Critics may debate whether 'American Hustle' is good or great (and they are), but one thing even the toughest critic of David O. Russell's 70s crime epic can agree on: the performances are outstanding. Across the board, the likes of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and even Louis CK deliver some of their best work; work that is sure to be recognized this Oscar season.
There is so much hair in 'American Hustle.'
Christian Bale's disastrous comb-over/rug combo basically opens the film with a wordless monologue. Beneath that unnatural mop is the sharp mind of Irving Rosenfeld, a “from the feet up” con man making the leap from running legit (but boring) dry cleaning businesses to grifting down-on-their-luck rubes on bad bank loans. His operation starts taking off when he hooks up with Amy Adams, a natural businesswoman looking to reinvent herself. She does this with a name change, a phony British accent and, later in the film, by frizzing her hair out to preposterous proportions.
Just when we thought 2015 couldn't be more tightly packed with big-time blockbusters, Universal Studios goes and sets the next 'Bourne' movie for release that August.
If you're looking for an incredible story to tell, look no further than 1920s United States. As the new trailer for James Gray's 'The Immigrant' makes abundantly clear, few time periods have been so complex, so strange and so simultaneously beautiful and ugly. Although it played the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, this project has been laying pretty low. However, now that we've seen the slightly NSFW French trailer, we can't wait to see the final film.
The latest 'American Hustle' trailer has debuted on Yahoo Movies, and Sony is revving up its marketing campaign to position this to score more Oscar nominations for director David O. Russell. What'd you think? Does Russell and his all-star cast have enough juice to sweep awards season? The film seems a shoe-in for best bad hair, that's for sure.
Yesterday, we were briefly excited by the rumor that Matt Damon had entered negotiations with Universal to reprise his most famous character, Jason Bourne. This was quickly shot down by sources at the studio, and we all sighed with displeasure. Another 'Bourne' film is moving forward with Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross character, but our question for you is: Do you want to see another 'Bourne' movie if Matt Damon isn't in it?
Just as recently as earlier this year, Matt Damon was talking that a return to the 'Bourne' franchise that turned him into an A-list action star was highly unlikely. But, this is Hollywood and sometimes what is completely unlikely one day (like Ben Affleck as Batman), becomes a reality the next. And so, Matt Damon is in negotiations to return for another 'Bourne' film along with 'Bourne Ultimatum' director Paul Greengrass.
Although 'The Bourne Legacy' didn't live up to the critical and financial precedent set by the first three films in Universal's 'Bourne' series, the studio appears to be moving forward with a fifth film in the series. Although it's still early in the process, early buzz suggests that film will once again center around Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross, with Matt Damon's titular amnesiac spy off doing whatever movie spies do when audiences aren't watching them.