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Movie Review: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

Nov 20 2013, 5:56am CST | by ABC News Radio

Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- It’s really this simple; Jennifer Lawrence was meant to play Katniss Everdeen.  It seems silly to say because it's as obvious as the makeup on Effie Trinket’s face.  I can...

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Movie Review: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

Nov 20 2013, 5:56am CST | by ABC News Radio

Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- It’s really this simple; Jennifer Lawrence was meant to play Katniss Everdeen.  It seems silly to say because it's as obvious as the makeup on Effie Trinket’s face. 

I can write about the marvelous direction of “Hunger Games” newcomer Francis Lawrence, or Jo Willems' gorgeous cinematography, the design and scope of Panem and Katniss’ home, District 12.  But it's Lawrence’s face -- full of antipathy, distrust, pain and love -- that pulls you in and never lets go.

In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), as victors of the most recent Hunger Games, are about to embark on the traditional victor’s tour of the districts, but before they step on the train, Katniss is visited by Panem’s dictator, President Snow (Donald Sutherland).  As we saw at the end of The Hunger Games, Katniss’ insolence has begun to inspire the masses.  In a delicious exchange, Snow -- keenly aware that Katniss and Peeta were faking their romantic relationship -- acknowledges that Katniss has become a beacon of hope for the people but admonishes her to become a better actor, or deal with the death of her family, and likely District 12.

Our heroine decides it will be best for everyone if she sticks to the script, visits the districts and acts as though she loves Peeta.  That plan quickly comes apart during their first stop: District 11, the home of Katniss' dead friends Rue and Thresh, who saved her life in The Hunger Games.  This is Lawrence at her best, connecting with the audience in a moving scene during which she meets the people of District 11, and Rue and Thresh’s families.  Her heartfelt words inspire an elderly man to thrust his arm in the air and whistle, mimicking Katniss’ famous Mockingjay signal.  It incites a riot.

Katniss can’t help but be the inspiration she is, and there's not much Snow can do about: if he has her killed, it would surely lead to a further uprising.  Enter Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Gamemaker.  Heavensbee and Snow decided that the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games will be unlike any games they’ve had.  This time, they'll reap (select) the tributes from the living pool of past Hunger Games victors, forcing Katniss back into the arena, and quite possibly Peeta, too.  The plan, of course, is that they don't survive.

Stanley Tucci, who returns as Hunger Games host Caesar Flickerman, is even more enjoyable than he was in the first film.  The same goes for everything about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire -- which is saying a lot, given how high the first film set the bar.  Director Lawrence’s vision of this dystopian world is more consuming, too, making it easy to get lost in this two-hour, 26-minute wave of emotion that you just don't want to end.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is that rare instance when the movie is better than the book, and the second movie is better than the first. 

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Listen to Lorde's Anthem for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Soundtrack

Sep 29 2014 1:47pm CDT | Source: TV Guide

Lorde has released her a new song, titled "Yellow Flicker Beat," for the upcoming third film in the Hunger Games series. In July, Lionsgate announced that the 17-year-old music phenom would be curating the soundtrack and choosing which artists would be featured. The list is still under wraps and "Yellow Flicker Beat" is the first single for the album. which is slated for a Nov. 18 release date. Jennifer Lawrence is fearless in new Hunger Games: Mockingjay tr ...
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Five years ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find a major news outlet shaming you for looking at hacked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence or the other famous women whose private property was stolen from them and shared online. When Perez Hilton launched in 2004 and TMZ quickly followed in 2005, a new kind of celebrity-obsessed culture developed. Since then, you've been compelled to "LOOK, LOOK, LOOK" every time a c ...
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In this Friday’s installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category. Trending this week is the ‘Celebgate’ photo scandal – source material that late night comedians live for. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content In the aftermath of the “Celebgate” photo scandal – ...
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As Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Victoria Justice pursue legal action against the hackers and others found posting their stolen nude photos, Kaley Cuoco isn't taking things quite so seriously. The "Big Bang Theory" actress is among the many stars whose alleged nude photos were posted online this past weekend, yet Cuoco turned to humor in response to the incident: "What a fun day that was, frolicking with my hubs on the beaches of ...
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Conan O'Brien Hacks The Celebrity Nude Hacker, And The Truth Is More Disturbing Than You Thought

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The celebrity nude hacker has finally been exposed ... literally. The recent hack of personal celebrity photos, including those of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, is currently being investigated, but Conan O'Brien doesn't think that's enough. In order to give the culprit a taste of his own medicine, the talk show host hired a team to hack the hacker, and what he found was pretty ...
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Famous Women Point Out Exactly Why Leaking Nude Photos Is So Very Wrong

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This past Sunday, a 4chan user posted nude and revealing photos online, supposedly hacked from the iCloud accounts of numerous female celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Lea Michele and more. While some outlets have reported this leak as a juicy celebrity "scandal," it's more accurately described as a sex crime. Despite the clear criminality of the leak, corners of social media ...
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Lena Dunham condemns intimate photo leaks: 'Hackers are sex offenders'

Sep 1 2014 10:05am CDT | Source: Digital Spy

Girls creator hits out at those who released private photos of stars including Jenni ...
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Hacker leaks nude photos of stars including Jennifer Lawrence

Aug 31 2014 6:18pm CDT | Source: Digital Spy

Representative for Jennifer Lawrence condemns "violation of privacy" amid sca ...
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Jennifer Lawrence's Nude Photos Leak Online

Aug 31 2014 5:34pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

A 4chan user claims to have released nude photos of several female celebrities in a major hacking. The hacker said that he or she leaked photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and a host of other stars. A rep for J.Law confirmed that the images, allegedly stolen from her iCloud account, are real. "This is a flagrant violation of privacy," the spokesperson told HuffPost Entertainment. "The authorities have been contacted and will pros ...
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