HOLLYWOOD — Bradley Cooper is taking time away from making movies to star on Broadway in “The Elephant Man,” with Patricia Clarkson. Originally scheduled to open in April, it was postponed until Dec. 7 due to scheduling conflicts. Have no fear, though, our guy won’t be absent from movie theaters. He’ll be seen in “Serena” with Jennifer Lawrence, then in the untitled Cameron Crowe comedy/drama with (“50 Shades of Grey” hunk) Jamie Dornan, Emma Thompson, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Lily James. He’s also signed a seven-figure deal with Warner Bros. to star with his “Hangover” producer/director/screenwriter and co-star Todd Phillips, who’ll direct him in a new Mack Bolan franchise, based on 37 novels referred to as “The Mafia Wars.”
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Jennifer Lopez hasn’t been idle since being away from “American Idol.” She has three films due in 2015. On Jan. 23, we’ll see the R-rated “The Boy Next Door” with John Corbett and Kristen Chenoweth, then the $135 million “Home” with Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin. She’s just completed shooting “Lila and Eve” in Atlanta with Viola Davis.
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Johnny Depp must never sleep. On Sept. 19, the $2.9 million “Tusk” with Michael Parks, Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment arrives, then a cameo in “London Fields” with Billy Bob Thornton, Amber Heard (his girlfriend) and Theo James. Christmas Day will bring the $40 million “Into the Woods,” and Feb. 6 we’ll see “Mortdacai” with Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and Olivia Nun. On Sept. 18, 2015, we’ll see Depp in “Black Mass,” the true story of infamous South Boston criminal Whitey Bulger. The film co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch (PBS’ Sherlock Holmes), whose “Hamlet” on the London stage sold more tickets, faster than the Beyonce/JZ tour did. Finally, May 27, 2016, is the release date for “Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass,” the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” which took in more than $1 billion at the box office.
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Melissa McCarthy isn’t resting on her “Mike and Molly” success. Her recent film “Tammy,” which she produced with her husband Ben Falcone, who directed, cost $20 million and took in $95 million. Her next film, “St. Vincent,” with Bill Murray, Chris O’Dowd and Naomi Watts, is due Oct. 24, then “Spy” with Jason Statham, Rose Byrne and Jude Law will be released May 22, 2015. In March, McCarthy will executive-produce “Michelle Darnell,” a story she created while at the Groundlings, with Ben Falcone and Steve Mallory, to be directed by Falcone. She and Ben also are writing “Just Do It,” which will be directed by “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig, about a wife determined to repair her marriage with 100 days of continuous sex! After 100 days of researching it, they’ll be too tired to film it!
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