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The last few year-end big-movie guns are finally screening. "The Revenant" (Fox/New Regency) has pushed Leonardo DiCaprio to the front of the Best Actor race, while Thanksgiving critical and box-office hit "Creed" (Warner Bros./MGM) provides a major comeback scenario for the creator of Rocky Balboa, Sly Stallone, as a supporting actor contender. Now "Joy" (Fox 2000/Annapurna) has screened for awards voters in New York and Los Angeles on the post-Thanksgiving weekend, with a simulcast Q & A out of New York with writer-director David O. Russell, making a bid for his third Best Picture contender in a row, his usual team of thrice nominated Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper and veteran Oscar-winner Robert De Niro (nominated most recently for "Silver Linings Playbook"), plus newbies Isabella Rossellini, Edgar Ramirez and Dascha Polanco. (A Bp slot would mark Russell's fourth total, including "The Fighter," "Silver Linings »
- Anne Thompson
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 ...' »
Jennifer Lawrence will continue to make movies with David O. Russell until the day the director dies, she said in a Q&A following a screening of “Joy” on Saturday night. The relationship between the director and the actress, she added with a grin, warranted a pair of adjectives: “sweet” and “fucked up.” Lawrence plays the title role in “Joy,” the third collaboration between her and Russell, after “Silver Linings Playbook” (for which she won an Oscar) and “American Hustle.” The new movie is one of the last big 2015 awards hopefuls to be unveiled for the press and for guild. »
- Steve Pond
David O. Russell’s Joy, one of the last of the year-end awards hopefuls still awaiting release, held its first screenings today in Los Angeles and New York. Loosely based on the life of Joy Mangano, the inventor and entrepreneur behind the Miracle Mop and a string of other household products, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence as the title character, a woman determined to forge her own way in life and business. The film, which Fox will release Dec. 25, marks Lawrence’s third collaboration with Russell, following 2011’s Silver Linings Playbook, for which she won the best actress Oscar, and
- Gregg Kilday
The Oscar winner wants to step behind the camera, opening the next chapter in her career.
“I’d also like to direct a comedy,” she told Entertainment Weekly, who named her their Entertainer of the Year. “I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act. I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it.”
Lawrence, 25, said she’ll be helming “Project Delirium” — an adaption of an article.
“I’ve signed on to direct something called ‘Project Delirium’ — it’s based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong. It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I »
- Maane Khatchatourian
This year’s Oscar hopefuls boasts the largest roster of biopics in recent memory. From more traditional, straight-forward affairs such as Straight Outta Compton and Black Mass, to films that focus on one particular real-life event such as The Big Short and Spotlight, to less typical takes focused on separate periods in the subjects’ lives such as Steve Jobs and Love & Mercy, this year’s films cover the entire spectrum of the biopic genre.
As a result, many of the frontrunners in the four major acting categories are for performances portraying real-life people. Looking back on the Academy’s history, it is hard to find a year in which an acting award did not go to a performer portraying a real person. Eddie Redmayne, Matthew McConaughey, and Daniel Day-Lewis (the last three best actor winners) all starred in biographical films.
This year the trend looks to continue, »
- Patrick Shanley
If you notice something just a little bit off about Jennifer Lawrence's performance in the upcoming sci-fi thriller Passengers during her sex scenes with Chris Pratt, there's a good explanation. The Academy Award winning actress didn't go method. Instead, she got really drunk to work her way through them. Why? Because she was extremely nervous.
Jennifer Lawrence will have her first ever sex scenes in the movie Passengers. And she has them with a man whose well-known to be in a healthy relationship with someone who might be a little bit more famous than either one of them. Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have been married since 2009. And that only added to the pressure felt by Lawrence when it came time to get intimate with her co-star on set. She decided that the only way she could get through it was with a little Dutch courage.
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Despite losing her footing quite frequently, Jennifer Lawrence revealed what her truly most embarrassing moments have been on Wednesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.” Lawrence said that while making the awards party rounds for her 2012 film “Silver Linings Playbook,” she got into a conversation with a woman whom Lawrence was convinced was legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor. The only problem? Taylor died in 2011. “The Hunger Games” star also said that she had a very revealing first meeting with director Francis Ford Coppola. While visiting Paris, Lawrence ran into Coppola at a restaurant. She introduced herself, only to realize too late that. »
- Joe Otterson
Love May Fail follows “a woman who is coming off a demoralizing ending to her marriage to a cheating husband returns to her hometown determined to clear the name of her favorite English teacher, whose career was ended forcibly after a classroom scandal.”
- Gary Collinson
First up, Stone has closed a deal to play tennis pro Billie Jean King in Fox Searchlight's "Battle of the Sexes" opposite Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs. Stone has been linked for some time but scheduling difficulties put that in doubt, now that has been sorted out.
The film deals with the infamous 1973 tennis match between 29-year-old King beat 55-year-old retired former Wimbledon champion Riggs after he essentially bragged that women could never compete at the level of men in tennis.
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris ("Little Miss Sunshine") will direct from a script by Simon Beaufoy, while Danny Boyle and Christian Colson are producing. This is not to be confused with two other projects in the works about the match, one with Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti at HBO, »
- Garth Franklin
After 'having worked with the legendary actors like Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper in his Hollywood outing Silver Linings Playbook, the iconic actor Anupam Kher will now be seen in yet another Hollywood film which will have the Hollywood star Gerard Butler as his co-star. He will be seen in the role of an Indian-American oncologist. The film will be directed by Mark Williams, written by Bill Dubuque and is being co-produced by Gerard Butler. Speaking about the film, Anupam Ker said that after Silver Linings Playbook, this film was the most powerful script that he had read. He added that he had started shooting for the film in Toronto, Canada. He also added that Gerard was a great actor and a fun guy to work with. Besides Anupam Kher and Gerard Butler, the yet-untitled film also stars Alison Brie, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina and others. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Jennifer Lawrence’s career can be divided into two distinct parts: before and after Katniss Everdeen.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” opens on Friday, concluding the series that has guaranteed her global attention, in which the digital world has recorded each sentence, movement and rumor (95% of them not true).
Her work before the first film in 2012 was also pretty interesting, though less scrupulously documented.
She grew up in Louisville, went to New York during spring break at age 14, and persuaded her parents to allow a summer there to explore acting. On July 17, 2007, Variety‘s Brian Lowry reviewed a new Bill Engvall sitcom, “The Bill Engvall Show,” which was hoping to tap into his “blue collar comedy” audience. The standup comic played a family counselor who couldn’t control own family, including a teen daughter (Lawrence). Lowry wrote that the show was a “decidedly slim and rarely funny,” and there »
- Tim Gray
Tomb Raider: Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, whose credits include recent disaster thriller The Wave and wintry slasher horror flick Cold Prey, will direct a new version of Tomb Raider (2001 version starring Angelina Jolie above). Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) wrote an earlier draft of the script, but now Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Transformers 5) is in negotiations to pen a new version. The movie will again revolve around archeologist Lara Croft, reportedly on her first adventure this time. [Heat Vision] Love May Fail: It looks like Emma Stone will star in Love May Fail, based on a recent novel by Matthew Quick (Silver Linings Playbook) that follows a woman whose marriage breaks up because of her cheating husband. Returning to her hometown, she takes up...
- Peter Martin
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- Benjamin Lee
Emma Stone will star in Columbia TriStar's film adaptation of Love May Fail, according to Deadline and Variety. The novel is one of the more recent releases of Silver Linings Playbook author, Matthew Quick. As the book does, the film will revolve around an under-appreciated housewife (Stone) who escapes her cheating husband, returns to her childhood home in South Jersey, re-seeks human decency, and attempts to save herself, as well as the legacy of a former, scandal-plagued teacher of hers. If that dynamic kind of gives you flashbacks to Irrational Man, fear not — elevators should play a much lesser role in this project, which has been scripted by Mike White and is now in need of a director. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Ever since the box office and critical success of David O. Russell's adaptation of Matthew Quick's "Silver Linings Playbook," Hollywood has been eager to bring more of the author's work to the big screen. Channing Tatum wants to make his directorial debut with "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock," Brie Larson signed on for "The Good Luck Of Right Now" (though there hasn't been much word on that project in a while), at one point, Sam Raimi lined up "Love May Fail." Well, Raimi is no longer involved with the latter, but the project has just landed a big name. Emma Stone will star in the movie, which has a screenplay by Mike White (who penned the adaptation of "The Good Luck Of Right Now," so clearly he clicks with Quick's material). The story focuses on a recently divorced woman who returns to her hometown to clear the name of her English teacher. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Emma Stone is coming attached to Love May Fail, an adaptation of the novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick. Mike White has written the script. The project is moving from Columbia Pictures to TriStar, one of several scripts that Hannah Minghella developed there and brought with her when she took over the division. Matt Tolmach is producing with Elizabeth Cantillon, latter of whom also developed the book as an exec before she left to become a… »
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
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