Confirming earlier rumors, Robert De Niro has now said he will be taking part in David O. Russell’s upcoming film Joy.
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Sienna Miller doesn’t want to talk about whether or not Bradley Cooper dies in the end.
In the upcoming biopic American Sniper, he portrays Chris Kyle, the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. During Kyle’s four tours in Iraq, the decorated Navy SEAL had 160 confirmed kills before retiring in 2009. But his life abruptly ended in 2013 when he was shot by a Marine veteran reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. (He’s currently awaiting trial.)
When asked if that sad coda to Kyle’s legendary career is included in director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the soldier’s best-selling 2012 memoir, the British actress demures. “I’m not supposed to say anything,” says Miller, who portrays Kyle’s wife, Taya. “The film really focuses more on his life than on his death. That’s what I’m supposed to say.”
Hitting theaters in limited release on Christmas Day, American Sniper arrives as a late addition to the awards-season scrum with a growing din of sight-unseen prerelease buzz. Cooper—who also produced the film—packed on pounds of muscle for the part, practiced shooting live ammunition with real SEAL teams, and personally promised Kyle (just before his death) to do justice to his story.
As such, American Sniper showcases Kyle’s overseas deployments where his courage under fire and pinpoint accuracy earned him the nickname “Legend” (and, Kyle claimed in his memoir, put a bounty on his head from enemy insurgents). But the movie also follows its hero home from the battlefield.
“Ultimately, it is a war film,” Miller says. “At the same time, you have romance: humanity grounded by a love story. The dilemma of life at home. Leaving that high-adrenaline, high-intensity situation behind and trying to be a father and husband. This is a man whose priorities in life are God, country, and family—in that order.”
The movie appears set to follow a release pattern similar to Eastwood’s sports drama Million Dollar Baby, which hit screens in December 2004 and went on to win four Oscars. Various prognosticators are already placing short odds on Cooper, who’s earned two nominations in the past two years for American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook.
“His performance is completely compelling. He’s just unrecognizable,” Miller says. “He was training four to six hours a day. He put on 40 pounds of muscle. He looked and sounded like a different person. I’m pretty sure he didn’t break character for the entire thing. He dived into this completely head-first. It was an amazing thing to be around.”
Amazing in a completely different way were a pair of butt-hugging khaki short shorts a bulked-up Cooper was photographed wearing on set that became an Internet meme earlier this year.
“We did have a laugh about those photos. Funnily enough, those are the SEALs’ Hell Week shorts,” says Miller, laughing. “They are the Navy SEALs’ training uniform. I guess it’s part of Hell Week to be humiliated to that degree.”
Bradley Cooper plays the most lethal sniper in U.S. history, according to the riveting U.K. trailer for American Sniper, an upcoming drama from director Clint Eastwood that’s based on the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s bestselling autobiography.
Cooper, who’d acquired the rights to the memoir early on, was deep in development when Kyle was tragically shot in early 2013. Though shaken, he decided to proceed with the film. In a Fresh Air interview, he said: “His story first of all really needs to be told, and it’s also relevant on two fronts: gun control and the need to address the many soldiers who are coming back with PTSD. Medicine has evolved to such a state — soldiers are coming back and they’re going to assimilate into the culture and if we don’t address the mental state along with the physical state it’s going to be a problem.”
Check out the sparse, tense trailer below.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired Serena, the long-in-the-works Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper film, EW has confirmed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is not looking to release it in the U.S. during Oscar season, instead gearing it up for an early 2015 release.
The fate of Serena, directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier, has been a mystery for some time, given that the movie was filmed back in 2012 before either of Lawrence and Cooper’s other collaborations, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, were released. THR‘s new story indicates that the film’s quality may be questionable; Magnolia became a “default distributor,” the publication reported, given that no other distributors had picked up the film. Magnolia’s sister company 2929 Productions financed the film. Three different cuts of the movie were screened, and buyers told THR it was “so edited, it made no sense” and “uneven, particularly Lawrence’s [descent into madness].”
Some audiences will get to see the film about a husband and wife running a Depression-era timber empire soon, however, as the movie will be screened at the BFI London Film Festival and released in the U.K. in October. A trailer emerged last week.
Update: Magnolia will release the film on VOD in February and in theaters in March.
The past two years, Oscar season has played host to a Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence collaboration, but the two made another movie together, and it’s finally being shown. Serena, directed by Susanne Bier, is part of the lineup for the BFI London Film Festival, making what appears to be its world premiere, according to The Playlist. The film will make its festival stop before being released on Oct. 24 in the U.K. It still does not have a U.S. date.
American Sniper, director Clint Eastwood’s war film that stars Bradley Cooper as the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is aiming to be a major player in this year’s Oscar race. Warner Bros. announced yesterday that the movie will open in limited theaters on Dec. 25 before opening wide on Jan. 16. READ FULL STORY
Robert Downey, Jr. continues to prove that playing Tony Stark pays almost as well as being Tony Stark. The Iron Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron star earned an estimated $75 million in the last year, putting him at the top of Forbes’s annual ranking of the highest paid actors for the second year in a row.
Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, who co-star in the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed film American Sniper (above), will reunite in Chef, a restaurant movie from August: Osage County director John Wells. Not to be confused with the Jon Favreau Chef movie that is currently in theaters, Wells’ picture, based on a script by Locke director Steven Knight, tells the story of a fired Paris chef who regroups in London where he aims to open the greatest restaurant in the world.
Cooper and Miller recently finished filming Sniper, where they play the real-life married couple Chris and Taya Kyle. Chris was a decorated Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and claimed more than 250 kills in his best-selling 2012 autobiography. In 2013, he was murdered at a Texas shooting range by a U.S. Marine veteran.
Variety initially reported this news.
The first wave of teasers and trailers for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy emphasized the comic book movie’s most eccentric qualities, a wild bunch of universe-saving criminals that include a tree, a raccoon, and a green-skinned Zoë Saldana. If you never read Guardians in print, it didn’t really matter, according to the studio; instead, it chose to play up the “these aren’t you older brother’s superheroes” angle. “Hey, we’re playing Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ and Norman Greenbaum’s ‘Spirit in the Sky,'” the clips blared. “That’s how you know this movie is cool!”
Perhaps the Guardians are even less well-known in the U.K. — or perhaps those songs are — because they now have a straightforward, ironic-music-free trailer that gives the best primer yet for what this movie is actually about. Chris Pratt’s scoundrel thief gets to deliver all the rah-rah speeches, but Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is the wise-ass scene-stealer. Watch the de-stylyzed trailer below: READ FULL STORY
• Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star in You Shall Know Our Velocity, based on Dave Eggers‘ best-seller, which tells the story of a a pair of friends — one bookish and awkward and one who fancies himself a ladies man — who resolve to scatter their friend’s ashes among the pyramids. They also decide to give away the $32K insurance payout that they got after their friend was killed to anyone in need. Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is set to direct the pic, which is eyeing a spring 2015 shoot. Author Wells Tower adapted the script. [THR] READ FULL STORY
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