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Jennifer Lawrence Dismisses Rumors of Feud With American Hustle Director

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Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images Director David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 18, 2014 in Los Angeles.

"I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey."

One of the most fruitful artistic collaborations in recent years continues.

Jennifer Lawrence, the actress who won an Oscar and was nominated for another for the past two David O. Russell movies (Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle), had been rumored to have engaged in a screaming match with Russell on the set of his next film, Joy. On Facebook, Lawrence put those rumors to rest in classic Lawrencian fashion, beginning with self-deprecation:

The rumors took hold in part because of Russell’s reputation for being aggressive with his actors. A famous video shows the director yelling at Lily Tomlin on the set of the 2004 film I Heart Huckabees, while Russell and his Three Kings star George Clooney have criticized one another in the press and reportedly got into a physical fight onset.

But Lawrence is different; she’s both the biggest star in the world at the moment and at the very center of Russell’s recent return to prominence. It’s a valuable relationship, and one worth patching up, or at least appearing to have patched up. For her part, production company Annapurna Pictures head Megan Ellison has also weighed in:

Joy, in which Lawrence plays Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, is to be released Dec. 25.

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British Actor Ben Hardy Has Landed a ‘Key Role’ in X-Men: Apocalypse

EastEnders' Ben Hardy attends the KISS FM Haunted House Party at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on October 31, 2014 in London, England.
Danny E. Martindale—Getty Images EastEnders' Ben Hardy attends the KISS FM Haunted House Party at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on October 31, 2014 in London, England.

The up-and-coming actor is mostly known for his role in the long-running British soap EastEnders

British actor Ben Hardy has reportedly landed a key role in Bryan Singer’s upcoming movie X-Men: Apocalypse.

Hardy’s part in the comic-book film sequel hasn’t yet been disclosed but the Wrap reports it will be “important.”

Fans of British dramas will recognize Hardy as Peter Beale from long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders. He’ll be joining X-Men regulars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult.

New faces include Tye Sheridan (Mud, Tree of Life) as Cyclops, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as Storm and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Nightcrawler.

Filming for X-Men: Apocalypse is set to start in April, and the movie is due to hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

[The Wrap]

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The Imitation Game Director Talks Making His Next Film With Chris Pratt and (Maybe) Jennifer Lawrence

Getty Images Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt

The Oscar-nominated director will take on a sci-fi film called Passengers next

Director Morten Tyldum will find out next week whether he wins an Oscar for the Benedict Cumberbatch film, The Imitation Game. In the meantime, he’s already getting started on his next project — a science-fiction romance called Passengers — which will see him continuing to work with some of the most in-demand talent in Hollywood. He tells TIME that Chris Pratt has signed on to the project, while Jennifer Lawrence is still in negotiations.

The movie focuses on a man who unexpectedly awakens from cryogenic sleep while on a journey to a distant planet; he wakes up a fellow passenger, and the two begin a romance. Though Pratt has some experience filming movies that take place in space, Tyldum says that Passengers will be very different from Guardians of the Galaxy.

“This is a love story, a character drama between two people. It just happened to be in space, which is the beauty of it. It’s a very different kind of sci-fi—not laser guns and fights,” Tyldum says. “It’s a very existential film about what we need to be fulfilled as people. It goes very deep and very dark and very dramatic.”

Like another space movie, Gravity, expect the two main characters to be the only ones who get a lot of screen time. “It’s more or less just the two of them in the whole film.” says Tyldum. “There’s one other character who is woken up at the end. And then there’s an android who is human looking from the waist up and then a pole from the waist down who is a bartender with pre-programmed dialogue. Those are the only people in the whole movie, so it’s really fascinating.”

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Plus-Size Model Ashley Graham Says Don’t Call Jennifer Lawrence Curvy

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Jon Kopaloff—FilmMagic Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Model Ashley Graham, who has appeared in Vogue and Elle, lambasted Hollywood’s treatment of women’s bodies in an essay for Net-a-Porter’s online magazine, The Edit.

The model, who is a size 14, writes: “I think that you can be healthy at any size and my goal is to help and educate women on that. It doesn’t matter if you’re a size 2 or 22 as long as you’re taking care of your body, working out, and telling yourself, ‘I love you’ instead of taking in the negativity of beauty standards.”

Though she acknowledged that Hollywood starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Jennifer Lopez have worn their curves with confidence over the years, Graham said she thinks that girls need to see more women on TV and in magazines who have healthy figures. “Young girls don’t have much to look at, curvy women are not on covers of magazines, they’re not talked about on social media as much as other celebrities. Jennifer Lawrence is the media’s poster girl for curves — she’s tiny!”

Lawrence has spoken in the past about how she was told she would lose a job if she didn’t diet, to which she replied, “You can go f-ck yourself.”

Read next: Fargo’s Allison Tolman on How to Fix Hollywood’s Body Image Problem

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 to Open in China Next Month

Fans in China will have to wait until Feb. 8

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 will be released in China on Feb. 8, Lionsgate confirmed Tuesday.

Set in a dystopian, totalitarian state where dissent is brutally crushed, the movie will debut on more than 4,000 screens across the world’s most populous nation, making it biggest rollout for the Hunger Games franchise in China to date, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film had been set to screen on Nov. 21 but was pushed back to January. Then Lionsgate announced the February release, which coincides with the Chinese New Year holiday.

To promote the movie, a Chinese language trailer is being released and Jennifer Lawrence has even recorded a special greeting for Hunger Games fans in Mandarin.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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Hunger Games Stars Unite to Fight Ebola

Jennifer Lawrence and other cast members teamed up with the Ebola Survival Fund

The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence knows what it’s like to fight for your life.

That’s why she and the cast of the film franchise have teamed up with the Ebola Survival Fund to raise awareness of the deadly disease.

“The world is facing the largest Ebola outbreak in history,” says actor Jeffrey Wright, who plays Beetee, in a new PSA.

“But the countries hit hardest are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,” continues Lawrence.

“Why?” asks Liam Hemsworth.

“In Liberia they had 50 doctors for 4.4 million people,” says Josh Hutcherson.

“But with high quality supportive care, the great majority of people in West Africa will survive Ebola,” concludes Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health.

Of course, you can’t have a video featuring Lawrence without there being at least a little silliness.

“What would happen if you got Ebola?” asks Hutcherson. “I’d be fine,” Lawrence answers after a dramatic pause.

This isn’t the first time the 24-year-old Oscar winner – who was recently named the year’s highest-grossing celebrity (thanks to her work in Mockingjayand X-Men: Days of Future Past) – has shown her heart this holiday season. On Christmas Eve, she visited a children’s hospital in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Spoiler Alert: Jennifer Lawrence Was 2014’s Top-Grossing Actor

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Stuart C. Wilson—Getty Images Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere for "Serena" during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Vue West End on Oct. 13, 2014 in London.

Chris Pratt came in second place

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone: Forbes has released its annual list of the top-grossing actors in Hollywood, and the number one champ for 2014 is none other than Jennifer Lawrence. With not one, but two huge blockbuster movie franchises, the Oscar winner’s a big part of grossing a combined $1.4 billion (X-Men and The Hunger Games).

Sitting at number two is Chris Pratt, an actor whose star power is equally obvious in hindsight, but far from a given at the start of the year—no one expected The LEGO Movie to be a huge hit, and Guardians of the Galaxy had plenty of people nervous.

Rounding out the top three is Scarlett Johansson, an actress who had a very big summer with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Lucy, and Under the Skin all in theaters over a relatively short period of time.

Head over to Forbes for the full report.

This article originally appeared at EW.com

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See How Celebrities Are Spending Christmas

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Justin Bieber played beer pong and Britney Spears put her family in matching pajamas

It’s the time of year for big trees, a sneaky kiss with Santa, and Christmas traditions that prove celebrities are just, but also not at all, like us.

Some celebs were generous to the wee ones:

And to those in need:

And to themselves:

It’s the time of year for a bit of nostalgia:

And family bonding:

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Christmas!

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Yeeeeaaaaahh! #godaddy #gopats ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Don’t forget canine bonding:

Fa la la la la, la la la la! #MerryChristmas #Chaplin #carols

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Plus some endearing family cooky-ness:


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Some did the sexy Christmas thing

All I want for Christmas ❤️😘❤️#itsthattimeoftheyear #christmas #holiday

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Some did it cute:

Merry Christmas Eve. Oh the things I find online.

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Or silly:


Others just mystified us:

turnt up elfie

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Some had trees:

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Others had bigger trees:

Uh oh Look what I did.

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There were those who reminded us that they are celebrities for a reason: they have superior decorating abilities:

smurfette couture @mdollas11

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And that fame has a nice perk: a personal audience with Santa:

A very personal one:

Santa….I have been naughty !! Heidi….Me too !! 🙀🙀

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With more than one Santa:

🎅🎅🎅 I guess I'm getting lots of gifts this year !!! #hohoho #FelizNatal #MerryChristmas #Erechim

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Some caught up on their reading:

Christmas morning, Rossum style. Mom always gets me books. #JamesEllroy #MyDarkPlaces #RobynObrien #UnhealthyTruth

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Others were feeling the Christmas spirit:

The theme of our Christmas. #parksandrec #donna #wisdom #christmas

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Celebrities, they’re just like us — they help clear the snow:

Valiant effort Dad. #justletitsnow #christmasissues Merry Christmas peeps!🎄

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games Song Gets the Dance Remix No One Asked For

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Mike Marsland—WireImage/Getty Images 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.

The surprise hit song takes on a new life

Jennifer Lawrence may hate “The Hanging Tree” — her song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part One, reportedly even breaking into tears the day she had to sing on camera — but the world can’t seem to get enough of it.

Not only did the single from Mockingjay land at No. 29 on the charts in the U.K., but now the song has gotten the remix treatment. The original track was a haunting, acoustic song with lyrics penned by The Lumineers and The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, but the remix is a club-ready jam that might even get some radio play.

Lawrence may think she sings like “a tone-deaf Amy Winehouse”, and claimed that singing in public is one of her biggest fears, but the remixed single isn’t all that bad. Not that she should give up her day job or anything.

[H/T Vulture]

The One Celebrity We Couldn’t Stop Googling in 2014

Thanks to a pair of blockbuster movies, a Golden Globe and a photo hack

Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence tops Google’s list of the top trending searches of people in the U.S. in 2014, the search giant announced Tuesday.

The 24-year-old star was in the news — and, inevitably, the Google search bar — for a lot of reasons this year. She starred in two blockbuster sequels, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, and picked up a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle. Lawrence was also at the center of the celebrity iCloud hack, in which dozens of famous women had their nude photos stolen and posted online.

Following Lawrence on the list was Kim Kardashian, who tried (and failed) to “#BreaktheInternet” by appearing nude on the cover of Paper in November and released a hit mobile game this year. In third place was 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan, who was involved in a serious bus wreck over the summer, while NFL running back Ray Rice, who was suspended from the league after punching his fiancée-turned-wife on camera, ranked fourth. Rounding out the top 5 was Tony Stewart, the NASCAR driver involved in the on-track death of fellow driver Kevin Ward in August.

The list is not necessarily the most-searched people of the year, but rather the people that had searches for their name spike the most compared to 2013. Here’s the entire top 10:

Top 10 Trending People in the U.S.

  1. Jennifer Lawrence
  2. Kim Kardashian
  3. Tracy Morgan
  4. Ray Rice
  5. Tony Stewart
  6. Iggy Azalea
  7. Donald Sterling
  8. Adrian Peterson
  9. Renee Zellweger
  10. Jared Leto

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