A new trailer has gone online for David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook. The film stars Bradley Cooper as a man who’s recently been released from a mental hospital after having a nervous breakdown as a result of walking in on his wife sleeping with another man. However, he’s resolved to get his wife back, but along the way he meets the equally-damaged Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who’s recovering from her husband’s death. Silver Linings Playbook was one of the better movies I saw at TIFF this year. It’s sweet, funny, thoughtful, and this trailer conveys all those aspects (although it opens by showing off one of the film’s best scenes). The movie will likely be one of the major contenders in this year’s awards race, especially for Lawrence who gives an outstanding performance.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Chris Tucker. Silver Linings Playbook opens November 21st.
It’s always a fun treat when a now-famous actor pops up in a small role in an older movie you haven’t re-watched in a while. We previously posted a “Before They Were Famous” supercut, but now someone has edited together a montage of actors in their very first feature film roles. While you’re most likely aware of the majority of these appearances, I’m willing to bet you’ll find at least a few surprises in this video. I had no idea Jon Hamm was in Clint Eastwood’s “old guys can be astronauts too” movie Space Cowboys, but I now feel compelled to move the pic to the top of my Netflix queue.
Watch Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen, Emma Thompson, Zach Braff and many more make their feature debut after the jump.
Robert DeNiro has been named as the president of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Jury. This will be the actor’s third time serving as president of a Cannes jury, having presided over two juries back in the 1980’s. Speaking about being selected as president, DeNiro had this to say:
The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world. Having served as president of the jury in the eighties twice, I know this isn’t an easy task for me or my fellow jury members, but I’m very honored and happy to head the jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
No stranger to the festival as a competitor, DeNiro’s films Taxi Driver and The Mission have both won the coveted Palme d’Or prize at the festival in the past. DeNiro himself started the Tribeca Film Festival ten years ago as a way to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking hub. The 2011 Cannes Film Festival will take place May 11th – 22nd.
Developed out of a rather unusual circumstance, the action-thriller Machete, from directors Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, started off as a trailer in the Rodriguez/Tarantino double-feature Grindhouse and, due to demand from fans, has now become a full-length film.
About a renegade former Mexican Federale (Danny Trejo) who roams the cities, towns and streets of Texas looking for work after a shakedown from a drug lord (Steven Seagal), Machete promises a high body count with a cast that includes Robert DeNiro, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson and Cheech Marin, as Padre Benito del Toro.
While at the press day for Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This, due out on DVD on April 20th and for which we’ll have more on later, Cheech Marin talked a bit about his involvement with Machete.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Milla Jovovich has signed on to co-star with Edward Norton and Robert DeNiro in John Curran’s upcoming film “Stone” which THR bills as a “psychological thriller”. For once I’d like to an anthropological thriller or a philosophical thriller. Maybe even a sociological thriller (although I guess you could argue that zombie movies fall into that category). Must we contain ourselves to fucking over only one person’s mind?
Jovovich will play the wife of a convicted arsonist (Norton). Desperately looking to be paroled, Norton has Jovovich engage in a dangerous affair with his parole officer (De Niro), entrapping him in a series of deadly psychological games. That actually sounds very interesting and could be a rich and rewarding role for Jovovich. It would be nice to see her in a movie that doesn’t contain the words “Resident” or “Evil” in the title.
Filming is set to begin this month in Michigan which will already fuck with your mind. But back to the movie, I wonder if this is like some great reverse of Ulu Grosbard’s “Straight Time”. That would be neat.