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The Weinstein Co.’s Cannes presentation is always an early launching pad for fall awards season. But on Thursday afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Harvey Weinstein actually started handicapping the 2016 Oscars race from the South of France.
Joined by Jake Gyllenhaal onstage, Weinstein said it was an outrage that the star was snubbed for his performance in “Nightcrawler,” which was released by Open Road Films last fall. “We’ll get revenge,” Weinstein said. “This transformation in ‘Southpaw’ is amazing,” Weinstein added about the upcoming summer movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, where Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer. Weinstein revealed that “Southpaw” had been selected for Cannes, but it couldn’t play in competition because Gyllenhaal is a member of the jury.
- Ramin Setoodeh
It’s not every TV spin-off that can claim to be a direct continuation of the movie before it, but the Limitless-spawned show set to debut this autumn in the States apparently can. The series has secured the services of Bradley Cooper, who starred in the 2011 thriller. Given his increasingly busy film schedule – he hasn’t been a regular lead on a TV show since the days of Alias and the sadly short-lived Kitchen Confidential – Cooper won’t be in every episode. He’s scheduled for recurring appearances (probably four or five in the first season) reprising his film role as Edward Morra. The show will actually focus on Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who discovers the mysterious, brain-boosting powers of the Nzt drug and is then roped into solving complex cases for the FBI. Yet unknown to his law enforcement bosses, he’s also being influenced by Morra, who »
Owain Yeoman and wife Gigi Yallouz Yeoman are brand new parents - Gigi gave birth to a baby girl. According to a People magazine report the couple named the baby girl Ever Belle Yeoman and she weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces. Owain used social media to be a proud dad. “Daddy loves you my beautiful girl! Thanks for making me and Gigi the proudest parents alive,” he wrote on Instagram while sharing a photo of his daughter grasping his finger. He added, "Your hands may be tiny but your hold on our hearts is enormous! #justbecameadaddy #babyyeoman #proudparents #ournewarrival #babygirl #ourdaughterEver” Owain Yeoman will star on Turn: Washington’s Spies and also starred in The Nine, Kitchen Confidential, The Mentalist and the HBO series, Generation Kill. Gigi also used social media to declare her happiness. “It’s official – our gorgeous baby girl has arrived,” she gushed. Congrats to the couple. »
There was a lot of drinking last night on the Kitchen Confidential author's latest season premiere on CNN, and today brought a bit of a ratings reality check both for Anthony Bourdain and his lead-out about pothead profit seekers. With a trip to South Korea as its Season 5 opener, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown snagged 575,000 total viewers with 301,000 among the news demo of adults 25-54 at 9Pm. While down 34% in total viewers from the audience that time-slot rival Fox… »
The vast column inches and pixels dedicated to Clint Eastwood's American Sniper of late may have questioned its celebratory portrayal of a man who took hundreds of lives and how it racked up an astonishing $90 million box office debut, but one aspect of the film's fallout has been overlooked entirely: Bradley Cooper is now a bona fide A-list movie star.
American Sniper's financial records keep stacking up. Best ever three-day opening for a Best Picture Oscar nominee, biggest ever January opening, an IMAX bow that beats 2012 blockbuster Prometheus and a career best for its 84-year-old director.
All this is vindication for Cooper, who picked up the film rights to Navy Seal sharp-shooter Chris Kyle's memoir in 2012 with a view to producing a film starring Chris Pratt in the lead role. Warner Bros backed the project on the proviso that Cooper himself play Kyle, while the star's Silver Linings Playbook »
5 items from 2015
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