Mockingjay Movie Reviews: Are the Odds Ever in its Favor?

According to Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Lawrence is akin to Jesus Christ.

That’s mighty high praise for the star of The Hunger Games franchise.

But is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 worthy of the same praise? What are critics around the country saying about this wildly anticipated blockbuster? Let’s find out…

Julianne Moore as President Coin

This is our first look at Julianne Moore in Mockingjay. It’s safe to say we’re excited for the film.

Mockingjay – Part 1, however well done, can’t compete with the first two films, although it sets up what should be its stunning ending well enough. – Tom Long

If Mockingjay – Part 1 is quieter and less flashy than its predecessors, that doesn’t make it less satisfying. – Steven Rea

Lawrence delivers on what dramatic beats half a novel affords him. You just wish there were more of them and that they provided a more complete, more satisfying story arc. – Kenneth Turan

Katniss’ concern for the anti-sexy Peeta results in her spending quite a bit of the movie in po-faced mopery. – Kurt Loder

Mockingjay – Part 1 is just big enough of a story that, even as a two-parter, the film feels substantial and justifiably halved. There’s simply too much to digest as all the pieces are put into place and the real games are set to begin. – Kirk Baird

This is the “Empire Strikes Back” of the series, with the heroes constantly on defense – running, hiding, planning, hoping. - Rob Thomas

Jennifer Lawrence is as good as always and gets a few key scenes to play up the emotional aspect of what’s occurring.- Jim Judy

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Liam Hemsworth is back for more Hunger Games. He poses here on behalf of Mockingjay.

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Donald Sutherland on Jennifer Lawrence: She’s Just Like Jesus Christ!

Jennifer Lawrence is totally and completely awesome, this really cannot be denied.

The actress sings… she makes fun of herself at all times… she looks gorgeous in these new Dior ads.

Trust us, you won’t find a bigger Jennifer Lawrence fan than The Hollywood Gossip.

She talks about butt plugs

Jennifer Lawrence tells Conan all about how she has a sex toy stash that the maid found. It’s great.

Still, the Oscar winner can’t exactly turn water into wine or heal the sick with the touch of her hand. She does have her limits.

But try telling that to Donald Sutherland.

Speaking to E! News about his Hunger Games co-star, the veteran actor heaped about as much praise on Lawrence as one can heap on anyone, telling the outlet:

“When I worked with her, I realized the child was a genius. She’s the right person at the right time in the sense of Joan of Arc or Jesus Christ… any genius, in that sense.”

We’re not sure what sense Sutherland is referring to, but Jesus Christ didn’t receive three Academy Award nominations prior to turning 24 years old.

So we guess the comparison isn’t all that crazy.

“She has the ability as an actor to tell the truth out of the material and that truth is immediately recognizable with everybody because it hits you in your heart, your solar plexus and your mind,” Sutherland added. “And she has the genius of person to be not affected by all of this. She’s just a real girl.”

She isn’t too hard on the eyes, either..

Hot Jennifer Lawrence Picture

Wow. That’s the only word that’s really necessary when gazing upon this Jennifer Lawrence photo.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior at ‘Mockingjay’ LA: angelic or too bridal?

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence brought it home for the final Mockingjay: Part I premiere in LA last night. She must be so relieved to have this event behind her. Most of the main cast showed up with the exception of Woody Harrelson. The dudes are in the gallery. There’s Liam Hemsworth (who still needs a haircut), Josh Hutcherson, and Sam Claflin. Evan Ross brought new wife Ashlee Simpson, and they both wore their best Breaking Dawn Volturi costumes. Jessica Simpson showed up with her Eric, and they made kissy faces on the red carpet. Overall, the fashion was a mess. Several of the ladies tried to give “the leg,” but it didn’t translate.

Jennifer wore Dior couture to no one’s surprise. She’s been wearing lots of white during this tour, and I think this is my favorite look of hers. This jaquard silk dress features the same bustle as her London dress, but the fabric is so much prettier. The runway version is a full-on gown, but Jennifer wears the dress shorter, fresher, and younger. JLaw styled the dress with gold Aquazurra sandals and a gold Roger Vivier clutch. She matches the backdrop of the premiere, which would be cheesy if she wasn’t the Mockingjay. Her messy updo and soft makeup are gorge.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Elizabeth Banks pulled some consistently strong looks on this tour (especially in Berlin). This strapless Leonard dress with bold paisley print has what it takes with the right styling, but the Roger Vivier shoes throw off the look. Check out the awesome boots in the runway version. Liz should have grabbed those shoes and done some Effie-esque makeup.

Elizabeth Banks

Natalie Dormer‘s dress was disappointing. She wore a Rocha resort gown with an unexpected belly cut-out and acres of jacquard fabric in a gathered skirt. I think this dress could have worked in a jewel tone, but the color almost matches her skin tone. The effect washes her out. Up close, Nat was a total bombshell. Her hair and makeup were flawless.

Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer

Jena Malone got it all wrong all over again. She wore a red-orange Emanuel Ungaro dress with Charlotte Olympia shoes. Jena tried hard to work those shoes. I think she intended to match this red-orange getup to her new Robin hair, but this dress is garish and awful. It reminds me of a 1980s lampshade.

Jena Malone

Julianne Moore wore a sequinned Tom Ford number that was reminiscent of a flapper gown. I like the idea of this dress for Julianne, but the tailoring is all wrong. Can you imagine what would have happened if the bodice of the dress was more structured? [Boom.] Instead, the fabric looks droopy, and Julianne’s bod is anything but droopy.

Julianne Moore

Willow Shields (who plays Prim) wore a Cristian Siriano dress with Stuart Weitzman shoes. This dress is huge and too mullety. It reminds me of an Easter basket.

Willow Shields

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Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutchinson ‘The Hunger Games’ Cast Spoofs Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Spaces’ (Feel…

hunger games cast on snl 2If you’re like me and don’t stay up late enough to watch late-night TV, then you must watch a skit from last Saturday’s ‘SNL.’ Woody Harrelson, who is in ‘The Hunger Games,’ was the host. He first hosted ‘SNL’ in 1989. And, just as coincidence would have it, Taylor Swift’s album ‘1989’ is burning up the charts right now. Woody paid tribute to it when his ‘Hunger Games’ castmates popped in to surprise him. RELATED: Here’s a trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.’

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth or Josh Hutchinson dropped in during Woody’s monologue. It’s pretty funny. Jennifer, Liam and Josh look like they were about to fall out laughing at one point during the skit. Live TV probably isn’t something they do a lot of ;). Take a look at the skit. It’s a perfect way to kick off the Monday “blahs.”

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Jennifer Lawrence Why Liam Hemsworth Didn’t Enjoy Their Kissing Scenes For ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Premieres in LAHere’s a slight spoiler to those who haven’t read ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy: Katniss and Gabe become pretty friendly in the third book, ‘Mockingjay.’ That meant kissing scenes for Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth. Jennifer’s pre-kissing scene ritual made those scenes pretty unpleasant for Liam. RELATED: Katniss declares war in the last ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ trailer.

For her kissing scenes with Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer did things like not brush her teeth and eat things like a tuna fish sandwich beforehand. As for Liam, Jennifer said:

I gave him fair warning.”

Liam didn’t seem to see it that way.

Any time I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable. When you look at it on the outside it looks like a great picture. She’s one of my best friends. I love her. But if we had a kissing scene, she would make a point of eating garlic or tuna fish or something that was disgusting.”

OMG. I guess that’s one way to handle the awkwardness of shooting those scenes- LOL.

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Jennifer Lawrence: ‘I’m just an actress. People need to stop being a-holes’

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is everywhere right now for Mockingjay promotion. Here she is outside of the GMA studios (you can see that interview here). I skipped writing about JLaw on Friday to give you guys a break from the onslaught. So I’m playing catchup with a lot of her NYC promotion, and she’s already back in LA ahead of tonight’s premiere. Photos of her leaving SoulCycle on Sunday are in the gallery.

There’s a ton of stuff, so let’s start with Jennifer’s interview with the Telegraph. She complains about being famous twice. She redeems herself by saying she’s “just an an actress” and not a world leader or anything. Oh, and her new $7 million home is filled with Ikea furniture. Ha:

The time she helped a friend pick out a dog: “It was a really great day but I didn’t realise he was taking pictures of me with his phone which he later sold online. I don’t want to have to question every person that comes into my life but at the same time I have reason to. I don’t want to change but people need to stop being such a**holes.”

She likes cheap furniture: “I have perspective because I didn’t grow up in this business. I’m not from Hollywood, I’m from Kentucky. I didn’t become successful until a few years ago and I’m very aware of what the real world is and how much a couch costs. So I bought one from Ikea. It doesn’t matter how much money I make, unfairness in prices really fires me up. Like shopping in L.A and a tee-shirt costs $150.”

Shopping is difficult: “A lot of anxiety comes from something as simple as me going to the grocery store because I don’t know what could happen and I have nightmares all the time that I’m walking through a shopping mall and suddenly people start surrounding me and there’s nowhere I can go. So sometimes it’s easier to call one of my friends and ask them to pick up some bananas for me because I don’t want to go to the grocery store and have an event. But it’s important to stay grounded, so I don’t know. I’m figuring it out. Or trying to. I’m still the same and I don’t feel any different but when the elevator doors open and everybody gasps, it’s an alienating feeling.”

Stop asking about her stolen photos: “I’ve talked about the experience to Vanity Fair and I feel I’ve said everything I have to say about i. Everybody who’s been through a terrible event knows you don’t really like talking about it.”

She knows her place in the universe: “I’m just an actress, not the leader of anything important. But being a role model is something I knew would come with this job and it’s something I have to be aware of. It’s not like I go out and go to discos and get crazy, but if young people are listening to me I have to be careful about what I’m saying, which is not my strong suit. So I’m trying to work on that.”

On people who kiss celebs’ butts: “I don’t really absorb any of that stuff because I don’t think it would be good for me. I love acting so I just show up for work and I film movies and I have to promote them and then I go home. And that’s about it.”

[From Telegraph]

Jennifer is still railing against the paparazzi and doesn’t understand why people pay so much attention to her. She has a point about our society’s priorities and how we value celebrities more than world leaders. But she shouldn’t be surprised since this is nothing new. A-list actors make so much money (more than world leaders) because they bring notoriety to their movies. Celebrity is part of that equation.

Let’s clean up the rest of the JLaw roundup with bulletpoints:

* The Hollywood Reporter has a bunch of career updates on JLaw. The Miracle Mop movie is still hung up on salary negotiations. The deal is expected to close and shoot in Boston with David O. Russell behind the camera. Scheduling may be difficult with X-Men: Apocalypse (which will revolve around Mystique and Magneto’s romance) on the horizon. JLaw’s Dumb and Dumber To cameo ended up on the cutting room floor, and it was her decision.

* Jennifer appeared on The Colbert Report and admitted to eating squirrel chili in Kentucky. PETA won’t be happy to hear JLaw talking about squirrels again. She also couldn’t stop giggling at the Colbert character, and you can see the video here.

* Jennifer popped into Woody Harrelson’s SNL monologue with Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson in tow. They all sang a Taylor Swift song. Woody greeted JLaw as “the real Taylor Swift.” I’m a little tired of musical SNL monologues, but Pajiba has the clip.

* OH. Here’s something interesting. Liam Hemsworth told Jimmy Fallon that kissing JLaw isn’t the most pleasant experience: “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable. When you look at it on the outside, it looks like a great picture. But if we had a kissing scene, she would make a point of eating garlic or tuna fish or something that was disgusting.” At a Saturday press conference, JLaw insisted, “I gave him fair warning.

Jennifer Lawrence

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Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miley Cyrus: Caught Kissing on Camera!!!

Unless friends play games of tonsil hockey, Patrick Schwarzenegger is totally dating Miley Cyrus.

Rumors of this actor’s son and this pop music superstar hooking up first made the Internet rounds in early November.

But the chatter was sealed with a kiss on Thursday night when Schwarzenegger and Cyrus watched a USC football game from the sidelines of the Los Angeles Coliseum… and swapped a great deal of spit in the process.

Watch this video to see all the (HAWT!) action.

Schwarzenegger – the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver – is a student at USC.

Based on the above pictures, it appears as if he’s snapping a selfie of the smooch as well, meaning the couple isn’t shy about its new romance.

And also meaning he’ll fit right in with the selfie-loving Cyrus.

Patrick Schwarzenegger has previously been romantically linked to Taylor Swift, while Miley most famously dated Liam Hemsworth. They were even engaged for a brief period of time.

Neither Patrick nor Miley has said anything publicly about their relationship, but mouths doesn’t always need to talk in order to get a message across.

The video included here proves as much.

Miley Cyrus Crotch Close-Up

Yes, Miley Cyrus, we know: you shave your crotch. Please put it away now.

Patrick Schwarzenegger may soon get his own up close and very personal look at Miley’s crotch… if you know what we mean!

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Jennifer Lawrence vs. Elizabeth Banks in London: who looked best?

Jennifer Lawrence

The worldwide premiere of Mockingjay: Part I happened in London last night. Jennifer Lawrence wore three white outfits over the past few days. The Dorito dust must have taken a brief hiatus. I apologize for overstuffing this post. We’ve got all of the ladies at the premiere and photocall. Plus a few after party dresses. The poor dudes got relegated into the gallery. Josh Hutcherson looks adorable as always, and Sam Claflin either fell prey to wind or Rave hairspray. I don’t know what’s up with Liam Hemsworth’s grooming habits. (Beard, yes. Hair, no.) Oh, and Jennifer told Us Weekly that Josh and Liam were “my angels, my kittens.” Huh.

JLaw has strep throat but toughed it out to promote like crazy. She looked gorgeous in her white Dior premiere dress with a light blue undertone. What do you think of this Dior? It’s better than most of their designs for her. I’m conflicted. The cut of the dress is beautiful. Even the mullety effect can’t take away from the elegant silhouette and slight bustle (see gallery) in the back. The quilted fabric is another story and cheapens the overall vibe of the dress. Jennifer’s makeup game continues improving though. Thank goodness.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer changed into this Mugler dress for the after party. BAM. Slinky and sexy.

Elizabeth Banks wore a dress that Effie Trinket would adore. This Elie Saab couture gown is humongous. There’s just so much fabric, but the gown is so over the top that it works. I love how the floral print of the top melts into the watery colors of the skirt. The cape effect in the back is magnificent. All those embellishments? Delicious.

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth changed into a crinkly pink frock for the afterparty. Another win.

Natalie Dormer tried valiantly to own this Nicholas Oakwell gown. The dress was a little too busy, but it was fun. If the skirt was solid black instead of revealing a blue underlay, maybe it would have looked better. Nat’s edgy hairstyle (from the side) scores a few points, as does her best accessory: the smirk.

Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer

Jena Malone wore a springlike Emilia Wickstead two-piecer with a white bodysuit and a canary yellow wraparound skirt. The runway version reveals the illusion of underwear peeking through the skirt. Jenna’s droopy neckline is by her own design. Not my fave look.

Jena Malone

Julianne Moore wore little black Balenciaga dress with all sorts of sheer paneling and latticework. This isn’t a terribly exciting look, but it’s much better than most of Julianne’s red carpet ensembles.

Julianne Moore

Here are the ladies at the London photocall on Sunday.

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Jennifer Lawrence Reveals What She Wants in a Man (Hint: Stay Off Social Media)

Jennifer Lawrence is a woman who knows what she wants in life, and in love. On the latter front, it’s not really shocking what the star says she looks for.

In the new issue of French magazine Madame Figaro, the 24-year-old reveals that the ideal mate for her is “one who allows her to be herself in all situations.”

“Otherwise, you might as well stay single.”

Jen Lawrence Pic

Lawrence, who might be back together with Chris Martin, is currently overseas as part of a massive PR tour for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

That’s just part of her job as an A-list star, and the accompanying interest in her personal life is something she says she has been very reluctant to accept.

Admitting it took days to agree to portray Katniss Everdeen, she says, “I realized that whatever I do, at any level, I would lose a part of my private life.”

“For each ‘everyday’ photo published,” the paparazzi-averse Oscar-winner says, “I generally spent three hours playing cat and mouse with photographers.”

“I always had a very clear idea of the type of course I wanted – acting, that’s all. Of course, by contract, I must assure a media presence to promote my work.

“But if I had a choice,” says the talented and versatile but world-weary actress, “you wouldn’t hear me express myself except in movies.”

Hot Jennifer Lawrence Picture

Wow. That’s the only word that’s really necessary when gazing upon this Jennifer Lawrence photo.

So what about Twitter, Facebook and other social media?

“All that doesn’t interest me for a second!” she says.

“I’m always hundreds of emails behind.”

Given the fact that numerous Jennifer Lawrence nude photos were among the flagship leaks disseminated by The Fappening, her attitude is not surprising.

This has been true of her throughout, however.

For a woman of her stature, she keeps a surprisingly low profile aside from movie press and has done so long before she was as famous as she is now.

So much so that you probably never knew she was a model for Abercrombie & Fitch back in the day (as were some other famous faces in the gallery below)!

Jennifer Lawrence

Oh yes, that’s a young Jennifer Lawrence, the most beautiful Abercrombie model (or possibly human being) of all time.

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Jessa Duggar Responds to Online Rumors, Posts Inspirational Bible Passage

Jessa Duggar isn’t letting rumors surrounding herself and Ben Seewald get her down, responding to the online uproar just as you might expect she would:

With an inspirational Bible quote.

Ben, Jessa Seewald Photo

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good,” Duggar wrote on Instagram alongside a screen shot of a Bible passage, which reads as follows:

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.”

“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God.”

“For it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'”

Moving stuff, for sure.

Is it a direct response to rumors that Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald had sex at their wedding and being discovered by her younger sister Jinger Duggar?

We cannot say.

We don’t even know if she’s aware that the rumor exists, but given how savvy Jessa and Ben are with social media, we would not be surprised if they knew.

The response also makes perfect sense in this context, refusing to address or respond in kind to their critics, but to leave it up to their Lord to decide.

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald: In Love

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald in one of their many sweet Instagram moments. Her shirt sums it all up, really.

Jessa, 22, and Ben, 19, decided to have their first kiss in private after their November 1 wedding, to the shock and dismay of her parents Jim Bob and Michelle.

Then the rumor hit the web and spread like wildfire: Seewald and his bride did more than lock lips, according to one blogger among the 1,000 guests.

A Christian fundamentalist blog claims the two consummated their marriage while in a private church room and Jessa’s maid of honor Jinger, 20, saw it.

The blogger stood by the story despite reports that the story was all a hoax, and says that people shouldn’t criticize Jessa (except for not locking the door).

Sex, the alleged Duggar Deep Throat muses, is for Man and Wife, so if Ben was getting it in once the marriage was Christened, legal and official, well …

It was just the couple glorifying God. Deal with it.

As for some other celebrity couples who have supposedly caught having carnal relations in public, the Christian blogger might be somewhat less accepting …

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

Miley and Liam were apparently big fans of public sex. Sources say they were once busted doing it a under a table during a fundraising event.

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