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 – A New Still from “Divergent” Reveals Kate Winslet’s Character

Actress Kate Winslet recently sat down for an exclusive interview with USA Today from the Divergent set. In addition to the interview, USA Today also released the first still of the actress as her chilly evil character Jeanine Matthews. Winslet’s character is the protector of the dystopian society of the Divergent world and the leader of the Erudite faction, making her the antagonist of the story.

At the age of 16, the people of the Divergent world must make a choice as to which of the five factions they will join. From there, they must then go through a series of initiations to officially become a part of that faction. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) and her family are first introduced to Jeanine Matthews on the day Tris has to choose her faction.

Winslet had this to say about her character when talking to USA Today: “That’s the whole point of Jeanine. She walks down the corridor and sort of just leaves this vapor trail. I knew I had to bring that intimidation.”

The actress is also currently pregnant with her third child and because it is summer time, it has not been very forgiving temperature wise on the Chicago sets. However, the actress is a trooper had had this to say about the summer heat: “I’m holding up fine. I’m pregnant, but it’s not at the point where it becomes impossible. Sometimes you just have to roll with it.”

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Due to her pregnancy, Winslet was late showing up to the Chicago sets and did not have a chance to properly meet her cast mates. She used this fact to her advantage: “I wanted to break it and say, ‘It’s OK, I’m really fun. I promise.’ But I thought, just for today, I’d let them think that I am a complete bitch.”

Author Veronica Roth is very impressed with Winslet work on the film so far and is excited about what she has brought to her character. Roth had this to say to USA Today: “Kate has gone with a very subtle, even well-meaning villain. She’s not a mustache-twirling Disney type. She brings the menace in a very quiet way.”

Are you excited to see Winslet in her first villain role when Divergent hits theaters March 21, 2014? Do you think Winslet is right for this role? What do you think of this new still and interview?

Source: USA Today

Exclusive First Look at “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”

Those of you who are fans of the Percy Jackson series will be excited to know some exclusive stills have been released for the long-awaited sequel, Sea of Monsters.

The first film in the series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, was released just over three years ago now. I believe that part of the long production delay was because of Logan Lerman’s busy schedule. Between filming and promoting his other films, Lerman has been a busy young rising star. However, his schedule finally cleared up and he made it up to Vancouver, BC to film the sequel just last year.

My dad was actually a part of the crew and worked on the sets for Sea of Monsters when it was in town My little brother is a fan of the series and so my dad took him to set one day and he got to meet Lerman and Alexandra Daddario! As you can imagine, he was quite excited, but nervous at the same time.

These five new stills feature Lerman, Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, and Stanley Tucci. According to Page to Premiere, a trailer for this highly anticipated sequel is going to be played in front of The Host when it hits theaters this week! Sea of Monsters is currently set for a August 16, 2013 release.

Be sure to check in soon for an update on a trailer and let me know what you think of these new stills!

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Sources: Page to Premiere and USA Today

Books – Cover Reveal and Excerpt from Gayle Forman’s “Just One Year”

Fans of author Gayle Forman (If I Stay, Where She Went, and Just One Day), will be excited to know that the cover and an excerpt has been released for her next novel, Just One Year.

In Forman’s first series If I Stay is told from the perspective of a female lead named Mia and then the second book, Where She Went, is told from the perspective of Mia’s boyfriend Adam. Much like the books in her first series, Just One Day is told from the perspective of 18-year old Allyson. The sequel, Just One Year, is being told from the perspective of the romantic male lead, Willem.

Below is some of the excerpt and the new cover for Just One Year. You can read the full excerpt here 

“It’s the dream I always have: I’m on a plane, high above the clouds. The plane starts to descend, and I have this sudden panic because I just know that I am on the wrong plane, I am traveling to the wrong place. It’s never clear where I’m landing—in a war zone, in the midst of an epidemic, in the wrong century—only that it’s somewhere I shouldn’t be. Sometimes, I try to ask the person next to me where we are going, but I can never quite see a face, can never quite hear an answer. I wake in a disoriented sweat to the sound of the landing gear dropping, to the echo of my heart beating. It usually takes me a few moments to find my bearings, to locate where it is I am—an apartment in Prague, a hostel in Cairo—but even once that’s been established, the sense of being terminally lost lingers.

I think I’m having the dream now. Just as always, I lift the shade to peer at the clouds. I feel the hydraulic lurch of the engines, the thrust downward, the pressure in my ears, the ignition of panic. I turn to the faceless person next to me—only this time I get the feeling it’s not a stranger. It’s someone I know. Someone I’m traveling with. And that fills me with such intense relief .We can’t both have gotten on the wrong plane.

“Do you know where we’re going?” I ask. I lean closer. I’m just about there, just about to see a face, just about to get an answer, just about to find out where it is I’m going.

And then I hear sirens.

It was in Dubrovnik I first noticed the sirens. I was traveling with a guy I’d met in Albania when we heard a siren go by. It sounded like the kind they have in American action movies, and the guy I was traveling with said how each country had its own siren sound. “It’s helpful because if you forget where you are, you can always close your eyes and let the sirens tell you,” he told me. I’d been gone a year by then, and it had taken me a few minutes to summon the sound of the sirens at home. They were musical almost, a down-up-down-up, la, la, la, la, like someone absentmindedly but cheerfully humming.

That’s not what this siren is. It is monotonous, a nyeah-nyeah, nyeah-nyeah, like the bleating of electric sheep. It doesn’t get louder or fainter as it comes closer or grows farther away; it’s just a wall of wailing, and as much as I try, I have no idea where this siren is, have no idea where I am.

I only know that I am not home.

I open my eyes. There is bright light everywhere, from lights overhead, but also light coming out from my own eyes, tiny pinprick explosions that hurt like hell.I close my eyes.

Kai. The guy I traveled from Tirana to Dubrovnik with was called Kai. We drank weak Croatian pilsner from the ramparts of the city and then laughed as we pissed into the Adriatic. His name was Kai. He was from Finland.

The sirens blare. I still don’t know where I am.

The sirens stop. I hear a door opening. I feel water on my skin. A shifting of my body. It is better to keep my eyes closed. None of this is anything I want to witness.

But then my eyes are forced open, and there’s another light, harsh and painful, like when I spent too long looking at a solar eclipse. Saba warned me not to, but some things are impossible to tear yourself away from. After, I had a headache for hours. Eclipse Migraine. That’s what they called it on the news. Lots of people got them from staring at the sun. I know that, too. But I still don’t know where I am.

There are voices now, as if echoing out from a tunnel. I can hear them, but I cannot make out what they’re saying.

“Comment vous appelez-vous?” someone asks, in a language I know is not mine but that I somehow understand. What is your name?

“Can you tell us your name?” The question again in another language, also not my own.

“Willem de Ruiter.” This time it’s my voice. My name.

“Good.” It is a man’s voice. It switches to the other language. French. It says that I got my own name right, and I wonder how it is he knows this, and for a second I think it is Bram speaking, but as muddled as I am, I realize this is not possible. Bram never did learn French.”

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What do you think of this excerpt? Have you read any of Forman’s novels? What do you think of the cover? As of right now, Just One Year is going to be released sometime this October.

Source: USA Today