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Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is best known for playing Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (2012), Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle (2013).
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children’s camp, and Gary Lawrence, who works in construction. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine, and has English, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.
Before Jennifer became an actress, she was involved in cheer-leading, field hockey, softball, and modeling, none of which she held a passion for. Her career began when she traveled to Manhattan at the age of 14. After conducting her first cold read, agents told her mother that “it was the best cold read by a 14- year-old they had ever heard”, and tried to convince her mother that she needed to spend the summer in Manhattan.
After leaving the agency, Jen was spotted by an agent in the midst of shooting an H&M ad and asked to take her picture. The next day, that agent followed up with her and invited her to the studio for a cold read audition. Again, the agents were highly impressed and strongly urged her mother to allow her to spend the summer in New York City. As fate would have it, she did, and subsequently appeared in commercials such as MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” and played a role in the movie, The Devil You Know (2013).
Shortly thereafter, her career forced her and her family to move to Los Angeles, where she was cast in the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007), and in smaller movies like The Poker House (2008) and The Burning Plain (2008).
Her big break came when she played Ree in Gerçegin Parçalari (2010), which landed her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Shortly thereafter, she secured the role of Mystique in franchise reboot X-Men: The First Class (2011), which went on to be a hit in Summer 2011. Around this time, Lawrence scored the role of a lifetime when she was cast as Katniss Everdeen in the big-screen adaptation of literary sensation The Hunger Games (2012). That went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies ever with over $407 million at the domestic box office, and instantly propelled Lawrence to the A-list among young actors / actresses.
Three Hunger Games sequels are scheduled for release in November 2013, 2014, and 2015, with Lawrence reprising her role at least for the first one (Açlik Oyunlari: Atesi Yakalamak (2013)). In 2012 the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook earned her the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Satellite Award and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress, amongst other accolades, making her the youngest person ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress and the second-youngest Best Actress winner
Lawrence can also be seen in The Beaver (2011), Like Crazy (2011), House at the End of the Street (2012), and American Hustle (2013). She played the title role, Joy Mangano, in the 2015 David O. Russell film Joy (2015).
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and 3-D animated musical “Frozen” dished up box office records over the Thanksgiving holiday. Lionsgate’s sequel earned a prodigious $75 million in its second weekend, while Disney’s frosty fete opened with $67 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Both films bested the previous Thanksgiving record holder, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which earned $57.5 million in 2001 over a three-day period.
Snowballing its way to the top, “Frozen” became the biggest Thanksgiving opening ever and the largest opening for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
“For a company whose foundation was built on animation, to have this as the biggest opening ever is a pretty extraordinary thing,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution at Walt Disney Studios, adding that the box office draw of “Frozen” exceeded studio expectations.
“We came into the weekend feeling like anything that would exceed the result from ‘Tangled’ from a couple years back would be great,” Hollis added. “Tangled” opened with $68.7 million in 2010. “We thought something in the $70-$80 million range is what might be possible with ‘Frozen.’ We are hoping it lends itself to a big, long payoff after this great start.”
The films topped records for the highest domestic box office grosses for the three-day and five-day holiday weekend. “Catching Fire” blazed the trail to No. 1 and “Frozen” slid in at No. 2.
“Catching Fire” earned the biggest-ever gross for a film from Wednesday to Sunday over the Thanksgiving holiday. It brought in $110.2 million, raising its domestic total to $297 million. “Frozen” scored $93 million over the five days, topping Disney’s previous five-day champ, “Toy Story 2,” which earned $80.1 million in 1999.
“All of these records being broken, it’s like a true snowball effect,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “Overall, this is the biggest Thanksgiving weekend for the industry ever. Last year was the Thanksgiving record holder, but this one-two punch with ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Frozen’ was just amazing.”
Internationally, “Catching Fire” continued to bring the heat, earning a total of $276 million through Sunday. Opening No. 1 in France, Italy and Belgium, the sequel exceeded the opening weekend of “The Hunger Games” in all three markets. Overall, the sequel has grossed $573 million worldwide.
After dominating the box office during its first two weeks in theaters, Disney’s “Thor: The Dark World” dropped to No. 2 last weekend and was knocked down one more spot to No. 3 this weekend, earning $11.1 million. Globally, it continues to keep Disney on the map with a total of $591.1 million.
Maintaining a healthy position at the box office, Universal’s romantic comedy “The Best Man Holiday” held the fourth slot with $8.5 million, while thriller “Homefront,” starring Jason Statham and James Franco, opened in the No. 5 slot with $7 million.
Also debuting over the holiday, Fox Searchlight’s “Black Nativity” landed in the top 10 with $3.9 million, while the Weinstein Co.’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba, saw a solid launch, earning $100,306 despite playing in just four theaters.
Opening with $850,000, Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” failed to make an impressive impact at the box office.
The 75th annual Hunger Games are on! Lionsgate announced Monday that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has officially started production in and around Atlanta, Ga., with director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) at the helm, before moving to shoot in Hawaii.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are, of course, reprising their respective roles as winning tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark; Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland are all also returning, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer joining the franchise. Shooting is set to conclude in December.
Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games character Katniss lives in the future, but in her latest upcoming role, she plays a woman from the past – 1929, to be exact.
Starring opposite Bradley Cooper in Serena, set for a 2013 release, the actress, 21, plays his wife who can’t bear a child – and then commits a murder that involves a child her husband had before the marriage.
Glammed up in a fur-lined jacket with blonde curls, Lawrence is pictured next to her handsome on-screen husband, clad in a suit and tie, with a hat.
The movie, based on a 2009 novel by Ron Rash, is directed by Oscar winner (for the Danish drama, In a Better World) Susan Bier.
It’s Game time! After months of anticipation, endless fan discussion and a pandemonium-producing premiere, the first Hunger Games film is finally arriving in theaters on March 23. The fans are ready – but are the stars?
“It still hasn’t sunk in,” Jennifer Lawrence, who plays series’ heroine Katniss Everdeen, tells People magazine in cover story.
The 21-year-old actress also shares how she bonded off-set in North Carolina with leading men Josh Hutcherson, 19, and Liam Hemsworth, 22.
“One day we went down to a creek to catch a crawdad, ’cause Liam didn’t know what it was,” recalls Lawrence. “I saw one and was like, ‘Catch it!’ Josh did and it got stuck to his hand. It was a leech! Then we went to Walmart and bought slingshots.”
Adds Lawrence, who also spent time with her cast mates listening to costar Lenny Kravitz play music back at their hotel: “It was like some weird summer camp.”
If you haven’t read the books, get the scoop on one of the year’s most anticipated films.
While the raunchy comedy has the right to remain the top money earner, the odds are not in its favor, seeing as one of the most talked-about movies of the year, “The Hunger Games,” opens on more than 4,000 screens this weekend. Because no one wants to compete with the blockbuster, it’s the only movie opening wide.
Expect big numbers from the movie based on Suzanne Collins’s best-selling novel, starting with these: 26 million copies of the book are in print in the U.S. alone; it spent over three consecutive years on the best-seller list; and the frenzied fan base has already broken the advanced ticket sales record with over 2,000 shows sold out. In case you’ve somehow avoided the hype, we boil down the movie and predict which fans might enjoy it.
What’s the Story?
Atop the ashes of what was the United States stands the nation of Panem, a country of 12 Districts ruled with an iron fist by the Capital. To remind the Districts that rebellion is futile, every year the Capital chooses 24 teenaged Tributes to battle one another in a televised fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a coal miner’s daughter and a skilled hunter, and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), a strong-willed and able-bodied son of a baker, are this year’s reluctant Tributes from District 12. In order to have any chance of survival, Katniss and Peeta must learn to play the dangerous games, or be hunted down by well-trained career Tributes, and murdered on national television.
Who Will Dig It?
Fans of the book, high-concept sci-fi fantasy, action/adventure, and provocative story telling should get their fill from this long-awaited film.
Related Link: The Hunger Games Movie Full Production Notes
The world will be watching
The Hunger Games is based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling futuristic young adult novel. A dystopic Capitol requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.
The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It is the first installment in The Hunger Games film series and was produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, with a screenplay by Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland.
The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem, where boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 must take part in the Hunger Games, a televised annual event in which the “tributes” are required to fight to the death until there is only one survivor. Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister’s place. Joined by her district’s male tribute, Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), Katniss travels to the Capitol to train for the Hunger Games under the guidance of former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson).
Related Link: The Hunger Games Movie Full Production Notes
“The Hunger Games” is based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling futuristic young adult novel. A dystopic Capitol requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.
The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It is the first installment in The Hunger Games film series and was produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, with a screenplay by Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray.
The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem, where boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 must take part in the Hunger Games, a televised annual event in which the “tributes” are required to fight to the death until there is only one survivor. Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister’s place. Joined by her district’s male tribute, Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), Katniss travels to the Capitol to train for the Hunger Games under the guidance of former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson).
The Hunger Games
Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
Screenplay by: Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross
Production Design by: Philip Messina
Cinematography by: Tom Stern
Film Editing by: Christopher S. Capp, Stephen Mirrione, Juliette Welfling
Costume Design by: Judianna Makovsky
Set Decoration by: Larry Dias
Art Direction by: John Collins, Robert Fechtman, Paul Richards
Music by: James Newton Howard
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images – all involving teens.
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Release Date: March 23, 2012
Like Crazy Movie Theatrical Trailer
Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones play Jacob and Anna, college students in Los Angeles who become a couple. Anna is a British exchange student who overstays her visa after it expires on graduation. She returns home to London, and when she flies back to Los Angeles she is turned away by customs officials, throwing the couple into a long-distance relationship.
Like Crazy is often described as loosely inspired by the real life director Drake Doremus, but a recent interview with then girlfriend and later wife Desiree Pappenscheller shows that the film is a near perfect reenactment of Doremus and Pappenscheller’s history.
The full details of real life events and the representations of such in the film are yet to be fully revealed, but sources have suggested that articles will center around aspects like: Identical Visa background, identical clothing & artifacts, identical mannerisms, replicated additional characters, and an amazingly a near perfectly matching storyline.
Directed by: Drake Doremus
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence
Screenplay by: Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones
Studio: Paramount Vantage
Release Date: October 28, 2011
Born: Jennifer Shrader Lawrence
Birth Date: August 15, 1990
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
A natural talent with a striking presence and undeniable energy, Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence has established herself as one of Hollywood’s most promising young actresses. Lawrence is currently in production on Lionsgate’s Hunger Games, the first installment of the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel trilogy. Lawrence will portray Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who joins a fight-to-the-death contest to save her community. Directed by Gary Ross, the film has been set for a March 23, 2012 release.
This summer, Lawrence starred in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class as Mystique. The prequel follows Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr before they take the names Professor X and Magneto as two young men discovering their powers for the first time. The film was released by Fox on June 3rd. Also this summer, she was seen alongside Mel Gibson and Anton Yelchin in The Beaver directed by Jodie Foster. The whimsical drama centers on a grown man who wears a beaver puppet on his hand that he treats as a real person. Lawrence plays Norah, her class valedictorian and popular cheerleader who is the kind of girl you’re either hopelessly in love with, hopelessly jealous of, or both. The film was released by Summit Entertainment on May 20th.
Lawrence starred in Mark Tonderai’s House At The End Of The Street opposite Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot. The film tells the story of a young girl who moves to a new town with her mother. Upon arriving, she discovers her abode is right across the street from one in which a double murder occurred. House At The End Of The Street was released on April 20, 2010.
Previously, Lawrence’s performance in Winter’s Bone garnered her a 2011 Oscar® nomination for Best Actress in addition to nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, and Critic’s Choice Awards. Additionally, she was honored with the Breakthrough Actress award by the National Board of Review, the Rising Star award at the Palm Springs Film Festival, and the “New Hollywood Award” at the 2010 Hollywood Film Awards. The critically acclaimed film, directed by Debra Granik, also received an Osca®r nomination for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor in addition to winning the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Other film credits include a lead role in Guillermo Arriaga’s directorial debut The Burning Plain, opposite Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger. The film premiered at the 65th Venice Film Festival where Lawrence won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor.
She also starred in Lori Petty’s Poker House opposite Selma Blair and Bokeem Woodbine, for which she was awarded the prize of ‘Outstanding Performance in the Narrative Competition’ at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival. Additional film credits include Jason Freeland’s Garden Party opposite Vinessa Shaw as well as roles in Drillbit Taylor and Waverly Hills.
On television, Lawrence co-starred on three seasons of the TBS series “The Bill Engvall Show.” Written and created by Bill Engvall and Michael Leeson, “The Bill Engvall Show” is set in a Denver suburb and the comedy follows the life of Bill Pearson’ (played by Engvall), a family counselor whose own family could use a little dose of counseling.
Reigning from Louisville, Kentucky and a childhood of local theatre experience to her credit, Lawrence traveled to New York at age fourteen to explore a professional career in acting. She quickly caught the eye of casting directors and started acting in film and television during the summer of 2005 and hasn’t looked back.