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Watch: The 5 Highlights Of The 2013 Golden Globe Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 14, 2013 12:27 PM
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It's a good morning to be a Los Angeles pharmacist, as, Hollywood is just this moment waking up with their worst hangover of the year. Yep, it's the morning after the Golden Globes, and what the Hollywood Foreign Press Association lacks in respect or prestige, it makes up for in free-flowing booze and raucous partying. And so long as you don't take it too seriously, it can make for pretty entertaining viewing, something proven last night.

First Look At Katniss & Finnick In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 11:08 AM
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Strap in, because eleven months of marketing begins now. With "The Hunger Games" earning over $680 million worldwide, launching Jennifer Lawrence into the stratosphere and cementing a new tween brand, Lionsgate want those numbers to keep going up. Which is why with a release date set for November, they're starting to get the word out now on the sequel.

The Playlist's Woman Of The Year 2012: Jennifer Lawrence

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2012 11:02 AM
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Last year, picking the woman of the year was a no-brainer. We chose Jessica Chastain, who started 2011 as a virtual unknown, and ended it as the star of critical favorites like "The Tree Of Life" and "Take Shelter," box office hits like "The Help" (for which she earned an Oscar nod), all while impressing with diverse roles across a slate of films including "The Debt," "Coriolanus," and "Texas Killing Fields." And this year, we went with another young actress who also showed tremendous range, with acumen both at the multiplex and arthouse.

The Playlist Interview: David O. Russell Talks ‘Silver Linings Playbook, His Love Of Vince Vaughn & The “Mature” Second Phase Of His Career

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 11, 2012 2:50 PM
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The David O. Russell narrative generally tends to focus on the past. The chaotic sets of “I Heart Huckabees,” an ancient history fist fight with George Clooney, and “Nailed,” a film that was abandoned after financiers shut it down before production was completed. But the filmmaker’s narrative is changing and leaving that noise in the dust. 2010’s vibrant and limber “The Fighter” won two Supporting Oscars (for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo) and it earned itself seven Academy Award nods in total. And this year, his follow-up, the equally ebullient and intoxicating “Silver Linings Playbook,” which already took the coveted Audience Award prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, looks poised to repeat that kind of success.

Ian McKellan & Patrick Stewart Return For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 27, 2012 3:10 PM
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Well, this just got a whole lot more interesting. With the upcoming 'X-Men' movie featuring a plot that involves time travel/time jumping to a certain degree, many wondered if this new series would reach back to the first trilogy of films that were capped off by "X-Men: The Last Stand." And now there is a pretty clear argument that it will likely happen.

Review: Big-Hearted & Hilarious 'Silver Linings Playbook' A Touchdown From David O. Russell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 11:56 AM
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Life hasn't been too kind lately for Pat Solitano. He's just been released from a court ordered stint in a mental hospital after severly beating the man he caught cheating with his wife. Diagnosed as bipolar with mood swings, Pat has a difficult journey ahead of him but he's optimistic. With a rallying cry of "Excelsior," he believes that you can take "all negativity and make it a silver lining." His outlook is positive and he hopes to rebuild himself to win his wife back who has a restraining order out on him. And so begins David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," an enormously entertaining, crowd-pleasing winner from the director whose comedic edge has never been sharper.

David O. Russell, Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence Talk 'Midnight Meat Train,' Dancing & More In 'Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • November 15, 2012 10:04 AM
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"Silver Linings Playbook" is one of those rare films that embraces all of life's messy contradictions. It's romantic, but not schmaltzy. It's about sports fans -- the really obsessive ones -- but it's also for non-sports fans who've never watched a football game (or would never want to). It's about mental illness, but without turning anyone living with or recovering from one into a caricature, contrasting bipolarity with so-called normal obsessive emotional states, without compromising what any of them really are. Writer/director David O. Russell achieves a tricky balancing act, thanks to the performances of his cast (Bradley Cooper as a bipolar man with anger management issues fresh out of a mental institution, Jennifer Lawrence as a recovering sex addict, and Robert De Niro as an obsessive-compulsive and superstitious gambler, also with anger management issues).

7 New Photos From 'Silver Linings Playbook'; Film Gets Released One Week Early In Limited Release Thanks To Strong Buzz

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 5, 2012 1:56 PM
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It's unquestionable at this point. Even if you haven't seen David O. Russell's dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook" about mental illness, marital failure and more (which is the boat most of the writers of this site are in), it's pretty damn clear that the film, which won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival, is super crowd-pleasing, while sharp, funny and biting (our review from Toronto called it "hilarious and heartfelt"). Russell seemed to perfect the winning ratio of comedy to drama in "The Fighter" and it seems he's done the same with his latest. To wit: word of mouth on the film is evidently so high -- it's played virtually every film festival of the fall to huge accolades -- The Weinstein Company are moving up the film one week in limited release in 10 markets, including NY, LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, DC, Miami, San Diego and Austin, who will all get to see the film before its wide release on November 21st.

We Don't Have To Talk About It: New Clip & TV Spot For 'Silver Linings Playbook' With Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2012 7:53 PM
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After premiering at TIFF where it snagged the Audience Award, the buzz around David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" has perhaps dipped a little as the awards season conversation has turned to "Argo," but don't expect that to last for long. The picture opened the Savannah Film Festival over the weekend, Jessie J's (terrible) song for the film has hit the web, and with the movie now a few weeks away from hitting theaters, you can expect The Weinstein Company to turn up the heat.

Oscars: Can Mary Elizabeth Winstead Sneak Into The Best Actress Field For 'Smashed'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 15, 2012 11:59 AM
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We've been looking in detail at the acting categories in recent weeks, and this week, we figured it made sense to examine Best Actress, given that one potential contender has her film arriving in theaters. Today sees the release of "Smashed," which sees "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" star Mary Elizabeth Winstead play a schoolteacher who comes to realize that she has a serious drinking problem, and sets about kicking the habit, even as it puts her marriage to her equally sozzled husband (Aaron Paul) at risk.

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