Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Hunger Games Director: Jennifer Lawrence Deserves Oscar Love

Gary Ross has long ago finished principal photography on The Hunger Games and has clearly seen, what he thinks, is star Jennifer Lawrence at her best. The actress is Katniss and as we saw in The Hunger Games trailer, she really nails the character created by author Suzanne Collins.

Jennifer Lawrence: The Hunger Games
“The range in this performance, the emotional terrain that she investigates, the demands of what this role [is] — it’s such an intensely physical role and an emotional one. She carries the entire movie,” Ross told Entertainment Weekly recently. “To be able to do that at that age is so kind of incredible that I was in a little bit of awe. Do I think she should be nominated? Absolutely.”

The Hunger Games was filmed over a grueling 83-day shoot and the actress reports that the entire crew bonded fiercely. “We were all a family. Everything that I love about the movie, and everything that got me to say yes to this movie, was Gary,” Lawrence reported. She especially found common ground and a friend for life in her director. Yet, he also teased her frequently that he would only direct the first film in the trilogy and leave her with a new helmer for Catching Fire.

“He wanted me to worry about it, because he enjoys my anxiety. That was a huge, huge thing that he used to lure over my head. Like a bastard! I still don’t know for sure,” she said. “Is he definitely doing it?”

According to the director with his description of his vision for the second film, it sure sounds like he’ll be back. “I love the title Catching Fire because from the moment Katniss was willing to eat the berries, the moment she was willing to give her life for something larger than herself, she set off a chain reaction that was at once bigger than her and also because of her,” Ross said. “That’s a very exciting movie to make because you’re seeing the emergence of a leader. It’s the birth of a revolution so it has context that’s larger than just the Games themselves.”

Now, some actresses may give pause when signing on to a series, for fear of type casting the rest of their career. Lawrence apparently did not worry one bit. “Signing onto the movies I was like, ‘Well, I’ll probably love the first one and then I’ll just want to get the rest of them out of the way.’ But I can’t wait to start training. As soon as they were like, ‘We need to start training in July,’ I was like, ‘Woo-hoo!’ I can’t wait to get back,” Lawrence said. “Though I don’t know if that’s because I think we might shoot in Hawaii.”

Be sure to stay with Movie Fanatic this week for your chance to win tickets to The Hunger Games premiere!

Inside Safe House: Denzel Washington’s Thriller Tease

In Safe House, Denzel Washington is back at it as a bad guy for the first time since his role in Training Day delivered him an Oscar. The actor, along with his co-star Ryan Reynolds, is taking audiences inside his new thriller where he plays a rogue CIA agent who has been off the grid for 10 years. He suddenly shows up in Johannesburg, South Africa at the American Embassy. Meanwhile at a safe house across town, Reynolds’ agent has been keeping the place ready, should he get the call to duty. It has been 12 months since he has seen a soul and on this day, the world’s most wanted man is about to pay him a visit.

Reynolds’ facility comes under attack almost immediately after Washington gets there and the adventure begins.

Safe House also stars Brendan Gleeson, Vera Farmiga and Sam Shepard.

The Grey Quotes: Stare Right Back at Them

The Grey triumphed this week, giving Liam Neeson his fourth number one film in a row at the box office. The story of Neeson and his plane crash survivors who must fight a pack of wolves to even make it out of the Alaskan wilderness alive is riveting to say the least. It’s a harrowing tale, filled with inspiration about the human spirit and what we are capable of when our backs are against the wall.

The Grey: Liam Neeson Stars
As such, the film possesses a slew of fantastic lines and even a poem written by the father of Neeson’s character Ottway that carries him through the tragedy. Without further ado, we present the best of The Grey quotes — and yes, the best lines are saved for the film’s star!

Ottway: Don’t be afraid. | permalink

Diaz: Fate didn’t give a (expletive). Dead is dead. | permalink

Ottway: (Expletive) faith. Earn it. | permalink

Ottway: The last transformer blew. I think we hit oil, either way we’s killin wolves! | permalink
Ottway: I’m going to start beating the (expletive) out of you in the next five seconds. | permalink

Ottway: Once more into the fray
Into the last good fight I’ll ever know
Live or die on this day
Live or die on this day | permalink

Ottway: Don’t move. Stare right back at them. | permalink

Ottway: We figure what way is south and we start walkin’. | permalink

Ottway: There’s not a second that goes by when I’m not thinking of you. | permalink

Chronicle Exclusive: Director Josh Trank Gives Us Insight

Josh Trank has one wildly original film on his hands with Chronicle. The writer-director talked to Movie Fanatic for an exclusive video interview about how the fantastic idea first came to him. Chronicle is the story of three teens, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan, who at a random Friday night party, find a deep hole in the woods. After going into the chasm, they awake the next day unaware of what happened the night prior. What does become abundantly clear is they have the power of telekinesis. What they do with that power has never been so profoundly shown on screen. It is so real, the film will haunt you for weeks.

Chronicle opens February 3 and is a found-footage, faux-documentary-style film unlike any you’ve ever seen. Look for our exclusive interview with DeHaan, Russell and Jordan on February 1.

John Carter Super Bowl Ad Teaser

Disney is one of the studios who have promised a Super Bowl debut for one of their trailers. Looks like John Carter is the film, as the studio has released a teaser to whet your appetite. The film is also teaming up with the NFL to give viewers a chance to win a trip to next year’s Super Bowl.

During the Super Bowl John Carter trailer, look for a secret code to enter the “Journey to the Super Bowl Sweepstakes.” You could be taking a journey, not quite to Mars as John Carter does in the Disney film, but to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. And stay with Movie Fanatic throughout the big game as we bring you all the trailers that premiere during the game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.