I just updated the gallery with 60 HD screen captures of Bradley from the official red carpet coverage of the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. It was a short little interview, but it was nice to see Bradley on the red carpet. I’ll have the interview posted here soon. So keep checking back for that, as well as tons of photos to come! Enjoy!
Screen Captures > Award Shows > 2014 > Jan 12: 2014 Golden Globe Awards – Red Carpet
Bradley attended the BAFTA LA 2014 Awards Season Tea Party on Saturday (January 11) evening in Beverly Hills, California. You can check out 9 MQ photos of Bradley inside the event in the gallery. HQ’s will be uploaded later on. Enjoy!
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 11: BAFTA LA 2014 Awards Season Tea Party
Bradley, alongside his co-stars Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and director David O. Russell, sat down with the SAG Foundation on Saturday (January 11) for a screening and Q&A in Los Angeles, California. You can check out 36 MQ photos of Bradley at the event in the gallery. HQ versions will be uploaded later on. Enjoy!
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 11: SAG Foundation Presents A Conversation Q&A With “American Hustle”
Bradley Cooper stopped by the 2014 AFI Awards Luncheon held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday (January 10) in Beverly Hills, California. Bradley was joined by “American Hustle” co-star Amy Adams and director David O. Russell. The film was honored as one of AFI’s Top Ten Movies of the Year! You can check out 45 MQ photos of Bradley at the award luncheon in the gallery. More photos will be uploaded as they come in, including HQ versions. Enjoy!
FYI: Bradley is wearing an Ovadia & Sons suit.
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 10: 14th Annual AFI Awards – Arrivals
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 10: 14th Annual AFI Awards – Cocktail Reception
Matt Lauer is hosting a star-studded special Friday night (January 10) called “Going For Gold.” Bradley is one of the many guest stars on the special and you can check out a sneak peek of his interview with Will Geist below. The special airs tonight at 8:00PM on NBC.
Bradley Cooper is all business in “American Hustle,” the big screen crime dramedy based on the 1970s ABSCAM bribery scandal. But when he sat down with TODAY’s Willie Geist to talk about his Golden Globe nominated work in the film, Cooper couldn’t stop laughing.
As Geist asked the questions, the giggles just kept coming, but in time, Cooper settled in and found a calm moment to talk about his work — in particular, the fast track that saw him go straight from last year’s Academy Awards, where he was nominated for his part in “Silver Linings Playbook,” to his role in “Hustle.”
“Yeah, we flew out the next day to Boston and started pre-production, then we were shooting it two and a half weeks later,” he revealed. “Everything was sort of condensed, especially the editing process.”
Find out if the whirlwind production ends in a Golden Globe award for Cooper at Sunday night’s ceremony. The Golden Globe Awards airs Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. on NBC. And see more of the interview with Cooper and hear from other stars, including Brad Pitt and Justin Timberlake, Friday night on “Going for Gold,” a star-studded special hosted by Matt Lauer, at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Bradley Cooper starts off the celebrations for the 2014 Golden Globes Weekend early at a party held at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday evening (January 9) in West Hollywood, California. You check out 4 MQ photos in the gallery. Enjoy!
FYI: Bradley is wearing a Matchless Heritage jacket and rag & bone henley.
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Jan 09: W Magazine Celebrates The “Best Performances” Portfolio & The Golden Globes
Bradley Cooper and Joaquin Phoenix are both featured in “W” Magazine’s February 2014 “The Movie” issue. Both actors speak about their different takes on being actor in the entertainment industry. Having read through the entire article, it is definitely worth the read. You can view Bradley’s parts of the interview below, but if you want, you can click the link at the end to view the full article. Personally, I think both views are worth the read. So I encourage to check the whole article out. You can also check out 1 HQ outtake from the issue. A preview is shown below, but you can view the full version in the gallery. Enjoy!
Nearly two months later, on a Thursday night, I was at the Greenwich Hotel again, this time to interview Bradley Cooper, who was staying there while in New York for the premiere of American Hustle, in which he plays an ambitious FBI agent. When it comes to promoting his films, Cooper, who is also 39, may be the polar opposite of Phoenix. Cooper is a film lover who thinks like a businessman; he will enthuse about, say, how much he admires The Royal Tenenbaums and how it’s a crime that Wes Anderson, the director, never won an Oscar. What’s more, he doesn’t hesitate to fly to any city anywhere to meet and greet and to present at a premiere or a film festival. He seems to view doing press as a form of campaigning, and it works: Last year he was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for his part in Silver Linings Playbook, a dark comedy about a love affair between two mentally unstable people. Cooper, who didn’t start acting until after he graduated from Georgetown University, has a kind of puppyish zeal for every aspect of filmmaking. Even though he is quite accomplished and is no longer required to audition, he will make a video of himself to prove to a director that he is right for a part. Cooper is so enthralled by the process of acting that it doesn’t even seem to bother him when directors turn him down. “I read for Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street,” Cooper told me. “But the part went to Jonah Hill.” As usual, he sounded upbeat.
In the many months between the release of Silver Linings and the Oscars, Cooper crisscrossed the globe several times to publicize the film. “I loved it all,” he said, plopping down on a velvet couch in the corner of the hotel’s cozy bar. He was wearing jeans and a navy sweater that zipped at the neck and accentuated his bright blue eyes. That afternoon, he had flown in from Hawaii, where he was shooting Cameron Crowe’s latest film, in which he plays a military contractor. “The way I look at it is, I always dreamed of being in the room with actors like Daniel Day-Lewis and Robert De Niro, so how can I mind being there?” Cooper said. “If I’m a kid and my whole fantasy is to be part of this world, and then I’m actually doing it with my heroes, shame on me if I complain about having to do an interview on the red carpet.” He paused and took a sip of mint tea. “Although it is a helluva grind.” Cooper was, perhaps, thinking back to the many, many forced flirtations on the awards circuit when TV entertainment reporters asked him to speak French or dance or dish about his Silver Linings costar, Jennifer Lawrence. Whatever the request, Cooper was a gentleman throughout: He knows the value of media attention. “There were times when I felt like a fucking monkey,” Cooper said now, laughing. “But most of the time, it was amazing! I love Q&A’s. I love talking to people about films. I can do it for hours and hours. And I wanted the film to be seen.”
During the campaign for Silver Linings Playbook, which made more than $236 million internationally at the box office, Cooper, who has an almost fanlike enthusiasm for actors and filmmakers, grew very close to David O. Russell, the film’s writer and director. “Bradley became like my brother,” Russell told me at a party for their latest collaboration, American Hustle, a loose retelling of the ABSCAM sting in the ’70s. “He has a rare ability to think of the whole film and not just his performance. Most actors concentrate on their part, and that’s fantastic, but Bradley can hold the entire movie in his head. I started to ask him what he thought about certain scenes in Silver Linings, and the next thing I knew, I had asked him to be in the editing room.”
Unlike Phoenix, Cooper has no problem watching himself. “I don’t give a fuck about my character—I love storytelling,” Cooper explained. “In the editing room, you have to be vicious. You’re sitting in a cave for 12 hours, and you get the knives out and carve out the story together. But don’t get me wrong, it’s not a selfless thing: If I’m great in a bad movie, it doesn’t matter. But if I’m good in a great movie, then that’s good. All I care about is making the movie great. I’m not precious about my work in the film. Not at all.”
Like Phoenix—and this may be the one thing they have in common—Cooper has a romantic streak when it comes to acting and movies. He grew up in Philadelphia; was very close to his father, a stockbroker, who died in 2011; and seems to view show business as a large, extended family. After starring as the toxic playboy Phil in The Hangover in 2009, which was a $467 million worldwide blockbuster, Cooper, who was then known for his work in comedies, fought to be seen as a dramatic leading man. In 2011, Relativity Media, an independent studio, financed Limitless, a mix of thriller and intellectual parable that starred Cooper as a writer who discovers a drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his brain power for personal gain. Limitless was a hit, redefining Cooper’s profile in Hollywood. Suddenly he was considered an actor who could guarantee box office returns, and he had range: He could be romantic, funny, charming, threatening. “Careerwise, Limitless changed everything,” Cooper told me. “That film paved the way for someone like David O. Russell to consider me for Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.”
Richie Di Maso, the character Cooper plays in American Hustle, has a boyish enthusiasm for both capturing bad guys and disco dancing. “My character was originally very straight,” Cooper explained. “I said, ‘I love you, David, and I’ll do anything for you, but why don’t we make the character fucking amazing? Let’s make him someone we haven’t seen before.’?”
In March 2013, about a week after the Oscars, American Hustle started shooting in Boston. The timing was good: Despite a huge push from Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook won only one Academy Award (best actress for Jennifer Lawrence), and returning to work was an excellent way for Russell and Cooper to quell their disappointment. “At the time, I was with David 12 hours a day, and I told him I wanted Richie to be different and to look different,” Cooper said. “We tried wigs and that didn’t quite work. One day, we curled my hair. The minute we did that, Richie was born.”
There’s a kinetic energy to Cooper’s performance in American Hustle, a kind of manic intensity that is also true of the actor himself. Unlike Phoenix, Cooper wants to be liked and understood. Phoenix may be the more daring, complex actor, but Cooper has a contagious love of the game. They share a deep respect for great directors, but while Phoenix has an almost mystical relationship to his craft, Cooper is proactive: He writes letters to people like David Fincher, whom he longs to work with, and he options books, including the one for his next project, American Sniper, in which he’ll play Chris Kyle, a soldier who served in Iraq. “Clint Eastwood is directing that movie,” Cooper said as he prepared to leave for dinner. “I’ve tried to work with Clint since Flags of Our Fathers. I put myself on tape for that, and also to be in Gran Torino, and again, to play Leo’s [Leonardo DiCaprio] boyfriend in J. Edgar. Nothing worked out. And yet, when I was an adolescent, I believed in two things: I was going to work with Robert De Niro, and I was going to work with Clint Eastwood.” Cooper paused. “Now De Niro is like a father to me, and I’m making a film with Eastwood! My life is a real dream. Sometimes I get afraid that I’m going to wake up. And then I realize, if I work hard, good things will come.”
The nominations for the 2014 BAFTA Awards were announced on Wednesday morning (January 8) and Bradley scored a nomination for Supporting Actor for his role in “American Hustle.” Big congratulations to Bradley! The film scored 9 other nominations, including Best Film, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, and more. You can view who Bradley is sharing the nomination with below and check out the full list of nominees at the official website.
Matt Damon – Behind the Candelabra
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Daniel Brühl – Rush
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
The 2014 BAFTA Film Awards will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will take place at London’s Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014.
Bradley Cooper joins NBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss his latest film “American Hustle,” which finds the actor working again with “Silver Linings Playbook” director David. O. Russell and actress Jennifer Lawrence. Cooper also discusses his recent birthday and getting into politics. You can watch the 15-minute interview below and view 512 screen captures of Bradley from the interview in the gallery. Enjoy!
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > Talk Shows from 2014 > Jan 07: NBC News – Morning Joe
Rarely has a male hairstyle dominated awards show discussions as much as Bradley Cooper’s tight curls in American Hustle. (We may be biased though. . . we are currently running the awards campaign for Cooper’s Hustle coiffure out of our cubicle, assembling pink-roller “For Your Consideration” swag mailers during lunch breaks.) This afternoon, Cooper hit the awards campaign trail on behalf of both himself and his hair during a Google Hangout with the Los Angeles Times. Over the course of the 22-minute conversation, Cooper graciously devoted about a third of the time to explaining and answering questions about the precise, 70s-inspired style.
At one point, Cooper even offers up a oral history of the hairstyle, explaining why he and the hair department decided to manually curl the actor’s hair each morning—a process that took three hours!—rather than go the lazy route with a wig or perm.
“We tried a lot of wigs, and I just looked like somebody from Three Stooges. It was bordering on taking you out of the movie. We curled the hair one day because to perm it would be permanent [so we wanted to see] if that would work. So we curled it, which basically meant putting curlers—they put this solution in it and we put 110 curlers in it and I sat underneath a heat lamp for 45 minutes . . . the whole thing was three hours. We loved what it did so we thought, ’Let’s just do that. Let’s not mess with that—not really thinking, oh I will have to do that every single day. But it was really born out of the necessity that we did not have the chance to try it as a perm. And then we made it a character thing, that he likes that much control and he enjoys this [routine] he does every day.”
Other Bradley Cooper hairstyle fun facts: the look was inspired by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis. And no, Bradley Cooper is not averse to recycling the look for special occasions. “I gotta say, man, that I personally kinda fell in love with it.” Just how much did he love the style though? “I definitely would try to stave off showering as long as I could because the minute the water touched it, it went limp. But I definitely went out with it at night.”
To quote the Los Angeles Times journalist moderating this discourse: “The hair gets a lot of run in this movie.”