19 items from 2014
Producer Harvey Weinstein says Hunger Games star 'deserves a rest' after series of exhausting movies
• David O Russell apologises for 'stupid' Jennifer Lawrence slavery comparison
Speaking to the Sun on Sunday (paywall) Weinstein said the exhausted star of dystopian sci fi saga The Hunger Games and comedy Silver Linings Playbook would be taking a well-deserved rest after an incredibly busy period of filming.
"Jennifer is too nice and will do people favours and agrees to do a movie like American Hustle when she could have had a rest," said Weinstein. "She signed on to do Hunger Games when she was young and wouldn't have realised how much it would dominate her life. But she's a professional and always will be."
The producer said Lawrence, who took the best actress Oscar last »
- Ben Child
Hollywood is a business of looking forward to the next thing and trying to predict what changes will come. It’s also not out of the ordinary for Oscar nominees to parlay that nomination/win into future work. So with that, let’s take a look at the next projects for the actors and directors nominated at the Oscars.
Oscar Potential: There is already rumblings of a campaign being crafted for her to win the Oscar for Big Eyes. She’s now a five time nominated actress and those “overdue!” voices will only get louder.
Oscar Potential: There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of Oscar »
- Terence Johnson
The auditioning bout is finally over and Paramount Pictures have selected their leading man for 'Terminator: Genesis'. The sci-fi actioner has signed up Jai Courtney -below ('A Good Day to Die Hard') to star as Kyle Reese, formerly portrayed by Michael Biehn and Anton Yelchin in former installments in the franchise. Of course the 27 year old Australian actor has scored more than just a fantastic and iconic part but also screen time with hottie Emilia Clarke ('Game of Thrones') who is already on board to play Sarah Connor. Courtney beat off Boyd Holbrook ('The Skeleton Twins'), Thomas Cocquerel, Wilson Bethel ('Hart of Dixie') and Sam Reid ('Serena') to land the role. »
Jennifer Lawrence will return to the Academy Awards stage to present at this year's Oscars.
The 23-year-old was previously nominated in the Best Actress field in 2011 for her role in indie drama Winter's Bone.
Lawrence has three movies due in cinemas this year: sequels X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, and the romantic drama Serena which will see her reunite with Bradley Cooper.
American Hustle and Gravity are leading the race at this year's Oscars with ten nominations apiece, while 12 Years a Slave is close behind with nine.
The 2014 awards ceremony will be held on March 2, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Photo gallery - Oscars 2014 nominees: »
While we may marvel at James Franco's ability to do twenty thousand things at once, Steven Soderbergh may have him beat. Though he may have "retired" from making movies, Soderbergh still has a TV show coming up ("The Knick"), producing gigs, Broadway productions and more all in various states—not to mention running his site Extension 765—so we have no idea how he still has time to watch, read and listen to music at such a prolific rate. Because seriously, just check out his methodical list of everything he watched, read and listened to (or at least bought on vinyl) in 2013. There are a couple interesting things to take away here, firstly, he sees a lot of stuff early, likely because his opinions are hugely respected among filmmakers. You'll notice that he watched Susanne Bier's still Mia drama "Serena" starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper last March, "47 Ronin »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Though her Depression-era drama Serena, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, is still sitting on a shelf somewhere, director Susanne Bier is still moving from project to project. She was previously attached to direct Love Is All You Need but eventually dropped. Now, she’s settled on A Second Chance, an intense drama starring Game of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (pictured above in the first image from the film). Though we already knew that the film would address the moral turpitude faced by those who have endured terrible tragedies, a new plot synopsis has shed some light on what we can expect.
Coster-Waldau, who was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for his performance as Jaime Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, has more than proven that he has dramatic depth to spare, so I’m very excited to see what he does as the star of A Second Chance. »
- Isaac Feldberg
While we'll keeping asking, "Where's 'Serena' starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence?" until our throats are dry, director Susanne Bier keeps powering on to new movies. Last year, she dropped the romance "Love Is All You Need," and now she's already at work on her next film. Production has started on "A Second Chance," led by "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and the first image from the movie has landed. The script comes from Bier's longtime collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen ("Open Hearts," "After The Wedding," "In A Better World," "Love Is All You Need"), and it sounds like a return to the gritty dramas that first brought her to the attention of the international scene. The official synopsis is below: Detectives and best friends Andreas and Simon lead vastly different lives; Andreas has settled down with his beautiful wife and son; while Simon, recently divorced, spends most »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: Christopher Kyle
U.S. Distributor: Rights available
While we were expecting Susanne Bier’s latest, a return to English language filmmaking after her 2007 Halle Berry starring Things We Lost In the Fire, to bow in 2013, it looks like this will be pushed into this year due to the oversaturated Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper market. This was meant their first project together post Silver Linings, but it looks like we’ll have to be happy with American Hustle instead, this season. Meanwhile, Bier has been on a roll herself since winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film with In a Better World. She’s several other irons in the fire currently, but look for this to be her next release. »
- Nicholas Bell
Squirrel to the Nuts
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Writer(s): Peter Bogdanovich, Louise Stratton
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
The past decade has seen director Peter Bogdanovich mostly in front of the camera rather than behind it, his last directorial effort being 2001′s The Cat’s Meow. Needless to say, we’re always excited to see anything with his name on it, especially considering the screenplay was co-written by his ex-wife Louise Stratton (which is its own special story). A fantastic cast and a plot that sounds vaguely like a spin off of Bullets Over Broadway, this promises to be one of 2014′s comedic highlights.
Gist: A married Broadway director falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and works to help her advance her career.
Release Date: »
- Nicholas Bell
The Bridge 2 ends on Saturday, having rekindled our passion for all things Nordic. Kim Bodnia, one half of TV's oddest cop couple, tries to get his head round the show's runaway success
On Saturday night, an estimated one million Britons will sit down for two hours to watch the finale of a 10-part cop drama, The Bridge, filmed in two languages (Swedish and Danish) that they've never even aspired to understand, still less speak.
Many more will have set their hard drives, and will struggle to get through the weekend trying not to learn how TV's most diverting odd couple, Malmö detective Saga Norén and her Copenhagen counterpart Martin Rohde, will solve the case of the eco-terrorists who've been poisoning their blameless citizens with pneumonic plague virus.
What's going on? Surely the Scandi-drama cupboard is bare, having been raided so many times in recent years by BBC4 commissioning editors desperate »
- Stuart Jeffries
David O. Russell is in early talks to rewrite a Fox 2000 project about Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano with the intent to direct. The director wants his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle muse Jennifer Lawrence to play Long Island native Mangano. Mangano was a single mother of three when she developed the prototype for her Miracle Mop in 1990. The Miracle Mop became a big seller on QVC when Mangano went on air to pitch the product, selling out 18,000 mops in 20 minutes. Over 5 million mops later, Mangano now has 100+ patents (including Huggable Hangers) and has become one of Hsn's best-selling presenters. More after the jump. According to Deadline, Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids) wrote the original script for Fox 2000. John Davis (Chronicle), John Fox (The Blacklist), and Ken Mok (Invincible) are producing. The report does not mention where Lawrence stands on the matter, but if she wants the part, I imagine there »
- Brendan Bettinger
When a show is called #RichKids of Beverly Hills, you can kind of expect what you’ll see when you tune in: Wealthy offsprings spending their parent’s money like it’s a job. Unfortunately for some of these kids, it actually is. The new E! reality show featuring a group of twentysomethings living in Beverly Hills premiered Sunday and the first episode was filled with blood, sweat, and tears. Make that a Beverly Hills Blood Drive, cleavage sweat from too much shopping, and lots of crocodile tears.
Here are 5 of the most questionable things that happened in the first »
- Jake Perlman
One of last year’s very best new series was Starz‘s Da Vinci’s Demons. Starz agreed with that assessment and awarded it a second season almost immediately. We haven’t heard much about that second season since Starz released a trailer and some pics back in October.
But the wait for more is over. Starz has now released a really excellent “closer look” trailer, along with a press release and premiere date. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 22 at 9/8c and the nine weeks that follow. If the new and former trailers below are any indication, we have a lot of great Renaissance TV coming our way again this spring.
Trailer: Da Vinci’s Demons – Season 2: Closer Look
Trailer: Da Vinci’s Demons – Season 2
Starz To Premiere Sophomore Season Of The
- Erin Willard
It's rare when a film adaptation lives up the book it was based on so with that in mind I have compiled a list of 40 books that have been adapted for the big screen that we can expect to see in theaters this year. This includes two books from Gillian Flynn, young adult adaptations of work by Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and James Dashner, a short story from Dennis Lehane, a Nick Hornby adaptation, and an adaptation written by Nick Hornby, a new John le Carre adaptation and a prequel to the stories written by Tom Clancy as well as a couple comics and graphic novel adaptations from the likes of Frank Miller and Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Alexander O. Smith. I've added everything I could think of and while I'm sure I missed a few, please forgive me and hopefully you'll find something that appeals to your taste on the list. »
- Brad Brevet
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
The casting continues for the upcoming fifth 'Terminator' installment 'Terminator: Genesis'. Now that the production has settled on the gorgeous Emilia Clarke ('Game of Thrones') to take on the iconic role of Sarah Connor the hunt is on for a suitable Kyle Reese to join her. Five names have been mentioned by Variety whom are all apparently auditioning for the role this very day. They are Boyd Holbrook ('The Skeleton Twins'), Thomas Cocquerel, Wilson Bethel ('Hart of Dixie'), Sam Reid ('Serena') and Jai Courtney ('A Good Day to Die Hard'). Our money's on Australian actor Courtney (below) whom has already snagged his foot on the blockbuster scene with upcoming roles in 'I, Frankenstein' and 'Divergent'. But we shall see. »
A couple of shows we cover only peripherally - “Believe,” from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón, and David S. Goyer's "Da Vinci's Demons" - have announced their premiere dates so given the parties involved, we thought we'd share.
NBC's “Believe,” from executive producers Abrams (“Revolution”) and Cuarón (Gravity), who also directed the pilot, will have a special preview on Monday, March 10th, at 10 p.m. following “The Voice” and will premiere in its regular time period on Sunday, March 16th, at 9 p.m. Check out a sneak peek.
Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, see the future… since she was born, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. But now that she is 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and the threat from malevolent forces that would use her abilities to control the world has grown more dangerous. With »
- Debi Moore
Mark Wahlberg plays a man whose gambling addiction lands him in hot water with his girlfriend, his mother and some unsavory gangsters including a Jewish loan shark (Goodman). [Source: The Wrap]
The Falling Snow
Shamim Sarif penned the original book on which it is based. He also adapted the screenplay and will direct. The story follows a spy who falls in love with an idealistic politician. Charles Dance, Sam Reid, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Anthony Head also star. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
You may have noticed, yesterday's start to my list of this year's most anticipated movies got off to a bit of a cynical start. Well, I hope to change that with today's batch of ten films as I think we are getting into better and better territory and a group of films I feel far more genuinely excited to see, and a couple of which that may end up being the most talked about films of the year. Again, featured directly below is a navigation for this year's most anticipated feature, linking to yesterday's ten films and I will be updating it with links for the installments to come. Most Anticipated 2014 Navigation #1-10 | #11-20 | #21-30 | #31-40 #30 The Fault in Our Stars June 6 Photo: 20th Century Fox amz asin="0525478817" size="small"I get the feeling this is a film that will either be just another sappy, melodramatic adaptation of a much-loved novel, »
- Brad Brevet
19 items from 2014
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