NOW THAT "Harry Potter" is nearing his finale on screen, the next big teen/tween movie franchise may be "The Hunger Games," based on Suzanne Collins' best-seller.
With competition for the lead role of heroine Katniss Everdeen drawing the finest young actresses in Hollywood, director Gary Ross has chosen Jennifer Lawrence (the Oscar-nominated star of "Winter's Bone" and the Oscar red carpet bright-red scoop-neck dress) to star.
"Jennifer's just an incredible actress. So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave. I never though we'd find somebody this perfect for the role," Collins said in the Hollywood Reporter.
Added Ross: "Katniss requires a young actress with strength, depth, complexity, tenderness and power. There are very few people alive who can bring that to a role. Jen brings it in spades."
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Detroit officials who were backstage at a concert featuring hip-hop stars Dr. Dre and Eminem had no right to privacy when they confronted organizers in a videotaped exchange that turned up in a DVD, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in a decision released Saturday.
The ruling dismisses a lawsuit against Dr. Dre that was filed by City Councilman Gary Brown and other Detroit officials after the 2000 show.
Brown was a high-ranking police official at the time and warned concert organizers that power would be turned off if they showed a sexually explicit video at the Joe Louis Arena. The conversation was taped and later used in behind-the-scenes tracks on a popular DVD highlighting the "Up in Smoke" national concert tour that also featured Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube.
Brown had argued that his privacy was violated by the video, but Dr. Dre's lawyer, Herschel Fink, said there was no privacy when police were doing their job.
Fink said Saturday that the court's decision was more narrow than he expected, with the ruling dealing with only the event instead of broader privacy issues, but "as I said in an email to Dre, 'We'll take it.' "
Brown said Saturday that he was disappointed but respects the court's decision. He said he understood that the case hinged on his expectation of privacy, but he said he asked for a private discussion and to have the cameras turned off.
"I would think I would have my rights protected, but that's not the way the court ruled," he said.
The Supreme Court's 6-1 decision overturns an appeals-court ruling.
* In case you missed it over the weekend, local heartthrob Bradley Cooper ("Limitless") and Renée Zellweger have called it quits on their relationship. Us Weekly claims to have reported it first.
* According to Life & Style, Reshma Shetty, who plays physician's assistant Divya on USA's "Royal Pains," wed her actor fiance Deep Katdare on Saturday night in Manhattan.
The pair met in 2007 during the Broadway run of "Bombay Dreams" and celebrated their union in a traditional Hindu ceremony.
* Country star Trace Adkins summed up his role in the new film "The Lincoln Lawyer" in his own succinct way when he gathered friends and media for a screening of it recently.
"I'm in it at the beginning and the end, and there's a buncha crap in the middle," Adkins said with a smile.
"I had to go read for it," said Adkins, whose likeness and persona inspired the comic-book miniseries "Luke McBain," written by former Daily News "Poster Child" writer David Tischman.
"And I really appreciate the fact that the director, Brad Furman [from Lafayette Hill], told me, 'I didn't know who you were. You got the part because you won the part.' I appreciated that. But it kind of hurt my feelings at the same time. I thought I was a bigger deal than that. What do you mean you don't know who I am?' "
Daily News wire services contributed to this report.