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See Jennifer Lawrence in Exclusive Hunger Games Portraits

Along with new photos of co-star Jena Malone

Fans eagerly awaiting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 can whet their appetites with new, gorgeous photos of the cast members, including pictures of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Jena Malone provided exclusively to TIME.

The photos were shot by Tim Palen, chief brand officer and president of worldwide marketing at Lionsgate, and published in Tim Palen: Photographs From The Hunger Games available to order at Assouline on June 29 or to buy on July 29. Though the final installment of the Hunger Games series doesn’t premiere until November 20, fans will get a peek at how the saga will end during Comic-Con on July 9.

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Age Gap is the New Wage Gap: Just Ask Top-Paid Female Celebrities

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Raymond Hall—GC Images Actress Jennifer Lawrence is seen walking in Soho on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Raymond Hall--GC Images)

On average, the women on the Forbes List of 100 Top-Paid Celebrities are almost 10 years younger than the men

Aging rockers, has-been radio personalities, and ex-action stars get paid more than A-list actresses. That’s one major takeaway from Forbes’ annual list of the 100 top-paid celebrities this year.

Two things were apparent from this year’s list: women make up only 16% of the top-paid celebrities in the world, and the ones who do make the list are significantly younger than the men. The average age for men on the list was 42– for women, it was 36. If you take out Judge Judy, who at 72 is an outlier by about 15 years, that average drops to just over 33.

In other words: the pay gap is alive and well, even among the richest celebrities, and while male stars are adept at turning youthful success into a lifetime of fame, female celebrity is far more delicate. The average age for men on the 2015 Forbes list does not include the collected ages of The Rolling Stones, the Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac, all ’70s era bands who made the list (Fleetwood Mac includes two women)– if the ages of these men had been included, the average age for men on the list would have been significantly higher. Older guys like Jimmy Buffett (68) Jackie Chan (61) and Howard Stern (61) make the list, but Meryl Streep (66) and Madonna (56) don’t.

The 16 women on the list earned a combined $409 million, while the combined male earnings topped $4.3 billion. More importantly, many of the women on the list tend to be young and beautiful, while older stars are simply not making the cut. Of the 16 women on the list, only a quarter are over the age of 35 (Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez, Ellen Degeneres and Judge Judy.) The other twelve are much younger, including Jennifer Lawrence (24), Taylor Swift (25) and Lady Gaga (29). Almost half of the 16 women on the list are under 30.

To be clear–it’s not Forbes’s fault there are so few women on their list, they’re just the messenger here. This year they expanded their annual list of top-paid celebrities to include international icons, and restricted it to on-camera talent (which might be why Shonda Rhimes and Oprah aren’t on it). They assembled the list by measuring earnings from June 1, 2014 to June 1, 2015, then subtracted management fees and taxes. That sounds like a fair methodology for determining which celebrities are making the most money.

And yet, women are notably absent. Lots of women who would ordinarily be on the list seem to be taking a little break this year. As Forbes’s Natalie Robehmed explains, in her post about why there are so few women on the list:

Sandra Bullock clocked an impressive $51 million in 2014′s ranking thanks to her solo payday in Gravity, but a quiet 12 months took her out of the running this year. Other seemingly big stars, such as Emma Stone, have yet to see their earnings catch up with their status. Even Melissa McCarthy, who has proven her ability to carry an action/comedy movie solo with Spy, St. Vincent and Tammy failed to break the Celebrity 100′s $29 million barrier to entry.

Of course, there’s also the fact that there’s a pay gap between men and women in most professions, and Hollywood isn’t immune. As Robehmed points out, it’s no coincidence that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams only saw 7% of the profits for American Hustle, while the male actors got 9%. Women are also less likely to be the main character, which means smaller paychecks, and in other countries the gap is even worse– in Bollywood, actresses make about a sixth of what their male co-stars make.

And yet it’s impossible to ignore the age trend at work here. Among the richest celebrities, all the women young, beautiful, and at the top of their game right now– Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Sofia Vergara are all in the prime of their careers. Not so with the richest male celebrities– Jerry Seinfeld hasn’t been on primetime TV in years, and Adam Sandler hit his stride in the early 2000s.

 

In other words: when it comes to top-paid celebrities, the age gap might be just as important as the wage gap.

 

 

 

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Watch the First Trailer for Mockingjay: Part 2

Featuring a tear-inducing hug between Katniss and Prim

Fans of the Hunger Games books know that the second part of Mockingjay is incredibly tragic, but there are moments of bittersweet happiness in the first trailer for the film: most notably an embrace between Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss and Willow Shields’ Prim.

The trailer also features a look at Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie as Commander Lyme, the wedding of Finnick and Annie, and a reconciliation between Katniss and Peeta. The first part of Mockingjay ended with Peeta, rescued from the Capitol, but still hijacked, acting murderous toward his love.

The final installment of the series is due out in theaters Nov. 20.

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Here’s the First Look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

And spoiler alert: It looks a lot like Mockingjay - Part 1

Jennifer Lawrence posted the first photo from the set of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 on her Facebook page Wednesday featuring herself as Katniss Everdeen and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne.

The picture didn’t exactly spoil any secrets from the upcoming finale to the popular series: it looked, in fact, like it could have come from the set of the first Mockingjay film. The latest propaganda-style poster promoting the final film in the series gives a better hint of what is to come: One shows a crumbling, headless statue of President Snow against whom Katniss and the other rebels are fighting.

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Why Did Nicole Kidman’s Grace Kelly Biopic End Up on Lifetime?

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What hope is there for actresses when one of the industry's most prestigious can't get her movie out in theaters?

Grace of Monaco, Nicole Kidman’s film about the life of actress-turned-royal Grace Kelly, played at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival—but even at that point, the film was considered long-delayed. It had been meant to premiere stateside in the 2013 holiday season, and Kidman appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair to promote the film that fall. Nearly a year after its Cannes bow, the film’s journey to a U.S. release came to an anticlimactic end, with the announcement that the film would debut on Lifetime. It will air May 25.

This is a major blow for Kidman, whose rare TV work has tended towards the prestigious. To go from an Emmy nomination for HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn to a movie premiere on the network that also played host to Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor is a comedown indeed. But she can’t possibly have expected that this journey might be quite so tortured: After all, the film’s director, Olivier Dahan, is best-known for shepherding an unknown Marion Cotillard to Oscar in a biographical film with a similar degree of difficulty, La Vie en Rose. But no one involved in the long saga comes off particularly well, least of all producing company the Weinstein Company, who had purportedly battled with Dahan over the film’s final cut. That Weinstein couldn’t be brought to release the film is strictly business, of course, but feels punitive to a group of people who’d meant their movie to be seen on the big screen. Even Naomi Watts’s Diana played theaters; Grace of Monaco, tepid-to-poor reviews very much in mind, can’t be that bad.

Kidman’s power in Hollywood would seem to be at a low ebb, which would simply be the order of things if she weren’t still held up as the gold standard of Hollywood stardom in media coverage of her work and at events like the Oscars, where she’s a perpetual attendee—she’s the sort of icon who doesn’t go out of fashion. Her filmography has been spotty, but until fairly recently it seemed somewhat understood that occasional creative misfires were the cost of doing business in a genre of cinema that relied on originality more than CGI. Kidman is close to the platonic idea of a movie star, in the public imagination. The only star more potent, it’d seem, is someone like Jennifer Lawrence, whose own slow-release bomb Serena managed to get a theatrical run this year after years of delays.

But even that barely came together. If Lawrence’s movie just barely happened, as a theatrical release, and Kidman’s isn’t going to, what hope is there for anyone else?

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How Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Went Both Bad and Sad in Serena

Jennifer and Bradley together again. Sounds great — but not in this drama made in 2012, now getting a release that's really an autopsy

Bad movies: they can be tatty classics of crazed ineptitude, like Edward D. Wood’s Glen or Glenda and Plan 9 from Outer Space, or big-budget misfires like the 1987 Ishtar, a would-be comedy that sent Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman on a Hope-Crosby Road to Dystopia. Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, a “bad movie” that practically torpedoed its sponsoring studio, United Artists, is actually often a great one — anyway, much of it errs on that side — but in “gate” notoriety it’s up there with Richard Nixon’s Water-, Bill Clinton’s Monica- and Chris Christie’s Bridge-.

Connoisseurs of bad movies are looking for bold wrongness: the urgency of a child screaming its lungs out with what may be madness or a hint of genius. But another type of certifiably awful movie just sits in a corner muttering about issues that neither it nor any spectator can care about. Such a one is Serena, Danish director Susanne Bier’s DOA adaptation of Ron Rash’s 2008 bestseller. Filmed in 2012 and finally limping into theaters after a few weeks on VOD, Serena fails in ways that are fun neither to sit through nor to write about.

The picture would barely be worth an obit except for its leading actors, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. They made ideal wounded sparring partners (and ballroom dancers) in Silver Linings Playbook. They flirted with malicious intent in American Hustle. They’re big stars, frequent Oscar nominees and, from available evidence, decent people for whom one wishes the best. And somehow they stumbled into a muted kind of worst: the story of a North Carolina lumberman and his Colorado bride, in an effort that has star wattage up the wazoo but zero emotional voltage.

George Pemberton (Cooper) is a powerful rogue employing any means necessary to battle government regulations in the first years of the Great Depression. He must also cope with his new wife’s knowledge that, before they met, he fathered a child with a local girl (Ana Ularu). Serena (Lawrence) says that nothing in the past matters; but that’s just the cooing lie of a femme fatale — the type that Barbara Stanwyck brought to seductive life and death in Hollywood’s Golden and Noir ages.

Iconographically, Lawrence looks just right for the period. Platinum blonde, she instantly evokes such early-talkies actresses as Mae West. Toby Wing and Jean Harlow. Too bad she gets no help from Bier, who won a Foreign Film Oscar in 2011 for the Danish In a Better World after a calamitous foray into Hollywood drama with the 2006 Things We Lost in the Fire.

Foreign-born directors, from Billy Wilder to Alejandro González Iñárritu, can be the most acute observers of American ways and mores, but Bier lacks either the empathy or the simple competence to establish a forboding tone and bring the Serena story to pulsing, plausible life. The movie was shot in Prague, not in the American South, but distance is no excuse for disaster. The Anglo-Italian Anthony Minghella filmed a dark Carolina love story, the 2003 Cold Mountain, in Romania and still managed to extract plenty of Tar Heel kick from his Civil War epic.

In Serena, stuff happens, then nastier stuff, without ever engaging the viewer’s rooting interest or sick fear. Sometimes it’s a question of sloppiness on the set or in the editing room. In one intense scene with Cooper, Lawrence provides the money shot of a tear coursing down her cheek. In the next closeup, her face is dry, suggesting that no one noticed or nobody cared.

Behind this inert movie is the shadow of a better, or at least creepier, one. Serena was originally to star Angelina Jolie and be directed by Darren Aronofsky immediately after he made Black Swan — a movie that reveled in the display of a sympathetic woman going toxically bonkers. Black Swan shared some of those excesses, but its vigor gave it a liveliness he might have applied to the Serena project. Bier’s directorial timidity spells doom.

It’s like some fateful old Broadway tryout that should have closed in New Haven. In fact, Serena opened last Oct. at the London Film Festival. Lawrence graciously showed up, beckoning the audience to embrace the movie. “And if you don’t,” she added, “just don’t tweet about it.”

The more appropriate social medium would have been Grumblr, the Tumblr spinoff that, like Serena, suffered an early death in 2012. This weekend’s theatrical premiere marks only the sighting of a glamorous zombie — a movie that is a poignant subspecies of bad: just plain sad.

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Jennifer Lawrence Is Done With Mystique After X-Men: Apocalypse

The actress says the 2016 film will be her last in the series

Despite behind-the-scenes interest in a standalone Mystique spin-off, Jennifer Lawrence says the upcoming X-Men movie will be her last.

Lawrence, who took over the character previously played by Rebecca Romijn in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, told MTV News that X-Men: Apocalypse “is her last one, actually” at the premiere of Serena. The newest film in the franchise, which comes out in 2016, is a sequel to 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and will complete the trilogy of the latest X-Men films, according to writer and producer Simon Kinberg.

Lawrence could be moving on to bigger things, but she might just have had enough of spending hours and hours getting painted blue every day. Watch the clip below of Lawrence and her Serena co-star Bradley Cooper:

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Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Spielberg Adaptation of War Photographer’s Memoir

It's What I Do is coming to the big screen

War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir has barely been out for a month, but the bidding war for its film adaptation appears to be over.

Warner Bros. is finalizing a deal to bring It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War to the big screen, TIME confirms, with Steven Spielberg attached as director and Jennifer Lawrence in a starring role.

Addario apparently met with all of the bidders, who reportedly included Darren Aronofsky (who wanted Natalie Portman as the lead), Working Title Films (who wanted it for Reese Witherspoon), Focus’ Margot Robbie and George Clooney, along with his producing partner Grant Heslov.

“I wanted [to work with] people with integrity like Warner’s and Andrew Lazar, people who will honor my vision and honor the passion that I brought to my work and bring that to their work,” Addario tells TIME. “It’s really about integrity, passion and being true to the issues that I cover.”

MORE: Meet the Photographer Who Found How to Balance a Life of Love and War

She has spent much of the past 15 years photographing the human toll of conflict, especially on women, from Afghanistan to Libya, Cuba to Iraq, India to Israel.

“I feel a huge pressure to be successful in communicating their trauma,” the mother of one, who’s been kidnapped twice, told TIME last month. “I have to make sure that I take this information and disseminate it in a way that’s useful to them in the long term; that will prevent other women from going through what they went through. I can’t imagine not dedicating my life to trying to stop those things from happening.”

Turning to Hollywood is the latest stage in the photographer’s life-long goal of keeping the spotlight on the people and issues she’s covered. “It means so much to me because people respond to Hollywood in a way that journalists can’t always access.”

[Deadline]

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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

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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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