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Sony Stakes Awards Season on Real Stories, Books David O. Russell's Abscam Movie Starring Cooper and Lawrence for December

Next year's Oscar titles are lining up like planes at La Guardia. At Sony alone are a batch of movies inspired by true stories: Paul Greengrass’ Somali pirates adventure "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks (October 11); producer-director-star George Clooney’s fact-based World War II art retrieval thriller "The Monuments Men," starring Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin (December 18); and Bennett Miller’s still undated John DuPont murder mystery "Foxcatcher," starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Sienna Miller. Sure to be in the awards conversation, David O. Russell’s untitled Abscam movie, his follow-up to "Silver Linings Playbook," which reunites his "Silver Linings" stars Bradley Cooper and Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence as well as Christian Bale, who won a supporting actor Oscar for "The Fighter," is set to open limited on awards-friendly December 13 2013 in advance of a wide Christmas Day release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2013 3:14 PM
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Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy In Talks for Weinstein Company's 'Chef,' with Derek Cianfrance at Helm

Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy are circling the Weinstein Company's comedy "Chef," with Derek Cianfrance set to direct. Cooper would star as an enfant terrible chef who loses his Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, and tries to reassemble a culinary team in London.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 12:04 PM
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Vanity Fair's Hollywood Edition 'A Celebration of Friendship,' Featuring Bruce Weber's Photos of Affleck, Stone, Cooper and More

Vanity Fair’s 19th Hollywood Portfolio, shot by Bruce Weber, includes 75+ stars, from Tom Hanks and Amy Adams to Quvenzhané Wallis and Eddie Redmayne. The cover stars Ben Affleck, Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 29, 2013 1:51 PM
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David O. Russell on What Bradley Cooper Whispers at the End of 'Silver Linings Playbook'

The inaudible whisper has become an indie film convention, most notably seen (and not heard) at the end of Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation," and most recently in one of the final scenes of David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2013 2:07 PM
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DVD Review: 'The Words' Has A Serious Case of Writer's Block

It would be easy to come away from "The Words" with the impression that writing is a stiff, musty line of work — all grand ballrooms, solemn readings, and blue-blooded accents, a veritable Titanic of pretensions. This would be a mistake. The only sinking ship here is the film itself.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 26, 2012 6:11 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Editor Jay Cassidy Talks 'Silver Linings Playbook'

While rom-coms seldom win Best Picture, there's something about the eccentric charm, naked truth, and refreshing unpredictability about "Silver Linings Playbook" that makes it worthy of consideration. And while it might not rise to the level of "The Apartment" or "Annie Hall," director David O. Russell...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 12, 2012 2:21 PM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' Star Bradley Cooper Honored with Palm Springs' Desert Palm Achievement Award

Bradley Cooper will recieve the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting at its January 5 awards gala.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 10, 2012 1:09 PM
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Weinstein Co. Is Smart to Move Up 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Harvey Weinstein is moving up the release of the much-buzzed about comedy "SIlver Linings PLaybook" by one week, opening on November 16 in ten key cities such as NY and LA, to generate some box office momentum before the final awards push in December and January.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2012 2:22 PM
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Watch: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Go Head-to-Head with Meds Cred in 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Check out this clip from David O. Russell's expected Oscar contender and holiday season favorite, "Silver Linings Playbook," in which Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper's characters, Pat and Tiffany, spend a short and awkward sit-down dinner bonding over depression meds...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 29, 2012 2:21 PM
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Casting Watch: Crowe Wants Bradley Cooper to Star Opposite Emma Stone in Upcoming Project

Cameron Crowe has reportedly singled out Bradley Cooper as the ideal casting choice for his next project, which already has Emma Stone on board.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 25, 2012 12:37 PM
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