Francis Lawrence

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Director of Next Hunger Games Is...

Francis Lawrence, assuming he accepts offer for Catching Fire

(Newser) - News that Hunger Games director Gary Ross wouldn't be back for the sequel had Lionsgate execs searching for a replacement; it seems they've found one. The studio hopes Francis Lawrence, who directed I Am Legend and Water for Elephants, will sign on for Catching Fire, the Hollywood Reporter... More »

Water for Elephants Lukewarm

Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon star in novel adaptation

(Newser) - Water for Elephants, based on the bestselling book, tells the story of a young man who joins the circus during the Depression, working with an elephant and falling for a married performer. Critics are mixed:
  • The film “provides a constant wash of scenic pleasure,” and is true to
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Lacrosse Killing an Accident, Lawyer Says

Calls University of Virginia senior's death 'a tragic outcome'

(Newser) - George Huguely's defense lawyer professed his client's innocence today, saying the University of Virginia men's lacrosse player hadn't meant to kill his girlfriend, women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love. “We are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome,” the lawyer told... More »

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