Movie Exclusive – Gorgeous New Images from “American Hustle”

Director David O. Russell’s next film, American Hustle, is going to be hitting theaters next week and some amazing new images from the film have recently been released. These new images show the stylized nature of the film and how Russell captured the 1970s era with the help of his production team.

American Hustle stars  Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams, who have all worked with Russell in either The Fighter or Silver Linings Playbook. Actors Jeremy Renner, Jack Houston, Louis C.K., and Michael Peña are also a part of the cast. 

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The story of American Hustle is 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.

Adams is portraying Rosenfeld’s British lover and accomplice, Sydney Prosser and Lawrence is playing Irving’s wife, Rosalyn. 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.

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There has been a lot of buzz generating around this film and it has already gained Satellite Award nominations, Screen Actors Guild nominations, and several NYFCC (New York Film Critics Circle) Award wins. Definitely a film to keep an eye on during award season!

Are you interested in seeing American Hustle when it hits theaters December 20, 2013? Do you think this film could earn some Golden Globe and/or Academy Award wins? What do you think of the cast behind the film?

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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

“Entertainment Weekly” – Holiday Movie Preview

Entertainment Weekly released the Fall Movie Preview edition back in August and now they are going to be releasing a Holiday Movie Preview. This edition of the magazine will be giving movie lovers a sneak peek at films coming out this holiday season. Of course, the list includes the highly anticipated films such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This edition of the magazine will also examine all of the recent Oscar buzz surrounding these and many other films as awards season is picking up.  

Here is a sneak peek of what  Entertainment Weekly has to say about Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, and Zero Dark Thirty:

Les Misérables: Les Mis comes to the screen 25 years after its Tony-winning Broadway debut, 150 years after the publication of Victor Hugo’s novel, and 180 years after the Paris Uprising depicted in the story, in which a mob of students and the impoverished lashed out at a ruling class they felt had neglected them. Despite being rooted in those distant eras, the film’s themes of greed and indifference that could be ripped from the rhetoric of the presidential election about the growing divide between haves and have-nots. “We’re not making some Masterpiece Theater show. This is not just some period movie. This is something that’s relevant. Classic literature, classic stories like Les Misérables stick around for a reason,” says star Hugh Jackman.

Silver Linings Playbook: With director David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook – one of the films already generating serious Oscar heat — Cooper tells us he’s looking to shed his image as the cocky alpha male with this role as an emotionally raw, mentally unbalanced man, who’s looking for love in all the wrong places – until he meets another wildcard, played by Jennifer Lawrence. Critics are already heaping praise on his work in the movie. “I’ve become aware that there was a little bit of ‘He’s not really an actor—he’s just the guy from The Hangover,’ ” Cooper says. “I guess people were surprised that that’s the same guy.”

Zero Dark Thirty: Jessica Chastain doesn’t have as much to prove, after a remarkable breakthrough last year with The Tree of LifeThe Debt, and an Oscar nomination for The Help, but she still has an immense burden to carry as the central figure in Zero Dark Thirty, about the decade-long hunt to track down the most wanted terrorist in the world. “You really see the drive and the journey that this woman takes, and you see her unravel,” she says.

Lincoln: Kushner was the man who held it all together on Lincoln, even though at first “the subject and the man just seemed too big to me.” The Angels in America playwright focused the epic Steven Spielberg historical drama on one key part of the 16th president’s life – his drive to have slavery forever outlawed by the Constitution. In a Q&A in the issue, he describes some of star Daniel Day-Lewis’ intense acting process. “Daniel said to me before we started filming, ‘I hope it’s not going to upset you when we stop speaking when this starts.’ I asked why. And he said, ‘I’m really only going to be able to have a conversation at that point with Steven,’ because he gets so deep into the part.”

Be sure to check your local newsstands starting Friday for Entertainment Weekly’s Holiday Movie Preview.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Exclusive Photos from the “Silver Linings Playbook”

New stills have been released from the David O. Russell-directed film, Silver Linings Playbook. Russell adapted Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel of the same title into a screenplay and film. This movie has a very strong and talented cast behind it, including Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, and Shea Whigham.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Silver Linings Playbook  follows Pat Solatano (Cooper), a teacher who has had a bad string of luck and ended up losing everything – his house, his job, and his wife. After spending time in a state institution on a plea bargain, he ends up living with his parents (De Niro and Weaver.) Pat wants to rebuild his life,  stay positive, and try to reunite with his wife, even with the circumstances of their separation. Pat’s parents are concerned about him and want to make sure that he can get back of his feet and begin to function normally again. However, Pat meets a mysterious girl with problems of her own named Tiffany (Lawrence) and things start to get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something important for her in return. An unexpected bond begins to form between them and both of their lives change for the better. This movie is set to hit the theaters November 21, 2012.

Lawrence and Cooper are also going to be appearing together in the 1929-set Serena, which is set to be released sometime in 2013. 

If you have not seen the trailer be sure to watch it here. Take a look at these stills and let me know what you think!

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Sources: http://pro.imdb.com/title/tt1045658/http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/weinstein/silverliningsplaybook/, and http://mockingjay.net/2012/08/26/stills-tv-spots-jennifer-lawrence/

“Silver Linings Playbook” – First Trailer

A trailer has been released for Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s next film Silver Linings Playbook. 

Here is a YouTube link to the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj5_FhLaaQQ&feature=player_embedded

And here is an Apple Trailers link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/weinstein/silverliningsplaybook/

This film was directed by David O. Russell and he adapted Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel of the same title. It has an absolutely amazing cast behind it, including (as previously mentioned) Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, and Shea Whigham.

Silver Linings Playbook follows Pat Solatano (Cooper), a teacher who has had a bad string of luck and ended up losing everything – his house, his job, and his wife. After spending time in a state institution on a plea bargain, he ends up living with his parents (De Niro and Weaver.) Pat wants to rebuild his life,  stay positive, and try to reunite with his wife, even with the circumstances of their separation. Pat’s parents are concerned about him and want to make sure that he can get back of his feet and begin to function normally again. However, Pat meets a mysterious girl with problems of her own named Tiffany (Lawrence) and things start to get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something important for her in return. An unexpected bond begins to form between them and both of their lives change for the better. This movie is set to hit the theaters November 21, 2012.

A little interesting fact for you – Lawrence and Cooper are also going to be appearing together in the 1929-set Serena, which is set to be released sometime in 2013. 

What do you think of this trailer? Is this a movie you would go and see in theaters?

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