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Jennifer Lawrence signs up for Gary Ross' East of Eden

February 24th, 2014 8:30pm EST
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Jennifer Lawrence and her The Hunger Games director Gary Ross are teaming up again after she signed on to star in his new adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden.

Ross gave the actress her big break when he cast her as Katniss Everdeen in the first Hunger Games film and now he has picked her to lead the cast of his next blockbuster.

Ross has written the screenplay and will direct the film.

It's not the first time Steinbeck's story about a family at war has been adapted for the big screen - James Dean starred in director Elia Kazan's 1955 epic.

Director Gary Ross smiles every time he thinks of tragic Paul Walker

December 4th, 2013 8:30pm EST
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Gary Ross, the moviemaker who gave Paul Walker his big screen break in 1998's Pleasantville, has added his tribute to the late star following his death at the weekend (30Nov13).

The Hunger Games director has written a short piece for new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, recalling what a pleasure it was to work with the Fast & Furious star.

Ross writes, "When I think back on Paul, I can't help smiling... He came in the door with that huge winning smile (like he'd already gotten some big cosmic joke), and it wasn't until after a few minutes of chatting that I noticed the women in the room w...

Lenny Kravitz not asked to audition for The Hunger Games role

November 18th, 2013 8:30pm EST
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Rocker-turned-actor Lenny Kravitz was not required to audition for his part in The Hunger Games films - even though he had no idea what the popular series was before he was approached for the role.

In 2012, the American Woman hitmaker made his screen debut as Cinna, the sage stylist to Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen in the blockbuster films, a role he would have never known of if not for The Hunger Games director Gary Ross.

During an interview on U.S. TV's The Queen Latifah Show on Monday (18Nov13), Kravitz revealed that he was fortunate enough to skip the arduous task of auditionin...

Jennifer Lawrence & Director Gary Ross Reteam For 'East of Eden'

September 26th, 2013 10:20am EDT
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Jennifer Lawrence and her "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross are teaming up for a new adaptation of "East Of Eden."

The actress will play Cathy Ames in the updated silver-screen version of John Steinbeck's classic 1952 novel. The 1955 film starred James Dean in his first major role. His co-star Jo Van Fleet won an Academy Award for her role in the movie..

"East of Eden" centers on a  young man named Cal Trask, who can't love up to his brother's accomplishments. His attempts to win the heart of his hard-to-please father result in tragedy.

The upcoming movie will be split into two parts, ac...

Jennifer Lawrence Joins Cast Of 'East Of Eden'

September 25th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
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Actress Jennifer Lawrence is reteaming with her The Hunger Games director Gary Ross for a new adaptation of East Of Eden.

The Oscar winner will play antagonist Cathy Ames in the upcoming big-screen version of John Steinbeck's classic 1952 novel. The part won Jo Van Fleet an Academy Award when she starred in director Elia Kazan's 1955 film version, alongside James Dean in his first major role.

According to, the upcoming movie will be split into two parts.

Director Gary Ross Confirms 'Hunger Games' Departure

April 11th, 2012 8:03am EDT
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The Hunger Games filmmaker Gary Ross has confirmed he will not direct the second installment in the much-hyped franchise.

Industry reports suggest Ross has walked away from the hit franchise following a much-publicized pay dispute.

One of the film's stars, Josh Hutcherson, previously claimed Ross was unlikely to leave as he was "the only one that could ever direct the second one."

Nevertheless, the moviemaker has announced he will bow out of the series, insisting he doesn't have the time to ensure the sequel is completed to his satisfaction.

In a statement, Ross says, "Despite recen...

Gary Ross Won't Direct 'Hunger Games' Sequel

April 7th, 2012 12:30pm EDT
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Moviemaker Gary Ross has reportedly pulled out of negotiations to direct a sequel to "The Hunger Games."

Ross, who has wowed film fans and critics alike with his adaptation of the first book in author Suzanne Collins' trilogy, has officially decided not to return, according to The Playlist.

Speculation about his successor for Catching Fire has begun with "The Hunger Games'" second-unit director Steven Soderbergh the early front-runner to take over the role.

Racism Rears Ugly Head In 'Hunger Games' Tweets

March 27th, 2012 12:34pm EDT
On the heels of "The Hunger Games"' record-smashing debut at the box office, some truly disturbing but sadly unsurprising news has emerged on what some fans have been complaining about the movie on Twitter.

According to the Tumblr page Hunger Games Tweets, a crop of racist remarks concerning the film's diverse cast -- particularly aimed at the characters Rue (Amandla Stenberg) and Thresh (Dayo Okeniyi) -- began appearing in the Twitterverse over the weekend.

"Why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie," tweeted one clueless fan, because obviously any black characte...

Two Jews' Review & Recommend 'The Hunger Games' But Felt Fight Scenes Lacking (Video)

March 21st, 2012 1:00pm EDT
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Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: I'm sure by now almost everyone is familiar with the story of 'The Hunger Games.' The book was the first in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins and all three novels have been on the bestseller list for several years.

But for those people unfamiliar with the story of Katniss Everdeen, the 16 year old girl who competes in The Hunger Games, the time is the future.

North America is no more. Instead we have a nation known as Panem which is broken down into 12 districts. These districts exist to provide goods for the wealthy people living in the ...

10 Book-To-Film Adaptations To Look Out For In 2012

March 20th, 2012 11:00am EDT
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2012 is shaping up to be a very literate year in motion pictures. Over 30 films on the release schedule are based on books, short stories or comic books. Below are 10 of the most notable.


Based on: Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn

Basic plot: A guy who works at a homeless shelter finds his estranged, alcoholic, deadbeat dad wandering in one night.

Starring: Robert DeNiro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore

Director: Paul Weitz

Why it’ll make you thankful: I’m guessing your father isn’t in a homeless shelter…

Release date: Opened March 2 (limited)


Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Hunger Games,' 'The Raid: Redemption,' & More

March 19th, 2012 11:00am EDT
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Honestly I didn’t have high hopes for the Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum comedy “21 Jump Street,” but I was very pleasantly surprised last week. I laughed my ass off at the antics of the two hapless cops sent back to high school on an undercover mission. Equal parts parody and homage, it simultaneously mocks buddy cop movie clichés and celebrates them. Hill and Tatum are the perfect team, thoroughly convincing you that they’re best buds. My Grade: B+

Things have quieted down a bit at the box office this week in terms of the number of films coming out, but I think a lot of that has to do wit...

Jennifer Lawrence Nearly Burst Her Spleen Training For 'Hunger Games'

February 4th, 2012 10:30am EST
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Filmmaker Gary Ross feared he'd have to delay the start of his movie adaptation of "The Hunger Games" when his star was taken to the hospital after crashing into a wall days before the shoot began.

Jennifer Lawrence was completing her pre-film training when a fast-paced accident put her on her back.

She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I had to do 10 wall runs, where you run at the wall as hard as you can to get traction.

"I ran at it and my foot didn't go up, so I caught the wall with my stomach. My trainer thought I had burst my spleen. I had to get a CAT scan and go into a tube where th...

'The Huger Games' Sequel Secures Director And Writer

January 17th, 2012 11:49am EST
Catching Fire Secures Director And Writer
The rumours are now official: Simon Beaufoy will write Catching Fire, the second instalment in the much anticipated Hunger Games franchise. Lionsgate successfully hired the Oscar winning English scriptwriter, who has wrote for an impressive number of bestselling films, including 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire.

Gary Ross, the director and co-writer of The Hunger Games, will return to adapt the second novel in Susan Collins’ popular trilogy and supervise the script. A release date for the sequel has already been scheduled for the 22nd of November, 2013, even though the first film does not...

Check Out Four New Photos From 'The Hunger Games'

August 9th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Hunger Games
Inspired by the best-selling young-adult novel by author Suzanne Collins, "The Hunger Games" tells the dark tale of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen, who is selected to compete in a vicious televised tournament in which 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society are selected to fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses.

The movie features an all-star cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Lenny Kravitz.

Gary Ross directs the film, which hits theaters March 23, 2012. Steven Sode...

Steven Soderbergh Is Helping Direct 'The Hunger Games'

August 5th, 2011 9:14am EDT
Steven Soderbergh
Moviemaker Steven Soderbergh has signed on as the second unit director on pal Gary Ross' movie adaptation of bestseller "The Hunger Games."

The director has agreed to help his friend as he completes production on the much-anticipated 2012 blockbuster.

Eddie Mills, a production designer on the film, broke the news via a tweet on Wednesday, posting, "Soderbergh in the house this weekend!!! very exciting!"

That message was apparently followed by a tweet from set electrician Chrys Blackstone, which read, "Holy s**t! Just found out that Steven Soderbergh is coming to the #hungergames to direc...

First Look: Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss In 'The Hunger Games'

May 19th, 2011 10:43pm EDT
Jennifer Lawrence
Fans of The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins' terrifically urgent dystopian trilogy about children forced to fight to the death-have always been protective of 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen. So when Lionsgate and director Gary Ross announced that they had cast 20-year-old Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) in the lead role, the community was thrown into an inevitable tailspin. Was she too old, too blonde, too pale, too pretty to do the gritty warrior girl justice? In this week's cover story, EW was granted an exclusive interview with a newly brunette Lawrence, and spent hou...

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