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Breaking Down How 'Catching Fire' Became A Record-Breaking Blockbuster

It wasn't easy to turn Suzanne Collins' first book in her "Hunger Games" trilogy into a global blockbuster, nor was it easy to navigate through the departure of director Gary Ross to find his replacement, Francis Lawrence, amid a change of management at the studio, Lionsgate. But producer Nina Jacobson steered the $140-million "Catching Fire" to its takeoff last weekend, when it broke records, and is soaring into the holiday stratosphere.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2013 4:23 PM
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Things I Learned at the First Screening of David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' (VIDEO)

David O. Russell's "American Hustle" screened for the first time November 24, followed by a Q & A. Anne Thompson gives the skinny on this much-anticipated awards contender.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 25, 2013 1:09 PM
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Five Films to See This Weekend: 'Hunger Games,' Dench Oscar Bid 'Philomena,' Drug War Doc 'Narco Cultura' & More

Something for everyone this weekend. While most audiences will surely flock to the new "Hunger Games" film, Oscar hopeful "Philomena" arrives in select cities after its sweep through the festival circuit, and the new Vince Vaughn vehicle "Delivery Man" gets a wide release. Doc lovers, head to "Narco Cultura" if not "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?"
  • By TOH!
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  • November 21, 2013 4:24 PM
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Things I Learned at 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Premiere

What I learned at "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" premiere.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2013 1:41 PM
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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Review: Darker, More Drastic and Suitably Thrilling

Jennifer Lawrence’s triumphant career progress continues apace with the return of her heroically defiant Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" (November 22). To say the second in the four-film franchise is eagerly awaited is putting it mildly. Fans of the first installment (and the phenomenally popular Suzanne Collins trilogy of novels) will not be disappointed in the darker, more drastic and suitably thrilling goings-on.
  • By Angie Errigo
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  • November 16, 2013 12:21 PM
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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Finds Critics in Its Favor (REVIEW ROUNDUP)

First reviews have arrived for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and the general critical consensus is that the second installment in the franchise, starring Jennifer Lawrence as archer Katniss Everdeen and directed by Francis Lawrence ("Water for Elephants"), is a strong improvement on the first film. Variety calls it "rousing entertainment," while The Wrap says viewers will "come away satisfied."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2013 11:35 AM
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WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence Talks 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' Her New Pixie Cut, Body Image and More

Jennifer Lawrence and her "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" director Francis Lawrence recently sat down with Yahoo to promote the film, which hits theaters November 22. Video highlights below, including Lawrence talking the funniest moment on set from "Catching Fire," her new pixie cut (which apparently has the internet up in arms), body image, her '90s crush on Justin Timberlake and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2013 12:41 PM
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Robert Downey Jr, Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sandra Bullock Top Vulture's 100 Most Valuable Stars of 2013

Vulture has released its annual list of the "100 Most Valuable Stars," using a proprietary algorithm that takes into account factors like box office, media coverage, Twitter chatter (newly added in 2013), reviews and knowledge from a tribunal of studio execs. Robert Downey Jr. has nabbed the top spot for a second year in a row. Check out the other names in the top ten, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 22, 2013 12:11 PM
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In the Works: 'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton in Talks to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Glass Castle'

Destin Cretton, director of this past summer's glowingly reviewed "Short Term 12," is in talks for his next project. He is in early negotiations to direct Jennifer Lawrence in "The Glass Castle," adapted from Jeanette Walls' 2005 bestselling memoir.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2013 11:57 AM
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'American Hustle' Character Posters Show Off Permed Bradley Cooper, Sexy Jennifer Lawrence and More

Five character posters have debuted online for David O. Russell's "American Hustle," showing off a permed Bradley Cooper, a rotund Christian Bale, a slinky Jennifer Lawrence, a bedazzled Amy Adams and a coiffed Jeremy Renner. Take a look, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 4, 2013 2:39 PM
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