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Screening Room: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence Will Star in Another Film Together

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Trailer of the Week
The Hunter

As one of America's greatest actors, Willem Dafoe flies largely under the radar. He has consistently been making killer movies since he broke out in 1986 with Platoon. His Sgt. Elias showed the actor's willingness to create compelling portraits of marginal characters. He has starred in art films and blockbusters alike, and is one of the few actors today who brings something every film strives for: credibility. DaFoe stars in the new film, The Hunter, and its first trailer was released this week. He plays Martin David, who goes off in search of a supposedly extinct animal: the tasmanian tiger, but ends up in the middle of a dangerous game of intrigue. The "man alone in the wild" storyline has been done and done again, but The Hunter has real promise. For one, it has DaFoe.


Casting Corner
Cooper and Lawrence reteam for Serena

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  • Vulture is reporting Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who recently wrapped The Silver Lining's Playbook, will make another film together called Serena. Based on Ron Rash's 2008 book of the same name, Serena is a period suspense drama which centers around a Shakespearian plot of love, ambition, and murder. Cooper and Lawrence play a married couple who have aspirations of grandeur in the form of a timber empire. Lawrence's character turns on her husband after an affair and things get dangerous quickly. The role sounds like a Death and the Maiden-type performance for Lawrence and will likely only propel her rising career.
  • The cast of Charlie Kaufman's second directorial project is becoming more impressive by the day. Slashfilm is reporting Elizabeth Banks and Paul Reubens are joining Steve Carell and Jack Black for the production of Frank or Francis. Kaufman's latest, which he also wrote, is about a film director, Frank (Carell), and a blogger, Francis (Black), who tears Frank's work apart online and enjoys some popularity, but lives a miserable life. Kaufman's films are known for their originality and deft comic style so Frank or Francis is being met with baited breath from anxious fans. The rest of the cast includes Kevin Kline and past Kaufman cohorts, Catherine Keener and Nicolas Cage.

On Set Photo of the Week
Carrey and Wilde film Burt Wonderstone

Jim Carrey is going all out in his portrayal of a Las Vegas magician in his new film, Burt Wonderstone. Here he is on set as a human piñata, and, yes, that's Olivia Wilde in a latex bodysuit as Carrey's assistant.

Jim Carrey Dressed as a Human Pinata on Set
Jim Carrey dressed in a human pinata costume on the set of the magician themed comedy movie "Burt Wonderstone". (Pacific Coast News)more pics »
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  • Jim Carrey in Jim Carrey Dressed as a Human Pinata on Set
  • Jim Carrey in Jim Carrey Dressed as a Human Pinata on Set
  • Jim Carrey in Jim Carrey Dressed as a Human Pinata on Set
  • Jim Carrey in Jim Carrey Dressed as a Human Pinata on Set

Blu Ray of the Week
Drive

The best film of 2011 was The Tree of Life, but my favorite was Nicholas Winding Refn's authentic and violent suspense film, Drive. Refn created a modern noir masterpiece by alluding to a multitude of films and filmmakers while crafting his own unique vision. With tributes to Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Quentin Tarantino, Walter Hill, and Sidney Lumet among others, Refn kept the style of the past alive while borrowing from some of cinema's greats. With a masterful performance by Ryan Gosling and a one-of-a-kind soundtrack, Drive is an explosive molotov cocktail of a film.

Drive - 2011
Directed by: Nicholas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks






Red Carpet Photo of the Week
Woodley reps The Descendants at the SAG awards

Shailene Woodley's dress captured the Hawaiian spirit of her role in The Descendants at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards on Sunday.

18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red Carpet
Actress Shailene Woodley arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
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  • Shailene Woodley in 18th Annual SAG Awards
  • Shailene Woodley in 18th Annual SAG Awards
  • Shailene Woodley in 18th Annual SAG Awards
  • Shailene Woodley in 18th Annual SAG Awards


2012 Academy Award Predictions
SAG winners announced


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With the winners of the Screen Actor's Guild Awards announced, the Oscar picture is looking clearer. Jean Dujardin and Viola Davis took home the SAG award in the lead actor categories while Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer won the supporting categories. The Academy will almost surely duplicate the supporting nods as Spencer and Plummer have been the clear favorites for months.

The Best Actor and Actress Oscars are still up for grabs, but two clear front runners have emerged for each category. Dujardin and George Clooney for Actor and Davis and Meryl Streep for Actress. As deserving as each performance is, there can only be one winner of course. My money is still on Clooney and Davis for the Oscars.

Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life 
The Help
War Horse 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

My pick: The Artist
Who should win: The Tree of Life


Best Director:
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Alexander Payne- The Descendants
Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
Terence Malick - The Tree of Life

My pick: Hazanavicius
Who should win: Malick

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
George Clooney - The Descendants
Brad Pitt - Moneyball
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Demian Bichir  - A Better Life

My pick: Clooney
Who should win: Oldman

Best Actress
Viola Davis - The Help
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

My pick: Davis
Who should win: Williams

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Max Von Sydow - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

My pick: Plummer
Who should win: Plummer

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer - The Help
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

My pick: Spencer
Who should win: Bejo
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