Brent Lang and Jeff Sneider proclaim Jennifer Lawrence as the “biggest actress of her generation.” With the big budget “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and Oscar contender “American Hustle” both opening soon, they call her the “first bona fide movie star to emerge” since 2008 with Robert Downey, Jr. in “Iron Man.” They provide five reasons others can learn from the young Academy Award winner’s career so far. The Wrap.
TVGN aka TV Guide Network is moving beyond its current scope of repeats and an on-screen guide to launch original programming. CBS now co-owns the channel with Lionsgate and has commissioned seven new reality series. One will be about the 80s boy band New Kids on the Block, produced by member Donnie Wahlberg. Another is a game show based on the Celebrity Celebrity parlor game, produced by “Scandal” star Joshua Malina. Deadline.
Which first-year comedies and performers should Emmy voters already be favoring? A special photo gallery highlights “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and Andre Braugher, “Mom” and Allison Janney, “Trophy Wife” and Marcia Gay Harden, and more. They also feature several people from “Orange is the New Black” even though Netflix announced last week that it would be in drama and not comedy. TV Line.
Who are the GQ men of the year? Five different men are featured for 2013 and are led off by singer/actor Justin Timberlake. The other four chosen for this year are Will Ferrell, Kendrick Lamar, Matthew McConaughey, and the late James Gandolfini. GQ.
Amir Soltani considers the top contenders for Best Film Ensemble at the SAG Awards. He predicts that “12 Years a Slave,” “August: Osage County,” and “The Butler” are strong bets as well as the unseen “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Next in line could be “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” or “Blue Jasmine.” Film Experience.
The cable network SOAPnet ends its 14-year run on December 31. Owned by Disney, that space will now be given over to Disney Junior, a channel for toddlers. The company had wanted to close the network down as long as three years ago, but “they didn’t want to risk legions of vocal soap opera fans getting into a lather.” L.A. Times.
Director and producer Guillermo Del Toro confirms that DC Comics will attempt the same route to success as Marvel has enjoyed the past few years. Owned by Warner Bros., the company will start producing individual and combo movies featuring their super heroes. They already have “Batman vs. Superman” in early production starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck. Del Toro is working on “Justice League Dark” with quite a few DC anti-heroes. Rope of Silicon.
After being mentioned earlier this season on “American Horror Story: Coven,” rock legend Stevie Nicks will appear on the FX series in a future episode. Character Misty Day (Lily Rabe) referred to the Fleetwood Mac singer as “The White Witch” and as her idol. TV Guide.