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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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Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Martin Reportedly Split

Oct 27 2014 5:11pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin surprised everyone when they began dating back in August. Now, they've surprised everyone yet again by reportedly breaking up. The 24-year-old actress was the one to end things with the 37-year-old Coldplay singer, a source told People magazine. Apparently, even a rumored blessing from Martin's consciously-uncoupled wife, Gwyneth Paltrow (she reportedly felt, "Hey, he could do worse,'" of Martin's relationship with L ...
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Larry David Responds To Jennifer Lawrence's Declaration Of Love

Oct 13 2014 1:09pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

In a recent profile in Vanity Fair, Jennifer Lawrence confessed her love for "Curb Your Enthusiasm" creator and star Larry David. "I'm in love with him, and I have been for a really long time," the 24-year-old actress said. "I worship Woody Allen, but I don't feel it below the belt the way I do for Larry David." At the New Yorker Festival on Saturday, David had the chance to respond t ...
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6 weeks ago

Nicholas Hoult Uncomfortably Discusses Jennifer Lawrence's Leaked Nude Photos

Oct 10 2014 1:15pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

For a surefire way to make a conversation exceedingly awkward, take "Good Day New York" host Rosanna Scotto's approach during an interview with Nicholas Hoult in which she asked if Jennifer Lawrence's leaked nude photos were intended for him. On Thursday, Hoult appeared on the show to promote his new movie, "Young Ones," but the questioning veered sharply off-course when Scotto asked: "Speaking of ...
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7 weeks ago

Nick Hogan Is The First Male Victim Of The Celebrity Photo Hacking Ring

Oct 6 2014 12:59pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Hulk Hogan's son Nick Hogan has become the first male celebrity to have his personal photos stolen by a ring of hackers, reports TMZ. Dozens of photos were stolen from the 24-year-old, including some in which he poses with various girlfriends from over the years, in various states of undress and sexual positions, according to the website. Hogan told TMZ that some of the photos included in the l ...
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7 weeks ago

Bradley Cooper surprises Jennifer Lawrence in first clip from Serena

Oct 3 2014 5:04am CDT | Source: Digital Spy

The delayed period drama will premiere at BFI London Film Festival on Octobe ...
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8 weeks ago

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. Jennife ...
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