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David O. Russell's highly anticipated Christmas release "Joy" with Jennifer Lawrence headlining as a woman who rises from humble beginnings to head her own business empire got its first screening on Saturday. Lawrence -- who won an Oscar for her first collaboration with Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook," 2012) and a nomination for their second ("American Hustle," 2013) -- is a slam-dunk to reap another bid. In the demanding role of a Long Island housewife turned inventor she delivers one of her best performances to date. Along for the ride are Robert De Niro as her less-than-understanding father, Edgar Ramirez as her supportive ex-husband and Bradley Cooper as a home shopping channel exec who believes in her dream. -Break- And what of the writer/director? While Russell directed Lawrence as well as "The Fighter" (2011) supporting players Christian Bale and Meilissa Leo to Oscars, he has ...' »
Michael Brook is a Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated composer, producer and recording artist recognized for his unique style of composition that traverses ambient, world, Americana, electronic and orchestral territories. His work often contains unusual combinations of instruments, sounds and moods that create a powerful, unique and emotional impact.
Brook’s music career began as a recording artist, guitar player, producer and collaborator, working with artists such as Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, The Pogues, on ground breaking labels such as 4Ad and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. As his music began to be licensed in films such as Heat and Any Given Sunday, he developed an interest in composing for film and moved to Los Angeles from the UK in 1999. Among the more than 40 films that he has scored are The Perks of Being A Wallflower, The Fighter, Into the Wild, Chavez, An Inconvenient Truth. and the Oscar-winning documentary Undefeated. »
- Marc Ciafardini
Pippa Harris, chair of the BAFTA film committee, described Russell as “a passionate and inspirational filmmaker.” She added that his “ability to coax extraordinary performances from his cast is truly exceptional, as is the range, wit, originality and sheer brilliance of the films he makes.”
The lecture aims to “inspire and inform practitioners and the public, by providing an insight into the experiences and outstanding creative achievements of some of the world’s most compelling filmmakers.” Previous speakers include Robert Altman, Paul Greengrass, David Lynch, Lone Scherfig, Oliver Stone and Peter Weir.
Russell is a two-time BAFTA winner and five-time Oscar nominee. Films directed by him have gained 16 BAFTA nominations, including two each for actors Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence, »
- Leo Barraclough
American Hustle director to give talk in London in December.
Award-winning director, producer and writer David O Russell is to deliver BAFTA’s David Lean Lecture at BAFTA’s London headquarters on Dec 19.
The David Lean Lecture aims to inspire and inform practitioners and the public, by providing an insight into the experiences and outstanding creative achievements of some of the world’s most compelling filmmakers.
Russell is a two-time BAFTA-winner and five-time Oscar-nominee. Dame Pippa Harris, chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, described the director as “a passionate and inspirational filmmaker”.
“Russell’s ability to coax extraordinary performances from his cast is truly exceptional, as is the range, wit, originality and sheer brilliance of the films he makes,” she added.
“We are extremely fortunate to have this chance to benefit from his insights into the industry.”
Russell’s first »
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After striking gold with American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook – and The Fighter, too – it’s not unusual to consider a David O. Russell film as a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. In reuniting his dream team for this year’s rags-to-riches drama Joy, the director has fired himself and his cast into contention once more, and today brings forth the first clip for the film highlighting Jennifer Lawrence’s ambitious mother Joy Mangano.
Ever the one to indulge in some blue-sky thinking, it is Lawrence’s mother-of-three who anchors O. Russell’s new drama. Loosely based on the titular American inventor, who is perhaps best known for creating such nifty gadgets as the miracle mop and huggable hangers, O. Russell’s drama charts the rise and rise of Lawrence’s character, who struggles to juggle her newfound success and family life.
Written and directed by O. Russell, today’s »
- Michael Briers
It’s a Casey Affleck kind of morning. After featuring the new trailer for Triple 9, we have another preview at one his other early 2016 features, The Finest Hours, which captures the true story behind greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Million Dollar Arm), the preview shows off what’s clearly his biggest-scale film yet.
Based on Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman‘s book, adapted by The Fighter trio of Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson, the cast also includes Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana. While the late January release is a bit worrisome, Gillespie has proven himself to be a solid director, so with this cast, hopefully it turns out be an early-year surprise. Check out the preview below, along with a new poster.
On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, »
- Leonard Pearce
Across his last three films, “The Fighter,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” David O. Russell has turned into a huge Oscar season player. Combined, the trio of movies have earned twenty-five nominations, but perhaps the more intriguing number, is that eleven of them were for acting. Indeed, Russell has become known as a filmmaker who can guide an actor or actress toward a genuine chance at taking home a statue on Oscar night, but the director himself doesn't like that his reputation has become staked on that. Asked by The New York Times what people misunderstand about him, Russell reveals that he's uncomfortable being seen as only one kind of filmmaker. "That I’m an actor’s director," he answered. "I don’t like being painted with that brush, quite frankly. I think it’s true to some degree, but it’s pigeonholing me. What I’m doing is as much about the cinema, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following rave reviews at Cannes, Todd Haynes' period lesbian romance drama "Carol" is shaping up to be a serious contender come awards season and today some new photos from the project have gone online. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star as the a married woman and department store clerk respectively who fall in love. The film opens in limited release on November 20th. [Source: The Playlist]
Untitled Robert Zemeckis Film
A November 23rd 2016 release date has been set for the untitled, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard-led spy thriller that serves as "Flight" and "The Walk" director Robert Zemeckis' next film. Steven Knight penned the script, but plot specifics are under wraps. [Source: Deadline]
Disney has optioned the film rights to Ursula Vernon's children's book "Castle Hangnail" with Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman slated to produce. The story follows a twelve-year-old witch who shows up at Castle Hangnail because it »
- Garth Franklin
Tom Hardy has made a career playing intense roles, including this summer’s blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road which has an outside shot at a best picture nomination, and this year is shaping up to continue that trend for the British actor.
With this month’s Legend, in which Hardy plays dual roles as identical twin gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, and a role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in last year’s best director winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant this Christmas, Hardy may be looking at his first nomination from the Academy. That may not be an accomplishment the actor aspires too, however, as he described the Oscars to Entertainment Weekly last week, “It’s like putting a wig on a dog, or a tutu on a crocodile. It doesn’t look right, it’s not fair to the animal, and inevitably someone will get bitten and hurt. »
- Patrick Shanley
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures is in final talks to acquire The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill’s Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze And Gave Birth To Modern Black Ops, a book rights package that got a three-party bidding war going last week. It’s a period fact-based WWII tale that The Fighter co-writers Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson pitched around town. Jerry Bruckheimer will produce this one for the studio. This is a seven-figure commitment, between the fees… »
The SAG Awards are one of the great indicators of who may be looking at walking the stage at the Oscars to receive a statuette. In particular, SAG’s ensemble award has often been presented to casts that have later gone on to receive nominations, and wins, from the Academy.
This year there are a number of films with star-studded casts who look to make the SAG voters task difficult. Possible best picture contenders Spotlight, The Big Short, Joy, and The Martian all boast stellar casts featuring Oscar winners.
Spotlight, which many theorists have as their best picture frontrunner at the moment, was just awarded the best ensemble prize at the Gotham Awards. The film features Oscar nominees Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci, and last year’s best actor nominee Michael Keaton. Keaton’s close loss to Eddie Redmayne last year may prompt the Academy to »
- Patrick Shanley
Paramount will release Academy Award-nominated director Michael Mann’s (Heat, The Insider, Collateral) Enzo Ferrari, starring Academy Award-winner Christian Bale (Dark Knight Trilogy, The Fighter, American Hustle) as Ferrari.
It takes place in one pivotal year, 1957. It is the personal story of a passionate man and his sprawling world, at times hilarious and at the next moment devastating, as he faces a brutal challenge to his survival.
Vendian Entertainment and YooZoo Bliss Film Fund have come on to finance the heavily-anticipated project, which will shoot next summer in Italy. Mann will produce along with Vendian and YooZoo Bliss. YooZoo Pictures also will distribute Enzo Ferrari in China. Vincent Maraval’s Insiders will commence international sales on selected territories at next month’s American Film Market.
- Michelle McCue
In more than a decade running an entertainment company in Hollywood, Ryan Kavanaugh has repeatedly defied predictions of the demise of his Relativity Media, finding new investors when the company’s finances appeared most grim. Kavanaugh seems to have done it again this week, when one investor belatedly balked at making a $30 million infusion into the bankrupt entertainment company, only to be replaced by another partner.
A court filing in the wee hours of Thursday morning shows that Joseph G. Nicholas, founder of a Chicago firm that analyzes hedge funds, will pump $29 million into Relativity — money that will go to pay off senior lenders and allow Kavanaugh to maintain his leadership of the company, minus its television division. The same court papers show that Kavanaugh will commit $1 million toward completing the transaction.
The new cash arrives only a few days after VII Peaks Capital of Orinda, Calif. privately expressed reservations about re-upping with Relativity, »
- James Rainey
Well, hello there Mr. Handyman! Mark Wahlberg will do whatever it takes to keep the romance alive with his wife of six years, Rhea Durham. The Fighter actor, 44, admitted during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, Oct. 22, that he dresses up as a handyman for his lady. "She just wants me fixing things. I wear a wife beater around the house and walk around with a hammer or a screwdriver," the hunk revealed. "Like, I'm gonna fix the door or something, [or] fix [...] »
The first trailer for Joy didn’t really give too much away, but this latest look at The Fighter director David O. Russell’s next highly anticipated movie is infinitely more satisfying. 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
- Josh Wilding
Read More: Watch: Dazzling 'Joy' Teaser Puts Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell Back in the Oscar Race They say don't judge a movie by its trailer, but the new official preview for David O. Russell's "Joy" suggests a surefire winner and a potential Oscar powerhouse. After the acclaimed hat trick of "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" -- which boast 25 Oscar nominations and three wins among them -- it's wise to never bet against Russell, especially when he's with his dynamite muse Jennifer Lawrence. The official "Joy" synopsis reads: "'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 »
- Zack Sharf
Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Louie), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) are set for Showtime’s dark comedy pilot I'm Dying Up Here. Written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey, I’m Dying Up Here is set in L.A.'s infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s and delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the complex business of making an audience laugh. Leo will play… »
Showtime’s pilot “I’m Dying Up Here” from exec producer Jim Carrey is filling out its cast.
Oscar winner Melissa Leo is set to star in the dark comedy, Variety has learned. Sebastian Stan and Clark Duke have also joined the cast, joining previously announced talent Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino, Rj Cyler, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino.
Should the pilot go to series, Leo and Duke would be series regulars, while Stan would appear in a guest-starring role.
Leo (“The Fighter,” “Louie”) will play Goldie, a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love. Duke (“Hot Tub Time Machine,” “The Office”) joins the ensemble of young comedians in the project, set to play Larry, a ballsy young Boston-bred comic who moves to L.A. with the hopes of making it big. Stan (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
You can find Melissa Leo in da club for her next TV role — a comedy club, to be specific.
The Oscar-winning actress (The Fighter, Louie) has landed a major role in Showtime’s dark comedy pilot I’m Dying Up Here. If it’s picked up, Leo would be a series regular as Goldie, who’s described as “a brassy comedy-club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist and nurtures her comedians with tough love.”
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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more outrageous, Ted and his Bff are back in the hilarious, boundary-busting buddy comedy, Ted 2, coming to Digital HD on November 24, 2015, and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 15, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The follow up to Ted, the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, Ted 2 features more of the hysterically raunchy banter that has made writer-director-actor Seth MacFarlane an entertainment world powerhouse—as well as a touching story of brotherly love. Both the Blu-ray and DVD include an Unrated extended edition that features never-before-seen footage that was too rude for the cinema, but makes this year’s most outrageous comedy the perfect gift for fans of this very adult spin on a childhood icon.
“Funnier, wilder and even more naughty than the first movie!” according to Bill Zwecker, Wfld-tv (Fox), Ted 2 »
- Michelle McCue
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