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The ‘fatness’ of Katniss? Jennifer Lawrence laughs off insults

Jennifer Lawrence was called “big-boned lady” by one “Hunger Games” reviewer.

FIGHTING WEIGHT Jennifer Lawrence was called a “big-boned lady” by one “Hunger Games” reviewer.

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box office

Estimated ticket sales for
Friday through Sunday at U.S. theaters:

1. The Hunger Games $61.1 mil.

2. Wrath of the Titans $34.2 mil.

3. Mirror Mirror $19 mil.

4. 21 Jump Street $15 mil.

5. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $8 mil.

6. John Carter $2 mil.

7. Fishing in the Yemen $1.3 mil.

8. Act of Valor $1 mil.

9. A Thousand Words $915,000

10. Journey 2 $835,000

Updated: May 3, 2012 8:14AM

‘The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence has both a great sense of humor — and a very good sense of self.

A source close to the actress told me Sunday that the Oscar nominee had a sarcastic reaction to some of the critics of her mega-hit movie who basically claimed she was too chubby-looking to convincingly play Katniss Everdeen in the blockbuster, based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel.

“Jennifer told me, ‘This is hilarious. First, people say how so many actresses in Hollywood look anorexic, and now they are criticizing me for looking normal,’ ” the source recalled. The actress reportedly added that overly thin body images “are too often adopted by young girls and women — thanks to what they are constantly being shown as being attractive.”

Another point supposedly made by Lawrence was that nothing was written about her two main co-stars — Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth — who both also play residents of the film’s fictional District 12, where people are constantly facing starving conditions.

While most critics raved about the film and Lawrence’s performance, it was comments from the Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy (about the actress’ “lingering baby fat”), Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir (“well-fed” body) and Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeffrey Wells (calling Lawrence a “big-boned lady”) that have unleashed a torrent of furious responses from the legions of loyal “Hunger Games” fans.

All this aside, “The Hunger Games” continued its roll as the biggest box-office bonanza of the year — easily winning its second weekend and holding off new releases “Wrath of the Titans” and “Mirror, Mirror,” with Julia Roberts.


There’s word LeAnn Rimes talked her husband Eddie Cibrian out of being on “Dancing With the Stars,” when she learned he was a possible contestant for the season that just began.

Rimes herself is rumored to be a leading contender to become a judge on “The Voice.”

FEUDING FOLKS: While the critically acclaimed but once ratings-challenged “Community” recently has become NBC’s second-highest-rated comedy (behind “The Office”), things are very dicey between show creator Dan Harmon and star Chevy Chase.

Sources say the veteran comic and Harmon have been fighting over everything from scripts to the timing of Chase getting them.A low point came the other day at the series’ season wrap party — when Harmon gave a “F--- You, Chevy” speech. reports Harmon then encouraged the cast and crew to repeat the insulting line to Chase — who was there with his wife and daughter.

Chase responded by leaving Harmon an expletive-laced voicemail.

It’s unclear whether this explosive season end — after a series of Harmon and Chase clashes — will result in the actor leaving the show.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Gary Sinise was front and center the other night at “Hair” at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, leading the cheers for his fellow Lt. Dan Band singer, Molly Callinan , who plays Marjorie in the critically praised production. … Speaking of the Lt. Dan Band, it will be performing May 4 at Joe’s on Weed — a benefit concert for the U.S. Veterans Arts Program. … “The Iceman Cometh” co-stars Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, plus (separately) Bernie and Bill Daley, dined Friday at Gibsons on Rush. … There were some very special folks at Sunday’s matinee of “Fela!” at the Oriental Theatre, including the real Fela’s political muse, Sandra Iszadore; his son, Sean Kuti, and Egypt 80 — Fela’s old band who now plays with Kuti. … Yes, that was “Boss” co-star Hannah Ware seen exiting the Exhale Spa on Friday. … Taylor Momsen had ’em hopping as she DJ’d at Nellcote. … The cameras were rolling as co-owners Guiliana and Bill Rancic slipped into their new RPM Italian eatery, joined by Guiliana’s parents, Papa and Mama DePandi — all part of the new season of their TV reality show, “Guiliana and Bill,” premiering Tuesday.

MAKIN’ MUSIC: Popular Chicago jazz singer Spider Saloff will launch a pre-Off-Broadway run of her one-woman musical comedy, “The Roar of the Butterfly,” May 2-20 at Victory Gardens Theater. In the tradition of Lily Tomlin and Tracey Ullman, Saloff will portray eight different characters in her new show.

Bill Zwecker reports on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox Chicago News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.

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