We’re all con artists, see. Everyone is conning someone else in order to survive. That’s the cockeyed theme of American Hustle, a crazy, classy mess of a movie that shifts tempos every 10 minutes, leaving you breathless. Marveling at a quintet of throbbing star performances and trying to keep up with the elaborate plot twists (inspired by the real-life Abscam political scandal) that come at you in sections will make you feel like your attention span is on speed dial. You won’t doze in this one.
It’s time for the Golden Globe nominations, and with some of the more satellite awards pulling for early frontrunners (Gotham, Film Critics from New York, LA and Boston, etc.,) we’re starting to see some movie trends confirmed. Everyone loved 12 Years a Slave! Unsurprisingly! And Breaking Bad and Girls and Nebraska and American Hustle and Spike Jonze and Martin Scorcese movies that aren’t even out yet!
But there are some surprises…Brooklyn Nine-Nine, anyone? Rush? The Butler gets no love? Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha? That movie was great and all, but Lena Dunham is already representing the affected Brooklyn 20-something constituents with her Girls nominations, are you telling us that the portrayal of overly self-involved young women trying to “make it” in New York is going to start being a thing? Is already a thing?
See the full list of nominees below.
Yesterday Zach Galifianakis and Scott Aukerman began their campaign to make the comedian next year’s Academy Awards host — at least, that’s what we hoped they were doing– with a celebrity-studded edition of the Funny or Die series, Between Two Ferns. Today, they released a follow-up with Bradley Cooper (who co-stars with Galifianakis in The Hangover franchise), Jessica Chastain, Sally Field, and Emmanuel Lewis. From Lincoln, remember?
The Eight-Day Week
A lot of critics have lost their proverbial cool over Silver Linings Playbook, a rom-com about mental illness, ballroom dancing and the Philadelphia Eagles. I wish I knew why. It’s a slow, repetitive, meandering, mostly overacted little picture—perfectly agreeable but nothing special, and directed with a steamroller by David O. Russell. Go figure.
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If you need a break from either Fashion Week parties or constant reminders via Twitter that you weren’t invited to any, well, we’re finally out of the dire summer-movie season! May we suggest any of the new films released today: The Words, a thriller starring Bradley Cooper as a famous plagiarist? Too annoyingly timely? How Read More
The Academy has released an incomplete list of this weekend’s Oscar presenters. Based on past experience, what categories shall they present. Here are our best guesses!
Christian Bale will present Best Supporting Actress; Melissa Leo will present Best Supporting Actor; Colin Firth will present Best Actress; Natalie Portman will present Best Actor. This Read More
While the city burns to the ground and Michael Bloomberg says there’s nothing going on, really, it’s not just Occupy Wall Streeters who have taken up the picket signs. Today, fans of Ryan Gosling protested outside People Magazine’s headquarters to demonstrate their unhappiness with Bradley Cooper winning the ‘Sexiest Man of Read More
Now A Major Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper has left the contentious Crow remake undertaken by Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media due to a scheduling conflict, writes The Hollywood Reporter. The production, revamping the Brandon Lee film, is the subject of a Weinstein Company lawsuit; the company led by Harvey and Bob Weinstein believes it has the right Read More
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will adapt Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer’s book about Mormons who murdered.
Bradley Cooper will play Lucifer in a film adaptation of Milton’s Paradise Lost directed by Alex Proyas, who also gave us I, Robot. “Better to reign in hell than serve in heav’n,” Read More
In a cordoned-off gold nook of the Boom Boom Room, Zach Galifinakis slouched on a mushrooming sofa with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Olivia Wilde. He was wearing a striped sweater and… was it a Muppets baseball cap? Could that be possible? Things seemed hazy. Olivia Palermo–or was it Gossip Girl‘s Amanda Setton?–came by to Read More