Bradley Cooper, the screen idol from Rydal with the laser-blue eyes, has signed a two-year development deal with Warner Bros.
Cooper, 37, who was named People magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in November, will give the film giant first-look at any movies created by his production company, 22 & Indiana, according to Variety. Cooper’s company name appears to be an allusion to the intersection in North Philadelphia where his father grew up.
"We’re very happy to take our relationship with Bradley to the next level," said Warners chief Jeff Robinov in a statement. "He’s a proven, multi-talented star, and we expect this deal to see him emerge in a whole new light as a creative force."
Bradley Cooper spent Oscars eve making out with his new girlfriend and catching up with an old one.
The “Limitless” actor attended the Weinstein Company’s star-studded annual pre-Oscars bash with a group that included his new love interest Zoe Saldana , her sister Mariel and his mother, Gloria .
Although the “Limitless” actor walked into the backroom of the Soho House West Hollywood hand-in-hand with his mother and Saldana a few steps behind, the two recently linked actors soon closed the gap — but not before Cooper shared a warm embrace with his “He’s Just Not That Into You” co-star Scarlett Johansson.
Saldana had left Cooper’s side when he caught the Ferrari-curved Johansson’s eye at the Weinstein soiree. In September, Cooper and Johansson were reportedly holding hands at the NYC club Provocateur, although they never confirmed that they dated.
Cooper has since been linked with Saldana, and Johansson with ad exec Nate Naylor, who was her date at Soho House.
When Johansson spotted Cooper, she jumped up and embraced both Cooper and his mom in a group hug and gave each of them a kiss. She then motioned for Naylor to join her.
Naylor spoke to Cooper’s mom, while the two actors caught up. “Did you cut your hair?” Cooper asked Johansson.
When Saldana rejoined Cooper, he gave the “Colombiana” star a big hug as he introduced her to Johansson.
After the introductions, Johansson and Naylor returned to their table, while Cooper did not let his mom’s presence deter him from engaging in a makeout session with Saldana.
Johansson eventually invited Cooper’s crew to sit at her table, where Saldana continued to show affection for her new beau by rubbing his back and hugging him over the course of the night.
Bradley Cooper wasn’t an obvious pick to play the Crow. His acting resume hasn’t put him in the types of darker, goth-styled films that would suggest he’d be ready to slather his face in black paint and brooding scowls. But the same could’ve been said about a pre-“Dark Knight” Heath Ledger, so maybe the concept art we saw would’ve worked out.
As Cooper’s dropped out of the “Crow” remake, we’ll never know how it could’ve gone. Over at Empire, he talks about how things fell apart.
“There weren’t even that many ups and downs,” he says. “We were talking about doing it because of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo — I’m such a massive fan — and then the timing didn’t work out. He just dropped out of it also so I don’t know what they’re going to do.”
Fresnadillo, if you’ll remember, is the director behind “28 Weeks Later,” which would’ve made him a nice choice for the broad horror a “Crow” remake could’ve invoked. With Cooper’s drop out putting the film in some development hell, Fresnadillo chose to lash his horses to the “Highlander” remake — a lateral move, in terms of revered nerd properties.
Cooper’s instead focusing on the “Paradise Lost” remake, which hey, sure. He can trade criticism from Internet message boards for criticism from tenured English professors, if he’s that type of masochist. In another interview with Empire, he talks about how he’ll be moving to Australia for three months, and how the film is mostly motion capture. We can’t wait to see how many explosions they add to Milton’s classic.
Open Road Films has slotted the action comedy Outrun for an August 24 release.
Dax Shepard wrote the film and co-directed with David Palmer.
Kristen Bell (who is engaged to Shepard), Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges, Kristin Chenoweth, David Koechner and Shepard star in the story of a former getaway driver who goes AWOL from the Witness Protection Program to drive his girlfriend to L.A. for her dream job only to be pursued by federal agents and his former gang.
Andrew Panay produced the project with Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey.