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In what’s being hailed as a career standout turn, Bradley Cooper stars in the true story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle – family man, one-time rodeo cowboy, and the undisputed most lethal sniper in U.S. history.
Clint Eastwood directs Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell in the Christmas Day drama adapted by Jason Hall from Kyle’s memoir. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow premiered the film at AFI Fest on Veterans Day and wrapped a flurry of critics’ kudos into their new second trailer.
This peek better suggests the precarious balance Kyle struggled to keep in his roles as husband, father, and soldier as he served four nightmarish tours of duty in Iraq. Could it nab Cooper his third consecutive Oscar nomination after Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle?
- Jen Yamato
This article is presented in partnership with Cadillac. This summer, Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenged producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants made a short film over a single weekend in late June, and you can watch the semi-finalists’ films at the Make Your Mark website. The 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. One of those filmmaking teams was lucky enough to receive mentorship from Bruce Cohen, the producer behind American Beauty, Big Fish, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook and more. He has more than three decades of experience, and for semi-finalists Tim Wen and Chidi Onyejuruwa, all of that was a phone call away. Cohen speaks with us about his approach to mentoring aspiring filmmakers and shares some advice about finding a balance between the height of your creative imagination and the practical »
- Scott Beggs
Jennifer Lawrence looked as chic as ever when she attended a group dinner with director David O. Russell in NYC on Wednesday. The pair was seen leaving the Greenwich Hotel together before they met up with a larger group for dinner at Il Mulino. Jennifer and David's Big Apple meeting was likely to discuss their latest project together, Joy, which is set to begin filming soon. The movie will follow the rags-to-riches tale of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano and is slated for a December 2015 release date. Jennifer will tackle the lead role for the film, which will mark her third partnership with David. It's been a fruitful collaboration for the two, as Jennifer earned the Oscar for best actress for 2012's Silver Linings Playbook. She also earned an Oscar nomination last year for her role in David's American Hustle but ultimately lost out to Lupita Nyong'o. »
The Weinstein Company has acquired the rights to the next novel by The Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick, and they’ve now got the talent to bring it to the screen. Hot off the back of his writing-directing debut, St. Vincent, Ted Melfi has been snapped up to lens Every Exquisite Thing.
If the name doesn’t ring any bells, that’s because while TWC secured the adaptation rights to the novel – it won’t be published until 2016. So, depending on how fast production rolls out, we could be seeing a movie and its source material reach the public at the same time. Storywise, the film will follow a young girl who reaches out to her favourite author and along the way discovers a whole new side to herself.
Before he settles into the director’s chair on Exquisite, Melfi will be tackling the scripting duties on the Zach Braff-directed remake, »
- Gem Seddon
Aaron Sorkin has claimed that women's roles in Hollywood have a lower "degree of difficulty" than men's.
Responding to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, he wrote to her in an email: "That was a great and very interesting column today. I'd only take issue with one thing and that's the idea that something like Bridesmaids is seen as a fluke and that's why we don't see more movies like Bridesmaids.
"There's an implication that studio heads have a stack of Bridesmaids-quality scripts on their desk that they're not making and it's just not true. »
Coincing with the announcement that Knight of Cups will receive its world premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival in February, FilmNation Entertainment has now released the first trailer for the film, which has been directed by acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick. Check it out right here…
Knight of Cups stars Christian Bale (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Natalie Portman (Thor: The Dark World), Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In), Wes Bentley (Interstellar), Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Freida Pinto (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Ryan O’Neal (Bones), Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), Shea Whigham (Silver Linings Playbook) and Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3).
- Gary Collinson
The story follows Nanette O’Hare, a teen student athlete who is given by a favorite teacher his tattered copy of the out of print cult novel The Bubblegum Reaper.
The book awakens an adventurous spirit in her, prompting Nanette to seek out and befriend the reclusive author and emulate the crazy life described in his book.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-Ray Review
Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters with surprising force, based on the fact that it is a comic-book film based on characters virtually no one knows, and the Blu-Ray is here to repeat the frenzy. Part space opera, part comic adventure, the film is an unusual hybrid of elements, made all the more interesting by way of characters who aren’t going to be explained, and are themselves rather fantastic.
Catch our podcast review of Guardians of the Galaxy here.
The film introduces us, in rather spectacular fashion, to Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who fancies himself Star Lord, galactic superthief, or something. Having been abducted from Earth as a child, though again, this is a film with little interest in backstory, Peter was raised by the criminals who captured him, and he now finds himself outfitted with some really snazzy tech.
This time, rummaging through a forgotten world, »
- Marc Eastman
A cadre of woman enter the battle arena and only five will survive the initial elimination round. This is not a scene from a Hunger Games film, but rather an accurate assessment of this year’s race for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
It has become an annual cliché at this point, but nevertheless true, that the two actress categories for the Academy Awards are incredibly thin on potential nominees. You may bemoan this fact all you want and blame this gender inequity on innate sexism in Hollywood, the takeover of the studio system by the (male-dominated) superhero industry, or a lack of understanding on how to write female characters in a post-feminism world, but whatever the case may be, it is hard to come up with a lengthy list of actresses who have a legitimate chance at being nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
This year the »
- Christopher Lominac
When Jennifer Lawrence skinned a squirrel in “Winter’s Bone,” she proved she wasn’t just another ingenue. And while she got a lead actress nomination for that backcountry role (and a ticket to “The Hunger Games”), she won for “Silver Linings Playbook” two years later. Her path follows a pattern of early breakthroughs in independent films that mark a future Oscar contender: Reese Witherspoon in “Election,” Julianne Moore in “Boogie Nights” and Mark Ruffalo in “You Can Count on Me.”
As these performers have become Oscar contenders, they open a door for a new crop of actors who may not get an Oscar nomination this year but could call 2014 a breakthrough year in their careers thanks to indie success. This group ranges from unknown Tony Revolori (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) to Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”), multihyphenate Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) to Chadwick Boseman (“Get on Up”) and Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything »
- Thelma Adams
The film will centre around the life of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano (Lawrence).
Lawrence confirmed her involvement in the biopic earlier this year, after she admitted that O Russell made the offer over a text message.
Joy is set to start filming in February 2015, and will be released on December 25. »
Though he’s largely attempting to reassemble the Silver Linings Playbook ensemble for his next film, Joy, David O. Russell is open to people he hasn’t worked with before. He’s just cast Edgar Ramirez in a key role.Jennifer Lawrence is starring as real-life inventor Joy Mangano, a struggling single mother with three kids to support who has spent most of her life tinkering with gadgets she hopes will help make money. She hit it big with the Miracle Mop, which turned her into a fixture on the Home Shopping Network and made her a fortune.Ramirez is set to play her charming but untrustworthy husband, a man she eventually divorces. Russell already also has Robert De Niro – a veteran of Silver Linings and American Hustle – on as Joy’s father.The director has also rewritten a script that originated with Bridesmaids’ Annie Mumolo, and is looking to start shooting this February. »
Edgar Ramirez is in final talks to star in Fox 2000's biopic Joy, alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. The plot is based on the true story of Joy Mangano, a Long Island housewife who achieved fame and fortune by creating the Miracle Mop. Jennifer Lawrence is playing the title character, and if a deal is finalized, Edgar Ramirez will play her husband, Tony.
Robert De Niro signed on last month to reunite with Silver Linings Playbook co-star Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell on this biopic. The actor also had a brief cameo in last year's Jennifer Lawrence/David O. Russell collaboration American Hustle. Robert De Niro is playing Joy Mangano's father in the biopic, although no other cast members have been announced at this time.
By Anjelica Oswald
Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Navy Seal Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has been garnering Oscar buzz since the film premiered at AFI Fest. With The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy saying, “nothing the actor has done before suggests the dramatic assuredness he brings to his way of detailing Kyle’s self-control, confidence, coolness, genuine concern for his comrades-in-arms, compulsion to serve his country and ultimate realization that enough is enough, even of the thing he loves most, which is war,” Cooper may earn his third consecutive Oscar nomination this year. This would follow behind his best actor nomination last year for Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and this year’s nomination for his supporting role in American Hustle (2013).
- Anjelica Oswald
Plot: A timber baron (Bradley Cooper) marries Serena (Jennifer Lawrence), a strong-willed, enigmatic young woman who proves to be more than his match, and helps him turn his depression era business into an empire. Review: Serena is one of the more mysterious films to come out in the last few years. Shot after Silver Linings Playbook, but before the movie went into release, Serena is the Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence collaboration that came before last year's American Hustle. One »
- Chris Bumbray
Harvey Weinstein has seen great awards success in recent years by utilizing the Thanksgiving corridor to launch or go wide on his Oscar hopefuls. Films like "The King's Speech," "The Artist" and "Silver Linings Playbook" have gotten off to the right foot in that stretch ("Philomena," too), and now, "The Imitation Game." Morten Tyldum's film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as computer pioneer and tragic historical figure Alan Turing, opened to $482,000 in four theaters this weekend, a per-theater average of $120,518. That bests "Birdman's" mid-October PTA of $100,000, but "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is still chuckling over all this jockeying for per-theater positioning with its March number of $202,792. Still, this is right in the Harvey wheelhouse and playbook. He and the film's campaign have been curiously, perhaps smartly quiet since the early festival bows at Telluride and Toronto. Competitors have come and they've gone and "The Imitation Game" has never presented itself as the one to beat. »
- Kristopher Tapley
No American actor in recent memory has seen a career ascend as high and as quickly as Jennifer Lawrence. Five years ago, almost nobody knew her name. Today, she headlines the biggest franchise in Hollywood, is an essential part of another major film series and has become the youngest female actor to earn three Oscar nominations for acting. However, not all of her career choices can be winners, as Lawrence has given her first forgettable performance since becoming America’s movie sweetheart, in a film that is just as unremarkable: Suzanne Bier’s long-delayed period romance Serena.
For the third time in three years, Lawrence unites with Bradley Cooper, although the chemistry that ignited on Silver Linings Playbook is mostly chilled here. He plays George Pemberton, a logger trying to turn a profit as the Roaring Twenties dive into the Great Depression. Living in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, »
- Jordan Adler
It's that time of the year again. Which is to say that it isn't, yet, but it's close enough for us all to start speculating.
The 2015 Oscar nominations won't be announced until January, and thanks to the peculiarities of transatlantic release schedules, many of these contenders will barely have reached UK shores by then.
But we've now seen enough of the heavy-hitters to have a decent sense of how the next awards season is shaping up, and below we've rounded up our best guesses for the ten films that will dominate this year's Academy Awards.
Scroll all the way to the bottom to see our complete list of predictions for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Bennett Miller's brooding true crime drama emerged as one of the year's earliest awards season frontrunners when it opened at Cannes, centring on »
The Independent Spirit Awards were never supposed to be a harbinger of the Oscars, but in recent years, the booze-infused celebration in Santa Monica — held the night before the Academy Awards — had become just that. All the acting winners at last year’s Oscar ceremony picked up a Spirit first, and so did best picture champ “12 Years a Slave.”
So it’s particularly confusing that this year’s Spirit nominations completely shut out what is supposed to be one of the season’s heavyweights: The Weinstein Co.’s “The Imitation Game.” It wasn’t a good day for Harvey Weinstein in general, since his entire awards season slate of “St. Vincent,” “Begin Again” and “Big Eyes” (which only got a screenplay nod) was left out.
While the Oscar voters and Spirit nominating committee don’t overlap, in a competitive awards season, these nominations do matter. It gently nudges voters on »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley
With this morning’s release of the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, one more piece of the eventual Oscar puzzle is in place, and, as expected, Birdman, Boyhood, Selma and increasingly Whiplash — which all landed Best Feature and Directing noms — seem to be headed toward the same trajectory at the Academy Awards. And although the Indie Spirits announcement is one of the earliest of the season, the actual awards themselves are one of the latest, taking place February 21, the day before the Oscars. There generally is a lot of bleed-over from one to the other, even though Oscar nominations won’t be out for a couple of months and — unlike the Indie Spirits, which supposedly limit eligibility to only films made for $20 million and under — the Academy has everything to consider and more time to do it.
For instance, Sony Pictures Classics had a very good day with a whopping 15 nominations, »
- Pete Hammond
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