While the usual suspects were well represented in this morning's Oscar nomination announcement, the Academy threw some curve balls by including less visible contenders like Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, The Tree of Life, Bridesmaids and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, shutting out Steven Spielberg's animated shoe-in The Adventures of Tintin and swapping Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk about Kevin) for Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) in the Best Actress category.
Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (your big-screen Katniss Everdeen) was awake and looking statuesque as ever beside Tom Sherak, Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences president, who announced the nominations in the big 10 categories amid sporadic cheers and hollers, notably after Max von Sydow's name was mentioned in the Best Supporting Actor field for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, director Terrence Malick got a deserved nod for The Tree of Life and Gary Oldman finally got his first Oscar nomination EVER (!) for playing George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Find out who else might make their way to the podium.
The Hunger Games will finally hit movie theatres everywhere on March 23 - just over 62 days from now. So though Opening Day may be closer than ever, those two months will still be an interminable wait for lovers of the massively popular book trilogy. On the other hand, for those potential fans out there (i.e. me) determined to get through all three Suzanne Collins novels before the opening credits roll, this should provide just enough time to fulfill our various readership oaths.
For the fans who won't have the books to distract them from the wait, have no fear! Lionsgate and Canadian distributor Alliance Films have taken pity and sent along something big to entertain you in the meantime - the final movie one-sheet. The brand new poster premiered on Moviefone and The Huffington Post late last night and everyone's been clamouring for a look. Featuring the trade-mark flaming Mockingjay and a determined, bow-and-arrow toting Jennifer Lawrence (as heroine Katniss Everdean), one thing is for sure - this artwork means business.
Check out the full poster after the jump!
Considering that just a few short years ago she was credited as "Frantic Girl" in a TV movie about high schoolers, Jennifer Lawrence has not wasted much time being one of those pretty faces you can't quite name and went very quickly from unknown actress to Oscar® nominee, for 2010's Winter's Bone, and is now joining forces with the Academy to announce the 2012 nominees.
The 21-year-old, who stars as Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming, potentially-bigger-than-Twilight tentpole film The Hunger Games, will wake up painfully early to share the list of Oscar hopefuls with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak at 5:30am PST on January 24.
The faces we singled out in last year's breakout list have gone on to even bigger and better things in 2011 (we're looking at you, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Rooney Mara) so we're beginning to think we've developed a bit of an eye for up-and-coming Hollywood heavyweights. So, with that in mind, we cast our minds back and took a closer look at the impressive wave of acting talent that came our way during the past twelve months. From award nominations and wins to critical praise and box office records, it's clear that there were a few relatively unknown thesps that stood out from the crowd and enjoyed a year that most actors can only dream of. What's more, this same group seems poised to achieve even greater heights of fame and acclaim as the new year rolls around.
So read on as we count down the Top 10 Breakout Actors of 2011 whose performances have made them Hollywood's next big things!
Based on the first book in Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular trilogy, Alliance Films’ The Hunger Games follows heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in a desperate, dystopian future where teens battle to the death on television. With a stellar cast starring alongside the recent Oscar-nominee, including Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, the production is set to be one of 2012’s must-see movies. This exclusive trailer is the first real chance for Hunger Games aficionados and movie fans alike to get a taste of what's in store when the best-seller makes the leap to the big screen on March 23.
Watch the brand new trailer after the cut!
If you tuned into the MTV Video Music Awards last night just to catch a glimpse of the first Hunger Games footage, you were in for a bit of a wait. The annual award show waited until the very end for the big reveal, wrapping up the night's festivities with the long-promised (and highly-anticipated) sneak peek. And just what did those who tuned in get to see? A first look at Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, that's what. It's a short preview overall but the glimpse of Katniss combined with Gale's (Liam Hemsworth) pumped-up speech narration should provide more than enough fodder for fans to get geared up and excited for the film's March 2012 release!
If you missed it, watch the sneak peek after the cut!
Celebrity gazers, your time is now. Well...almost now. More precisely, your time is September 8 - 18. That's when the glittering hordes of actors and filmmakers descend on downtown Hogtown as they flock to the annual Toronto International Film Festival.
As with the last few years, the list of TIFF-bound talent is both long and impressive. From movie stars to rock royalty, there'll be no shortage of bold-faced names to look out for. On the movie side of things, some big stars set to attend this year include Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jon Hamm, Ryan Gosling, Jane Fonda, Gerard Butler, Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Dunst, Catherine Deneuve, Madonna, Geoffrey Rush, Freida Pinto, Christopher Plummer, and Juliette Binoche.Check out the complete list of expected talent and filmmakers after the cut!
Though the highly anticipated film won't have a heavy presence at this year's Comic-Con, it's still getting in on the general wave of fan excitement with today's poster debut. Aside for a few 'first look' images of star Jennifer Lawrence (left), the poster below is the first real change for Hunger Games aficionados to get a glimpse of what's in store, theme-wise, when the best-seller makes the leap to the big screen next March.
For those who aren't up to speed on the popular Suzanne Collins novels, here's your Hunger Games 101: The young-adult sci-fi series follows heroine Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) through a dystopian future where teens battle to the death on TV. With a stellar cast accompanying the Oscar-nominee, including Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, the film is more than just the next Twilight (as many are calling it), it's a force to be reckoned with all on its own. Check out the first poster now!
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