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One of the smartest and most enthralling Sf film series ever breaks more new ground as it ends on notes as emotional and provocative as they are explosive. 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)
There are many ways in which the Hunger Games series of movies has been groundbreaking. It has given us a female world-changing heroine in the mold of the countless boys and men Hollywood has cast in such a role, and showed the caricature up by depicting her as more human than most of them: more conflicted, more unsure, more afraid yet also more brave for overcoming all that… and also simultaneously more principled and more selfish. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Joy follows the titular woman who created the miracle mop -- and makes for the reunion of our dreams. Director David O. Russell reunites his cast from Silver Linings Playbook to tell Joy's story. So it has to be good.
This is the fourth time that Lawrence and Cooper co-star together, after Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and dare we bring it up, Serena. While they don't seem to be romantically involved in Joy, it's still a pleasure (or... a joy) to see them working together again. The cast is completed with Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, and Virginia Madsen.
While Joy doesn't hit theatres until Christmas Day, it's already getting tons of Oscar buzz. That might be because O. Russell's last two films »
- Adriana Floridia
This week, Neil Calloway looks at a bad weekend at the Us box office…
As Spectre took box office records in Europe on an upside down helicopter ride, then blew up their desert base last weekend, things at the Us box office were a very different matter.
The latest Bond didn’t open in America until Friday, and last week, as Vulture reported, was the worst weekend so far in 2015 in terms of takings. The Martian, in its fifth week of release was still number one, Goosebumps and Bridge of Spies – both out for three weeks – making up the top three.
The highest new entries were Burnt, at number 5, taking just over $5 million, and Our Brand Is Crisis, which took around $3 million. The lack of success for these two movies may be important mostly because of who they star.
- Neil Calloway
Friends forever! Bradley Cooper told Howard Stern in a new interview on Wednesday, Oct. 21, that he will "never" sleep with his frequent costar Jennifer Lawrence — regardless of how young he dates. The Burnt actor, 40, who's famously starred alongside the gorgeous Oscar-winning actress, 25, in numerous, critically acclaimed, award-winning films including Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Serena, and Joy, explained why their relationship is purely platonic to Stern on his SiriusXM radio show. "Bradley, what is going on there? Jennifer Lawrence. You're doing another movie with [...] »
Joy Mangano. She invented the Miracle Mop. But as David O. Russell's latest film will tell you, there's so much more to the story that you don't know! 20th Century Fox has debuted a new trailer for this upcoming biopic entitled Joy. Jennifer Lawrence stars with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and more. Joy is coming to theaters this Christmas, and promises to be an Oscar contender.
Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as »
In response to Jennifer Lawrence's scathing examination of the wage gap between actors and actresses in Hollywood, Bradley Cooper has pledged to partner with the actresses he's co-starring with when negotiating his contracts for upcoming films. "I don't know where it's changing otherwise but that's something that I could do," Cooper told Reuters. "Usually you don't talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It's time to start doing that."
The Oscar-winning star was promoting the final instalment of The Hunger Games when she explained the pair are also planning to star in the eventual production.
"We play sisters," she told The New York Times. "We're almost done writing. It just flowed out of us. We've got about 100 pages right now.
"Amy and I were creatively made for each other," she continued to enthuse. "We have different flavours. It's been the most fun experience of my life.
"We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I'm flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago. We'll write a little bit with her sister, Kim, who worked with Amy when she was writing Trainwreck. »
Between Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, it’s undeniable that Jennifer Lawrence and filmmaker David O. Russell have a tremendous thing going. Their working relationship is as strong as any other in the business. I’m of the opinion that they’ve put forward two Oscar worthy projects, one of which was able to get Lawrence an Academy Award for Best Actress (for Silver Linings Playbook). Both times, Russell found himself nominated for Best Director and in either Best Adapted Screenplay or Best Original Screenplay, while the other time Lawrence was up for Best Supporting Actress. That’s a winning formula if ever there was one. Later this year, they’ll attempt to go three for three with Joy, a biographical dramedy that will also be the third time they’ve worked together with Bradley Cooper (who also has been nominated twice, as well as co-starred with Lawrence in »
- Joey Magidson
Forbes have released their annual list of the highest paid actresses of 2015, and Jennifer Lawrence has topped it, with $52 million earned in the last 12 months. Lawrence has had a great year, starring in the penultimate ‘Hunger Games‘ movie, as well as turns in X-Men: Days Of Future Past (though that may have fallen into last year’s pay-packet), and the poorly received Serena. She has a promising 2015-2016 too with a reported $20 million going into the bank for sci-fi drama Passengers with Chris Pratt, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, and the awards-buzzed Joy.
Scarlett Johannson was number two on the list with $35 million earned, with Melissa McCarthy having a storming year with $23 million banked. Chinese actress Bingbing Fan, who appeared in ‘Days Of Future Past’ as well, came in at number four with $21 million earned. »
- Paul Heath
20th Century Fox has just released the first official poster for their upcoming film, Joy. Jennifer Lawrence stands, staring up into the snow as she faces an uncertain future in this true-life drama. Arriving Christmas Day, Joy will surely be one of this year's big Oscar contenders, and promises to lead the 2015 awards season this winter.
Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. »
Works for your appreciation with gasp-inducing action sequences and an ethos that has fun with its legacy while moving in a new direction. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the previous film in the series
I’m “biast” (con): really would like to see some new stories
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If we simply must keep getting the same movies over and over and over again — and that is not a concession that this status quo is unchangeable — they need to be at least as good as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Though perhaps with less convoluted punctuation in their titles.
Have we see this all before? Yes… and no. Spy action thrillers should be a dime a dozen instead of $21/£18 a pop in IMAX, but ubiquitous they certainly are. Globetrotting gunplay by agents with cool gadgets and a particular set of skills are utterly »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Jennifer Lawrence’s and Bradley Cooper’s on-screen magic has cool somewhat since their movie “Serena” flopped horribly last year, but they’re back at it again and featured in a new trailer for David O. Russell’s new film “Joy,” about a woman who builds a family business dynasty. The film duo are backed by a strong supporting cast that includes Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd and Virginia Madsen. ...Read More »
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are quickly becoming the Burns and Allen of this decade, having already appeared in three movies together. Their fourth will be the autobiographical drama Joy, which gets its first trailer today. The film is not only noteworthy for once again pairing two of today's biggest stars. It also marks the third collaboration between the pair, co-star Robert De Niro, and director David O. Russell.
Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, »
The Oscar winner reunites with Bradley Cooper and director David O Russell for an awards-tipped comedy drama about a single mother turned entrepreneur
While Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s third film together, the period drama Serena, might have landed with a damp thud, Lawrence is hoping that another film with her co-star might bring her more Joy.
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- Benjamin Lee
The film is based on the life of Joy Mangano, founder of Ingenious Designs, LLC, famous for products such as the Miracle Mop.
Joy will be released in January 2016, right in time for awards season. Relive Lawrence and Cooper's big screen collaborations below:
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
American Hustle (2013)
Serena (2014) »
Reuniting his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in a way that will hopefully make everyone in the world forget all about Serena and Accidental Love, David O. Russell’s next film Joy has a teaser trailer to share. Click below to take a look.This one looks every inch Lawrence’s movie. She plays real-life inventor Joy Mangano, a mum with three kids to raise and only her wit, ingenuity and patent-pioneering smarts to help her do it. Before long, she’s not watching the Home Shopping Network, she’s starring on it.Russell loves plumbing dysfunctional families for comedy and pathos, whether the surrogate kind (Three Kings, American Hustle) or the real deal (The Fighter, Silver Linings). This one looks like no exception.With Robert De Niro playing Joy’s dad, Edgar Ramirez her feckless husband and Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd and Virginia Madsen also aboard, »
Emerald City is a long-gestating television series based on the classic story of The Wizard of Oz that has now been taken over for redevelpment by writer and executive producer David Schulner (Desperate Housewives). The show is set to tell the story of Dorothy Gale and her K9 police-dog who “are transported via tornado to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy”.
Aria Arjona (True Detective) will play Dorothy, and today comes news that Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr. Selfridge) and Ana Ularu (Serena) have joined the cast in the show, which is described as a “modern and dark reimagining of the classic »
- Scott J. Davis
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
"7 Days in Hell" (Saturday on HBO at 10 p.m.)
Bless whoever came up with this random 45-minute mockumentary about an epic seven-day tennis match. Andy Samberg -- looking more "Joe Dirt" David Spade than Andre Agassi -- and Kit Harington (Jon Snow + comedy = win) are the players, with real tennis stars like Serena Williams and John McEnroe giving commentary.
"The Spoils Before Dying" (Wednesday on IFC at 9 p.m.)
Are you ready for this three-night television event? Not possible! But it's coming anyway. "The Spoils Before Dying" is the comedy follow-up to "The Spoils of Babylon" miniseries. This spoof once again stars Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph and more, this time following a 1950s jazz pianist »
- Gina Carbone
Read More: 9 Indie Tearjerkers Now Streaming on Netflix With summer heating up and humidity on the rise, Netflix is offering a handful of new titles to keep indoor streaming as relaxed and enjoyable as ever. This July, new titles featuring A-list stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Angelina Jolie are making their way onto the streaming platform, as are some new cult classics and genre favorites. Check out all of the July additions to Netflix below, plus Indiewire's picks on what to stream. Available 7/1 "Alive" (1993) "Bulworth" (1998) "Grandma's Boy" (2006) "Hostage" (2005) "Piglet's Big Movie" (2003) "Saw V" (2008) "Set Fire to the Stars" (2014) "Shooting Fish" (1997) "The Secret of Roan Inish" (1994) "Underworld: Evolution" (2006) Available 7/4 "Faults" (2014) Available 7/9 "Serena" (2015) Available 7/14 "Goodbye to All That" »
- Zack Sharf
If you want to see the new horror film, "Creep," about a videographer who answers an ad on Craigslist and soon finds the assignment is not what it seems, it's available only on Netflix. Writer-director Mark Duplass stars in the film, which is available to stream on July 14.
Also new on Netflix in July: The latest Chris Tucker comedy special, the critically panned Jennifer Lawrence period film "Serena," Spike Lee's "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus," and the thriller "The Guest" (starring "Downton Abbey's" Dan Stevens).
You can also catch up with the final seasons of "Glee" and "White Collar."
Below is a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in July 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also got you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in July 2015.
Available July 1
"An Honest Liar" (2014)
"Bad Hair Day" (2015)
- Sharon Knolle
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