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 in a human pinata costume on the set of the magician themed comedy movie "Burt Wonderstone". (Pacific Coast News)more pics »
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.
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 »
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