A growing ‘Tree’
Not only is “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” dominating movie theaters worldwide, it’s infiltrating the music world, too. The haunting dirge “The Hanging Tree,” which Jennifer Lawrence sings during one of the film’s quieter moments, has landed on the singles charts in Australia (at number 12) and the U.K. (14), Billboard reports. The U.S. charts should be following soon enough. Author Suzanne Collins wrote the lyrics in the novel, and members of the indie folk band the Lumineers collaborated on the track.
Apparently Lawrence did not enjoy the experience: “I do not like singing in front of other people,” she told David Letterman. “That’s like my biggest fear. I cried on set that day. … It was awful.” “The Hanging Tree,” she deadpanned — “which is where I felt like going the morning I showed up.”
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To honor the great director Mike Nichols, who died last week at age 83, Turner Classic Movies will offer a mini-festival of his work Saturday night. The lineup: his film debut, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, at 7 p.m.; Dustin Hoffman’s breakthrough, “The Graduate,” at 9:30 p.m.; and his hit relationship drama, “Carnal Knowledge,” at 11:30 p.m.