Jennifer Lawrence talking in MTV about Josh Hutcherson. (youtube)
REMINDER: American Hustle Starring Jennifer Lawrence is released today! (US)
Jennifer Lawrence Makes Women in Entertainment Power 100 List #11
Only three actresses starred in two home runs in 2013: Bullock pulled off a top-grossing comedy in The Heat ($230 million worldwide) and has steered Gravity to $616 million (and counting) and likely Oscar noms. Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took in more than $580 million in its first 12 days, and she’s emerging as a frontrunner to win another Oscar for American Hustle. And McCarthy’s comic appeal drove Identity Thief to $174 million worldwide and she played perfectly off Bullock in The Heat.
Suzanne Collins Makes Women in Entertainment Power 100 List #95
These writers provide the intellectual property for the most anticipated and currently popular franchises. James is moving her hit series Fifty Shades of Grey (70 million-plus copies sold) to the big screen via Universal. Rowling signed a mega-deal for a new Potterverse film franchise based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Collins’ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire scored November’s biggest opening weekend ever with $110.2 million.
Nina Jacobson Makes Women in Entertainment Power 100 List #37
Jacobson can boast only one film in 2013, Catching Fire, but it’s a monster that earned $573 million in its first 11 days and is on its way to eclipsing the first film’s $691 million haul.
Atlas is Nominated for A Golden Globe for Best Original Song
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
- Atlas, Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Let It Go, Frozen
- Ordinary Love, Mandela
- Please Mr Kennedy, Inside Llewyn Davis
- Sweeter Than Fiction, One Chance
Jennifer Lawrence is Nominated for A Golden Globe for her Role in American Hustle
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Musical or Comedy
- Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
- Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
- Lupita N’yongo, 12 Years a Slave
- Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
- June Squibb, Nebraska
Jeffrey Wright is Nominated For A SAG Award for is role in Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
- “Boardwalk Empire”
- “Breaking Bad’
- “Downton Abbey”
- “Game of Thrones”
Lenny Kraitz is Nominated for a SAG Award for is role in The Butler
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
- 12 Years a Slave
- American Hustle
- August: Osage County
- Dallas Buyers Club
- Lee Daniels’ The Butler
344 Days Until Mockingjay Part 1 - is it still too early to be counting down?
Can we just stop and talk about this for a minute?
Thresh doesn’t make an alliance. Thresh doesn’t waste time liking her. Thresh knows that either he must kill her or she must kill him for one of them to win.
But this is the only way he can repay her for protecting Rue when he couldn’t. It’s the only way he can repay her for honoring Rue when he couldn’t. He honors her by sparing her friend, the girl who would have died for her.
The revolution really doesn’t start with Katniss.
It starts with Rue.
SOMEBODY FINALLY SAID IT
This is exactly the point I’ve been trying to make for years. Okay, so the revolution gets it’s kindling with Katniss. She volunteers, well that’s new, she rebels in the display of talents by shooting the apple. This triggers her perfect score, okay. These aren’t really “Revolutionary” though.
It’s not even revolutionary when Peeta professes his love, because, let’s face it, the rules of the game haven’t changed. They’re still just two kids who would have to KILL each other to win. Without a doubt, it would bring some interest to the games, so the Capitol makes propaganda about it. The “Star Crossed Lovers” in a game of life and death.
But what changes the game is Rue. Right away from her introduction in the books we know Rue is going to be somewhat of a big deal. She was compared to the most important character to Katniss, Prim, so that’s a huge indicator. She’s small, young, she’s what Prim would have been.
So Katniss instantly feels a subconscious pull toward her.
When they meet in the trees, Katniss could have killed Rue easily, and Rue probably could have pulled a sneak attack or alerted the Careers of Katniss’s presence. Instead, Rue points out the Tracker Jacker nest.
Then it escalates, Rue and Katniss become an odd team, they’re an alliance, which is never new in the Hunger Games, as forming teams and then betraying them at the end seems to be a common, but there’s is different. It’s close, it’s sisterly, protective.
And then Rue get’s impaled. Katniss kills her first tribute with ease after that. Comparing it to hunting game. Katniss holds Rue, she cries, and then she sings. She sings for Rue a song of promised safety and warmth, something completely absent in the arena.
And this is where the metaphorical canon fires. Katniss could have left Rue, the hovercraft would have been along to pick her up, but she can’t. She’s morally obligated to love this girl as much as possible. And this is where the revolution starts.
She honors the dead. She honors a dead tribute from a district she’d never seen, a person she’d known for only a short period of time. But she throws away Hunger Games norms. She rejects them completely.
In the Hunger Games you’re supposed to kill mercilessly and leave the victims for the plain box they’re shipped home in.
Katniss gives Rue a funeral in the Games, she decorates the body, she makes it look like Rue is sleeping. Like no harm had come. Katniss just ignited the coals that Rue had placed.
Rue’s District sends a parachute. Homemade bread.
Then Thresh kills Clove and distracts Cato by taking his bag.
The fire is going now, and the actions in Catching Fire are even more obvious.
The Speech for Rue. Peeta’s painting. Everything eludes back to this one little girl who became Katniss’s family.
So the revolution never started with Katniss, she was just the tinder for Rue’s ignition.
Rue was the real Mockingjay.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is up for some awards:
You guys know that “Atlas” off the Catching Fire soundtrack has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award.
Catching Fire has also been nominated for BEST EDITING by the San Diego Film Critics Society: Alan Edward Ball editor, THE…