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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Leads Spirit Awards Nominations

Silver Linings PlaybookSilver Linings Playbook has been nominated for five Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The David O. Russell directed quirky romance received nods for its stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the Best Male and Female Lead categories, along with nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the announcement at the W Hotel Hollywood on Tuesday. It will compete against Moonrise Kingdom - which also received five nominations - Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie and Keep the Lights On in the Best Feature category.

Matthew McConaughey received two nominations, Best Male Lead for Killer Joe where he will compete against Bradley, Jack Black for Bernie, John Hawkes in The Sessions, Thure Lindhardt for Keep The Lights On and Four's Wendell Pierce and Best Supporting Male for Magic Mike.

Linda Cardellini has been nominated for Best Female Lead for Return along with Emayatzy Corinealdi for Middle of Nowhere, Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Mary Elizabeth Winstead from Smashed and Jennifer in Silver Linings Playbook.

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Jennifer Lawrence Has ‘Two Left Feet’

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence has "two left feet" when it comes to dancing.

The Hunger Games actress struggled when she had to shoot scenes for her role as a dance expert in upcoming film Silver Linings Playbook - based on author Matthew Quick's best-seller - because she has no rhythm or co-ordination. Jennifer's character Tiffany is a grieving widow who helps former teacher/mental institution patient Pat - played by Bradley Cooper - win back his wife. Only there is one condition, he has to partner her in a dance competition.

"I have two left feet, and I'm not exactly a graceful mover. Bradley's the one who can dance - and he's not supposed to know how to!" she told The Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old beauty didn't expect to be offered the role, joking that she didn't think they'd hire a "klutz." However, she wowed director David O. Russell - who directed Oscar-winning film The Fighter - with an audition conducted via internet video chat service Skype.

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James Van Der Beek Regrets Turning Down a Role

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James Van Der BeekJames Van Der Beek regrets turning down a role in Wedding Crashers.

The Dawson's Creek actor rejected the chance to audition for the part of Sack Lodge - the onscreen boyfriend of Rachel McAdams' character - in the 2005 comedy movie because he was "worried" about being portrayed in a "certain way," but he now wishes he had gone up against Bradley Cooper for the job.

"I look at some of my decisions in that time and I think, 'Why did I do that?' I turned down auditions for things I probably shouldn't have, like the role that went to Bradley Cooper in Wedding Crashers because I was worried about being seen in a certain way. In retrospect that was something of an unnecessary worry."

James felt "burned out" when he finished filming Dawson's Creek - which lasted for six seasons from 1998 to 2003 - and he was glad to have a break from his "exhausting" schedule.

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Alec Baldwin to Reunite with Russell Brand in New Comedy

Russell Brand and Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin is to reunite with Russell Brand in a new comedy movie.

The 54-year-old actor will team up with his Rock Of Ages co-star again in Man That Rocks The Cradle, which tells the story of an overworked husband and father-of-four who employs a super-nanny he is told is a kid whisperer and will help ease his problems.

Arnold and Anne Kopelson are due to produce the New Line movie, which is based on a story by Josh Cagan and Rob McKittrick, Deadline reports.

No word yet as to when production is set to begin.

Cate Blanchett for New Woody Allen Movie?

Cate BlanchettWoody Allen wants Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper for his latest movie.

The legendary director - who is notoriously reluctant to release details of his films ahead of production - is said to be eyeing Danish capital Copenhagen as the setting for his new movie which will feature Cate as the star and Bradley as part of an ensemble cast.

Although he has focused on his directing work in recent years - winning the Best Original Screenplay Oscar this year for his work on Midnight in Paris - it was recently revealed Woody will play an aging escort in Fading Gigolo, an indie comedy written and directed by John Turturro. John will also star as a gigolo in the movie, which tells the story of two "cash-strapped best friends" who go into the escort business and find their local Hasidic Jewish community suspecting them of unusual goings-on, Variety reports.

Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone are set to play two of the women who pick up the ageing men. It will be the first time Woody has acted in a film since Picking Up The Pieces 12 years ago.

Bradley Cooper: ‘Hangover III to Shoot Next Year’

Bradley CooperBradley Cooper has confirmed The Hangover III will shoot next autumn in Los Angeles. The actor - who played the part of Phil in the first two instalments of the Todd Phillips-directed comedy - admitted he is keen to get to work on the third in the franchise, and doesn't think it will follow the same path as the previous films.

"I personally want to do it. I hope we're going to start shooting in September. We adhered to the formula in the second one, for those of you who've seen it, and the third one, which would close the whole, sort of, trilogy, which now it would be a trilogy - even though we thought we would never make a second one, let alone anybody see the first one. I think it will take place in Los Angeles and maybe not adhere to the structure. It might be different."

Bradley - who stars alongside comedy star Zach Galifianakis in the movies - previously claimed he was very keen to appear in a third installment despite the second being one of the hardest projects he has worked on. "I'll do whatever Todd wants to do, he's the best, he's the greatest. And I love those guys and I love my character Phil so I would do it in a heartbeat. It was the hardest shoot I've ever done but I just love it. There's got to be a trilogy, you've got to close it up."

Casey Affleck Joins Paradise Lost

Casey AffleckCasey Affleck has signed up to star in Paradise Lost. The 36-year-old actor will star alongside Bradley Cooper and Benjamin Walker in the movie, which tells the tale of the battle between good and evil.

Affleck will play the angel Gabriel in the project, which sees Bradley star as vengeful Lucifer, who raises a hellish army after he is cast out of heaven. Dijmon Hounsou is also set to star as the angel of death Abdiel in the film, which is being directed Alex Proyas. The movie - which is set to come to cinemas in 2013 - is expected to have a particularly unique visual appeal, and will be shot in 3-D.

"I've sometimes thought that only an insane person would want to make this movie, because it's visually audacious and has to live up to a classic poem that is so beloved. I don't think the visuals could have been done justice until now, which is the great fun of being a film director in this modern age of visual effects," Proyas said.

Bradley Cooper Quits The Crow Remake

Bradley Cooper in The HangoverAnd yet another delay, most likely prompting more haunted production gossip: Bradley Cooper has quit The Crow. The Hangover star was due to play the main character in the remake of the 1994 supernatural action movie, but has pulled out because of his busy schedule.

Cooper will start shooting David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook in the autumn and then immediately begins filming Paradise Lost - the same time The Crow is set to be made. Although a replacement for Cooper is yet to be decided, Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg are reportedly being considered, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Hangover Part II Breaks Box Office Record

The Hangover Part IIAfter its impressive box office record, it's only a matter of time before the sequel to The Hangover Part II is greenlit. The follow-up to the 2009 film The Hangover has grossed over $488 million to become the most globally successful R-rated comedy ever.

The Hangover Part II - which reunites original cast members Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha for the movie set in Bangkok - took in $21.4 million this weekend, surpassing the $468 million generated from the first movie and bringing the combined total to almost one billion dollars.

Following on from the box office success of The Hangover Part II, it is likely the cast and crew will return for a third film in the franchise with star Zach - who plays Alan Garner in the Todd Phillips-directed films - already getting calls about it. "They want to do a Hangover 3. I'm getting fricking phone calls already," Galifianakis said.

Filmmaker Todd has previously revealed another film in the series would be the last and thought it would be good to change the "template" of the franchise: "If we were to do a third one, and quite honestly we really haven't talked about it. I think we have a clear idea where that would head and it's certainly not in the same template you've seen these movies and obviously we always envisioned it as a trilogy as you can imagine, the third would very much a finale and an ending."

Hangover 3: Not a Done Deal, But a Safe Bet

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The Hangover, Part II

Despite harsh cricital reviews, The Hangover, Part II is making truckloads of money. And what does Warner Bros. like more than truckloads of money? MORE truckloads of money. This is our way of saying they’re already planning the make a third Hangover flick.

The sequel to the unexpected hit has earned $200 million (in just five days, no less), and writer Craig Mazin is planning a third script.

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