Bradley Cooper on His High-Pressure Preparations for the Cooking Drama ‘Burnt’

Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has a reputation for going full bore for the big screen. In the forthcoming cooking drama Burnt, Cooper plays first-class chef Adam Jones, an ultra-demanding culinary virtuoso trying to keep his past addictions behind him as he strives to earn the food world’s coveted three-star Michelin rating. (Watch the exclusive trailer above!) As Cooper described to Yahoo Movies during a recent phone interview, he brought as much intensity to the kitchen in Burnt as he did to the battlefields in American Sniper, and to the stage in last year’s Tony-nominated The Elephant Man.

What’s your relationship with food and cooking in real life?
When I was a kid I would screw up cooking with my grandmother. It was an Italian family, so cooking was a huge part of it. Being around food is very soothing to me. My grandfather had a garlic business. I grew up with that environment, and it reminds me of my childhood.

For Burnt, did you go as hard-core as you did for American Sniper in terms of training?
We shot this in-between American Sniper and The Elephant Man. I didn’t have as much time to prep, but I was able to spend a month living and breathing it. [But] the thing that really paid off was the fact that I’d been doing research since I was a kid, working in restaurants. I was a busboy at a Greek restaurant and a prep cook at an [Italian] restaurant called Mirabella’s in Somers Point, New Jersey. I’d be there from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., just cooking. And having shot a TV show [Fox’s Kitchen Confidential, which aired in 2005] where I prepped then, too. For that I got to cook at Le Halles [in New York], which is the restaurant Anthony Bourdain cooked at. … For Burnt, I had access to [celebrity chefs] Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing, Gordon Ramsay, and Clare Smyth. These are all Michelin-star chefs. It’s a whole other world.

How do your skills measure up with the pros?
I actually learned how much I can’t cook by doing this film. You sit through one session with Clare Smyth, and you realize this is a level of execution that’s world class. To get three Michelin stars is literally almost impossible. The level of perfection, discipline, and sacrifice is incredible.

Did you model your character after anybody?
I created a guy I see as a mixture of the three guys I studied: Marcus Wareing, Gordon Ramsey, and Marco Pierre White. He’s a combination. Little things he does, physical things, are basically things I stole from all three of those guys… It wasn’t conscious, but going back and watching the movie I see, “Oh yeah: That’s him… that’s him … [and] that’s him.”

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Limitless 1×01 – Pilot Screen Captures

Limitless 1×01 – Pilot Screen Captures

Today was the premiere of the TV Show Limitless, based on the Movie that Bradley starred in 2011. Bradley has a small cameo on the Pilot, and he’s set to appear in other episodes. He’s also a producer of the show, so he’ll be involved in it. Here are screen captures from his part:


Limitless Producers on Why They Didn’t Recast Bradley Cooper

CBS’ thrilling new adventure series Limitless has a familiar launching point — its source material is the 2011 sleeper hit — but they’ve also got something even better: Bradley Cooper.

The show, like the movie, follows a struggling burnout who comes across a dangerous super-drug that drastically raises his IQ and grants him temporarily heightened mental abilities. In the film, the protagonist was a frustrated author named Eddie Morra, played by Cooper; in the CBS series, it’s Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) who uses the drug to help local law enforcement crack cases.

“We knew Bradley Cooper was going to be involved, and so it seemed like if we wanted the option of having him on screen, we shouldn’t recast the role of Eddie Morra, and that informed it to a certain extent,” executive producer Craig Sweeny said. “But we would have done it that way regardless … why not tell the story of somebody else’s direction [with the drug]?”

The pilot makes good on the promise that Cooper will appear on the series, as his character — now a presidential hopeful — visits Brian and helps him come to terms with the precarious power of NZT-48. Art imitated life, as McDorman revealed that a conversation with Cooper was instrumental in talking him into the role.

“I got the scripts from my agents with a note [that said] Bradley thinks you’d be great for the lead, and I totally didn’t believe them at all,” said a bashful McDorman. “I actually got to meet with Bradley about it and he pitched the show. His enthusiasm was contagious. He was really, really excited to reprise his role as Eddie and really excited where Craig was taking the universe. We kind of nerded out about expanding the universe of the movie into something that you can now explore and play with for hours and hours, week to week.”

Cooper isn’t just a producer on the series in vanity; executive producer Alex Kurtzman explained that the actor, despite enjoying a busy film and theater season this year, received every script and, especially in the pilot phase, was instrumental in crafting Brian’s journey. “We always liked the idea [that Brian] has to save somebody in the pilot and make this deal with the devil,” he said. “Originally it was a girlfriend, and Bradley said it’s a really interesting idea but it’s not as emotional as saving a father. And that was a big turn. He was very involved in real, critical DNA of the show.”

However, the two protagonists are starkly different in their approach to their new abilities. In the film, Eddie is at first more intent on finishing his novel with his heightened abilities, while Brian almost immediately realizes he can use his power to help his ailing father. Now, Eddie has set his sights on the White House, which can conveniently help explain why Cooper will only recur on the series sporadically.

“He’s about to be a presidential candidate,” said McDorman. “He wouldn’t have the time to be sitting in a safehouse all the time.”

“Bradley really has been so committed to the show. He has every intention of coming back. We’ve been talking quite a bit about how,” added Kurtzman. “A lot of the pilot sets up for you [that] he will be this mysterious figure. You can’t tell if he’s good or if he’s bad … but Eddie will return.”

Limitless premieres on September 22 on CBS.

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Bradley Cooper Is Back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The upcoming sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy appropriately titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 won’t be out in theaters until May 5, 2017 but the good news is everybody from the first film will be back for the second.

The news comes courtesy of Guardians director James Gunn, who confirmed the news via Twitter on Wednesday.

While it’s no secret that Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista were already on board to return for the sequel, no one knew for sure about Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, who both did voiceover work for the first movie but didn’t actually appear in person in the movie.

You can sleep well tonight because Diesel will be Grooting it up once again in the sequel while Cooper will reprise his role as gun toting mini-hero Rocket Raccoon.

Filming on the sequel isn’t expected to start until next year, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will definitely be one of the most highly anticipated films coming out in 2017.

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Entertainment Weekly July 24th & Best Movie July 7th Scans

I’ve added scans from the July 24th issue of Entertainment Weekly, which has a feature on Joy. And scans from Best Movie July 7th, which brings a feature on Aloha. Thanks Claudia.


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First Teaser Trailer for Joy

First Teaser Trailer for Joy

The first teaser for Joy has been released, the movie will be out on December 25th, 2015, here’s the trailer and captures:



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Synopsis:

JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

Bradley Cooper to produce World War II action-drama, Ghost Army

Bradley Cooper is heading back to war, aided by his cinematic band of brothers. The American Sniper actor will produce Warner Bros.’ upcoming Ghost Army, alongside Sniper producer Andrew Lazar and The Hangover director Todd Phillips. Deadline first reported the news, and a rep for Cooper confirmed his involvement to EW.

The film will be based on the recently-published book, The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, And Other Audacious Fakery, by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles. The story follows the true events of a top-secret group of artists and designers—”Cecil B. DeMille warriors,” as they were called—recruited to fool the Nazis during World War II. Using diversions such as inflatable tanks, phony radio traffic, and dummy soldiers, the troops managed to save thousands of Allied lives by tricking the enemy into thinking their flimsy ghost army was the real thing.

Beyer also wrote and directed a 2013 documentary about the unit (see trailer below), but Henry Gayden (Earth To Echo) will script the screenplay for the feature film.

While there’s no confirmation on whether Cooper will star in Ghost Army, the actor’s upcoming schedule is crowded with on-screen projects. Cooper will next be seen in John Wells’ culinary drama Adam Jones, followed by Joy, which reunites him with Silver Linings Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell. In addition, he’s reportedly in talks to make his directing debut with another Warner Bros. film, A Star Is Born, where he would also take on the lead. The most recent news comes on the heels of the announcement that Cooper will produce the Syfy adaptation of Hyperion with Phillips.

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“Aloha” London Photocall & Premiere

Bradley and his co-star Emma Stone attended a photocall and special premiere screening of “Aloha” yesterday in London. Bradley is currently in town because he will start The Elephant Man on West End next week. We have added the high quality images in our gallery.


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