‘American Sniper’ Actor Bradley Cooper: “I Love Storytelling So Much”

Bradley Cooper produces and stars in American Sniper, the true story of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle (Cooper), a sharpshooter who spent four tours of duty in Iraq.

With his affection for such films as Unforgiven and Letters from Iwo JimaCooper was more than ready to work with American Sniper director Clint Eastwood, who was actually Kyle’s first choice for the movie adaptation of his book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History.

“Movies, for me, have always been healing,” said Bradley Cooper during the American Sniper press conference. “When I was a kid, growing up, The Elephant Man was a movie that affected me in such a massive way that it made me want to be an actor. I love storytelling so much.”

Cooper, who is currently starring in Broadway’s The Elephant Man (limited engagement runs through February 15, 2015) praises Clint Eastwood and talks about his early acting ambitions in the media clip below:

Co-starring Sienna Miller as Taya Kyle, American Sniper opens December 25.

 

Bradley Cooper in AMERICAN SNIPER - Warner Bros. Pictures, Keith Bernstein
Bradley Cooper in AMERICAN SNIPER – Warner Bros. Pictures, Keith Bernstein

The Band Perry Release “Gentle On My Mind” Video With Alexander Ludwig

The Band Perry have released a new video for their Grammy nominated version of “Gentle On My Mind,” the group’s current single which is featured on the soundtrack for the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.

Along with The Band Perry members (Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry), the video features Alexander Ludwig (TV’s Vikings, Lone Survivor, and When The Game Stands Tall) as a young man who’s craving for a little time outdoors, even if it means leaving his girl (Shelley Hennig from TV’s Teen Wolf and the flick Ouija) behind.

Though the pair have a few seconds of time together, Hennig and Ludwig have a palpable chemistry, and it’s quite understandable why our wandering protagonist realizes that running back to the one he loves sure beats the open road and sky.

Owen Thomas, the creative director for The Band Perry, helmed the video, which features the band performing at Union Station in Indianapolis, IN. Whether it’s hiking up a trail, washing his face beside a thriving stream, or climbing an impressive peak, Ludwig proves that he and Mother Nature are welcome bedfellows (his scenes were shot in Death Valley, Ca).
The Band Perry - Kenny Brown
The Band Perry – Kenny Brown
The Band Perry received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Gentle On My Mind,” and they also are nominated in the “Favorite Country Group” category for the People’s Choice Awards (it airs on CBS come January 7, 2015).
Along with their December 31 performance on Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution (airing on Fox), the group will be hard at work on their third studio album next year. For more info on the band, please go to  www.thebandperry.com.

Cameron Diaz On Social Media: “It’s Just Not My Instinct”

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Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars in the latest version of the musical Annie, with Cameron Diaz playing Annie’s irascible caretaker Miss Hannigan and Jamie Foxx starring as mayoral candidate Will Stacks.

In director John Huston’s version of Annie, Miss Hannigan’s (Carol Burnett) venom was borne out of being a spinster. Diaz sees her Hannigan as a woman whose major flaw lies in her insecurity. It’s a parallel the actress sees in our culture’s fixation with social media:

“Hannigan looks to be validated not by the love of one man, but of millions of people and being famous. And I think that’s a syndrome – an epidemic in our culture and society – that we feel that we’re not validated if we’re not seen by millions of people. We balance our self worth on whether or not we are accepted by people through social media – how many likes you get, how many people follow you, if you don’t have that – then you’re really not worth anything.”

New York, NY - December 4, 2014: Director Will Gluck, Bobby Cannavale, Quvenzhané Wallis, Sandy the Dog, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx at the Junket Photo Call for Columbia Pictures´ ANNIE at the Crosby Street Hotel.
New York, NY – December 4, 2014: Director Will Gluck, Bobby Cannavale, Quvenzhané Wallis, Sandy the Dog, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx at the Junket Photo Call for Columbia Pictures´ ANNIE at the Crosby Street Hotel.

Cameron Diaz’s own relationship with social media is lukewarm at best:

“I don’t like social media – it’s not my instinct. I tried it and it’s just not my instinct to tell people what I’m doing and it’s not my instinct to look and see what other people are doing. I’m a very present, immediate person. I like to be where I’m at with the people that I’m with.”

To hear the audio version of Diaz’s complete answer, click on the media bar below.

Annie, co-starring Rose Byrne, opens Friday, December 19, 2014.