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Casting Net: Amanda Seyfried to star in 'Ted 2'; Plus, Bradley Cooper, more

• Amanda Seyfried (Lovelace) is set to star in Seth MacFarlane‘s upcoming sequel to Ted. Seyfried will join returning star Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming comedy, which continues the story of John Bennett and his crass, foul-mouthed teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane). As for Mila Kunis, according to Deadline, who broke the news, she will return for Ted 2 but in a much smaller role. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

On the scene with Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Louis C.K., and David O. Russell at the 'American Hustle' premiere

Damn, it must feel good to be a hustler. Coming off a  New York Film Critics Circle best picture win and whispers of Oscars buzzing in the air, the stars of American Hustle celebrated the film’s world premiere Sunday night at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater.

Inspired by the 1978 Abscam scandal in which the FBI set up a sting operation to capture corrupt political officials, the dramedy started off as a kernel of an idea in the mind of screenwriter and executive producer Eric Warren Singer 15 years ago. But for him, the movie all started with one character — irresistibly charming con man Irving Rosenfeld, played by Christian Bale. READ FULL STORY

'American Hustle' TV spot: 'Good Times Bad Times' for Christian Bale and Amy Adams -- VIDEO

Sometimes, the right song can make all the difference to establishing a mood for a movie. But the absolutely perfect song can go even further and provide meaning. Director David O. Russell is a connoisseur of music, so it’s probably no accident that the TV spots for his upcoming movie, American Hustle, are set to Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times.” Yes, it immediately evokes the setting of the film — the 1970s. But the lyrics are even more insightful for his characters, a coterie of ne’er-do-well con artists, corrupt pols, and compromised cops.

“In the days of my youth, I was told what it means to be a man,
Now I’ve reached that age, I’ve tried to do all those things the best I can.
No matter how I try, I find my way into the same old jam.”

The latest TV spot, titled “Unexpected,” showcases Christian Bale as an amusing con-man hanging on by a thread — much like his marvelous comb-over.

Click below for the latest Zeppelin inspired teaser for American Hustle, which opens in theaters on Dec. 13. READ FULL STORY

'American Hustle' trailer: Bradley Cooper gets a perm, Christian Bale gets a belly

Everything is cloaked in the gritty, suffocating glamour of sequins, cigarette smoke, high-stakes cons and hairspray in the newest trailer for David O. Russell’s American Hustle. Stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams are in perfect 1970s form — especially Cooper in those hair curlers.

Russell’s ensemble drama follows a con artist (Bale) and his partner (Adams) as they team up with an eager FBI agent (Cooper) to expose other players of the Camden, New Jersey underworld. Lawrence is all grown up in the trailer below and Jeremy Renner, Robert De Niro, and Louis C.K. also appear in the star-studded period pic.

Check out the latest trailer, featuring the Electric Light Orchestra anthem “10538 Overture.”

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Casting Net: Kurt Russell in talks for 'Fast and Furious 7'; Plus, Bradley Cooper, more

• Hollywood veteran Kurt Russell is in talks to join the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise in an undisclosed part for director James Wan (The Conjuring). We kind of hope he’ll just be playing Snake Plissken. The famously private actor has been somewhat absent from movies recently. 2007′s Death Proof was his last high-profile role. Russell has a few more projects in the works including the Jay Baruchel-starring comedy The Art of the Steal, and Bone Tomahawk, a Western with Peter Sarsgaard and Jennifer Carpenter. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Elizabeth Olsen for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'?; Plus, Bradley Cooper in talks to voice Rocket Raccoon, more

• Elizabeth Olsen is reportedly in talks to play Wanda Maximoff (also known as the Scarlet Witch) in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Marvel character is the offspring of Magneto (an X-Men character and Fox property) and boasts the ability to reshape reality and alter probabilities. Olsen broke out in the independent world with her role in Martha Marcy May Marlene, but it seems like she has broader, more mainstream plans — she recently wrapped Godzilla and will be appearing in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. [Bleeding Cool]
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Casting Net: Bradley Cooper back in the Lance Armstrong fold, more

• Remember way back in January when we all thought Bradley Cooper was going to play Lance Armstrong and then he basically told us all to cool it because he hadn’t even heard of the J.J. Abrams/Bad Robot project? Now, eight months later, Cooper is in fact close to boarding a different Armstrong pic, Red Blooded American, as a producer and a potential star for director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). Cooper, who scored an Oscar nomination for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, would either play Armstrong or Tyler Hamilton, a teammate of the disgraced cyclist in the Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment pic, with a script from Side Effects writer Scott Z. Burns. Should Cooper take on the role of Hamilton, we still have our own wish list for the part of Armstrong. In addition to the Paramount/Bad Robot pic, Working Title also has an Armstrong movie in the works, with Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Ben Foster starring and Stephen Frears (The Queen) directing. [Deadline]

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Bradley Cooper on 'The Place Beyond the Pines' and preparing to play slain soldier Chris Kyle in the upcoming 'American Sniper'

Over the course of his career, Bradley Cooper has become an expert at playing all the shades of the asshole rainbow. But since 2011′s Limitless showed Hollywood that The Hangover star can open a film all by himself, Cooper has been receiving more varied roles in vastly more ambitious projects, like 2012′s Silver Linings Playbook and this year’s The Place Beyond the Pines, which hits DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. “I think the opportunities really started to happen after Limitless came out and did well,” says Cooper. “I owe it all to The Hangover, and that allowed me to do Limitless, and Limitless definitely paved the road for directors to take a chance.” READ FULL STORY

'American Hustle' trailer has Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale looking straight out of the 1970s

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There’s your typical Oscar-hopeful December release, and then there’s American Hustle, David O. Russell’s follow-up to last year’s Silver Linings Playbook.

It’s a reunion of sorts as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro once again partner with director Russell, this time joined by Russell’s The Fighter heavyweights Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The 1970s-set picture will focus on the true story of Abscam, a famous FBI sting operation. The story centers around a notorious financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who were forced to work with a rogue federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on mobsters and politicians. “Everyone is playing someone they’ve never played before,” Russell explained on Good Morning America this morning. “…The economy, like it is today, was in a tough place,and people very eager if not desperate to make something happen, and when people are like that lots of crazy things can happen.”

Check out the trailer — full of ’70s hairdos (Cooper’s got a perm!) and featuring Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times” — below: READ FULL STORY

Steven Spielberg to direct 'American Sniper,' starring Bradley Cooper

Steven Spielberg has lined up his next directorial endeavor. There’s been uncertainty about what project would next have the multi-Oscar-winner in the director’s chair since he put Robopocalypse on hold, but he is now set to helm Bradley Cooper’s American Sniper, EW has confirmed. THR first reported the news.

The film is an adaptation of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. Cooper will star as late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who has a record 150-plus confirmed kills. The book, which spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, chronicles Kyle’s decade-long military career, including multiple combat tours in Iraq. READ FULL STORY

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