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February 24, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
The last time Anne Cappelletti handicapped national awards, she was certain her son John wasn't going to win the 1973 Heisman Trophy. "Bill Lyon was at our house the night before," Cappelletti, 86, recalled Friday, referring to the former Inquirer columnist. "I said, 'Bill, what do you think?' He said, 'He doesn't have a chance.' " John Cappelletti, of course, did win the Heisman - "We were shocked," said his mother - and the Penn State back's stirring acceptance speech about a younger brother dying of leukemia resulted in the family's first brush with Hollywood, the 1977 made-for-TV film Something for Joey . Now, 40 years later, Cappelletti is equally pessimistic when asked to rate the Academy Award chances Sunday of best-picture nominee Silver Linings Playbook , parts of which were filmed on her Upper Darby block and in which she, reluctantly, played a small part.
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Matthew Quick was a fake. Here was the beloved English teacher at Haddonfield Memorial High - getting props from his students in the halls, getting them to believe his "follow your bliss, follow your dream mantra" - and all the while he wasn't following his bliss, his dream. And so, in 2004, Quick moved on. And moved to his in-laws' house in the middle of Massachusetts, where he tromped down the basement stairs and started writing. For three years. "I quit a tenured position at perhaps the best high school in South Jersey," Quick says.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012
SEEING A movie star like you've never seen him before - it's an old pitch in movies but decidedly true of Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook. " Writer-director David O. Russell said his top priority was to give heartthrob Cooper a significant makeover in the movie, and a fresh start with audiences. "I knew that I wanted to reintroduce him," said Russell, who cast the Abington native as Pat Solatano, an Upper Darby man just sprung from an institution where he received treatment in lieu of a criminal sentence stemming from an assault.
NEWS
February 22, 2013
T OM ASHLEY, 37, of Northern Liberties, is CEO of Invincible Pictures, parent company of Philly Sound Stages and FlixFling. Based in a 70,000-square-foot space in Kensington, Invincible provided camera and production testing for the Oscar-nominated movie "Silver Linings Playbook," filmed here. Q: Tell me about the business. A: We started in 2004. We're mainly a production and film-distribution entity. We produce movies, TV commercials and music videos and also have a streaming-movie service.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
A GREAT MYSTERY lingers at the heart of "Silver Linings Playbook. " The mystery isn't whether Pat Solitano, played by Rydal-born, Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper, will ever find mental health. Nor is it whether Pat will get back with his ex, fall for the dancing girl down the street (Jennifer Lawrence, also Oscar-nominated), or reconcile with his Eagles-worshipping, OCD-suffering, gambler dad (Robert De Niro, another Oscar nominee). The riddle at the center of this flick, the conundrum that's confounded viewers nationwide, is: What in the Rocky Balboa are "crabby snacks and homemades"?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2013
HEAVILY FAVORED "Argo" won the Academy Award for best picture last night, but there was a silver lining for Philadelphia. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for her role as a troubled widow determined to woo a bipolar man (Bradley Cooper) in "Silver Linings Playbook. " The shot-in-Philadelphia movie had earned eight nominations - this was the only win. The excited 22-year-old Lawrence tripped on her way to the stage. "I feel bad that I fell. This is really embarrassing. This," she said, looking at her new Oscar, "is nuts.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2012 | By Dan Gross
"SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK" director David O. Russell met with state officials last week to talk about tax credits for his upcoming film about the ABSCAM scandal, which is to be shot around the Philadelphia area in the spring, the filmmaker told Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson on Thursday. The film stars Bradley Cooper , Amy Adams , Jeremy Renner and Mark Wahlberg , which is interesting as Wahlberg and Russell, who had collaborated previously on several films, were said to have had a falling out when Russell cast Cooper and not him in "Silver Linings Playbook," which opened the Philadelphia Film Festival on Thursday night.
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | BY WILL O'BRIEN
I SURE WISH the good people in Hollywood loved folks with disabilities in real life as much as they love them in the movies. It seems that every year we are treated to another cinematic portrait of people struggling with disability issues - physical, mental, developmental. And invariably these movies are huge hits - critical successes, crowd-pleasers. And usually they result in a major metal haul come Oscar time. Think "Shine. " Think "Rain Man. " How about "A Beautiful Mind" or "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"?
NEWS
January 11, 2013 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Every cloud has a silver lining, and the 85th Academy Awards have Silver Linings Playbook.   The mood-swinging, Philly-centric romantic dramedy came away with eight key nominations as the Oscar contenders were announced Thursday morning in Beverly Hills. Among its coups: it's the first film since 1982 to win recognition in all four acting categories: Bradley Cooper for best actor, Jennifer Lawrence best actress, Robert De Niro (his first Oscar nomination in 21 years) for supporting actor and Jacki Weaver supporting actress (her second in three years)
NEWS
December 27, 2015
Joy. Jennifer Lawrence stars as the real-life Joy Mangano, a Long Island girl from a dysfunctional family who crossed all sorts of hurdles on her way to huge success as a home-shopping entrepreneur. From David O. Russell, Lawrence's Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle director, with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro along for the crazy, carousing ride. PG-13 Carol. An achingly beautiful love story, adapted from an early Patricia Highsmith novel, about a New York City shopgirl (Rooney Mara)
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February 28, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Dan Gorman thinks places are like people: A street corner pulsates, a freight train line lumbers, a dark, dank rowhouse aches. It's a view of the inanimate world that enlivens the big screen. Gorman is a locations scout whose reconnaissance work shaped not only the acclaimed Creed , up for a 2016 best supporting actor Oscar, but three other films with Academy Award nominations or wins that were shot in the region in recent years: Foxcatcher, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Lovely Bones.
NEWS
February 15, 2016
DREAMBOAT Matt Katzenbach, of Salt Lake City (at right in photo), is not related to former Daily News intern and Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper. Nor, quite obviously, is Matt's identical twin, Scott (the handsome fellow on the left). Nonetheless, the Arizona-born brothers bear a striking resemblance to the Rydal-raised star of Silver Linings Playbook. Way back since the days of Alias , from L.A. to London to Bangkok, the siblings have, with increasing frequency, had to answer the same question from strangers: "Do you know who you look like?"
NEWS
December 27, 2015
Joy. Jennifer Lawrence stars as the real-life Joy Mangano, a Long Island girl from a dysfunctional family who crossed all sorts of hurdles on her way to huge success as a home-shopping entrepreneur. From David O. Russell, Lawrence's Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle director, with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro along for the crazy, carousing ride. PG-13 Carol. An achingly beautiful love story, adapted from an early Patricia Highsmith novel, about a New York City shopgirl (Rooney Mara)
NEWS
October 20, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
  J. Andrew Greenblatt, 34, is executive director of both the 23d Philadelphia Film Festival, now through Oct. 26, and the Philadelphia Film Society, which oversees the annual event and operates the Roxy Theater in Center City. (Go to www.filmadelphia.org/festival/ for film and schedule information.) Q. What is your most memorable film festival experience? A. Obviously, my first Philadelphia Film Festival as the executive director [PFF 18.5 in 2009] was incredibly memorable, especially our fantastic closing-night screening of Precious . We filled the theater beyond capacity for back-to-back screenings.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
WHEN 20 best-selling young-adult-fiction authors invade Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls to work with hundreds of book-loving students, Sister Kimberly Miller will see her dream fulfilled. "When an author comes into Little Flower, he or she is like a rock star," Sister Kim said, which means that the 20-author Little Flower Teen Writers Festival, on April 26, will generate all the electricity of a Readapalooza. "Reading has always been the heart of our school," Sister Kim said of the 600-girl Little Flower, on West Lycoming Street near 10th, in Hunting Park.
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Debbie Reynolds-Mihos, 51, of Philadelphia, a co-owner of several area diners, including the Llanerch Diner of Silver Linings Playbook fame, died Saturday, Jan. 18, at her home. The cause of death was leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue sarcoma. She was diagnosed in 2011, and underwent five regimens of chemotherapy over 21/2 years, her family said in a tribute. Despite daunting odds, she fought courageously to stay alive "for those she loved," her family said.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
DON'T CALL IT a comeback. After releasing her first album in nine years last spring, Philly-born rapper Eve has another project: a sitcom. The sitcom, slated for the 2014-15 pilot season on ABC, is reportedly a multicamera interracial romantic comedy. Eve is no stranger to being in front of the camera. She starred in an eponymous UPN sitcom that lasted from 2003 to 2006, playing a fashion designer named Shelly, despite the fact that the show was called "Eve," which seemed rather silly.
NEWS
December 23, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
'He is a brilliant con artist, OK?" Christian Bale says of Irving Rosenfeld, the character he plays in American Hustle . "But, really, who is he conning with that hair?"
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
WELCOME TWO NEW DIVAS into the world. Rob and Remy Maaddi , the Sewell, N.J.-based stars of "Bridezillas," the spin-off "Bridezillas: Marriage Bootcamp" and their own upcoming "Remy & Rob" reality show on WEtv, are the new parents of two healthy baby girls, Alexia Bella (4 pounds 14 ounces and 18.25 inches) and Melina Livia (4 pounds 9 ounces and 18 inches). The twins were born at 6:24 p.m. Monday in Voorhees, N.J. "The girls were scheduled [via C-section] for tomorrow.
NEWS
August 21, 2013
Rob and Remy Maaddi, the Sewell, N.J.-based stars of "Bridezillas," the spin-off "Bridezillas: Marriage Bootcamp" and their own upcoming "Remy & Rob" reality show on WEtv, are the new parents of two healthy baby girls, Alexia Bella (4 pounds 14 ounces and 18.25 inches) and Melina Livia (4 pounds 9 ounces and 18 inches). The twins were born at 6:24 p.m. Monday in Voorhees, N.J. "The girls were scheduled [via C-section] for tomorrow. So Remy and I weren't ready. Remy had a nail appointment for a mani-pedi on Sunday night.
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