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Watch: J-Law Finally Shows Up in a Mockingjay Trailer

The trailer is finally available for those who didn't make it to Comic-Con

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After two teasers featuring the ever-creepy President Snow, the upcoming Hunger Games installment Mockingjay Part 1 has finally given fans a glimpse of Katniss Everdeen.

The latest teaser trailer for the hotly anticipated movie, dubbed “Our Leader the Mockingjay,” deviates from the PSA format of the previous two to show a more typical cut of scenes from the actual movie, culminating in what appears to be Katniss’ arrival in District 13. That comes complete with Plutarch and Gale, plus new cast members Julianne Moore as President Coin and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones‘ Margaery) as Cressida.

Prior to showing up online, the trailer debuted on Friday for audiences willing to wait in line at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The movie comes out Nov. 21, 2014.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Class Clown Moments Caught on Film

Jennifer Lawrence was seen face-palming Emma Watson at the Christian Dior fashion show in Paris Monday, but this is only her most recent incident of goofing off in front of the camera

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J-Law Casts Demons Out of Emma Watson at Paris Fashion Week

May the power of Couture compel you

Jennifer Lawrence was caught by photographers casting demons out of Hermione Granger, err Emma Watson, at Paris Fashion Week Monday night.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson attend the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week Rindoff/Dufour / Getty Images

While other publications question whether this photo opp was really an intense game of smell my finger or a kind mauling, we are kind of sold on the exorcism theory. Try as Watson might to resist, the Power of Couture compelled her.

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Pleased, J-Law then danced her way out of the Christian Dior show.

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As TIME’s own Jessica Roy stated on Twitter, this is why Lawrence never gets invited to Taylor Swift’s ladiez weekends.

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Watch the Super Creepy First Teaser for the Next Hunger Games Movie

You love this trailer. Real or not real?

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The first hint that something’s not exactly honest about this “Capitol TV” spot: President Snow’s insistence that Panem has known only peace. Then again, any Hunger Games fan won’t be surprised that everyone’s least favorite fictional world leader is acting creepy.

Anyone who’s seen the first two Hunger Games movies knows it’s far from true that the region is a peaceful one—but as Lionsgate ramps up the countdown to Mockingjay Part 1, the penultimate installment, the studio is leaning hard on the propaganda angle, which they’ve also used for the posters. And it’s easy to see why that’s the teaser format of choice: even though the PSA-style spot starring President Snow is all shiny and white, the promise of peace also contains a threat, a not-so-veiled indication of what will happen to those who don’t go along with the plan. (Not-so-veiled = “It is you who will bleed.”) Anticipation for the movie is already high, and the stakes are being raised months in advance, even without a glimpse of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.

And then there’s Peeta. His fate was left unsettled at the end of Catching Fire—Katniss was rescued and on her way to District 13 without him—and it’s more clear than ever that his life and loyalty hangs in the balance.

Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever and Panem in theaters on Nov. 21, 2014.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s New Email Address Apparently Contains the Word ‘Butt’

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Jennifer Lawrence attends the "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2014 in Cannes, France Mike Marsland—WireImage

Lorde makes Lawrence the "butt" of a joke

For everyone trying to figure out a way to contact America’s sweetheart, here’s a hint: Her email address apparently has the word “butt” in it.

Musician Lorde revealed on her Twitter that X-Men: Days of Future Past actress Jennifer Lawrence has switched to a new email address that involves some potty language.

Lorde’s tweet could be a joke, but we wouldn’t put it past J-Law, who has a reputation for goofing around on the red carpet, to drop a standard email address like jennifer.lawrence@gmail.com for something just a little more creative.

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How Hollywood Can Get More Women to See Movies

The Queen of Mean gets to tell her side in Disney's Maleficent Walt Disney Pictures

Want your summer movie to have a big opening weekend? Adding a female protagonist will help

Traditionally summer blockbusters are created for, marketed to and star men. And most major movies this summer fit that mold, including Godzilla, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

But Maleficent, a film starring a woman — and an evil woman at that — cast a spell on audiences with a $70 million opening weekend, hitting the high end of its prerelease expectations. Why is the Disney film doing so well? The answer is women: 60% of the movie’s over-25 audience was female. Which means the other 51% of the population does matter when it comes to creating a box-office hit.

Earlier this year, an analysis by Vocativ found that movies with strong female roles make more money. This means movies that pass the Bechdel test — a simple evaluation that questions whether two women spoke to each other in the movie about something other than a man — score higher numbers at the domestic box office. And yet, 2013 was a dismal year for women in film: of the top 100 grossing films in 2013, women made up only 15% of the protagonists, 29% of the major characters and only 30% of all speaking characters, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

That trend seems to slowly be changing. The Heat, Frozen and The Hunger Games were some of the industry’s biggest hits last year. This summer things look even better: Angelina Jolie, Emily Blunt, Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Lawrence, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne are all featured on the silver screen — along with a brood of male superheroes and a giant green lizard (who we’ll call genderless). Studios are finally catching on.

Unsurprisingly, movies with the most robust roles for women drew the highest percentage of females: The Other Woman’s audience was 75% female; Maleficent’s 60%; and Neighbors’ 53%. The first film stars three actresses (though their dialogue may be problematic), the second centers on superstar Angelina Jolie, and the third film actually lets Rose Byrne deliver almost as many jokes as co-stars Zac Efron and Seth Rogen.

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(A word on the sneaky feminism of Neighbors: as he promotes the movie, screenwriter and star Seth Rogen has spoken about consciously subverting Hollywood’s gender stereotypes. “That actually became the most exciting idea of the movie to us,” Rogen told Studio360. “That we could portray a couple where the wife is just as fun-loving and irresponsible as the guy, and they get along really well. In a comedy that’s almost nonexistent.” Neighbors features a fantastic scene in which married couple Rogen and Byrne debate who gets to be the irresponsible one in the relationship. He says she has to be because she’s the woman and the woman is always the wet towel. She says that’s not fair and refuses to act as his babysitter. Keep writing dialogue like this, Rogen!)

Meanwhile, movies with less interesting parts for women didn’t pull as many ladies into theaters. X-Men: Days of Future Past counts Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry and Ellen Page among its stars, but Berry is given little to do except look worried and Page — whose character goes back in time in the comic books — spends the whole movie massaging Wolverine’s head while he takes her place as all-important time traveler. Lawrence gets plenty of screen time, but her character is a clear bid for young men’s tickets sales — the Oscar winner is covered in blue body paint for most of the film. So only 44% of X-Men‘s audience was female.

Godzilla and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, both of which offer pretty female flimsy roles, clock in at 42% female and 39% female, respectively. These movies still did well at the box office, but would more women have seen X-Men if Kitty Pride (Page) was the character going back in time? My guess is yes.

The theory will continue to be tested this week when two more movies with strong female protagonists — The Fault in Our Stars, starring Woodley, and Edge of Tomorrow, co-starring Blunt along with Tom Cruise — open in theaters.

The takeaway? Getting a lot of women to see your movie is not essential to its success. Superhero and monster movies will continue to draw big crowds: Spider-Man, X-Men and Godzilla all had at least $90 million opening weekends. But courting more women certainly doesn’t hurt. After all, females make up 51% of the population.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past and the Elusive $100 Million Movie Opening

Cast member Hugh Jackman signs autographs for fans at the South East Asia premiere of X-Men: Days Of Future Past in Singapore
Cast member Hugh Jackman signs autographs for fans at the Southeast Asia premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past in Singapore on May 14, 2014 Edgar Su—Reuters

$90 million-plus isn't bad for an all-star reunion of the X-Men freaks and geeks, but it leaves the movie year with no nine-figure blockbuster

Jennifer Lawrence runs around in a skintight scaly blue suit, with matching blue face, occasionally morphing into a U.S. Army officer or a Vietnamese general. Along with his fingernail cutlery, Hugh Jackman sports veins that pop out of his arms like the 3-D detailing on a muscle car. Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy exchange meaningful glowers — while their older selves, played by Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, gaze at them from a half-century into the future with the indulgent perplexity of grandfathers watching a couple of crazy kids they can’t help loving.

These attractive folks are part of an all-cool cast that unites the stars of the first X-Men trilogy (2000–06) and the prequel series launched three summers ago with X-Men: First Class. That Marvel franchise fusion — plus a fabulous scene where superfast-mo Peter/Quicksilver (Evan Peters) zips around the Pentagon kitchen deflecting bullets, saving lives and pulling pranks to the tune of Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle” — should have been enough to cue a lemming rush to the multiplexes and make X-Men: Days of Future Past the first $100 million three-day weekend of 2014.

(MORE: The X-Men: Days of Future Past microsite)

Instead, director Bryan Singer’s freaks-and-geeks reunion earned “only” $91.4 million from its Thursday evening previews through Sunday. That’s a smaller haul than the $93.2 million amassed last weekend by the Godzilla remake or the $91.6 million for Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in early May. Add in the Memorial Day gross, and Days of Future Past will have a four-day estimated total of about $111 million, which puts it a mediocre 34th on the all-time four-day list, behind seven other Marvel movies.

Most humbling of all, the new X-Men movie couldn’t crack the $95 million tally for yet another Marvel sibling, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That picture portrays a lesser entry from the comics company’s superhero stable — and Winter Soldier opened in April, an unlikely month for box-office behemoths.

(READ: Corliss’s review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

All this firepower, and no $100 million three-day weekend yet. In the past decade of blockbuster action films, that has happened only twice: in 2009, when the first nine-figure movie was Transformers 2 in late June, at $109 million; and in 2011, when the finale of the Harry Potter films took in nearly $170 million in mid-July. Hollywood loves to play the numbers game, and $100 million — first achieved by the 2002 Spider-Man — has a nice, round glow and a luscious scent. To moguls with an expensive film to market, it smells like victory.

Of the 26 movies to score at least a $100 million three-day debut, 13 opened before Memorial Day, and 11 of those in May, which Hollywood considers the beginning of the summer season. By this time in 2007, three May releases — the third episodes of the original Spider-Man, Shrek and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises — had enjoyed $100 million-plus openings. In 2010, both Alice in Wonderland (in March) and Iron Man 2 (early May) had exceeded the magic figure. And in March of 2012, Lawrence’s The Hunger Games blasted out of the gate with $152.5 million, followed six weeks later by Marvel’s The Avengers, which set the current three-day record: $207.4 million.

(WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique in Days of Future Past)

Among the five X-Men movies, the Days of Future Past opening is right in the middle: well above the $54.5 million earned by the first film — plain old X-Men — in 2000 and the $55.1 million tallied by the 2011 First Class relaunch, but dwarfed by the $102.75 million for the 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand. In real dollars, Future Past also lags behind the 2003 X2: X-Men United. Its $85.6 million opening would be $113.7 million today. And that’s not figuring in surcharges for 3-D and IMAX projections.

With higher ticket prices and familiar superheroes, why can’t this year’s movies open to a measly $100 million? Perhaps the heroes are too familiar: both of this month’s Marvel offerings, Spider-Man and X-Men, are recast recyclings of popular series that concluded a mere seven and eight years ago. Some viewers see these as the bus-and-truck versions of stories they loved not so long ago. And so they don’t see the new ones.

(MORE: Corliss’s review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

Aside from superhero fatigue, these audiences may also be suffering from Marvel overload. Marvel Entertainment is the canniest movie company around, with near-genius amalgamation of the creatures spawned in their comic books. But three Marvel movies in two months may be one of two too many. Didn’t Captain America just save the world in a fashion similar to that used by the X-Men to prevent a mad scientist (Peter Dinklage) from giving the ultimate weapon of a sentinel army to Richard Nixon? Is the movie world in danger of overpopulation by shape-shifters and twisted geniuses?

Whatever the explanation, there hasn’t been a $100-million weekend since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened last Thanksgiving. But in the long run, three days in a film’s North American release means less than what the movie earns in its entire run around the globe. With the Chinese market for Hollywood movies skyrocketing, even as domestic grosses stagnate, the new gold standard for blockbuster success is a $1 billion-dollar worldwide take. That exclusive club now has 18 members, including many — Titanic, Avatar and the new No. 5 all-time hit Frozen — that never has a $100-million weekend.

Worldwide, Days of Future Past is doing fine: $302 million since last Wednesday. e hope not. And in a month, the fourth Transformers opens. It’s the summer’s best bet for a $100-million weekend — and a billion-dollar worldwide bonanza.


 

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See the X-Men Actors In Days of Present — And Past

The past, present and future of your favorite X-Men

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively, play the younger versions of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Ian McKellen’s Magneto in the time-travelling escapades of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Take a look at how these actors and others in the new X-Men movie have aged over the years.

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Meet the New Mutants of X-Men: Days of Future Past

Future or past or pluperfect, mutants are everywhere

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There’s a lot going on in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which jumps around from the 1970s to the present day to nine years in the future. In each timeline, mutants familiar and new (at least to movies-only fans) try desperately to save themselves from diabolical mutant-hunting robots called sentinels.

But fortunately for you, super speed or telekinetic powers aren’t needed to keep track of all the new X-Men. Just use this handy guide.

Roberto de Costs (aka Sunspot)

  • Absorbs and channels solar power.

Lucas Bishop (aka Bishop)

  • Absorbs and releases ambient energy

Pietro Maximoff (aka Quicksilver)

  • Super speed

Clarice Ferguson (aka Blink)

  • Portals and teleportation

James Proudstar (aka Warpath)

  • Superhuman physical ability

Peter Rasputin (aka Colossus)

  • Organic steel skin

 

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Jennifer Lawrence Found the Cure For the Hiccups

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Jennifer Lawrence poses in the press room at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic

JLaw, what would we ever do without you?

Your best friend Dr. Jennifer Lawrence has found the cure for hiccups—securing her spot as the people’s star.

A Vulture reporter witnessed Lawrence’s hiccup treatment at a Vanity Fair Cannes Film Festival party. The hiccuping actress told her non-hiccuping entourage, “Seriously, I need some water now… The only thing that ever works for getting rid of hiccups for me is when I drink water and raise my arms over my head and lower them very slowly.”

The reporter nervously watched Lawrence (note: being scared, another cure for the hiccups) for the two minutes it took for the actress to drain a water bottle and very, very slowly lower her arms.

And… it worked. Thanks for your infinite wisdom J-Law.

You can all go back to your work weeks now.

[Vulture]

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