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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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SAG Nominations 2012: Surprises Include Kidman, Mirren, Bardem; 'Django Unchained,' Phoenix, Knightley, Adams, Weaver, McConaughey Snubbed UPDATED

SAG nominees for film were announced Wednesday morning. "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook" led the field with four nominations apiece. Big surprises: Nicole Kidman landed a supporting actress nom for "Paperboy," Javier Bardem scored a supporting nod for "Skyfall" while "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" landed both supporting actress (Maggie Smith) and best ensemble nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 9:15 AM
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Weekend Recap: 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel, Heroine Complex Short Films, Depp's Don Quixote, What's Next for Refn, Cuaron and Abrams

Disney is making moves to follow up "Alice in Wonderland" with a sequel. The 3-D 2010 Tim Burton film, featuring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1 billion worldwide. Variety reports that Disney has brought back scriptwriter Linda Woolverton, who also wrote "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," to do the job.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 10, 2012 12:12 PM
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Ben Affleck is EW's Entertainer of the Year; Plus Lawrence, Hathaway, Gordon-Levitt & 'Homeland' Stars

EW's top Entertainer of the Year is "Argo" director Ben Affleck. He is joined by the likes of "Girls"'s Lena Dunham, "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence, "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Les Miserables"'s Anne Hathaway, "TDR" and "Looper" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2012 12:35 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence to Receive Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at Santa Barbara International Film Fest

The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will honor Jennifer Lawrence with its Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on February 2. The fest's myriad high-profile tributes typically act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders; Lawrence is considered a frontrunner for Best Actress for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 28, 2012 11:08 AM
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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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Lionsgate Likes Francis Lawrence; He'll Direct Two 'Hunger Games' Sequels After 'Catching Fire'

Lionsgate likes the way that director Francis Lawrence has extended, in "Catching Fire" (November 22, 2013), the world Gary Ross created in the first installment of "Hunger Games." The studio has hired Lawrence ("Water for Elephants") to helm the two concluding films in Susanne Collins' Katniss Everdeen series as well, "Mockingjay" Part 1 (November 21, 2014) and Part 2 (November 20, 2015).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2012 3:10 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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'Silver Linings Playbook' to Open Film Independent Forum

As part of Weinstein Co.'s ongoing push for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," currently at the top of many Oscar pundit's charts in the race for Best Picture, the edgy comedy will launch this year's Film Independent Forum to be held October 19-21 at the Directors Guild of America.
  • By Sophia Savage and Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 1:07 PM
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Second Trailer for 'Silver Linings Playbook' is Adorable

With this second trailer, a vast improvement over the first, the buzz out of Toronto for David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" is starting to make sense. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star and look fittingly neurotic and adorable. Check it out:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 28, 2012 3:44 PM
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