Amy Schumer, whose new show Inside Amy Schumer debuted Tuesday night, was pulling all kinds of crazy shenanigans on the red carpet of last night’s Time 100 gala in New York City. You likely saw this on social media, where she pretended to fall flat on her face in front of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West:
But Kimye weren’t the only celebrities subject to her buffoonery: Bradley Cooper got a taste of it, too. According to Business Insider, she started heckling the Jenkintown star right as he walked onto the red carpet, yelling his name like one of the fans waiting in line to see him. Cooper finally gave her a hug and posed for a photograph, but when he left, she told the press line that, “We’re engaged!”
This week, Wikileaks debuted an archive containing 173,000 of those hacked Sony emails that leaked in December. If you’re interested in the inner workings of the film business, you’ll find some of the offerings fascinating, like this one that finds an executive and director Cameron Crowe discussing Bradley Cooper and two of his co-stars, Bill Murray and Emma Stone, in Aloha. It at least gives a little insight into what Cooper’s like on set. More from AceShowBiz:
Actor Bradley Cooper, director-producer Lee Daniels, pop star Taylor Swift and comedian Kevin Hart were named today to the Time 100 list, the magazine’s annual naming of the world’s most influential people.
He may have walked away empty-handed a few weeks ago at the Oscars, but last night Bradley Cooper scooted out of the MTV Movie Awards with a shiny box of golden popcorn in tow.
The Jenkintown star took home the prize for Best Male Performance for his portrayal of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in American Sniper. He was there to accept the award, which he dedicated to Kyle. “Thank you, thank you. I want to thank MTV and the fans. It’s because of you that we have brought awareness for what the men and women in the military do everyday for us. Chris Kyle would have been 41 this week. Chris, this is for you.”
To win the award, Cooper beat out beat out Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) and Downingtown, Pa-native Miles Teller (Whiplash).
Fellow comedian Kevin Hart also took home an award last night: the special Comedic Genius Award. His speech pulled at some heartstrings, too: “I wanna thank my fiancée for being my rock right now. … I wanna thank my ex-wife for giving me these two kids who are my best friends right now; Heaven for being the most amazing daughter, Hendrix for being the most amazing son. My kids, I’m doing all of this for them. I’m trying to leave a legacy for them. Last but not least my fans—this is for y’all, I love y’all.”
Check out a quick video montage of highlights above.
Time is reporting that Philly favorite Bradley Cooper is currently in talks to remake the 1937 film A Star is Born. Cooper is being vetted to direct the film about a young Hollywood actress who is somewhat indebted to an older alcoholic actor who launched her career. Read more »
It might seem as if he just sprang out of the kiln with 2009’s The Hangover, but Jenkintown’s Bradley Cooper has actually been a professional actor since 1999. Now, with his thoroughly convincing turn as Chris Kyle in American Sniper—officially the highest-grossing film released in 2014—Mr. Cooper is finally coming in to the rarefied air of some of our most celebrated male actors. That isn’t to say that everything he’s made has been gold (ahem, Serena), in fact, it’s really only in recent years that he’s been allowed to showcase his considerable talents in serious films. Regardless, here are our picks for his five best performances to date, and where you might be able to see them, in chronological order.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Synopsis: Comic insanity reigns as Camp Firewood prepares for the last day of summer camp, all while a giant piece of Skylab hurtles toward them from space threatening to wipe everyone out.
Cooper's Performance: As the popped-collar, bizarrely enthusiastic co-spirit director (along with Amy Poehler), Ben, Cooper plays off his Hollywood looks hilariously against leading-man type and shares an intimate love scene with fellow counselor McKinley (Michael Ian Black) in a toolshed. Cooper hadn't yet established his serious credentials, but his all-in performance, working with a seasoned group of comedians as Poehler, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Showalter, Judah Friedlander, and Paul Rudd, blends in perfectly.
Synopsis: A small-time writer takes an experimental drug that allows him to utilize his full brain capacity, albeit temporarily, which enables him to become a financial wizard, and a marked man.
Cooper's Performance: I know most people would put Silver Linings Playbook in this spot, but, in truth, as well as he played him, his character never really hung together for me. His emotional instability seemed all too convenient to the grinding gears of the plot. No, we'll take a significant zag here and put a vote in for his much more unheralded turn as small-time novelist Eddie Morra, who ingests a drug that enables him to dominate Wall Street and thwart the criminal forces that seek to take him out. Cooper gets to play both the struggling loser and the swaggering giant, and find the tricky through-line between both of them. The film might have its issues, but his performance is eye-opening.
Synopsis: A pair of con artists are recruited by an off-the-wall FBI agent to help ensnare a group of crooked New Jersey politicians.
Cooper's Performance: If you want a fine performance of Cooper's in a David O. Russell film, this is the far better choice. Based on a true story, he plays FBI agent Richie DiMaso, the rube of the film. He's a bearded, somewhat loathsome glory boy who orchestrates what would become ABSCAM and attempts to bolster his career in the process, with truly disastrous results. Thing is, he can't just be a snide jerk, there have to be angles and contours to his character, small sympathies that can help hook the audience into the delicious set-up, and Cooper delivers righteously. DiMaso might be a preening lummox (props to Cooper's dreadful perm), but he's also clearly in over his head, a fact that con-man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) doesn't fail to notice—and eventually take advantage of.
Synopsis: A small group of interstellar outcasts come together in order to protect the universe from a blood-thirsty warrior prince.
Cooper's Performance: Again, I'm going unconventional on this one, as his performance is just a voiceover for a CGI weapons-toting raccoon who is part of a rag-tag team of misfits who band together to save their galaxy from destruction at the hands of a ruthless, power-hungry despot. Thing is, Rocket's persona powers much of the film's daring charisma, and Cooper absolutely nails his delivery in so many key scenes that he instantly becomes your favorite Guardian (unless, of course, you're more into mono-vocabularied, walking trees). Pair this huge moneymaker along with the (woeful) Hangover sequels, Hustle and Sniper and you can see how Cooper's name has suddenly shot up into the stratosphere. Selma notwithstanding, the man is on a huge roll and it will be very interesting to see what he will do with his considerable Hollywood clout, which will likely never be higher. Perhaps, it will lead him to a regular stint on the director's chair.
Synopsis: A heroic Navy SEAL sharpshooter endures several tours of duty in Afghanistan and becomes legendary in the process, but there is a price to be paid in his more chaotic home life.
Cooper's Performance: The role that brought him his second Best Actor Oscar nod. Playing the controversial Chris Kyle, Cooper beefed up his body with muscle and brawn, transformed his accent into a Texas twang, and spent countless hours training with his weapon until it fit seamlessly in his hands, but his most impressive feat is to take the two-dimensional American hero character that screenwriter Jason Hall fashioned out of Kyle's controversial memoir, and make him seem authentic. The film may gloss over some of Kyle's more objectionable traits, but there's nothing phony or trumped up about Cooper's performance.
Where You Can See It Right Now: AMC Cherry Hill 24, UA Riverview
Bradley Cooper just received a special gift from his Hangover co-star and champion boxer Mike Tyson. And no, it wasn’t a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear.
Yesterday on Live with Kelly and Michael, Tyson explained that he gifted the Jenkintown star one of the belts he won when he was crowned World Boxing Council (WBC)’s heavyweight world champion in the ’80s. According to Tyson, he had his daughter take it to Cooper when she attended a recent performance of The Elephant Man, which Cooper was starring in on Broadway.
Tyson said he wanted to give Cooper the memento, “because he deserves it … Look at what he’s accomplished since The Hangover. Look at how far he’s come … ”
Tyson held his WBC heavyweight world champion title from 1986 to 1990, when he lost it to Buster Douglas. He turned around and won it again in 1996.
Multiple outlets are reporting that American Sniper, starring Jenkintown native turned movie god Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL assassin Chris Kyle, has overtaken Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, starring frequent Cooper co-star Jennifer Lawrence, as the highest grossing film of 2014. More from Variety:
Just when you thought awards season was over, MTV is building hype all over again by releasing the nominees for next month’s MTV Movie Awards. A couple Philly folks scored some nods:
Not surprisingly, Best Actor Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper is nominated for Best Male Performance for his role as Chris Kyle in American Sniper, but MTV has also recognized him for his hilarious turn as a back-talking raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. He and Vin Diesel are both nominated, actually, for Best Duo for their teamup in the film as Rocket and Groot.
Guardians of the Galaxy is tied with Fault In Our Stars and Neighbors as most-nominated film this year, with seven nods.