Movie Exclusive – First Stills from David O. Russell’s “American Hustle”

We are already getting our first glimpse at David O. Russell’s next directoral adventure, American Hustle. The Oscar-nominated director has had an amazing few years, The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook both earning critical acclaim. American Hustle is already generating a lot of buzz and attention and Russell has only just recently started the editing process.

The cast behind this film includes talented stars from Russell’s previous films. Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and Robert De Niro are all a part of this project.  Plus, Jeremy Renner, Jack Houston, Michael Peña, and Louis C.K. are also a part of the cast.

American Hustle is a fictional story based off of the FBI’s Abscam sting operation that occurred in the 1970s. Bale is playing Irving Rosenfeld, a con-man from the Bronx who is deals in stolen art. Cooper plays an FBI agent named Richie DiMaso, who ends up getting involved with Rosenfeld’s dealings.

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Amy Adams is portraying Rosenfeld’s British lover and accomplice, Sydney Prosser and Jennifer Lawrence is playing Irving’s wife, Rosalyn Rosenfeld. When Richie DiMaso (Cooper) forces Irving and Sydney into a dangerous situation with power brokers and the New Jersey Mafia, Rosalyn (Lawrence) nearly jeopardizes the whole operation.

Jeremy Renner also stars in this film and it is the first time the actor has worked with David O. Russell. Renner is starring as the erratic New Jersey mayor who is trying to keep the community strong during a recession.

American Hustle is going to be in limited release on December 13 and in wide release on December 25, 2013. Are  you interested in seeing this movie? Do you think it will gain critical acclaim and award nominations/wins come this award season? Do you think having a strong ensemble cast is the ticket to a successful movie?

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Source: USA Today

First Look – Eight New Stills for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Eight exclusive new images have been released for the highly anticipated film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler. This historical drama is based on a true story and follows the life of White House butler Eugene Allen. Allen was a butler in the White House from 1952 until 1986 and served eight presidents.

Actor Forest Whitaker is playing a character based off of Eugene Allen, named Cecil Gaines. However, he is not the only talented actor behind this film! The stellar cast includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Colman Domingo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Alex Pettyfer, Jesse Williams, Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, James Marsden, Aml Ameen, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Lenny Kravitz.

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David Banner and Mariah Carey as Earl Gaines and Hattie Pearl.

Lee Daniels also produced the film and wrote the screenplay along with Danny Strong. If you have not already, watch the stunning trailer for The Butler here. Personally, I think that this is going to be a big awards contender this year and definitely a film to keep an eye on.

These eight new stills finally give us a deeper look into this star-studded film, so take a look at and share your thoughts in the comments! Lee Daniels’ The Butler will be theatrically released August 16, 2013.

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Movie Exclusive – First Official Poster for Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks”

Entertainment Weekly has shared an exclusive new poster for Disney’s next major live-action feature, Saving Mr. Banks. Even though this poster is quite simplistic, it represents the overarching theme and main conflict of the film.

Tom Hanks is playing the iconic role of Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is playing the role of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. The author was originally against turning her beloved novel into a film and very protective of her work, but Walt Disney was determined to show her what he could do with the story. During the process of making Mary Poppins, Travers was very involved and opinionated, having something to say about every aspect of the film.

Saving Mr. Banks also stars Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, and Kathy Baker. This film looks fantastic and I am personally looking forward to seeing it later this year. If you have not seen the first official trailer yet, be sure to watch it here!

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What do you think of this new poster for the film? What do you think of the cast involved? Do you think the first trailer revealed too much of the storyline? Saving Mr. Banks has two premiere dates with a limited release on December 13 and a wide release December 20, 2013!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

 

Film Festival Coverage – Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Announced

The film lineup for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was officially announced today and there are some amazing films included in this list. Some of these films also premiered at Cannes earlier this year and are generating some award season buzz already.

According to Entertainment Weekly, there are several films that are generating buzz, including the John Krokidas-directed biography Kill Your Darlings, which also premiered at Sundance. The John Wells-directed adaptation, August: Osage County, which stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, is also generating a lot of buzz. Plus, 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch and The Fifth Estate are also going to be premiering at TIFF and are gaining some attention.

Alfonso Cuaron’s awaited space thriller Gravity and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon will also be premiering at the festival. The  the Palme d’Or-winning film, Blue Is the Warmest Color is going to be shown in a Special Presentations category.

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Here is a list of the other films premiering in the first round of the festival:

All Is By My SideAmerican Dreams in ChinaThe Art of the StealAttila MarcelBad WordsBelleBurning Bush,Cannibal (Canibal)Cold EyesDallas Buyers ClubDevil‘s KnotDom HemingwayThe DoubleFelonyThe Fifth EstateFor Those Who Can TellGloriaGoing Away (Il est parti dimanche)The Grand SeductionThe Great Beauty (La Grande Belezza)Half of a Yellow SunHateship LoveshipIdaL’IntrepidoThe Invisible Woman,JoeLabor DayLife of a CrimeLike Father Like SonThe Love Punch, The LunchboxMan of Tai Chi, Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomMARY Queen of ScotsMystery RoadNight MovesOmarOne ChanceOnly Lovers Left AliveParklandThe Past (Le Passe)PhilomenaPioneer (Pioner)PrisonersQuai d’OrsayThe Railway Man,The RealThe Right Kind of Wrong, RushShuddh Desi RomanceStarred UpSupermensch The Legend of Shep GordonThird Person, Those Happy Years (Anni Felici)TracksUnder the SkinVioletteVisitorsWalesa. Man of Hope. (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei.), We are the Best! (Vi ar bast!), Le Week-End, You Are Here, Young and Beautiful (Jeune & jolie).

What do you think of the film lineup for the festival this year? Are you interested in seeing any of these films?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting News – Two New Cast Members Join “The Fault in Our Stars” Film

Those of you who are fans of John Green’s young adult novel will be excited to hear that it was recently announced that two new cast members for The Fault in Our Stars adaptation. Actors Nat Wolff and Laura Dern will be joining the cast for this highly anticipated film!

Wolff will be playing the role of August Waters’ (Ansel Elgort) best friend, Isaac. This role is important because Isaac convinces Augustus to go to the cancer support group where he and Hazel (Shailene Woodley) first meet. Dern will be playing the role of Hazel’s mother Frannie Lancaster!

Production on the film will begin next month in Pittsburgh with Josh Boone (Stuck in Love) directing the film and the script was penned by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter. Be sure to check back in for more production news for The Fault in Our Stars movie!

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Source: Entertainment Weekly (Article #1), Entertainment Weekly (Article #2)

Movie Exclusive – Incredible New “Catching Fire” Trailer Released

For those of you who are fans of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series, you are going to absolutely love this new trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire! It was finally released during the Comic-Con panel Saturday afternoon. Personally, I believe that this is the trailer that fans have been waiting for. Let me tell you, it is well worth the wait!

There is so much amazing detail and coverage of the story packed within the two minute and thirty second trailer that it is hard not to love every single frame. I think Catching Fire is going to be an even better movie than its predecessor and is going to be even more successful when it premieres.

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Of course, we get to see more of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and Gale (Liam Hemsworth). However, we also get a deeper look at the Quarter Quell and the rebellion and different levels of uprising that Katniss has inspired. In addition to all that madness, there is some new of the tributes competing in the Quarter Quell.

This trailer is just too amazing and glorious for me to describe in one post, so watch it here and let me know what you think! Catching Fire is going to finally be in theaters on November 22, 2013!

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Source: Yahoo! Movies

 

Comic-Con 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits from Day One

Comic-Con 2013 is is full swing in San Diego and the stars have been attending the first panels of the festival. Stars from Divergent, Ender’s Game, Intelligence, Teen Wolf, Psych, The To Do List, Hannibal, and several more casts of popular movies and television shows visited the Entertainment Weekly photo studio.

The portraits from day one are beautifully photographed and it looks like all the stars visiting the studio were having a great time taking the photos! Take a look in the gallery below:

Shailene Woodley and Theo James from "Divergent"
Shailene Woodley and Theo James from “Divergent”

Source: Entertainment Weekly