Watch This: Trailer for Joy

Joy stars Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. We’ve seen the names Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro together in films before and it has meant Oscar nominations for Jennifer Lawrence when we do. This film is her 3rd with director David O. Russell.

I’m not sure we need to know much beside the pedigree listed in the first paragraph, but here’s the synopsis for the film:

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.

Joy tries to teach her children humility. “Don’t ever thing the world owes you anything because it doesn’t,” she says. “The world doesn’t owe you a thing.”

We need more of this attitude in the world today. There doesn’t seem to be a shred of humility anywhere in the United States. In the film Joy overcomes insurmountable obstacles to become the founder of a family empire.

The film is loosely based on the real-life Joy Mangano, who  appears regularly on the Home Shopping Network selling items as like the “JOY FleXassage™ Body Massager Pillow with Neck Massager” and her Huggable Hangers, which are HSN’s all-time most popular product.

The story was written by Annie Mumolo and David O. Russell.

Look for it in theaters on Christmas day.

Watch This: Trailer for Serena

The Jennifer Lawrence film Serena, which also stars Bradley Cooper, has an October release date in the UK. A US release date has not been announced. The filming was finished in 2012, so the release announcements are both overdue and highly anticipated. These two actors were such a success together in Silver Linings Playbook, it’s easy to expect great things from them again.

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Serena
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Serena

The role is as an anti-hero for Jennifer Lawrence. Her character is ruthless and greedy. She’s not saving the world this time.

Lawrence and Cooper play a married couple with a timber empire, who clear cut whole mountains in North Carolina. Serena, Lawrence’s character, wants to move to Brazil and continue the practice when they’ve cut everything they can in North Carolina. Troubles develop between the couple when they learn that Serena cannot have children. George, Cooper’s character, had a child with a mountain woman before he married Serena, which leads to considerable drama.

Cover of Serena, a novel by Ron Rash

Susanne Bier is the director of the film, which is set in the Depression era. The screenplay, by Christopher Kyle, is based on a book by Ron Rash.