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‘The Big Short’: Oscar Season Box Office Breakout or Another ‘Steve Jobs’?

13 December 2015 11:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the end of August, Adam McKay unveiled “The Big Short” to a test audience on the Paramount Pictures lot.

In one sense the film, with its jaundiced take on the financial institutions and money men whose reckless bets plunged the global economy into disaster, was a departure for McKay, a director best known for broad comedies such as “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” But what impressed Paramount executives who attended the showing that day was that McKay had excavated the humorous side of “too big to fail.”

“We were shocked by how much laughter we were getting,” remembered Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice-chairman. “Adam has such a wry sense of humor that he was able to take a subject matter that’s dense and academic and make it entertaining.”

The Big Short” was originally slated to debut in February or March, but believing they might have an Oscar contender on their hands, »

- Brent Lang

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Burnt | Review

30 October 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Chef Boyardee: Wells Fails with Filmmaking Recipe

For his third film outing, director John Wells delves into the catty universe of high-end cuisine with Burnt (formerly titled Adam Jones for its lead character) with the same square generalities formulating the emotionless energy of previous dramas August: Osage County and The Company Men. Bradley Cooper once again plays a smug playboy, one of those confused personalities charged with simultaneous duties as narcissistic tyrant and charismatic romantic lead.

Attempting to extol the high-stakes wheeling and dealing of the fine-dining universe, it’s a film professing to depict the elegance and privilege of a specific scene but couldn’t be any more thanklessly banal. Much like another Bradley Cooper vehicle, the literary minded The Words (2012), the subject matter is sidelined by standard issue formulaic tropes, satisfying every conceivable audience expectation.

A once revered two-star Michelin rated chef, Adam Jones (Cooper), sucks down his »

- Nicholas Bell

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‘Burnt’ is palatable but bland

29 October 2015 4:02 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Burnt

Written by Steven Knight

Directed by John Wells

USA, 2015

Much like its truculent hero, Burnt is difficult to tolerate at times. Nothing about director John Wells’ redemptive tale about a burned-out chef is particularly noteworthy, but the pacing and performances keep things humming along nicely. Sure, it’s packed with fast food self-realizations, but it’s also an appetizing glimpse into the high-pressure world of fine cuisine. Ultimately, Burnt re-mixes the ingredients of a familiar recipe into an unapologetic crowd-pleaser.

While Jon Favreau’s Chef gave the meat-and-potatoes crowd something to drool over in 2014, Burnt will have culinary snobs reaching for their Gold Cards this season. There are plenty of montages featuring beautiful food being prepared in ridiculously-elaborate ways. Mostly, John Wells (The Company Men, August: Osage County) takes us into the kitchen to watch the huge egos behind these tiny morsels.

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was a cocky »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Review: Burnt, In Search Of Excellence (And A Story, And Authentic Characters, And...)

29 October 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Bradley Cooper is not content with two stars. Oh no, no, no, he wants three stars, dang it, because that is what leading men always want: more, more, more! In Burnt, a new film by pedestrian director John Wells (The Company Men, August: Osage County), Cooper portrays Adam Jones, a cook who reached the highest echelon in the restaurant business, namely, two Michelin stars for his Paris fine-dining establishment. Then he flamed out, a victim of his own addictions and excesses, and disappeared to New Orleans, where he kicked his long-held habits (on his own) and began doing self-imposed penance by shucking oysters anonymously in a common diner. As the movie begins, he completes his self-imposed penance, walks out of the restaurant without a word,...

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John Wells Productions Promotes Jinny Howe To Lead TV

26 October 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Wells Productions has turned to a 10-year company vet to lead its television operations.

Jinny Howe has been promoted to exec VP and head of television for the Warner Bros.-based banner. She fills the vacancy left last month by Andrew Stearn, the longtime president of TV for Jwp who joined Working Title Films.

Howe joined the company in 2005 and in recent years took on more responsibility for TV development and production of current series including the Showtime series “Shameless.” She also worked with Wells as an associate producer on his 2011 directorial debut, “The Company Men.”

“Over the past five years, (Howe) has proven herself to be an exceptionally talented executive with excellent relationships within the creative community,” Wells said. “Jinny’s contributions to ‘Shameless’ and to our growing development slate have been central to the company’s continuing success. I look forward to our working together for many years to come. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Film Review: ‘Burnt’

21 October 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

During the worst of his many plate-smashing temper tantrums, Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), self-styled bad boy of the London culinary world, scolds his fellow chefs for not meeting his brutally exacting standards: “If it’s not perfect, you throw it away!” Applying that logic, we would have to dispense entirely with “Burnt,” a moody-foodie therapy session that follows an increasingly tidy narrative recipe as it sets this one-man kitchen nightmare on a long road to redemption. Although John Wells’ dramedy is energized by its mouth-watering montages and an unsurprisingly fierce lead turn from Cooper, Steven Knight’s script pours on the acid but holds the depth, forcing its fine actors (including Sienna Miller and Daniel Bruhl) to function less as an ensemble than as a motley sort of intervention group. Unlikely to capitalize on its once-rumored awards prospects or match “Chef’s” indie-breakout status, the Weinstein Co.’s Oct. 30 release »

- Justin Chang

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" - Close On Ben Affleck

21 September 2015 7:25 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ footage from actor Ben Affleck's past films, to give you an idea of his take as 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" followup "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":

Film clips include "Gone Girl", "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You"...

..."Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".

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- Michael Stevens

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Watch: Bradley Cooper Cooks Up Drama In New International Trailer And Images For 'Burnt'

21 September 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Has the soufflé already caved on "Burnt"? It can't be the best sign of confidence in the movie when the usually promo happy Harvey Weinstein declines to show the star-studded drama to a festival audience. There is a sense that the picture is something of an afterthought on The Weinstein Company slate this fall behind "Carol," "The Hateful Eight," and "Macbeth." But yes, the cooking world drama is coming and a new international trailer has arrived. Bradley Cooper leads the movie as celebrated chef Adam Jones, a man passionate about food, but also riddled with no shortage of demons. And the movie written by Stephen Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") and directed by John Wells ("The Company Men," "August: Osage County") will tell the story of the rock star chef who is driven to the edge chasing his third Michelin star. Read More: Watch: Bradley Cooper Is A Bad Boy Chef in The First Trailer for. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Burnt' Trailer Stars Bradley Cooper as a Troubled Chef

13 August 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Never underestimate a man with everything to lose. On behalf of The Weinstein Company, check out the official trailer for&#160Burnt, which opens in theaters nationwide this fall! John Wells takes the helm on this comedic drama, a man best known for last year's August: Osage County and the cult hit The Company Men. Bradley Cooper leads this story of a burnt out chef looking for redemption, and is followed by an amazing ensemble that includes Sienna Miller, Jamie Dornan, Daniel Br&#252hl, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson.

Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all, and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he'll need »

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" - Close On Ben Affleck

7 July 2015 7:47 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ footage from actor Ben Affleck's past films, to see if he has the chops to play 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":

Film clips include "Gone Girl", "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".

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- Michael Stevens

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‘Love & Mercy': Bill Pohlad Takes on Beach Boys Icon Brian Wilson’s Tortured Past

26 May 2015 11:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Pohlad never wanted to be that cliche of the successful industry insider who goes around town lamenting, “What I really want to do is direct.”

But the Oscar-nominated producer-financier behind “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Tree of Life” and “12 Years a Slave” really did want to direct — an ambition he harbored for years after a failed first attempt, and which grew even as he garnered increasing recognition as a backer of commercially risky, artistically ambitious indie films.

“I always had it in the back of my mind, and as time went on, it became more in the front of my mind,” Pohlad says over a recent breakfast at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Marco Grob for Variety

Pohlad admits he wasn’t ready to call the shots when he directed the little-seen 1990 film “Old Explorers.” But now, more than two decades later, the 58-year-old sees much brighter prospects for the »

- Scott Foundas

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" - Close On Ben Affleck

9 March 2015 4:17 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ footage from actor Ben Affleck's past films, plus a trailer from his latest film "Gone Girl", to give you an idea of his ability to play 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":

Film clips also include "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".

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- Michael Stevens

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It’s Triple The Testosterone As Pitt, Gosling And Bale Topline ‘The Big Short’

13 January 2015 11:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

America’s financial meltdown of the late Noughties is set to receive the Hollywood treatment again, this time with a stellar ensemble cast under the banner of Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B. Not only will Pitt be onscreen but he’ll share that poor expanse of white with Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale – enough acting intensity to burn a hole through a cinema wall.

The Big Short is an adaptation of The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. That took a blistering look at the movers and shakers whose catastrophic irresponsibility led to the housing and credit bubble that went pop in 2007. Roles are yet to be confirmed but more big names are expected to join the rogues gallery in due course.

Tinseltown covered similar ground in 2010’s The Company Men, though that was criticized in some quarters for being somewhat on the mild side. »

- Steve Palace

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" - Close On Ben Affleck

2 January 2015 12:42 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ footage from actor Ben Affleck's past films, plus a trailer from his latest film "Gone Girl", to give you an idea of his ability to play 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":

Film clips also include "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".

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- Michael Stevens

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