November 20, 2015 |
"Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," an action movie in the form of a dirge, brings a fitting end to the most downbeat pop franchise in mainstream movie history. Gruesome, pessimistic, angry, violent, subversive and also wildly popular - that would worry me, if I were running for public office. The YA world of Suzanne Collins, after all, operates at a modest remove from what the author sees as a just-around-the-corner reality - a logical continuation of economic decline for the middle and lower classes.
November 20, 2015 |
WITH "THE HUNGER Games: Mockingjay Part 2" tracking for a monster $125 million opening weekend, it is almost a certainty it will - like the previous three entries in the franchise - gross $300 million domestically. That is more proof that the series and character is a phenomenon. To put that in perspective, recent film icons like Spider-Man and Iron Man cannot boast four solo films that crossed that threshold and a recent Forbes poll in September showed Katniss Everdeen's final adventure more anticipated than "Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
November 14, 2015 |
Even J-Law has feelings Jennifer Lawrence wasn't happy last last year when hackers splashed photos of her nude self all over the Web. Seems it's still a really important issue: Vogue asks her about it in a new interview. "It was all pain and no gain," the Winter's Bone star tells the mag. "But I don't dwell on it unless someone brings it up. Have you seen me naked?" I'm not sure there was no gain in that pain. J-Law says she had just gotten a new dog, Pippi , when the scandal broke.
November 13, 2015 |
IN THE CRAZY world of popular music, where half the hit songs on iTunes already sound like each other, a California judge threw out a suit yesterday against Taylor Swift . This is America. No one sues Taylor Swift and gets away with it. The plaintiff was musician and occasional ripoff claimant Jessie Braham , who, according to Billboard , accused Taylor of stealing the lyrics for the ubiquitous "Shake It Off" from his tune "Haters Gonna Hate. " U.S. District Court Judge (and "1989" fan)
June 15, 2015 |
Grow it. Chop it. This annual ritual at the salon stylishly brings fashionistas into summer. Last year, our shoulder-length manes were clipped into long bobs, affectionately known as LOBs. And this spring . . . The trendlet The pixie undercut - also known as the Robyn Wright (named after the actress who portrays first lady Claire Underwood on Netflix's House of Cards ) - is the 'do of the summer. This particular version, with its flirty bangs and very tapered sides, was created for Wright by her Los Angeles stylist, Paul Norton.
December 19, 2014 |
SONY SCHMARONY. This week, when celeb watchers weren't obsessing over Amy Pascal , James Franco , Seth Rogen , Kevin Hart and the guy who played Spider-Man, we were ogling mysterious Jennifer Lawrence associate Justin Riblet , without knowing who he was. Turns out, he's Philly's own hometown hero. Sorta. J-Law and J-Rib turned heads a few days ago when he accompanied her to LAX. Wonderers speculated whether he could be a romantic liaison. Wonderers wondered wrong.
November 26, 2014 |
No influence: Bono, Obama Guess what Irish world savior-rocker Bono has in common with President Obama ? The poor souls top GQ's Least Influential People of 2014 list! Bono and U2 are at No. 1 for the $100 mil P.R. campaign in which their new LP, Songs of Innocence , was added to everyone' s iTunes library without our permission. Barack Obama, in second place, is chided by the mag for being on holiday as the world fell apart - Missouri exploded, Ebola went wild, Vlad "The Impaler" Putin became Alexander the Great , and U2 became Big Brother.
November 21, 2014 |
THE STORY OF MULTIMILLIONAIRE and convicted murderer John du Pont languished in Hollywood until another multimillionaire took up the orphaned movie's cause. That was Megan Ellison , the Midas touch producer (daughter of Oracle Billionaire Larry Ellison ), who has produced such movies in recent years as "True Grit," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Master," "Her" and "American Hustle. " Last year, as producer, she became the first woman to be nominated twice in the same year ("Her" and "Hustle")
October 29, 2014
THEY SAY as the winter holidays approach, couples get serious, or get split. Thanksgiving's just about exactly a month away. Stores are already filling shelves with Christmas and Hanukkah stuff. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin just broke up. Lawrence, known for her Oscar-winning role beside Rydal's own Bradley Cooper in Philly-filmed "Silver Linings Playbook," along with a little movie series about teens of the future who skip meals, had been linked to the Coldplay frontman, a/k/a the "consciously uncoupled" ex-Mr.
October 11, 2014 |
Jennifer Lawrence's men When it comes to men, Jennifer Lawrence would rather have companionship than passion. The former is "deeper because you can be your true self with somebody," J-Law tells Vanity Fair. Does her alleged new beau Chris Martin fit the bill? She mentions him not. She does reveal a secret crush. "Do you like Larry David ?" she asks, startlingly. "I'm in love with him, and I have been for a really long time. " Meanwhile, Anonymous Insider tells Us Weekly that Martin's ex-wife, Gwyneth Paltrow , wants to hang with J-Law.