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Listen : Nina Jacobson on the rise of Jennifer Lawrence & more with IndieWire

November 22, 2014 | No Comments »
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In a fantastic interview with Indie Wire,  Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson talks about the rise of Jennifer Lawrence, how she finds what she wants to produce & why we have so few women directors. A pretty great interview!  Listen HERE or click on the image below :

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Nina Jacobson & Color Force are making a name for themselves

November 20, 2014 | No Comments »
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After losing her job with Disney, Nina Jacobson started her own production company, Color Force, in 2007, and this small production company has found success in Hollywood. And thanks to Nina Jacobson, we have the amazing Hunger Games franchise. Fortune wrote a nice feature on our wonderful producer and her production company:

Despite the large box office numbers, Color Force purposely remains a relatively small operation. It has just seven employees focusing on one to two movies a year. “That gives us the ability to tell someone that they will be one of five projects we have, not one of 50,” says Jacobson.

On Jacobson’s production style:

Jacobson’s managerial style has transformed from top-line decision-making on projects already in good shape to sweating projects’ details. “As a studio executive, I took the approach that people are competent until proven otherwise. But when you make a movie, because there is so little time to fix things when they break, you have to almost come to it with the mindset that everyone is incompetent until proven otherwise,” she says. “They usually aren’t, but you have to think, What if this goes wrong? What if that goes wrong?”

“A producer having her level of love of story is pretty rare, “says The Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence. “I think a lot of producers sit in story meetings and have ideas, but I don’t think they are quite as good as Nina’s.”

On working with the creative minds behind the films:

Jacobson’s strong understanding of what makes a compelling narrative resonates with the authors and directors she teams up with on films. “She made me feel very safe [creatively],” says Lawrence, mentioning that even Jacobson’s critiques were welcome. “When she says something about the film, it’s coming from a genuine, smart and tasteful place, and she’s usually right.” (The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins trusted Jacobson so much that their initial deal was struck verbally over the phone before any formal contracts were written up. “I had such a strong emotional reaction to the book that there was no way she could see that she didn’t have a fan,” says Jacobson.)

On keeping Color Force: small:

“We will always be more of a boutique rather than a factory, but we would like to be a slightly bigger boutique,” she says. “When I became a producer, I told myself I will finally be able to bring my dog to work,” she says of implementing the company’s first (and favorite) perk. “Dogs in the office are very important.”

Read the entire article HERE.

Source: Fortune via Jabberjays.net

Video Soundbites with ‘Mockingjay’ pt 1 cast & crew at the L.A. Premiere

Here’s a  roundup of the interview soundbites from  Mockingjay part 1 cast  and crew at the L.A. Premiere. Enjoy!

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Via : HungerGamesNet

Awesome photos of the ‘Mockingjay’ cast at the NYC press conference

@Blackfilms  posted some awesome photos of our Hunger Games : Mockingjay part 1 cast at the NYC press conference. Seriously how great are these pics!

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Videos: HeyUGuys ‘Mockingjay’ Premiere Interviews

HeyUGuys got a bunch of quick interviews at the London Premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.  Check ‘em out!

Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen):

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Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark):

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Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket):

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Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne):

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Natalie Dormer (Cressida):

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Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair):

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Jeffrey Wright (Beetee):

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Julianne Moore (Alma Coin):

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Stanley Tucci (Ceasar Flickerman):

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Jena Malone (Johanna Mason):

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Francis Lawrence (Director):

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Nina Jacobson (Producer):

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Jon Kilik (Producer):

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Lorde (Soundtrack):

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Source: HeyUGuys

Full video of the ‘Mockingjay’ part 1 London Press Conference

The Hunger Games : Mockingjay part 1 press conference took place in London yesterday . Here’s full video of the press conference thanks to the folks at Hey U Guys!

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Video Soundbite Interviews from ‘Mockingjay’ part 1 Cast, Director & Producers

Our cast, Lorde, Francis Lawrence -director and producers Nina Jacobson, and John Kilik  talk Mockingjay part 1 filming and more in these awesome interview soundbites. Watch and enjoy!!

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Francis Lawrence,Nina Jacobson & Jennifer Lawrence talk ‘Mockingjay’ pt 1 w/Hero Complex

In a great article from Hero Complex, L.A Times, Francis Lawrence, Nina Jacobson and Jennifer Lawrence give some great insight into the characters and story behind the Hunger Games : Mockingjay part 1. 

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In a barren Georgia warehouse on a cold January day, Jennifer Lawrence was doing something unusual for the young Oscar winner. She was acting very, very badly.

Lawrence was filming a scene for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” in which her strident archer Katniss Everdeen was attempting to summon righteous indignation for a propaganda piece designed to stoke a nascent uprising.

Katniss may be many things — a fierce warrior, a devoted sister, a reluctant symbol of hope — but a talented thespian she is not, and Lawrence was giving it her all.

“She was very good at it,” director Francis Lawrence recalled of his star’s ability to turn in an intentionally lousy performance. “We had a bunch of variations, but we didn’t want to go too far. Some were really broad and funny but not quite tonally right for the movie…. It was a nice couple of days of laughter on set.”

If the scene stands out in the film, which arrives in theaters Nov. 21, it’s largely because comedy is in short supply in “The Hunger Games.” Lionsgate’s franchise adapted from the bestselling young adult novels by Suzanne Collins deals principally with mature, timely themes, such as the consequences of violence and the devastating toll of war.

Perhaps owing to its topical poignancy, Collins’ work spawned one of Hollywood’s most successful film series, catapulting Lawrence to the center of the pop culture limelight and offering audiences an emotionally compromised but resourceful cinematic warrior as compelling as Sigourney Weaver’s earlier sci-fi heroine Ellen Ripley.

“Katniss represents to me a movement and an awareness for our younger generation — she possesses strength, compassion and the bravery to do what’s right even when it’s not easy,” Jennifer Lawrence wrote in an email.

“She is a lightning rod in the movies, she is a lightning rod in real life as a character,” added “Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson. “People relate to her…. I’m moved by the degree to which Katniss embodies the ability of one person no matter how flawed, how complicated [to] make an enormous impact just by doing the right thing when given the choice.”

“Mockingjay — Part 1” finds Katniss living in the underground District 13 with her mother, sister and childhood friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and wrestling with the responsibility of helping to foment a rebellion that could topple President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland).

She agrees to an alliance with military strategist Alma Coin (franchise newcomer Julianne Moore) in exchange for Coin’s promise to rescue her longtime ally Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and other former combatants from their Capitol captors.

“She’s gone through a lot, and she’s very alone,” director Lawrence said.

The filmmaker (no relation to Jennifer) first traveled to Panem with last year’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” taking over the series from director Gary Ross, who launched the movie franchise in 2012. A veteran of music videos, Lawrence previously had helmed two spectacle movies — 2005’s comic book adaptation “Constantine” and 2007’s “I Am Legend,” starring Will Smith — and 2011’s literary drama “Water for Elephants.”

Early on in the production of “Catching Fire,” Francis Lawrence was offered the chance to direct the two-part finale (“Mockingjay — Part 2” is set to open Nov. 20, 2015). “That was really exciting because I think quite honestly this book and these two movies are what give meaning to the whole series,” said Lawrence, seated in his no-frills office in West L.A.

From a purely professional vantage point, “Mockingjay” was a wildly ambitious endeavor for Lawrence. The two installments of the finale were shot continuously in and around Atlanta, Paris and Berlin, with production stretching from September 2013 to June on a combined budget that some reports have placed at $250 million.

The crew faced down additional hurdles courtesy of a polar vortex that blasted Georgia with freezing rain and snow late last year. “We actually were shut down, I think, for a total of three days separate times because of ice storms,” Lawrence said. “The places we were shooting were not built for that kind of a winter…. We were always shooting in these big warehouses or basements or parking garages, and it was freezing.”

Then the sudden, shocking death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who succumbed to a drug overdose in his New York apartment in February, delivered an emotionally devastating blow to the cast and crew. “It was really rough,” Lawrence said. “We went dark. It happened on a Sunday, and we couldn’t get everybody together on the Monday. We reorganized the schedule…. We kind of eased everybody back into work. It was also after one of those freezes. It was 10 degrees and miserable.”

Hoffman had two “substantial” scenes left to shoot, one for each film in the finale, Lawrence said, but the Oscar-winning actor’s absence was addressed largely through revisions to the “Mockingjay” scripts, written by Danny Strong and Peter Craig. “We gave the scenes to other people,” he said. “What we didn’t want to do was try to do any kind of digital trickery, not have a digital Phil speak and trying to patch together his voice somehow or anything like that.”

Rarely do the “Hunger Games” films take liberties with Collins’ text, but each movie does deviate from its source material in small, if still significant, ways. Hoffman’s role, for example, was expanded from the novels; similarly, Moore’s Coin will be a greater presence on-screen.

“Julianne had a few ideas on how to play her,” Lawrence said. “There was a quiet strength; that was one of the big things that she wanted, so you’ll notice that Coin speaks sort of softly. There’s, I guess you would say, a warmth that you might not get from her in the book that Julianne wanted to bring.”

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