more.
it was fast, but Im grateful for it, says Lawrence, who spent four months in Asheville, Charlotte, Concord, and other parts of North Carolina last year during shooting. when you get a promotion at your job, you dont go, God, that was too fast. Can I stay in the mailroom? you take it, thankfully. I think Im as ready as I can be which is not that ready.
Getting into character
In The Hunger Games, Lawrence portrays a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen, who lives with her mother and young sister in a future where a totalitarian government every year forces two dozen teens to fight to the death. Katnisss sister is selected to participate, but Katniss steps in and volunteers to enter the battle in her place.
Suzanne Collins 2008 book is written from Katnisss point of view, and director Gary Ross has made a faithful adaptation; hence, Lawrence is in almost every scene of the 140-minute film.
So she submitted to six weeks of pre-production training that included running, climbing, combat, archery and yoga; suffered through a heat wave while shooting in Shelby last spring; and almost every day for two months last summer, she trudged to remote forest locations near Asheville that were overrun by bears and wild turkeys.
Ultimately as evidenced by the film Lawrence turned in an astonishing piece of acting, not unlike her breakthrough turn in Winters Bone: Early on, she is brittle and naïve, but as she develops a better understanding of the stakes and of her own personal ethics, she exudes a raw, realistic resolve that is reminiscent of a young Jodie Foster (who, coincidentally, Lawrence worked with in 2011s The Beaver).
How does she do that?
Ross an Oscar nominee for writing Seabiscuit, Pleasantville and Dave calls Lawrence peerless in her generation.
I think you see this once every 10 years, someone who comes along with this kind of talent, these sorts of chops, control over what shes doing, the subtlety she has at 21 years old, I dont even understand it, he says. honest to God, Im directing this girl and Im in awe of it a lot of the time. Ill just go, Damn, how does she do that at her age?
Lawrence reportedly beat out dozens of actresses for the coveted role of Katniss, star of Collins bestselling books (there are two sequels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay). thanks to the new movie (and the inevitable follow-ups), Katnisss and therefore Lawrences fan base will continue to swell over the next few years.
On one level, the actress is really just happy to be here, as the saying goes.
Ive been thinking about how this movie would affect people and young girls, but I havent actually thought about how it would affect me, says Lawrence, a Louisville native who has never had an acting lesson. I guess when I think about the positives, its just I get to be this character. when I drive by the posters, I laugh, and once in awhile Ill get goose bumps.
Looking beyond Katniss
She is already trying to prove she can do more, though. in September, Lawrence will star in a horror movie with Elisabeth Shue titled House at the End of the Street; then in November, shell play a sex addict in The Silver Linings Playbook, a comedy also featuring Robert De Niro.
And this spring, Lawrence will begin shooting a drama based on Western Carolina University professor Ron Rashs 2008 novel Serena.
While this new project will put Lawrence in a familiar setting the N.C. mountains (during the Depression) the title character in Serena is ice-cold and calculating, a departure from the sympathetic characters she often plays.
I hope that I can do movies and Im not Katniss anymore, Lawrence says, that people can watch my movies and not think, Oh look, Katniss is doing a period drama, Katniss is doing this. I hope that when Im doing these movies I can be the best Katniss that I can be, and then I can leave them and do other work.
I feel like I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but Marvel has done it yet again I recently saw X-Men: first Class and I honestly feel it is one of the best comic book movies ever. Even though I was more a fan of DC Comics, the one series of Marvel that I read was the X-Men. I was always able to relate to the plight of the mutants because they were always on the outside of society looking in and had to deal with prejudice, ridicule, persecution, and exile. all of these are clearly shown in this new film, which is set in the 1960′s where tolerance and acceptance were almost a foreign concept around most of the world. Add to this drama of the mutants coming out to the world at large the real life drama of the Cuban missile crisis and you come up with the best script, best acting and overall best film in the X-Men franchise.
This film helps us to understand better a number of the relationships that we are familiar with and also raises some new questions that we hopefully will see in future installments. first, we get a little more back on both Magneto and Xavier’s childhoods and what influences them to go down the paths that we have seen in the previous films. what pushes Magneto to become the villain we know? how does he learn to master his abilities? what puts Xavier into a wheelchair? how did the two of them meet and form their friendship? what is the origin of Mystique and how does she become Magneto’s second in command? I love that these answers are provided in this film as I was unaware of most of these answers because they were told so early in the timeline of the X-Men universe. Now, whether the events of the film relate to the events as they were told in the comics, I couldn’t quite tell you because I only began reading them in the late 80′s, but I really enjoyed how they explained these things in the new film.
Another great thing about this movie is that we are introduced to a number of different mutants, both heroes and villains that we haven’t seen yet on the big screen. we get to see Beast before he was turned into the blue furry guy he is to become, Banshee, Havoc, Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, and Azazel. all of these guys are supporting characters behind the big guns of Magneto, Xavier and Mystique, but it helps us get a better understanding how the X-Men were formed and how Xavier’s school began. also, I’m not certain if the movie follows the same story as the comics. In meeting Alex Summers, aka Havoc, I wonder if he will turn out to be Scott Summers’, aka Cyclops’ father or other relation. the villain Azazel has the same ability to transport like Nightcrawler. does this mean they are father and son with Mystique being the mother giving Nightcrawler his blue skin? Again, more questions I hope to have answered in the next installment.
This movie works on all levels but none so much as the great acting talent they cast in these iconic roles. the standouts include Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique and Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw. these four performances steal every scene that they are in and made each of their roles their own. Kevin Bacon really surprised me with his mastery of German and Russian and he reminded me what an incredible bad guy he can play. I’ve never seen Jennifer Lawrence before, but I can absolutely see how she is now an Oscar nominated actress for Winter’s Bone. I’ve always been a fan of James McAvoy, and he knocks it out of the park yet again with his witty, charming and sincere performance of the Professor. Lastly, Michael Fassbender, who wowed me with his performance in Inglorious Bastards, makes Magneto his own and gives the best performance in the film.
I really can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this film. it really upsets me that it didn’t make more money in its opening weekend and I truly hope that more people get out and see this in the theater. I would hate for the studio to stop doing these films because they didn’t make as much money as they were expecting. if they can keep the quality of future films as high as they have on this one, they could have a franchise that will be around for quite some time. so please go support this amazing picture and show that you want to see more high quality comic book films that aren’t style over substance.
J. Chandler, Grade: A