WHO Jennifer Lawrence

THE MOVIE "It's What I Do"

THE DEAL The star of "The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook" has signed on for Steven Spielberg's upcoming drama about a war photographer, Variety reports. The film is based on Lynsey Addario's memoir of the same name, subtitled "A Photographer's Life of Love and War," which was released barely a month ago. Warner Bros. won rights to the book at an auction Monday. Addario, who has worked in Afghanistan and Iraq, won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 and shared a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for her work in Waziristan with The New York Times. Lawrence is currently shooting David O. Russell's "Joy," a biopic about Long Island entrepreneur Joy Mangano, who invented the Miracle Mop.

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WHO Ethan Hawke

THE MOVIE "The Magnificent Seven"

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THE DEAL The Oscar-nominated star of "Boyhood" is in talks to join the cast of an MGM remake of John Sturges' much-loved 1960 Western, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hawke would be rejoining his "Training Day" castmate Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua in a film about a woman (Haley Bennett) who hires a group of gunslingers to protect her town from bandits. Chris Pratt is also in the cast. The 1960 film, which starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner, was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1957 classic, "Seven Samurai."

 

WHO Idris Elba

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THE MOVIE "Beasts of No Nation"

THE DEAL Netflix may have its eye on the Oscars again. According to Variety, the streaming service paid $12 million for a drama about a child soldier in Africa starring Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom") and directed by Cary Fukunaga (HBO's "True Detective"). Netflix will release the film simultaneously on its own platform and in select theaters -- a tactic that sounds less like a typical theatrical release and more like an Oscar-qualifying run. Netflix, which increasingly appears to be spending money like a Hollywood studio, scored two Oscar nods over the past two years for its documentaries "The Square" and "Virunga."