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Last week, word surfaced that Christian Bale was in talks to play Steve Jobs, and now, he's been confirmed for the role. Bale will portray the late Apple cofounder in an upcoming movie based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography, Steve Jobs. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range, and that's Chris Bale," said screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. "He didn't have to audition." This project has been tossed around quite a bit, with names like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, and Leonardo DiCaprio attached at various points. While David Fincher was once on board to direct, Danny Boyle is now at the helm. What do you think - can you see Bale as Jobs? Perhaps more so than Ashton Kutcher? »
Ever since the release of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, fans have asked how to own a cassette tape version of the soundtrack like the one rocked by Star-Lord in the hit film, and now's your chance. You can get a copy at participating record stores on Friday, November 28 in celebration of Record Store Day!
In Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) cruises the galaxy while listening to the tunes on a tape labeled "Awesome Mix Vol. 1," filled with his mom's favorite songs. The film's soundtrack, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, featured these hits from Star-Lord's personal collection, including numbers from David Bowie, The Runaways, and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
Head on over to RecordStoreDay.com to find a participating record store near you and pick up your copy on Friday, November 28! Plus you can still pick up a vinyl edition »
Serena is one of two films from director Susanne Bier screening at the 2014 London Film Festival, and the other is a Danish-language film titled A Second Chance. While both of these have a lot to say about babies only one of them is completely enthralling from its opening scene to its end while the other bores for at least an hour before shifting into a high-tension ending. Sadly, despite the well-established chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, Serena is the latter film. Cooper plays George, a lumber baron whose finances are starting to wear thin right around the time the sheriff (Toby Jones) decides that George’s land would be best utilized as a national park. George also has some untouched land in Brazil, but he’s uninterested in selling either piece of property. Just as his financial worries begin, George meets Serena (Lawrence), an independent woman whose entire family died in a fire years ago »
- Emily Estep
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Um, so, yeah: How about them Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper? They are so amazing and gorgeous. And what chemistry! “I think we should be married” is the first thing he says to her in Serena, which is, to be fair, the first thing anyone would say to either of them. And so they are wedded. It’s early Great Depression North Carolina to which lumber magnate George Pemberton (Cooper: Guardians of the Galaxy) brings his new wife, Serena (Lawrence: X-Men: Days of Future Past), where his company is cutting down the last virgin forest in North America. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
When Bradley Cooper stopped by The Tonight Show on Friday, he and Jimmy Fallon ended up with a serious case of the giggles, and they just couldn't get it together. The pair played Egg Russian Roulette, and all the flying yolk had them cracking up, but they couldn't stop laughing during the sit-down interview, either. For one thing, they were sporting that silly visor look Bradley debuted earlier this month. And for another, every time Jimmy tried to ask Bradley serious questions about The Elephant Man, they ended up in tears because they were laughing so hard. Just try not to crack up watching their hilarious interaction above! »
After a long, long wait, Susanne Bier's "Serena" finally emerged at the BFI London Film Festival, and it isn't a lost classic, or even a so-bad-it's-good future cult move. As our own Oli Lyttelton wrote in his D- grade review, the movie is simply "tedious" and that "given the result, you can see why people might be keen to sweep this one under the rug." For the most part, Bier and the cast have kept quiet on the long delayed movie, but with "Serena" hitting UK cinemas this weekend, the director is now opening up about the movie, and what she doesn't say is an interesting as what she does. Speaking with The Times, Bier insists her vision for the Depression-era drama was never one for mass consumption, but things changed as the film's stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence became more famous. "I had to fight for Jennifer »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Here at WhatCulture.com, we recently brought you a great article full of behind-the-scenes photographs from next year’s Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. In those pictures, we got to see the new Avengers members in costume, the titular villain (albeit in very raw form) and much, much more.
This made us think about other great behind-the-scenes shots that have been made public from the various other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies since the franchise’s inception in 2008.
Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy have all provided us with great entertainment in the finished article, but photos from on the sets of each of those movies have also proved to be insightful and fun to see as well.
Such photos have shown special effects in action, »
- K.J. Stewart
Bradley Cooper kept things hopping at a photo call for the cast of Broadway’s The Elephant Man Tuesday (Oct. 21) at the famed Sardi’s in New York City. The 1977 play by Bernard Pomerance is based on Joseph Merrick, a 19th century “human curiosity” who suffered from neurofibromatosis, a disfiguring disease that produces large external growths on the face and body. The play’s revival, stars Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. [...] »
By Anjelica Oswald
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen Oscar contenders premiere at Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto and New York, but as we approach the end of October, some films have yet to make their debut. Here are ten films that have been garnering Oscar buzz that will be debuting through December (in alphabetical order):
A Most Violent Year; Nov. 6
Jc Chandor ‘s third feature film will be opening AFI Fest. It reunites two Juilliard alumni, Oscar Isaac and two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, as a couple living and working in New York City during one of its most violent years. This will be the main Oscar focus of upstart, indie distributor A24.
American Sniper; Dec. 25
- Anjelica Oswald
I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a substantial portion of the year now, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do. SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year. Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in mind that it’s early and they’re completely subject to change. For example, I’ve hung back on some »
- Joey Magidson
With the recent news that Awesome Mix Vol. 1 would be released on special edition cassette next month and Guardians of the Galaxy becoming the third highest grossing Marvel movie (as well as the highest grossing domestic release of 2014), it must be pretty good to be James Gunn right now.
But how is he celebrating the success? By writing the sequel…
“I spent all day on August 1st, the day the first movie was released, writing Guardians 2,” he told Variety. “I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story.”
He also gave a scoop on what we can expect from Guardians of the Galaxy 2, “It’s going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes, »
- Luke Owen
First up he confirmed that all five of the main characters will be back with actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel all slated to return. Joining them will be a number of unspecified characters from the first movie and a few new characters as well, and Gunn says "fans may see the team adding members."
In terms of writing the sequel, Gunn says: "I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing Guardians. I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story."
The director teased alternate version of »
- Garth Franklin
A week before Guardians of the Galaxy opened in theaters, en route to becoming the biggest movie of 2014 so far with over $372 million, writer-director James Gunn signed on to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The filmmaker teased new details about the sequel, including the possibility of new characters, during Variety's Entertainment and Technology Summit, where he joked about how the sequel will open.
"It's going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes. In really horribly brutal fashion."
While there isn't a direct quote from James Gunn, the director does tease "fans may see the team adding members."
The writer-director confirmed that all five of the main characters, played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, will be back, along with a number of unspecified characters from the first movie and a few new characters as well. »
3rd Update, 2:45 Pm (Pt): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the Ya hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson’s Lucy, Universal’s Dracula Untold, Fox’s sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M on 2,800 plays, and also its buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. In addition, Warner Bros.’ just reported for its horror film Annabelle and the courtroom drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall The Judge, and lest we forget Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which debuted strong in the UK this weekend) and Hercules which are still playing in 17 markets. Final tallies for stateside newcomers Fox »
- Nancy Tartaglione
You would assume that notes from producers and editors regarding Guardians of the Galaxy would read, "More Groot." And yet, while speaking at Variety.s Entertainment & Technology Summit, Guardians director James Gunn explained that there.s a longer version of a beloved scene that involved Groot betraying his best friend, Rocket Raccoon. Well, sort of. Variety reports from its own event, catching up with James Gunn as he continues his victory lap on the heels of his movie earning $732 million worldwide. While talking about his favorite scenes in the movie, he singles out that sequence where Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) fake laughs his way through Peter Quill.s "plan." Gunn says that the deleted and extended scenes that will be included on the Guardians of the Galaxy disc will go a long way to developing who these characters are. And of that scene, he notes: "In the long version »
Three spots in the 2015 Oscars Best Actor race are pretty much locked up. Those would be Michael Keaton (Birdman), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything). In my opinion, that's also the order of their likelihood of winning... right now. The two other slots aren't so easy to figure with so much left to be seen. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) seems a strong contender though I'm not as sure about his chances as much as some others are, largely because of the competition he faces. His chances remain high, though, which is why he occupies my #4 slot for now. In fifth I had Jack O'Connell (Unbroken), but there's a little movie on the rise right now you may have heard of and hopefully seen (or intend to see) called Whiplash and not only is the film securing itself a spot in the Best Picture ranks, but »
- Brad Brevet
“It’s going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes,” Gunn joked. “In really horribly brutal fashion.”
Jokes aside, Gunn confirmed that all five original Guardians will be back, along with unspecified other characters from the first film, and that fans may see the team adding members. Gunn also said the new film will uncover some secrets posed in the first.
“I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing ‘Guardians 2,'” Gunn said. “I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story.”
He also »
- Kevin Noonan
Described as "a moderately-sized trainwreck" in our review of the film out of the BFI London Film Festival, it appears there was a very good reason why Susanne Bier's "Serena" didn't take the fast path to theaters. Shot two years ago, and essentially sitting around on a shelf for a year, the Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper starring film is finally making its way out in the world, and a new clip plus some promo materials have arrived. The latest look comes courtesy of Glamour Magazine and highlights an axe-swinging Lawrence, the wife of a timber baron, showing the rough and ready dudes how to do the job right. After that you can see a new featurette that explores the chemistry of the two leads, with each actor fawning over the other, and Cooper comparing Lawrence's skills to those of Robert De Niro. Finally, there's a U.K. TV spot. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Let's start with a broad assessment that may or may not be true, but can be taken as close enough for the purposes of this column: there are four Best Actor slots spoken for. What are they? Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher," Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game," Michael Keaton in "Birdman" and Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." Only one of those films, mind you, has opened and screened for the Academy ("Birdman"). But if I were a betting man, I'd say that quartet is secure. So who slides in besides? First and foremost, we've been in this place at least since the Toronto Film Festival, when Cumberbatch further solidified himself after "The Imitation Game" debuted at Telluride and Redmayne jumped onto the scene as part of a new wave of contenders that included "Nightcrawler's" Jake Gyllenhaal and "St. Vincent's" Bill Murray. But as one of the »
- Kristopher Tapley
Marvel Studios’ space opera Guardians of the Galaxy continues to do well in China, and has now become Marvel’s third highest-grossing film behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3, surpassing this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the worldwide box office.
Guardians has now grossed $733 million worldwide, placing it in fourth place at the 2014 box office, behind X-Men: Days of Future Past, Maleficent and Transformers: Age of Extinction. It definitely stands a chance now of passing both Days of Future Past and Maleficent, which have grossed $746M and $757M domestically.
So much for the titular group of outlaws-turned-heroes being a “risky” bet for the studio, eh?
Guardians of the Galaxy sees Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, »
- James Garcia
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