April 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
After a shaky start, production on western “Jane Got a Gun” appears to finally be getting back on track with the final piece of the missing puzzle now in place. Deadline reports Bradley Cooper has filled the villain role in the film which was vacated by Jude Law after he exited the project along with director Lynn Ramsay.
Natalie Portman stars in the film, which will now be directed by Gavin O’Connor, as a woman who must defend her home when her outlaw husband returns injured and with a pursuing gang in tow. She turns to an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help. Michael Fassbender had originally been set for Edgerton’s role, with Edgerton in place for the villain role, but in the first of many rounds of musical chairs on this film, Fassbender exited and Edgerton got “promoted” to the bigger part, vacating his original role as the leader of the gang for Law, and then for Cooper. Still with me?
I’m not sure how the scheduling on this worked out for Cooper, as “Jane” is two weeks into filming and Cooper has been in Boston for about the same amount of time shooting David O. Russell’s untitled Abscam thriller with Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The fact that he’s supporting rather than lead in both films probably helped. He’s coming off his first Oscar nomination in “Silver Linings Playbook”, another Russell film, and has attached himself to a plethora of in development upcoming projects. He can currently be seen opposite Ryan Gosling in “The Place Beyond the Pines” and will next reprise his role in “The Hangover Part III”, and then opposite “Silver Linings” co-star Jennifer Lawrence in “Serena.”
February 27, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
What’s next for Bradley Cooper now that he’s proven himself a serious, Oscar-nominated actor? Maybe directing. Deadline reports Cooper is developing a remake of German film “Kokowaah” as a starring vehicle and is also considering stepping behind the camera. But if he doesn’t direct this one, he is on active lookout for another film to make his feature directorial debut on.
In “Kokowaah” (a working title if there ever was one), Cooper will play one of two men, carefree bachelor Henry or married father Trevor. The lives of the two men are unraveled when the shocking identity of the father of Trevor’s 8 year old daughter is revealed. We can see where this is going. German crossover star Til Schweiger played Henry in the original 2011 film, so it’s likely Cooper is eyeing the bachelor role as well.
But “Kokowaah” marks yet another in-development project Cooper has attached himself to that are probably nowhere near ready to roll camera yet. Culinary comedy “Chef”, murder mystery “The Man From Primrose Lane” and WWII thriller “Dark Invasion” are also part of his long term plans. In the short term, Cooper will reunite with “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell and co-star Jennifer Lawrence this spring on an untitled political thriller about the 1970s sting operation Abscam. Cooper and Lawrence have already shot and are awaiting the release of their second feature together, “Serena”, which should hit this year, while “The Hangover III” and Toronto hit “The Place Beyond the Pines” are also ready for their audiences.
February 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
This one has been on our radar since forever, and we are finally just about two months away from the release of Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” follow-up, multi-generational family/crime drama “The Place Beyond the Pines.” We’ve seen the first teaser trailer but today new stills have been released which give us our first look at young actors Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen, who play the sons of feuding rivals Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, respectively.
His second collaboration with Cianfrance sees Gosling as a reluctant bank robber and Cooper as the police officer hot on his trail. They’re both new dads and their altercation has lasting effects, ultimately bleeding down to their sons. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews, including for Cohen, who’s the least known amongst his co-stars and who has a somewhat shaky reputation from playing Debra Messing’s insufferable teenage son on NBC series “Smash.” On the bright side, someone like Shailene Woodley was able to shake off a horrible years-long TV reputation to become one of the most successful young rising stars of the moment, so Cohen will probably be just fine.
“The Place Beyond the Pines” will be released on March 29th, and the new images can be viewed below, thanks to Thompson on Hollywood.
January 29, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Ever-busy, ever-in-demand, newly minted Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has no plans to slow down any time soon. He’s attached himself to yet another project, according to Deadline. He will produce and star in “The Man From Primrose Lane”, which will be based on James Renner’s novel of the same name.
Cooper will play David Neff in the Chad Feehan-adapted film, a true-crime writer who gets in over his head (don’t they always) when investigating the strange serial murder mystery of a suspect known as “the man with a thousand mittnes.” “The closer Neff comes to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he discovers his own dangerous connection to the series of crimes. He realizes in order to end the cycle of death and capture the killer he must look outside the parameters of what he believed to be true about time and space.” It sounds like this one is in the early stages, with Warner Bros developing the project as a vehicle for Cooper.
It’s a good thing since Cooper appears to be well booked up for the next 12 months or so. After Oscar season, where he’s nominated for Best Actor for his role in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook”, he’ll go back to work with the director on an untitled political thriller co-starring Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Christian Bale. Then he’ll star in Cameron Crowe’s next feature opposite Emma Stone. He’ll juggle the two in between promotional duties for Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines”, “The Hangover 3″ and Susanna Bier’s “Serena”, all of which he filmed last year and will come out this year. In the latter half of 2013 he’s expected to film period crime drama “Bad Blood and Starlight”, and by early 2014, Cooper will be prepping a Broadway run of “The Elephant Man”, which he’s already played on stage.
January 14, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Newly minted Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has attached himself to WWI true life spy thriller “Dark Invasion”, according to Deadline. Cooper, who has already exec produced “Limitless” and “Silver Linings Playbook”, will produce the film at Warner Bros under his 22nd & Indiana production company with John Lesher and his Le Grisbi banner.
The nonfiction book of the same name by Howard Blum will be released on September 11th of this year, and details German Secret Service members dispatched to attack the United States in 1915 while World War I wages in Europe. Cooper is attached to the role of Tom Tunney, the NYPD chief who’s tasked with establishing the team that will bring the German spies to justice.
Of course, with Cooper’s busy upcoming schedule, the project is still in the early developmental stages. After Oscar season, he’ll reunite with “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell on an untitled drama co-starring Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams (previously working under the title “American Bullshit”). He’s wrapping up work now on the conclusion to “The Hangover” trilogy and is also set to play the lead in Cameron Crowe’s next feature, a reworked version of romantic comedy “Deep Tiki” opposite Emma Stone. Cooper will next be seen opposite Ryan Gosling in Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” and opposite “Silver Linings” co-star Jennifer Lawrence in Susanna Bier’s “Serena.”
December 21, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looking like a modern day “Les Miserables” starring two of the Sexiest Men Alive with questionable haircuts, Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper battle from opposite sides of the law in the first trailer for “The Place Beyond the Pines.” The Derek Cianfrance film sees Gosling as a reluctant bank robber and Cooper as the police officer hot on his trail. They’re both new dads and their altercation has lasting effects, ultimately bleeding down to their sons, with Dane DeHaan as Gosling Jr and Emory Cohen Cooper’s son.
The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews and is certainly one of our most anticipated films of 2013. The beautiful, atmospheric trailer which only teases the plot can be viewed below, and “The Place Beyond the Pines” will be released on March 29th.
December 3, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Peter Parker’s expanding class of friends and foes are nearly complete. Director Marc Webb announced via Twitter today that “Chronicle” star Dane DeHaan (one of our favorites!) has landed the pivotal role of Harry Osborn in the sequel to “The Amazing Spider-Man”, which sees Andrew Garfield returning as the webbed crusader, as well as Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Jamie Foxx was also recently cast as villain Electro.
DeHaan beat out not one but two shortlists of other young actors vying for the part, but we think Webb made absolutely the perfect choice in the end. Shailene Woodley is also joining the cast to play Mary Jane Watson, with both newcomers presumably having supporting roles in this first sequel but to be greatly expanded in the conclusion of the trilogy. Filming begins early next year with a release date already set for May 2nd, 2014.
Last seen on the big screen in “Lawless” opposite Tom Hardy and Shia Labeouf, DeHaan heads to Sundance next January with Beat generation origin pic “Kill Your Darlings” alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Danielle Radcliffe, and also has Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” opposite Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper awaiting release.
See Webb’s Twitter announcement below.
October 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like there’s no rest for the highly in demand, as Deadline reports that despite a a rapidly filling up dance card, Bradley Cooper has landed yet another high profile role, and is likely to make a deal to join Emma Stone in Cameron Crowe’s next film, largely presumed to be the Hawaii-set “Deep Tiki.”
In development since 2008, the film at one time had Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon attached to the two lead roles, and will now see Cooper taking over Stiller’s role of a military consultant assigned to oversee a secret satellite launch on a Hawaii base. There, he begins to fall for an uptight colleague, presumably played by Stone, who seems a bit young, to be perfectly honest. Although, Crowe has reportedly rewritten the script and it could now differ greatly from what it used to be. Filming will being next spring.
Cooper has been garnering buzz for his performance in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” opposite Jennifer Lawrence, with many agreeing it’s a breakthrough moment for the actor previously best known for lighter fare like “The Hangover” and “Valentine’s Day.” His more recent and upcoming slate is certainly much more interesting and impressive, with recent turns opposite Ryan Gosling in multi-generational crime drama “The Place Beyond the Pines” and again opposite Lawrence in Susanna Bier’s “Serena.” He will re-team with “Silver Linings” director O’ Russell on the previously titled “American Bullshit” opposite Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams, and is attached to 1950s set crime drama “Bad Blood and Trouble.”
August 16, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Bradley Cooper is so in demand, his schedule for the next 18 months is already beginning to fill up. Today Variety reports the actor has entered negotiations to play the lead in 1950s set crime drama “Bad Blood and Trouble”, with shooting set for at least a year from now, in the latter half of 2013.
J Blakeson will direct the film whose plot is being kept under wraps for now. What is known is that Cooper will play a Miami police detective who falls in love with a married woman, whose husband has been targeted by criminals.
Meanwhile, THR reports Cooper is mulling over an offer for the male lead in Clint Eastwood’s remake of “A Star is Born”, which already has Beyonce set to be the young rising ingenue. Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale and Leonardo Dicaprio have all already said no to the part.
Cooper rose to fame as the star of “The Hangover” franchise, which is gearing up to shoot the third and final installment in Los Angeles, and has become rather savvy at filling up his resume with interesting and prestigious projects. He heads to Toronto next month where he stars in two TIFF premieres, David O. Russell’s dramedy “Silver Linings Playbook” opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Derek Cianfrance’s multi-generational family crime drama “The Place Beyond the Pines” with Ryan Gosling and Dane DeHaan. He has wrapped up shooting on Susanna Bier’s “Serena” – reported to be screening footage at TIFF as well, and is attached to reunite with Russell on “American Bullshit” opposite Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams.
July 24, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
in General News
Toronto kicks off Awards Season 2012 in a big way today with the announcement of over 60 Galas and Special Presentations that will play at the annual International Film Festival, running this year between September 6-16.
Rian Johnson’s highly anticipated sci-fi action flick “Looper”, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Emily Blunt, will kick things off as the Opening Night film. Films making their World Premieres at the festival include Neil Jordan’s gang of vampires in “Byzantium” as played by Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, Sally Potter’s 1960s family drama “Ginger and Rosa” (formerly “Bomb”) starring Elle Fanning and newcomer Alice Englert, and Mike Newell’s “Great Expectations” with Jeremy Irvine as Pip and Holliday Grainger as Estella.
Bradley Cooper will have two films at the festival, David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” opposite Jennifer Lawrence, and Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” with Ryan Gosling and Dane DeHaan. Logan Lerman is another actor represented twice at the festival, as he’ll appear in both “Writers” with Lily Collins, and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” alongside Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. The ever-busy Anna Kendrick will also be pulling double duty in Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep”, starring Shia LaBeouf and Brit Marling, as well as David Ayer’s cop drama “End of Watch” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena.
See below for the complete list of Galas and Special Presentations (thanks to Movie Knight), which also include such highly anticipated premieres as Joe Wright’s experimental retelling of “Anna Karenina” starring Keira Knightley in the titular role and Aaron Johnson as Count Vronsky, and Terrence Malick’s long-gestating “To the Wonder” starring Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurlylenko and more.
And just think, there are more films to be announced in the coming weeks! Phew.