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Two of Marvel's biggest stars, Avengers: Age of Ultron's Mark Ruffalo and Guardians of the Galaxy's Zoe Saldana, come together for an indie that doesn't require extensive makeup or motion capture work, in the first trailer for Infinitely Polar Bear. The plot is set in the late 1970s, following a manic-depressive mess of a father (Mark Ruffalo), who tries to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana) by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.
Infinitely Polar Bear debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it was met with critical acclaim and eventually picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. Maya Forbes wrote the screenplay and makes her directorial debut, after writing movies such as Seeing Other People, The Rocker, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and the upcoming Trolls. Bad Robot's J.J. Abrams »
Josh Gad has made a pretty good career out of being the chubby sidekick. From The Rocker to Love And Other Drugs to the more recent Jobs and The Wedding Ringer, Gad has proven to be adept at the hijinks as well as musical stylings. Coming to fame in the Broadway musical Book Of Mormon, Gad took part in the phenomenon that was Frozen where he voiced the somewhat chubby snowman Olaf. Now, Gad is about to voice another chubby sidekick for another Disney musical, this time a live-action one. »
- Alex Maidy
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 »
Also Read: Spirit Awards Get Live Broadcast for 30th Anniversary
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Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today that Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will co-host the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, will hold the 30th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, »
- Matt Donnelly
4 items from 2015
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