September 11, 2012   Appearances , Gallery , Silver Linings Playbook 0 Replies

I just uploaded 9 MQ photos of Bradley at the official press conference for his movie Silver Linings Playbook. The press conference was held on September 7, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario. I wasn’t aware of the press conference until now. So I apologize for the lateness of the photos. Enjoy! :)

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September 8, 2012   Videos 0 Replies

September 8, 2012   News , The Place Beyond the Pines 0 Replies

Of all the films arriving at TIFF this year, few are premiering under such an air of mystery as Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond The Pines.” With only a couple of official images, but no posters or trailers, the tone and scope of the movie remained under wraps. Following “Blue Valentine,” would the film be a similarly intimate and narrowly focused story or something completely different? The answer is that “The Place Beyond The Pines” is an ambitious epic that is cut from some of the same thematic tissue as Cianfrance’s previous film, but expands the scope into a wondrously widescreen tale of fathers, sons and the legacy of sins that are passed down through the generations.

Cianfrance opens the film with a bravura tracking shot, following Ryan Gosling’s Luke from behind, Dardennes Brothers style, as he walks through a carnival in upstate in New York, eventually arriving at the main event. He leads a group of stunt drivers that motorcycle daredevil style in an enclosed circular metal cage at top speed, as they defy death by narrowly keeping from crashing into each other. His plethora of tattoos on nearly every part of body indicate a past of pain and trouble, and his job is one that means he’s always on the move. But things change when he learns his fling with waitress Romina (Eva Mendes) the previous year when he was last through town, has resulted in a son.

While his life up until this point may be dishonorable, lonely and unsteady, Luke is determined to do the reputable thing and contribute to the support of his child, despite the obstacles in his way. Romina is living with another man, and a stunt driver has little employment options outside of minimum wage gigs. Luke makes friends with the similarly shady Robin (Ben Mendelsohn from “Animal Kingdom” and “The Dark Knight Rises”) who runs an auto body shop…and also happens to be a former bank robber. It isn’t long before the pair decide to team on this illegal, but very well paying job, but Luke’s path puts him right on a collision course with Avery (Bradley Cooper), a local cop.

And that’s all we can tell you about the plot because a major narrative twist at the end first act is best left unspoiled, but this shift raises the stakes and reorients the story so dramatically that ‘Pines’ begins to take on a scale few films attempt, let alone achieve. In some ways, one could look at ‘Pines’ as a spiritual sequel to “Blue Valentine.” If the latter film chronicled in raw, intimate detail the fracture of a relationship, it’s in ‘Pines’ that Cianfrance follows what the fallout would be. This is a film that is very much about how the actions of the father, directly and indirectly pass on to the son. Or how the fissures and mistakes of the previous generation, have ramifications both practical and emotional months, years and decades later.

There will be some who will tilt the film and viewing it from another angle, it could be regarded as an allegory for the moral turpitude that has shaken the American dream. At one point, Avery reflects that when he was in law school, justice was viewed as a concept that was discussed, not as a tangible right. And only by becoming a cop, could he actually ensure justice was carried out, although it was by force. But as we learn, Avery and Luke are both morally compromised, even as they try to do with the right thing in both their lives. But what is undeniable is that while Luke is clearly breaking the law, the fallout from Avery’s ethically dubious actions hits those hard on the social and financial rung below him. And that unfairness is not only unforgotten, but festers and boils beneath the surface.

All of these elements — working class struggle, familial and generational discord, the relationship (or lack thereof) between fathers and sons — builds tremendously into a film that feels like it has shades of classic Italian melodramas put through the lens of a distinctly American film. No surprise then that the score and soundtrack veers from Arvo Part to new music from Mike Patton to the electronic crunch of Amon Tobin and still feels of a whole. It’s part of a grand production tapestry that elevates this picture to another dimension.

And then there’s the cinematography by Steve McQueen’s frequent collaborator Sean Bobbitt who has worked on all his films. Capturing the feel of small town Schenectady, while also opening up and providing breathtaking, beautiful vistas of New York state countryside, it visually helps ‘Pines’ establish itself as a film of big ideas and vision. That the film is strongly acted across the board, the final pieces in helping Cianfrance deliver his first grand opus, is almost an afterthought. Gosling, Cooper, Mendes and Mendelsohn all do terrific work (the latter continuing to astonish at how easily he can shapeshift into roles). But we’d be remiss in not giving kudos to both Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen who arrive at a key juncture and deliver with some astonishing work. The latter in particular a true revelation.

With “The Place Beyond The Pines” Derek Cianfrance has now placed himself in the canon of great, contemporary American filmmakers like James Gray, Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers. This is a film that desires to say something about how we relate to each other, and how the often overlooked consequences of our actions can refract down avenues we could never expect. A brilliant, towering picture, “The Place Beyond The Pines” is a cinematic accomplishment of extraordinary grace and insight. [A]

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September 8, 2012   Appearances , Gallery , The Place Beyond the Pines 0 Replies

Bradley attended the 2012 Toronto Film Festival last night for the premiere of his new movie The Place Beyond the Pines. The event was held last night at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Canada. If I’m not mistaken, Bradley wore the same suit he wore to the The Words premiere. If so, he wore a navy check suit, classic shirt, and leather shoes from Tom Ford. I uploaded 41 MQ photos of Bradley at the premiere, which I hope you all enjoy! Just a heads up to all of you, Bradley will be attending the premiere of his movie The Silver Linings Playbook tonight at the Toronto Film Festival. So I’ll be posting coverage of that here soon. Enjoy the photos!

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September 7, 2012   Gallery , Silver Linings Playbook 0 Replies

The official poster for Bradley’s new movie The Silver Linings Playbook was officially released today! Bradley co-stars alongside Jennifer Lawrence (who he will star with in 2013’s Serena), Robert De Niro (who he co-starred with in 2011’s Limitless), Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles, and more! If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out here. Both the poster and the movie look great! Enjoy!

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September 7, 2012   News , The Words 0 Replies

It’s kind of upsetting that the critics are being so harsh towards The Words, especially since it looks like one of his best performances yet. But then again, most critics eviscerate most movies these days. So I wouldn’t worry too much about what the critics are saying.

CBS Films wasn’t designed to make blockbusters. CBS Films was designed to make movies with big stars on a small budget and turn a solid profit. It’s important to remember that as you read some of today’s scathing reviews tied to its latest film “The Words.”

The new drama stars Bradley Cooper as a writer who rises to great fame with his debut novel; however the problem is he didn’t write it. Cooper’s character, Rory Jansen, actually stumbled upon another writer’s draft and passed it off as his own to jumpstart his career. Now as his popularity swells he must contend with his mistake when the original author makes contact.

On paper, it’s not a bad concept…granted it’s also one that’s been done before. However the appeal here is clearly its cast which along with Cooper includes Zoe Saldana (Cooper’s on-again, off-again girlfriend in real life), Olivia Wilde, Ben Barns, Dennis Quaid and Oscar winner Jeremy Irons. It’s also worth noting that Quaid is fronting CBS’ new Western “Vegas,” which debuts at the end of the month. (Nice synergy!)

Yet the critics have not been kind to the drama as reviewers have been falling all over themselves today to come up with their own choice “words” about the movie.

“It would have been more fun if I’d brought something to throw at the screen” – Dana Stevens, Slate.com

“A well-acted but narratively limp indie that’s undermined by a failure to connect emotionally with its audience.” – Jen Chaney, The Washington Post

“Bradley Cooper’s funniest movie since “The Hangover” – unfortunately, unintentionally this time …” – Lou Lumenick , New York Post

Lumneick actually takes it a step further in titling his review “Bradley Stupor.” Either way, you get the point. Surprisingly though it has also actually managed to find some big name supporters.

“A clever, entertaining yarn that doesn’t bear close scrutiny.” Steven Holden, New York Times

“This is a film that’s thoughtful and elegant, with just enough loose strings to keep things intriguing.” – Tom Long, The Detroit News

However with only a 15% fresh rating from film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, it is clear “The Words” isn’t going to win any big awards. Once again though it’s important to remember the overall context as reportedly the movie was made for just $6 million; which coincidentally is how much it is expected to make this weekend at the box office.

Anything over that is mostly profit and factoring in what it could earn through international release, DVD sales and cable deals “Words” could end up making money. Of course that won’t be in the headlines as the box office continues to deal with a slump that has burned a number of big summer Hollywood tentpoles.

Instead the story will be that if “Words” or any of the current crop of movies fails to make over $10 million, it will mark the first time since 2008 that it is happen. You have to go back to Nicolas Cage’s “Bangkok Dangerous,” which only managed $7.8 million.

Still you have to give CBS Films some credit as they have managed to turn profits on a number of their hits (debut entry “Extraordinary Measures” notwithstanding). Earlier in the year Daniel Radcliffe’s “The Woman In Black” pulled in the studio’s highest opening weekend ever with $20 million (on its way to a $50+ million haul).

So as you read this weekend’s reviews remember looks can be deceiving…sometimes.

So what’s your take New York? Are you planning on seeing “The Words?” Hit the comments and let us know.

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September 7, 2012   News 0 Replies

Bradley Cooper has a new movie opening this weekend but you’re forgiven if you didn’t know that. The Words is a tiny film that stars Cooper as a writer who steals another man’s manuscript. Costarring Zoe Saldana and Jeremy Irons, the film cost only $6 million to make and is being dumped on what is typically one of the slowest movie weekends of the year. Exhibitor Relations expects the film to earn$7 million this weekend.

It’s a far cry from 2009?s The Hangover which earned $468 million on a budget of $35 million and catapulted Cooper to the kind of fame that most stars only dream about. Many in Hollywood predicted he would be the next big thing.

Bradley Cooper has a new movie opening this weekend but you’re forgiven if you didn’t know that. The Words is a tiny film that stars Cooper as a writer who steals another man’s manuscript. Costarring Zoe Saldana and Jeremy Irons, the film cost only $6 million to make and is being dumped on what is typically one of the slowest movie weekends of the year. Exhibitor Relations expects the film to earn$7 million this weekend.

It’s a far cry from 2009?s The Hangover which earned $468 million on a budget of $35 million and catapulted Cooper to the kind of fame that most stars only dream about. Many in Hollywood predicted he would be the next big thing.

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September 7, 2012   News , Rumors 0 Replies

We have something to tell you about Clint Eastwood—and no, it has nothing to do with an empty chair.

But it’s not exactly good news if you were excited about reports that the Hollywood legend is going to direct Beyoncé and Bradley Cooper in a remake of A Star Is Born.

“Just a rumor,” Cooper told us last night at the premiere of his new drama, The Words, at the ArcLight Hollywood.

Asked if he’d be interested in doing it, Cooper, 37, chose his words carefully, only saying, “I mean, Clint Eastwood is one of the best directors alive.”

But maybe we don’t need another Star Is Born. “There are like three versions already,” Cooper said.

That’s true. The first was in 1937 followed by a version starring Judy Garland in 1954. The third costarred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

While we ranked Streisand’s version as the best, Cooper wasn’t so sure.

“Even better than Judy Garland?” he asked.

Now, back to The Words, which stars Cooper as a writer who finds a lost draft of a novel and publishes it as his own. Zoe Saldana costars his wife with Jeremy Irons playing the book’s actual writer. Rounding out the cast are Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Ben Barnes.

Cooper grew up with the film’s codirectors and cowriters Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal in the Philadelphia suburbs.

“I’ve known them since I was like 10 years old,” Cooper said. “Brian used to come and play at my house.”

It really did turn into a hometown reunion. Cooper beamed, “My mom was there for most of the time when we were shooting.”

Cute!

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September 7, 2012   News 0 Replies

Ask anyone about Bradley Cooper, and the reaction is the same: “There’s nobody who’s better liked,” says his childhood friend Brian Klugman, who co- directed The Words. Robert De Niro has invited Cooper to stay at his house several times; colleagues including The Hangover’s Justin Bartha and Cooper’s then-girlfriend Renee Zellweger showed up for his Inside the Actors Studio taping; and demanding directors like David O. Russell (The Fighter) are eager to work with him again and again.

All this is heady stuff for a 37-year-old who gained global recognition almost overnight with 2009’s Hangover and its 2011 sequel, was dubbed People’s Sexiest Man Alive last year and has become the epitome of cool.

And yet, like so many of the great stars who preceded him — the George Clooneys and Brad Pitts — Cooper is more complicated than he appears. The Georgetown graduate has identified with Joseph Merrick (a deformed 19th century Englishman better known as the Elephant Man) since he was a teenager; wrote his college thesis on Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and favors such books as Milan Kundera’s Immortality; loves films like the French classic Hiroshima Mon Amour; and abandoned Hollywood for Philadelphia when he moved back to his childhood home while his father was sick with cancer. (He died in January 2011.)

And now, improbably, this poster boy for frat boys finds himself at the epicenter of Toronto’s awards-season rush thanks to two films debuting there: Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, in which Cooper plays a bipolar former teacher who becomes involved with a troubled young woman; and The Place Beyond the Pines, in which he’s a cop-turned-politician whose conflict with a criminal (Ryan Gosling) spills over two generations.

The budget for Pines was about $10 million — a bit more than the roughly $6 million for Words and the $1.5 million for Cooper’s current release, Hit and Run. Together, they total fractionally more than the $15 million he’s receiving for Hangover Part III, which starts shooting in mid-September in Los Angeles.

At a point when Cooper has a plethora of offers, he has opted for the challenging and provocative, the small and interesting, risking the laid-back image that propelled him to fame — an image that amuses Hangover director Todd Phillips.

“He is ridiculously different in real life,” says Phillips. “People think he is just playing a version of himself, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. He is very vulnerable — insecure is not the right word — and that character is just straight-up confident. And there’s a warmth to him you would never know.”

Sitting with him this late August evening, it’s hard to reconcile this sweet, exceptionally open man with the defensive, insecure person he and his friends say he once was. Over dinner in the garden of New York’s Greenwich Hotel, he unburdens himself of something fans never would guess: his struggle with addiction, which ended, ironically, half a decade before Hangover.

“I don’t drink or do drugs at all anymore,” says Cooper, noting he gave them up at 29, when their toll was unbearable. “Being sober helps a great deal.”

Once, he relates, “I was at a party and deliberately bashed my head on the concrete floor — like, ‘Hey, look how tough I am!’ And I came up, and blood dripped down. And then I did it again. I spent the night at St. Vincent’s Hospital with a sock of ice, waiting for them to stitch me up.”

He adds: “I was so concerned what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day. I always felt like an outsider. I just lived in my head. I realized I wasn’t going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, ‘Wow, I’m actually gonna ruin my life; I’m really gonna ruin it.’ ”

Friends repeatedly cautioned him, yet he didn’t listen. “Part of me believed it, and part of me didn’t. But the proof was in the pudding: I’d always gotten up at the crack of dawn, and that was out the window. I remember looking at my life, my apartment, my dogs, and I thought, ‘What’s happening?’ ”

It was then he decided to change, and the effect was transformative. In addition to the Sept. 7 release of Words, in which Cooper stars as a successful novelist who secretly has committed plagiarism, he has been mentioned to co-star with Beyonce Knowles in Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born (he won’t talk about it), has wrapped Susanne Bier’s drama Serena and even has started writing his own projects, co-authoring an adaptation of Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos sci-fi book series.

Once he completes Hangover Part III, he plans to take another break from Hollywood and bring the stage version of Elephant Man to Broadway in the fall, after performing it to acclaim at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Then he will reteam with Russell for an untitled movie about the Abscam scandal of the early 1980s, taking the role of Mel Weinberg, a con man hired by the FBI in a sting operation that targeted members of Congress.

Through his Warner Bros.-based 22 & Indiana Pictures, Cooper also is developing another movie with Russell, based on American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. And he passionately wants to direct.

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September 7, 2012   Gallery , Magazines , Videos 0 Replies

I just uploaded the photoshoot Bradley did for the September 14, 2012 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. It’s one of my favorite photoshoots that Bradley has done so far! I also uploaded screen captures of Bradley from a behind the scenes video that was shot during the photoshoot. You can check out the photos in the gallery, as well as the video below. Enjoy!


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Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.
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