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The Evolution of Jennifer Lawrence, From ‘Winter’s Bone’ to ‘mother!’ (Photos)

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The Evolution of Jennifer Lawrence, From ‘Winter’s Bone’ to ‘mother!’ (Photos)
Jennifer Lawrence has come a long way from her showbiz beginnings on TBS’ “The Bill Engvall Show” in 2007. JLaw made one of her first red carpet appearances at the premiere of “The Burning Plain” at the 2008 Venice Film Festival. Lawrence won critical raves as Ree Dolly in the 2010 independent film “Winter’s Bone,” for which she earned her first Oscar nomination. Here’s Lawrence at the 2011 Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. Lawrence scored a nomination for “Winter’s Bone” at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Lawrence arrived at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she was also nominated for “Winter’s Bone.
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Darren Aronofsky’s Outrageous ‘Mother!’ Throws Awards Voters a Curveball

Darren Aronofsky’s Outrageous ‘Mother!’ Throws Awards Voters a Curveball
Venice — Every good film festival needs a firestarter: a big, bold auteur film intended to split and disquiet audiences, whereupon the critical reaction winds up consuming as many analytical column inches as the movie itself. Yesterday, after a quiet but consistently respectable start — with the likes of “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri” premiering to warm consensus — Venice finally got its incendiary opinion-divider a week into the festival, as Darren Aronofsky’s aggressive, terrifying, deeply personal fever-dream “Mother!” was sprung on audiences.

For the first time at Venice this year, fierce boos reverberated around the Sala Darsena as the closing credits rolled — any European festival crowd’s favored way to express artistic disapproval, to the consternation of more temperate Americans and Brits. But the noise didn’t speak for the entire room: seconds later, Twitter made it clear that Aronofsky’s thorny provocation had as many exhilarated admirers as it did incensed detractors
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Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom Team Up in Trailer for ‘Unlocked’

Hot button topic: terrorism. Idea for a movie: Terrorists and… a spy! On the run! So comes the first trailer for Unlocked, a new double-crossin’, guy-on-the-inside thriller from Michael Apted (who has helmed episodes of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex, not to mention the James Bond film The World is Not Enough).

Led by Noomi Rapace, she plays aa fearless agent who, after a realization about her agency, must take matters into her own hands. Luckily, she has a friend she can trust in Orlando Bloom, as they sneak around and smash heads in the name of pure national security.

While Rapace is an incredible lead, the film will have to do a lot to stand out from a pack that is about as overcrowded as they come. See the trailer below, along with a poster and synopsis, for the film that also stars Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, and Toni Collette.
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Takashi Miike’s “Shield of Straw” Could Have Been a Masterpiece

Based on the great, homonymous novel by Kazuhiro Kiuchi, and having quite a large budget, since it was backed by Warner Bros, “Shield of Straw” had all the prerequisites for being a masterpiece.

A deadly game of hide-and-seek against the whole population

Kunihide Kiyomaru, who has a prior conviction for assaulting and killing a girl 8 years ago, is, once more, accused of a similar, grotesque crime. This time, however, the victim is the granddaughter of a Japanese tycoon and very powerful man, named Ninagawa. Three months after the murder, Ninagawa places a whole page ad in newspapers offering 1 billion yen to anyone who kills the perpetrator.

Kiyomaru, fearing for his life, surrenders to the police at the Fukuoka Police Station. Five detectives from the security section of Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrive in Fukuoka, in order to escort him to Tokyo. In their efforts, the five detectives (Kazuki Mekari, Atsuko Shiraiwa,
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John Carpenter Calls Rob Zombie A “Piece Of S—” For Lying About Him

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A shot fired this spring by John Carpenter is now landing with some impact as his comments about Rob Zombie, and his remake of “Halloween,” are starting to make the rounds. In short, Carpenter not only didn’t like the 2007 redo, he calls out Zombie for making up a story that he didn’t give the filmmaker his blessing to tackle the classic horror flick.

Read More: New Trailer For Rob Zombie’s ’31’ Plays A Deadly Game

“He lied about me,” the director said during a talk in April at the New York Film Academy.

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New Trailer For Rob Zombie’s ’31’ Plays A Deadly Game

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Halloween usually means that Hollywood is going to throw you a few different options at the multiplex to scare your pants off, and one of them will be the latest from Rob Zombie, who knows his way around gory setpieces. And this time, he’s taking you to the deadliest carnival ever in “31.” Read More: […]

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The Offensive Joke That Got Jennifer Lawrence Thrown Into Media Training

One of the reasons we still love Jennifer Lawrence is because she lacks a proper filter on her mouth. While out promoting a film (and she has appeared in several over the past few years), Lawrence is prone to saying whatever thought crosses her mind. But she usually does it in a way that.s moderately self-deprecating, playful, funny and charming. However, that.s not always the way things come out. Jennifer Lawrence is making the rounds, at the moment, in support of X-Men: Apocalypse, where she once again plays Mystique. On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the painfully candid actress recalls a time when she made a joke in front of journalists . just Jen being Jen! Only, it went way too far, and she eventually paid the price. While promoting the 2008 film The Burning Plain, in which she co-starred with Kim Basinger, Lawrence attended a press conference in
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Jennifer Lawrence, Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver Play "True Confessions" on The Tonight Show: Who's the Biggest Liar?

Jennifer Lawrence, Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver Play
It's not always clear when Jennifer Lawrence is telling the truth. In fact, when she appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show Monday, Lawrence recalled once lying to a pool of reporters during her first-ever press junket for the 2008 movie The Burning Plain. At the time, director Guillermo Arriaga and co-star Charlize Theron joined the newbie actress at the event. "Kim Basinger wasn't there. We were doing an international press conference and somebody said, 'Where is Kim Basinger?' I just leaned in the microphone and was like, 'You didn't hear? Kim died.' There was like a beat while it got translated and then it was [mayhem]," she said. "I got ripped off the stage and thrown into media...
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A Look Back at Jennifer Lawrence’s Bizarre Pre-‘Hunger Games’ Career

A Look Back at Jennifer Lawrence’s Bizarre Pre-‘Hunger Games’ Career
Jennifer Lawrence’s career can be divided into two distinct parts: before and after Katniss Everdeen.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” opens on Friday, concluding the series that has guaranteed her global attention, in which the digital world has recorded each sentence, movement and rumor (95% of them not true).

Her work before the first film in 2012 was also pretty interesting, though less scrupulously documented.

She grew up in Louisville, went to New York during spring break at age 14, and persuaded her parents to allow a summer there to explore acting. On July 17, 2007, Variety‘s Brian Lowry reviewed a new Bill Engvall sitcom, “The Bill Engvall Show,” which was hoping to tap into his “blue collar comedy” audience. The standup comic played a family counselor who couldn’t control own family, including a teen daughter (Lawrence). Lowry wrote that the show was a “decidedly slim and rarely funny,” and there
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‘Babel’s’ Guillermo Arriaga on Screenwriting, His Novel, Returning to Directing

‘Babel’s’ Guillermo Arriaga on Screenwriting, His Novel, Returning to Directing
London — Mexican writer, producer and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga brings the Raindance Film Festival to a close this weekend with a masterclass on scriptwriting. Now 57, Arriaga came to international attention in Cannes with the 2000 Critics’ Week hit “Amores Perros.” The first in a trilogy made in collaboration with fellow Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the film was followed by Venice and Cannes hits “21 Grams” and “Babel” in 2004 and 2006 respectively, and established Arriaga’s trademark non-linear, multiple-character writing style. After working with Tommy Lee Jones on the U.S. neo-western “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” in 2005, Arriaga made his directing debut in 2008 with “The Burning Plain,” an English-language domestic drama that starred Charlize Theron and gave an early platform to Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.

Is it true that you don’t like the word “screenwriter”?

No, I have a problem with the word in Spanish. “Screenwriter” is the correct word in English because
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Dark Places | Review

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Grim Girl: Pacquet-Brenner’s Adaptation Brandishes Relentlessly Contrived Twists

“I have a meanness in me,” warns the omniscient narrator of Dark Places, as voiced by a steely Charlize Theron portraying an adult in perpetual arrested development thanks to devastating tragedy from her youth she’s been milking ever since as a means of livelihood and escape. Unfortunately, the film is unable to correctly capture the complexities of such a characterization and it’s exactly these types of sterling nuggets from Gillian Flynn’s source novel which fall with graceless thuds throughout Gilles Pacquet-Brenner’s adaptation of Dark Places.

The sort of thriller which could be euphemistically referred to as ‘labyrinthine,’ this cinematic re-tooling bears certain similarities to Pacquet-Brenner’s last high profile film, the adaptation of Tatiana de Rosnay’s celebrated novel Sarah’s Key (2010), a mystery tinged tragedy drained of its potency for a celluloid brassiere specializing in the
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Time Machine: Lawrence Is Dazzling Woman in Red

Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.
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Iff Panama: Guillermo Arriaga Presents Panama with ‘Words with Gods’

Iff Panama: Guillermo Arriaga Presents Panama with ‘Words with Gods’
Panama – On Sunday, April 12, the Oscar-nominated Mexican scribe-helmer Guillermo Arriaga will present “Words With Gods” at Panama City’s National Theater, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Arriaga, who was the Fipresci Latin American Personality of the Year in 2014, boasts a filmography that includes three collaborations as a screenwriter with three-time Oscar-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Love’s a Bitch,” “21 Grams” and “Babel”), as well as “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” with Tommy Lee Jones, which won the best screenplay prize for Arriaga at Cannes; “The Night Buffalo” with Jorge Hernández Aldana; and “The Burning Plain,” which Arriaga also directed, premiered in Venice in 2008 and starred Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger and Jennifer Lawrence.

He has also written the novels “The Guillotine Squad” (1991), “A Sweet Scent of Death” (1994), “Night Buffalo” (1999) and the book of short stories “Retorno 201” (2006). His novels have been translated into 18 languages.

Based on Arriaga’s concept
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Iff Panama: Building Central America, the Caribbean

Iff Panama: Building Central America, the Caribbean
Running April 9-15, and now celebrating its fourth edition, the International Film Festival of Panama reps one of the world’s most quickly consolidating festivals in two of its nascent but fast-growing film regions: Central America and the Caribbean.

There’s a relationship. Launched in 2012, Piff has a mission, in industry and international terms, to serve as a platform for Central America and the closer Caribbean countries, and as a driver for further growth, said Pituka Ortega Heilbron, Iff Panama director, who runs the festival with Diana Sanchez, the Toronto Fest programmer for Latin America, Spain and Portugal, serving as its artistic director.

That is an exciting mission. Boosted by multiplex construction, Central America box office was $94.8 million in 2012 and soared 13% in two years to $107.2 million in 2014, per Luis Vargas, Rentrak managing director for Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, Colombia and Venezuela.

Central America’s 2014 top 10 was packed out exclusively by Hollywood family and action fare,
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Spotlight on the Stars: Jennifer Lawrence

For this week’s new spotlight piece, I wanted to again take a look at one of the biggest A listers in the industry…Jennifer Lawrence. I’ve written about her once or twice before, but as a legitimate megastar who’s also still a bit of an up and comer, I figured she was perfect for this piece once again. She’s someone who’s powerful in Hollywood, grounded in a way that most young stars aren’t, and above all else…one of the best actresses in the business, bar none, with an Oscar on her mantle to prove it. Lawrence consistently does interesting work and is more than worth checking in on here and there. As such, she’s perfect for the spotlight today, so let us dive in. Lawrence first got her start, like many young up and comers, on television. Guest spots on Cold Case,
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Lirio Ferreira’s “Blue Blood” Tops Rio Festival

Lirio Ferreira’s “Blue Blood” Tops Rio Festival
Rio De Janeiro — Lirio Ferreira’s “Blue Blood,” the story of a circus performer’s attempted reconciliation with his family past, topped the 2014 Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival, winning three Redentor Prizes: Best film, director and supporting actor (Romulo Braga).

Top plaudits in the Rio Fest’s centerpiece Premiere Brasil panoarama rep vindication for Ferreira, who has made just three fiction features in 17 years, his previous movie, “Dry Movie,” dating from 2005.

Set up at Drama Filmes, and produced by producer-director-screenwriter Renato Ciasca, a longtime associate of Beto Brant, with whom he co-directed “I’d Receive the Worst News From Your Beautiful Lips.”

Chico Teixeira’s “Absence,” a big city coming of age story produced by BossaNovaFilms, won a special jury prize.

A vast 41-feature section, including docus and more avant-garde plays, Premiere Brasil works as an effective new talent platform. By their prize count, a clutch of new directors
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Ron Perlman Added to Alex Garcia’s ‘The Jesuit’ (Exclusive)

Rio De Janeiro — Boarding late in the day, Ron Perlman (“Hellboy,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Drive”) has completed the key cast of Alfonso Pineda Ulloa’s “The Jesuit,” L.A.-based Mexican producer Alex Garcia’s biggest action-thriller to date at Ag Studios, departing from a Paul Schrader screenplay.

A road movie actioner, “The Jesuit,” turns on an ex-con, wrongly imprisoned, called the Jesuit, whose ex-wife is murdered by her boyfriend who then kidnaps his son. The Jesuit devises an elaborate plan to save his son and avenge the murder, embarking on a revenge rampage from Texas through Mexico to its deep, deep jungle in Mexico’s south. Perlman plays “The Jesuit’s” out-and-out villain.

“As is most always the case, I was impressed by the writing and the people involved in the process,” Perlman commented on his casting.

“And of course, it didn’t hurt that it was shooting in Mexico,
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Los Cabos Hosts North American Premiere of ‘Words With Gods’

Los Cabos Hosts North American Premiere of ‘Words With Gods’
Madrid – In a coup for the fast-growing Mexican Festival, November’s third Los Cabos Festival will host the North American premiere of “Words With Gods.”

The first part of a four-feature project, “Heartbeat of the World” and a one-of-a kind for the Mexican film industry, “Heartbeat” links director-screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (“The Burning Plain”), who originated the concept for “Heartbeat,” and Alex Garcia, the L.A.-based prexy of Ag Studios, who produces with Argentina’s Lucas Akoskin and Arriaga.

Screening Nov. 14, “Words With Gods” will comprise the centerpiece gala screening of the festival, which runs Nov. 12-16. At the gala, Arriaga will receive Los Cabos’ Mexican Tribute award, fest director Alonso Aguilar-Castillo told Variety, confirming Los Cabos has been chasing the film for a year.

While Arriaga and Garcia are driving forces behind “Words With Gods,” an omnibus feature of nine short films, its directors could hardly be more far-ranging
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Jennifer Lawrence Covers "Vanity Fair"

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Take another look @ Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence in a revealing video/images by photographer Ellen von Unwerth for a cover story in "Vanity Fair" (Us) magazine :

Lawrence' career started with the independent film "The Burning Plain" (2008) followed by an Oscar nomination for her work in "Winter's Bone" (2010).

She played a recovering sex addict in the romantic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012).

Lawrence is also known for playing 'Raven Darkhölme'/'Mystique' in the 2011 film "X-Men: First Class", "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" and an Oscar-nominated performance in "American Hustle". 

In 2012, Lawrence starred as 'Katniss Everdeen" in "The Hunger Games", the first of a series of films adapting the novels of author Suzanne Collins.

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Jennifer Lawrence Covers "Marie Claire"

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Sneak Peek new images of Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence in a fashion editorial for the June 2014 issue of "Marie Claire" magazine, photographed by Jan Welters:

Lawrence' first major role was as a lead cast member on the TBS sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show" (2007–09). She subsequently appeared in the independent films "The Burning Plain" (2008) and "Winter's Bone" (2010), for which she received her first Academy Award nomination.

At age 22, her performance in the David O. Russell-directed romantic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) earned her several awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) and the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second-youngest Best Actress winner at the Oscars.

For her supporting role in Russell's comedy-drama "American Hustle" (2013), she was awarded the Golden Globe Award, the BAFTA Award and received a third Academy Award nomination, all for Best Supporting Actress.

Lawrence is also known for playing 'Raven
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