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Long before American Sniper was nominated for six Oscars or grossed $100 million on its opening weekend, it was almost a very different movie. In the summer of 2013, Steven Spielberg was attached to direct the film based on the memoir of U.S. sniper Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper was still attached to star and produce. However, after a few months of development, Spielberg dropped off the project. Director Clint Eastwood quickly jumped on and history was made.

So what was different about Steven Spielberg’s version of American Sniper? In a behind the scenes story about the movie, screenwriter Jason Dean Hall revealed some of the suggestions Spielberg made about the script and how they forced Warner Bros. to move in another direction. Read the Steven Spielberg American Sniper quotes below. Read More »

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Going into the weekend, Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper was expected to handily dominate at the box office. Experts were predicting huge numbers for the film, maybe even north of $70 million. But when the smoke cleared Monday and final estimates came in, the film will have grossed a staggering, record-setting $105.3 million from Friday to Monday ($90.2 over the three day). The previous January champion, Ride Along, grossed only $48.6 million over its first four days. Sniper had doubled it and then some.

In Los Angeles, a city where the film had already been opened for three weeks, there were lines around the block. With a number that big, that was probably the case in almost every other city too. So how did American Sniper do so incredibly well? Read more about the American Sniper opening weekend below. Read More »

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Editor’s Note: This review originally ran on November 12. We’re bumping it up now that American Sniper is in wide release.

Director Clint Eastwood has great aspirations for American Sniper. First and foremost, he hopes to make a movie paying tribute to the most deadly sniper in the history of the United States. That’s the late Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper. He also hopes to show Kyle not as only a heroic solider, but a complex man confident in his actions and concerned about of their results. The film paints a grim picture of post-traumatic stress disorder and what it does to our veterans, especially in regards to their families. Finally, there’s also a drive to keep things exciting, so there are many gun battles in the deserts of Iraq.

Yes, American Sniper is an incredibly ambitious film with many moving parts. All of those parts work in certain instances, but only on rare occasions do they all come together at once. The disconnection makes the film fall just short of those great aspirations.

American Sniper had its World Premiere on Veterans Day at AFI Fest presented by Audi and you can read the rest of our review below. Read More »

The Best Movie Animal Performances of 2014

Best Animal Performances of 2014

I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?

As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »

Wet Hot American Summer

At one point in 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer, the counselors of Camp Firewood make an earnest promise to reunite at in exactly one decade. Well, it looks like they’ve missed the mark by a few years, but better late than never, right?

Netflix is officially moving forward with the Wet Hot American Summer TV series first teased last year. Shooting is already underway with much of the original cast, including a few names who are much bigger now than they were then. More on the Wet Hot American Summer Netflix show after the jump.  Read More »

Bradley Cooper director

Bradley Cooper is adding a new title to his resume: director. The Oscar-nominated actor is eyeing as his feature filmmaking debut Honeymoon With Harry, a dramedy in which he’ll also star with Robert De Niro. More about Cooper’s possible directing gig after the jump. Read More »

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‘American Sniper’ Headed for IMAX Release

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Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper has been racking up box office dollars and picking up awards nominations, and now it’s getting the IMAX treatment. The company has announced an American Sniper IMAX run to kick off later this month.

Bradley Cooper leads the drama as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, called the most lethal sniper in American military history. Hit the jump for more details on the American Sniper IMAX release.  Read More »

New American Sniper trailer

There’s a new American Sniper trailer, and if this second look at Clint Eastwood‘s film about decorated Navy sniper Chris Kyle isn’t as tense and perfect as the first trailer, it does show off a lot more of Bradley Cooper‘s portrayal of the man. Here we see Kyle — who in real life was murdered at a gun range while home in the States — as he wrestles with his role as a sniper, and the conflicts that creates with his life as a father and husband.  Read More »

Film Title:  LIMITLESS

At some point, it’s going to be easier to name the movies that haven’t been adapted for TV. The latest film to get swept up in the big-screen-to-small-screen trend is Limitless, the 2011 sci-fi thriller. Bradley Cooper is set to executive produce the show for CBS, along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

More details on the Limitless TV series after the jump. Read More »