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WATCH: Teaser for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,' Marking Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Role

Said Philip Seymour Hoffman to Rolling Stone in 2005: "No one knows me. No one understands me. That's the other thing that changes as you get older. It's like everybody understands you. But no one understands me."
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 28, 2014 11:05 AM
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Elizabeth Gabler's Fox 2000 Nabs 'Hunger Games' Producer Nina Jacobson for First-Look Deal

Now Jacobson has landed something that's hard to come by these days: a three-year first-look studio production deal. She and partner Brad Simpson’s production company Color Force have signed with Fox 2000 Pictures chief Elizabeth Gabler ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Life of Pi").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2014 2:14 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence Tops Forbes Most Powerful Actress List

Jennifer Lawrence has come a long way since 2010's "Winter's Bone." She landed a Best Actress nomination for that hardscrabble drama, won the Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook" and a supporting actress nomination for "American Hustle." But it's her franchise roles as Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" franchise and Mystique in the "X-Men" series that earned her a place at the top of Forbes' most powerful actresses list--and 12th overall.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2014 3:28 PM
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How Indie Producer Jon Kilik Works with Mavericks, from Spike Lee and Gary Ross to Bennett Miller

Independent film producer Jon Kilik is having a busy year, with the upcoming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I," Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman," Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" and Spike Lee's "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." He's also celebrating the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 7:21 PM
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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' PSA-Style First Trailer Is Creepy and Cool

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" (now there's a title for you) has released its first teaser, and it's fun and a little cheeky and also completely creepy.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 25, 2014 11:31 AM
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FIRST LOOK: Julianne Moore Is President Coin in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1'

A big name coming on board the next installment of the "Hunger Games" franchise is Julianne Moore, playing President Alma Coin. Lionsgate has released a couple of first images of Moore, here forgoing her usual red locks for something a bit more Jane Campion-like. One of the images has her seated next to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Plutarch Heavensby. Take a look, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 15, 2014 12:59 PM
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REVIEW: Does 'Divergent' Have Legs?

Anti-fascist (sort of) and pro-girl (definitely), “Divergent’ – the first in the trilogy-to-be based on the Veronica Roth novels -- is meant to position Shailene Woodley as the next in the Jennifer Lawrence/Emma Watson/Lily Collins line of YA-inspired warrior princesses. But Woodley plays another kind of anti-super-heroine, one possessed of reluctance and doubt, as well as canniness, cunning and (BTW) great hair. The question is whether her movie has legs. It goes wide Friday, March 21.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 20, 2014 12:52 PM
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Was Jennifer Lawrence Too Young to Play Rosalyn in 'American Hustle'?

Age is just a number. But what if that number is 23 and you're Jennifer Lawrence, whose Golden Globe winning role in "American Hustle" some critics have said is too mature for her age?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 14, 2014 7:17 PM
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'Marked Ones' Leads Friday Openers, 2013 Films Thrive in New Year

Typical for early January, a new horror film marked the first new wide release of the year. And like the last two years, it started out in first place. But it weekend matinees look poised to return Disney's "Frozen" to the #1 spot in its 7th weekend (the last film to do that was "Avatar").
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 4, 2014 2:10 PM
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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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