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“I am Jeffrey Wright, Currently Filming Boardwalk Empire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. AMA.”

Beetee Latir gets technical and answers our questions on Reddit.com (see the forum here).

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With the last season of Boardwalk Empire upon us, and “Mockingjay” still in the process of filming, Jeffrey Wright is taking advantage of the media attention to bring light to two organizations that he pegs are “near and dear” to his heart: the Tribeca Film Institute and Taia Peace Foundation. To build support for these organizations, Jeffrey is offering the chance to spend the day with him on the set of Boardwalk Empire to two lucky fans via Omaze. To test YOUR luck and give to charity at the same time, you can pledge donations that will earn you entries towards the drawing here (in this case, you want your name in there as many times as possible).

To raise awareness for this contest, Jeffrey spent some time on Reddit.com answering questions submitted by fans.

I have to say that my favorite would be an inquiry submitted by “valentinnarcisse,” who asked:

“How do you keep your mustache so twirly?”

Jeffery answered: “I would like to say that the ends of my mustache twirl simply as a result of the sinister nature of Narcisse’s mind. That they just kind of curl on the end with the diabolical electricity that he generates. But if I’m to be more forthcoming, I would just have to chock it up to mustache wax.

I’d also like to say: tread gently my friend. It’s a tricky and dangerous journey for the Valentin Narcisse’s of the world.”

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‘The Hunger Games’ Tops Kindle’s Most Highlighted Passages of All Time

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If you like to read The Hunger Games on Kindle, you may have contributed to an intriguing accomplishment.  Amazon has been collecting data from Kindle users to learn more about their consumers’ favorite books and passages.  Numerous quotes from The Hunger Games topped the list with an incredible 19 out of the 25.  It even beat out literary classics such as Pride and Prejudice and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Here are just some of the most popular:

#1  “Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.” - Catching Fire. Highlighted by 17784 Kindle users.

#4  It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” - Mockingjay.  Highlighted by 8833 Kindle users. 

You can check out the whole list at Amazon.com and an analysis of the information by Vox. Some of the quotes are very specific to a certain part of the story, but it sure does point out the immense popularity of the series!

Sources:  Vox, Amazon

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Lori Petty on “Discovering” Jennifer Lawrence

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While promoting the new series Orange is the New Black, Lori Petty talked about discovering Jennifer Lawrence,while casting her directional debut The Poker House. 

I saw your 2008 directorial debut, The Poker House, and people don’t really give you enough credit for “discovering” Jennifer Lawrence, since that was her first film credit.  No s**t! You can quote me on that. No s**t. I cast her in her first film. Look, she deserves one hundred percent of her success, period. In addition to that, I think I passed along 25 years of experience of being an actress to her. But she’s amazing and the camera loves her, and that’s why I cast her. It’s like when I first saw Leo DiCaprio in This Boy’s Life. We were editing A League of Their Own and De Niro and them were editing This Boy’s Life next door. Me and Penny [Marshall] were inseparable because I wanted to absorb everything she was doing, so I’d go to post-production with her. So De Niro comes in and goes, “You’ve got to see this kid.” So we went into the room and saw some unedited scenes with DiCaprio and both went, “There’s another movie star.” That’s what happened with Jennifer. And Chloe Moretz is in The Poker House, too! She’s going to be around forever and ever. I wrote her half-page monologues, and she’d just knock them out of the park. It was a small budget, under $1.5 million, and she was doing like eight pages a day. I went up to her mom and said, “What do we do after lunch? I don’t want her to crash!” and she went, “Oh no, she’s fine. This is what she does.” She’s remarkable, that kid.

Where did you find Jennifer?  I’ve lived in Venice since Point Break in ’91, and Mary Vernieu lives in Venice, so she cast The Poker House as a favour to me, and she’s brilliant and casts every good movie. So, I’m in Chicago and we’d already cast Selma Blair as the mom, and Selma is five feet tall and weights 90 pounds. Mary sends me these tapes of these girls and goes, “This girl Jennifer Lawrence is a star. You have to watch this tape.” But it said she was 5’9” on her resume, and I said, “I can’t fit them both in the frame! How am I supposed to have the mom be 5’ and the daughter be 5’9”?” But she said, “Just watch the tape.” So I watched the tape and was like, “Okay, great, that’s another movie star.”

When I flew back to L.A., I put Jennifer, Chloe, and Sophi [Bairley], who plays the middle daughter, read together, and afterwards I said, “Do you want to be in a movie?” And they said, “Of course, that’s why we’re here.” And I said, “No, do you want to be in this movie?” And they said, “Yes, of course we do, that’s why we’re here.” And I said, “No, I’m offering you the part, do you want to be in this movie?” And they started jumping up and down and screaming. I did that because I hated auditioning for a part and then waiting five days for your agent to tell you that you got it.

And Jennifer Lawrence’s father pops up in the film, too, as the basketball coach.  I forgot about that! He’s the basketball coach, yes. He was just hanging around. It was super low-budget and I had no producers looking over my shoulder. Steve Cannell, god rest his soul, just wrote a check and it was handled through his production company, so we were just humpin’ and making a movie. So I don’t know whose idea it was.

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Source: The Daily Beast and HG girl on fire

Photo Source: Desiree Navarro/Getty Images North America

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REVIEW: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

the-murder-complexCopyright: 2014

Pages:  416 pages (hardcover)

Genre/Style: YA Dystopian

Goodreads Summary: An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings. See more at Goodreads.

Score: 11 out of 12

What we loved: I love the fact that this book is very fast pace and chock full of lots of action. I didn’t want to put it down because one thing after another kept happening. The suspense was very satisfying.

Zephyr! This guy is super goofy and lovable but he also has this dark mysterious side I absolutely love. Meadow is so brave and strong. Just reading about all the hard-core training she has gone through and continues to go through makes me want to start taking karate and life preserving lessons.

Finally, the Floridian landscape this book is set in is very different from other Dystopian books I have read. That’s one of the main reasons why I loved reading this book so much. Now-a-days, many Dystopian books start to sound the same, so The Murder Complex was a breath of fresh air.

What we didn’t: The only thing I didn’t like so much was the gore but duh, it’s called The Murder Complex so of course there is going to be a lot of gore in it. If you’re the squeamish type, you may not want to read this one. As told in the summary, “Blood-soaked” is a fairly accurate description.

Characters you’ll be glad you met: You’ll love Zephyr and Meadow for sure. These two are complete opposites but they balance each other out. The relationship that blooms between them throughout this book is very interesting. 

Why we think Hunger Games fans should give it a try:  If Hunger Games fans enjoy bad-ass Heroine characters like Katniss, then they will thoroughly enjoy Meadow and her bravery. Hunger Games fans will also appreciate the vast Dystopian aspects of The Murder Complex.

Although The Murder Complex ends on a major twist and cliffhanger, it leaves you (and me!) wanting more. I so cannot wait for the second book to release!

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Catch up with the author of The Murder Complex, Lindsay Cummings, at her website.

Check out more Outside Panem reviews here.

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Photos & Video of Sam Claflin in the July 2014 Edition of Glamour (UK)

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As we told you previously, Sam Claflin was honored to be named the 2014 Glamour (UK) Man of the Year!  In addition to the award he received, Sam is also featured on the cover of the July edition, and in a photo shoot and interview within the magazine.  Check out scans of the issue below, as well as a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot.

Interview Transcript:

“There was huge pressure mounting over me initially.” An understatement of the highest order, one might argue. For when Brit actor Sam Claflin beat a host of names, including Armie Hammer, to win the coveted part of Finnick Odair in the second installment of the Hunger Games movie franchise, the internet and his wife all had an opinion. And not prevalently positive ones…

“I couldn’t help but come across comments on my casting. They were just everywhere,” laughs the 27-year-old from Suffolk. [n.d.r. Sam is actually from Norwich, Norfolk] “I started the process thinking I was going to have to have serious surgery to make everyone happy. With a young Brad Pitt’s face, Zac Efron’s abs, Dwayne Johnson’s pecs, and Channing Tatum’s left calf! But it’s impossible to please everyone. I trusted the team that brought you Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. They had their reasons for picking me and i worked my butt off to prove to any doubters that I was the man for the job.”
That he certainly did, with glowing reviews and a global box office gross of $865 million and counting for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Which in part may be due to the world’s infatuation with his co-star, Jennifer Lawrence. Sam himself is a huge fan.
“She’s this young, talented klutz who has won an Oscar at such a young age and has the entire world loving her. But she deserves every bit of praise she’s received. I can safely say that she genuinely hasn’t and never will let any of it go to her head. She’s an inspiration to me as much as everyone else and I’ve loved having the opportunity to work with her.”

You can check out more scans and the rest of the interview here.

Thanks to Sam Claflin Fans for the images and video link!

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“The Hunger Games” Director Gary Ross Talks About Casting Jennifer Lawrence, and Why He Did Not Continue On To “Catching Fire”

Stephen Galloway, a lucky member of The Hollywood Masters, got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview Gary Ross, the director of The Hunger Games, back in April at Loyola Marymount University. The video, and a transcription of the interview, can be found on The Hollywood Reporter website.

Their conversation is generally based around getting to know Ross better, as well as his upcoming movie starring none other than the Jennifer Lawrence herself, East of Eden. Now this is where our interest was piqued.

“Jennifer is a genius.  She was born with a gift that is almost indescribable… It’s not experience based.  She’s brilliant from the moment she starts to act.”

Well said, Ross. We completely agree. {More after the jump}

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The Learning of How to Live, According to Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Just this week (specifically on Monday, June 2nd) passed the four month marker since losing our beloved Plutarch Heavensbee: Philip Seymour Hoffman.

To honor his memory, we think that the PBS Digital Studio’s animation of his talk on happiness and keeping darkness at bay is an absolutely worthwhile watch.

In this video (included below the jump), we are transported back to December 2012, when Hoffman sat down for a chat with Simon Critchley. Their conversation was recorded and has now been tactfully animated by Patrick Smith.  Continue Reading »

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Catching Fire picks up Golden Trailer Awards

Golden-Trailer-Awards The golden trailer awards is the awards ceremony devoted to feature film previews and aims to recognize the creative people who make movie trailers. At this years Golden trailer awards Catching Fire was nominated for 9 various awards which within itself is a tremendous achievement. It then went on to win 4 of these awards which is incredible. The awards won included:

  • Best Action Trailer
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Wildposts
  • Best Action Poster

Congratulations to the team involved producing these elements. The awards were thoroughly deserved. Sources: goldentrailer.com

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Jena Malone Talks About Her First Day on The Set of Catching Fire

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Jena Malone is a woman of many talents.  When she’s not bringing characters like Johanna Mason to life on screen, she is busy creating music with her band, The Shoe.  Jena recently spoke with The A.V. Club about music and her first day on the The Hunger Games set.

“First day on The Hunger Games
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 My first day on The Hunger Games I had a cold sore and I was sick and we were all supposed to be meeting in the training area. I was so sick and I was supposed to be strong and intimidating and I felt bad because I was so stressed out. I was like, “Oh my God, everyone is going to hate me.” But I started going up there and wielding my ax and all the crew guys were stepping away. I was like, “Okay, this is going to be good.” If I can intimidate the crew, I can intimidate the actors.”

The Shoe’s new album, I’m Okay is available now on CD/Vinyl and on iTunes.

Source:  The A.V. Club

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Sam Claflin talks Hunger Games with Your Tango

 

sam-claflin-420188Sam Claflin recently completed an interview with Your Tango commenting on his much-loved character Finnick and working with Jennifer Lawrence.

Lets talk about Finnick in The Hunger Games. How are the last two sequels going these days? What can we expect?

We’re halfway done filming so there is light at the end of the tunnel. It doesn’t feel like a big franchise movie, but more of an intimate piece for me

Did it hurt your feelings at first when fans didn’t react well to your casting as Finnick? Then the movie came out and they loved you.

There was a fair bit of negative reaction when I was cast. I embraced that as a challenge.It seems to have gone down okay.I remember reading a blog with a list of names that should be playing Finnick. In 500 posts, my name wasn’t one of them. So it was very scary stepping into those shoes.

What have you learned about Finnick with the last two films?

When we saw him in the last movie, he was in a very dark place. For me, it was a great opportunity to start him at the bottom and then build up his strength and confidence. That’s an incredible journey.

What’s it been like to work with Jennifer Lawrence?

Finnick has been the scariest character for me because there was a lot of pressure on my shoulders. You meet Jennifer Lawrence and she’s such a nice girl. I’m thinking I need to be really cool. So I’m trying to think of a really good joke and be ready for action. Jennifer, she could literally be telling you a joke and then switch on the tears for a scene. Me? I need to be quiet and then come the tears.

Check out the whole interview with Sam at YourTango.com

Sources :Yourtango.com and HGgirlonfire