18 items from 2015
Hollywood is known for physical transformations, and stars often take pride in losing tons of weight - sometimes for a role and other times just to get healthier. But for a few actors, the results of the rapid weight-loss are downright startling.
Here's a look at six celebs who lost a shocking amount of weight.
The Hangover star's dramatic weight-loss first made headlines in October when the once-portly comedian showed up to the screening of Birdman, on the closing night of the New York Film Festival, having gone down a few clothing sizes.
His new, slimmer look also surprised people when he was featured in the opening of the 2015 SAG Awards. It's estimated that Galifianakis may have lost as much as 50 pounds.
Photos: Before & After: Celebs' Most Dramatic Transformations
The Prisoners star famously dropped 30 pounds for his role as the deranged freelance crime photographer Louis Bloom in the Oscar-nominated thriller Nightcrawler. Gyllenhaal, who has »
Oscar often has a soft spot for an acting gimmick, something that proves that the performer has somehow shown themselves worthy of a gold statue by virtue of the physical and mental demands of their role. Extreme weight loss or gain has been a popular way to capture the attention of Academy voters. Christian Bale is the current champ at this form of acting, taking over from Robert De Niro, whose 60-pound weight gain for his Oscar-winning boxing role in 1980’s “Raging Bull” is the stuff of legend. In the past, the six-footer has packed on muscle for 2000’s “American Psycho” and for his Batman films. But, in between, he dropped an alarming number of pounds to achieve a rail-like physique in 2004’s “The Machinist” and 2006’s “Rescue Dawn.” But all his yo-yo dieting finally paid off with Oscar success when Bale won supporting as a crack-addict boxer in 2010’s »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.
Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.
Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.
20. Billy Zane
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
A version of this story first appeared in a special awards issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
One can quickly recall the names of acting Oscar nominees (Joaquin Phoenix for The Master, Rooney Mara for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Emmanuelle Riva for Amour) and winners (Christian Bale for The Fighter, Mo’Nique forPrecious, Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight) who got where they got without doing any real campaigning — because they number so few.
People might like to think that Oscar voting is solely about merit, but that’s naive and incorrect. Academy members are people, not machines, which means that they can be influenced. And when the prize at stake is one that carries as much prestige and potential for increased opportunity and earning as the Oscar does, well, of course contenders for it are going to try to influence the outcome by lobbying voters, »
- Anjelica Oswald
“It was traumatic and very emotional to see it up there,” Keane recalled of her first viewing of the film, while sitting next to Adams at TheWrap‘s Awards Season Screening Series presentation of the film at The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Adams played Keane as a young woman who paints children with big, »
- Linda Ge
By Anjelica Oswald
J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of a vicious and relentless instructor at a music conservatory in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash has propelled Simmons as a frontrunner in the supporting actor Oscar race since the film’s premiere at Sundance. He received the Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 3 and was nominated for a Golden Globe, which will be distributed on Jan. 11.
Simmons likely will earn his first Oscar nomination on Jan. 15 and if he wins on Feb. 22, he will become the eighth supporting actor in the last 14 years to win for his first nomination.
In the past 14 years, 50 percent (seven of 14) of supporting actors and 64 percent (nine of 14) of supporting actresses were never nominated before winning their first Oscar.
- Anjelica Oswald
David O. Russell’s protracted film Accidental Love is finally getting released in theatres and you can have a sneak peak at what to expect below and, so you know, it’s not technically his film anymore and goes under the director’s name of Stephen Greene, which may be made up.
The comedic political satire was shot by Russell way back in 2008 before he quit the project in 2010 and before filming his award winning films The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle.
Plagued by production problems, Accidental Love centres upon Alice Eckle (Biel) who is accidentally shot in the head with a nail gun just as her boyfriend Scott (James Marsden) proposes to her. Refused treatment because of her uninsured status, her predicament leads her to Washington DC where she meets clueless senator Howard Birdwell (Jake Gyllenhaal) who takes up her cause for treatment.
Accidental Love opens in »
- Sacha Hall
Now called Accidental Love, comedy Nailed began as a David O Russell movie more than seven years ago. Here's a look at its strange story...
Despite its stellar cast, which includes Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal and James Brolin, it's possible that you've never heard of the forthcoming comedy Accidental Love. It's almost certain that you haven't heard of its director Stephen Greene, because he doesn't exist.
The Accidental Love saga takes in Oscar-nominated director David O Russell, dodgy financiers, multiple production shut-downs, cast walk-outs and questionable name changes. Until recently, it looked as though the film would never see the light of day at all.
Accidental Love began life as Nailed, a screwball political comedy co-written by Russell and Kristin Gore (daughter of Us politician Al Gore). For Russell, whose previous film I Heart Huckabees had struggled at the box office, Nailed was supposed to be a "fresh page and »
David O. Russell's film previously known as Nailed has a new title and a first trailer, despite having been filmed seven years ago. Accidental Love is the story of a waitress (Jessica Biel) who gets spurned by her fiancé (James Marsden) after she gets a nail shot into her head and can't afford to get it removed. She seeks out a handsome politician (Jake Gyllenhaal) to help her reform health care, and wackiness ensues. This movie isn't at all like Russell's latest films American Hustle or The Fighter, but it might remind you of Flirting With Disaster, his 1996 comedy. Since Russell drew out of the project, directing credit is going to Stephen Greene, and it's written by former Saturday Night Live writer Kristin Gore, also known for being Al Gore's daughter. It's a weird one, and it costars Bill Hader, Tracy Morgan, Catherine Keener, and James Brolin. Check out the trailer below, »
It may have taken a very long time, and come off of a very bumpy road, but Accidental Love is on the verge of actually being seen! For those of you that don't know the backstory, the film began as a David O. Russell (American Hustle, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) joint, before production came to a standstill in 2008. Most of the film was in the can, but the financing dropped off, people weren't getting paid, and the whole thing came to a screeching halt after 3 failed restarts.
Somewhere in the last six years, Russell made a ton of great movies, and was nominated for five Oscars, so he walked away from this film. It was once called Politics of Love, then Nailed, and will now be released as Accidental Love, under the supposed direction of one "Stephen Greene." That name is likely a pseudonym, as Russell had completed most of the film, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
There's a lot of drama surrounding this film production, which was mostly shot back in 2008 before production was shut down due to money issues. There was still one key scene that had to be shot when that happened, and investors tried to get the film back into production for two years before Russell walked away from it in 2010. The director has since removed his name from the project, and it was replaced with the pseudonym Stephen Greene. "Greene" said this about the project in a previous interview:
“The circumstances under which the film would now be completed are much different on several fundamental levels than when we embarked several years ago. I, unfortunately, am no longer involved in the project and cannot call it ‘my’ film. »
- Joey Paur
You may remember this one: six years ago, Nailed, David O. Russell’s proposed follow-up to I Heart Huckabees, had massive financing problems. The would-be political satire about a waitress (Jessica Biel) who gets a nail to the head was ultimately scrapped and lain aside. In the meantime, the once-galvanizing director embarked on his Huckabees‘ apology tour, going from the not-bad The Fighter to the increasingly dispiriting (but renumerative) The Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. Now whatever footage was shot (it’s unclear, though the Internet says crucial plot parts were never filmed) has been cobbled into some kind of grotesque thing that walks the earth, with […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Before David O. Russell became an Oscar darling for directing The Fighter,” “Silver Linings Playbook” or “American Hustle,” he was hired to direct an independent comedy starring Jessica Biel as an uninsured waitress who gets a nail stuck in her head, and Jake Gyllenhaal as a clueless politician who falls for her.
It didn’t go so well. In fact, Russell described it as “a painful process” when he left the long-delayed project in 2010, and no longer claims credit for the movie, originally titled “Nailed.”
- Greg Gilman
The trailer and poster have arrived for the romantic political comedy Accidental Love, which is the first 'Alan Smithee' release in quite sometime. Starring heavy hitters Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel, the movie was demeaned so good, director David O. Russell had to change his name to Stephen Greene just so it could be released.
Originally titled Nailed, Accidental Love follows Jessica Biel as Sammy Joyce, a socially awkward small-town receptionist who gets a nail shot into her head by a clumsy workman. This elicits wild sexual urges in the woman, and she soon finds herself on a crusade to Washington. There, she will fight for the rights of the bizarrely injured. She meets an immoral congressman (Jake Gyllenhaal) who takes advantage of her sex drive and capitalizes on her crusade as Joyce heads into her own career in politics.
Most of Accidental Love was filmed in 2008 before production was shut down, »
Before there was the internationally acclaimed The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook or American Hustle, there was Nailed – a David O. Russell comedy that has languished in production hell since 2008. Now, effectively disowned by its director, it seems it will finally see the inside of a movie theatre, against all odds, and with the new, less interesting title of Accidental Love.
Starring Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal and James Marsden, and written by Kristin Gore (War Story), Dave Jeser (The Cleveland Show), Matthew Silverstein (Golan The Insatiable) and David O. Russell, the movie takes a swipe at American healthcare provision – setting a romantic comedy amid insurance coverage issues.
“Formerly known as Nailed (David O. Russell), Accidental Love tells the story of a small-town waitress (Biel), who accidentally gets a nail lodged in her head as her boyfriend (Marsden) attempts his marriage proposal. Her predicament leads her on a journey to Washington D. »
- Sarah Myles
Even though David O. Russell is already knee-deep in his next feature, Joy, he’s still got Nailed, now titled Accidental Love, hanging around. Russell actually shot the film before The Fighter, way back in 2008. It features Jessica Biel as an uninsured waitress who accidentally winds up with a nail stuck in her head so is inspired to head off to Washington DC to demand treatment for people with weird conditions they can’t afford to fix. The trailer isn’t the worst thing ever, but it isn’t very funny and it’s a bit of a structural mess. Production was shut down 14 times and Russell never got the chance to shoot the scene during which Biel takes the nail to the head and it shows. I don’t know how the guy in the gondola gets into the restaurant to shoot her with the nail gun, but that »
- Perri Nemiroff
Every now and again you hear about some footage or even an entire film, that for whatever reason, will never see the light of day. Back before David O. Russell hit it big with the one-two punch that was The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, he was that guy who argued with the cast of I Heart Huckabees. Y'all remember that video? After that flick he went to work on Nailed. The story followed a small town waitress (Jessica Biel) who gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing »
- Sean Wist
Update, Monday Jan. 5: And with the turn of the New Year, the domestic box office is up 6.5% for the first four days of 2015 with $210.2M versus the same period in 2014 which counted $197.4M according to Rentrak. The post-New Year’s Fss clocked in with $154.6M, down 26% from the post Christmas frame of $209M — but no one is sobbing. Why? Because this year’s post New Year’s frame was up a superb 10% from 2014’s $141.2M. Here’s the top 20 actuals– Apd:
Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five (WB), $21.7M, 3,875 locations, $5,608 average, Total cume: $220.6M, Wk 3 Into The Woods (Dis), $18.7M, 2,538 locations, $7,379 average, Total cume: $90.8M, Wk 2 Unbroken (Uni), $18.2M, 3,190 locations, $5,696 average, Total cume: $87.7M, Wk 2 The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death (Relativity), $15.M, 2,602 locations, $5,775 average, Total cume: $15.M, Wk 1 Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (Fox), $14.5M, 3,802 locations, $3,819 average, Total cume: $89.8M , Wk 3 Annie (Sony), $11.3M, »
- Anthony D'Alessandro and Brian Brooks
18 items from 2015
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