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Jennifer Lawrence's adventures in NYC continue. On Sunday, the actress kept it casual while stepping out in the Big Apple. Her downtime comes just one week after she got Bradley Cooper laughing super hard at an event for their movie Serena. Elsewhere, Kerry Washington and Gina Rodriguez paired up for a sweet moment, Josh Duhamel channeled his inner tough guy on set, and Kim Kardashian showed off her physique while stretching it out. Keep reading to see all that and more. »
Home, the newest feature from animation studio Dreamworks, won the top spot in its opening weekend, beating out competitors with a $54 million opening. The total marks Dreamworks’ first box office top finish since Mr. Peabody and Sherman achieved the feat a year ago, and the studio’s first opening weekend victory since 2013’s The Croods. The PG-rated Home was joined at the top by fellow new opener and R-rated Get Hard, as the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy took in $34.6 million in its opening weekend, good for a second place finish.
Among the rest of the films, the other big entry was the indie horror film It Follows. Distributors’ plans to forego a VOD opening this weekend in favour of taking the film to a wide theatrical release instead paid off, as the movie made $4 million in its expansion, finishing in fifth place on the chart with a $4 million total. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The box office giveth and the box office taketh away, but this weekend was bountiful for four different movies. DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox's "Home" took the top spot with $54 million. That's the biggest debut for Dwa since "Madagascar 3: Europe Most Want" in 2012 and the first real smash opening for the company since Fox became their distribution and marketing partner. This is a huge win for DreamWorks since "Home" is their only major release in 2015. The family film also earned an A Cinemascore rating which means it should have good word of mouth with family audiences over the coming weeks. Globally, the $135 million budgeted flick has earned $101.5 million so far. It's one of Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell's worst reviewed films of their careers, but audiences didn't seem to care as "Get Hard" took the second spot with $34.6 million. The Warner Bros. release is actually Ferrell's biggest »
- Gregory Ellwood
Written for the screen by Christopher Kyle
Directed by Susanne Bier
USA/France/Czech Republic, 2014
Based on a bestselling novel by Ron Rash, Serena, as brought to the screen by director Susanne Bier and screenwriter Christopher Kyle, feels like a husk of an adaptation even to one completely unfamiliar with the source material. It’s the sort of film that, at least in the form prepped for theatrical release, makes one inclined to believe its makers have completely lost the ability to tell a story. And it’s not like that ever seems like a deliberate stylistic choice, with Bier actually focusing on some thematic flourish off on the sidelines. Serena is always focused on its plot. Its perpetually rushed, choppily told, borderline confusing plot.
Part of the trouble in the telling is that the film’s a tonal mess. In her native Denmark, and with American cinema forays »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Back in 2012, after Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence co-starred in David O. Russell's Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook" and before its follow-up "American Hustle," the duo shot period drama "Serena," which was once going to star Angelina Jolie with director Darren Aronofsky. Lawrence recommended Cooper and talked him into joining her on the project. 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 »
- Anne Thompson
The family film was the weekend’s top ticket seller, pulling in a sterling $54 million, easily eclipsing projections that had it bowing to between $30 million and $35 million. It’s one of the studio’s best-ever openings for an original movie and the biggest debut it has had since 2012’s “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” kicked off to $60.3 million in 2012.
The studio has suffered through a string of film flops such as “Turbo” and “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” as well as failed sales to Hasbro and SoftBank. “Home” is the only film it is releasing this year, so expectations for the movie about an alien invasion were high and scrutiny was intense. “Home” cost $130 million to produce and launched in 3,708 locations. Fox distributed the picture. »
- Brent Lang
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence costarred in a movie shot between Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle which is finally hitting screens after a couple of years on the shelf and a stint on pay-per-view. Serena, a gothic tale of greed and ambition run amok, is set amongst the timber industry in the mountains of North Carolina during the Depression. The movie has not received much love from critics and indeed it’s kind of a mess – an overripe melodrama that’s all over the map in terms of tone. It’s full of gorgeous moments alternating with many more that feel literate to the point of boredom, and others where the characters motivations make little sense. But I liked it and think it deserves a better reception then it’s received. If you’re looking for an old fashioned sumptuous costume drama starring two always-watchable leads with proven chemistry »
- Tom Stockman
Hallmark Hall of Fame called, they said to stop right now - they do not have the budget for these movie stars...! Lantern-lit wood cabins and literary based period melodrama do not guarantee a respectable film. The problems with Serena would make more sense if the making of the film had preceded David O. Russell's acclaimed 2012 charmer Silver Linings Playbook. That film demonstrated an appealing chemistry between the shared leads Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, leaving one wanting more of them together on screen. Wish granted; Lawrence and Cooper play a depression-era married couple in Serena, which in fact was shot not soon after Silver Linings. (They are currently at work on another film together with Russell, following his American Hustle in which they...
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Editor’s note: Our review of Serena originally ran during last year’s London Film Festival, but we’re re-posting it now as the film opens in limited release. Serena is one of two films from director Susanne Bier screening at the 2014 London Film Festival, and the other is a Danish-language film titled A Second Chance. While both of these have a lot to say about babies only one of them is completely enthralling from its opening scene to its end while the other bores for at least an hour before shifting into a high-tension ending. Sadly, despite the well-established chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, Serena is the latter film. Cooper plays George, a lumber baron whose finances are starting to wear thin right around the time the sheriff (Toby Jones) decides that George’s land would be best utilized as a national park. George also has some untouched land in Brazil, but »
- Emily Estep
With two celebrated collaborations in "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," and another in the upcoming "Joy," Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have forged a complimentary onscreen connection, which continues with the Depression-era tale "Serena." Subject to plenty of talk before its release, you can see the movie for yourself when it hits home video this summer, and today we have the exclusive DVD and Blu-ray artwork and details. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, the story centers on a couple who build an empire only to see their relationship and business begin to crumble. Here's the official synopsis: George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) are love-struck newlyweds building a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattlesnakes, 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. »
- Edward Davis
Since her breakthrough role in “Winter’s Bone,” Jennifer Lawrence has demonstrated remarkably good taste in her film projects. The notable exception to her streak of superb or strategic choices might appear to be “Serena,” a film that ended up languishing for almost three years in the editing bay and on the shelf – and for which Lawrence talked her “Silver Linings Playbook” co-star Bradley Cooper into signing up. Directed by Oscar-winning Danish auteur Susanne Bier (“In a Different World”), “Serena” vindicates Lawrence’s discernment. Densely packed and gorgeously expressionist, the old-fashioned tragedy is very nearly a satisfying experience despite its various. »
- Inkoo Kang
Prison comedy “Get Hard” and animated adventure “Home” are locked in a tight race for first place at the weekend box office.
Both pictures appeal to distinctive segments of the movie-going public — “Get Hard” with its R-rating and crude humor hopes to enlist males, while “Home” is the de facto choice for families who have already caught “Cinderella.” Warner Bros., which is distributing “Get Hard,” is pegging the opening at $35 million, while DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind “Home,” is projecting a debut in the low to mid $30 million range. Most analysts predicted “Get Hard” would come out on top, but ticketing site Fandango reports that “Home” has pulled ahead in terms of pre-sales, so the family film may have the edge.
A lot is riding on “Home,” the story of a cute alien who befriends a young girl, when it bows across 3,707 locations domestically. DreamWorks Animation has had a punishing year and a half, »
- Brent Lang
This weekend, Will Ferrell turns to Kevin Hart to prep him for prison in the (very) R-rated comedy "Get Hard," an alien on the run lands on Earth and makes friends with an adventurous child in the animated "Home," and a middle-aged couple (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) has their lives overturned when they meet a disarming young couple (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried) in "While We're Young."
Also in theaters this weekend: "Serena" stars Bradley Cooper as a timber magnate in Depression-era North Carolina whose empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena (Jennifer Lawrence). "The Salt of the Earth" follows world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado as he embarks on the discovery of pristine territories and grandiose landscapes to capture the planet's beauty in his latest photographic project. In "The Riot Club," two first-year Oxford students join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed in a single evening. The film stars Sam Claflin, »
- Jonny Black
Place Beyond the Pines: Bier’s Ungainly Period Piece Revels in Unintentional Gaffs
Danish director Susanna Bier’s second English language film, Serena, has gained a bit of notoriety after an unexpected delayed theatrical release in the Us. A melodramatically inclined period piece based on a novel by Ron Rash (author of The World Made Straight, of which an adaptation was released earlier this year), the lush production design and starry cast creates a misleading veneer, which slowly gives way to a rather kooky portrait of its eponymous lead character. Presented with soberingly grim determination, the film lapses into unintentionally laughable territory, though not to a degree worthy of camp aesthetic or cult following.
Filming shortly after their award winning collaboration on 2012’s The Silver Linings Playbook, the first onscreen reunion of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper finally saw a premiere at the 2014 London Film Festival and reactions have been »
- Nicholas Bell
Beware the Serena who is too serene. The title character in novelist Ron Rash's backwoods gothic is a decisive, collected queen bee who rules through retribution and murder. It's a great role for the Jennifer Lawrence of Winter's Bone, whose fierce intelligence, quiet strength, and deep understanding of rural life would make her a formidable lumber baroness. But that's not the Serena of Susanne Bier's adaptation — and not the Lawrence who embodies her. In Rash's novel, Serena arrives at a North Carolina train station on the way to her husband's logging camp in an oxford shirt, leather jodhpurs, and boots. Bier introduces Serena to her new home deep in the Smoky Mountains wearing a silk dress, fur-topped cloth coat, and T-strap heels. Lawrence maintains her »
Dear Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, The universe is trying to tell you something, and with all due respect, we think you've got some earplugs in. You have made three movies together (with a fourth on the way); you've played a couple twice now; and oh yeah, something magical happens when you get together. Case in point: your cute moments at the Serena screening and afterparty. Jen, would you just look at the way you smiled at Bradley over the weekend? Bradley, would you just recognize that Jen made you laugh harder than we've ever seen? That's really just the beginning of the reasons you need to give this a shot. Jen, we haven't seen you with Chris Martin lately, and Bradley, well, we heard things didn't work out with Suki Waterhouse. If you're not convinced yet, keep reading for all the reasons it's time to make this union happen. »
On paper, “Serena” should have been something arriving in theaters with a great splash. With an Oscar-winning prestige director in the shape of Susanne Bier, it’s the adaptation of an acclaimed novel that once attracted the attention of Darren Aronofsky and Angelina Jolie. It has some stunning production value and lavish period costumes and sets, and features two of the world’s biggest and most lauded stars: Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, and three-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper, coming off mega-smash “American Sniper.” And yet the film slinks into limited release this Friday, having debuted on VOD a few weeks back. If you’ve seen it there, or on its release elsewhere in the world, or even just read our review from last year, you’ll know there’s a reason for this: it’s terrible, overwrought, incoherent and uneven. It could probably pass for an unintentionally funny melodrama parody, a la “The Spoils Of Babylon, »
- The Playlist Staff
Jennifer Lawrence only plans to strip down and suit up as shape-shifting mutant Mystique one more time for “X-Men: Apocalypse.” “It is my last one, actually,” Lawrence told MTV News during an interview alongside Bradley Cooper at the red carpet premiere of “Serena.” The 2016 release will be Lawrence’s third appearance in the franchise after starring in “X-Men: First Class” and “Days of Future Past,” which grossed over $748 million worldwide. Also Read: Jennifer Lawrence Denies Bad Blood With David O. Russell on Set of ‘Joy’ For those wondering why Lawrence has decided to bail on the 20th Century Fox franchise, »
- Greg Gilman
Angelina Jolie writes a moving piece about getting her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, Mila Kunis continues to play coy about wedding rumors, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence can’t get intimate, and more celebrity news.
Angelina Jolie opens up about her cancer scare and her decision to proceed with surgeries in the NY Times. [NY Times] From her Late Late Show interview last night, we still don’t really know if Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher got married. [YouTube] Bradley Cooper says he and Jennifer Lawrence “laughed most of the time” while shooting Serena sex scenes. [Just Jared] Watch Kylie Jenner give a two-minute makeover. [YouTube] Bethenny Frankel admits she “sometimes” looks too skinny on TV. [E!] Harry Potter fans: you need this Lord Voldemort/”Uptown Funk” mash-up in your life. [YouTube] Gisele Bundchen may have retired from the runway, but she’s still one hot mama at the beach. [Us Weekly] Rachael Ray explains how she helped make a second Rachael Ray. »
- Taylor Ferber
20th Century Fox
After all the time-travelling shenanigans Days Of Future Past, the next instalment in the X-Men franchise looks to be starting from scratch – and it’s also going to be losing one of its biggest stars. Along with totally recasting a lot of its principal actors, the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse will also serve as a swansong for Jennifer Lawrence.
The Hunger Games actress has played the shape-shiftng siren Mystique since prequel film First Class, but it looks like she’s about to hang up her…er…well, she doesn’t tend to wear a whole lot in these films. “It is my last one, actually,” she said when asked about the next part of the X-Men franchise.
Given that, not long before the release of Days Of Future Past (in which her character plays a key role) there were rumours that Lawrence might star in a Mystique spin-off film, »
- Tom Baker
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