The Hangover Part III Director Todd Phillips has said that the final installment of his trilogy will focus on Zach Galifianakis' character, Alan. Who it won't be about, apparently — at least in terms of screen time — is Justin Bartha's character Doug. more »
Ryan Gosling has inspired a coloring book, so why not some poetry? If Baby Goose's portrayal of a motorcycle-riding, bank-robbing daddy in Derek Cianfrance's impressive The Place Beyond The Pines intrigues you, then keep reading. Movieline has a cool music-oriented prize pack to give away to the contestant who impresses me the most with a haiku about the actor's role and/or performance. more »
Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines remains among my favorite unreleased movies since I saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, it's testament to the movie's satisfying complexity that these three video clips don't really convey the emotional wallop that the film packs. more »
Part two of Zach Galifianakis' Oscar edition of Between Two Ferns is out, and it manages to top part one. The best line of the segment is when Galifianakis asks Sally Field about the 25 pounds for her role in Lincoln. "How'd you do that, eat Anne Hathaway?" he says. After hearing that, I'll think twice before ever asking another actor about the dramatic weight loss or gain they achieved for a role. more »
Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper are at the center of Focus Features' newest poster for its upcoming The Place Beyond the Pines by director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine. The film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, revolves around a motorcycle stunt rider who turns to bank robbing in order to provide for his newborn child.
"If you ride like lightning, you're going to crash like thunder," sounds like something Dennis Hopper would have said in the 1970s (and, actually, the 80s, too), but the always-compelling Ben Mendelsohn gets the line in Derek Cianfrance'sThe Place Beyond The Pines. Although you only hear Mendelsohn deliver it in voiceover in this trailer for the feature, it's a warning he delivers to his partner-in-crime motorcycle stuntman-turned-bank robber Ryan Gosling in the film. more »
Kristen Stewart will star opposite Ben Affleck in a con-artist comedy. Also in Monday's round-up of news briefs, a Chinese actor will take up a role in Iron Man 3 as the production heads to Beijing; NY Online Film Critics pick their top film for 2012; and Broken wins top British Independent Film prize.
Kristen Stewart Confirms Focus with Ben Affleck
Stewart says she'll join Ben Affleck in the con-artist comedy Focus. She'll play an inexperienced con artist who meets a more seasoned counterpart, played by Affleck. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing from their script, Deadline reports.
Bradley Cooper to Receive Palm Springs International Film Festival Fete
Silver Linings Playbook" star Bradley Cooper will receive the Desert Palm achievement award for acting at the Palm Springs Film Festival's awards gala. The ceremony will be held Jan. 5 during the 24th edition of the festival taking place January 3 - 14, Variety reports.
China's Wang Xuequi Joins Iron Man 3
Marvel starts filming Iron Man 3 scenes in Beijing and has cast actor Wang Xuequi as a new character, 'Dr. Wu.' It was rumored Hong Kong actor Andy Lau would join the pic as an ally of billionaire inventor Tony Stark, but he backed out, Deadline reports.
NY Film Critics Online Pick Zero Dark Thirty
The New York Film Critics Online gave their kudos to Zero Dark Thirty on Sunday, voting it the year’s best picture and also naming Kathryn Bigelow best director. The film also won an award for Mark Boal’s screenplay, THR reports.
Broken Wins Top British Independent Film Awards Prize
Broken, the debut feature by theatre director Rufus Norris, also picked up a best supporting actor prize for Rory Kinnear. Psychological thriller Berberian Sound Studio won the most awards including best director for Peter Strickland and best actor for Toby Jones, BBC reports.
When the Independent Spirit Awards take place in Santa Monica on the Saturday before the Academy Awards next February, there should be plenty of A-list testosterone coursing through the event tent. The slate of nominations for the 2013 honors, which celebrate independent film, is studded with box-office friendly male actor who've carried studio films. And Jennifer Lawrence. more »
Bradley Cooper’s past comes back to haunt him in The Silver Linings Playbook. Check out what’s playing at the movie theatre that serves as a backdrop for an emotional confrontation between Cooper and co-star Jennifer Lawrence. It’s Midnight Meat Train, a pre-stardom cult curio in Cooper’s career. It’s a nifty visual in-joke — perpetrated by Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell — that may escape those unfamiliar with Cooper's oeuvre or are too wrapped up in the intense scene to notice. After the jump you'll find a representative sampling of some you may have missed and things to watch and listen for so you don’t. more »
It speaks to just how good David O. Russell is at portraying raw, high-strung sincerity that Silver Linings Playbook is able to walk a line between likable and tolerable despite a premise the reeks of quirky bullshit. In addition to its frequently cutesy treatment of mental illness, the movie features a love interest who instantly latches onto and pursues the film's mess of a hero like she read the script in advance and was assured things will eventually work out. more »
Bradley Cooper says it wasn't a stretch to call Robert De Niro "Dad" in Silver Linings Playbook. The Hangover actor plays Pat Solitano, the bipolar son of De Niro's extremely OCD Pat Solitano, Sr. in the film; and at the New York premiere party, Cooper told us that his prior working-relationship with De Niro on Limitless blossomed into a friendship, making it easy to channel that familial bond with the Taxi Driver actor. more »
Harvey Weinstein's controversial Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden landed record ratings for Nat Geo Sunday night just in time to give President Obama that time-tested Weinstein bump, but the Hollywood heavyweight has something for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, too — a Bradley Cooper-narrated trailer for a Romney "comedy" entitled Hindsight.
David O. Russell (The Fighter) is gunning for awards season again with his Silver Linings Playbook, and Movieline's got a signed poster from the Oscar hopeful to give away! So sharpen your pencils and your wits and submit your best 10-word review of any film by director Russell for a chance to win.
Also in Monday morning's round-up of news briefs: Bradley Cooper is to receive a Hollywood award. CNN is launching a unit for documentary distribution and The Paperboy scores in the specialty box office over the weekend.
There's a lot of "auto" in Dax Shepard's debut as an auteur. Shepard (who previously co-directed the mockumentary Brother's Justice) wrote, co-directed and stars in the action comedy Hit and Run; he even cast real-life love Kristen Bell to play the role of his cherished girlfriend, but their romance is not at the center of this movie — rather, it’s the deep love between Shepard and the many cars that populate the film that drives Hit and Run. It’s only when these machines rev their engines that the soundtrack fills with sultry ballads and the camera switches to slow mo — all the better for us to admire the sleek undercarriages and sexy lines of the movie’s many four-wheeled stars.