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It seems like just yesterday that Bradley Cooper was chucking his guts up in The Wedding Crashers. Then, his face was on the posters for The Hangover. Most people probably half-recognised his face, but for the most part, The Hangover featured three then-unknowns. Four years and two awful sequels later (let’s be honest, Part III is going nowhere), Bradley Cooper is one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood, not to mention a very deserving Academy-award nominee.
Having all but shook off every bad rom-com and horror film deemed necessary to kickstart his career in feature films, and with the Silver Linings buzz all but subsided, Cooper will be looking to continue his rise in 2013. After laying The Hangover franchise to rest (hopefully), he will be reuniting with Jennifer Lawrence in Susanne Bier’s depression-era drama, Serena, before reuniting with Jennifer Lawrence…again…as well as Silver Linings Playbook »
- Matthew Smith
Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 86th Academy Award nominations through January 16th, 2014, when the nominations are announced. Though it's clearly very early on and we've barely seen any of the contenders, this year's best actress race could very well shape up to a battle of some very esteemed women. A year after best supporting actor race -- for the first time ever in any acting category -- featured 5 previous winners, a slew of women already awarded an Oscar have juicy roles that could put them in the mix again. Previous winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts (both for "August: Osage County"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks"), Nicole Kidman ("Grace of Monaco"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Kate Winslet ("Labor Day"), Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Marion Cotillard ("The Immigrant") and last year's best actress Jennifer Lawrence ("Serena" or "American Hustle") all look like potential nominees, at least on paper. »
- Peter Knegt
Paris — Studiocanal is joining forces with Disney Nordic to roll out the bigscreen adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s book “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” which has sold 5 million copies in 35 countries.
Disney Nordic will release the pic across Scandinavia Dec. 25, while TeleMunchen will distribute it in Germany and Austria, and Wild Bunch in Benelux.
Studiocanal will roll out the pic in France, the U.K. and Australia, and will rep it in the international market, kicking off sales at next week’s Cannes Film Market.
Swedish up-and-comer Felix Herngren, creator of hit comedy skein “Solsidan,” has assembled a cast of Swedish thesps, including Robert Gustafsson, Mia Skaringer and Johan Rheborg plus Blighty’s Alan Ford.
Described as “quirky and utterly unique” by Studiocanal, pic turns on a healthy centenarian who escapes his nursing home to embark on an unplanned journey, involving, among other surprises, a »
- Elsa Keslassy
As "Silver Linings Playbook" comes out on DVD, the film that earned Bradley Cooper his first best actor Oscar nomination, well-reviewed "Place Beyond the Pines" is playing around the country, "The Hangover Part III" hits theaters on May 24, and Steven Spielberg has picked as his next movie "American Sniper," which was developed by Cooper's Warner Bros. production company. He'll star as Navy Seal Chris Kyle, an ace sniper who was tragically killed. This actor is clearly doing something right. In February Cooper rejoined David O. Russell for his next film, Abscam 80s drama "American Hustle," set for year-end award-season release from Sony, in which he'll co-star with "Silver Linings" pals Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, plus "The Fighter" Oscar-winners Christian Bale and Amy Adams, as well as Russell newbies Jeremy Renner, Jack Huston, Louis Ck and Michael Pena. And just to keep things interesting, Cooper has already shot "Serena »
- Anne Thompson
Since yielding his 007 mantle to Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, in the tradition of many former A-list leading men given the opportunity (desired or not) to take on smaller roles has wracked up a collection of fine performances. The Matador, Seraphim Falls and The Ghost Writer stand among the best recent examples of Brosnan’s chops and he has now added another to his resume with the more low-key romantic drama Love Is All You Need.
Playing his female foil is Denmark native Trine Dyrholm, who was also one of the leads in last year’s Oscar nominated A Royal Affair. The immediate chemistry the two share stands as one of the film’s strongest elements. The arc at play is certainly a familiar one – a clichéd one even – but sometimes the believable forming of a bond (no pun intended) can elevate even the most well-worn material. Throwing a slight kink »
- Simon Brookfield
Steven Spielberg has found his next film. As first reported by THR, Spielberg will direct an adaptation of Chris Kyle's autobiography, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History." Bradley Cooper will star and produce; Cooper's involvement was first reported by THR back in May of last year.
For Spielberg, "American Sniper" would replace the recently delayed "Robopocalypse" on his schedule. That film, a blockbuster science-fiction extravaganza that was set to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway, was set for release on April 25, 2014. Spielberg, however, put brakes on the project back in January, owing to a script that needed work.
"We found that the film was costing a lot of money and I found a better way to tell the story more economically but also much more personally," Spielberg said to EW.com. "I found the personal way into 'Robopocalypse,' and »
- Christopher Rosen
After just one episode (albeit one that helped set a record), Starz has greenlit a second season of its original series "Da Vinci's Demons." We guess genius like Da Vinci's really can't be contained!
From the Press Release:
Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced a second season order for the Starz Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons” following its recent record-setting first season weekend debut on Friday, April 12. The historical fantasy created by David S. Goyer and produced by Adjacent Productions follows the "untold" story of the world's greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. More than 2.14 million total viewers tuned in opening weekend to “Da Vinci’s Demons,” making it the highest-rated premiere weekend ever for a Starz Original series.
Production of Season Two of “Da Vinci’s Demons” is expected to begin in Wales in May 2013, with an on-air return expected on »
- The Woman In Black
Those of us who love geeky, imaginative, and smart TV have had three great new shows premiere right in a row: Orphan Black on BBC America, Defiance on Syfy, and Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz. Maybe it’s coincidence, but Starz is the first to recognize the genius of its new show by announcing today that it has approved a second season. Huzzah!
Genius Cannot Be Contained Starz Greenlights Second Season Of Action Adventure Original Series “Da Vinci’S Demons” Series Created by David S. Goyer & Produced by Adjacent Productions Will Begin Production in Wales Next Month
(Beverly Hills, Calif. – April 17, 2013) – Starz Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht, announced a second season order for the Starz Original series, “Da Vinci’s Demons,” following its recent record-setting first season weekend debut on Starz on Friday, April 12. The historical fantasy created by David S. Goyer and produced by Adjacent Productions, follows the »
- Erin Willard
The film-maker on being unashamedly romantic, her tomboy upbringing and why she's proud to be Danish
A member of the Danish Dogme group, Susanne Bier received her first Oscar nomination for her 2006 film, After the Wedding. She went on to make Things We Lost in the Fire with Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro. But it was In a Better World that established Bier as an international star. The film won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best foreign language film in 2011.
Isn't it daring to make a comedy, Love is All You Need, where the lead character is in recovery from breast cancer?
Yes, this movie is about a woman who consistently chooses to see things in a light and cheerful manner. There is an undercurrent of fear and sadness but, because she is not prepared to let it come to the surface, the movie won't let it happen. »
- Liz Hoggard
Bradley Cooper is stepping in to save the day and replace Jude Law in Gavin O’Connor‘s western, Jane Got a Gun. Jude Law dropped out of the project last month, just one day after original director Lynne Ramsay abruptly left the project on the first day of shooting, because he had joined the project specifically to work with her. Jude Law himself was a last-minute replacement, boarding the project last month to take over for Michael Fassbender. Written by Brian Duffield, the story follows Jane (Natalie Portman), a young wife whose husband comes home riddled with bullet wounds, clinging on to dear life. She seeks...
- Vesna Sunrider
Our look at the future of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards nominees continues with a glimpse into the future for the Best Male Performance category. These five leading men have a ton coming up, so here's our handy roundup.
Vote For Best Male Performance Now!
And remember to tune into the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on April 14 at 9 p.m. Et.
Now that he's Academy Award-winning director Ben Affleck, the "Argo" helmer will spend 2013 acting in "Runner, Runner," a gambling-centric crime thriller that co-stars Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton, and prepping his next directorial effort, "Live by Night," based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. He will not, however, be directing "Star Wars" — though he was a top contender — or starring in "Focus" with Kristen Stewart, »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
For these five actresses, the near future holds a trip to the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, but what about further down the road. Will they be starring in the next indie hit or the summer's biggest blockbuster?
Vote For Best Female Performance Now!
And remember to tune into the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on April 14 at 9 p.m. Et.
Since her next big budget effort, "Robopocalypse" with Chris Hemsworth and director Steven Spielberg, stalled out, Hathaway is looking to a smaller effort to follow up for enormous 2012. Deadline revealed at the end of last month that Hathaway was in negotiations to join "Laggies," the next movie from the director of "Your Sister's Sister," Lynn Shelton. The casting news about Hathaway also came with notices that »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Jane Got a Gun has had a rough time getting off the ground, but it looks like things are finally starting to fall back into place.
When Ramsay exited, the producers managed to keep the cast and crew together, determined to bring a replacement director on board. And that happened very quickly, with Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) signing on within a matter of days.
- Kenji Lloyd
What’s a religious film fan to do? In mid-March, the Russian Orthodox Church urged followers to give up social media for Lent. So some folks were torn by the news that Tom Cruise had become the first Hollywood star to set up a page on popular Russian social network Vk. But the site, set up by entrepreneur Pavel Durov, is Ok: It has more than 100 million active users, and 46 million average daily users. Russia’s box office was up 10% last year, at $1.2 billion, with the Hollywood studios nabbing a 76% share. Cruise’s “Oblivion” will be released in Russia April 11, before its April 19 U.S. bow.
(From the pages of the April 2 issue of Variety.)
South Korean film distrib Cj Entertainment, working with ad agency Cheil, has given a twist to movie posters. Cj placed Wi-Fi-enabled one-sheets around Seoul; when people got near the poster, a notice »
- Variety Staff
Danish director Susanne Bier is attached to direct the upcoming big screen adaptation of Helen Schulman‘s novel This Beautiful Life! In a Better World helmer has signed on to direct a story for our times for Killer Films and Glass Elevator Media, which means that we’ll soon have a chance to watch an intelligent, complex, but at its core, emotional and universal movie. So far – so good! Killer and Glass Elevator have joined with a group of private investors to develop the feature film. Bier will direct the whole thing from a script written by Helen Schulman, which is described as a devastating, clear-eyed...
- Jeanne Standal
Susanne Bier is quite simply the greatest female director to have ever walked the planet, in fact she’s probably in my Top 10 Directors Of All Time list. With films such as Open Hearts, After The Wedding and In A Better World under her belt any project Bier takes on is one that deserves great attention. Bier will direct an adaptation of the novel This Beautiful Life by the author Helen Schulman. The film will take on one of Bier’s most explored themes of a family on the verge of destruction. This time that destruction takes the form of a scandalous video that goes viral after being sent to 15 year old son of the family.
Killer Films and Glass Elevator Media are producing the film along with some private investors. Schulman will adapt her own book into screenplay form. President of Killer Films, Pam Koffler, had this to say »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
We always like when a director changes course, tackles different kinds of material and stays unpredictable, and Susanne Bier is doing just that. This helmer's Italian romantic trifle, "Love Is All You Need," heads to theaters later this month, she's got the Depression era drama "Serena" starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the can and ready (presumably) for a festival appearance some time in 2013 and next up? How about a contemporary domestic drama about life in the digital age? Killer Films and Glass Elevator Media announced today they are producing a big screen adaptation of Helen Schulman's "This Beautiful Life" with Bier attached to direct. The author herself will pen the screenplay about a salacious video sent to Jake, a tenth grader, that goes viral, putting his family in the midst of a scandal. Here's the Amazon synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Jake Bergamot receives—and then forwards to a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tipped by Linda at Upandcomers.net, we’re wondering what’s up with the Us distribution rights for Serena, with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Pic is set to make its festival launch somewhere, »
- Sasha Stone
I have never before attempted to predict an award season this early and categories such as Best Picture and Director are actually quite easy when you compare to trying to predict the acting categories. An actor's performance can earn a nomination without the film itself getting a push in the major categories. For example, many asked why I hadn't included films such as Ain't Them Bodies Saints in my 40 film Oscar preview. Well, IFC isn't going to have the budget to push David Lowery's film in all the categories, but the much talked about performances from Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck may be able to get enough outside support to be able to speak for themselves. Then you have to begin to consider one performance over another. Take Tom Hanks for example. He plays Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks and the title character in Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips. »
- Brad Brevet
Sony Pictures has given Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell’s next film a prime awards season release date later this year. The untitled project (formerly known as American Bullshit) will hit theaters in limited release on December 13th before going wide on Christmas Day. The pic is based on a real-life undercover sting operation called Abscam, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress. The cast reads like a “Best Of” from Russell’s filmography, as Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale are set in the leads with Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Jeremy Renner, and Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off) rounding out the ensemble. Hit the jump for more. Russell’s Abscam project will undoubtedly be a player in this year’s awards race, and marks one of two Cooper/Lawrence films slated for release »
- Adam Chitwood
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