• 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
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 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
And another one bites the dust. EW has confirmed that Bradley Cooper is the latest big name to exit Jane Got a Gun, a western starring Natalie Portman in its title role. Cooper was set to play an outlaw who swears revenge against a rival gunslinger (Noah Emmerich) — a part he inherited after two successive leading men dropped out of the film.
Originally, Portman was to star opposite Michael Fassbender — but Fassbender abruptly left the project in early March. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his exit was motivated by scheduling conflicts; several delays had pushed back Jane‘s production start date, and Fassbender needed to be free to film X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is currently in production.
Fassbender was replaced by Jude Law, and Jane was scheduled to finally begin shooting on March 18. But original director Lynne Ramsay failed to show up for the first day of filming, indicating that she had quit the production — and prompting Law to exit the film as well.
“When we get together, bad things happen and people get hurt…” “Yeah, that’s the point. It’s funny.”
The Wolfpack will run wild again on May 24 when The Hangover Part III arrives in theaters. We’ve known for some time that Alan (Zach Galifianakis) might need some psychological attention, especially following the death of his father. The new trailer finally explains the hows and whys that send the guys — minus Doug, who’s kidnapped! — south of the border in pursuit of the maniacal Chow (Ken Jeong), who happened to steal $21 million from a royally pissed off John Goodman. It could be worse: Think how bad it would’ve been for the guys if they crossed Goodman’s baddie on Shabbos!
Watch the clip below. But beware, chickens are the new tigers. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Jessica Chastain for 'Crimson Peak'; Plus, Bradley Cooper to replace Jude Law in Natalie Portman pic, more
• Guillermo del Toro is assembling quite the A-List cast for his gothic horror film Crimson Peak. Yesterday, we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) had joined the cast, and news broke today that two-time Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain is in final negotiations to star in the film. Del Toro produced Mama, which starred Chastain, but has never directed the Zero Dark Thirty star before. The project is the midst of a script re-write with Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me). Matthew Robbins (The Sugarland Express) wrote the original draft with Del Toro. [Variety]
• The trouble-plagued production for Jane Got a Gun may have finally gotten some good news. It looks like Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper is set to take over for Jude Law, who left the project late last month, as did director Lynne Ramsay. Warrior director Gavin O’Connor has since taken over, and they’ve continued shooting what they can with Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. [Deadline]
Director Derek Cianfrance’s films often focus on the emotional, like the intense relationship between Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams’ characters in 2010′s Blue Valentine. In his latest film, The Place Beyond the Pines, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and is being released in theaters this weekend, Gosling returns but in a harder-edged role.
In the scene below, which Cianfrance talks us through in accompanying commentary, Gosling’s character, Luke, is being chased through the woods by Ben Mendelsohn, who plays a mechanic with whom Luke later teams up to rob banks.
“It doesn’t always have to be about words; it doesn’t always have to be about talking,” Cianfrance says of the chase scene. Check out the exclusive clip and commentary below:
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With Ryan Gosling partnering again with his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, anyone can guess that the resulting picture wouldn’t exactly be happy-go-lucky. The Place Beyond the Pines spans decades and explores fathers, sons, and the choices we make that influence our whole lives. “I’m attracted to making movies about family,” Cianfrance previously told EW. “Those movies have secrets and intimacy.”
The secrets, along with some doom and gloom, are on full display in three new clips from The Place Beyond the Pines, which also stars Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. The first clip shows Luke (Gosling) and Romina (Mendes) meeting at a fair after time apart, and showcases all the awkwardness of running into someone from your past whom you thought you wouldn’t see again. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Johnny Depp commits to 'Black Mass' and Pfister's 'Transcendence'; Plus, Tom Hardy in PTSD film, and Bradley Cooper
• Johnny Depp fans, get excited. The actor has committed to his next two projects: Wally Pfister’s sci-fi thriller Transcendence, and Barry Levinson’s Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass, both of which he’d been circling for a while. Transcendence will be the directorial debut for Pfister, an Oscar-winning cinematographer (for Inception in 2011), who has been Christopher Nolan’s go-to since Memento. The details of the project remain sparse, but the logline teases that the film is about a scientist who has his brain uploaded into a computer. Depp will go straight from Transcendence to Black Mass, based on the true crime book Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI and A Devil’s Deal by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. Depp will portray the real-life former Boston mob boss and FBI informant, Whitey Bulger, who is still very much alive. [Variety]
• Tom Hardy is set to develop and star in the post traumatic stress disorder drama Samarkand, about a British soldier attempting to readjust to society after serving in the Middle East. Photographer Greg Williams wrote the script with his brother Olly, and will make his feature debut directing the project. Williams directed Hardy in the short film Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother (available here) about a man (Hardy) who decides to run away to join the French Foreign League. [Deadline]
• Best Actor nominee Bradley Cooper has committed to producing and starring in an English-language remake of the 2011 German film Kokowääh. He’s also reportedly considering whether or not to direct the project. The original film was directed by and starred Til Schweiger (Hugo Stiglitz in Inglorious Basterds) as a writer who discovers that he has an 8-year-old daughter. The film follows his work, his burgeoning relationship with his daughter (and her foster father), and his attempts to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend and writing partner. The script is currently undergoing a re-write. [Deadline]
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