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Bradley Cooper proves Louis C.K.'s 'Inside the Actors Studio' theory wrong -- VIDEO

Louis C.K.’s got some pretty strong feelings about Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio and the probability of students who ask questions actually making it in the industry, as the comic actor made very clear in a 2009 radio interview.

Well, the joke’s on C.K. this time around. As it turns out, his fellow American Hustle star, Bradley Cooper, once appeared on Inside the Actors Studio as a second-year acting student — and asked a question of the very actor Louis C.K. brings up in the interview.

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Oscar Season: The Musical! What would this year's Best Picture nominees be like on Broadway? -- VIDEO

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Though Frozen was nominated for two Oscars this year, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, the crop of nine Best Picture nominees doesn’t include a musical.

But what would happen if you took the nine very different films and made them into a musical? You would get some hilarious high-kicking results. From The Wolf of Wall Street cursing on beat to an American Hustle bathroom showdown reminiscent of Rent, it’s clear some of these musical ideas work better than others. Like most Oscar-related parodies that have been happening lately, 12 Years a Slave is respectfully not given a full production number. But if you ever wanted to see Dallas Buyers Club‘s Ron Woodroof do a kick-line next to Philomena, you are in luck! Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'American Hustle'

Name: American Hustle

Release date: Dec. 13, 2013 (limited), Dec. 20 (wide)

DVD release date: Unknown

Run time: 138 minutes

Box office: Opening weekend: $740,455 (USA); Domestic: $144.13 million; International: $72.28 million (as of Monday, Feb. 24)

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Bradley Cooper to star in 'The Elephant Man' on Broadway this fall -- EXCLUSIVE

If you’ve ever had the burning desire to see one of the hottest film stars of the moment bray, “I am not an animal!” you’re in luck. Bradley Cooper, who just received his second Oscar nomination in as many years for his fussy, conflicted G-man in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, will be returning to Broadway after an eight-year absence, the actor’s reps tell EW. (His last appearance was opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in 2006’s Three Days of Rain, for which he got very good notices.)

The red-hot actor will headline a revival of Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, playing John Merrick, the severely deformed, soulful figure memorably embodied on film in David Lynch’s 1980 film version by John Hurt. The play, unlike the film, has the leading actor suggest deformity through physicality without the aid of makeup or prosthetics, so you’ll get to see Cooper in all his golden-boy glory, just like in the large pic right here, which highlights Mr. Cooper’s 2012 performance in the play at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. This marks the second Broadway revival of Pomerance’s Tony-winning play, after a 2002 production starring Billy Crudup and Kate Burton, who were both nominated for Tonys for their work.

No word yet on whether Patricia Clarkson (who played Mrs. Kendal, the actress who befriends Merrick) or Alessandro Nivola (who played Dr. Treves, and also happens to costar in Hustle with Cooper) will rejoin People‘s former Sexiest Man Alive for the Broadway run, but further details are promised at a later date.

Way to ruin 'Homeland' for Jennifer Lawrence, 'Access Hollywood' -- VIDEO

Today in Jerk Moves: On the SAG Awards red carpet, Jennifer Lawrence found herself being interviewed mere inches away from Damian Lewis. In response, J. Law freaked out — apparently, she’s a huge Homeland fan, although she’s only seen the show’s first two seasons. (Granted, Lawrence says she’s watched both of them twice already; she’s waiting for season 3 to be released on DVD.)

Watching a celebrity get starstruck? Charming. Watching that celebrity sort of get bullied into meeting the star who’s causing her to hyperventilate? Less charming… especially when, in the clip below, Lewis’s interviewer decides to spill a huge secret about what happens to Brody at the end of season 3. Then Lawrence’s interviewer loudly, excitedly repeats it, despite the fact that Lawrence just told her she’s only watched seasons 1 and 2.

After some gape-mouthed shock, Jennifer leapfrogs right over anger to attain a higher state of righteous rage. “I’m past mad,” she tells the spoiler with the big microphone. “It’s this weird other emotion.” Your shock is our shock, Jennifer; your pain is our pain.

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Backstage at the SAG Awards: What the winners didn't say on TV

On stage during the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the big winners were the ensemble casts of American Hustle, Modern Family, and Breaking Bad. But backstage at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium, the stars opened up in ways they didn’t at the podium.

Supporting actor winner Jared Leto, who continued his awards-show momentum with another win for his supporting role in Dallas Buyers Club, thanked his mother (and date for the evening) for always encouraging him to pursue his creative dreams. To prepare to play the transgender woman Rayon, Leto said he sought out transgender people as mentors to help him develop Rayon’s voice and physicality. Attention, Thirty Second of Mars fans: The band will play in Mexico on Tuesday and continue its worldwide tour through the rest of the year.

Lupita Nyong’o, a budding fashionista and Supporting Actress winner for 12 Years a Slave, seemed humbled by all the attention she has been getting this awards season because of her wardrobe choices. “I appreciate the fashion world as an art form,” she said, “but I never want it to take over my acting.” Nyong’o gave reporters a quick lesson in the pronunciation of her last name — it’s NYON-go — and noted the universality of her movie even outside the U.S.: “Slavery is an institution that affected a lot more places than just America.”

The cast of Modern Family, celebrating the show’s fourth consecutive award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, is preparing to hit the road. They head to Las Vegas tomorrow to film an episode, and producers are planning another this season to be shot in Australia. Though there’s still no script for the Down Under episode, Julie Bowen did reveal that producers had asked her if she was afraid of heights or fanged animals. (Bowen’s onscreen hubby Ty Burrell, who won Male Actor in a Comedy Series, had better be careful.)

Michael Douglas, whose performance as Liberace in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra has earned a SAG as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe, noted that Steven Soderbergh’s film was released theatrically outside the U.S. (and even picked up several BAFTA nominations earlier this month). Though he says he contractually can’t say anything about his role in Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man movie starring Paul Rudd, Douglas says his kids are happy to see him working as an actor again after “a few years where I just made pancakes.”

Undeterred by construction noise outside, Julia Louis-Dreyfus couldn’t contain her excitement about winning Best Actress in a TV Comedy for Veep. Even better, just before entering the press room Louis-Dreyfus heard from fellow SAG winner Helen Mirren that the dame is a fan of the show. “That’s kind of cool, right?” said Louis-Dreyfus. But when asked if she would ever consider a real career in politics, the former Seinfeld star firmly said, “No, you don’t want me to be president.”

Speaking of Mirren, the actress admitted that not only was she surprised by her SAG Award (“I so didn’t expect to win”) but her role in the HBO movie Phil Spector was a last-minute thing as well. When Bette Midler injured her neck after one week of filming, director David Mamet  Helen Mirren on vacation in Italy and asked if she would step in and start filming the next day! “The whole landscape of drama on film is changing rapidly,” she said, citing the work of HBO, Showtime, and streaming sites like Netflix. “I’m just happy to still be working at a time when things are changing.”

“I’m the lady who said the bad word,” joked Rita Moreno as she entered the press room. The member of the elite EGOT club was delighted to add a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award to her mantle. She admitted concern about the one-minute time limit she was given for her speech — “Wait a minute. I’m Puerto Rican! I can’t even say hello in one minute!” — but appreciated her introduction by longtime friend and former Electric Company costar Morgan Freeman.

The cast of Breaking Bad continued its post-final-season victory tour, picking up the award for won for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series. Aaron Paul, who dubbed it “the longest, greatest goodbye ever,” said he started rewatching the series when they began filming the final eight episodes (he’s still only on season two). Bryan Cranston, who also won Best Male Actor in a Drama Series, gave full credit to the press for supporting the gritty series. The cast said they hope to stay in touch with one another — thanks primarily to shared enthusiasm for golf and tequila shots. Paul said, “We knew from day one that these friendships wouldn’t die when the show died.”

Amy Adams said she can’t wait to bring home her SAG Award for her work on the American Hustle ensemble to her 3-year-old daughter, Aviana. “She’s gonna like this one a lot,” said Adams. Alluding to the fact that the statuette depicts an anatomically accurate naked man, she added, “A particular aspect of this one she will find fascinating.” Costar Jennifer Lawrence, cursing at Bradley Cooper when he ducked out early, fielded a question about working back-to-back with director David O. Russell on Silver Linings Playbook and Hustle. “David doesn’t change,” she said. “He stays the same.” And acting veteran Robert De Niro revealed that the biggest challenge of his brief cameo in Hustle was learning Arabic.

Cate Blanchett, a winner for Blue Jasmine, sang some of her favorite Beatles tune “When I’m Sixty-Four” for reporters and said that she hopes Australian customs agents would be kind to her with all the new awards she’ll be toting back home with her.

Matthew McConaughey said that the hardest part about losing weight to play an AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club was deciding to do it. “I became a nice little hermit and enjoyed it,” he said. “In a very literal sense, I was hungry for knowledge, research, information. Trying to get to the core of my man.” When filming was done, McConaughey’s first indulgence was an ultimate cheeseburger that took the actor 45 minutes to mentally prepare to eat. “The friend I was with had finished his dessert before I took my first bite.”

 

 

'American Hustle' and 'Gravity' Quickdraw: Watch the Oscar nominees...with stick figures -- VIDEO

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American Hustle and Gravity both led this year’s Oscar nominations with 10 each, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director. But you don’t need to watch both movies to see how they draw out.

Check out EW’s Quickdraw versions of the two films to get a quick animated look:
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The sweariest movie in Academy history, who's up for an EGOT, and more 2014 Oscars talking points

Want to win friends and influence people using your intimate knowledge of this year’s Oscar nominees — and how they stack up against Academy history? Never fear: EW’s got you covered. (Caution: Nerd alert!)

- It’s unclear how many times the F-word is used in The Wolf of Wall Street. Vulture says it’s 569; Slate says it’s 544; some guy at some blog says it’s 506. In any case, it’s one of the most profanity-laced films in history and certainly the swearingest movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Wolf director Martin Scorsese’s own Goodfellas, with a mere 300 documented “f—“s, is the previous record holder.

- American Hustle is the 15th film to receive nods in every acting category. David O. Russell is the first director to helm two movies (back to back, no less) that have both achieved this feat. No movie has ever won all four acting awards, though A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Network (1976) got three wins apiece. Also worth noting: While quadfectas generally snag at least one acting award, only two (1942’s Mrs. Miniver and 1953’s From Here to Eternity) have ever managed a Best Picture win.
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David O. Russell compares 'Hunger Games' to '12 years of slavery' for Jennifer Lawrence

Hoo boy. American Hustle director David O. Russell, it seems, does not approve of the modern Hollywood franchise machine — and he’s not afraid to express his opinions on the matter, even to gossip reporters.

At an awards ceremony last Friday, Russell told the New York Daily News that he believes Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games commitment — a “hamster wheel” of filming and endless promotion — is running the star ragged.

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Louis C.K. reveals the missing ending to his 'American Hustle' ice-fishing story -- VIDEO

In American Hustle, Louis C.K. had a small role as Bradley Cooper’s boss whose penny-pinching, by-the-book ways stand in the way of the Abscam sting to nail corrupt politicians. During the course of their increasingly adversarial — and ultimately violent — interactions, C.K.’s mild-mannered bureaucrat spins a family ice-fishing story that he hopes will teach Cooper’s hotheaded agent a lesson. Each time they meet, he unfurls a little bit more of the tale, and Cooper’s character hates himself for actually caring how it ends.

Except he never finds out. We never find out, because C.K. never finished the story. Until now.

On The Tonight Show on Monday night, C.K. explained the story behind the story, which taps into the mad genius that is director David O. Russell. Click below to see how his fish story was supposed to end.
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