Sunday, April 21, 2024

Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper in New David O. Russell Movie


David O. Russell is hot right now thanks to “The Fighter” — totally set for the Top 5 Best Picture picks along with “The King’s Speech,” “Social Network,” “Toy Story 3,” and “127 Hours.”

Now I’m told that Russell’s next big project will likely be “The Silver Linings Playbook,” based on the novel of the same name.

Anne Hathaway has quietly signed on for this one. And now the word is that Bradley Cooper is being wooed for the male lead.

The novel, by Matthew Quick, is about a former high school history teacher who gets out of a mental hospital and is placed in the care of his mother. His goal is to win back his ex wife.  But he winds up in a romance with a kooky neighbor who also has mental problems. With Hathaway and Cooper set, all The Weinstein Company needs to cast is Cooper’s mother. Here’s my candidate: Jane Fonda.

Maybe one day Russell will get to finish the movie he was forced to abandon two years ago, “Nailed,” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, James Marsden and Jessica Biel.

All that wasted talent sitting in film cans because of greedy, petty producers.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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