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Lou Lumenick breaks news that the next Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper film "Serena" will not be eligible for the 2014 Oscars after all. It was going to be a long shot anyway based on the lack of buzz for the film, but it means Lawrence is completely out of contention for the first time in three years ("Silver Linings Playbook," 2012; "American Hustle," 2013). The Depression-era movie was filmed back in 2012 and has Cooper as a North Carolina lumber tycoon and Lawrence as his unhappy wife. The film will now screen at the London Film Festival in October and have a release plan only in Europe for the short term. While Lawrence can't three-peat at the Oscars this time, Cooper still has the Clint Eastwood film "American Sniper" film opening on Christmas Day. New York Post -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby »
When news arrived yesterday that Susanne Bier's long awaited "Serena" had finally landed a stateside release date, it came with the claim from one anonymous buyer that "the film was so edited, it made no sense." So, of course, Magnolia Pictures and director Susanne Bier had to respond to that claim. And the first issue to get out of the way is why the film, shot all the way back in 2012, took so long to get completed. "Once it finished shooting we've all been busy," Bier told Thompson On Hollywood at Tiff, where the movie had apparently been invited (but none of the cast were available to come). "I've been doing another film ['A Second Chance']. [Bradley] Cooper and Lawrence were super-busy, just doing the [post-production sound recording] has been tricky. She had only one day off in two years!" But that's not the only reason. Magnolia confirms the movie went through a few different edits, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Back in 2012, before Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence co-starred in David O. Russell's Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook" and its follow-up "American Hustle," the duo shot period drama "Serena," which was once going to star Angelina Jolie with director Darren Aronofsky. Oscar-winning Danish auteur Susanne Bier ("A Better World") took the helm for producers Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Productions, and has been delayed trying to finish it. Based on Ron Rash's 2008 novel, the film is set in 1929 North Carolina and follows George and Serena Pemberton, ambitious newlyweds with their hearts set on a timber empire. They become obsessed with success, and their lives take a Shakespearean turn when Serena finds that she can't get pregnant and tries to harm her husband's illegitimate son. Why the delays? "Once it finished shooting we've all been busy," Bier told me in Toronto, which invited "Serena," »
- Anne Thompson
Magnolia Pictures has acquired Serena, the long-in-the-works Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper film, EW has confirmed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is not looking to release it in the U.S. during Oscar season, instead gearing it up for an early 2015 release.
The fate of Serena, directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier, has been a mystery for some time, given that the movie was filmed back in 2012 before either of Lawrence and Cooper’s other collaborations, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, were released. THR’s new story indicates that the film’s quality may be questionable; Magnolia became a “default distributor, »
- Esther Zuckerman
“Where there’s smoke there’s fire” can be an annoying idiom in the world of movie journalism (or fan blogging or whatever you want to call it set photo speculation these days), because it can be the broadest excuse for 2+2=5 logic. But in the case of Susanne Bier’s long-delayed film “Serena” starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, the writing has been scrawled visibly on the wall for more than a year. When first announced, “Serena”— a Depression-era-set drama about newlyweds running a timber business in North Carolina, which is complicated when the wife cannot bear children — was a film to keep an eye on. But even as the movie moved into post-production, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper became even bigger stars, and it was assumed “Serena” would become an Oscar contender. Not to be, it seems. Shot in 2012, the film spent months in post-production. While many assumed the »
- Edward Davis
Fans of Danish director Susanne Bier have been crossing their fingers for "Serena." When the project was announced, all the elements of a great film were there: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, surrounded by "Silver Linings Playbook" buzz, would star; Bier, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner for 2010's "In a Better World," was in the director's chair; Together, they'd translate an acclaimed novel by author Rob Rash. That was in April 2012. Two years of radio silence painted a discouraging picture in need of wishful thinking. Recent weeks proved "Serena" was still alive and kicking. Bier's film would play the London Film Festival in October. A trailer arrived, looking lush, melodramatic, and enticing. Maybe "Serena" wasn't the misstep people feared? Not according to The Hollywood Reporter, who learned that Magnolia Pictures will release the film in 2015 after its sister company, 2929 Productions, the company financing the film, couldn't find other takes. Set in Depression-era North Carolina, »
- Matt Patches
Susanne Bier's Serena was shot over two years ago, and in addition to starring two of Hollywood's hottest actors—Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper—it's also got a great premise: Set in 1930s North Carolina, the story centers on a couple who move in order to build a timber empire. Their vicious, blind ambition turns them against each other as the sterile wife launches a vendetta against her husband’s illegitimate son. What's not to like? Apparently, everything. Hit the jump for more. The movie finally got a U.K. release date a few weeks ago, and will open on October 24th. But in the U.S., the movie has struggled to find a home, so now Magnolia, the sister company of financier 2929 Productions, has become the default distributor. According to THR, since December the movie has had private screenings featuring three different cuts. One buyer said, "The film was so edited, »
- Matt Goldberg
Serena finally has found a home. Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to the long-gestating Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper period drama, though with none of the fanfare expected from a film featuring Oscar-caliber names, including director Susanne Bier (2011 foreign-language winner In a Better World). Sources say Magnolia, whose sister company 2929 Productions financed the film, became the default distributor when no other company would take the bait. In fact, since December, CAA — which reps the movie, Bier, Lawrence and Cooper — has held three private screenings featuring three different cuts of the Depression-era film.
- Tatiana Siegel
Based on a novel by Ron Rash, Susanne Bier’s Serena stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in their third collaboration (and second as lovers). Set in Depression-era North Carolina, George and Serena Pemberton are newlyweds and business partners intent on building a timber empire. Serena’s no-nonsense approach keeps the men around her in line, but when George’s hidden past comes to light, things take a turn for the dramatic. Surprisingly, Serena doesn’t have a U.S. release date at this time. U.K. moviegoers can see it on November 27 (or at the London Film Festival if they’re anxious for some J-Law). So what’s the deal with making American audiences wait? Our pal Sean O’Connell had that...
- Alison Nastasi
The first trailer has arrived online for long-awaited period drama, Serena, in which Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star as a pair of newlyweds building a timber empire in 1920s North Carolina. The new film charts the couple’s whirlwind romance and marriage, before following them on their attempts to find their fortune through the booming timber industry. However, things aren’t all that straightforward, as the government starts muscling in on their newly-acquired land, and Lawrence discovers that Cooper has been hiding an...
- George Wales
Manuel here to walk us through the recently released trailer for a film many of us had surely written off, Susanne Bier’s Serena. The 2012 film will finally see the light of day when it premiere next month at the London Film Festival. It kept making me think of other films and other issues; never a good sign. But we'll start positive.
- This moment, mostly because it reminded me of the tenacity of Lawrence’s most accomplished roles (Katniss and Ree).
- Lawrence’s hair, makeup and costumes. 1930s country glamor? Yes, please.
- Cooper’s pecs, soon to be seen on Broadway this season in The Elephant Man.
- To sum up: Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence. Whatever qualms one may have with the one-two punch of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, one cannot deny the fact that Cooper and Lawrence have great chemistry. I’d ask »
- Manuel Betancourt
Based on the novel by Ron Rash, the period film follows newlyweds George Pemberton and his new bride, Serena, as they maintain a close watch over a burgeoning logging empire in Depression-era North Carolina, ruthlessly ruling the woodlands while fighting off the efforts of environmental activists to turn their land into a national park.
Bier’s latest film, A Second Chance, had its world premiere Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. Bier won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for In A Better World (2010) and was also nominated for After The Wedding (2006).
Serena is scheduled for a UK release on October 24. Count on a U.S. release date to be announced soon so it doesn’t miss a bid for awards consideration at year’s end.
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- Michelle McCue
Jennifer Lawrence got a big job for next year's Met Gala.
Known for her style, Jennifer Lawrence will not only be a fashionista at next year's Met Gala. The Oscar-winning actress will co-chair the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit.
Photos: The Hottest Styles from the 2014 Met Gala
The Met Gala is set for May 4, 2015, and the theme will be "Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion."
According to Vogue, the theme "will primarily examine how eastward-looking Westerners have understood, misunderstood, and appropriated Chinese culture in an exchange that Bolton likens to a complicated game of telephone (which the British call ‘Chinese whispers’). Drawing on more than a hundred couture and avant-garde samplings from designers as varied as Alexander McQueen and Laurence Xu, the cross-disciplinary exhibition will incorporate painting, decorative arts, and filmic representations of China."
In the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s, George and Serena Pemberton begin to build a timber empire.
In the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s, George and Serena Pemberton, 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.
Serena is a long delayed film that stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence who both starred together in director David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. The movie has been stuck in the post-production process for awhile. Hell, we got our first look at the film two years ago! We've now just gotten the first trailer. These two talents have great on-screen chemistry, and it looks like they give great performances in this film as well. Here's the synopsis:
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, 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. »
- Joey Paur
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Serena" film, re-teaming Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It's directed by Susanne Bier and co-stars Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones. Check it out below. Plot: The story follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man's life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. And when she starts to suspect that George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage begins »
Widow Jane has a perfect cocktail to pair with your weekend cigar, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper‘s Serena finally gets a trailer, Kendall Jenner may be joining Victoria’s Secret, and more in today’s Last Lap.
After much delay, the Serena trailer has finally debuted. [The Film Stage] Don’t be surprised if Kendall Jenner grows wings and walks the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year. [Cosmopolitan] Nicole Kidman’s father Dr. Anthony Kidman was killed following a tragic accident. [People] Kelly Ripa likes her men to be packing in the pants and she’s not afraid to say it. [Naughty but Nice Rob] Warner Bros. will bring Gotham, Constantine, The Following, Forever, and Person of Interest to New York Comic Con. [Nycc] Were Sarah Palin and her crew involved in a drunken fight? [E!] Vogue is getting the heat from publishing an article on the big booty trend. [Us Weekly] Start your weekend off on a relaxing note. Grab »
- Taylor Ferber
For the longest time, Susanne Bier.s reclusive drama Serena was a cinematic mystery . despite the presence of two massive, A-list stars in Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Then, media started asking questions about it. Now it has a firm festival screening date, and finally, a trailer. Yahoo Movies brings us this exclusive look at the movie that has been years in the making . though the cause for the delay is up for debate. We basically know what Serena is going to be about, but now we know how it looks. As was reported earlier, Serena is a period drama about a man (Cooper) and a woman (Lawrence) who move from New England to North Carolina to take over a lumber organization. The sight of falling trees and Jennifer Lawrence burying an ax in an oak as she chides lazy workers hints at the turmoil still to come. Then, the »
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper star as newlywed couple Serena and George Pemberton in Serena, based on the 2008 Ron Rash novel. Susanne Bier directs the adaptation, set in 1930s North Carolina, which tells the story of the couple’s attempts to create a timber empire and how their relationship is tested when Serena finds out she can’t have children. Serena is schedule to premiere next month at the London Film Festival before it rolls out internationally. There’s no U.S. release date yet.
- The Deadline Team
Susanne Bier‘s “Serena” starring frequent co-stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence has finally released its first trailer. The film marks the Ocsar-nominated duo's third film together, though they shot it between “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” See photo: Jennifer Lawrence Blazes Up on ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Poster The 1920s set drama follows newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton, ambitious lumber tycoons who show up in North Carolina to grow their business and start a family. Serena proves herself the equal of the male-dominated world, and becomes even more dangerous when she realizes her new husband had already fathered another woman's child. »
- Linda Ge
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