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The Weinstein Company’s chief operating officer David Glasser has resigned after seven years at the independent studio.
Glasser said he’s leaving the company in search of a new opportunity. He will stay on to find a replacement as TWC prepares for awards season.
“It has been an incredible run at the Weinstein Company, but I have decided to take some time and explore my options in the industry,” Glasser said in a statement. “I will remain with TWC until November, where I will work closely with our team to set up the incredible slate for 2015/2016.”
Bob and Harvey Weinstein said in a statement that they were “disappointed” to hear of Glasser’s decision. “He has been one of the best executives we’ve had the privilege of working with and we have had a tremendous run together,” the Weinsteins said in a statement. “David will be missed at TWC, »
- Dave McNary
As is the Hollywood way, whenever a story grips the nation, a bunch of different projects launch headfirst into development, hoping to capitalize on the media craze. Such is the case with the Boston Marathon Bombing, which will feature into three or more different movies housed all over town.
One in particular, though, titled Stronger, is taking some big steps forward. David Gordon Green is in negotiations to direct the inspirational drama, and today brings word that Jake Gyllenhaal, still bathing in critical acclaim after his performance as a down-and-out boxer in Southpaw, is looking at taking on the lead role.
Gyllenhaal would play Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the attack while waiting at the finish line of the annual marathon for his girlfriend to finish competing. Bauman was caught in the blast when two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring hundreds more. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Is it game over for Adam Sandler? His new comedy, “Pixels,” opened over the weekend to a mediocre $24 million, a disappointing result for the $88 million project. Sandler’s latest box office lemon comes on the heels of “The Cobbler” (Sandler’s lowest-grossing title ever, which opened to just $24,000 from 20 theaters in March), 2014’s “Blended” (the Drew Barrymore reteaming that mustered $46 million), “That’s My Boy” (a pairing with Andy Samberg that eked out $37 million) and “Jack and Jill” (the cross-dressing comedy that landed some of the worst reviews of his career). His only recent hits have been the 2013 sequel to “Grown Ups” (which netted $133 million) and “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated film that didn’t require him to be onscreen.
Here’s how Sandler’s box office career went from $4 billion in ticket sales to ice cold.
1. He aged out of his material
Sandler, 48, spent the ’90s playing the eternal teenage »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.
If Antoine Fuqua has succeeded in any way by making Southpaw, it’s confirmation that we do not need another boxing drama anytime soon – or at the very least not one as lifeless, predictable and uninspired as this. It sullies the name of the great ones to even mention Southpaw in the same review.
Having said that, there is no easy way around the pitfalls of the movie without drawing comparisons as to why similar pictures work so well; after all, our appreciation of such stories is driven by what we’ve seen before and »
- Gary Collinson
Following massive success with Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, David O. Russell has again teamed up with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper for Joy, a movie about Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. "What a quaint little story," you might think. If this trailer is a good indication, Joy is anything but quaint. It's a rollicking preview filled with The Rolling Stones, guns, and some good old-fashioned sobbing sessions. You'll even see a glimpse of Orange Is the New Black's Dascha Polanco, in addition to Robert De Niro, Virginia Madsen, and Édgar Ramírez. The movie is out Christmas Day, and I highly suggest watching the trailer above. »
It's still a while off before we'll have the answers to the few questions of this year's race that are developing from films that have actually already screened. Whether Sundance breakouts "Brooklyn" and "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" pull a "Boyhood" or "Whiplash," for example? Or what about Todd Haynes' "Carol"? Can it ride its Cannes buzz to finally nab the director a Best Picture nomination? Will "Inside Out" return Pixar to the big race? Does "Mad Max: Fury Road" have what it takes to be an extremely rare summer blockbuster slash Best Picture nominee? These questions cannot be answered until the many potential legends of the fall arrive at film festivals or in theaters. Like "The Hateful Eight," "Joy," "The Revenant" and "Bridge of Spies." Will they quickly return Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, Alejandro González »
- Peter Knegt
It seems like every movie franchise is expanding with sequels, prequels, and anthology films. Every character must be explained and every moment must be felt for us to truly know it happened. We take a look at some of the upcoming prequels, such as the Han Solo solo film that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing, and why it may not be entirely necessary to have these films that focus on the details of characters that we learned to love without much explanation.
Sdcc 2015: First teaser for ‘Suicide Squad’ shows the whole team (and briefly Batman)
Sdcc 2015: New trailer for ‘Batman v. Superman’ shows why the two heroes are clashing
Sdcc 2015: ‘Deadpool’ was the Marvel showstopper at Comic Con
Hayao Miyazaki creates an animated short after retiring from »
- Zach Dennis
Jumping from one of television’s most acclaimed dramas to one of Hollywood’s hottest projects, Masters of Sex lead Michael Sheen has joined Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Sony’s pricey sci-fi romance Passengers, according to Variety.
The pic, a two-hander, takes place during an interstellar voyage, as thousands of humans lie stationary in cryogenic sleep. When one passenger (Pratt) awakens 90 years before everyone else, he makes the difficult decision to awaken a female passenger (Lawrence) in hopes of gaining some companionship.
Sheen will voice a robot on the spaceship, who provides direction and guidance to Pratt and Lawrence’s characters.
Morten Tyldum, coming off a Best Director Oscar nomination for The Imitation Game, will direct from a script by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange), which makes Passengers one of the most talent-packed packages currently set up in Hollywood.
Passengers hasn’t always been in such a fortuitous position, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Read More: With 'The Crowded Room' and 'The Revenant,' Is Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar Finally in the Cards? If any duo is going to give Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell a run for their awards money this Christmas, it will undoubtedly be the Oscar-winning collaborators Alejandro G. Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. After their triumphant "Birdman" victories last year, the two are back in the race with "The Revenant," a 19th century Western thriller allegedly shot using only natural lighting. Even better, they have Leonardo DiCaprio in a grueling performance that could finally land him the gold. The official synopsis reads: "Inspired by true events, 'The Revenant' is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man's epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is brutally. »
- Zack Sharf
It’s been a big week for trailers, with “The Revenant” landing just this morning, but our favorite was for “Joy,” the big awards hopeful that reteams David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence. The trailer focuses, as did the one for “American Hustle,” on mood and atmosphere while remaining vague on the plot. Nevertheless, we are promised something very striking and quite different from the team's lighthearted previous projects. For those left wanting a little more, Russell has talked to Empire about the trailer, and spilled a little more information on the movie. "Joy" is ostensibly a biopic of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, but don’t expect it to be entirely factual. “This is not just based on one person,” he tells Empire, “I based it on my own mother and her friends, who are a very fierce group of ladies.” Russell also reveals that while Lawrence “carries the movie, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Some new photos are out from "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" director David O. Russell's new Jennifer Lawrence-led film "Joy" have gone online. Initially starting out life as a biopic of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, the film now takes inspiration from numerous people about one woman's fight through life. [Source: Empire]
Appearing at Comic Con for "The Flash," actors Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell have confirmed reports from last month that Fox is planning an event series revival of its thriller series "Prison Break" on which they both starred.
Miller says despite his character's death in the finale, it's happening: "That's in the offing, yeah. Conversations are happening... assuming Michael is still alive." Purcell adds: "I mean, Sara was dead... The [concept] that I've heard is completely brilliant, so people will be fine." [Source: TV Line]
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Studio 8 has optioned James Smythe's young adult sci-fi novel »
- Garth Franklin
Writer/director David O. Russell reunites with his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, for biographical dramedy Joy. Joy follows the story of Joy Mangano, a struggling single mom of three children who goes on to invent the ‘Miracle Mop’ and starts a powerful family business dynasty, Ingenious Designs, LLC. […]
Read The World Doesn’t Owe You Anything in the Teaser for Joy on Filmonic.
With Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, David O. Russell has become something of an award-season fixture and he’s up again with decade-spanning, Jennifer Lawrence-starring, genre-defying Joy – and we have two exclusive pictures for you.Originally thought of as a biopic of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, the film now takes its inspiration from various people – including Russell’s own mother – in telling the story of one woman’s fight through life. “We decided to make it about the interior life of her soul as she goes from the ages of 10 to into middle age,” says writer/director Russell. “And those who inspire her and those who kind of are obstacles to her in her own family – and in the cold world of business. That's ambitious for us.”Though Joy is the theme as well as the title and Jennifer Lawrence’s character, the film is a story »
Jennifer Lawrence’s and Bradley Cooper’s on-screen magic has cool somewhat since their movie “Serena” flopped horribly last year, but they’re back at it again and featured in a new trailer for David O. Russell’s new film “Joy,” about a woman who builds a family business dynasty. The film duo are backed by a strong supporting cast that includes Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd and Virginia Madsen. ...Read More »
Teaming up once again with Silver Linings Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper, director David O. Russell’s Joy is billed as an intense emotional and human comedy that follows the title character (Jennifer Lawrence) as she faces one challenge after another on her way to becoming the boss of family and enterprise. The first trailer has arrived, and it is absolutely fantastic, balancing humour and drama perfectly, and offering a wonderful snapshot of Joy’s life and times that immerses you fully in this fictional characters no doubt unforgettable journey. Released: 25th December (U.S.)/ 1st January 2016 (Irl/U.K.) Synopsis: Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
No other trio is on as big of a hot streak as Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and David O'Russell. With Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, the three dominated multiple awards seasons by delivering darkly energetic tales both romantic and hilarious at times, all about family, hope and conquering the American Dream. In their latest, Joy, the three are back -- as is Robert De Niro, who starred in both Playbook and Hustle -- and once again they're weaving a tale around the real-life story of a woman who rose to become head of a powerful family business. Inspired by the life of Joy Mangano, who created the Miracle Mop and later went on to lead a company boasting over $1 billion in sales, the first trailer for Joy -- complete with all the darkly comedic...
- Erik Davis
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are quickly becoming the Burns and Allen of this decade, having already appeared in three movies together. Their fourth will be the autobiographical drama Joy, which gets its first trailer today. The film is not only noteworthy for once again pairing two of today's biggest stars. It also marks the third collaboration between the pair, co-star Robert De Niro, and director David O. Russell.
Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, »
He may be notoriously difficult to work with, but talent speaks volumes when it comes to director David O. Russell. For the third film in a row Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro (granted, it was a cameo the last time around) are reuniting with the five-time Oscar nominee. This time around it's for a loose biopic centered on the life of self-made entrepreneur Joy Mangano, the woman who made a fortune developing Miracle Mop and other household inventions. Based on the official teaser, like Mangano, they may have hit the jackpot. This pundit was able to catch a dialogue-less teaser for "Joy" that was presented to theater owners at CinemaCon in April. That preview promised a film much darker and less comedic than either of Russell's last two films, "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook." This extended trailer only confirms that Russell is going in a slightly different direction. »
- Gregory Ellwood
"Don't ever think that the world owes you anything, because it doesn't," Jennifer's character warns in the trailer.
Jennifer reunites with Bradley Cooper for a third movie, this time about a woman who heads up a business dynasty while facing a slew of adversity with her ...
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Fans of David O. Russell-directed movies starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro will likely be ecstatic for the Joy trailer. Armed with the endearing eccentricity that garnered Silver Linings Playbook several Oscar nods and a Best Actress win for Lawrence, this biopic of inventor and entrepreneur, Joy Mangano serves up a different sort of quirky-flavored inspiration. Check out the trailer below! In this debut clip for Joy, we.re provided with some surprisingly compelling insight into the life of the Miracle Mop inventor and Home Shopping Network pitchwoman, Joy Mangano. On the back of that cleaning concoction and other convenience items like Huggable Hangers, she built a home shopping empire with Ingenious Designs, LLC; a venture she sold in 1999 to Hsn.s parent company for a substantial fortune, while remaining on board to this day as its president. While the film seems to carry elements celebrating »
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