Full power into ‘American Hustle’ promotion, Amy Adams is covering the January issue of Vanity Fair, in a wonderful photoshoot by Norman Jean Roy. Check scans in our gallery, thanks to Fashion Scans Remastered (its missing bits of the article, but I’m already working on it!).
Amy Adams and co-star Bradley Cooper attended last night an American Hustle screening in West Hollywood, and I have up 6 HQ pictures up in the gallery:
I have up scans of latest The Hollywood Reporter (The Actresses Roundtable) added to the gallery, thanks to my friend Lindsey at rachelmcadams.org for sending in!
A brand new clip has dropped from David O. Russell’s highly anticipated film and it finds conman Christian Bale bonding with Amy Adams over jazz legend Duke Ellington, who has just died (which would place the scene in 1974, fyi). And the song they both cherish? “Jeep’s Blues” from Ellington At Newport, a live album which is largely credited with reviving the icon’s career. Meanwhile, playing in the background is Chicago’s “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”
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.
Amy is on the cover of “The Hollywood Reporter” for the annual Actresses Issue. Amy appears on the cover with Oscar-hopefuls Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, Octavia Spencer, Oprah Winfrey and Emma Thompson. There’s no video yet for the roundtable, but you can check pictures in our gallery, and read the Amy’s part on the roundtable below. For read it completely, go to The Hollywood Reporter website.
Putting together THR’s roundtables always is a complicated affair, but perhaps none this year was quite as tricky as the Actress Roundtable. First came the matter of coordinating six busy performers’ schedules — a project that began way back in the summer and especially was complex given that 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o, 30, lives in Brooklyn, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), 54, in London, and Amy Adams (American Hustle, Her), 39, has been juggling back-to-back movies.
Next came the challenge of getting enough time with the actresses to include an hourlong conversation, the requisite grooming, behind-the-scenes video and an elaborate photo shoot. Finally came the complication of having each participant’s lawyer vet television releases so that this roundtable can be broadcast in December on PBS. With all this, it’s no surprise that the final t’s were crossed mere hours before the roundtable got underway Nov. 9 in Los Angeles, when an amazingly candid conversation took place among Nyong’o, Thompson, Adams, Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), 59, Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), 46, and Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station), 43. A few tears were shed.
What’s the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given in Hollywood?
AMY ADAMS: You spoke of Steven (Spielberg) — he gave me some amazing advice. I wasn’t able to cry for him — me, too — in Catch Me If You Can, and through tenderness he came up to me and said: “Can you close your eyes for me? Think about Brenda, think about how much she loves and how much she has to give.” I opened my eyes, and he goes, “Let go and lead with this.”
WINFREY: Oh, I could just cry right now.
ADAMS: And when Steven Spielberg tells you to do that, you can cry.
What’s the scariest moment you’ve had?
ADAMS: I was trapped in the Atlas Mountains on Charlie Wilson’s War. That was scary.
ROBERTS: [Amy and I] were filming in Morocco, and they had built this refugee camp at the top of the Atlas Mountains, and this storm came and blew the camp away and destroyed the roads, and I had two very small children to get back to in Marrakech. It was bananas. Continue Reading