Oscar-nominated actors Matthew McConaughey and Amy Adams are heading to Inside the Actors Studio in the middle of Academy Award voting.
Bravo announced Thursday that it has set two back-to-back James Lipton sit-downs with the two stars in mid-February.
Lipton’s interview with Adams, who won the Golden Globe for her American Hustle role and is Oscar-nominated for best actress, will air Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.
Amy Adams talks to Hermione Hoby about her transformation from Disney princess to the smouldering, scheming star of American Hustle
Amy Adams has sparkly blue eyes, a cute, upturned nose and a reputation as one of the most polite actresses in Hollywood. Many of her more memorable performances, in films such as Junebug, Julie & Julia and Enchanted, have been steeped in sweetness. Indeed, she has seemed, at times, too good to be true; until now. Her performance in David O Russell’s new film, American Hustle – as Sydney, the hardened, hyper-intelligent and schemingly seductive partner to Christian Bale’s con-man – turns her reputation on its head in glorious style, and has already earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
It’s a film so good, and so distinctively itself, that people will be dressing up as its characters and quoting their lines for decades. Perhaps the most delicious of all its astonishments is the sight of Adams and Bradley Cooper grooving and smooching by the light of a mirrorball to Donna Summer’s I Feel Love.
Adams says that, after reading Russell’s script, she wanted to build a character “in which everything felt justified and it didn’t feel like she was just a sexy sociopath.” None the less, the internet is already teeming with screengrabs of her wiggling bottom and over-the-shoulder smoulders. I quote her a line from one American critic who, after seeing the film, asked: “How many youngsters will be jump-started into puberty by… Amy Adams in American Hustle?”
Amy Adams Plays a Grifter in ‘American Hustle’
By Robert Ito to NY Times
In “American Hustle,” the latest film by the director David O. Russell, Rosalyn Rosenfeld (Jennifer Lawrence) plants a lipstick-smearing kiss on Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), a grifter who is having an affair with a fellow con artist (Christian Bale), who just happens to be Rosalyn’s husband. The kiss caps off a scene of rage-filled accusations and not-so-veiled threats. The possibility that members of the Mafia might kill all three of them only ratchets up the heat.
The kiss, Ms. Adams admitted, was her idea. “Rosalyn’s crazy,” she said. “And I thought, ‘What’s the craziest thing she could do?’ ”
A suggestion was made to Mr. Russell; Ms. Lawrence, it turned out, was game. As sudden as it is sloppy, the kiss is equal parts threat and assault, akin, in both feeling and execution, to the one Michael Corleone shares with his brother Fredo.
If Ms. Lawrence stuck the landing on the kiss, Ms. Adams hits about a half-dozen different emotions — from shock to fear to rage — with her understandably stunned response. Her character has already had the lousy night to end all lousy nights, and now this?
Sydney “is the most miserable human being I’ve ever played,” Ms. Adams said. “She is not — happy. I’m used to playing people that, even if they’re survivors, there’s some sort of light in them. I don’t know that she has that, necessarily.”
With a laugh, she added, “I think I like playing happy people.”
Fans of Ms. Adams know the type. For many of them, Ms. Adams, 39, will always be the wide-eyed, would-be princess who fell to Earth in “Enchanted,” or the chatty, cheerful Southern wife in “Junebug,” for which she received the first of four Academy Award nominations.
After the last night screening, Vulture put this article together, which is a must-read:
I’ll be honest with you, dear reader: There were times during the making of American Hustle that I wondered if it was all just an elaborate front for a Sony-sponsored slumber party thrown by director David O. Russell, a fun-filled night of dress-up in which Russell and several of his favorite actors (including Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence) raided Mom and Dad’s closet for groovy seventies fashions and then staged an elaborate, truly outrageous hair show. It would have been an appropriate ruse, given that the movie is about pulling outsize long cons, but no: Turns out American Hustle is a bona fide, honest-to-goodness feature film, and it screened for the very first time in Los Angeles yesterday (with Russell and most of his cast in attendance), leaving only The Wolf of Wall Street as this awards season’s final movie to unspool for press. Though reviews are still embargoed, here are eight things we can already tell you about American Hustle.
What It’s About
If you’re just now catching up, the seventies-set American Hustle is loosely based on the real-life ABSCAM scandal, which ensnared several members of Congress for taking bribes; the title card that begins the movie teases, “Some of this actually happened.” In Russell’s telling, the sting comes about when an ambitious FBI agent (played by a curly haired Cooper) enlists two con-artist lovers (Bale and Adams) in a bribery scam that will take down a kind-hearted but susceptible New Jersey mayor (Jeremy Renner). In addition to the ABSCAM operation, both Bale and Adams are pulling some cons on the side: The tomcatting Bale’s got a hot-tempered wife at home (Lawrence), while Adams is a former stripper from New Mexico who’s forged an upper-class identity that comes complete with a posh British accent.
Sony held the first major screening of David O. Russell‘s American Hustle last night at the Cary Grant Theatre on the Culver City lot. The packed crowd was largely made up of SAG and a few Academy members, plus select press.
If rivals were hoping it would be a bust, or at the very least a disappointment, I hate to bring them the bad news. Although formal reviews are verboten until early next month, I can say that from my vantage point, Russell, whose last two films Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and The Fighter (2010) were nominated for Best Picture and Director, as well as taking some acting Oscars, has another winner with a film that will have strong appeal particulary in the actors branch and at SAG. I also think, even in this fiercely contested year, Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Editing and Costume nods could be in the cards along with any number of possibilities for its superb ensemble including lead actor Christian Bale, lead actress Amy Adams, supporting actors Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner, and supportng actress Jennifer Lawrence.
(…)The film, loosely based on the 70s Abscam government sting operation which nailed several members of Congress, involves Bale and Adams in a con game where they team up with an out-of-control FBI agent played by Cooper. Bale is remarkable and, in customary fashion for him, put on 40 pounds and shaved his head so he could create a hairstyle with a god-awful combover. Adams is complex and excellent and Cooper, sporting a perm, matches his Oscar-nominated work in Silver Linings. Renner, even though playing a corrupt but likeable politician, also shines as the soul of this enterprise.
(…)Afterwards Russell, Adams, Renner, co-star Elisabeth Rohm, editor Jay Cassidy, costume designer Michael Wilkinson and casting director Mary Vernieu appeared for a 40-minute Q&A.
The actors all said it was a free-flowing atmosphere on set with ever changing script pages. Editor Cassidy, who also won an Oscar nomination for Silver Linings, echoed that when he said in the editing room, “I got to be there for the final re-write.” There was also improv. In fact Adams, who doesn’t often take credit, said a scene in which she impulsively grabs Lawrence in the ladies room and kisses her full-on on the lips was actually her idea and she praised Lawrence for making it work. “She’s amazing. She’s fearless. I’m fearful, but I will do anything except I will do it with a lot of thought. Unless Jennifer is keeping a secret though, she’s completely fearless,” she said.
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