American Sniper Blamed For Increase in Violence Against Muslims, Bradley Cooper Asked to Help

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American Sniper, starring Jenkintown native Bradley Cooper as real-life Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, takes the number one spot over the weekend once again, giving it a box office grand total of $200 million. Insiders say the film is on course to becoming the highest-earning war movie in history. The current record-holder is Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, which took in $216.5 million in 1998.

While the film continues to rack up dollars, it’s also racking up some controversy. Deadline reports that a civil rights group has seen a rise in violence against Muslims since the film’s release, and they have contacted Cooper and director Clint Eastwood for help. More:

Washington, D.C.-based civil rights organization, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, has written to Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper outlining an escalation in threats made against Arab and Muslim Americans since the release of American Sniper, and asking for their help to “reduce the hateful rhetoric.” In a letter dated January 21, ADC President Samer Khalaf wrote, “A majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are (the) result of how Arabs and Muslims are depicted” in the film. Khalaf says the group is in receipt of “hundreds of violent messages” from moviegoers, many of which have been made on social media. …

Despite the box office heat and critical accolades, there has also been criticism in the international media of the film’s perceived whitewashing of Kyle’s actions.

The ADC said it believes Eastwood and Cooper could “play a significant role in assisting us in alleviating the danger we are facing.” Wrote Khalaf, “Your visibility, influence and connection to the film would be a tremendous force in drawing attention to and lessening the serious dangers facing the respective communities.”

Khalaf also noted that the ADC is working with the FBI and police to address the threats. He told Reuters this weekend that there was no sense in calling for a boycott of the film. “People are going to see the movie. If we boycott it, it will only cause people to want to see it more.”

Bradley Cooper Taking The Elephant Man to London

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After a record-breaking run on Broadway, Jenkintown’s Bradley Cooper is taking The Elephant Man to London. Deadline reports that he and castmates Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivolathe will perform a 12-week run of the show, which begins its first preview on May 19th at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and ends on August 8th.

“Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London,” Cooper said. “I’m honored that Alessandro, Patricia, the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story.”

If you happen to find yourself in London’s West End this summer, you can get tickets here.

Sarah Palin Loves American Sniper, Thanks Bradley Cooper for His Performance

I imagine Bradley Cooper’s over the moon about right now. His latest film, American Sniper, eviscerated the box office over the weekend, opening with a record-breaking $90.2 million in sales. His talents were recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with an Oscar nomination for Best Actor (and 5  more for the film). And celebrities, like Michael Moore, are calling his performance “one of the best of the year.” The latest to come out in support of his role is none other than Sarah Palin, who took to her Facebook page to applaud the film and take a little jab at Hollywood while she was at it:

American Sniper Earned $90.2 Million at the Box Office This Weekend

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Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, starring Jenkintown native Bradley Cooper as prolific Navy SEAL sharp-shooter Chris Kyle, earned a whopping $90.2 million at the weekend box office, and it’s expected to hit $105 million by the end of day on Monday. That blows past insider predictions, who estimated it would bring in $50 million-plus.

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4 Movies to Watch If You Love American Sniper, and an Alternative If You Don’t

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Academy Award Best Picture nominee American Sniper, starring Jenkintown native (and Best Actor nominee) Bradley Cooper, officially opens nationwide this weekend. The film is projected to rake in a record $50 million-plus at the box office and create legions of fans of the Clint Eastwood-directed flick about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. If you love it and find yourself wanting more, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up four films that contain similar elements to Sniper, and an alternative if it wasn’t quite your cup of tea.

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Bradley Cooper Scores Oscar Nod for American Sniper

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After being snubbed by the SAGs and Golden Globes, Bradley Cooper finally gets his day in the sun. The Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, and the Jenkintown native scored a nod for Best Actor for American Sniper.

The film, which is opening this weekend with an expected $50 million-plus box office, got five other nominations, including the coveted Best Picture. See the full list below, courtesy of Washington Post:

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Bradley Cooper and Kevin Hart Expected to Rule the Box Office This Weekend

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper and Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer, both opening nationwide this weekend.

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper and Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer, both opening nationwide this weekend.

Philly film stars Bradley Cooper and Kevin Hart are expected to own the box office this weekend, with the release of American Sniper and The Wedding Ringer, respectively.

After a record-breaking preview over ChristmasDeadline reports that Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which stars Cooper as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, will be No. 1, on track to pull in $50 million-plus. Writers credit a number of factors for influencing the big draw:

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Bradley Cooper to Reprise Gay Role in Wet Hot American Summer

Netflix announced recently that it is bringing back 2001 satirical teen-sex comedy Wet Hot American Summer in eight brand new episodes that will be released on the streaming service.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, Net Now Next reports that it will feature most of the original cast—lots of greats like Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Philly’s own Bradley Cooper, who, are you sitting, will reprise his role as a gay camp counselor.

If you’ve seen the original, you no doubt have the steamy sex scene between Cooper and co-star Michael Ian Black in the camp’s tool shed etched in your brain. If you haven’t, well here you go (and you’re welcome):

So far there’s not official release date for the series, but you can bet we’ll be waiting impatiently.


WATCH: Bradley Cooper Rock an Air Guitar on Jimmy Fallon

As I mentioned yesterday, Monday was Jenkintown native Bradley Cooper’s 40th birthday. To celebrate, he stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote his latest flick, American Sniper, and to show off a musical talent many of us didn’t know he had: air guitar.

During his sit-down with Fallon, the host went over his list of accomplishments: acting, directing and … “a little musical talent.”

Cooper explains: “I’m glad you said that, because it’s very little. [Insert Fallon penis joke.] When I was a kid I had a lot of time on my hands and there’s this one song by Neil Young. I don’t know if everybody knows this [guitar solo], and I’m sort of proud that I know it. It’s just the guitar solo from ‘Down by the River.’ To air guitar to it is so meaningless … but I’d love to give you a little taste. It’s long. [Insert yet another Fallon penis joke.]”

Check out his performance below. Yes, he does the whole thing in a Carrot Top-looking afro wig that Fallon gave him for his birthday.


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