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Yikes. If you thought the so-bad-its-shelved tribulations surrounding Suzanne Bier’s period flop, Serena, were bad then brace yourself. Per Deadline, the drawn-out controversy concerning the Natalie Portman western, Jane Got A Gun, continues to march forward as its release date has now been pushed back for the third time.
Originally scheduled for release on August 29th, 2014, production problems gave Relativity Media the jitters and they pushed it to February 20th, 2015. Now that winter date seemingly won’t do, as the pic has now been shifted back to a September 4th, 2015 release. That’s a year after its original intended date. Sadly, there’s no real reason given for this third – and hopefully final – change, but it’s not hard to put the pieces together.
After all, looking back at its plagued production this flick was cursed from the start. Michael Fassbender bailed, then first director Lynne Ramsey failed to »
- Gem Seddon
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
In a lousy session for new releases, Nightcrawler was the best of a bad lot in Australian cinemas last weekend.
Nationwide takings plunged by 37% to $11.1 million, which was way below the corresponding week for the past two years, according to Rentrak.s estimates.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 raked in nearly $5.8 million, despite selling around half as many tickets as in the opening weekend, but has amassed a lucrative $20.8 million.
- Don Groves
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
This has got to be one of the more interesting MPAA ratings bulletins in a while and not because of the recognizable names, but more for the abundance of sequels I had never heard of. The only one I've heard of (and have actually seen and entirely disliked) is Rec 4: Apocalypse, but beyond that we have Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse, Hayride 2 (a sequel to a movie about a serial killer haunting a family hayride) and did you know they made a sequel to The Man With The Iron Fists and yes, RZA is back and starring and also wrote the screenplay and it may or may not be called The Man with the Iron Fists: Sting of the Scorpion. The first one made just over $19 million worldwide on a $15 million budget, my guess is he got about $5 million to make this one... max. As for the films we've »
- Brad Brevet
The World Made Straight has released its first trailer.
It centres around a young man (Irvine) who takes refuge from his abusive father with a neighbour (Wyle).
But he begins to realise that his new protector has a dark past closely linked to his own.
The World Made Straight will arrive in Us cinemas and on VOD on January 9. A UK cinematic release date is yet to be announced. »
Paris– Marrakech Film Festival has unveiled an international competition roaster rich in first and second movies, ranging from Bong Joon Ho-penned genre pic “The Sea Fog” to Sara Klein’s “Things People Do” with Wes Bentley and Daniel Barber’s Civil War drama “The Keeping Room” with Brit Marling and Sam Worthington.
Other directorial debuts include Max Currie’s “Everything We Loved,” a New Zealand-set drama about filiation and grief, Vuk Rsumovic’s “No One’s Child,” following a wild boy raised amongst wolves in the Bosnian mountains and Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s “Labour of Love” (“Asha Jaoar Majhe”), tuning on a modern day couple caught in the downward spiral of recession.
Alix Delaporte will rep France with “The Last Hammer Blow,” her follow up to “Angele and Tony.” Only one Morrocan film will compete at Marrakech: “L’orchestre des aveugles,” Mohamed Mouftakir’s sophomore pic. Other movies heading from »
- Elsa Keslassy
Alan Rickman and directors Bertrand Bonello and Cristian Mungiu, who won the Palme d’Or in 2012, are set to join jury president Isabelle Huppert at the Marrakech International Film Festival in December. Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier (Serena), French actress Melanie Laurent (Inglorlious Basterds), Indian director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Italian director Mario Martone (We Believed) and Moroccan director Moumen Smihi (44 Bedtime Stories) will round out the panel. Daniel Barber’s Civil War drama The Keeping Room, starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington, and Oscar-nominated editor Saar Klein’s directorial debut Things People Do will be among
- Rhonda Richford
One of the best Sf series ever deepens its critique of the power of propaganda in ways complicated, intriguingly contradictory, and a little bit horrifying. I’m “biast” (pro): big Sf geek; love the book series; love Jennifer Lawrence (and much of the rest of the cast); crave female-centered stories
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source material (and I love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Don’t tell Hollywood I said this, but chopping the final novel of the Hunger Games trilogy into two films might be the best thing that could have happened to this franchise. I mean, it didn’t work for Harry Potter — the first Deathly Hallows film was terrible — and Peter Jackson is already two-thirds of the way (with the final third almost upon us) toward demonstrating that turning the brief Hobbit book into three »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This story first appeared in a special American Film Market issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The key to being a successful independent director is getting your story told, the way you want it, whatever your budget. The five helmers who participated in The Hollywood Reporter's Afm Roundtable beat the odds to make movies that span the spectrum of genre and style but have found their place in the market. Oscar winner and Denmark native Susanne Bier, 54, went outside her comfort zone to direct the period drama Serena, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper; Claudio Fah, 39, of Switzerland,
- Scott Roxborough
Although similar to the international trailer that was released in September, the new video hints that Lawrence’s Serena has blood on her hands. In addition to a clip from one scene in which Serena appears to be choking someone, the inclusion of the telling line “It had to be done … for us” also speaks volumes about her flawed character.
The film marks the third collaboration between Lawrence and co-star Bradley Cooper. They play a husband and wife fighting to save their North Carolina timber empire during the Depression.
Susanne Bier directed the pic, which hits theaters on March 27.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans, watch the trailer for director Susanne Bier’s film Serena. The movie played at the London Film Festival in early October. Guy Lodge (Variety) says in his review the film is, “a compellingly problematic anti-romance.”
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence), love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
The screenplay is by »
- Michelle McCue
“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but what it refuses to destroy.” Those familiar words, from American conservationist John C. Sawhill, open Lorenzo Sportiello’s solemnly intentioned debut feature — and they’re humbly appropriate ones for a sci-fi vision that repurposes more ideas than it invents. Set in a chaotically conglomerated Europe of the near future, where natural birth is outlawed and unsupportable citizens extradited, this soot-stained study of one pregnant couple’s survival struggle unfolds with a certain driving intensity, but is short on narrative or stylistic surprises. Economically shaped and resourcefully crafted, this English-language Italian production evidently has designs on international distribution; its commercial future may be as dim as its onscreen one, but it’s a decent calling card for its multi-hyphenate director.
If “Index Zero” is unlikely to attract a substantial following of its own, select viewers may come to regard it »
- Guy Lodge
ennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper show off their sizzling on-screen chemistry in a new trailer for their upcoming movie “Serena,” but it may not be enough to save the film from critics, who so far have massacred it. Based on a novel by Ron Rash, the film is about a Depression-era couple who carve out an empire in the North Carolina wilderness only to see it threatened with collapse. It also stars Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, Toby Jones, Sam Reid and David Dencik. ...Read More »
Before there was Silver Linings Playbook, before there was America Hustle, there was Serena. The Susanne Bier-directed project was the first of three movies that Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence would film together. Unfortunately, the third installment in the Copper-Lawrence saga has not been faring as well as its predecessors. Read more 'Serena': London Review Serena is a romantic melodrama that follows two newlyweds (Cooper and Lawrence) in North Carolina in the 1920s as they attempt to build a timber empire. When the wife discovers that her husband has been keeping secrets from her about the business, it appears that
- Mia Galuppo
"...in the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920', 'George' and 'Serena Pemberton' are love-struck newly-weds, who begin to build a timber empire.
"Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness.
"With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning..."
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- Michael Stevens
Between 2011 and 2013, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper made three films together. Two of those, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, both from director David O. Russell, have already come and gone. But the last, Susanne Bier‘s Serena, is only now preparing for a theatrical bow. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, Serena stars […]
- Angie Han
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are reuniting for the long-delayed period piece "Serena" from director Susanne Bier ("After the Wedding," "Things We Lost in the Fire"). The film's newest trailer features the two stars all dolled up in sumptuous period duds for some romance, mystery and tragedy amid some breathtaking scenery captured by ace D.P. Morten Søborg (who's worked with Bier before, as well as Nicholas Winding Refn). Based on Ron Rash's novel, "Serena" takes place in Depression-racked North Carolina, where George Pemberton (Cooper) struggles to maintain his burgeoning timber empire, while his strong-willed young wife, Serena (Lawrence), may be taking their domestic -- and professional --partnership too far. Watch the new trailer here: Bier has reportedly been tinkering with the film since it wrapped principal photography in early 2012, and it had a tough time landing a distributor despite its A-list stars (it also stars Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, »
- Dave Lewis
Following the international trailer that debuted last month, Magnolia Pictures has released two domestic trailers for Serena, the third feature collaboration of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper following Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
The story centers on Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) and George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper), who build their own timber empire from the ground up at the end of the 1920s. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man's life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George's hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton's passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
As Jennifer Lawrence fans gear up to see her in mighty warrior mode for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, how many of them are likely to fork out for Depression-era drama Serena? Well, those J-Law lovers across the pond in the UK failed to show their support for the actress’s gloomier period piece – it opened in 19th place this past weekend. The film’s U.S. distributor, Magnolia Pictures, have not yet given up hope though on the film acquiring an audience in America, as they’ve now dropped a new trailer to entice filmgoers.
In the movie, Silver Linings Playbook leads Lawrence and Bradley Cooper play newlyweds Serena and George Pemberton. With the honeymoon phase twinkle still in their eyes, the pair launch a successful timber business and everything’s rosy. However, when they discover she is unable to bear children, George strays outside of the marriage and everything falls apart. »
- Gem Seddon
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