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.
Only two months after its Christmas Day release, American Sniper, starring Jenkintown’s Bradley Cooper, is on track to become the highest-grossing film of 2014, overtaking the current No. 1 placeholder, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Deadline reports that Sniper, whose box office stands at $322.59 million to date, should surpass Mockingjay’s current $336.45 million standing by the second week of March. More:
J.K. Simmons, we hate to admit it, but Bradley Cooper one-upped you last night. While you were imploring the Oscar audience to call their moms, local boy Cooper was already sitting right next to his mom, who just happens to be his usual awards-show date.
His mom, local resident Gloria Cooper, looked stunning in a black and teal embellished gown, which she complemented with a smattering of sparkly accessories. Of the baubles, her gorgeous statement earrings were a recent buy from Abington boutique Artware. Yep, that means you can go buy a pair for yourself. Read more »
The much-hyped—and very long—Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special finally aired last night, reuniting SNL cast members and favorite sketches from over the show’s four-decade run. One of those sketches, The Californians, featured local stars Bradley Cooper and Taylor Swift sporting blonde locks and Valley accents. Then Betty White gets in the mix and Cooper can’t keep his hands off her. Check it out above.
The trailer for Bradley Cooper’s next film—Cameron Crowe’s Aloha—was released this morning. It find the American Sniper star trimmed down with a buzz cut and stepping into his comedy shoes as a renowned military contractor who returns to his former base. There he reconnects with an old flame (Rachel McAdams) but winds up getting swept off his feet by a feisty Air Force watchdog played by Emma Stone.
The film is set to be released on May 29th, and will surely earn a ton of extra hype if Cooper snags that Best Actor trophy next week. Check out the trailer above.
The first part of the nearly hourlong chat delves into the much-reported controversy surrounding Sniper, in which Cooper plays a sharp-shooting Navy SEAL sniper during the war in Iraq. Liberals say the film doesn’t do enough to emphasize that that troops should never have been in Iraq in the first place, and that it glorifies a mission gone wrong. Conservatives—like Sarah Palin—say hogwash.
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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.”
“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.