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In anticipation of the final seven episodes of Mad Men, which premiere on Sunday, April 5 at 10pm Et/Pt, AMC released a series of tributes about the iconic series. Gary Oldman, David O. Russell and Gayle King, among others, reminisce about the pilot, memorable moments and the end of the Mad Men era. Gary Oldman calls the series a 'masterpiece', describing it's achievements as "breathtaking". He truly believes its the 'jewel in the crown of television'.
Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising. The AMC drama made history as the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years. Created by Emmy winner and executive producer Matthew Weiner, Mad Men is anchored by an ensemble cast, including Jon Hamm, January Jones, »
Read More: Here Are the 10 Films That Inspired 'Mad Men,' As Picked By Matthew Weiner In advance of the final season of "Mad Men," AMC has released a treasure trove of tributes to, in the humble opinion of Gary Oldman, "the jewel in the crown of television." Featuring a variety of figures from Gayle King to David O. Russell to Sarah Silverman, the roughly minute-long clips heap even more (deserved) praise on the already acclaimed show. The final season begins Sunday, April 5 at 10pm Et/Pt. Mourn the end of an era with our favorites below, and after you've finished with those, check out the rest at AMC. Gayle King: David O. Russell: Sarah Silverman: Read More: 'Mad Men' Takes Us Where We Ache to Go Again in Oscars TV Spot »
- David Ballard
Orange Is The New Black regular Dascha Polanco is set to co-star in Joy, the David O. Russell pic from Fox 2000 about the rags-to-riches story of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano. Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Edgar Ramirez star. Deadline broke the story last year of the project that reteams American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook helmer Russell and his co-star Lawrence. Russell is rewriting and directing the story of the remarkable life story… »
Teresa Wright movies: Unique Oscar winner (image: Teresa Wright in the mid-'40s) Teresa Wright, best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the World War II melodrama Mrs. Miniver and for her deceptively fragile, small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's mystery-drama Shadow of a Doubt, died at age 86 ten years ago – on March 6, 2005. Throughout her nearly six-decade show business career, Wright was featured in nearly 30 films, dozens of television series and made-for-tv movies, and a whole array of stage productions. On the big screen, she played opposite some of the most important stars of the '40s and '50s. It's a long list, including Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, Ray Milland, Fredric March, Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando, Dana Andrews, Lew Ayres, Cornel Wilde, Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, and David Niven. Also of note, Teresa Wright made Oscar history in the early '40s. In fact, she »
- Andre Soares
Just weeks after Birdman won Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards, the would-be contenders for next year’s Oscars are taking shape, with David O. Russell’s Joy and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant both set for Christmas, and Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea opening earlier that month. Now, Les Miserables director Tom Hooper and current Best Actor Eddie Redmayne (for The Theory of Everything) have thrown their hats in the ring, with Focus Features and Working Title announcing today that biopic The Danish Girl will open over Thanksgiving weekend.
November 27th is the same corridor used by The Weinstein Company to launch eventual Best Picture winner The King’s Speech (also by Hooper) and this past season’s The Imitation Game, so it’s a rather savvy move for Focus and Working Title (which led Redmayne to gold for Theory) to get to the slot first. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Even before he won an Academy Award for "12 Years a Slave," John Ridley had an interesting, eclectic career. He's written for sitcoms ("The John Larroquette Show") and dramas ("Third Watch") and even produced Wanda Sykes' talk show. A decade before "Empire," he created a hip-hop industry drama for Upn called "Platinum." As a novelist, he's written science-fiction ("Those Who Walk in Darkness"), pulp ("Everybody Smokes in Hell") and historical fiction ("A Conversation with the Mann"), among other genres. Whether by design, opportunity, or simply a sense of restlessness — one of the most vivid characters in any of his books is Brain Nigger Charlie from "The Drift," a hobo who can no longer relate to the anchored middle-class existence from which he descended — Ridley has avoided being pigeonholed in a business that tries to do that with everyone, and particularly with artists of color. That sense of ambition and motion »
- Alan Sepinwall
Last year, I wrote a pair of pieces looking at the folks in Hollywood who were due for their first Oscar nominations or the their first wins. At the most recent Academy Award ceremony, two of those names got moved off of the list, so I wanted to take a look back and see who’s still on those lists and what they might have coming for us this year. I’ll update the lists with some new people next month, but for now…let’s go look at if the Oscars gave us some long overdue citations. If you were paying attention, you definitely noticed two of them. As a quick refresher for you all, here are the ten names that I had down as overdue for their first nods from the Academy: 10. Channing Tatum 9. Joseph Gordon-Levitt 8. Kevin Smith 7. Jennifer Jason Leigh 6. Jeff Daniels 5. Hoyte Van Hoytema 4. Steve Carell »
- Joey Magidson
With "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part II" slated for Nov. 20 release, the end of Jennifer Lawrence's blockbuster franchise is near. Indeed, it's been an unmatched breakout run for the actress: since 2011, Lawrence has racked up three Academy Award nominations ("Winter's Bone," "Silver Linings Playbook," for which she won Best Actress, and "American Hustle") and starred in a $1 billion-plus quadrilogy. How do you follow that up? For Lawrence, the answer seems to be, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Her forthcoming projects reflect the same deft balance of box office spectacles—including a reprise of her role as Mystique in 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse," directed by Bryan Singer—and mid-budget prestige pictures from proven directors, including David O. Russell and now Steven Spielberg. (Due credit to "Winter's Bone" director Debra Granik for launching Lawrence's career, not to mention providing her finest role to »
- Matt Brennan
Jennifer Lawrence and Steven Spielberg are to collaborate on a new biopic. Warner Bros. is busily working on a deal that will see Lawrence, 24, star in the movie and Spielberg, 68, direct the film, titled 'It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life Of Love And War'. The plot - based on a memoir by Lynsey Addario which has been excerpted by The New York Times Magazine - tells the story of a woman who goes into war zones in search of truth, Deadline reports. Addario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who travelled to Afghanistan in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the Us in 2001, and attracted attention by giving an identity to people who were involved in the conflict. She was also kidnapped by pro-Quaddafi forces during the Libyan civil war. Meanwhile, Lawrence recently rubbished claims she had an on-set argument with David O. Russell, with whom she is currently »
In the news for the wrong reasons last week with a reported on-set bust-up with director David O. Russell (which she has denied as false), Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in the new film from Steven Spielberg.
Deadline reports that Lawrence is set to star in an adaptation of It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, a memoir by Lynsey Addario. Warner Bros. Pictures has secured the rights to the book, which was released last month. Here’s the official description of the book:
Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a photographer when September 11th changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, »
- Scott J. Davis
Pairing Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence, the biggest A-list director and arguably the biggest A-list actress today, seems like a no-brainer no matter what they’re working on. But with a property as hot as Lynsey Addario’s memoir, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, it’s got prestige and awards pedigree written all over it.
Deadline is reporting that Lawrence is attached to star in the Spielberg directed project for Warner Bros., and that the pair beat out other actresses bidding for the project from Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Margot Robbie and from directors such as Darren Aronofsky and George Clooney.
Addario has taken photos for everyone from AP, New York Times, Time, National Geographic, and Newsweek, and she’s been to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, and Libya, where she was kidnapped along with three other colleagues, to name just a few of »
- Brian Welk
Jennifer Lawrence's fast and impressive rise to the top of the A-list has seen her have the opportunity to work with some legitimately great directors - including David O. Russell, Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn - but her next project will see her team up with one of Hollywood's most legendary filmmakers. That's because she has agreed to be a part of the upcoming war film It.s What I Do, a film that is in the works with none other than Steven Spielberg attached to take the helm. Deadline got the scoop on this new project, with the site reporting that Warner Bros. is closing a deal for the movie after a big auction. The project is based on the memoir It.s What I Do: A Photographer.s Life Of Love And War, which was written by photographer Lynsey Addario, and is set shortly after the events »
The studio won an auction Monday for the rights to the memoir by Lynsey Addario, the award-winning international photojournalist.
The project attracted multiple offers in the wake of an excerpt of Addario’s memoir appearing in the The New York Times Magazine.
Addario, who has traveled to war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq, won the MacArthur Fellowhip in 2008 and was part of the N.Y. Times team which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for International Reporting for her work in Waziristan.
ICM is repping the author.
- Dave McNary
Jennifer Lawrence has taken to her Facebook page to vehemently deny rumors that she had an on-set falling out with David O. Russell. Lawrence, who is currently working on Joy with David O. Russell, wrote a brief passage on her social media page to explain that all of these allegations are completely wide of the mark. She also added that the pair are currently enjoying a fruitful on-set relationship. You can check out her response to this speculation below: Hey guys! It.s Jen! I know I don.t go on here a lot because I can barely work email but there.s been a terrible rumor going around the last 24 hours so I wanted to clear it up. David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship. I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey. This movie »
In Focus, Will Smith's first film since 2013, the superstar plays Nicky, a long-time conman who is planning his last big score, but ends up reuniting with a con woman who he trained years before.
The film, which performed mildly at the box office in its debut this weekend, joins the ranks of Hollywood's long love affair with the art of the con.
In celebration of this newest entry in the grifter genre, here are nine of the best conman movies ever made.
(Note: This list doesn't include movies about heists that happen to involve conmen -- i.e. Ocean's Eleven or The Heist -- just films that celebrate the age of tradition of swindling.)
9. Matchstick Men (2003): Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell play con artists who are planning one of the biggest scams of their careers. Things get complicated when Cage's teenage daughter shows up and »
'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (photo: Olivia Wilde in 'The Lazarus Effect') (See previous post: "'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.") Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark Duplass-Olivia Wilde horror movie The Lazarus Effect – about bringing the dead back to life (as if world overpopulation weren't already a problem) – grossed $10.6 million from 2,666 U.S. and Canada venues on opening weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Relativity Studios-distributed low-budget horror flick had earned an estimated $3.8 million on opening-day Friday, including $350,000 from Thursday night screenings. Last week, box-office prognosticators had been expecting an opening between $12-$14 million. That was adjusted downward to $10 million or whereabouts after the film's disappointing Friday debut. Some, in fact, »
- Zac Gille
Warner Bros. Pictures released their new action/drama film, "Focus," into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are now in from the top,major critics. It turns out that we got a mixed bag of opinions with this one as it got an overall 56 score out of a possible 100 across 40 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The movie stars: Will Smith, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney and Margot Robbie. We've supplied some blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a great 88 score, stating: "This is just sheer, escapist entertainment from start to finish." James Rocchi over at TheWrap, gave it a great 80 score, saying: "Like a perfect cocktail mixes the sour with the sweet and the bright with the boozy, Focus combines seamless, superbly-crafted filmmaking with the fizz and fun created by its leads." Christy Lemire from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 75 score, »
- Andre Braddox
Jennifer Lawrence says she doesn't go on her official Facebook page a lot, but on Friday, she needed to.
"The eye witness says David started screaming at her... it was ear-piercing and laced with profanities," the report said.
Lawrence calls it all a "terrible rumor" in her latest Facebook post. She wrote, "David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship. I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey."
As for Joy, Lawrence said, "This movie is going great and I'm having a blast making »
Hello and welcome to this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed. Leading up this week is Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell finding themselves having to answer to a TMZ report. Plus: Kanye West issues and apology to Beck, record releases now have an global day of release, Meagan Good heads to "Minority Report," a Bruce Lee biopic is in the works, "Supergirl" casting gets a Superman, CBS sets big premiere for "Under the Dome" and more, "How to Get Away With Murder" will return, Thom Yorke releases a soundtrack for free, Joseph Kahn slams Saban over "Power Rangers" issues and more. What was on your radar this week? What in the news excited you? Live long and prosper. »
- Katie Hasty
Jennifer Lawrence took to Facebook on Friday afternoon to deny reports that she and director David O. Russell clashed on the set of 20th Century Fox’s “Joy,” in which the Oscar-winning actress plays Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano. TMZ reported on an epic screaming match between Russell and Lawrence, though insiders suggest it was simply two passionate artists expressing themselves during filming. Lawrence is no stranger to Russell’s unique techniques, as the two worked together on “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” His direction proved effective, as she won an Oscar for “Silver Linings” and was nominated for “American Hustle. »
- Jeff Sneider
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