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Up For the Ride with Passengers

Last week we were raving about Rogue One (and enjoying seeing evidence of the “Everdeen Effect”). Now add Passengers to the list of movies we’re excited for in December. Well, we’ve been psyched for it since the movie was announced. Because Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in a sci-fi space thriller romance movie from the director of The Imitation Game has pretty much everything going for it in our book. Personally, since my favorite movie of all time is Catching Fire and favorite TV show is Parks and Recreation (which starred Pratt), it brings out all my fan hopes and dreams. Which can be a scary thing. So. Much. Pressure.

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But now our excitement level is at the SHOW-US-THAT-TRAILER-NOW-impatient level. Because footage debuted at Cinema-Con last night (warning – link has spoilers that I did not read). The buzz was super-positive.

 

 

 

 

WE CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS. Plus, think of all the fun that’s going to come out of that press tour.

I mean, look at them!

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If you’re wondering when a trailer will be available to the public’s eager eyes, bets are on the week that X-Men: Apocalypse comes out at the end of May.

If we can’t have a Hunger Games movie to look forward to this year, this definitely helps.

JJ

 

 

That Golden Globes Fiasco

By now, you’ve all heard about it– because no one will shut up about it. Soooo let’s just confront this sucker head on!

In a not-so-surprising twist, Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe for Joy. The movie really wasn’t great, but Jennifer was great in it. She got noticed. The backlash from the hipsters who want to paint her as overrated was inevitable, because HATERS GONNA HATE, AMIRITE?! But then it happened.

The headlines were loud and sheer clickbait, all along the lines of “Jennifer Lawrence scolds foreign reporter”. There were lots of rumors and embellishments surrounding this short interaction. And then the Internet seriously lost its shit.

If you missed it, here’s the full video clip so you have some context.

Let’s start with the rumors. Right after this happened, all people knew is that the journalist has an accent and some sources reported he was using a translation app, making it look like Jennifer poked fun at a man because English wasn’t his first language. Even when we first heard it, accompanied by a ultra-edited version of the video from Variety, we thought “Man… this actually might be pretty bad…” But of course, more details came out, like this:

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O RLY. So it turns out that the media agencies and anti-Jen folks calling her a racist are actually kinda racist themselves for assuming a man with an accent can’t speak English without help from technology. Funny how that works! It turns out the guy was stumbling over his question because he was too busy trying to get photos/video of Jen looking directly at him.

Under the circumstances, we kind of agree with Jen– it was actually pretty rude of the reporter. He only had one question to fire off. He could have held the phone somewhere other than eye level when asking, if that was his only recording device. He clearly let himself get too distracted to ask his question succinctly. From someone with a journalism background who has interviewed actors, there wasn’t a whole lot of professionalism going on there. So why is she a brat for jokingly telling the guy to get out from behind his phone, again?

People were mad about Jen making the “This is the Golden Globes” joke in there, but perhaps people don’t realize the reporter’s folly that likely prompted her to cut her off. He was asking about The Oscars– and we would guess Jen knew that– and that is a HUGE FAUX PAS. Superstition runs high everywhere, even among actors. Discussing the Oscars at the Golden Globes is considered a jinx and just bad form. A lot of actors would blow off that topic.

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We’re not saying Jen handled to situation perfectly. But damn, the lady is human. And automatically jumping to the conclusion that she’s a spoiled brat bullying a foreign man for just trying to do his job is pretty ridiculous. How about instead we try to get all the details instead of biting an actresses head off for asking a guy to interact with her in a way that made her feel comfortable, k?

God Forbid Actors Want To Be Treated Like People!
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Kissing Co-Stars

Just when the fandom beings to quiet down and we admittedly turned our attentions elsewhere– namely, Star Wars and basically every major 2016 movie that released big advertising in front of Star Wars– leave it to Jennifer Lawrence to get all The Hunger Games fans riled up again!

If you were in the fandom back in the early days of the movie production, you probably remember how the trashy magazine rumors about the torrid love triangle between Jennifer, Josh, and Liam, despite the fact that at least two of the three were in other relationships at the time. Even through Catching Fire, the hookup rumors never totally faded. Meanwhile, fans all rolled their eyes and said “Urgh, they’re all just really good friends! Why does the media have to be like that?! GAWD!

Well, we were right and we were wrong. Observe!

Now, before you get on the “Lyke OMG they’re totes together!” train that some fangirls immediately ran to, remember that no, they’re probably not. Sure, everyone has talked about how Liam has been decidedly more light-hearted and active in the final round of promotions, perhaps even a little flirtatious, depending on who you talk to. But that doesn’t mean anything.

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Here’s the thing about being in your teens and 20s– you have a core group of friends, probably people you grew up with like Jen said. These groups are damn near incestuous. Because these like-minded people are spending all their time together, they grow very close. Friends flirt with each other. They date people their other friends have dated. And yeah, occasionally, friends who aren’t planning to be in a relationship make out. Essentially, shit happens.

The media outlets are blowing this as if Jen and Liam have been secretly banging for months. AND MAYBE THEY HAVE. Who cares?! But all she admitted to was a kiss, folks, so don’t lose your mind quite yet. Lots of people kiss which later amounts to nothing. Speculation upon speculation upon speculation!

Frankly, we could care less with what’s goin’ on between these two. C’est la vie! We’re more thrilled about Jen’s reaction to being asked about Justin Bieber:

"That's a hard no."

“That’s A Hard No.”
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Apocalyptic Resurgences

TRAILERS. TRAILERS EVERYWHERE!

They’re not for The Hunger Games franchise anymore (*ragged breath*), but they’ve still got big names this fandom loves in ’em!

As you know (unless you are living under a rock– more like an entire damn tectonic plate, in this case,) Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out in mere days. It’s easily going to be the biggest movie of the year, without question. Rather than fight that, studios are taking advantage by dropped their trailers in front of the film for millions to see.

Take note, Lionsgate. That is how you market a big movie! …Sorry, we’re still not over the epic ball-drop that was not putting a MJ2 trailer with Age of Ultron.

As it turns out, both Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth are in movies that will be advertised with Star Wars and the trailers were dropped early so willing viewers can get a visual early.

First, X-Men: Apocalypse!

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X-Men is a big ensemble piece, which is part of its charm, but Jen did have a few moments to shine. The trailer briefly confronts Mystique’s wishy-washiness when it’s come to fair fights in the past and her propensity for sticking by less moral characters, while also showing her as a mentor figure for the newest mutants.

We were really excited about this one before the trailer and that still stands. Sure, there’s a chance things will get bogged down with too much going on, but it looks like a pretty straight shot in the trailer. The X-Men franchise is usually a crowd pleaser, so we’re ready!

Mostly, we’re just surprised that her hair is long and tied back, because we thought it was shoulder length all this time based off stills. Whoops!

But we’re even more surprised with Independence Day: Resurgence!

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Full disclosure: We were fully prepared to hate everything about this movie. And in all fairness, we still could. But the trailer was WAY BETTER than expected! There’s tension, suspense, and the very smart decision to hearken back to the original film with Bill Pullman’s epic speech. We never wanted this sequel and yet…

Liam shows up a few times: Strutting in a pilot’s uniform, canoodling with his movie love interest, and… on the moon or a meteor somewhere, apparently? It’s not a TON– Jeff Goldblum is still running this ship– but it’s definitely enough to pinpoint that he’s a major player in the film.

Liam has clearly done well in Hollywood, but hasn’t quite yet cemented his leading man status. Maybe this movie will be the one to help him make that transition? We’ll see!

*quietly waits for the “None of this even matters because STAR WARS, bro!” fanboy to show up*,
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Jennifer & Joy

It’s awards season once again! And for the third year in a row, Jennifer Lawrence is nominated on the awards circuit for her work in a David O. Russell film!

You know what definitely doesn't get an award? That fake ass snow!

You know what definitely doesn’t get an award? That fake ass snow!

For those of you keeping track at home, Jennifer won the Critics Choice, SAG award, Golden Globe, and Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013, plus the BAFTA and Golden Globe for American Hustle last year. Those weren’t even her first big nominations, of course. She was nominated for the Oscar for Winter’s Bone in 2011, before she signed on for The Hunger Games.

It was absolutely no surprise to us that Jennifer was nominated once again for her latest, Joy. It’s become really hip to say she’s overrated these days, but that is PURE MELLARKY (See what we did there?! We’re proud.) The girl has more natural acting talent than some actors muster over a decades-long career. She’s acted the hell out of everything we’ve ever seen her in and we have no doubt that she’s great in Joy.

But here’s the kicker this time around: In early reviews, Joy is not doing too hot.

We try not to give too much credence to critics. There are just far too many snobs out there who hate just about anything, especially if its popular, because it distract too much from ~*~the art~*~. Like The Hunger Games or David O. Russell movies or Jennifer Lawrence or what have you! But many of the reviews we’ve seen seem pretty similar: They essentially say Jennifer acts the hell out of what she has to work with, but the script doesn’t offer much originality or do the story justice.

Tough lady wields a shotgun trope!

Tough lady wields a shotgun trope!

It’s definitely something we’re having trouble reconciling. Joy has a significantly worse score on Rotten Tomatoes than Mockingjay Part 2– which got a hefty chunk of critical hate– and it was still nominated in the Best Musical Or Comedy category. And generally, even if an actor is superb, they don’t often get nominated for films that aren’t critically-acclaimed on the whole. Perhaps its just one of those rare cases were the film appeals to the Hollywood Foreign Press, but not necessarily the industry of professional critique on the whole? Or is David O. Russell still somehow riding the perks of his last two successes? It’s hard to know!

One thing is sure: We’re going to have to figure this mystery when Joy hits theaters in a couple weeks!

Joy To The World, We Guess?
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The Fantastic Mockingjay Part 2 Score – And that Cynical Remix

Yesterday the Mockingjay Part 2 Soundtrack went on sale on iTunes and Google Play. This soundtrack is just the musical score, not songs “inspired by” the movie but we LOVE it. James Newton Howard has once again blown us away with music for the movie, and has brought back many of the musical cues from previous films that give us ALL THE FEELS.

mj2 soundtrackIf you’ve seen the film, you know that Jennifer Lawrence sings “Deep in the Meadow” over the beginning of the closing credits. The song is a lullaby, and with the final scene of MJ2 featuring Katniss comforting her baby, it’s a lovely, quiet way to end the film. The song carries a huge amount of emotional weight throughout the series, as it’s the song Katniss sings to comfort Prim at the beginning of the first movie, and the song she sings to Rue as she dies. Fans have been talking about how much they love the inclusion of this song since the movie’s release.

The peace and happiness was short-lived however, since yesterday as well saw the release of this lullaby AS A DANCE REMIX. Cue the awful Hanging Tree Remix flashbacks, everyone!

Having a dance remix of this song is so out of place and unnecessary it seems like a joke. Add on top of it the fact that fans more or less hated the “Hanging Tree Remix” and preferred the version from the movie, this decision feels like awful trolling. In fact, back in January I joked that they would do this.

There’s definitely a huge disconnect between what Republic Records and/or Lionsgate thinks is appropriate or what even in the slightest way works as music. As long as they see some money to be made, they seem to think anything is worth trying. Our friends at Jabberjays.net explain our frustration very well.

…all this remix signifies is a clear-cut showing of corporate greed and exploitation of Jennifer Lawrence and Katniss Everdeen. Never mind that any fan of The Hunger Games would gladly buy Deep in the Meadow in its pure, original format. Never mind that the song is supposed to have a beautiful, lasting legacy and provide peace for fans new and old alike. Never mind that this song is supposed to comfort, not inspire finger-tapping on the steering wheel.

If there was any question about the fan response to the remix, it can be found in the replies to this promotional tweet.

I don’t think the fandom could be any clearer.

So anyway, let’s go back to enjoying the score, cause it’s fantastic. And we’ll listen to THE SCORE’S version of “Deep in the Meadow” and try to forget about remix nightmares.

We need some comfort, Katniss.

JJ

 

Mockingjay Part 2 Premieres: The Beginning Of The End

The last round of The Hunger Games franchise premieres have begun. We’re trying really hard to to get too sentimental, but man, it’s hard to know the days of this wonderful promotion-driven lunacy are numbered. There’s a lot of monotony, but there’s always some brilliant moments that rise from the ashes.

With Berlin and London already in the bag, here’s a little catch-up on those premieres!

First off, the ladies of our franchise are not afraid of their boobs. To which we say YOU GO, LADIES!

These dresses are gorgeous and we’re glad they look so confident, because we’d just be a mess of double-sided tape and anxiety in anything that sassy. Hell, Jena looks like a work of art!

Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Willow probably hid their movie theater snacks in their dresses and we forever applaud their ingenuity.

In London, Julianne Moore wore in 19th century nightgown designed by Chanel. At least she seemed comfy?

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Yeah, we’re not sure what to make of it either.

As for the news we’ve actually been freaking out about? SAM CLAFLIN IS GOING TO BE A DAD! Like really soon! And somehow they managed to keep it a total secret until the premiere! He and wife Laura Haddock were absolutely adorable, all smiles and cuddles and fawning over the baby bump. AWWWWWWW!

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Mainly, it’s just good to see the reassurance that these cast members love each other and have so much fun together. Urgh, we love them!

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This isn't goodbye, it's a see you soon. #friendsforlife #mockingjaypart2 #londonpremiere

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WE’RE NOT GETTING SENTIMENTAL, DAMMIT!
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Mockingjay Part 2 Production Note Goodies

The massive production notes from Mockingjay Part 2 came online today, and there’s some GREAT INFO to enjoy. Yes, we mean massive as in 97 pages (including all the end credits). We did a run through and these were some of the bits that made us curl up into a ball of feelings.

Jennifer Lawrence on Katniss:

She’s started to see the beauty in humanity in this film,” Jennifer observes. “In the beginning she had a short view of the way things are because of her upbringing. She did not have much hope then, and she felt alone for a lot of her life. During everything that has happened – in the Games, in District 13, in the Capitol at the end of this story – she found herself more and more connected to people.”

Notes on Peeta’s character:

Throughout, Peeta’s true feelings for Katniss keep surfacing in ways that keep him bonded to her at an unspoken level.

On that topic, THIS STILL found its way online today too. WE NEED SOME HELP.

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Continuing on, Woodly Harrelson on Haymitch:

“Haymitch comes to care deeply about Katniss in a way that maybe surprises him and shakes him up, and it’s easy to get to that place with Jennifer,” he says. “She’s so much fun to work with, but also so honest and true in her performance. You’re always working at a high level with her.”

The final scene:

“One of the things that I’m most excited about is the film’s final scene,” says Francis Lawrence. “There was a really strong feeling on the set when we got to the scene – a feeling that all the history of all these characters through the course of these four movies had built up to this singular moment. I hope audiences really feel that history and also a sense of the future. Everything that has happened to Katniss and all the themes of the story have wound together to come down to this final glimpse of her world, so it was very important that we really get to live inside it.”

The ending remains as faithful to Suzanne Collins’ phenomenon-creating books as the beginning. As the journey comes to a close, one of the greatest satisfactions for Nina Jacobson is that the film franchise never strayed, the whole way through, from her promise to follow Collins’ vision.

There’s so much great stuff in these notes, we encourage you all to take a look for yourselves. The notes also reveal that there will not be an end credits song, and there will not be a pop artist soundtrack, just a theatrical score album for sale.

And oh yeah. Those end credits have something that’s not a surprise but still makes us wonder how the final scene will be shot. Bear Lawrence is listed as Everdeen Child #1 and Theodore Lawrence is Everdeen Child #2. Yes, these are Jennifer Lawrence’s nephews, as in 2 boys. I’m not ready to jump off the WHAT, WHY DID THEY DISREGARD BOOK CANON ON THAT NOW? ship, but it does make us wonder more about how the scene is constructed. Maybe they’re shooting one child through time. Maybe they’re doing some vague shots of kids playing and not doing a closeup on them so it doesn’t matter. But not gonna lie, it will bug us if they imply that Katniss and Peeta have two sons and forget completely about first born girl.

We’ll keep the faith though. Keeping the faith, because this is looking pretty great.

JJ

The Untitled Lawrence/Schumer Project

In case you missed it, Jennifer Lawrence and comedienne Amy Schumer are recent BFFLs. And we freaking love it!

Whether they’re vacationing on a lake or dancing on Billy Joel’s piano or writing a script together, these two seem to be two peas in a pod having the time of their lives. Yup, that’s right– WRITING A SCRIPT TOGETHER.

Jennifer Lawrence talked about it with The New York Times a couple weeks ago:

And they're both got red carpet posing down!

And they’re both got red carpet posing down!

“We play sisters,” Ms. Lawrence said. “We’re almost done writing. It just flowed out of us. We’ve got about 100 pages right now.”

She continued, “Amy and I were creatively made for each other. We have different flavors. It’s been the most fun experience of my life. We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago. We’ll write a little bit with her sister, Kim, who worked with Amy when she was writing ‘Trainwreck.’”

We’re really excited about this!

First of all, Jennifer Lawrence is a funny person who has yet to really be funny on screen. She’s had some quirky, funny character moments, but they were in mostly serious movies. She’s never had the chance to do a full-on crazy, raunchy comedy. Judging by her interviews alone, can you imagine how great that would be?! It would be GLORIOUS!

We’re excited that Amy Schumer is involved too! We recognize she’s a controversial figure because she likes feminism and dislikes guns, triggering asshats to grumble “Murica!” and hate on her, but let’s stick with the comedy. The lady is funny! She’s plays a snarky, hilarious everywoman with ease. Seeing her play Jennifer Lawrence’s sister on-screen sounds like an absolute ball.

The final reason is purely speculative and perfect: Bette Midler heard about the project and wants to play their mom. WE NEED THIS. DESPERATELY.

Now that The Hunger Games is long done with filming (*sniffleweepsob*), we need to see the cast involved with awesome new projects. It’s what keeps up going!

Yes, Please!
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Joy and The Dressmaker

With all the promotion coming out just now, sometimes we don’t totally remember that Mockingjay filming is loooooong over and the cast has since moved on and filmed other projects– Movies that will come out not longer after Mockingjay Part 2, even.

…And then, BOOM! TRAILERS!

First comes Jennifer Lawrence’s Joy.

It’s another David O. Russell collaboration (with Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro), which we like for the most part. We don’t drink the David O. Russell kool-aid quite as often as Hollywood does these days, Silver Linings Playbook was an incredible movie and we’re never totally disappointed by his films.

Argh, Jen. She’s just so good! People worried about her playing an older character, BUT NO. She’s got it just fine, thank you very much! We’ve seen her play a badass before, but this is a different kind of badass and we think it’ll be a really refreshing piece of entertainment.

The trailer also does a great job setting up the story of Joy Mangano, a single mother who slowly rose through the ranks to become a major business mogul and learned some hard lessons along the way.

Then we’ve got Liam Hemsworth in The Dressmaker.

Clearly, this is Kate Winslet’s movie. It’s a bit romantic and Hemsy is there to be the man of the hour / swoony eye candy. But damn, it works.

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Observe!

We realized something about this movie that we love– It’s the first movie we can think of in which Liam seems to be portraying an actual adult. He’s been in action movies, romantic movies, crime thrillers, but he’s always been the up-and-coming kid. This time, his character looks older, acts older (from what we saw here), and nobody references him as the kid rising through the ranks. Is he actually… playing his around his own age?! IN HOLLYWOOD?! *faints*

If romantic dramas are your cup of tea, this looks like a perfectly cute film to watch. There’s some great actors in there and seeing Liam stretch himself a bit more than his previous film roles have allowed could be fun. Hell, maybe he’ll even be a plausible romantic lead this time! Not to say that he’s not plausible in a romantic coupling, just that most of the other movies he’s been in haven’t had convincing couplings from the scripting stage on.

So yes, BE EXCITED ABOUT MOCKINGJAY PART 2 stuff! But we love seeing the cast in other things too. And these trailer are kinda big deals to us!

Let’s Be Excited About ALL THE THINGS!
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