Bradley Cooper Talks AMERICAN HUSTLE, the Perm, Collaborating with David O. Russell, How He’s Changed as an Actor, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide December 20th is director David O. Russell’s comedic drama American Hustle.  The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s, and Russell’s fantastic ensemble cast is led by Christian BaleAmy AdamsBradley CooperJennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. The film is definitely an awards contender, landing a Best Picture award from the New York Critics Circle and many nominations from a number of other groups, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild.  While the holidays are filled with a lot of choices, American Hustle should definitely be on your list.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

At the recent New York City press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Cooper.  He talked about how quickly he signed on to the project, what it was like to work with Russell, his perm in the film, the way he’s changed as an actor, and more.  Cooper also talked about how he got involved in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon’s voice, and he praised Chris Pratt’s performance calling it “unbelievable” and noting that it blew him away.  Hit the jump to watch.

12 YEARS A SLAVE and AMERICAN HUSTLE Lead Critics Choice Award Nominations

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association has unveiled its list of nominees for the upcoming Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle lead the pack with 13 nominations each—though three of Hustle’s nominations come from “Comedy” categories.  The BFCA added some genre categories last year for Action, Sci-Fi/Horror, and Comedy, so the list of nominations is a bit more diverse than those we’ve seen previously.  That being said, Brie Larson made the overall Best Actress cut for her excellent turn in Short Term 12, and it’s nice to finally see The World’s End and star Simon Pegg getting some attention (nicer still that BFCA recognizes actual comedies in the Best Comedy category, unlike the Golden Globes).  Other notable additions include Scarlett Johansson nabbing a Best Supporting Actress nod for her voice-only role in Her and Christian Bale landing a Best Actor nomination for the aforementioned American Hustle.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations and to find out how closely the Critics’ Choice Awards correlate with Oscar.  The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be held on January 16, 2014.

Oscar Beat: Best Supporting Actor – Is Jared Leto on His Way to an Oscar Win?

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As we continue our in-depth look at the coming awards season, it’s now time to delve in the Best Supporting Actor race.  It’s a tough category this year, with a number of impressive turns from a variety of actors.  The two big standouts emerged at the Toronto Film Festival this past September with Jared Leto earning extremely high praise for his turn as a transsexual opposite Mattthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender turning heads as a ruthless slave owner in the highly emotional 12 Years a Slave.  But there are plenty of other contenders as well, with both Jonah Hill and James Franco firmly in the race for a pair of more comic performances.

Hit the jump to read the latest edition of Oscar Beat, in which we examine the Best Supporting Actor category.

AMERICAN HUSTLE Review

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From its opening shot, American Hustle is about the art of the con, the small cons we pull on each other and, more importantly, ourselves.  The con can be in the image we project to the world to the point where we can no longer distinguish who we truly are from the lie we’ve created.  David O. Russell‘s new film features characters who lie to the world in order to lie to themselves, but the filmmaker never manages to organize the lies and the liars into something bigger and more poignant.  They’re random molecules bouncing off each other in a way that’s fun, flighty, and occasionally a little melancholy.  Russell seems bent on trying to meld his offbeat earlier films with his recent, more populist fare, but the result is a piece that’s often amusing, but rarely audacious.

Bradley Cooper Talks Rocket Raccoon’s Accent in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Says Chris Pratt’s Performance is ‘Unbelievable’ and ‘Blew Him Away’

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Everything I’ve seen and learned about director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy tells me it’s going to be something special.  Not only does the film have an incredible cast (Chris PrattZoe SaldanaDavid BautistaGlenn CloseMichael RookerLee Pace and John C. Reilly) and feature plenty of new characters in the Marvel universe, it’s going to be unlike any Marvel film and unlike any other Hollywood sci-fi space adventure.

While we all knew Bradley Cooper was voicing Rocket Raccoon, I’ve been wondering what type of voice and accent he’d use for the role.  Earlier today, at the press junket for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, I asked Cooper how he got involved in the project and Rocket’s voice.  He revealed he wasn’t familiar with the comic when he was first approached for the role, and about his accent he said, “one thing we debated was…he’s seen as a cockney accent sometimes, so we talked about whether we’d do that or do this sort of other guy from the city a little bit.”  He also praised Pratt’s performance calling it “unbelievable” and that it “blew him away.”  Hit the jump for more.

Bradley Cooper Is Thinking Big in New Clip from AMERICAN HUSTLE Featuring Christian Bale and Amy Adams

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Fresh off being named the Best Film of 2013 by the New York Film Critics Circle, a new clip from director David O. Russell’s American Hustle has been released online.  The film takes place in the 1970s and revolves around a con artist duo (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) working with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to root out corruption.  The movie is really, really funny, and this clip comes from a scene in the first half of the pic that nicely showcases the big-dreaming characters played by Bale, Adams, and Cooper.  Their performances are all great, but it’s Jennifer Lawrence and Louis C.K. who really steal the film.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Jeremy Renner, Michael Pena, and Jack HustonAmerican Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 20th.

New Images from POMPEII and AMERICAN HUSTLE Featuring Kit Harington, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams

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Some new images from two upcoming films have landed online.  First up, we have a trio of new images from director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster pic PompeiiKit Harington (Game of Thrones) stars as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier.  These images give us or first look at Kiefer Sutherland as the film’s villain and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Harington’s friend.  The film opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.

Additionally, fresh off the film being named the Best Picture of 2013 by the New York Film Critics Circle, a batch of new images from American Hustle have landed online.  Director David O. Russell’s comedic drama takes place in the 1970s and revolves around a con artist duo (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) working with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to root out corruption.  These images highlight the pic’s lavish costumes, specifically those worn by Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.  The film opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 20th.  Hit the jump to check out all of the images.

New Footage Revealed in Latest TV Spot for AMERICAN HUSTLE

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Though director David O. Russell is still feverishly working to finish the film, Sony Pictures has released a new TV spot for American Hustle.  The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s, and Russell’s fantastic ensemble cast is led by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner.  This new TV spot features some new footage from the film, and critics and Oscar pundits alike are itching to get a look at the pic given that Hustle is one of only two potential awards contenders that has yet to be seen (the other being The Wolf of Wall Street).  Given the success of Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook at the Oscars last year, Hustle seems poised to make some waves—a fact we discussed on the latest Oscar-themed episode of The Collision.

Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot, and click here to watch the Lawrence-centric first clip.  The film also stars Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack JonesAmerican Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 19th.

New FAST & FURIOUS 7 Image Featuring Vin Diesel; First Image of Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone from Cameron Crowe’s Untitled Picture

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We’ve got a couple of new images from the following films:

  • Fast & Furious 7 – A new image from the James Wan-directed actioner featuring Vin Diesel and someone who appears to be the franchise’s new addition, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.  Fast & Furious 7 also stars Paul WalkerTony JaaTyrese Gibson,Kurt RussellMichelle RodriguezLudacrisNathalie EmmanuelDjimon HounsouLucas Black, and John Brotherton, and opens July 11, 2014.
  • Untitled Cameron Crowe Project – Courtesy of the director himself, the first image from his untitled picture starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone is now available.  The picture also stars John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Rachel McAdams, Jay Baruchel, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray, and should open sometime in 2014.

Hit the jump to check out the images.

James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Working with Bradley Cooper, Dances around Vin Diesel Playing Groot, and More

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It’s been said many times before and it will keep being said: Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s riskiest movie to date.  Judging by what we’ve seen so far, it’s not only going to be unlike any Marvel film, but also unlike many sci-fi space adventures in recent memory.  This kind of bold, daring movie needs a bold, daring, and twisted (in a good way) director, and it has one in James Gunn.

While walking the red carpet for Thor: The Dark World, he was candid about the movie, which is unusual for most Marvel directors.  However, because Guardians is so strange, Marvel may be trying to get audiences acclimated as soon as possible.  After the jump, Gunn talks about how we’ll see a teaser of some kind fairly soon, working with Bradley Cooper to get the right voice for Rocket Raccoon, the practical sets, and more.  He also dances around Vin Diesel‘s role in the film.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014. [Warning: Spoilers ahead]

New Posters for AMERICAN HUSTLE, NURSE 3D, and I, FRANKENSTEIN

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We have a few new posters for you today.  First up, it’s a blending of the character posters for David O. Russell‘s terrific-looking film, American Hustle.  It doesn’t pop off the page, but the font gives the uninitiated an understanding of the time period, and it doesn’t hurt to have a glamorous Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence flanking your leading man.  Far less glamorous and classy is the poster for the horror film Nurse 3D.  I understand it’s trying to evoke the art on World War II bombers, but the movie has nothing to do with that time period.  It’s just pandering, and not doing it very well.  Finally, there’s the poster for I, Frankenstein, which bears the tagline, “200 Years Later, He’s Still Alive”.  Imagine Colin Clive (from the 1931 movie) shouting that line and it loses some of its potency.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  American Hustle opens December 18th, Nurse 3D opens February 7, 2014, and I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24, 2014.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, Lost Episodes of DOCTOR WHO, AMERICAN HUSTLE, Tarantino’s Top 10 Films of 2013 So Far

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Having missed it during its highly successful theatrical run, I made an early trip to the video store (remember those?) this past Tuesday to pick up The Purge on Blu-ray. Like many, I was intrigued by the premise of a dystopian future America in which an annual night of crime-free killing known as “The Purge” is the key to the new U.S. of A.’s unprecedented prosperity. For an elevator pitch, my last sentence is intriguing stuff that leaves you wanting to know more about the world created by writer/director James DeMonaco. Unfortunately, I found the stellar logline to be the best thing going for The Purge as a majority of the film’s execution felt flat. I cared little to nothing about the Sandin family, was taken out of the movie during long stretches of characters searching aimlessly around the house with a flashlight, and felt the pic exchanged discernible commentary on societal violence for an all-out bloodbath that was not as much scary as it was a welcomed break from said extensive flashlight searching. Final verdict? Watch The Purge for the interesting premise, but don’t expect much in the way of scares or social commentary.

All new to home video discussion aside, this week’s Top 5 is filled to the brim with Captain Phillips interviews with Tom Hanks and more, a new trailer for Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty including Matt and Steve’s impressions of the film, 106 lost episodes of Doctor Who potentially popping up in Ethiopia, a new trailer for David O. Russell‘s American Hustle, and Quentin Tarantino‘s top 10 films of 2013 to date. As you may be expecting, a brief recap and link to each of the above awaits after the jump.

New Trailer for David O. Russell’s AMERICAN HUSTLE Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner

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Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for director David O. Russell‘s new film American Hustle.  The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s.  This theatrical trailer doesn’t get too deep into the film’s plot, but we do get a nice feel for the film’s tone.  There’s a very strong Goodfellas vibe here, and it’s nice to see Russell getting back to his more offbeat roots after the slightly more conventional Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter.  Obviously the cast is fantastic (Bale has a great moment at the beginning of this trailer), and I look forward to seeing how the ensemble comes together in the finished film.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and click here to watch the first trailer.  The film stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, Amy Adams, and Jack Jones.  American Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 25th.

Production Begins on Cameron Crowe’s Untitled Hawaii Project Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams

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Filming is officially underway on writer/director Cameron Crowe’s next film.  The “Untitled Hawaii Project” stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams in the lead roles, with Alec Baldwin also reportedly in talks to sign on.  The premise of the film apparently centers on “a defense contractor (Cooper) who is overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii who teams up with (and falls for) an Air Force pilot (Stone) to scuttle the launch. Mystical island forces and a talking a computer also play a part.”  Definitely a departure for Crowe, but the pic is said to be a reworked version of the filmmaker’s long-gestating project Deep Tiki.

Production is taking place in Hawaii with Eric Gautier (Into the Wild) serving as cinematographer.  Hit the jump to take a look at an official set photo of the film slate.

First Look at AMERICAN HUSTLE Character Posters with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence [Updated]

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Just two months until David O. Russell‘s American Hustle hits theaters on December 13.  The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s.  We have seen the awesome “Good Times Bad Times” trailer and a few images, but no poster.  Fortunately, Steve has you covered: He snapped photos of character posters for Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence on the way to a screening.

We expect Sony to officially release these online at some point (likely with an Amy Adams poster to complete the set), so check back for higher resolution down the road.  Hit the jump for an early taste. [UpdateSony has sent over the official high-resolution versions of the posters, complete with Amy Adams.  Check them out after the jump.]

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