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Francis Lawrence Describes Filming The #MockingjayPart2 Epilogue and Directing Jennifer’s Nephews

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(Warning: Full spoilers ahead for the ending of Mockingjay: Part 2.  Although we really hope you’ve already seen it by now!)  In an interview with Yahoo Movies, Francis Lawrence described filming the epilogue scene at the end of Mockingjay: Part 2 and working with Jennifer Lawrence’s nephews.  When Jennifer accidentally let slip that Josh Hutcherson was playing with her nephew during filming of the epilogue at San Diego Comic Con this summer, fans (although we already guessed) were led to assume that her nephew would be playing one of Katniss and Peeta’s children.

Francis explained that both of Jennifer’s nephews, Bear and Theo, portrayed both children in the film. Because Francis said that it could’ve been tricky to work with Theo as he was so young, multiple “backup” infants were around, just in case.

“We had multiples just in case,” he said. “Because what we really wanted to do is have a baby asleep, then we wanted the baby to startle awake as if it was having a nightmare, and be able to get shushed. So we timed the shooting with her and the baby to his naptime.”

Of course, having Jennifer as an aunt made the reporter question if the acting talent was found in her nephews.  “Hard to tell on the young one — he was only 9 months old. But he did great,” Francis said. “And Bear… he did great, too. He’s charismatic.”

We think Jennifer’s nephews are adorable and did a great job in the movie!

 

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Jennifer Lawrence Named EW’s Entertainer of the Year

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Why are we not at all surprised by this! Congrats to Jennifer on being named Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year. This issue of Entertainment Weekly is on newsstands now, or you can also buy it online. Check out some of the article highlights below:

On saying goodbye to Katniss Everdeen:

“It’s crazy,” Lawrence tells EW. “I signed on to these projects when I was 20 years old. I remember being like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to be 25 when I’m finished. It seemed so far away.” As for saying goodbye to Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence says she now feels the finality of Mockingjay – Part 2 arriving in theaters. “It does feel over. It didn’t for a while and I didn’t think it would ever sink in, but it has now. It feels over. And that’s okay. It’s okay to move on.”

On working with David O. Russell:

“David and I will never, ever, ever, ever not do movies together,” she says. “I love him so much that sometimes I can’t talk about him without tearing up. Look! I’m tearing up. I understand every look, every eyeball move, every word he says or doesn’t say. We were made for each other.”

On her small group of friends:

“I have a very small circle,” she says. “The moment I feel like someone is using me or is in it for the wrong reasons, I have zero guilt about just cutting them the f— out of my life.”

Lawrence, who counts Amy Schumer (and now maybe even Adele and Emma Stone) among her group of friends, says her “bullsh– detector is phenomenal.”

None of my friends bullsh– me,” she says. “Everything in my life has to be real.”

Read the entire articles here and here.

Source: EW & Jennifer Updates

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WATCH: Jena Malone on Live With Kelly & Michael

Jena Malone talks birthday and thanksgiving plans, the end of the Hunger Games series, and more. Watch the cute interview below:

Source: The Entertainment Source

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Elden Henson Talks Filming The “Fun But Challenging” Tunnel Scene & More

Blood-Disgusting.com recently interviewed Elden Henson (Pollux). Elden discusses filming the claustrophobic tunnel scenes, working around not having any dialogue, filming Daredevil, and more.

BD: So your character Pollux, being an Avox, doesn’t have any dialogue in the film. Is it difficult for you as an actor to play a character that has no lines?

EH: I think I probably had some fears when I first got the job but those fears quickly went away when I started working and talking with Francis [Lawrence] about the character. I was such a big fan of his before we worked together and he totally surpassed my expectations. The great thing about him is that he not only has a great visual style but he’s a great storyteller which is really important. We were having dinner before we started shooting and he said something that really resonated with me and helped me get into the character. He said “Just remember that with all the terrible things Pollux has gone through he still chooses to see the beauty in the world” and that really put me in a place where I thought I could do this. To have a director that you completely trust is a real luxury as an actor, and I trust Francis. And being able to work with someone like Jen, when she’s giving those impassioned speeches it’s like I don’t even have to act. They’re actually moving. So I’m not so much acting as much as I am being present.

BD: I can imagine. There are a lot of characters/actors in the film and I imagine it can be difficult to give everyone a special moment, but Pollux is the centerpiece in, in my opinion, what is one of the most thrilling sequences in the film with the mutt attack in the sewers. How was filming that scene? I guess what I’m asking is: was it fun?

EH: [laughs] It was but it was a little bit challenging, especially for Liam because he’s so tall. You couldn’t really stand up all the way in those tunnels and there was water in all the tunnels so I just remember being wet for a couple of weeks. I was really excited about that sequence because when we were shooting Francis sometimes listens to music when we’re shooting something that doesn’t have any dialogue in it so there’s this shot of us running through the tunnels  and he called me to the side to show me some playback while listening to the music he was listening to and I remember thinking “Man, this sequence is going to be awesome!” And then when I saw it in the final product I was totally blown away. I mean I was there shooting it and I was still blown away. The mutts came out great to, because on the day of shooting it was a bunch of stunt people in onesies with green dots all over them. It was hilarious but we all had to try to be scared and it was just a fun sequence to shoot.

BD: Did they have sound effects for them as you were shooting or was it just people in the onesies running around?

EH: You know the funny thing was is that everything sound-wise was so heightened because they built all these tunnels on the soundstage so sound really bounces around in there and even just when you’re walking through with all the water created so much noise that I think all of those things put us in the mindset of the situation. And I’m also pretty claustrophobic in real life so I was really ready to get out of the tunnel. That wasn’t acting!

BD: How long did that sequence take to shoot?

EH: I don’t really remember. I think it was maybe a couple of weeks. I know the main junction where the main fight happens took quite a bit of time but it’s hard to remember because we finished so long ago and it was such a long shoot because we shot both of the movies at the same time. It’s definitely my favorite sequence in the film.

Read the entire interview here.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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VIDEO: Elden Henson Talks Being a Part of ‘The Hunger Games’ Franchise and Memories from the ‘Mockingjay’ Set

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Elden Henson sat down with AMFM Magazine to talk about his role of Pollux in Mockingjay and his experience working on the films and being involved in a huge franchise.  Elden also talked about the differences between working on film and his TV series Daredevil, plus what he has planned for the future.

The interview is a video but it unfortunately doesn’t appear to be embeddable.  You can catch the entire interview on their website here but we’ve also transcribed the Mockingjay – related questions below.

Interviewer:  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.  This is it.  Are you excited to unveil this to the world?

Elden:  Yeah, I’m excited about it too.  I got a chance to see the movie about a month ago and I was totally blown away.

Interviewer:  What’s it like to be a part of a franchise so big?

Elden:  It didn’t really sink in when I was making the movies.  My wife got pregnant right when we first started shooting the movie, so I was so preoccupied with you know, the fears of becoming a father that it isn’t until now [when we’re] promoting the movie or seeing the trailers on TV or something that I’m like, “oh yeah, I’m in those movies.  How cool is that?”  It’s just really exciting.

Interviewer:  What was the training like for the sign language?  I’m assuming that’s real sign language.

Elden:  You know, we didn’t have a lot of time, or I didn’t have a lot of time from when I got the job until when we started.  Luckily one of the PA’s had studied sign language, so he was a great help in terms of making sure things looked right.

Interviewer:  What do you think you’ll always remember about working on this [film]?  It seems like a really special, fun set.

Elden:  Just how kind and supportive everyone was around me when they found out I had a baby on the way.  Being away from my wife the whole time, it really was a shared experience.

Source:  AMFM Magazine

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Jennifer Lawrence Featured in The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable, Talks Acting and Gender Equality in Hollywood

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Jennifer Lawrence is featured in this year’s roundtable from The Hollywood Reporter, an annual gathering of actors brought together to discuss various topics related to their craft in a frank and honest conversation.  This year, Jennifer joined the roundtable with other incredible actresses including Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Charlotte Rampling, and Kate Winslet.  Check out some highlights from the conversation below.

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#MockingjayPart2 Tops the Box Office for a 2nd Weekend

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The Mockingjay is still soaring atop the box office after the long Thanksgiving weekend. Mockingjay Part 2 brought in an estimated 75.8 million for the 5 day holiday stretch. That’s still behind Part 1 numbers (82.7M for the same stretch), but still very impressive overall.

The final film in the franchise also dominated the box office overseas as well, grossing another $62 million for a foreign total of $242.4 million and global total of $440.7 million through Sunday.

How many times have you seen Mockingjay Part 2? And will you be seeing it again soon? Let us know in the comments!

Source: THR

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Eugenie Bondurant talks her acting career, Tigris and working with Jennifer Lawrence with Talk Nerdy With Us

TigrisEugenie Bondurant, the actress playing Tigris in Mockingjay Part 2,  spoke with Talk Nerdy With Us about her acting career, her character Tigris and working with Jennifer Lawrence.

You started out your career as a model, what drew you towards acting? Were you always interested in acting?

Eugenie: Well, I was modeling for years, and I was dating a guy. I was in New York and he moved to LA, and while I was in New York, or Paris, or wherever I was at the moment, he said come and visit, so I did. He bought me plane tickets and I came out to LA. Breaking up with that guy is the thing that pushed me into acting.(Laughs) So, actually I have to thank him for that. With a crazy relationship, you know how your life turns and twists, well that was a twist alright. And my family was also out here too, so I just stayed down here.

Which do you enjoy more, acting or modeling?

Eugenie: Ooh, I LOVE acting! I love it! I love getting in the head of a character, I love making choices. Don’t get me wrong, certainly walking down the runway and wearing a beautiful wardrobe and having someone do your hair and makeup–I also get that when doing acting as well–is fun. I just love assuming so many different roles. You get to meet so many interesting, very talented people when you’re in that field. So, absolutely, I love acting!

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Francis Lawrence talks creating the final movie and the epilogue with Blastr

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With Mockingjay Part 2 being released at theatres and the series drawing to a close, Blastr caught up with director Francis Lawrence to discuss creating the final movie, the epilogue and adding new material.

*Warning spoilers below*

Blastr: A lot of fans balked at Suzanne Collins’ last book, Mockingjay, being split into two films, labeling it a cash grab to keep the franchise going. However, you wanted it to happen. What was your reasoning?

Francis: One of the reasons the book was split into two was it was very clear there was too much story in the book for one movie. We all, especially Suzanne, understood that there were two very distinct character arcs and dramatic questions. One was, will we get Peeta back? And will I become the Mockingjay, with its own themes to explore in terms of propaganda. This one is, will I kill Snow, which is very different from the first one.

Blastr: With Mockingjay Part 2, you are not only presenting the climax to the entire story, but you are landing the themes that are core to Collins’ book. For you, what was most exciting about crafting this installment?

Francis: The thing I really enjoy about this movie, and part of the story, is that it’s where everything comes together. The themes come together, the visual ideas come together, all the character who remain come together. One of the things that happens is the idea of war — which is the overall picture of the movies — and the idea of the arena come together. The blending of real war and war in the Capitol being the new arena was interesting. It also presented new challenges for us, because it’s a strange idea that these sort of defenses would be used in war. Some of the new material in the movie, which was really fun to develop for Snow (Donald Sutherland), is the idea of, what does a guy in Snow’s position do when you are sitting in the throne of a crumbling empire? We use that to play into the idea of turning war into entertainment while it’s all crumbling around you.

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Hunger Games theme park rides revealed

MockingjayDubai parks and resorts recently revealed 2 of the adrenaline-filled Hunger Games themed rides to feature at The MotionGate theme park, opening in 2016.

The first ride will take visitors around the Capitol and a post-apocalyptic Panem onboard a simulated hovercraft. As the hovercraft catches the attention of the Peacekeepers, a “battle in the sky ensues,”.

The second ride will be a roller coaster taking guests from the mining region of District 12 to the Capitol via a high speed bullet train. Guido Zucchi, the general manager of Motiongate Dubai expressed is excitement for the opening of the rides –

“This is a global first and we are extremely excited to have not one, but two rides inspired by The Hunger Games at the Lionsgate Zone opening in Motiongate Dubai,”

Lionsgate also has plans to license its film properties to new theme parks being built around the Hunger Games and Divergent film franchises near Macau and Atlanta, Georgia.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com