Jennifer and Josh were at the mall tour in Minneapolis yesterday. Enjoy the pics!
Jennifer was at the mall tour in Fort Lauderdale yesterday. Enjoy!
In the midst of promoting her much anticipated film, “The Hunger Games,” Louisville native, Jennifer Lawrence, has taken the time to promote Bellewood Home for Children, a charity of her choice, in a short film that debuts Sunday at the annual Bellewood Youth Film Festival.
Lawrence, whose stardom was cemented with an Oscar nomination last year for her lead role in “Winter’s Bone,” encourages people to support Bellewood because of the growing need to care for abused and homeless youth inKentucky.
Bellewood is a nonprofit agency that provides care and supportive services to abused and neglected youth across the state. Lawrence and her family have a multi-generational relationship with Bellewood which is reflected in the film.
Throughout the six-minute production, “Jennifer Lawrence Cares About Bellewood,” the actress talks about her grandfather playing Santa Claus for Christmas parties at Bellewood and her aunt teaching horseback riding to the nonprofit’s young people. Additionally, interviews with former Bellewood youth support the work of the nonprofit. Lawrenceurges people to care for abused and neglected youth in Kentucky by supporting Bellewood with volunteerism and financial contributions.
The film festival, an annual fundraiser for Bellewood, is held Sunday, March 11, 3-5 p.m. ET at Kentucky Country Day School, 4100 Springdale Road. The festival challenges youth ages 12-18 in Kentucky and Southern Indiana to create short films that showcase creativity. Admission is $5.
Nearly 40 films were entered in this year’s contest, and more than $1,000 in prizes will be given to young filmmakers. During the festival’s ceremonyLawrence’s promotional short will debut.
Veteran filmmaker Robin Burke produced and directed the film after sitting with Lawrence over Christmas during a break in the star’s hectic schedule.
“Bellewood is very close to my heart because it’s been in my family for generations,” Lawrence says in the film. “Now, more than ever, children across my home state of Kentucky need our help and support. Bellewood can give them just that.”
Bellewood serves more than 500 children and families each year with five locations across Kentucky–Louisville, Bowling Green, Lexington, Owensboro and Paducah. Bellewood provides residential living, therapeutic foster care, independent living and mentoring for abused, neglected and homeless youth.
“The Lawrence Family members have been trusted supporters of Bellewood for many years,” said Jerry Cantrell, Bellewood President and CEO. “We are honored to have Jennifer as the third generation helping Bellewood make profound differences in the lives of children.”
In recent years, Gary and Karen Lawrence, Jennifer’s parents, have opened their popular summer camp to Bellewood youth. In 2010, Jennifer visited the Anchorage campus to talk with youth about her film, “Winter’s Bone.” Shortly before the Academy Awards last year, several Bellewood youth sent Jennifer a “good luck” video on YouTube entitled, “Bellewood Loves You, Jennifer Lawrence.” Jennifer’s brother, Ben, and sister-in-law, Meredith, were presenters at last year’s Bellewood Youth Film Festival.
“Jennifer is such a beautiful and genuine person,” Burke said. “In this piece, she is speaking straight from her heart.”
A look at some of the performers we’ll be eagerly watching in the coming year.
Actors like Michael Fassbender, Elizabeth Olsen and Melissa McCarthy went from being relative unknowns to some of the biggest stars of 2011 over the past year. While it’s hard to predict beforehand which new or second-string actors will click with audiences in a given year, that doesn’t stop us from trying. For instance, we wouldn’t have guessed that McCarthy would have been the breakout star from “Bridesmaids,” but Fassbender was a bit of a given thanks to his roles in blockbusters like “X-Men: First Class” and big name indies like “Shame.”
So we tried our hand at rounding up the 10 up-and-coming names that we think will be household names by the end of next year. Some you might already be familiar with and some might be new to you, but either way, they’re in for some of the biggest years of their careers.
2. Jennifer Lawrence
With “The Hunger Games” shaping up to be the next “Twilight” or “Harry Potter”-like film phenomenon, it should come as no surprise that Jennifer Lawrence has earned a spot on this list. After her breakout in 2010 with the indie darling “Winter’s Bone,” Lawrence has gone on to land roles in everything from “Like Crazy” to “X-Men: First Class.” Lawrence plays leading lady Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” in 2012, and also stars in the horror film “House at the End of the Street” which is due in theaters in April. Our guess is she’ll become a household name along the lines of Kristen Stewart or Emma Watson before the year is done.
10. Josh Hutcherson
There’s a reason both Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence were featured on the most recent poster for “The Hunger Games”: he’s as big a star in the film as she is. Though Liam Hemsworth, who plays the other male lead, has overshadowed Hutcherson in the flick’s promotion, it’s truly Hutcherson who gets more of the screen time. In addition to “The Hunger Games,” Hutcherson stars in the long-gestating remake of “Red Dawn,” which will finally hit theaters in 2012. Between those two movies and his art forgery drama “Carmel,” Hutcherson should finally get the break he’s been on the brink of since he starred in 2007′s “Bridge to Terabithia.”