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Nearly one year after DreamWorks acquired the rights to Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick’s manuscript The Good Luck of Right Now, the studio is in negotiations with Little Miss Sunshine directing team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to head up the adaptation. Variety first reported the news.
The story follows a middle-aged man who has always lived with his mother. When she dies, he and a group of fellow outsiders — a librarian, her vulgar brother, and an ex-priest — head to Canada. On the way they form a family of sorts. Oh, and it’s all told through a »
- Lindsey Bahr
Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton have been tapped to helm an adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick’s novel The Good Luck of Right Now. Per Variety, the duo will direct the project for DreamWorks from a script by Mike White (School of Rock). The story follows four misfits grieving over pain and lost who come together to “form the most unlikely family.” Best known for helming the 2006 indie darling Little Miss Sunshine, Faris and Dayton most recently directed last year’s sadly underseen Ruby Sparks. They’re also attached to direct the biopic I’m So Proud of You, which revolves around childrens television icon Mister Rogers. There’s no word on which project will be next for the duo, but the sensibility of The Good Luck of Right Now sure seems to be right up their alley. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book. »
- Adam Chitwood
“Twelve Years a Slave” has solidified its status as an awards-season front-runner, leading the SAG Awards nominations with four.
“August: Osage County,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Dallas Buyers Club” each received three nominations for the 20th iteration of the SAG Awards, announced Wednesday morning at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.
“12 Years” — which has been widely regarded as likely to draw a Best Picture Oscar nod — received nominations for cast ensemble, Chiwetel Ejiofor for lead actor, Michael Fassbender for supporting actor and Lupita Nyong’o for supporting actress.
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Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Oscar and SAG Award lead actress awards this year for “Silver Linings Playbook,” took a nomination for “American Hustle” — giving the David O’Russell drama a pair of nods. “Captain Phillips, »
- Dave McNary
Hustle Bustle: Russell Returns With Surprising Verve
Just when you thought David O. Russell’s American Hustle might bow as an attempt at an awards friendly version of something Martin Scorsese may have helmed, think again. The sometimes explosive, sometimes notorious director, coming off two helpings of crowd pleasing entrees with 2010’s The Fighter and 2012’s The Silver Linings Playbook, has concocted his most thoroughly enjoyable film in years, a slickly paced con game that’s so frenetically enjoyable, it’ll fool you into believing it’s even more substantial than it really is.
While its characters are graced with the sort of melancholy notes that staunchly overruled miserable existences of the persons populating his last efforts, Russell strikes an overtly comedic pose here, a droll comedy of idiots, made a titch more scathing because, as we’re honestly informed in the opening credits, ‘some of this actually happened.’ In truth, »
- Nicholas Bell
Steve McQueen's biopic of a free man forced into slavery in pre-Civil War America claims four key nominations from prominent industry body, buttressing Oscar chances
• News: 12 Years ... receives critics awards ahead of Oscars
• News: 12 Years ... tops Independent Spirit Awards nominations
The future looks bright for 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen's acclaimed account of American slavery, as the film lead the field at nominations for the 20th Screen Actors Guild awards. McQueen's drama picked up four nominations, including the crowning prize for ensemble cast. Lee Daniels' The Butler, Jean-Marc Vallee's Dallas Buyers Club and John Wells's adaptation of Tracy Letts's August: Osage County bagged three nominations apiece.
In addition to being shortlisted for the cast, 12 Years a Slave gained a best actor nomination for Chiwetel Ejiofor's portrayal of Solomon Northup, sold into bondage in the American south. Lupita Nyong'o was shortlisted for the best supporting actress »
- Xan Brooks
Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” regains ground in the awards race with its four nominations for SAG Awards, while “August: Osage County,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” boosted their Oscar stock with three noms apiece, including the key ensemble awards.
That’s a big pat on the back for “Osage” and “Butler,” which haven’t been prominent so far in awards voting, and is good news for them since SAG is a more reliable Oscar predictor than most.
Last year, four of the five ensemble nominees earned best-pic nominations. And as for wins, the ensemble prize predicted the eventual Oscar winner in five of the past eight years.
After being considered one of the two front-runners for Oscar, “12 Years »
- Tim Gray
Grudge Match is set for release in the UK January 24th and if you’ve not seen or heard anything about it, have a watch of the video below! We’ve seen a couple of trailers for the movie bringing together Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro which if you’ve missed can be seen here. Grudge Match plays on two of the most well known boxing movies of all time in the form of Raging Bull and the Rocky franchise to pit the two boxing legends together.
This new featurette presents a fake documentary (“mocumentary”) style storyline with a slightly more substantial take on the history between former light heavyweight champions “Kid” (Robert De Niro) and “Razor Sharp” (Sylvester Stallone). It has interviews with the likes of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield talking about the two former fighters coming back together after such a long time and what we »
- David Sztypuljak
Women lead movie website popularity chart, outranking top male actors as report highlights Hollywood's gender inequality
• News: Women successful yet sidelined in writing and directing
• Blog: Why are there so few female film-makers?
Jennifer Lawrence and Chloë Grace Moretz have been named by IMDb as the most popular actors in the world, a day after the New York Film Academy published new evidence of widening gender inequality in Hollywood.
Based on page views by the IMDb's 160 million users, Lawrence emerged as the most popular star, thanks largely to her best actress Oscar win in March for Silver Linings Playbook and her leading role in the dystopian blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Sixteen-year-old Moretz has appeared in two big movies this year, the comic-book sequel Kick Ass 2 and the horror remake Carrie.
- Ben Child
American Hustle will probably be one of the major players in this year's awards race. It's already been honored by the New York Film Critics Circle for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), and it recently landed on the American Film Institute's Top 10 movies of the year. I'll have my review up on Thursday, but I'll say this for the film right now: it's a lot of fun, but in a way that's different from director David O. Russell's previous movie, Silver Linings Playbook. If you're looking for a good night out, this flick my fit the bill. I'm pleased to announce we're giving away 30 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of American Hustle. Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free. The film also stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner. American Hustle opens »
- Matt Goldberg
IMDb has released its Top Ten Stars of 2013 list, based on total page views. Unsurprisingly, Jennifer Lawrence (currently headlining box office juggernaut "Catching Fire," an Oscar winner from earlier this year for "Silver Linings Playbook," and an upcoming Oscar frontrunner for "American Hustle") is sitting pretty at the top of the list. Superheroes Henry Cavill and Chris Hemsworth also make the cut, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio and Benedict Cumberbatch. Check out all the names, below. Also including is IMDb's list of Top Emerging Stars of 2013. These are names who made their debut on the Top 100 list for the first time in 2013. Again, determined by page views.The IMDb Top 10 Stars of 20131. Jennifer Lawrence2. Chloë Grace Moretz3. Leonardo DICAPRIO4. Ryan Gosling5. Tom Hardy6. Anna Kendrick7. Johnny Depp8. Henry Cavill9. Chris Hemsworth10. Benedict Cumberbatch The IMDb Top 10 Emerging Stars of 20131. Charlie Hunnam (#14 overall)2. Nicholas Hoult (#26 overall)3. Paul Walker »
- Beth Hanna
Normally, we.d have to wait until a DVD reached shelves before we could absorb a feature-length interview from a director providing insight into his latest work. Which makes this 80-minute conversation between American Hustle director David O. Russell and the WGA feel extra special. The loquacious filmmaker covers the depth of his career as a writer and director, touching on Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, Hustle, his ensemble work and so much more. With the movie reaching select theaters on Friday, Dec. 13 (and expanding the following week), we thought you guys might want to give this lengthy chat a listen. (The Playlist grabbed it from the WGA.s YouTube site, for the record.) American Hustle has been ticking off a few important boxes on its way to theaters. The American Film Institute just placed it on their Top 10 film list for 2013. Earlier this month, the New York Film Critics »
After tantalizing glimpses of David O. Russell's “American Hustle” through its trailer and six-minute preview at AFI Fest, the end result has screened for critics and indeed it seems another mostly solid hit for the “Silver Linings Playbook” director. Alongside its major Nyfcc awards win, our review deemed the film “decidedly more admirable than affecting,” but with a limited release starting this week, Sony is pushing for spreading the word even more, showcasing a brand new clip and the reveal of the soundtrack along with the prospect of future projects from Russell. The “I Heart Huckabees” director has always prized re-introducing actors to the public through unconventional roles, and “American Hustle” is no different. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams all turn in wildly different performances in the loose retelling of the Abscam scandal, but in a recent NY Times profile on Adams, Russell hinted at a new »
- Charlie Schmidlin
This year’s Oscar race has had bloggers buzzing about the most cutthroat best actor category in years — with at least seven “locks” for five slots — but there’s an even bigger logjam in the supporting actor contest. When the nominees are announced in January, the Academy won’t be able to avoid snubbing some of the best performances of the year.
The one sure bet for a nomination is Jared Leto, electrifying as a cross dresser with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Leto picked up both the New York Film Critics and L.A. Film Critics prizes, and he could very well win the Oscar, which would thrill fans of “My-So Called Life” and his band 30 Seconds to Mars. That’s one way to keep the Oscars young, even if many Academy voters have never heard of Jordan Catalano.
As a corrupt stockbroker in “The Wolf of Wall Street, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
After David O. Russell's The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook earned a total of 15 Academy Award nominations, including a Best Actor in a Supporting Role win for Christian Bale, the question is, can they do it again with American Hustle ? In the fictional tale inspired by the FBI sting operation, Abscam, Bale leads as Irving Rosenfeld, a corpulent con man rocking a wicked comb-over who runs a highly successful operation alongside his mistress who enjoys posing as Lady Edith (Amy Adams). When the duo is caught in the act by an especially determined FBI agent, Bradley Cooper.s Richie Dimaso, they're forced to join Richie's operation and help him bring in a group of high-profile white-collar targets. Just ahead of American Hustle 's December 13th limited release and »
For several years in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, an FBI task force in Long Island worked a sting operation designed to ferret out and prosecute corrupt U.S. government officials. Codenamed Abscam (in reference to the phoney Arab sheik the FBI created to bait bribable politicians), the program was masterminded in part Melvin Weinberg, a low-level con artist with a record for running confidence games. All told, Abscam led to the conviction of more than a dozen congressmen, senators, and city officials, and its success necessitated a complete rewrite of the rules for FBI undercover operations.
It’s a hell of a story. American Hustle, the new film from David O. Russell, is not that story, despite sharing the name and general timeline of the Abscam project. But, in many ways, it’s a much better one. For Russell and his characters, real is overrated. American Hustle turns »
- Sam Woolf
This Christmas, it’s Grudgement Day!
Award-winning movie legends Oscar® winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, “The Expendables”) star as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match. De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight.
Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers.
Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. But they may not have to wait that long: »
- Movie Geeks
Adèle Exarchopoulos (‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’): Best Actress tie two years in a row at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) (See previous post: "James Franco Tattoos, Gold Teeth: Lafca Winners." Another non-Hollywood Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s selection was Best Actress co-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos, cited for her performance as a young woman who falls in love with blue-haired Léa Seydoux in Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. The lesbian romantic drama also took home the Lafca’s Best Foreign Language Film Award. Blue was also the luckiest color, at least in the Best Actress category: Cate Blanchett was Exarchopoulos’ co-winner, for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a character somewhat similar to A Streetcar Named Desire »
- Andre Soares
Damn, it must feel good to be a hustler. Coming off a New York Film Critics Circle best picture win and whispers of Oscars buzzing in the air, the stars of American Hustle celebrated the film’s world premiere Sunday night at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater.
Inspired by the 1978 Abscam scandal in which the FBI set up a sting operation to capture corrupt political officials, the dramedy started off as a kernel of an idea in the mind of screenwriter and executive producer Eric Warren Singer 15 years ago. But for him, the movie all started with one character — irresistibly charming con man Irving Rosenfeld, »
- Maricela Gonzalez
After tantalizing glimpses of David O. Russell's “American Hustle” through its trailer and a six-minute preview at AFI Fest, the end result has screened for critics and indeed it seems another mostly solid hit for the “Silver Linings Playbook” director. Alongside its major Nyfcc awards win, our review deemed the film “decidedly more admirable than affecting,” but with a limited release starting this week, Sony is pushing for spreading the word even more. One trademark that has distinguished Russell over his career is that he's extremely specific in making his own material. In a new 80-minute long WGA talk, there are quite a few other insights from Russell on the writing in his films—namely, how he pinpoints each character’s currency, or path into their social dynamics. And if you’d like to see the making of these words brought to life, we’ve got a 8-minute clip of B-roll from “American Hustle, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
It's Robert DeNiro vs. Sylvester Stallone in Grudge Match and we're celebrating the much anticipated match up with a Grudge Match Prize Pack Sweepstakes that includes Hollywood Movie Money, a Grudge Match Gym Kit, Towel, Beanie, t-shirt. and movie poster. Read on to find out how you can win.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Gruge Match stars award-winning movie legends Oscar® winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, “The Expendables”) as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match. Peter Segal (“Get Smart”) directs the comedy.
In “Grudge Match,” De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during
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