The Hunger Games prequel movie in the works

A prequel to The Hunger Games movie franchise is in the works. Suzanne Collins’s popular young adult novel trilogy was adapted into four hugely successful films starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson between 2012 and 2015. O…

A prequel to The Hunger Games movie franchise is in the works.

Suzanne Collins’s popular young adult novel trilogy was adapted into four hugely successful films starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson between 2012 and 2015.

Officials at Lionsgate, the studio behind the franchise, announced on Tuesday that they would also be making a movie adaptation of Collins’s upcoming prequel novel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which is due to be released on 19 May.

“Suzanne’s new book has been worth the wait. It offers everything fans could hope for and expect from The Hunger Games while also breaking new ground and introducing an entirely new canvas of characters,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in a statement.

The new novel follows an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who would eventually rise to become the tyrannical ruler of the dystopian nation of Panem, and the central villain of the original Hunger Games series.

Snow, who was portrayed by Donald Sutherland in the franchise, is chosen to be a mentor for 10th annual Hunger Games, for a young girl from District 12, the future home of Lawrence’s heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Collins, who will also serve as an executive producer of the new film, added, “Lionsgate has always been the cinematic home of The Hunger Games, and I’m delighted to be returning to them with this new book.”

The prequel adaptation will serve a reunion for some behind-the-scenes crew. Francis Lawrence – no relation to Jennifer Lawrence – will return to the director’s chair after helming Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1, and Mockingjay – Part 2, while Nina Jacobson, who produced all of the films in the franchise, will produce the latest film, along with her partner Brad Simpson.

Collins will write the film’s treatment and Michael Arndt, who previously helped write Catching Fire, will adapt the screenplay.

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Liam Hemsworth quit vegan diet after health scare

Liam Hemsworth quit veganism last year after a health scare made him rethink his diet. The Hunger Games actor, who switched to a plant-based diet back in 2015, revealed in the new issue of Men’s Health Australia magazine that he transitioned away from…

Liam Hemsworth quit veganism last year after a health scare made him rethink his diet.

The Hunger Games actor, who switched to a plant-based diet back in 2015, revealed in the new issue of Men’s Health Australia magazine that he transitioned away from it for health reasons in 2019.

“The first two years, I felt great… I felt my energy was high. I felt like my body was strong, cardio was high, everything felt really good,” he shared. “February last year I was feeling really low and lethargic and wasn’t feeling good generally. And then I got a kidney stone.”

The kidney stone, known as a calcium oxalate stone, formed due to an excessively high level of oxalate, a chemical compound found in nuts, spinach, legumes, and bran.

Hemsworth had been consuming these foods in vast quantities, with his morning smoothie alone consisting of five handfuls of spinach, almond milk, almond butter, and vegan protein at the time of his hospitalisation.

“That was what I considered super healthy and doing the right thing,” the 30-year-old explained. “I had to completely rethink what I was putting in my body.”

Although the Australian actor’s vegan days are behind him, he was quick to insist that other people may still have a positive experience with the plant-based diet.

“If something works for a period of time, great, keep doing it,” he advised. “If something changes and you’re not feeling great, then you’ve got to reassess it again and then figure it out.”

Following his health scare, Hemsworth completely overhauled his eating plan and even went on a six-month stint of sobriety in an attempt to have “optimal health at all times”.

He also threw himself into exercise, which he credits with “keeping my head level and just staying balanced” following his separation from wife Miley Cyrus.

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Woody Harrelson helped Sadie Sink go vegan

Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink was inspired to adopt a vegan diet after hanging out with clean-eating Woody Harrelson and his family. The 17-year-old chose to give up meat at the age of 13, but it was only after working alongside The Hunger Games …

Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink was inspired to adopt a vegan diet after hanging out with clean-eating Woody Harrelson and his family.

The 17-year-old chose to give up meat at the age of 13, but it was only after working alongside The Hunger Games star in 2017’s The Glass Castle that she decided to ditch all animal products from her plate.

“We did The Glass Castle together and I was already vegetarian, but just kind of being around him and spending time with his family, I was just like, ‘You know what? I could do this,'” she explained on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live.

Sadie added to Elle.com, “His daughter and I had a three-day sleepover, and the entire time I was with them I felt good about what I was eating, and not like I was missing anything.”

She has since tried to encourage her own loved ones to eat less meat by perfecting her recipe for a butternut squash and spinach lasagna.

“It’s my dad’s favourite thing,” she said.

Woody previously downplayed his influence on his castmate’s eating habits, noting that while he’ll share his insights if he’s asked, he refuses to be the guy who attempts to change his co-stars.

“I don’t find that people come around to my way of thinking,” he told WENN in 2017. “It’s very hard to talk someone out of a burger if they like burgers. I don’t try to do it but if people ask me about dairy I’ll go on a little dissertation, I’ll get on the stump.

“Otherwise I don’t think there’s any value in lecturing someone about what they’re eating even though I watch people who are literally eating themselves into an early grave and I just want to say, ‘You should not be doing that. Don’t put that into your mouth!’

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Jennifer Lawrence has picked out her wedding dress

Jennifer Lawrence has already settled upon a dress for her wedding day. The Hunger Games actress got engaged to art dealer Cooke Maroney in February after a whirlwind romance, and they celebrated their impending nuptials with an engagement party in Ne…

Jennifer Lawrence has already settled upon a dress for her wedding day.

The Hunger Games actress got engaged to art dealer Cooke Maroney in February after a whirlwind romance, and they celebrated their impending nuptials with an engagement party in New York, where they’re based, in May.

She hasn’t revealed when the big day will take place, but during an appearance on the Naked with Catt Sadler podcast, Jennifer explained that she already has some important decisions ticked off her to-do list.

“I’ve been in a good place,” the 28-year-old said. “I haven’t been neurotic about (wedding planning). I’m like too lazy to be neurotic. I saw a dress I liked, and I was like, ‘That’s the dress.’ I saw a venue and I was like, ‘Cool, we got the venue.'”

The Oscar-winning actress, who serves as a brand ambassador for French luxury fashion house Christian Dior, also admitted the only time she had a “bridezilla moment” and broke down in tears was when she changed her mind about having a bachelorette party and discovered a lot of her friends couldn’t come.

“I thought I didn’t want to have a bachelorette party, and then last minute I decided I did,” Jennifer explained. “Then nobody was available because it was last minute. And then I started crying. I was like, ‘I don’t even know why I’m crying. I didn’t know that I wanted a bachelorette party. I guess I just feel pathetic.’ (Cooke) was like, ‘Oh my God, you don’t need to feel pathetic.'”

Jennifer added that she is rescheduling the party with her friends and is preparing to head back to work in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Jennifer Lawrence creates production company

Jennifer Lawrence has launched her own production company. The Hunger Games created Excellent Cadaver with producing partner Justine Polsky and they have now signed a first-look film deal with bosses at Makeready. Lawrence and Polsky will develop mov…

Jennifer Lawrence has launched her own production company.

The Hunger Games created Excellent Cadaver with producing partner Justine Polsky and they have now signed a first-look film deal with bosses at Makeready.

Lawrence and Polsky will develop movie projects together independently or with Makeready’s partners at Universal Pictures and Entertainment One, according to Deadline.

“(Makeready)’s Brad (Weston) and Pam (Abdy) are visionary producers with incredible taste and a history of supporting diverse and compelling storytelling,” a statement from Lawrence and Polsky reads. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Makeready and look forward to this exciting collaboration.”

The actress and Polsky are working together on several upcoming projects, including Burial Rites, a film adaptation of Australian author Hannah Kent’s award-winning 2013 novel. The movie will centre on Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland in 1830. It will be directed by Luca Guadagnino.

They are also collaborating on Bad Blood, in which Jennifer will star as disgraced Theranos blood testing founder Elizabeth Holmes, the woman who skyrocketed to prominence as one of the youngest self-made billionaires ever, only to fall from grace after her biotech company came under investigation. The film will be directed by The Big Short’s Adam McKay.

The 28 year old will also portray socialite Zelda Fitzgerald in Ron Howard’s Zelda, which she will produce with Polsky. Lawrence is also looking to make her directorial debut with Project Delirium, which will centre on American government officials who tested the effects of chemical weapons on soldiers in the 1960s.

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Amandla Stenberg keeps armpits unshaven on red carpet

Amandla Stenberg has defied convention by keeping her armpits unshaven on the red carpet.The actress looked stunning in a plunging black Valentino gown at the London premiere of her latest film, The Hate U Give, forgoing accessories and wearing her hai…

Amandla Stenberg has defied convention by keeping her armpits unshaven on the red carpet.

The actress looked stunning in a plunging black Valentino gown at the London premiere of her latest film, The Hate U Give, forgoing accessories and wearing her hair in a braided bob hairstyle.

Teaming the outfit with a sultry smokey eye and natural nude lip, Amandla drew attention to her hairy pits when she posted pictures from the event to her Instagram account on Sunday (21Oct18).

“#drama #armpit,” the 19-year-old captioned two images of herself from the night.

Though some Instagram users were not supportive of her decision, Amandla received plenty of her praise from her fan base, with many complimenting her look and decision to move away from traditional beauty norms.

“Love it when the young women of Hollywood aren’t afraid to be themselves and make a statement despite being in the limelight and constantly criticised and picked at…shows you’re above all the negativity,” one user commented.

The Valentino dress marked a new look for The Hunger Games star, who has previously sported eye-catching statement pieces, such as the red Calvin Klein oversized pantsuit she wore to the Met Gala in 2016, and the striped Thom Browne shirt and trouser combination she donned at the 2018 Black Girls Rock! ceremony in August.

In an interview with Glamour U.S., Amandla admitted it was hard not to love dressing up due to the career path she’d decided to take.

“(Fashion) is just an inherent part of my job. It’s something that I love,” she smiled, adding that she was adamant to stay true to her beliefs through her clothing. “I am learning how to integrate. I want to express myself as authentically as I can.”

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Jennifer Lawrence promotes women’s empowerment with new Dior campaign

Jennifer Lawrence’s latest campaign for Dior offers a celebration of women’s empowerment inspired by female horse riders in Mexico. The actress, who has been a spokesmodel for the luxury brand since 2013, fronts the latest promo for the fashion ho…

Jennifer Lawrence’s latest campaign for Dior offers a celebration of women’s empowerment inspired by female horse riders in Mexico.

The actress, who has been a spokesmodel for the luxury brand since 2013, fronts the latest promo for the fashion house, which was unveiled in a series of stunning images on Wednesday (03Oct18).

In the photos, the 28 year old poses in the wilderness alongside a black stallion and sports a variety of dresses, petticoats and a leather corset.

Shot by Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen, the concept was inspired by Mexican horsewomen, known as Escaramuzas, and aims to capture the “embodiment of liberated femininity”. In one of the shots, Lawrence carries a Dior Book Tote bag with her name embroidered on it.

This is The Hunger Games star’s second Dior campaign in as many months – she served as the face of Dior’s scent Joy last month (Sep18) and appeared in a short video, directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, as part of its promotion.

“That was my first smell of perfume, so Dior has been in my nostrils since I was a child,” she told Harper’s Bazaar at the time. “It’s so weird that I have my own fragrance now! It’s also fascinating how one note will smell one way, and then when you pair it with another it smells completely different.”

The Oscar-winner previously headlined a handbag campaign in 2013, as well as the ads for Dior Addict Lipstick in 2015.

The new promo comes following her comments expressing frustration with dishonest representations of beauty standards.

“I just like it when everyone’s honest,” she told InStyle magazine. “If you are 20 pounds underweight and talk about eating pizza and fried chicken all the time, that’s not going to make people feel good about themselves.”

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Sam Claflin cast in Charlie’s Angels

Sam Claflin has joined the cast of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.The actor is starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, who will play the famous trio, as well as Elizabeth Banks, who is also directing and producing the project. T…

Sam Claflin has joined the cast of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The actor is starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, who will play the famous trio, as well as Elizabeth Banks, who is also directing and producing the project. This will not be the first collaboration between Claflin and the Pitch Perfect star, as the pair previously worked together on three of the four films from The Hunger Games film series, and Elizabeth was delighted to have her former co-star on board.

“Welcome @samclaflin (heart eye emoji) #EffieApproves,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday (02Oct18), referring to her Hunger Games character Effie Trinket.

News of the 32-year-old’s casting was first reported by Variety, though the publication shared no details regarding the specific role he is taking on. Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou and Luis Gerardo Mendez have also bagged parts in the movie, which is scheduled for release in September 2019 by Columbia Pictures.

The Charlie’s Angels script comes courtesy of Banks and British screenwriter Jay Bassu – who has recently written the screenplay of Claire Foy’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web which hits cinemas in November (18). Their story is based on an earlier version by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas, and will reportedly focus on the next generation of Angels working for the mysterious Charlie, following the Charles Townsend Detective Agency’s global expansion, meaning the organisation now provides security and intelligence services to a wide variety of private clients.

Claflin recently played one half of a couple stranded in the Pacific Ocean in Adrift, starring opposite Shailene Woodley, and also landed a role in Australian period thriller The Nightingale. His other projects currently in post-production include British crime thriller The Corrupted with Timothy Spall and Hugh Bonneville, while he is also lending his voice to animated picture Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs.

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Amandla Stenberg body-shamed on set for large breasts

Actress Amandla Stenberg is tired of hearing her breasts are too big to appear on camera.The Hunger Games star has only made eight films since the launch of her career in 2011, and she can’t believe how often her body has been criticised on set in her …

Actress Amandla Stenberg is tired of hearing her breasts are too big to appear on camera.

The Hunger Games star has only made eight films since the launch of her career in 2011, and she can’t believe how often her body has been criticised on set in her seven-year career.

“Being in entertainment can be hard,” the 19-year-old tells Seventeen magazine. “If you were to meet actors in real life, you’d probably be surprised at how tiny they are.

“I’m not a hella-skinny person – I’m petite, but I’m low-key slim-thick – and I’ve had people put pressure on me to lose weight or oversexualise my body, because it doesn’t look infantile.

“People often say my boobs are too big. There have been several moments when I was filming a scene and someone came over with a small sports bra and said, ‘Put this on real quick. Your boobs look too big on camera!’ You’re conceived of as ‘too much’ if you have, like, thighs. It’s ridiculous!

“I try to only work in spaces now that make me feel comfortable. It’s challenging, but I’d rather be healthy and happy and love my body.”

Amandla is of mixed African-American and Danish heritage and beauty standards involving her ethnic background have also proven to be a challenge for her to navigate, with the star admitting it took her years to embrace her natural beauty.

“I’ve had to unlearn a lot, and I’m still unlearning things. I hated my hair growing up – I thought it was ugly. By the time I got to high school, I was using a relaxer (to make it straight),” she shares. “But when I was 16, I chopped off all the dead hair and started wearing it natural, and I realised that it was so beautiful and cool and versatile! Anti-black beauty standards are so pervasive.

“Fighting that requires constant unpacking and positive self-messaging, so of course I still have my moments when I feel insecure. But in those moments, I’m always (inspired) by the fact that being black is just so poppin’ (cool). The perspective, the culture, the family, the food… I love everything about being black.”

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Amandla Stenberg surprised to win lead in The Darkest Minds

Amandla Stenberg was “flabbergasted” to be cast as the face of new dystopian movie The Darkest Minds.The biracial actress heads up a young cast in the big screen version of Alexandra Bracken 2012 young adult novel, with Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitfor…

Amandla Stenberg was “flabbergasted” to be cast as the face of new dystopian movie The Darkest Minds.

The biracial actress heads up a young cast in the big screen version of Alexandra Bracken 2012 young adult novel, with Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford and Gwendoline Christie also co-starring.

It’s a genre the 19-year-old is familiar with, having starred in The Hunger Games, the only difference is, in a break from movie tradition, now she’s leading the future franchise.

“We’ve seen these young adult dystopian series before but we’ve only seen it with Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Shailene Woodley (Divergent). I was flabbergasted at the idea that they were even interested in casting me because it was based on a book series that, I think you assume upon reading, is written as white,” she admitted to Flaunt magazine.

The film tells the story of a group of teenagers on the run from the government after mysteriously obtaining superpowers.

While the sci-fi film is set in a fantasy world, Amandla says there are lots of themes that are similar to what’s currently going on in the real world.

“These children have the ability to access this special part of themselves and adults respond to that with fear and violence,” she explained. “It’s something that so many of us are facing right now, understanding how we can harness our own tools like social media. Not to approach it with fear, but instead learn how to face a regime that we don’t believe in.”

The Darkest Minds began hitting cinemas in August (18).

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