Last night at the AFI Fest tribute to David O. Russell, the director screened the first six minutes of the hotly anticipated ‘American Hustle,’ which stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams as con artists working for federal agent Bradley Cooper. Russell noted that ‘American Hustle’ is in the style he discovered with 2010’s ‘The Fighter’ and developed in 2012’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ – a character-based piece rooted in a real story. “The Fighter was a great revelation to me, about these people, the way they talk, their behavior, their emotion, their romance, their heartbreak,” Russell said. “In Silver Linings, I took the true story and put my own life into it. In American Hustle, I took some of the true story and made it personal and fictional, so it became a movie.”
Asked what that means, David O. Russell replied, “It means that I want to focus on the characters more than an event. In American Hustle, there was an event in the ’70s where a Bronx-born con artist and his partner in crime — that’s Christian Bale and Amy Adams, a woman from England, or supposed to be from England – were forced to work for the Federal government, and they taught the government how to con, and how to create a theater to draw other people in, based on what their hopes were. And this was during a recession. So I wanted to make it about those people and their love affair, these two characters, and Christian’s wife, really — that’s Jennifer — a very, as she describes her, ‘a Picasso of a passive-aggressive[ness]. Jennifer was very excited about playing someone wildly different from who she’s ever played, a real housewife of Long Island.”
Latest ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ TV Spot Unleashed: “You Have No Right To Enter That Mountain”
With the enormously anticipated release of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ fast approaching, Warner Bros. Pictures has let out the hatch this latest TV spot for the epic fantasy adventure film. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the events of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumbebratch).
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014. ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second installment of a three-part series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel ‘The Hobbit,’ beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The three films together act as prequels to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.
Warner Bros and Yahoo! Movies bring this special online fan event to your computer screens to celebrate the home video release of ‘Man of Steel.’ The cast and crew will talk all the things ‘Man of Steel,’ discuss what the future holds for the Last Son of Krypton, and answer live fan questions. The event will also include a featurette of the sit-down discussion between Zack Snyder and Michael Shannon about the making of the film. The event kicked off at 9:00am PST/12:00pm EST/5:00pm GMT. ‘Man of Steel’ will land on DVD, Blu-ray and download on November 12th in the US and December 2nd in the UK.
Oroster has put together this new fan poster for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18th, 2015, was announced this past week for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated film. ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ which is scheduled to begin shooting in spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.
Fandango has revealed this seventh and final character poster for ‘Divergent,’ the first installment of the futuristic action-adventure trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer and Amy Newbold, ‘Divergent’ is set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.
The film, a futuristic action adventure, is directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Summit will release the film theatrically on March 21st, 2014. The official synopsis for Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ novel can be read below the film’s previously released character posters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Alan Taylor is prepping to begin testing actors and actresses for the ‘Terminator’ reboot, which is being made by Paramount, Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions. The testing will apparently begin next next week, with Taylor seeing ‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson as well as another actress vying for the role of young Sarah Connor. Margot Robbie’s name has also surfaced in connection with the role. Connor was played by Linda Hamilton in the classic movies directed by James Cameron. The character is the future mother of John Connor, who grows up to be the leader of the human resistance in the war between humanity and cyborgs.
Alan Taylor will also be searching for his young Kyle Reese, the man who will father John. Those actor tests will occur at a later date but insiders say Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) is on the short list (sources say earlier reports of Boyd Holbrook are off the mark). Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back as a Terminator robot in a time-spanning story that sees him tasked to protect Sarah Connor as she grows up. John Connor is also back and sources say Taylor’s wish list starts with Tom Hardy, although at this stage not even a meeting has taken place.