April 17, 2014

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The Hangover Part III – What could go wrong, right?

“The Hangover Part III” is the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.

THE HANGOVER PART III
In theaters on May 24
Director: Todd Phillips
Writers: Todd Phillips & Craig Mazin
Producers: Todd Phillips, Dan Goldberg
Executive Producers: Thomas Tull, Scott Budnick, Chris Bender, J.C. Spink
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms , Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Sasha Barrese, Gillian Vigman, Jamie Chung

Is Bradley Cooper of “Silver Lining Playbook” going to get nominated for Oscar?

January 10 the Academy Awards will announce the nominees for this year’s Oscars. We hope that the membership includes Bradley Cooper in the “Best Actor” category. What a great performance.
Bradley Cooper is seen in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, directed by David O’Russell. Last summer, Cooper also performed in Williamstown, Massachusetts in the production of THE ELEPHANT MAN. Directed by Scott Ellis and starring alongside Patricia Clarkson, the play marked Coopers second run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in which he first performed THE UNDERSTUDY in 2008. Cooper is currently in development to bring THE ELEPHANT MAN to Broadway next fall. Cooper recently wrapped production on the independent drama SERENA, based on the adaptation of Ron Rash’s period novel and directed by Oscar winner Suzanne Bier.
Next year, Cooper stars alongside Ryan Gosling in Derek Cianfrance’s thriller, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, which debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. PLACE BEYOND THE PINES will be released by Focus Features in 2013. Recently, Cooper signed a two-year, first-look deal with Warner Brothers announcing his production company, 22 & Indiana Pictures.

Last year, Cooper reprised his role alongside Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha in the Warner Brothers comedy sequel THE HANGOVER PART II directed by Todd Phillips. The opening weekend of the film marked the highest-grossing worldwide opening for any comedy and in June 2011, the film out-grossed the original HANGOVER in worldwide earnings to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Cooper is currently filming the final installation, THE HANGOVER PART III, which will be released by Warner Brothers on May 24, 2013.
Last October, the 2012 Hollywood Film Awards also honored Richard Gere for career achievement; Bradley Cooper for actor; Marion Cotillard for actress; Robert De Niro for supporting actor; Amy Adams for supporting actress; Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and the cast of “Argo;” John Hawkes for breakout performance; David O. Russell for director; Dustin Hoffman for breakthrough director; Quentin Tarantino for the screenwriter award; Quvenzhané Wallis for the New Hollywood Award; Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly with the Spotlight Awards; Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for producers; Wally Pfister for cinematographer; Dylan Tichenor for editor; Sarah Greenwood for production designer; Peter Ramsey with “Rise of the Guardians” for animation; and Jeff White with “The Avengers” for visual effects.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony took place [...]

Bradley Cooper, of “Silver Lining Playbook,” to receive the “Hollywood Actor Award”

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that actor Bradley Cooper will be given the “Hollywood Actor Award,” at this year’s awards gala.
“We are honored to present the “Hollywood Actor Award” to Bradley Cooper for his outstanding performance in “Silver Lining Playbook,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards.

The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor Academy Award-nominated writer/director Quentin Tarantino with the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award,” Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award” for “Argo, director David O. Russell with the “Hollywood Director Award”; Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award”; Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the “Hollywood Actress Award”; three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award”; producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with the “Hollywood Producers Award”; writer/director Judd Apatow with the “Hollywood Comedy Award”; actor John Hawkes with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” for “The Sessions”; and Quvenzhané Wallis with the “New Hollywood Award” for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Other honorees include cinematographer Wally Pfister, editor Dylan Tichenor, production designer Sarah Greenwood, and visual effects supervisor Jeff White. In addition, director Peter Ramsey’s “Rise of the Guardians” will be honored with the “Hollywood Animation Award,” along with additional honorees to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 22, 2012. The event honors cherished stars and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
Aside from celebrating accomplishments on screen, the Hollywood Film Awards established the “Hollywood Gives Back” program to expand and continue highlighting and assisting important local and national charities to raise funds. Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards has contributed to such charities as the following: The Art [...]

“Ted” and “Magic Mike” big box office opening

HollywoodNews.com: This weekend represented a shining example of the two best trends in mainstream moviegoing this year. As I wrote (here and here), we’ve seen a real upswing in both mid-to-low-budget mainstream fare that aren’t especially ‘tentpole-ish’ as well as a huge upswing in the number of R-rated films being released by the major studios.
As such, two of the four wide releases this weekend were both R-rated and all four were relatively small-scale and in 2D. That they mostly debuted to blockbuster numbers is an encouraging sign that not every movie need be a $150 million fantasy genre franchise entry. The top film of the weekend is also the best mainstream picture of the summer, as Seth MacFarlane’s Ted (review) debuted to a massive $54 million.
That’s the third-best debut for an R-rated comedy behind the $57 million opening of Sex and the City and the $87 million Fri-Sun debut of The Hangover part II. Among non-sequel/spin-off R-rated comedies, it topped the $44 million record debut of The Hangover and is the is among the top-ten best R-rated debuts of all-time. This is a massive win for all involved, bringing Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane serious film-making clout, further confirming that Mark Wahlberg is an actual ‘put butts in the seats’ movie star and giving Universal something to laugh about.
Speaking of Wahlberg, this is his second biggest opening behind the $68 million debut of Planet of the Apes back in 2001, and it needs only cross $133 million to supplant The Departed as his third-highest grossing film (Planet of the Apes and The Perfect Storm earned $180 million and $182 million respectively)
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Bradley Cooper vehicle “Paradise Lost” is dead

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This is surprising news: Legendary Pictures has pulled the plug on director Alex Proyas’ planned adaptation of “Paradise Lost,” which was to cast “The Hangover” star Bradley Cooper as Lucifer.
Previous reports made note of the film’s expansive budget, and sources close to the production tell THR that the cost and the enormity of the planned special effects were the ultimate downfall of “Lost.”
“Legendary is realizing it needs to be more fiscally prudent in the movies it greenlights,” the trade notes.
“Legendary also realized that in order to effectively bring to life Milton’s war between heaven and hell, it was going to need ‘Avatar’-like special effects. But ‘Avatar’-like effects call for an ‘Avatar’-like budget, and execs realized the technology wasn’t there to make the movie in the budget range in which they were working.”
Part of me admires the studio’s ability to bail on a project before getting in way too deep. But on the flip side, I really wanted to see Proyas bring this sprawling vision to the big screen. It’s unlikely this will ever happen, unless George Lucas or James Cameron decide they’d like to mount the project. Which is unlikely.
So for now, “Lost” is dead … and “The Hangover 3” is way more likely to happen now than ever before.
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“The Hangover 3″ is going to cost Warner Bros. a pretty penny

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A third “Hangover” was rumored immediately after the latest sequel crossed the $200M mark (it topped out at $254.4M at the domestic box office). Not, it appears that if Warner Bros. wants the Wolf Pack back for another installment, they’ll have to pay top ldollar.
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis are negotiating for huge paydays to reprise their popular roles for a much-talked-about “Hangover 3,” and THR says they’re likely to get what they’re asking.
“Sources close to the negotiations say [the stars] are asking for $15 million each (against backend) to reprise their roles. … That’s a big raise from 2009’s ‘The Hangover,’ which was made for about $35 million and paid the headliners under $1 million each.”
The stars reportedly pocketed $5M each for “The Hangover: Part II,” but now that the comedy sequel broke the bank for WB (again), the studio’s planning on opening up its wallet.
“It’ll happen,” says one insider. “It’s a proven commodity, which is rare these days.”
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Bradley Cooper replacing George Clooney in Soderbergh’s “Man from U.N.C.L.E.”?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Bradley Cooper appears to be the “Man.”
That would be “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a spy thriller based on the classic television show that Steve Soderbergh is hoping to convert into a feature film (and possible franchise). Cooper would fill a lead role that, at various points, had been believed to be going to Matt Damon, Johnny Depp or George Clooney.
Variety now links the “Hangover” star to the role of Napoleon Solo. He’d head to Soderbergh’s film after wrapping his work on David O. Russell’s “The Silver Linings Playbook” and Alex Proyas’ “Paradise Lost.”
Busy times for Cooper. I wonder what that means for a third “Hangover,” which has been rumored by might be on the backburner as all of the stars (from Cooper to Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) entertain plenty of other options.
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Cameron Diaz’s “Bad Teacher” crosses $200M worldwide

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Summer 2011 officially is drawing to a close, and the producers of R-rated comedies will be sad to see it go.
Audiences have flocked to most raunchy comedies released into the marketplace over the summer, with three R-rated films crossing the $200 million mark worldwide. The latest, “Bad Teacher,” managed the feat just this past weekend, posting an additional $2.2M at international box offices to push its overall cume past the high-water mark. The Cameron Diaz comedy now joins Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover Part II” and Kristen Wiig’s vehicle “Bridesmaids” as the latest R-rated comedy to hit the spot (as noted by THR).
Yet the rating isn’t the be-all-and-end-all. For every “Bad Teacher,” there is a raunchy “Change-Up” which fails to connect with audiences ($34.8M worldwide since opening on Aug. 5).
Don’t feel too bad for Jason Bateman, though, His “Horrible Bosses,” also rated R, has earned $170.3M globally so far, meaning it could be the fourth film to pass $200M before the year is through.
As for “Bad Teacher,” I wonder if this means a sequel is possible. Diaz isn’t opposed to sequels, and the star power of she and Justin Timberlake together could power a second film. Though the film has only made $98M in the States, foreign audiences showed up in support would they do it again? We may find out.
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Bradley Cooper (sort of) confirms “Hangover” rumor?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Bradley Cooper is in San Diego drumming up support and buzz for the recently announced “Paradise Lost” adaptation he’s going to do with director Alex Proyas (“Dark City”). But while talking to press, he might have dropped a serious hint at the direction of the third “Hangover” (should that sequel actually happen).
Cooper was questioned by EW about Zach Galifianakis’ comments that the next “Hangover” might involve Cooper, Justin Bartha and Ed Helms breaking the deranged Alan out of a mental institute.
“You know what? That might be right,” Cooper said.
When pressed on the comment – because many thought Galifianakis tossed it out there just to throw nagging journalists down a different road – Cooper hedged by saying, “I mean, I have no idea. But that sounds good!”
And you know what? It does sound good. It would be a separation from the wake-up-hungover formula that powered Todd Phillips’ first two comedies to box office superstardom. And given the success of “The Hangover Part II,” you know a third one will happen. I’m thrilled Phillips wants to go down a new avenue, and if Cooper’s right, that idea could work very well.
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Bradley Cooper playing Lucifer in “Paradise Lost”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Ed Helms calls his “Hangover” co-star Zach Galifianakis the bearded devil. Now his other “Hangover” co-star is about to play the actual devil on screen.
Bradley Cooper has been confirmed for the role of Lucifer in director Alex Proyas’ adaptation of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” THR reports. The fantasy film will detail a major battle in heaven waged between Lucifer and the archangel, Michael. The trade says “Lost” will be shot ay Sydney’s Fox Studios in Australia.
Cooper is enjoying a string of good creative decisions. “Limitless,” which just reached DVD an Blu-ray, received positive reviews and decent business, while “The Hangover Part II” was a commercial blockbuster (even as it alienated critics).
“Lost” sounds epic, and Proyas just might be the right guy for the job. His previous credits involve the underrated sci-fi thrillers “Dark City” and “I, Robot.”
“I’m delighted to have found such overwhelming support here in [New South Wales] for such a unique film offering unparalleled exposure for NSW cast and crew to the cutting edge technology that will be used in the making of ‘Paradise Lost,’” Proyas said.
Let’s just hope the film is released in 2D.
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