We always approach awards season with a mix of fear, dread and excitement, and one of our earliest questions each time around is: Will this year’s nominees feel like homework or fun? The Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees, the first of many lists leading up to the Oscars, has just been released today, and if this is a sign of thing to come, the answer is “fun.” We certainly haven’t seen all of the nominees yet, and by its nature, this is an awards show that often contains a number of obscure titles and actors, but it looks like the indie world is also on board with some of the crowd-pleasers we’ve fallen in love with this year: Among the Best Feature nominees are Silver Linings Playbook, Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Beasts‘ remarkable breakout star, 8-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, roared her way to a Best Female Lead nod, along with Silver Linings‘ Jennifer Lawrence. We’re rooting for Best First Feature to go to Perks of Being a Wallflower’s Stephen Chbosky and his producers. Twenty-nine-year old Zoe Kazan, who wrote and starred in Ruby Sparks, is the sole girl at the Screenplay party. But perhaps the best surprise of all is in the Supporting Male category, where Matthew McConaughey is nominated for playing strip-club owner Dallas in Magic Mike. Take that, everyone who thinks independent film is all about quietly contemplating the grass grow and talking in funny accents.
The Spirit Awards air Saturday, February 23, at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.
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Oh children, do you even know who Walter Mondale is? Do we need to get him a guest hosting gig on Redneck Island for better name recognition? Okay, so maybe we had to look him up on Wikipedia too, but if anyone can get Jimmy Carter‘s vice president and former Democratic presidential candidate on the ballot despite the fact he’s not actual running, it’s Mr. Bradley Cooper. “I think that Mondale has got a real shot,” the Silver Linings Playbook star joked with Vh1′s own Kate Spencer. Someone wake up Walter Mondale from his nap, find his glasses and tell him to put on his shoes! With Cooper’s power, money and influence behind him, there’s no telling what he can do!
Other than his amazing hair, Cooper thinks social media will be the deciding factor in the outcome of tonight’s election. “I think more people than ever, even though they think perhaps voting is going to be down this year, I’m curious to see,” Bradley mused. “Just the fact that so many people watched the debates, because social media has changed so much, it’s a new campaign. It’s a new race than it was four years ago.” Says Cooper, “Just the fact that the poles can change, can swerve so much after one debate shows the power of social media.” So get your butts on Twitter and start tweeting #WalterMondale2012! And seriously, someone find him his glasses. He’s 84, for pete’s sake!
Bradley Cooper wants a role in the Hunger Games trilogy, Bradley Cooper gets a role in the Hunger Games trilogy. That’s how we feel about it anyway. “I have now seen Hunger Games. That is a brutal movie. Are you kidding me?…Oh, my God!” the Silver Linings Playbook actor gushed at the Hollywood Awards last night, raving about his “bad ass” costar Jennifer Lawrence‘s fine work as Katniss. Joked Cooper, “You know, I’ve put myself on tape for four of the roles. I haven’t heard back yet.” Oh, you might be joking Bradley, but HG casting is no joke to us. Whether you actually submit for a role or Jennifer just tells Francis Lawrence or whatever director they’re using for the final film to hire you, we demand to see you in Mockingjay Part 1 and/or Part 2 immediately. Or in 2014, which ever comes first. Catching Fire is already shooting, but as far as we know, there are a few roles in the last two movies that are yet uncast:
Some of us love to pore over every fall movie preview we can get our hands on, reading reviews from Cannes and Toronto, marking our calendars with premiere dates and pre-ordering our tix on Fandango as soon as we can. For others, that sounds way too much like homework. That’s why we made this quick little guide to the top 10 flicks we’re dying to see, with the kind of blurb that won’t tax your short attention spans. And sure, we’re leaving out a whole bunch of Oscar contenders, guilty pleasures and interesting films we’ll eventually watch, but this is a list based on fandom, gut instinct and, yeah, intense crushes. Here they are in (order of premiere date):
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Logan Lerman will make you cry, you will wish Emma Watson and Ezra Miller were your best friends, and you will go home and hunt down your long-lost mixtapes. In select theaters September 21.
Pitch Perfect: No one does smart-talking like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson is our new imaginary girlfriend, and we think Elizabeth Banks (who produced) can do no wrong. In theaters September 28.
Alex Cross: We can’t wait to see how Tyler Perry does with someone else’s lines … as a sexy detective, no less. And Matthew Fox’s weightloss is purely fascinating. In theaters October 19.
Skyfall: Daniel Craig is our weakness — and in this James Bond installment, we’ll get to see the skeleton in Q’s closet. Let’s forget Quantum of Solace ever happened. In theaters November 9.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2: We’ve been waiting for four years to see vampire Bella and the X-Men-style throwdown of Cullen clan vs. Volturi. In theaters November 16.
Silver Linings Playbook: Jennifer Lawrence finally gets to have some fun in a movie, opposite Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper, and they’re both playing mentally unstable people in a movie directed by possibly mentally unstable filmmaker David O. Russell. In theaters November 21.
Bradley Cooper can’t look anything but hot, and this cover of The Hollywood Reporter — out September 14 — proves that statement. But the photograph also looks quite pensive, probably because it needed to reflect the tone of the piece on the actor inside the magazine. His Hangover director, Todd Phillips, has this to say about him, “He is ridiculously different in real life. 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.” And then comes the revelation that surprises us. Cooper himself reveals, “I don’t drink or do drugs at all anymore. Being sober helps a great deal.” He apparently gave them both up when he was 29 years old, when he realized they were too much for him to handle.
Case in point, this experience, Cooper 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.” Woah. Did you know this about him? We didn’t? We’ve only seen Bradley’s “Sexiest Man Alive ” avatar! The confessional tone of the article continues as 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.’ ” Luckily, he got his act together and proceeded to have a really kick-ass career. Which is what brings him, looking all casually sexy in jeans and a white T-shirt, to this cover. Things worked out for everyone!
[Photo via The Hollywood Reporter]
Sometimes, when the weather gets hot, a bad relationship starts itching at you like a million grains of sand in your bathing suit. At least we’re assuming that’s what happens, seeing as how the summer months have been rife with celeb break-ups this year. From old married like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to the most casual of booty calls like Kris Humphries and Myla Sinanaj, at least all these painful break-ups will bear delicious new relationships in the fall. Or a few Twitter meltdowns. Either way, you will survive, celebrity dumpees!
If you’re going to remake of a remake, you might as well use it as an opportunity to have Bradley Cooper and Beyonce smooch out onscreen. Are we right, or are we pervs? Clint Eastwood knows what we’re talking about! According to Variety, the Gran Torino director wants The Hangover II star as the male lead of the Bey-lead reboot of A Star Is Born. Cooper is apparently considering the role, by which we mean covering his iPhone with his hand and shrieking with glee until his agent finishes negotiating his salary.
The only thing we don’t quite understand is what age Bradley will be playing in the film. Apparently Eastwood is rebooting the original 1937 version of the movie (rather than Judy Garland‘s 1954 version or Barbra Streisand‘s 1976 take). The story will center around “an aging rocker who falls in love with a young, rising star.” Screenwriter Will Fetters allegedly based the male lead on an older Kurt Cobain, but if Beyonce is 30 and Bradley Cooper is 37….how are they going to pull this off without some laughable aging makeup? Of course, when it comes to Hollywood, isn’t there an entire generation of difference between the ages of 30 and 37? Hahaha, we have no idea what we’re talking about, but we’re all seeing this movie in theaters regardless. Let’s not pretend otherwise.
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Uh, is it us or is the new Silver Linings Playbook trailer really burying the lead on the most important aspect of the movie: the fact that (at least part of) it is a Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper dance movie? This is not a (dance) drill, people! According to IMDB, the film’s plot could be summed up thusly: “After spending four years in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his mother and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.” There is literally no mention of a sexy dance competition or sexy dance rehearsals or sexy dance sexing at all! We feel like we’re taking crazy pills here! Crazy pills that make us hallucinate Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence tangoing in there sweatpants in someone’s garage!
Bradley Cooper and Scarlett Johannson? Talk about a match made in beautiful people heaven! Hopefully you weren’t too excited about the reports that Cooper had rekindled his relationship with Zoe Saldana, because he and Johannson were spotted having a romantic meal at Wolfgang Pucks in the Bel Air Hotel last week. A witness told RadarOnline.com that the two “were definitely having more than a ‘friends’ dinner, it seemed pretty obvious they totally have the hots for each other.”
And we’re happy to report that chivalry is not dead! Cooper was a perfect gentleman as he stood up when ScarJo left for the restroom and again when she returned – how sweet! The witness also said that Cooper “seemed almost distracted by Scarlett’s beauty, especially since she was wearing a very low cut dress, and Scarlett was totally working her charms. She kept flipping her hair when she laughed at his jokes.”
This isn’t the first time rumors have soared about these two. After their on-screen hook-up in 2011, Life and Style reported that they were spotted dating off-set at NYC hot spot, Provacateur. It’s too soon to say anything definite, but we’re looking forward to seeing more from the He’s Just Not That Into You co-stars!
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We’re not sure we can be objective about More Like Her, the new novel from author Liza Palmer. That’s because she’s family — a writer for VH1′s Pop Up Video. So rather than review the book, we invited her to write a guest blog about it, the world of celebrity and which celebrities she dreams of casting in the movie adaptation.
I’ve been writing books for almost 10 years and wrote for the first season of VH1′s Pop Up Video in 2011. My books, like my life, have explored the idea of identity and being comfortable with who you are, warts and all. What is this “normal” we’re all reaching for? Clearly, after four books, I’m still trying to figure it out. But, with More Like Her I wanted to raise the stakes a bit. I wanted something to happen that couldn’t be taken back with an apology or a conversation.
Liza’s fantasy casting for More Like Her.
We all know celebrities are airbrushed, both their photos and their lives. And yet, we keep striving for it: that same Photoshopped perfection. We imagine there’s some green room awaiting us with everything Gwyneth Paltrow promises on Goop, a tablescape by Martha Stewart and an outfit from J. Crew that will look better on us than it does on the first lady.
But perfection doesn’t exist. And we know it. That doesn’t stop us from scrambling for it day in and day out. What are we all hiding? To answer this question, here are just a couple of the comments left after gossip blogs posted a photo of Scarlett Johansson wearing a bikini while on vacation in Hawaii:
“Ugh… spotty knees, hair can be seen on her right calf area!!”