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The Hangover Part III John Good Movie Poster Revealed

The Hangover Part III has a new movie poster featuring John Goodman.

We see he appears to be interrogating Zach Galifianakis.

Synopsis:

This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.

“The Hangover Part III” reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha as Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug. Returning to the ensemble are Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor and, as the guys’ long-suffering wives, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese and Jamie Chung. John Goodman joins the cast as well.

The Hangover III has a May 24th release directed by Todd Phillips. 

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The Hangover Part III Trailer Now Online With Bradley Cooper

Warner Bros. officially unveiled the trailer for The Hangover Part III which reunites the wolf pack in Las Vegas. The Hangover III has a May 24th release directed by Todd Phillips and starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jamie Chung, Mike Epps, Mike Tyson, Jeffrey Tambor and Melissa McCarthy. 

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Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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A Film Review of Silver Linings Playbook

By: Lawrence Napoli

This film was released in theaters December 25th of last year, and we are currently a week removed from the Academy Awards where Jennifer Lawrence officially, beyond any shadow of a doubt, was established as a serious, marquee actress who may be young and attractive, but has legitimate acting chops.  Ms. Lawrence is the reigning best actress in a leading role for her part in Silver Linings Playbook, but I was surprised to see that this film still had multiple show times at the Regal Cinemas down the street.  Films that come away with multiple Oscars do tend to get an extended run at theaters so in the post holiday months of lesser interesting releases, the timing was right to see the evidence.  Spoiler alert: Little Miss Hunger Games deserved her Oscar gold as the film is a dialog driven drama that doesn’t have a lot of action or effects to produce entertainment through spectacle.  This is an actor’s film and Ms. Lawrence joins a robust cast that brings a multitude of raw emotions to the forefront that is very entertaining, thoughtful and worthy of your hard earned dollars.

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Are you talkin’ to me?

David O. Russell is the writer/director of this film that deals with the difficulty of lesser mental disorders, and by “lesser” I mean anything that isn’t schizophrenia, multiple personality or Charles Manson-bag-of-cats-crazy.  I’m talking about bi polar disorder, depression, post traumatic stress and diagnosed conditions of that ilk that don’t require the individual to be institutionalized to be treated.  The approach Russell takes to the tenor of this story is much lighter than One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but is no less difficult to handle, especially from those affected by the collateral damage of a suffering individual.  In fact, the story begins in a fairly heavy-handed manner to the point where I wondered how the humorous trailers that promoted this film would be integrated at all.  Until it was and the balance between gravity and levity is maintained throughout which keeps the pacing up without feeling like it’s a dead sprint to the finish line thanks to moments of reflection. 

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Taking a time out to teach white people rhythm.

I found it interesting how Russell related the struggles of Pat (Bradley Cooper) and his family to the city of Philadelphia and its love/hate relationship to its various sports franchises.  Individuals and the connection they feel with “their team” could very easily be described as a subtle psychosis that may lead to bad behavior and this leads to some very fun comic moments in the film which explores the ritual of the fan and its relation to team success.  The connection between the people of Philadelphia and its teams is undeniable and that history of disappointment and despair is a significant correlation with Pat’s personal struggle which introduces a familiarity to the audience and an easy opportunity to feel sympathy for everyone.  Regardless of someone’s race, profession, position and mental stability, sports can bring people equilibrium in Philadelphia, but not necessarily passivity.  As with Pat, the animosity and potential explosiveness always remains, but finding a means to deal with those emotions via positive outlook, exercise and positive relationships is the order of the day and carries a hopeful message throughout the entire story.

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I am not a crazy football fan!

The one weakness of this film happens to be the concept of character.  The primary reason for this is that virtually every character is exposed for having some semblance of psychosis to them regardless of their perceived stability.  Again, this leads to some funny moments, but also lumps everyone in the same boat which has an androgynous effect on the cast.  For instance, the primary relationship between Bradley Cooper’s Pat and Jennifer Lawrence’s Tiffany is the engine for the whole movie, but they are both victims of stressful circumstance left volatile as a result of relationships ended under extreme duress.  Sure, this leads the audience to identify this as an ironic “match made in heaven,” but also gives us a relationship between two characters that are too similar.  Yes, every character deals with their feelings in different ways, but everyone releases their negative energy with violent outbursts.  Perhaps it takes “crazy” to know “crazy,” but I would have liked a bit more separation.

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If I scream louder than you does that make me a better actor?

This, however, does not take anything away from the exceptional performance by the entire cast.  Every acting category for Oscar gold is represented by an actor from this film.   Chris Tucker, back from a 5 year hiatus from Hollywood since Rush Hour 3, lends a novel contribution to a fairly white-washed cast.  He doesn’t come close to approaching his comic genius of Friday or Rush Hour, but shades of his deliver are felt whenever he pops up on screen and they always inspire a smile.  Jackie Weaver plays Dolores, the mother of the family who is clearly at her wit’s end when it comes to holding her family together and while her performance is very admirable, could easily be summarized by varying displays of “deer in the headlights.”  Her performance is heartfelt, but debatable when it comes to her Oscar nomination.  Most of you will remember John Ortiz from Fast & Furious, but his role as Ronnie is easily the most hysterical because he opens up to “crazy” Pat whenever he appears and he reveals himself to be a bit crazier as he shifts from successful family man to stress-induced-life-crushing-his-soul-man seamlessly.   Anupam Kher brings some stability as Pat’s psychologist Cliff Patel, but his transition from respectable doctor to raucous Philadelphia Eagle fan is amazing.  And I cannot forget Robert De Niro as the father, Pat Sr. whose Oscar nominated performance in a supporting role was a perfect balance of drama and comedy and has a very touching moment when he attempts to connect with his son when the frustration of his ailment reaches its peak.

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These are not throw-away moments.

Bradley Cooper may not have won for best actor, but he is more than deserving of his nomination the effort he put forth in Silver Linings Playbook.  His second collaboration with Robert De Niro required Cooper to run the entire gambit of human emotion, but he is required to be loud, obnoxious and aggressive for most of the movie.  However, it is when his character makes a connection with his love interest, where Cooper’s ability to pull back and relay subtle moments of humility and self reflection where his true skill is on display.  I did not particularly care for his Oscar clip showing one of his aggressive rants as evidence of his proficiency, but it gave the Academy Awards, as a show, a nice change of pace.  Bradley Cooper is a fine leading man who will be considered for future dramatic roles, but I feel he needs a specific role to inspire a great performance similar to what Ray did for Jaime Fox’s career.  Cooper may become a “great” actor one day, but he’s not quite there yet and there’s a difference between great actors and great performances.

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Crazy, sexy, chemistry.

Jennifer Lawrence; ‘nuff said.  What else can be said of this young actress who seems to be doing it all right in her career thus far?  Despite her excellent performance in this film, I still maintain her nomination for Winter’s Bone as a complete and utter fluke, but what she gives in Silver Linings Playbook is the furthest from.  Again, her character is mirrored by Bradley Cooper’s in many ways, but there is something to her particular gaze on screen.  It is difficult to describe, but I feel her character’s eyes like daggers, but she balances this piercing effect with inept frustration and defeated depression.  Yes, she still looks and seems far too young for Bradley Cooper in this film (especially at the end in her Dancing With the Stars outfit), but this sentiment is negotiable.  What sold her performance as Oscar worthy was not the collective of scenes she shared with Cooper, but her extended scene of contention with Robert De Niro and she does not back down for a single moment.  Lawrence matches De Niro’s aggression and feeds off the energy they share in the moment.  Any other 20-something actress would have probably been intimidated into a lesser performance.

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She’s the real deal.

Silver Linings Playbook is many things as a film.  It is a good drama.  It features fine performances.  It has some thoughtful social commentary.  It is a great “date night” movie.  But it is also breaks the mold when it comes to prototypical film demographics.  Having seen this film in the theaters two nights ago, I was stunned to see the seats filled at 80% capacity.  I was also impressed by the makeup of the crowd as well.  Certainly there was a healthy compliment of middle agers and seniors, but there was an equally significant showing of younger/teen women in the audience and that is 100% attributed to Jennifer Lawrence.  As she progresses in her career, I predict she will have this similar kind of barrier breaking effect that will draw more men to her romantic comedies and more women to her action films (X-Men: First Class/Hunger Games).  This is perhaps the greatest value in attaching Jennifer Lawrence to your cast.  Silver Linings Playbook is truly worth checking out.  You will be entertained and you will be impressed.

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Bradley Cooper Rumored For Star-Lord In Guardians of the Galaxy movie or Ant-Man

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Not sure how legit the following is, but it’s Guardians of the Galaxy related and we here at Cosmic Book News love the Guardians, or at least did.

A rumor coming from the DailySuperHero website states that an insider told them Bradley Cooper is being looked at by Marvel Studios for two possible roles.

One of the roles mentioned is for Bradley Cooper to play Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, with the other being Ant-Man for the Ant-Man movie.

This isn’t the first time Cooper has been associated with super heroes as his name has come up for Green Lantern, The Flash and even Lex Luthor in the new Man of Steel movie.

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Now the latest is that Bradley Cooper might being taking on Thanos as Star-Lord along side Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora and Groot.

So Guardians fans, would Bradley Cooper make a good Han Solo of the Marvel U.?

Personally, I would see Cooper playing Scott Lang before Star-Lord.

The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014, and the Ant-Man movie November 6, 2015.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.

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Flash Movie Still In Development

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1130:]]Last we heard anything in regards to a Flash movie was last June, by DC Comics writer and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who stated that Flash was in development.

Johns also co-wrote the treatment with Wrath of Titans scribe Dan Mazeau.

Mazeau recently mentioned The Flash while talking with Blastr, and offers an update.

“I think Warner Bros. is finalizing their strategy of how they want to roll out their DC superheroes, and obviously they’ve got Batman in an incredibly great place, and Green Lantern, I think, performed okay,” Mazeau told Blastr. “I think they probably would have liked it to have done better, but yeah, there is still a whole lot of excitement for the DC universe, and I know The Flash is very high on the list.”

Mazeau continues, mentioning that the cards have to be in order for The Flash to happen, and seems to offer that we might be hearing something soon.

“It’s like anything, though,” he said. “It has to come together with the right cast. It has to come together with the right director and sort of the right moment, and so they’re trying to push the rock up the hill … hopefully there will be some news soon, but right now I can’t really say anything else.”

Speaking of a director, previously Real Steel director Shawn Levy’s name was attached to The Flash, but things fell apart when WB was supposed to do a Justice League movie, which never came about. However, Levy didn’t rule out a return to The Flash.

At one time Bradley Cooper, of The Hangover fame, was even said to be in contention to play the Speedster, but Cooper stated that he tried out for Green Lantern, and isn’t in a hurry to put on a “cape” again.

And speaking of a Justice League movie, Cosmic Book News was indeed told that Warner Bros. and DC are planning a shared Universe for some time around 2015 or 2016.

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Hangover 3 Gets A May 24, 2013 Release Date

Press Release

 

WARNER BROS. PICTURES AND LEGENDARY PICTURES
ARE READY FOR ANOTHER “HANGOVER”
 
Director Todd Phillips will reunite with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis for Part III of the blockbuster comedy franchise, to open on May 24, 2013.
 
 
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1056:]]BURBANK, CA, March 22, 2012 — Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures are reteaming with Todd Phillips for “The Hangover Part III,” the third installment in the record-breaking comedy franchise, which is slated for release on May 24, 2013. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
 
“The Hangover Part III” will star Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, who will reprise the roles of Phil, Stu and Alan, collectively known to moviegoers as “the Wolfpack.” In the previous two films, the three friends’ attempts to plan a celebration have resulted in disaster for them, but led to a combined billion-dollar success at the worldwide box office.
 
In making the announcement, Robinov stated, “We are extremely pleased to have Todd Phillips and the guys back together again for another ‘Hangover,’ and we look forward to collaborating with them on another great movie.”
 
Phillips said, “I’m so excited to embark on another ‘Hangover’ film with Bradley, Ed and Zach. We’re going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter we have planned. It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions.”
 
Phillips is writing the screenplay with Craig Mazin, who also collaborated with him on the screenplay for “The Hangover Part II.” Phillips is again producing the film under his Green Hat Films banner, together with Dan Goldberg. Thomas Tull and Scott Budnick will serve as executive producers.
 
Production on the film is projected to begin in September 2012.
 
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures, “The Hangover Part III” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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Superman: The Man of Steel (2013): Rumor: Bradley Cooper Is Lex Luthor

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BRADLEY COOPER
“LIMITLESS”

We’ve been sent a tip on the new Superman movie, the Man of Steel.

Obviously we have no way to verify, so bear that in mind.

We were told after Paradise Lost bottomed out, that Bradley Cooper will appear as Lex Luthor in a cameo role in the Man of Steel.

Back in April of 2011, we were provided information that the first draft of the script held a prominent role for Luthor, one that even saw Lex forcing the Kryptonians through a Phantom Zone portal using Kryptonite in the final battle. At the end of the movie, Lex considers forcing Superman through as well, but relents.

Obviously, with all the set images released there has been no sign of Superman’s archenemy. As director Zack Snyder has gone on record stating he wants the movie to go in a different direction than the previous movies, this comes as to no surprise.

However, can there really be a Superman without Lex Luthor?

Gene Hackman portrayed Luthor in the Richard Donner classics, which even saw appearances by the first Lex from the ’50s, Lyle Talbot. Next, John Shea would take up the iconic role in ABC’s Lois & Clark TV series. From there, we would see probably the best representation of Lex Luthor by Michael Rosenbaum in Smallville. Of course, Superman Returns featured Kevin Spacey, a role more of a homage to Hackman’s.

Now we might see Bradley Cooper next in line. Cooper is the star of The Hangover movies as well as the recent sci-fi hit, Limitless. Cooper also played Face in the rebooted A-Team, and People magazine named Cooper 2011’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” Cooper’s name even came up to play Green Lantern as well as The Flash.

Does Cooper have what it takes to play opposite Superman? And will Cooper join the ranks of the aforementioned in shaving his head?

Stay tuned to Cosmic Book News as more on the Man Of Steel develops.

Man Of Steel flies into theaters June 14th, 2013 directed by Zack Snyder starring, Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, Diane Lane as Martha “Ma” Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan “Pa” Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as Zod, and Russel Crowe as Jor-El.

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Bradley Cooper not likely to play The Flash

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Bradley Cooper was in contention to play Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern movie, but was beat out by Ryan Reynolds.

ObsessedWithFilm.com asked the actor if he would be interested at all in playing The Flash.

It was reported that Cooper was in the lead for the role of Barry Allen as Marc Guggenheim, Michael Green and Greg Berlanti have worked on the story with Guggenheim and Berlanti on the script.

The actor responded reluctantly with:

“Well I auditioned for the The Green Lantern and didn’t get it so I’m reluctant to put on the cape again.”

Cooper is currently starring in the sci-fi move Limitless with Robert DeNiro that sees a former cocaine-addict who discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities.

Check out the trailer for Limitless below and here for a few clips from the movie featuring Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro in action.

Limitless is in theaters March 18th.

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