HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Warner Bros. is keeping itself in the Bradley Cooper business.
Hot off the huge success of his film American Sniper, Warners is in negotiations to pick up the movie rights to Orphan X, an upcoming book by Gregg Hurwitz, for Cooper to produce and possibly star in. Todd Phillips, Cooper’s partner at their untitled Warners-based shingle, will also produce.
Hurwitz will pen the adaptation.
The thriller centers on a man named Evan Smoak. He’s called a “Nowhere Man,” and he helps others, sometimes through violent means. A job draws him into a world of human slavery, engineered by a detective of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The book will be published by MacMillan in February 2016.
Hurwitz is an accomplished author and comic book writer. His previous works include Don’t Look Back, Tell No Lies and The Survivor and he also wrote for both Marvel and DC on comics featuring Wolverine, Punisher and Batman.
He has also worked in Hollywood, having sold a spec script titled Expulsion to Warner Bros. in 2010 and serving as a writer/consulting producer on the ABC series V.
Cooper’s latest work, American Sniper, was a breakout hit when it opened in January and has earned over $361 million worldwide. It also garnered six Oscar nominations, including best picture and a best actor nom for Cooper, who portrays Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Cooper was also a producer on the movie, having picked up the movie rights to Kyle’s memoir in 2012.
Cooper, who recently wrapped work on the untitled John Wells project and the Hawaii-set untitled Cameron Crowe project, is next producing, with Phillips, Arms and the Dudes, which is to star Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.
Jesse Ehrman and Julia Spiro will oversee for the studio.
THEWRAP.COM – The Tony Awards announced a diverse group of presenters Tuesday that includes everyone from Clint Eastwood to Carole King.
The presenters also include Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Fran Drescher, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Leighton Meester, Alessandro Nivola, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum and Liev Schreiber.
Eastwood is adapting Broadway’s “Jersey Boys”you for the big screen, and King’s music provided the inspiration for the musical “Beautiful.”
As previously announced, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman will return for the fourth time to host the Tonys. More presenters and performers will be announced later.
The Tonys will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 8 at 8/7c on CBS.
Actor Bradley Cooper and director Todd Phillips, who collaborated on The Hangover trilogy, have teamed up to form a production banner, and have signed a three-year production deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.
At the same time, the duo have set their next collaboration, Arms & the Dudes, based on a Rolling Stone article written by Guy Lawson. The story tells of two stoners from Miami Beach who ended up becoming arms dealers for the U.S. government.
Jonah Hill has been involved in table reads for the project although it’s unclear at this stage if he will officially join the cast. Phillips is said to be doing a polish ahead of a shoot later this year.
(Mark Gordon is also producing while Bryan Zuriff is exec producing.)
Both Phillips and Cooper have or have had deals with Warners.
Cooper had a two-year deal that he signed in 2012 for his shingle 22nd & Indiana Pictures. That yielded American Sniper, which is currently shooting in Morocco and Los Angeles, with director Clint Eastwood.
With his Green Hat Films, Phillips has been based at the studio since 2005. The made not only the Hangover films but also 2010’s Due Date.
“Todd and Bradley have deep personal ties throughout the studio and we couldn’t be more pleased that they are combining their immense talents into what promises to be one formidable production company,” said Greg Silverman, Warner’ president, creative development and worldwide production.
“The entire Warner Bros. family is excited about the great movies we know will come from this collaboration of two highly successful and original filmmakers.”
Phillips and Cooper are repped by CAA; Phillips is also repped by attorney Warren Dern.
Eric Close is one very busy man these days. Not only does he co-star on Nashville as Teddy Conrad, but on Saturday, he and his wife, Keri, are hosting a big fundraiser at their L.A.-area home for The Africa Foundation.
But before we get to any of that, I have to tell you what Close just revealed to me about Bradley Cooper. Close appears opposite the Oscar-nominated actor in American Sniper, the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed real-life drama about the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Cooper), who had more than 150 confirmed kills over his decade-long career as a sniper.
“He put on like 40 pounds,” said Close, who plays a Defense Intelligence Agency agent in the film. “He’s really been working hard. He looks great. He’s really taken on this character…He really takes this story personally and wants to do an honorable job for Chris’ memory and for his family.”
The full list of nominations for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards has just been revealed, and the competition for the Golden Popcorn might be the toughest in years. Bradley scored himself a nomination for Best Male Performance in “American Hustle.” The film, as well as his co-stars Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Christian Bale, all got nominations as well. View below who Bradley was nominated with and you can also click the link below to view all nominations.
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Bradley Cooper — “American Hustle”
Leonardo DiCaprio — “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor — “12 Years a Slave”
Josh Hutcherson — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Matthew McConaughey — “Dallas Buyers Club”
If you want Bradley to win his award, you can vote here. The 2014 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Conan O’Brien, will air on April 13th, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Warner Bros. has acquired American Blood, an upcoming crime novel by Ben Sanders, with Bradley Cooper attached to star and produce.
At least one other studio had bid on the project (which is currently a partial manuscript), and several TV companies had also expressed interest.
The story follows Marshall Grade, an NYPD officer turned mob informant, who, while living in the witness protection program in New Mexico, is pulled into a dangerous investigation involving a missing woman.
Andrew Sodroski (Holland, Michigan) is attached to adapt the script. John Lesher and Adam Kassan will produce while Chantal Nong is overseeing for the studio. Cooper will produce through his 22 & Indiana banner, while Brendan Deneen of Macmillan Entertainment and Pouya Shabazian of New Leaf Literary & Media will also produce.
Sanders, from New Zealand, published his first book, Fallen, at age 20. The book was a best-seller in his native country, and he went on to write two others — By Any Means and Only the Dead.
Now 24 years old, Sanders will make his American debut with American Blood, which is slated for fall 2015 via MacMillan. American Blood is likely the first in a series of books, which means there’s franchise potential for the films.
Cooper, Oscar nominated for his role in American Hustle, will next star as the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. He’ll next shoot Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. He’s repped by CAA.
The full lineup of presenters for the 2014 Oscar Awards were announced today and Bradley is among them. Tune in live on Sunday, March 2nd for the 2014 Oscar Awards ceremony!
Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises have marked out a December 25, 2014 release date for their untitled Cameron Crowe film, which stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin. Scott Rudin is producing with Crowe, who wrote and directed the romantic comedy. There’s still no title, but the plot centers on a defense contractor (Cooper) who falls for an Air Force pilot (Stone) after he is assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii.
I just wanted to give all of you Bradley fans a quick little talk show update. Bradley will be appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, February 17th. Not only that, but lineup for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has been announced. Bradley will be making his appearance later on that week on Wednesday, February 19th. I’ll give you guys a reminder once it gets a little closer.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Monday, Feb. 17: Guest Bradley Cooper and musical guest Tim McGraw.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Guest Bradley Cooper
Though a 30-second “Guardians” spot was widely reported, Marvel and Disney have a plan to roll out the characters “in the biggest and best way possible”
THEWRAP.COM – Marvel fans hoping to get a first glimpse of this summer’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie during the Super Bowl are going to be pretty krutacking disappointed in this news: It’s not happening.
Though “Guardians” was widely reported (not on TheWrap, for the record) as one of a handful of films that would get a 30-second spot during the game, director James Gunn threw cold water on fans of the once-obscure comicbook series that Marvel and Disney hope will expand its cinematic superhero universe into the cosmos.
Gunn first made the annoucement via Twitter …
For those of you asking about a #gotg Super Bowl spot, there will not be one but we will have something incredibly awesome for you soon.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 24, 2014
… then followed up with a more detailed explanation on Facebook:
Although I announced it on Twitter, I’m still getting questions about it on FB, so I thought I’d share here as well – the news reports of there being a Guardians of the Galaxy Super Bowl spot are incorrect. So if you’re a fan planning on sitting through hours of football only to get your #GotG fix – don’t! I know many of you are dying for a glimpse into the universe we’re creating – believe me, I hear you loud and clear hundreds of times a day, and I am dying even more to share it with you – IT’S KILLING ME THAT I CAN’T SHOW YOU A GLIMPSE – but Marvel and Disney have had a plan in place for a long time for the rollout of these characters in the biggest and best way possible, serving the widest audience as possible. Trust that they know what they’re doing, as they’ve been through this a few times before. And please be patient. Your enthusiasm, as always, is more than appreciated.