Jennifer Lawrence exploded as a great new talent thanks to Winter’s Bone, and some of her major roles that followed (such as X-Men: First Class, and The Hunger Games) had her playing a variation on the young girl who steps up to adult responsibility in a big way.

So it’s a joy to see her in footage from David O. Russell‘s new film Silver Linings Playbook. This is Lawrence playing a really adult sort of role, as she is a woman with some pretty serious, if occasionally gently comic mental issues. The film nominally revolves around Bradley Cooper, playing a guy recently released from institutionalization and trying to segue back into “real” life with the help of his parents (Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro). He meets Lawrence, and their particular problems seem to mesh. Oh, and Chris Tucker shows up, too.

The film looks like a partial return to the sort of story on which Russell cut his teeth (think Flirting With Disaster and Spanking the Monkey), though there seems to be a lighter, more generally crowd-pleasing third act here. Lawrence looks great in the role, and Cooper also seems to be expanding under Russell’s tutelage. (Something that we’ve seen other actors do in the past.)

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This Thanksgiving brings a slew of intriguing releases, from family-friendly fare like The Muppets and Hugo to possible Oscar contenders like The Artist and My Week with Marilyn, and now we have at least one reason to look forward to next year’s holiday as well.

The Weinstein Co. have just decided on a November 21, 2012 release for David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, which suggests the company sees the film as a potential player in next year’s awards season — no surprise, considering Russell’s last film The Fighter was nominated for seven Oscars in 2010 including Best Picture and Best Director. The date also gives the movie plenty of time to make the festival rounds and garner some good buzz before hitting theaters.

Based on a novel by Matthew Quick, the film follows a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who moves back home after spending years in a mental institution. He initially sets out to try and win back his ex-wife, but soon finds himself developing a relationship with an eccentric young widow (Jennifer Lawrence) who lives in his neighborhood. Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, and Chris Tucker also star. Read the official synopsis after the jump.

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Bradley Cooper first broke out playing a moneyed douchebag in Wedding Crashers, and then went on to cement that fame playing a somewhat less moneyed douchebag in the Hangover franchise. But he’s obviously been working on branching out, landing a string of interesting roles including the lead in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook.

Based on a book by Matthew Quick, the comedy sees Cooper playing a high school teacher who returns home after a stint at a mental institution and sets about trying to woo back his wife. The character is miles away from his usual parts — for one thing, he’s apparently the kind of guy who has no shame about donning a garbage bag in public. After the jump, check out the first images and read the synopsis from the film.

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My Week with Marilyn star Eddie Redmayne will join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway in Tom Hooper‘s prestige musical Les Miserables. Based on the hit Broadway show and Victor Hugo‘s classic novel of the same title, the film follows an ex-con named Valjean (Jackman) in 19th century France as he seeks to redeem himself. Redmayne will play Marius, who falls in love with Cosette, daughter of Fantine (Hathaway) and eventual charge of Valjean.

Les Miserables is already being touted as a likely Oscar contender, with a release date of December 7, 2012. Redmayne isn’t exactly a household name yet, but has marked himself as a talent to watch in projects like The Good Shepherd, My Week with Marilyn, and Hick. [Deadline]

After the jump, Rashida Jones and the guy who played Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris befriend Samantha Morton, while David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook picks up a Boardwalk Empire star.

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Good things keep coming for the stars of Animal Kingdom, as Jacki Weaver lands a role in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook. Weaver will play Bradley Cooper‘s mother in the film, based on Matthew Quick‘s novel about a former high school teacher (Cooper) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution into the care of his mother. Upon his release, the protagonist initially tries to win back his ex-wife but eventually falls into a romance with an eccentric young widow (Jennifer Lawrence).

Also signed on for the project is Robert De Niro in an unnamed part. Chris Tucker was said to be in talks for the part of Cooper’s pal from the institution, but the latest reports don’t mention him, so I’m guessing he’s out. The Silver Linings Playbook is set to begin shooting this fall. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Paul Bettany and Brian Cox team up for a film adapted from a BAFTA-nominated BBC series, and True Blood star Sam Trammell helps Virginia Madsen cope with her troubles.

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Way back in late 2010, we reported on the potential casting of Bradley Cooper in the lead role for David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook. At some point, however, Mark Wahlberg emerged as the star of the film, and Cooper was no longer associated with the project. Now, it’s looking like we’re back to square one, with Wahlberg out and Cooper back in. Wahlberg has dropped out of the film due to a scheduling conflict with a different project (possibly Broken City with Allen Huges), and Cooper is currently in talks to replace him.

Also in talks for the movie is Robert De Niro, who met with Russell earlier this summer regarding an unnamed part. Jennifer Lawrence is still set to co-star as the main character’s love interest. Based on a novel by Matthew Quick, the film follows a former high school teacher (that’d be Coopers part) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution into the care of his mother. [Deadline]

After the jump: Reese Witherspoon teams up with Disney, Alden Ehrenreich joins Stoker, and Doctor Who star Karen Gillan nabs an indie romance.

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Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly leading the pack of actresses vying for David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, ahead of the likes of seemingly every rising (or recently risen) starlet in town. Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, and Olivia Wilde were all among Lawrence’s competitors for the part. If the deal closes, Lawrence would begin shooting this fall after The Hunger Games wraps.

Based on a novel by Matthew Quick, the film will star Mark Wahlberg as a former high school teacher who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution, into the care of his mother. Lawrence would be playing a troubled young widow who eventually becomes a love interest for Wahlberg’s character. [ThePlaylist]

After the jump, Annette Bening mothers Kristen Wiig and Rhys Ifans gives some disappointing news.

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Today, The Hollywood Reporter tell us that The Weinstein Co. are behind David O. Russell‘s adaptation of Matthew Quick‘s novel The Silver Linings Playbook. This news popped up a few times recently in interviews with Quick and a YouTube video of the author reading from the novel, but nobody much noticed it; and the story of Russell’s involvement originally broke over a year ago, even before Nailed began shooting. If only there were more hours in the day for me to trawl the web and bring links to you. I would do it, you know? Because I love you.

Taking the Hollywood Report at face value, the screenplay hasn’t been written yet. In fact, it has, and in the video – which you can see below the break – Quick describes it as “phenomenal” and says he’s “really excited about” it. Every screenplay of Russell’s that I know, so far filmed or not, is pretty darn good so I’m inclined to believe him. And it’s good to know the creator is on side, at the very least to quell worries of bad PR and creative battles. We all know, I think that Russell loves a good creative battle (or do I just mean ‘I know we all think’?).

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