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Ron Burgundy won out by a mustache hair over those pesky hobbits at the box office Friday. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues brought in $8.7 million, while The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earned an estimated $8.6 million. In the words of Burgundy himself, “don’t act like you’re not impressed.” Still, this unexpectedly close Friday means that the weekend could belong to either film.
Anchorman 2 opened strong on Wednesday, and initial predictions had the PG-13 comedy’s weekend grosses in the $40 million range. That seems a bit high now that we’ve seen Friday results. Paramount’s $50 million comedy »
- Lindsey Bahr
Director David O. Russell did it again! He has made another incredible movie. I absolutely love his storytelling and directing style, and American Hustle is easily an instant classic. The guy just seems to get better and better movie with every movie he makes. American Hustle is yet another movie to go on my list of top favorite films of 2013. If you liked The Fighter, if you liked Silver Linings Playbook, you're going to love this new film. Russell has inched his way in there as being one of my favorite directors of all time. I can't wait to see what he does next!
The movie had a solid story, the script was perfect, and the acting was incredible. Russell is a hell of a great screenwriter who knows how to develop and write great and interesting characters. It amazes me what this guy can do with these stories, and »
- Joey Paur
Gay marriage legal in Utah (at least for the time being) as lesbian romantic drama wins two awards from Utah Film Critics (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) Yesterday, December 20, 2013, United States District Court judge Robert J. Shelby struck down Utah’s anti-gay marriage (aka anti-marriage equality) laws. The night before, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color was named Best Foreign Language Film and one of the film’s stars, Adèle Exarchopoulos, was named Best Actress by the Utah Film Critics Association. No, this wasn’t planned; and true, Blue Is the Warmest Color isn’t about gay marriage. However, Kechiche’s controversial, sexually daring Palm d’Or winner revolves around the lesbian relationship between a young woman (Exarchopoulos) and an older, blue-haired one (Léa Seydoux) — and coincidentally, it won the Palme d’Or right when more than 100,000 people took to the »
- Andre Soares
American Hustle (15)
Big, brassy and outrageously coiffured, this crazed 70s crime epic leads you into a maze, then keeps you wondering if it knows the way out. Things starts out small, with Bale and Adams's petty con duo turned by Cooper's ambitious Fed, but stakes escalate, allegiances complicate, and deceptions multiply deliriously, carried along by lovably flawed characters and a manic energy.
The hype is over, as Ferrell reunites his news team and drags them into New York, the 80s and the 24-hour era. But this sequel's absurdity, cameo-fuelled mayhem and mild »
- Steve Rose
Director David O. Russell goes balls-out in his Abscam comedy American Hustle. He must have known on some level that the movie’s central philosophical motif — that most of us con one another, reinventing ourselves to be what we’re not — is glib and only tangentially related to the elaborate late-seventies FBI sting that led to bribery convictions against prominent politicians. So Russell hustles like he’s never hustled in his life. He out-Scorseses Scorsese: whip pans, whooshes, slo-mo, tacky (but great) seventies chart toppers, actors wound up and let loose. His four leads have worked with him before to spectacular effect: Christian Bale and Amy Adams in The Fighter, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook. They trust him enough to put everything they have into every shot, and in scene after scene they hit the motherlode. The movie is a slot machine that never stops spitting quarters. »
- David Edelstein
We may not have any snow in Austin, but there's a cinematic avalanche at area theaters this week and it rolls through to the end of the year. Honestly, I think the studios are pushing way too many titles into the marketplace for the holidays and a few of these wide releases are going to fall victim to pure audience apathy (I'm looking at you, Walter Mitty).
There's a lot to cover, so I'm just going to break down what is out this week and what else will be opening on Christmas Day. If you've got some time off work in the next two weeks and want to head to the movies, we'll have reviews of almost all of these films that will be posting between now and next weekend. One thing's for sure, there's a little something for everyone.
If you want to see some holiday movies in a theater, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
American Hustle introduces us to Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), a brilliant con artist who gets by in 1970s America by selling fraudulent art and hooking customers on empty loans, among other shady businesses/schemes. Irving finds a kindred spirit in Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), who is quick to become his confidant, partner and lover – despite her knowing that Irving is a married man, who wed the much younger Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) when she was a struggling single mother.
In 1978, Irving and Sydney get entrapped by the fledgling FBI agent Richard Dimaso (Bradley Cooper), who recruits the pair to assist him on a sting to take down corrupt New Jersey powerbrokers and politicians. The primary target of the operation soon becomes Camden mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Gwyneth Paltrow jets out of La with her kids - Lainey Gossip Harry Potter is headed to the stage - Et Kanye gives Kim a tour of his hometown - People Beyoncé kisses Madonna's daughter midconcert - Us Weekly That time Eva Mendes met Alyssa Milano back in 1989 - BuzzFeed Miley Cyrus posts a shower selfie - HuffPost Celebrity The next step for Demi Lovato - Gossip Girl A royal hits the streets in his tiny Fiat 500 - The Daily Beast Stephen Colbert mocks Duck Dynasty - Hollywood Reporter Sarah Jessica Parker slams plastic surgery talk - TooFab Will you see Bradley Cooper's latest? - Rotten Tomatoes Why Kate Middleton's making headlines - Wonderwall Jennifer Lawrence is having a great week - Newser »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Readers have been voting for their films of the year. Here's a countdown of the top 10
• Show us your favourite films of 2013 using our Movie Mashup interactive
Last week we asked readers to send nominations for their favourite films of the year. We've received close to 1,000 votes, with a clear winner; the film in first place took nearly twice as many votes as the film in third place. The film in second place, meanwhile, was quite a surprise – and possibly indiciative that the film has a very dedicated online fanbase.
When we did a similar poll halfway through the year, Django Unchained, The Place Beyond the Pines and The Great Gatsby landed in first, second and third places respectively. Read on to see how views have changed in the intervening months …
"An original, excellent story, well written and directed with great sensitivity. A blend of Stand By Me and »
This week at the multiplex, we've got a group of classy newsmen ("Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd); a prehistoric family ("Walking with Dinosaurs," with voice performances by John Leguizamo and Justin Long); Feds and con-artists ("American Hustle," starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper); an uneasy artistic partnership ("Saving Mr. Banks," starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks); and a struggling folksinger ("Inside Llewyn Davis," starring Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan). »
- WSJ Staff
It is that time again when the year is drawing to a close and the cinematic twelvemonth is summed up in a myriad Best Of lists and the trophy cabinets are being prepped from the Academies on both side of the Atlantic to hand out their golden trinkets.
We, too, are continuing our tradition of awarding The Truffles – the annual HeyUGuys movie awards where when we make up the categories in order than the prizes given more accurately reflect our feelings on year in film. The team have given their choices below, if you care to you can click here to see our previous years’ awards, and finally see you all next year!
Fans of Jason Statham (you’re out there somewhere…) will have been thrilled with the amount of ‘Stath’ that illuminated the big screen this year, »
- Jon Lyus
In February of 2012, Legendary Pictures pulled the plug on Paradise Lost. It was to be a loose adaptation of John Milton's 17th century poem. Director Alex Proyas ("The Crow") had planned to use the most advanced 3D and motion capture technology to bring the biblical saga to life, but in the end budget concerns were too much to overcome. Legendary, tried numerous times to rework the numbers to get it below $120 million, but it was too daunting a task. At the heart of the issue, was the enormous amount of visual effects that were required for the celestial battles, that involved massive aerial warfare. It would've featured an all-star cast: Bradley Cooper as Lucifer, Benjamin Walker as the archangel Michael, Casey Affleck as Gabriel, Diego Boneta as Adam, Camilla Belle as Eve and Dijmon Hounsou as Abdiel, the Angel of Death. Storyboards by Michael Anthony Jackson Official Synopsis: Lucifer and Michael, »
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence reunite with David O. Russell for standout caper comedy American Hustle Many movie decisions today revolve around action concepts, comic book superheroes, teen fantasy adaptations and what plays well with international moviegoers. Is it any wonder that complex characters and multi-layered storytelling get lost in translation? Abscam, or Abdul scam, the 1980 FBI sting operation that caught corrupt government officials including a New Jersey mayor, a U.S. Senator and members of the House of Representatives via a fake Arab sheik, casino license payoffs, bribes and suitcases stuffed with cash is no comic book. It’s a true story too outrageous for words and the inspiration for the holiday season’s best comic drama. I like superheroes just fine but I enjoy battling con artists, gangsters, FBI agents and money-grabbing politicians better. »
Directed by David O. Russell
Watching American Hustle puts one in mind of the old anecdote relayed by the late Roger Ebert. He wrote of a child prodigy, invited to play an impossibly difficult piece of music on piano for one of the great masters. The prodigy played the composition flawlessly, with no wrong notes or loss of tempo. When it was over, the master told the prodigy, “You can play the notes. One day, you may play the music.” Though it may be a challenge to pin down exactly who that old master is to David O. Russell, he is still the prodigy. American Hustle, his new film, is a feverish and sprawling blend of farcical comic and period-piece trappings, top-lined by an impressive ensemble cast, but it lacks focus. In short, this is a mess. An enjoyable mess, »
- Josh Spiegel
Oscar trailer 2014: Ellen DeGeneres is ‘The Walker’ among a group of tuxedo-clad dancers (image: 2014 Oscar trailer ‘Here We Go!’) The 2014 Oscar trailer "Here We Go!" stars Ellen DeGeneres and 250 good-looking, tuxedo-clad, nimble-limbed male and female dancers shaking their bodies to the sounds of Fitz and the Tantrums’ "The Walker." The trailer was directed by Paul Feig, among whose credits are the hit comedies Bridesmaids, starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, and The Heat, with McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. Now, if the Academy can come up with such a cool, sleek, exuberant Oscar trailer / musical number, why can’t they come up with an equally cool, sleek, exuberant show — or at least equally cool, sleek, exuberant Oscar ceremony musical numbers? Below, check out Ellen DeGeneres as The Walker (conveniently wearing sneakers) and 250 talented dancers in the 2014 Oscar trailer "Here We Go!" in addition to interviews with DeGeneres and Paul Feig, »
- Zac Gille
And so the holiday glut begins! Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is set to dominate the box office this weekend, as American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks get major expansions, and Walking With Dinosaurs stomps into theaters as well. Here’s how the Top 5 may look by Sunday night:
1. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – $41 million
Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy sequel has gotten a massive media push — one that some industry folks have called too pervasive given the considerable hype for the film. But Paramount’s marketing for the $50 million comedy has demonstrated one thing: confidence. The original Anchorman earned »
- Grady Smith
Hooray for second acts. Now, I’m not just referring to the “legitimate stage”, since most plays are in two acts (with musicals usually going to three). Well, we could apply this to films and not necessarily those based on said plays (like the upcoming August: Osage County). I’m referring to the second acts (or second chances) in one’s life, specifically in a career. A prime example is triple threat (writer/producer/director) David O. Russell. Hard to believe, but it’s been nearly twenty years since he exploded onto the scene with the low, low-budget art-house hit Spanking The Monkey. The studios soon came calling, and he delivered a couple of modest hits. And then there was I Heart Huckabees, a misfire accelerated by unflattering video footage of the director losing his cool on the set which was leaked to the internet (no doubt an early “viral »
- Jim Batts
Suppressed madness bubbles through David O Russell's black comedy about con artists who get a little too close to the FBI
It's not just any kind of hustle. The adjective "American" appended to a word in a movie title always implies something with instant design-classic status, gorgeously laced with irony and modernity. There is no plausible UK equivalent. British Beauty, British Psycho and British History X sound like films from the 1950s respectively starring Diana Dors, Richard Attenborough and John Profumo. David O Russell's hellzapoppin' black comedy is an aspirational hustle, a sentimental hustle, a romantic hustle. Perhaps Hollywood Hustle is the truer title. It's a brazen, nerve-jangling, irresistibly watchable movie full of jittery backtalk, pop-eyed tension and wacky hair: wigs, frizzes and beards. The drama is loosely derived from a true story from the late-1970s of how FBI agents coerced a notorious New Jersey conman into helping them »
- Peter Bradshaw
‘Divergent’ movie clip: Theo James shows ‘it’ to ‘Amazed’ Shailene Woodley "Do you want to see it?" Theo James’ Four asks Shailene Woodley’s Tris Prior before removing one of his garments in this new Divergent movie clip. "That’s amazing!" she tells him. (Photo: Shailene Woodley and Theo James in Divergent movie.) No, it’s not what you’re thinking. The "it" in question is a enormous tattoo that covers nearly all of Theo James’ back. That is what Shailene Woodley finds amazing. All the while, Ellie Goulding’s "Dead in the Water" plays in the background — I take that back, the song is actually heard in the foreground, as it’s about as loud as the dialogue between James and Woodley. See and hear the Divergent clip below. ‘Divergent’: ‘Thrilling action-adventure’ You wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at the soap opera-like clip, but Divergent »
- Zac Gille
(Cbr) Every bit of goodwill I have for Bradley Cooper stems from "Alias". His work as intrepid reporter and hopeless romantic Will Tippin remains my all-time favorite Cooper performance, and one of my favorite TV characters ever. I suspect I’m not alone on that. I also suspect I’m not the only one devastated to learn Cooper hated working on the series. In an interview with GQ, Cooper spoke at length about his early days as an actor, and his two-season stint on the J.J. Abrams spy drama. Despite a strong story arc for Tippin throughout Season 1, Cooper felt the role »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
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