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.
Jennifer Lawrence Featured in The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable, Talks Acting and Gender Equality in Hollywood
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!
Eugenie Bondurant talks her acting career, Tigris and working with Jennifer Lawrence with Talk Nerdy With Us
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!
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.
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.
Francis Lawrence Talks about the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Filming the Final Scene in the Franchise
Lots of new press interviews featuring Mockingjay Director Francis Lawrence are making their way online. In this spoilery “tell all” interview with Uproxx,Francis talks about how the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman caused a change in the Mockingjay films, streamlining the narrative, why the Mockingjay films needed to be split, and that FINAL scene in the franchise.
In case that description didn’t warn you enough, if you haven’t seen Mockingjay Part 2 yet (and if not what’s your excuse?!) be warned there are definite spoilers in this interview. Continue Reading »
Josh Hutcherson recently was featured in the December issue of Flaunt Magazine. Along with a fanastic photoshoot, Josh sat down for an interview and discussed topics such as the dangers of the media, the pressure to be “cool,” Mockingjay Part 2 and more. Read on for highlights of the article and to check out all the fabulous photos!
Studio Canal the Mockingjay Part 2 distributor in Germany helped celebrate the success of the film in a very big and very unique way. Earlier this week they tweeted a teaser video which included a rock carved into the shape of President Snow’s profile. Once the teaser’s hashtag #snowfall received a certain amount of “tweets” the studio shared the destruction of that same creation. Take a look at the before and after videos below. Continue Reading »
Francis Lawrence Talks Working with Suzanne Collins and his Responsibility to The Hunger Games Fan Base
Catching up on several older interviews we didn’t get a chance to post pre-release. This next piece features an interview Francis Lawrence had with Empire. In the interview Francis talks about working with Suzanne Collins, his responsibility to the fan base and losing Philip Seymour Hoffman and the effect it had on the films. Continue Reading »