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Did you know that Kristen Stewart made history a week ago? The 24-year-old actress became the first American woman to win a prestigious Cesar Award, France's own version of the Academy Award. She also won it for an English-speaking role. Think about that for a second. This honor hasn't been bestowed upon Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Natalie Portman, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon or any other globally acclaimed American actress over the past 30 years. No, it was Kristen Stewart who broke the French's reticence to reward anyone but their own. Stewart, an actress who continues to (mostly) put studio work behind her following a string of acclaimed performance in indie films over the past year. That career path continues with her next endeavor, the "Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project," In case the name is unfamiliar to you, Reichardt is an acclaimed director whose movies include festival favorites "Night Moves," "Meek's Cutoff" and "Wendy and Lucy. »
- Gregory Ellwood
I'm not particularly familiar with Danish director Susanne Bier's filmography. Scratch that, I'm actually not at all familiar with Bier's work. Her Oscar-winning film In a Better World is a movie I have heard plenty about but never seen, and the only other film of hers I've even heard of is Serena, Bier's Depression-era drama starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which will finally be released on demand tomorrow and in U.S. theaters on March 27 after spending eighteen long months in post-production. But never mind that, for Bier it's on to the next one, as the second trailer for her latest film A Second Chance has recently debuted online. The project, which stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones"), Ulrich Thomsen (The Thing), and Maria Bonnevie(I Am David), debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival to mixed reviews, with The Playlist concluding the film contains more than »
- Jordan Benesh
Even though it took Susanne Bier's drama Serena starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence a long time to get to theaters, it looks like his Tiff-selected thriller A Second Chance will have a much more satisfying fate. "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in the film about Andreas, a Danish cop living a happy life with his wife and their newborn baby, who tries to save another infant from a neglectful home by kidnapping the child from its troubled parents. Soon Andreas' happy life begins to crumble, leaving him with some tough decisions. This looks like a pretty powerful dramatic thriller. Watch! Here's the UK trailer for Susanne Bier's A Second Chance from YouTube: And also, here's a trailer for the film from when it premiered at Tiff last year: A Second Chance is directed by Susanne Bier (Serena) and written by Anders Thomas Jensen (In a Better World »
- Ethan Anderton
Though it stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, Susanne Bier’s “Serena” has had a hell of a time making its way in front of stateside audiences. Fortunately, the Danish director’s latest outing – “A Second Chance” – has had a fast track to release since its premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and now a new U.K. trailer for the kidnapping thriller has arrived online. Starring “Game of Thrones” actor – aka Jaime Lannister – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, as a Danish cop, the foreign-language film follows him as he tries to save a baby from its lot in life by kidnapping it from its troubled parents. In essence, “Gone Baby Gone” from the Pov of Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman. There’s no firm stateside release date for “A Second Chance” as of yet, but you can watch the short trailer below, and read our B review of Bier’s film here. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Beyond the Lights (drama; Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver; rated PG-13) Big Hero 6 (Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature; voices: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter; also available in 3D; rated PG) Horrible Bosses 2 (comedy sequel; Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pine, Jennifer Aniston; rated R) Whiplash (music drama; Miles Teller, Oscar winner J.K. Simmons; rated R) Serena (drama; Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
“I hit the jackpot being able to work with Jennifer Lawrence twice in a row on ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ and now on ‘Serena,’” Bradley Cooper says in this new feaurette for Susanne Bier’s drama “Serena." “She is a wonderful, wonderful actress.” While that may be true, “Serena” got hammered with negative reviews back in the fall of last year — which wasn’t a huge surprise given the movie was delayed for almost two years. Bier essentially made two different films while it languished in the editing room. Here’s our review of “Serena” in case you missed it. But you’ve likely heard all that drama already, and it is what it is, but “Serena” is finally almost here for those who remain curious. Here’s the official synopsis: 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. »
- Edward Davis
★★☆☆☆ 'Tis a pity: given the star power and promises of period drama, Serena (2014) fizzles onscreen very quickly. Through casting switch-ups and an extended production window, the hope of a solid product would naturally be quite high. Even with the bankability of of its lead actors firmly in place, and an acclaimed helmer in Susanne Bier, it bows under the pressure of high expectation. Although it is a beautiful film to look at, the heartlessness soon shines through, exposing problematic constructions within a thematically intriguing story. Caught in the throes of the Great Depression, logging baron George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) is awash in debt and worry.
- CineVue UK
Directed by Susanne Bier.
In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of a timber empire becomes increasingly complicated when its owner marries.
What a strange Serena Williams biopic this is. There’s practically no tennis.
In its place are breathtaking panoramic shots of the Smoky Mountains. They live up to their name; there’s smoke everywhere. It creeps up hillsides, engulfing trees and wildlife without discrimination. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere: losing sight of your original intention, getting pulled under by the personal, how unedited versions of these landscapes should be uploaded as desktop wallpapers – they are truly majestic, for which cinematographer Morten Søborg deserves considerable credit.
It’s just a shame the rest of the film gets in the way.
Serena is an overwrought, poorly structured melodrama that works against its characters’ relationships. Individually, the players »
- Oli Davis
The new Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence movie “Serena” will debut on iTunes and VOD this Thursday, Feb. 26 in advance of its theatrical release on March 27. Directed by Susanne Bier and based on the bestselling novel by Ron Rash, “Serena” is a sumptuous period romance that marks the third collaboration between Cooper and Lawrence after “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” Also Read: Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper Drama ‘Serena’ Finally Releases First Trailer (Video) Cooper and Lawrence play George and Serena Pemberton, passionate, love-struck newlyweds who are building their timber empire in the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920’sSerena proves. »
- Jeff Sneider
The Kingslayer turns babystealer in the new trailer for Susanne Bier's A Second Chance. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is front and centre in this new Danish melodrama as a policeman who finds himself slipping into an increasingly bleak predicament. There's something about this man and hand injuries that makes you think someone should confiscate his kitchen knives. Click below to take a closer look. brightcove.createExperiences();Coster-Waldau plays clean-cut cop Andreas who has a baby with his wife Anne (Maria Bonnevie) and lives a seemingly enviable existence. Then, on a routine call with his more ragged partner Simon (Ulrich Thomsen), he stumbles upon a heroin addict, his girlfriend and their neglected baby. Unable to call upon social services and on an impulse that will have huge repercussions, he takes the baby home.For Bier, the hope is a return to form after the long-delayed and lukewarmly-received Serena. She's already an Oscar winner, »
Director: Susanne Bier
Running Time: 109 minutes
After being pleasantly surprised by the partnership of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper for David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, one of my highlights of 2012, I had an open mind when it came to reviewing Susanne Bier’s Serena. However, while Lawrence and Cooper made sweet, ballroom magic in the former, not much can be said for the latter.
Set in Depression-era North Carolina, Cooper features as wealthy timber businessman George Pemberton, a local Lothario keen to produce a son to carry on his empire. Enter Serena Shaw (Lawrence), glamorous horse-rider and orphan, due to a fire engulfing her family home. The pair bond over their love of the great outdoors and soon get married, much to the disapproval of Pemberton’s employees. However, while the couple try many times to conceive, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Exclusive Q&A: It arrived too late to factor in guild and critics awards, but the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper has established such a connection with American movie audiences that its dark horse chances of upsetting the Oscar status quo cannot be ignored. It passed Saving Private Ryan to become the highest domestic grossing war movie ever; it even shot past the U.S. gross of Bradley Cooper’s previous biggest hit, The Hangover, and trails only The Passion Of The Christ for biggest-ever R-rated domestic grosser. This, for a hard R film about the wartime exploits and horrors faced by the most dangerous sniper in U.S. military history, and the price paid by Chris Kyle, wife Taya, and his fellow soldiers tasked with door to door searches in Sadr City when it was the most dangerous place in Iraq.
Nominated for Best Actor for his spare portrayal of the Navy Seal sharpshooter, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
On the heels of his box office success with American Sniper, Bradley Cooper is re-teaming with Warner Bros. to star in and produce an adaptation of Gregg Hurwitz's upcoming novel Orphan X. The book, which is set for publication in February 2016 by MacMillan, follows a man named Evan Smoak, a.k.a. Nowhere Man, who helps others in need, sometimes by violent means. His latest job takes him inside the world of human slavery, which is being run by a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department.
Gregg Hurwitz will write the screenplay adaptation himself, based on his own novel. He has previously worked as a consulting producer and writer on the ABC remake series V, and he sold a spec script entitled Expulsion to Warner Bros. back in 2010. He has also written for both Marvel and DC comic book titles such as Wolverine, Punisher and Batman. No director »
Goteborg, Sweden– While the Nordics may not boast Europe’s biggest film industries, its five countries – Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway – have experienced no shortage of critically-aclaimed filmmakers, from Lars Von Trier to Roy Anderson, Aki Kaurismäki and Susanne Bier. And in recent years, the Nordic film scene has become even more vibrant with the rise of Baltasar Kormakur (“Everest”), Thomas Vinterberg (“The Commune”), Tobias Lindholm (“A War”), Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”) and and Ruben Ostlund whose “Force Majeure” has become a flagship for contempo Swedish cinema.
Norway is considered the fastest rising Nordic movie market but the film scene has blossomed across all five markets thanks to helmers like Mikkel Nørgaard (“The Absent One”), Michael Noer (“Key House Mirror”) and Mikael Marcimain (“Gentlemen”) and a flurry of female directors, including Anne Sewitsky (“Homesick”), Lisa Aschan (“Voltiges”) and Lisa Langseth (“Hotell”).
And since “Force Majeure” (pictured above) premiered at Cannes, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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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 rattlesnakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, »
- Michelle McCue
"...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..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Serena"...
- Michael Stevens
In "X-Men: Days Of Future Past", Lawrence plays 'Raven'/'Mystique'.
In "Dumb and Dumber To", currently filming, Lawrence plays 'younger Fraida Felcher'.
In "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Part 1 and Part 2, Lawrence reprises her role as 'Katniss Everdeen'.
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- Michael Stevens
'Some loves can never let you go.' Director Susanne Bier brings Ron Rash's 2008 novel Serena to the big screen this March starring on-screen power couple Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in their third film together. Magnolia Pictures has released the first official poster, which finds the two lovers attempting to start their own logging empire in the 1930s.
Serena begins in the 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 industry. 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, »
Susanne Bier's screen adaptation of Ron Rash's 2008 novel of the same name will finally hit U.S. theaters next month. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper co-star in this period romance as a couple that owns a burgeoning timber business during the 1930s. In anticipation of the film's stateside release, Magnolia Pictures has released a gorgeous new one-sheet vaguely reminiscent of film posters from the Classic Hollywood era. "Serena" will be available on demand February 26 and in theaters March 27. Check out the poster below, exclusively on Indiewire. Read More: What Really Happened to 'Serena,' Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence »
- Shipra Gupta
Jennifer Lawrence is joining forces with her Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence and producer James Cameron on The Dive for 20th Century Fox. The project is based on the true story of free divers Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who both tried to go as deep into the ocean as possible on just a single breath of air. Jennifer Lawrence is playing Audrey Mestre, who passed away in 2002 while trying to break her world record of diving 557.7 feet underwater. Her husband Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras dove to that same depth in tribute to his late wife, a dive which was filmed by James Cameron.
Way back in 2006, James Cameron actually planned on directing this movie himself, working from a script from his Avatar co-writer Laeta Kalogridis. In March 2012, Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) was attached to direct, but the project never got off the ground. »
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