The men of the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook appeared on Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show Katie yesterday and discussed director David O. Russell’s very personal ties to the film. Like Bradley Cooper’s bipolar character in the novel-turned-movie, the director’s son Matthew has had the kind of mood disorder that “can pull them down the drain and send the home into a tornado in moments,” Russell said. He got emotional relaying how his son, at age 1o and 11, told him life was so hard he wasn’t sure he wanted to keep going. But it was Robert De Niro who struggled to fight back tears when the conversation turned to Russell’s son’s cameo in the film (as the nosy boy next door), and how De Niro felt an even greater responsibility starring in the movie because he understands what Russell has gone through. Watch the clip below. Russell also reveals that the scene in the movie when De Niro cries was not scripted, and that De Niro also broke down when the two initially met to talk about the script. READ FULL STORY »
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Name: Silver Linings Playbook
Release date: Nov. 16
DVD release date: unknown
Run time: 122 minutes
Box office: $80 million as of Feb. 4
Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%
Movie Math: (A Beautiful Mind+Save The Last Dance) x (The Color of Money+The Family Stone)
Tweetable description: A story that tackles mental illness with a cast full of winning performances elevate the material beyond your typical romantic comedy.
What Owen Gleiberman said: “In David O. Russell’s exhilarating high-wire act of a romantic comedy, Bradley Cooper plays a man with bipolar disorder who can’t see past his broken marriage (even with Jennifer Lawrence standing in front of him ready to dance — talk about disordered vision!), and Cooper’s performance has the beautifully unhinged quality of a man trying to outrun his own pain.” READ FULL STORY »
At the SAG Awards, the stars get a few precious minutes to make their acceptance speeches. But that’s not their last say of the night. Next, they’re off to the press room backstage at the Shrine Auditorium. Read on for what the winners told reporters once they stepped offstage at the show on Sunday night – including Ben Affleck on Argo’s win in the top film category, Jennifer Lawrence on what she would tell her 14-year-old self and Bryan Cranston on what he hopes makes it into his obituary.
Eh… sorta. The consensus about last weekend’s SNL seems to be that while Jennifer Lawrence tried her very best, the show itself wasn’t quite up to snuff. Maybe it’s because the writers ran out of topical material early on, forcing them to resort to spoofs of ’70s-era foreign films and the Civil War. Maybe the month-long break between December’s Martin Short Christmas Spectacular and Saturday’s episode just wasn’t long enough.
But no matter: This poll is about the show’s host rather than the show itself — and by most rubrics, Jennifer Lawrence proved herself to be capable and game. Whether she was sneering about serving Bobby Moynihan toilet water or yipping excitedly as a lady-sized shih tzu competing on “Top Dog Chef,” the Oscar nominee committed to her material… even when that material was more cloud than silver lining.
But will her efforts be enough to make Lawrence a Best Host contender? READ FULL STORY »
Ah, the perils of high expectations! Anyone who’s ever giggled at a gif of Jennifer Lawrence joking around predicted that the two-time Oscar nominee would tear up SNL last night. Unfortunately, the show itself didn’t quite live up to those lofty hopes. Lawrence herself got better and better as the episode progressed, shedding the nervousness that seemed to plague her during her opening monologue. But the material she was given didn’t follow the same arc — especially the weak sketches that followed a curiously shortened Weekend Update.
The show got off to a strong start with a Piers Morgan Tonight-themed cold open that tackled a trio of topical issues: Lance Armstrong’s “I doped” Oprah interview, the strange saga of Manti Te’o's fake girlfriend, and Jodie Foster’s quasi-coming out at the Golden Globes. Most of the impressions here were strong, especially Kate McKinnon’s wide-eyed Foster; Bobby Moynihan’s slack-jawed Te’o wasn’t quite as accurate, but his unchanging look of astonishment was a strong visual gag. The best part of the sketch, though, had to be McKinnon quoting Jodie Foster quoting Molly Shannon’s Sally O’Malley character, who was once an SNL staple. INCEPTION!
UPDATE: Click over to read Hillary’s full Saturday Night Live with Jennifer Lawrence recap.
Could Jennifer Lawrence be the second coming of Jon Hamm?
Let me explain. Before Hamm hosted SNL for the first time, his comedy chops were largely untested. Sure, he seemed funny in interviews — but the man behind Don Draper was much better known as a Serious Actor than a serious goofball. But as soon as Hamm took the stage at Studio 8H, everything changed — he fronted one of the best SNL episodes of the season, inspiring Tina Fey to give him a memorable arc on 30 Rock, Kristen Wiig to give him an even more memorable role in Bridesmaids, and Saturday Night Live itself to invite him back as a frequent guest.
Jennifer Lawrence may find herself in a similar position after tonight’s episode, provided it’s as funny and charming as Lawrence herself. Like Hamm, Lawrence is best known for playing serious characters like The Hunger Games‘s Katniss Everdeen or determined Ozarks teen Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone, for which she earned her first Oscar nomination. But now, thanks to her more comedic turn in Silver Linings Playbook and her interviews and talk show appearances, Lawrence has proven herself to be sharp, witty, and eminently quotable.
Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming episode of SNL should be awesome — provided the Golden Globe winner isn’t arrested for murder between now and Saturday.
Lawrence spends the bulk of her Saturday Night Live promos getting the best of cast member Jason Sudeikis, who keeps trying to impress her by quoting Wesley Snipes movies and imitating Bradley Cooper’s Silver Linings Playbook character. Things take a turn in the last part of the clip, though, when Sudeikis convinces Lawrence to break out her old Hunger Games bow — and it turns out that the actress’s aim isn’t quite as good as Katniss’.
“It’s never a good idea for me to wing it,” Jennifer Lawrence told David Letterman last night after he asked about her Golden Globes acceptance speech. Her fans, of course, would disagree — when Lawrence wings it, she tends to produce endlessly quotable lines about everything from her first meeting with Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence (“I spit egg inside his mouth when I was talking. Into his mouth”) to her post-red carpet ritual (“The first thing I do when I get off a carpet is take my heels off, rub my makeup everywhere, and basically pick up a garbage can and go ‘Rawwrrrrr!’ and dump it all over my head”).
Then again, sometimes Lawrence’s goofy sense of humor can get the Silver Linings Playbook star into trouble. Take that Golden Globes speech, for instance: Upon accepting her award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, the first thing Lawrence said was, “What does it say? ‘I beat Meryl!’” Many viewers at home — including prolific Globes tweeter Lindsay Lohan — were scandalized; what right did this 22-year-old have to diss the world’s most celebrated actress?
But others understood what Lawrence was really doing — and while on the Late Show, she took the opportunity to set the record straight. READ FULL STORY »
By now, Hollywood has had a couple of days to digest the Oscar nominations. And all of the industry’s swami-like prognosticators are staring into their crystal balls trying to divine whether Bradley Cooper has a shot to beat out Daniel Day-Lewis or if Argo — even without a Best Director nod for Ben Affleck — can still pull a stunning upset in the Best Picture race. But 300 miles or so east of L.A., a different group of Nostradamuses (or is it Nostradami?) didn’t need long at all to jump into the horse race.
That’s right, the bookmakers in Las Vegas have published their Oscar odds and if you’re feeling frisky — and you have a few disposable bucks to get in on the action — you could wind up winning a bundle on February 24th. Not that we encourage wagering, mind you.
Okay, so with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s take a look at what the Sin City number crunchers have to say about the main races. READ FULL STORY »
With separate categories for drama and comedy or musical, the Golden Globes won’t exactly predict how much Oscar competition Les Miserables‘ Hugh Jackman is for Lincoln‘s Daniel Day-Lewis, but look on the bright side: We have an interesting acceptance speech to look forward to if the Best Director award goes to one of the Oscar-snubbed — Argo‘s Ben Affleck, Zero Dark Thirty‘s Kathryn Bigelow, or Django Unchained‘s Quentin Tarantino. Who will win in the Globes’ 14 movie categories? Let’s take it to a vote below. Remember, this is who you think will win, not necessarily who you think should win. READ FULL STORY »
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