By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For the aspiring actor and actress who sits at home during awards season fantasizing that they too could be feted as an Oscar nominee or Golden Globe winner there is a simple recipe: get cast in a film by David O. Russell. The director of romance "Silver Linings Playbook" and boxing drama "The Fighter" has helped the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale score some of Hollywood's biggest prizes, and this year has coaxed performances worthy of four Oscar nods from the stars of his crime caper "American Hustle." If an "American Hustle" actor - which could be Lawrence, Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper - takes home a statuette on March 2, it would be the third consecutive Russell film to have an actor win Hollywood's top honors.
Fabled British film studios Pinewood, the home of the James Bond and Harry Potter films, is to set up a new base in Wales, the country's First Minister announced Monday. Carwyn Jones and Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy revealed that the satellite studio will be located in the capital Cardiff. "Attracting such an iconic global brand as Pinewood is wonderful news for Wales," said Jones. Welsh actor Michael Sheen, who portrayed Tony Blair in the hit movie "The Queen", said the announcement highlighted the country's "revitalised" entertainment industry.
By Todd Cunningham LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - With "Winter's Tale" misfiring over the weekend, leading man Colin Farrell has suffered another box-office bummer. The romantic fantasy from Warner Bros. is going to take in less than $10 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend. That makes three movies in a row in which Farrell has played the leading man that have tanked. Of course, it's not all on Farrell.
Catching the flame of this month's Olympic buzz is this first look at "Unbroken," a Hollywood biopic about former athlete and World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini, as the new project from Oscar-winner Jolie is previewed in a 3m10s video. British actor Jack O'Connell ("Tower Block") lent his features to the film's Zamperini, a young New Yorker rescued from delinquency by merit of his athletic prowess.
NEW YORK (AP) — Early in "Captain Phillips," the cargo ship captain (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) drive from their Vermont home to the airport where he'll take a flight to his next job, one that will bring him face-to-face with the less fortunate on the other side of the globe. Like the chatter of so many couples, their conversation turns to their general feeling of economic uncertainty.
Not one but two "Jungle Book" remakes are on the way, with Ron Howard now signed on to direct Warner Bros' live-action version of the Rudyard Kipling classic. Well known for directing "Rush," "J. Edgar," "Frost/Nixon" and "A Beautiful Mind," Howard also helmed the first two Dan Brown movies, with "Inferno" due 2015. His schedule means that the Warner Bros "Jungle Book" will avoid any immediate clash with Disney's fourth pop at the classic children's story, observes The Hollywood Reporter.
"The Lego Movie" notched a second straight week atop the North American box office, earning nearly $49 million this weekend, industry estimates showed on Sunday. Box office dominance is proving to be child's play for the Warner Brothers movie, which is based on the popular kids' toys. It has raked in $129 million since its opening, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. "About Last Night," a romantic comedy starring ubiquitous actor Kevin Hart, took second place in its debut.
By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - The harrowing drama "12 Years a Slave" won the Best Film award at Britain's top movie honors on Sunday, cementing its status as favorite for the Oscars next month, but it was the space thriller "Gravity" that claimed the biggest trophy haul. "12 Years a Slave", by British director Steve McQueen with Hollywood's Brad Pitt as a producer, had been tipped as the night's major winner and also won Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor as a man tricked and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War United States. But "Gravity", starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, took home six prizes from its 11 nominations, including the Best Director prize for Mexican Alfonso Cuaron and the awards for Cinematography and Outstanding British Film. "I hope that, 150 years from now, our ambivalence will not allow another filmmaker to make this film," he told the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.
12 Years a Slave", the distressing tale of a man sold into slavery, was the big winner at the Baftas on Sunday, giving the Steve McQueen directed picture a huge pre-Oscars boost. The film, adapted from Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, took the coveted best film prize at a star-studded ceremony at London's Royal Opera House. It scored an earlier success when British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who portrays free black man Northup as he is kidnapped and enslaved in the United States, walked away with the best actor prize. London-born McQueen used his acceptance speech to thank his "one and only mother" and to highlight the issue of modern day slavery.