Some of us love to pore over every fall movie preview we can get our hands on, reading reviews from Cannes and Toronto, marking our calendars with premiere dates and pre-ordering our tix on Fandango as soon as we can. For others, that sounds way too much like homework. That’s why we made this quick little guide to the top 10 flicks we’re dying to see, with the kind of blurb that won’t tax your short attention spans. And sure, we’re leaving out a whole bunch of Oscar contenders, guilty pleasures and interesting films we’ll eventually watch, but this is a list based on fandom, gut instinct and, yeah, intense crushes. Here they are in (order of premiere date):
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Logan Lerman will make you cry, you will wish Emma Watson and Ezra Miller were your best friends, and you will go home and hunt down your long-lost mixtapes. In select theaters September 21.
Pitch Perfect: No one does smart-talking like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson is our new imaginary girlfriend, and we think Elizabeth Banks (who produced) can do no wrong. In theaters September 28.
Alex Cross: We can’t wait to see how Tyler Perry does with someone else’s lines … as a sexy detective, no less. And Matthew Fox’s weightloss is purely fascinating. In theaters October 19.
Skyfall: Daniel Craig is our weakness — and in this James Bond installment, we’ll get to see the skeleton in Q’s closet. Let’s forget Quantum of Solace ever happened. In theaters November 9.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2: We’ve been waiting for four years to see vampire Bella and the X-Men-style throwdown of Cullen clan vs. Volturi. In theaters November 16.
Silver Linings Playbook: Jennifer Lawrence finally gets to have some fun in a movie, opposite Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper, and they’re both playing mentally unstable people in a movie directed by possibly mentally unstable filmmaker David O. Russell. In theaters November 21.
Not only did Kristen Stewart get to enjoy the kudos surrounding On the Road during her visit to the Toronto Film Festival last week, she also had the chance to put two big rumors/fears to rest: 1) That the promotional tour for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is going to be really awkward, and 2) that she has an ongoing feud with Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence.
When asked about the potential weirdness of promoting Breaking Dawn with Robert Pattinson, she told The Associated Press, “We’re going to be fine. We’re totally fine.”
Then Stewart and Lawrence finally quashed rumors that spread this spring about a supposed rivalry between the 22-year-old actresses. They met in person for the first time while doing press at the Intercontinental Hotel. “People who saw them said they were geeking out about each other,” a source told Us Weekly. “Kristen and Jennifer told friends they had emailed in the past but had never seen each other face to face. They’re big fans of each other.”
You know, the main reason we want to see Jennifer Lawrence in The House At The End of the Street is because, well, she’s never really played “completely scared out of her mind” before. Oh sure, Katniss was no doubt terrified as she defended her life in the Hunger Games, and we can’t imagine Ree was totally fear-free as she hunted down her meth dealing dad in Winter’s Bone. But straight horror is a different thing entirely. While before Jennifer had a rich character narrative to draw on, here she is just trying to wash some dishes and watch a movie. You know, be a normal person. She has painfully few options when evil comes a-knocking (Even if said evil does turn out to be just a friend of hers)(A friend who is a jerk. Who sneaks up on people like that? Who?).
So when her horror feature drops September 21, will Lawrence bring some of her characteristic stoic determination to her HATES character? Of course she will! The woman crawls through broken glass like it ain’t no thang in the movie’s trailer! Just get ready for 100% more screaming and flailing in the meantime. Now, would a Jennifer Lawrence character pee her pants? No, you’re right. She’s better than the rest of us, even if she is running away from ghosts.
Jennifer Lawrence is turning 22 today, and we couldn’t be more proud of the “girl on fire.” Some of us fell in love with her back when she did Winter’s Bone, others jumped in with The Hunger Games, but regardless of when our fandom began, we haven’t been able to get enough of her. We watched teary-eyed and cheered her on as she protected her family, stepped in for Primrose, shot an arrow through an apple, devoted herself to Peeta and emerged a victor. Are we the only ones that pretend we’re Katniss Everdeen in the midst of the Games when we need to run those last few dreaded minutes on the treadmill? It definitely helped when we found out that she really trains that hard (sans arrows) off-set too.
Sure, we’ve heard rumblings that archery’s becoming more popular in recent months, but one HG trend that’s much more visible in everyday life is that signature Katniss braid. That’s why we decided to focus on her hair for this birthday celebration. Jennifer’s always keeping it fresh with her hair color and styling — with or without Cinna’s help. From her days as a spunky teenageron TBS’ The Bill Engvall Show to her ass-kicking times in X-Men, she’s always shocking us with her new looks, and we’re always looking forward to what she’s going to come out with next.
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So, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lawrence is “in the final stages of negotiations” to get a big fat raise for The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Whereas she got $500,000 plus bonuses from the first flick, she’ll be getting something like $10 million total for number two. And you know what? We think she totally deserves it. We’ve been catching snippets of the DVD extras before its August 18 release, and they go a long way to showing that she’s the real heart of the movie (well, that and Suzanne Collins’ story, of course). Take this latest exclusive clip on Vulture today, all about how director Gary Ross and visual effects supervisor Sheena Duggal decided on the way to create Katniss and Peeta’s flaming arena costumes.
I hope you don’t take away my HG fangirl badge for saying this, but the Girl on Fire scene was basically my least favorite of the whole movie. The effects fell way short of my imagination, and they just seemed rather cheesy to me. Not that I could tell you how it would look better, mind you. My point is, even though the effects very occasionally reminded you that you were watching a fictional movie, Lawrence’s stark performance consistently brought me back into the story. I’m sure a whole lot of the three hours of behind-the-scenes footage the DVD contains is going to show more of the same. Here she is learning how to climb trees — but of course, we never care how well she climbs the trees in the end, it’s all about the look on her face once she’s up there, watching the Careers plot her demise.
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Uh, is it us or is the new Silver Linings Playbook trailer really burying the lead on the most important aspect of the movie: the fact that (at least part of) it is a Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper dance movie? This is not a (dance) drill, people! According to IMDB, the film’s plot could be summed up thusly: “After spending four years in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his mother and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.” There is literally no mention of a sexy dance competition or sexy dance rehearsals or sexy dance sexing at all! We feel like we’re taking crazy pills here! Crazy pills that make us hallucinate Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence tangoing in there sweatpants in someone’s garage!
One of our bosses just walked out of his office saying “I hate the Internet.” We’re pretty sure he was joking … or he’s secretly a Miley Cyrus fan. Because if we were Miley or one of her fans, that’s how we’d feel today. First there’s the latest rumor, which we read via GossipCop, that Liam Hemsworth has threatened to call off their engagement if she doesn’t start eating more. Which, girl is looking quite thin these days, but that is what happens when you cut out gluten, and she seems OK in the muscle tone department, and also, what century do we live in that any man would dare say such a thing? Internet rumor number two is much more fascinating and timely: Crushable brought our attention to a blind item that states that two young actors from “one of the biggest movies of the year” weren’t hooking up with each other, as some speculated, but in fact “the female lead DID have an on set fling – but not with her costar – with her costar’s GIRLFRIEND when she came to visit!” And Crushable, along with all of the commenters on BlindGossip.com, are convinced that this is referring to Miley, Liam and his Hunger Games co-star Jennifer Lawrence.
Huh. We wouldn’t blame Miley for wanting to hook up with Katniss — she’s enough to make anyone consider switching teams. But based on how adorably chummy JLaw, Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson were on the set and in interviews after the fact, we have a really hard time believing Jen would jeopardize that relationship. Especially given the fact that they have to make three more movies together and hooking up with Miley would make things rather awkward. So, yeah, the Internet. What are you going to do with it? Let’s just go back to admiring Jennifer’s real-life heroic efforts.
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Guys, Catching Fire isn’t coming out for a long time. Not a long time in the grand scheme of the planet, of course, though by the time Novebmer 22, 2013 rolls around, it’s going to feel like we’ve been waiting an eon. Luckily we have a few tiny sips of Hunger Games news for your parched brains in the meantime. For example, Katniss’s…oh boy, Jennifer Lawrence‘s heroics after finding a young woman passed out on her lawn yesterday. “Jennifer ran outside her apartment when she heard a girl scream and immediately called 911. When the EMT arrived, she stayed to make sure everything was OK. She was really scared for the girl,” X17 reported. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, “alcohol may have played a role in the incident.” Aw, you know Jen would step up and help like that! It’s as if our incredibly tame fan fiction is coming true!
As for the complicated fictional heros we’re in love with, following the allegedly Philip Seymour Hoffman/Plutarch Heavensbee news, Jena Malone has recently cropped up as a possible casting pick for Johanna Mason. Jena definitely wasn’t our first thought (Sucker Punch left a real gross taste in our mouths), but color us intrigued. Does the Hatfields & McCoys actress seem like she has a “wicked ability to murder”? Can you envision her ratting Katniss right off the bat by meeting her for the first time stark naked…save for a pair of green slippers? Does mulling over a possible Johanna Mason actress seem like it’ll take up a little time during the eternal wait until next fall? We’re going to help you make it, you guys. We promise we will.
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When we saw these photographs of Jennifer Lawrence, we thought she may have already started filming Catching Fire. But then we saw all the tell-tale tick marks on her gear which means Nike, which we’re not sure is available in Panem. This is J.Law “jogging” in Santa Monica. She basically raced from the beach to Ocean Boulevard and didn’t even break a sweat. Could she actually be Katniss Everdeen? We think she could! WHO looks like that when they’re running flat-out? We can’t even call this slow-motion because you can see how fast she’s going! We’d feel bad (because we’re, basically, lazy) if we didn’t know that she got a nice little break with boyfriend Nicholas Hoult in London and Monaco less than a month ago.
The second installment of The Hunger Games is scheduled to release in the winter next year, which means that Jennifer has to stay in serious shape so she looks the part of a lean, mean fighting machine. With these kind of workouts, we don’t think it’s going to be a problem. What is going to be a problem, is that she may just make Peeta and Gale look totally wimpy, is she keeps at it!
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Is this the dawn of a new era? The 2012 MTV Movie Awards nominations were announced today, and we’re not sure whether to be surprised about them: The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids lead the pack, with eight nominations apiece; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and 21 Jumpstreet follow with six nods each; and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is way down on the list with only two nominations. After so many years of Twilight mania ruling the show, does this mark the end of an era? Maybe. But it’s also pretty obviously the result of the nominees being chosen entirely by a panel of actors, producers and other insiders rather than by fans as it was last year, when Eclipse lead the pack with eight nods.
Of course, Twi-hards should be relieved to see Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in their time-honored slot among the Best Kiss nominees. As we predicted, they’ll be going liplock-to-liplock with Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence — along with Crazy, Stupid, Love’s Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, Deathly Hallows’ Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, and The Vow’s Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. When VH1 News caught up with Hutcherson last month, he didn’t think he had too much of a chance to beat Robsten.