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As we head into the holiday season, it’s time to cherish the final weeks before all of our favorite television shows go on their winter hiatuses. As much as it hurts to say goodbye, mid-season finales mark the (second) best — behind actual season finales, of course — time of the year for TV.
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Bonnie & Clyde, 9 p.m., simulcasted by A&E, Lifetime, and The History Channel »
- Samantha Highfill
For those who can't wait for David O. Russell's follow-up to Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle opens on December 20. To whet your appetite, Sony has provided us with four clips and eight minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. The script by Russell and Eric Singer is based on the Abscam sting operation of the late 1970s. A con artist team (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) work with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to root out political corruption. Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner also star. American Hustle already won its first Best Picture critics' award and the Oscar buzz is building, so it's time to get excited. Hit the jump to watch the clips and behind-the-scenes footage. Movie Clips Behind-the-Scenes Footage Official synopsis: A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving »
- Brendan Bettinger
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners 2013 to be posted here; see (way out there) predictions below The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the early ’70s, will be selecting its winners and runners-up on Sunday, December 8, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m. Pt. We’ll be posting their choices here, as they’re announced. As usual, expect some overlapping with the choices of both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, which were announced earlier this week. That’s only normal. Having said that, the good thing is that in the last few years the Los Angeles Film Critics have gone their own way in several key categories, making the sort of daring and/or international choices that the now chiefly mainstream, Hollywood star-struck New York Film Critics used to make four decades ago — e.g., Liv Ullmann, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, »
- Andre Soares
Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and David O. Russell hosted a special screening of American Hustle at the Lighthouse International Theater in New York City with an after party at Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's Monkey Bar.
American Hustle stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, along with Alessandro Nivola, Louis C.K., Jack Huston, Michael Peña, Shea Whigham, Elisabeth Röhm, and an uncredited Robert De Niro.
On a rainy chilly late autumn night in front of an invited audience, Russell introduced American Hustle with Oscar keeping a close eye on the Academy Award nominated director »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Lafca (Los Angeles Film Critics Association) is inarguably an important critics prize in terms of influence and reach to AMPAS. Why? The answer is three fold. First, geography. Second, they're an institution having handed out prizes since 1975 (Dog Day Afternoon + One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was their inaugural best picture decision and their last tie ever for the top prize) Third, they don't stray too far from Oscar's own aesthetics which surely makes them more accessible to voters. In short they're more likely to gently nudge voters than shout bold statements at them. In their 38 year history to date they've only given their Best Film prize to movies that didn't end up competing for Best Picture 7 times.
Only Lafca Winners Not To Enjoy Oscar "Best Pic" Nods
Little Dorritt (1988)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995, surely in the dread 6th position w/ Oscar)
About Schmidt (2002)
- NATHANIEL R
Los Angeles, Dec 7: Actress Jennifer Lawrence hates being treated differently by people just because she's an Oscar winner.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" star keeps her prestigious acting trophy, which she won earlier this year for her role in "The Silver Linings Playbook", at her mother's house so people don't fuss over her.
"People treating you differently when you don't feel any differently is really alienating. I just get allergic to that kind of thing. You can see, the way they look at you," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Lawrence as saying.
"I can see if that was who I surrounded myself with, that's why. »
- Leon David
Jennifer Lawrence's fame continues to grow as her movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" heads towards being the highest-grossing film of the year and her "Silver Linings Playbook" follow up "American Hustle" draws some major Oscar buzz. But all the Academy Award-winner wants to do after a busy year that included filming both parts of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" and wrapping up "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is to relax.
"I've built my career. I need to build my human life. I need to get a house and connect to the people around me and not work for a little while," she tells USA Today in a candid interview.
Part of that is staying relaxed with her well-documented favorite TV shows, in particular "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Yes, she's a sucker for a good Kim K antic or two, just like she prefers a Budweiser more than the "artisanal" variety. »
★★★★☆Amalgamating the best aspects of previous films The Fighter (2010) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012) whilst dispensing with a lot of the emotional baggage that dragged both down after engaging first halves, David O. Russell now hits top form just in time for award season with American Hustle (2013). Both a beautifully orchestrated con artist thriller and a pulsating homage to seventies Hollywood, O. Russell plays fast and loose with a vaguely believable 'true story' narrative ("Some of this actually happened", we're told), culminating in one of this year's most furiously entertaining and quick-witted imports from across the pond.
- CineVue UK
With the lead actors taken care of (for now) we move to Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress, two races that are likely to be the most competitive this season as neither can claim they are locked in. While Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) remains my #1 in the Supporting Actor category any number of contenders could move into that slot should someone enjoy a good run in the precursors or end up snubbed at the upcoming SAG or Golden Globe nominations. In the Supporting Actress category for the longest time it was a race between Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels' The Butler), but things have changed a bit over recent weeks and it's becoming increasingly difficult to call anyone a frontrunner in this category. I still have my Screenplay predictions to update today and they are coming shortly, but if you missed my Best Picture »
- Brad Brevet
David O. Russell is returning audiences to the days of disco with “American Hustle” and critics are hailing the tale of grifters, feds and dirty pols as a cinematic treasure. The film, which just won the year’s first major film critics’ award, seems destined to end up in many “10 Best” lists as 2013 winds its way to a close and could be a strong Oscar contender, though some reviewers argued that it’s shaggier and less crowd-pleasing than Russell’s recent films “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Fighter.” “Hustle,” which stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence re-jiggers. »
- Brent Lang
Sneak Peek Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence ("The Silver Linings Playbook"), currently appearing in the feature "The Hunger Games: Chasing Fire", covering the December 2013 issue of "Elle" (Canada) magazine, wearing 'head-to-toe Dior':
Lawrence can next been seen as 'Rosalyn Rosenfeld' in "American Hustle".
This will be followed by her role as 'Raven/Mystique' in "X-Men: Days Of Future Past", currently in post-production.
Lawrence plays a younger 'Fraida Felcher' in the currently filming "Dumb and Dumber To".
Lawrence also reprises her role as 'Katniss Everdeen' in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1" and "Part 2".
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- Michael Stevens
The director of Silver Linings Playbook returns with a simmering and intriguingly confected black comedy
• Oscar predictions 2014: American Hustle
• News: American Hustle wins over NY critics
David O Russell's brazen, nerve-jangling, irresistibly watchable black comedy American Hustle is loosely based on a true story from the 1970s of how the FBI forced a notorious New Jersey conman to help entrap corrupt politicians with the offer of bribes from a "fake sheikh", a scam later beloved in British tabloid circles.
It blends the wiseguy voiceover nostalgia of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas with the cheeky imposture of George Roy Hill's The Sting, and the headbutting and faintly surreal non-sequiturs in the dialogue have a little of David Mamet. But there is also something unmistakably Russell-esque in the neurotic, shrill and often very funny drama: a kind of neo-noir farce. Russell distils his own toxic kind of nitrous oxide and pipes it into the cinema. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Us National Board of Review announced Spike Jonze's Her as this year's Best Film and Jonze is also awarded Best Director. Alexander Payne's Nebraska is another big winner, with Bruce Dern and Will Forte receiving respectively Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor recognition. Best Directorial Debut went to Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station with one of his stars, Octavia Spencer, winning Best Supporting Actress. The Spotlight Award goes to the career teamwork of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Dark Horse recently published The Fifth Beatle, a graphic novel account of Brian Epstein's life with The Beatles, written by the Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Vivek Tiwary with artwork by Andrew C. Robinson. A film deal was being talked about even before the book's November release, and that film is now officially underway, with Peyton Reed (The Break Up, Yes Man) just announced as director. Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook) is producing, along with Tiwary himself.Epstein was the guy who, against all odds, shepherded The Fab Four to global ultrastardom, getting them signed to classical/spoken-word label Parlophone when nobody else would take them, and wrangling them through the heights of Beatlemania. Yet for all the hoopla surrounding his public life, he remained a private individual, keeping his sexuality closeted, and struggling with gambling and drug addiction. He died of a barbiturate overdose in 1967, aged just »
Peyton Reed (Yes Man) has signed on to direct The Fifth Beatle, an adaptation of the graphic novel about Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Graphic novel author Vivek J. Tiwary penned the screenplay, tracking Epstein's career as he "helped guide the band to international stardom as their manager, securing their first record deal at a time when no one else was interested, and successfully bringing them to the world stage with a scale and scope no music impresario had ever attempted." Epstein died of a drug overdose in 1967 at age 32. Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook) and Tiwary will produce The Fifth Beatle, slated to begin shoot in 2014. With a director on board, the filmmakers can start the search for their Epstein. See the press release after the break for more details. Reed is an interesting choice. All four of his features---Bring It On, Down With Love, The Break Up, Yes Man---are comedies, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Peyton Reed will direct “The Fifth Beatle,” the film adaptation of the best-selling graphic novel chronicling the final years of the band’s founder and manager, Brian Epstein. Producers Bruce Cohen (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Tony-Award winner Vivek J. Tiwary (“Raisin in the Sun”), who authored the graphic novel and wrote the screenplay, made the announcement Wednesday. The project is the first feature to secure music rights to the Beatles’ songs and the John Lennon/Paul McCartney songbook. Also read: Beatles’ Troubled Manager Brian Epstein Subject of Tell-All Film It is slated to begin production in 2014 and the casting of the Epstein role will begin. »
- Todd Cunningham
Producers are touting “The Fifth Beatle” as the first-ever film about the Beatles to secure music rights to the Lennon/McCartney music catalog.
“From the moment I read Vivek’s graphic novel, I knew I wanted to be the person to bring Brian’s story to the bigscreen,” Reed said. “I’m a lifelong Beatles fan, obviously, but it’s Brian’s fascinating life that really blew me away and drew me to this project. He’s the ultimate outsider who, against all odds, »
- Dave McNary
The National Board of Review’s selection of “Her” as best film of 2013 made it official: This year’s awards race is not a two-way battle — it’s more like a royal rumble, where a flood of wrestlers are involved in a huge smackdown to gain the top spot.
The wins for best pic and for “Her” director Spike Jonze are also like a market correction. The media (including Variety) has devoted energy to the question of whether Scarlett Johansson should be considered for supporting actress though she’s never seen in the film. (The answer is that she is indeed eligible for SAG and Oscar attention.)
It’s an interesting question, but the curiosity factor of the voice performance has taken some of the focus away from the work of writer-director Jonze, actor Joaquin Phoenix and the rest of the Warner Bros. pic’s virtues. Whether the Academy will »
- Tim Gray
Fire Walk: Cooper’s Sophomore Effort a Somber, Fatalistic Malaise
Director Scott Cooper returns with Out of the Furnace, his first film since his Oscar winning 2009 feature debut, Crazy Heart, working from a retooled script by Brad Ingelsby. Wearing us down with its man vs. fate inevitability, Cooper’s film is clearly not out to surprise or shock. As predictable as its outcome may be, which feels like watching a slow motion train wreck, even an oddly emotional distance from all its supporting characters can’t distract from Cooper’s adept execution, giving us familiar characters in familiar scenarios via subtlety effective bits and pieces rather than being inveigled by showy flairs or hysterical melodrama. It’s a film that’s hard to love, and a rather obvious homage to Cimino’s The Deer Hunter may distract more than enhance the narrative fabric. But regardless of all this, at its »
- Nicholas Bell
I am loath to compare any movie to Martin Scorsese’s 1991 masterpiece “GoodFellas,” one of the most singularly vibrant films in the history of cinema. In the case of “American Hustle,” however, I will say that this latest triumph from director and co-writer David O. Russell has the kind of throbbing pulse, wicked snap and sheer moviemaking bravado that makes it one of a very few films that can be mentioned in the same breath as that earlier classic. As with his previous gem, “Silver Linings Playbook,” Russell takes an idea that on paper absolutely shouldn’t work — four different. »
- Alonso Duralde
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