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Jennifer Lawrence Shimmers in Silver at MET Gala After Party

May 5, 2015 | No Comments »
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Jennifer Lawrence co-chaired last night’s MET Gala in New York (see photos here). And then she hit up Rihanna’s private after party wearing this sleek shiny number. What do you think of the look?

Video: Willow Shields and Mark Ballas discuss their ‘Dancing’ elimination

May 1, 2015 | No Comments »
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We are still SO disappointed that Willow Shields and her dancing partner Mark Ballas were eliminated in week seven of this season’s Dancing with the Stars. The duo were featured on Entertainment Pop on ABC News to discuss their elimination and Willow’s time on the show.


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Photos & Video: Elizabeth Banks covers ‘The Hollywood Reporter’

April 29, 2015 | No Comments »
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It should come as no surprise that Elizabeth Banks is one of our major girl crushes here at HG Girl on Fire. She is featured in a great cover story for the May 8, 2015, issue of The Hollywood Reporter, celebrating her foray into directing with Pitch Perfect 2 (a film in which she also stars and produces). The story follows the trajectory of Elizabeth’s career thus far, including a bit about her work on The Hunger Games.

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Gary Ross first directed her in Seabiscuit:

“She came in, auditioned, and I liked her very much,” recalls Ross, who initially was leaning toward a more recognizable name. But Banks turned all her powers of persuasion onto the director. “She sent me a letter,” he says. “She explained that she grew up around the racetrack, that it was part of her life.”

She ended up with the part. Eight years later, when she heard Ross would be directing the first Hunger Games film, she wrote to him again. “She wrote, ‘I really want to play Effie — I really think I can do this,’ ” he remembers. At that point, the director was uncertain about whom he wanted to hire, but he invited Banks to a meeting. After 20 minutes of polite conversation, Banks all but intimidated Ross into giving her the role. “She gave me this look, like, ‘Dude, are we going to dance here or are you giving me this part?’ “

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Here’s a great behind-the-scenes interview from the photo shoot for the mag.

Photo: Elizabeth Banks at Pitch Perfect 2 Berlin photo call

Elizabeth Banks looked amazing in this color block dress at the Berlin photo call for her film Pitch Perfect 2. This woman’s suitcase for this press tour must be MASSIVE.

Photos: Elizabeth Banks debuts Pitch Perfect 2 in Paris and Rome

April 28, 2015 | No Comments »
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Elizabeth Banks is busy promoting her film Pitch Perfect 2, which also happens to be her directorial debut! Here she is at a photo call in Rome and at the premiere of the film in Paris!

Willow Shields Gains High Score on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Still Eliminated

Well, color me disappointed. And sad. And feeling bad for Willow. Willow Shields and her dancing partner Mark Ballas have been consistent high scorers on this season of Dancing with the Stars. So when it was revealed last night that they were eliminated, it’s fair to say everyone was shocked!

Willow and Mark performed a futuristic jazz dance last night, scoring an amazing 37/40.

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The duo also took on Riker and Allison in a salsa dance-off, for which they gained 2 extra points on their score, totally 39/40.

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And then, after these two amazing performances, Willow and Mark were eliminated. :(

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The votes were based on last week’s performances, so despite her high scores this week, it was too late to save her. Also, just because teams get high scores, it does not mean they get the votes. To say we are disappointed is an understatement! We know how hard Willow has worked this season and we are so sad for her dancing journey to end!

First Look at Mahershala Ali (Boggs) in Gary Ross’s ‘Free State of Jones’

April 23, 2015 | No Comments »
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Are you a Boggs-lover like me? I just love him in the books, and I feel like Mahershala Ali did a wonderful job of bringing him to the screen. While we wait for the final installment of The Hunger Games with Mockingjay, Part 2, we can see Ali in this first look photo for Free State of Jones, written and directed by The Hunger Games director Gary Ross, and starring Matthew McConaughey. Mahershala is featured in the center of the photo, to the left of McConaughey. He’s a little less recognizable with hair!

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Here is the premise, thanks to Empire Online.

Matthew McConaughey stars in the American Civil War drama, playing real-life advocate Newton Knight. A Mississippi man who had been a loyal Confederate recruit, he defected from the army and took a group of like-minded troops with him to create the Free State of Jones. Knight later married a slave (Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Rachel), creating one of the first ever publicised mixed race unions in the South, fought against the Confederates from within his new state and led a daring raid to free children who were still enslaved following the end of the conflict.

 

Video: Willow Shields Does the Salsa on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

April 21, 2015 | No Comments »
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Willow Shields and Mark Ballas danced a salsa dance to “Tequila” for Spring Break week on last night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars. The duo, who have held their own this weekend near the top of the leaderboard, scored a 34 out of 40!

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Willow also took part in a team dance with Team YOLO!

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Here’s the latest from Willow’s DWTS blog for Access Hollywood, posted yesterday before her performance!

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