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While the Sony hack appears to be over for the time being, more information is still coming forward that was leaked from various emails and documents from deep within the studio. By this point, everyone knows that Marvel was working hard to make a deal with Sony to bring Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War. That deal never happened, but more details on exactly what was to take place have emerged, and they shed some light on the proposed The Amazing Spider-Man reboot that would have seen Marvel and Sony working close together. It is believed that Sony is still ready to reboot the franchise without Andrew Garfield in the lead.
Some of this new information both confirms and contradicts what we've heard in the recent past. It is speculated by Cbm that some of the past information was made up by foreign bloggers looking to cash in on the »
No American actor in recent memory has seen a career ascend as high and as quickly as Jennifer Lawrence. Five years ago, almost nobody knew her name. Today, she headlines the biggest franchise in Hollywood, is an essential part of another major film series and has become the youngest female actor to earn three Oscar nominations for acting. However, not all of her career choices can be winners, as Lawrence has given her first forgettable performance since becoming America’s movie sweetheart, in a film that is just as unremarkable: Suzanne Bier’s long-delayed period romance Serena.
For the third time in three years, Lawrence unites with Bradley Cooper, although the chemistry that ignited on Silver Linings Playbook is mostly chilled here. He plays George Pemberton, a logger trying to turn a profit as the Roaring Twenties dive into the Great Depression. Living in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, »
- Jordan Adler
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Question: I've been a fan of Elementary, and I really liked the story arc last season with Rhys Ifans playing Mycroft. His involvement with Watson, moving to New York, opening the restaurant, concealing from everyone that he was MI6: The whole season seemed to give a fresh twist to the Sherlock history and move it forward. This season, however, with Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond), I'm not getting what the writers are doing. I think she's beyond boring, probably because she has no real reason to be there, and she's splintering the energy I used to feel between Sherlock and Watson, and each of them to Bell and Gregson. None of the episodes this year has grabbed me. Is it just me? Do they have a story arc buried in there someplace I can't see? I'd rather they »
- Matt Roush
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
Kathryn Hahn (Bad Words) has ended speculation by renewing her commitment to the Showtime TV project Happyish, in which she was set to star with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Originally conceived as an episodic vehicle for Hoffman, Happyish – in its initial form – was a TV pilot picked up for a 10 episode series, with Hahn starring as Hoffman’s wife. Steve Coogan was recently confirmed as replacement for Hoffman in the drama, and he will now be joined by Hahn, who is reprising her role.
Happyish centres on Thom Payne (Coogan), who finds himself with new bosses, half his age, who demand he ‘re-brand’ himself. Lee (Hahn) is his wife, and mother of their 6 year-old son, Julius. She is uncompromisingly honest, while being a devoted, but frustrated idealist – believing the best of everybody and everything, while constantly resenting the fact that neither of those things can be true all the time. »
- Sarah Myles
Bradley Whitford has been cast in Showtime’s half-hour comedy pilot “Happyish,” the premium cabler announced Friday. The “West Wing” and “Trophy Wife” alum will play Jonathan Cooke, the boss of Steve Coogan’s Thom Payne and an advertising industry legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and moral cravenness.
Coogan took over the role of Thom Payne after the death of the pilot’s original star, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Whitford’s role was originally played by Rhys Ifans in the first version of the pilot. Kathryn Hahn has remained on board the new iteration in the role of Thom’s wife, Lee.
“Happyish” is described as a scathing examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place. The pilot was created, written and executive produced by Shalom Auslander. Ken Kwapis will »
- Laura Prudom
Bradley Whitford has joined the cast of Showtime’s Happyish pilot, EW has learned. The comedy follows Thom Payne’s (Steve Coogan) pursuit of happiness in the midst of dealing with a world he doesn’t understand, a pursuit that might just be the thing causing his unhappiness in the first place. The Emmy-winning West Wing alum will play Jonathan Cooke, Payne’s boss and an advertising industry legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and moral cravenness. Rhys Ifans previously played the role in the original pilot. Whitford’s casting comes on the heels »
- Natalie Abrams
Showtime's Happyish is making a casting change. The comedy, which saw Steve Coogan replace the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, has recast the role of the actor's boss. Bradley Whitford will step in for Rhys Ifans in Happyish, which is now back at the pilot stage. Happyish is a dark examination of the pursuit of happiness. Coogan stars as Thom Payne, whose new bosses are half his age. Whitford will play Jonathan, Thom's mentor and boss who is an advertising legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and moral cravenness. Kathryn Hahn returns to star as Thom's
- Lesley Goldberg
Take a Cannes Lions-winning commercials director/first time filmmaker in Tim Godsall, throw in a 2008 Broadway play, and finally, add a mix of sturdy mix of actors in Juno Temple, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, Keir Gilchrist accompanied by newcomer Jack Kilmer who broke out convincingly with Palo Alto (see pic above), and this under-the-radar title has the ingredients for a bonafide selection. A project flying so low to the ground that if it weren’t for the brief trade mention back in April, it might have not made it on this list, production began in Toronto of April last year.
Gist: Based on Carly Mensch’s play Len, Asleep In Vinyl, co-written by Katharine Knight and Godsall, this centres on the unexpected journey of self-discovery by a miserable hit record producer (Rhys Ifans) whose self-imposed exile is shattered by his estranged son (Kilmer) and a successful client. Juno Temple plays »
- Eric Lavallee
★★★☆☆Dylan Thomas' first jaunt to America is explored in Andy Goddard's understated but likable Set Fire to the Stars (2014). The centenary of Thomas' birth this year means we're also getting an adaptation of Under Milk Wood to come - directed by Kevin Allen and reportedly starring Rhys Ifans and Charlotte Church - but this melancholic picture, filmed in South Wales, should make a fine addition to contemporary reflections on the famously roguish poet. Former Hobbit Elijah Wood plays John M. Brinnin, a buttoned-up creative writing tutor at an austere East Coast university who nevertheless invites the rambunctious Welshman to the States for a 40-night tour in 1950.
- CineVue UK
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans, watch the trailer for director Susanne Bier’s film Serena. The movie played at the London Film Festival in early October. Guy Lodge (Variety) says in his review the film is, “a compellingly problematic anti-romance.”
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence), love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
The screenplay is by »
- Michelle McCue
ennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper show off their sizzling on-screen chemistry in a new trailer for their upcoming movie “Serena,” but it may not be enough to save the film from critics, who so far have massacred it. Based on a novel by Ron Rash, the film is about a Depression-era couple who carve out an empire in the North Carolina wilderness only to see it threatened with collapse. It also stars Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, Toby Jones, Sam Reid and David Dencik. ...Read More »
"...in the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920', 'George' and 'Serena Pemberton' are love-struck newly-weds, who begin to build a timber empire.
"Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness.
"With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning..."
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- Michael Stevens
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are reuniting for the long-delayed period piece "Serena" from director Susanne Bier ("After the Wedding," "Things We Lost in the Fire"). The film's newest trailer features the two stars all dolled up in sumptuous period duds for some romance, mystery and tragedy amid some breathtaking scenery captured by ace D.P. Morten Søborg (who's worked with Bier before, as well as Nicholas Winding Refn). Based on Ron Rash's novel, "Serena" takes place in Depression-racked North Carolina, where George Pemberton (Cooper) struggles to maintain his burgeoning timber empire, while his strong-willed young wife, Serena (Lawrence), may be taking their domestic -- and professional --partnership too far. Watch the new trailer here: Bier has reportedly been tinkering with the film since it wrapped principal photography in early 2012, and it had a tough time landing a distributor despite its A-list stars (it also stars Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, »
- Dave Lewis
Following the international trailer that debuted last month, Magnolia Pictures has released two domestic trailers for Serena, the third feature collaboration of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper following Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
The story centers on Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) and George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper), who build their own timber empire from the ground up at the end of the 1920s. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man's life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George's hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton's passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
Magnolia Pictures has released the official Us trailer for director Suzanne Bier’s drama Serena. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which seems like a slam dunk except for the fact that the film was shot before Silver Linings Playbook and has been sitting on the shelf ever since. Apparently it’s just not that great as distributors refused to acquire the film for quite some time, but this trailer certainly makes the movie look at least interesting in a go-for-broke kind of way. Lawrence and Cooper play 1920s newlyweds who begin to build a timber empire, but their passion becomes hindered as a hidden past is discovered and Lawrence’s character decides to take fate into her own hands. Watch the new Serena trailer after the jump. The film also stars Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans, and will be released on iTunes and VOD on February 26, 2015 and »
- Adam Chitwood
The dometic trailer is now online for the Long-Delayed Drama "Serena" starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones, and Rhys Ifans. This marks the third time Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have teamed up, they were in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, which were both directed by David O. Russell.
The film follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. »
- Kellvin Chavez
After once being slated to play the Mad Hatter's father in Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Tony Award winner Mark Rylance ended up not taking the role, and it went to Rhys Ifans of The Amazing Spider-Man. However, Rylance did end up getting a role in Steven Spielberg's forthcoming Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks. And it turns out to have been a great move for the actor because DreamWorks has announced that Rylance has also landed the title role in The Bfg, the adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel that will also be adapted by Steven Spielberg. Read on! For those who don't know, The Bfg is a family friendly story about a little girl who leads a big, friendly giant and the Queen of England on a journey to stop the fiercer man-eating giants from gobbling children. »
- Ethan Anderton
Directed by Susanne Bier.
In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.
There’s an old saying – “You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig” – and what we have in Serena is a pig in lipstick and a dress and high heels. It’s nothing more than a depression-set soap opera minus the camp appeal.
This is a film which loses its appeal in the first fifteen minutes, that vital window of opportunity where any half decent screenplay should have the audience in its grasp, and never regains its momentum rendering it pretty essentially Doa. Set in the Depression but looking like actors playing dress-up on location, Serena looks, sounds, »
- Gary Collinson
When The Master actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose earlier this year, the fate of the actor’s planned Showtime series Happyish was suddenly thrown up in the air. Though the network had ordered the half-hour comedy to series back in April, the entire show and the filmed pilot were based around Hoffman’s performance. With his death, it seemed for a time that Happyish would simply be swept under the rug. Now, however, Showtime has announced a replacement to lead the series – Philomena star Steve Coogan.
With the Oscar and Golden Globe nominee on board, Happyish will shoot a new pilot in New York this December. If all goes well, Showtime will then order nine additional episodes to complete the show’s first season. Currently, Happyish is in the process of being written, and it will have to be somewhat reworked to accommodate Coogan. Additionally, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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