If you loved the chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and director David O. Russell in “Silver Linings Playbook,” then you’re in luck, because the trio is working together again on the new Weinstein Company film “The Ends of the Earth.” The movie was announced before “Silver Linings” swept the Spirit Awards and Lawrence won the Best Actress Academy Award, and is currently gearing up to start shooting.
When IFC caught up with Cooper on the Spirit Awards red carpet, we couldn’t resist asking him about the upcoming collaboration. The Hollywood Reporter writes that “The Ends of the Earth” is “about an oil tycoon who has everything stripped from him after he is caught in an affair,” and Cooper seemed genuinely excited to delve into the project.
“We start in two weeks. It’s wonderful; Jen just signed on and Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams and Louis C.K. I can’t wait,” he told IFC. “We did a camera test yesterday and it was pretty out of control. I’m pretty excited.”
It turns out Cooper has a bit of history with C.K. When Cooper was still a student at The Actor’s Studio, he was filmed asking Sean Penn a question during “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” C.K. later mocked Cooper without mentioning his name, joking during an interview, “There’s no way you ask Sean Penn a question and then you’re going to be huge.”
Of course, Cooper has become huge, culminating in his recent Spirit Awards and Oscars Best Actor nominations. We asked Cooper if he was going to bring up the jibe to C.K. on set, and he admitted, “We talked about it already.” So how did it go over? “It was awkward.”
“The Ends of the Earth” was written by “Argo’s” Chris Terrio. No word yet on when it will be released.
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Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.
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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all. Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.
1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series
The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes! Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?
2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.
Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.
3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series
The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.
4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man
After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.
5. Molly/Sam, Ghost
When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.
When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.
6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black
It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.
Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.
7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings
On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.
Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?
8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood
True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).
In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.
9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series
There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.
Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!
10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who
Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.
But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.
There was no clear winner at the 85th Academy Awards, despite the fact “Argo” won Best Picture and Ang Lee took home Best Director for “Life of Pi.” There was a big win for “Silver Linings Playbook” when Jennifer Lawrence took home Best Actress, “Lincoln” got it’s love when Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor, “Les Miserables” was honored with Anne Hathaway’s Best Supporting Actress win and even “Django Unchained” won thanks to Christoph Waltz’ Best Supporting Actor award and Quentin Tarantino’s Best Original Screenplay win.
In fact, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was the only Best Picture nominee to not take home Oscar gold. “The Avengers” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” were also were shut out of the only nominations they got. “Brave” won Best Animated Feature Film,” “Amour” won Best Foreign Language Film, and “Skyfall” tied for Best Sound Editing and won Best Original Song. Here’s the full list of nominees:
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Life of Pi”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings Playbook”) Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”)
Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”)
Denzel Washington (“Flight”)
Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”)
Quvenzhané Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”)
Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”)
Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin (“Argo”)
Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”)
Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”) Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”)
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams (“The Master”)
Sally Field (“Lincoln”) Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”)
Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”)
Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
Best Animated Feature Film “Brave”
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
Michael Haneke (“Amour”)
Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”)
Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”)
David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
Best Foreign Language Film “Amour” (Austria)
“A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
“War Witch” (Canada)
Best Adapted Screenplay Chris Terrio (“Argo”)
Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”)
David Magee (“Life of Pi”)
Tony Kushner (“Lincoln”)
David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
Best Original Screenplay
Michael Haneke (“Amour”) Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”)
John Gatins (“Flight”)
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola (“Moonrise Kingdom”)
Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi” “Lincoln”
“Django Unchained” “Life of Pi”
“Argo” “Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Life of Pi” “Skyfall” “Zero Dark Thirty”
“Anna Karenina” (Dario Marianelli)
“Argo” (Alexandre Desplat) “Life of Pi” (Mychael Danna)
“Lincoln” (John Williams)
“Skyfall” (Thomas Newman)
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice” (J. Ralph)
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted” (Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane)
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi” (Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri) “Skyfall” from “Skyfall” (Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth)
“Suddenly” from “Les Miserables” (Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil)
Costume “Anna Karenina”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
“5 Broken Cameras”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Invisible War” “Searching for Sugar Man”
At this point, if any film other than “Argo” wins Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards it will be a major shock. The Ben Affleck movie has now come out on top at the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild Awards after already winning top honors at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.
Other surprises at the shows were Jennifer Lawrence beating Jessica Chastain for Best Actress in a Motion Picture at the SAG Awards and “Wreck-It Ralph” winning Best Animated Feature at the PGAs. We’d be perfectly happy if both of those things happened at the Oscars too.
You can read the full winners lists for both shows below:
Producers Guild Awards
Best Picture – “Argo”
Best Drama Series – “Homeland”
Best Documentary Feature – “Searching For Sugar Man”
Best Reality Series – “American Masters”
Best Animated Feature – “Wreck-It Ralph”
Best Long-Form Television – “Game Change”
Best Comedy Series – “Modern Family”
Best Live Entertainment & Talk Show Television – “The Colbert Report”
Best Reality Competition Series – “The Amazing Race”
Best Sports Program – “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”
Best Children’s Program – “Sesame Street”
Best Digital Series – “30 Rock: The Webisodes”
Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture – “Argo”
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role – Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actors In A Supporting Role – Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries -Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actors In A Television Movie Or Miniseries – Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series – “Downton Abbey”
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series – Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series – Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series – “Modern Family”
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series – Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series – Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture – “Skyfall”
Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series – “Game of Thrones”
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