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Review: Spike Jonze's Funny & Insightful 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 18, 2013 6:13 PM
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Is social media anti-social? Has the information age divided us as much as it has been meant to unite? Is peer-to-peer simply an ironic term or are inter-personal, face-time relationships ripe for redefinition? While these are not the primary concerns of Spike Jonze’s lovely and perceptive relationship drama, “Her,” such implications are impossible to ignore in a movie that uses innovative and unconventional methods to explore some very universal anxieties.

Watch: David O. Russell Breaks Down A Scene From 'American Hustle' Plus 10-Minute Academy Talk With Cast

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 17, 2013 11:20 AM
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The best way to watch “American Hustle” is to go into the theater knowing as little as possible. David O. Russell’s film weaves in and out of the lives of these characters in such a way as it’s best to be introduced not knowing what will happen next. That said, if you have already seen the film or are just curious about Russell’s working process then you should enjoy watching these two clips. The first is a segment from the New York Times with David O. Russell narrating a scene between Amy Adams and Christian Bale’s characters. The second clip finds Russell doing a Q&A, alongside the main cast of “American Hustle,” as part of the “Academy Conversations” series.

Watch: 4 Clips From Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ Ask “What Are Real Feelings?” Plus New TV Spot

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 16, 2013 9:22 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
December is traditionally viewed as the time for studios’ most fitting awards season offerings, but this year the hopefuls also happen to be some top filmmakers’ most singular and personal films yet, including work from the Coen Brothers, David O. Russell, and Martin Scorsese. One of the most narratively and visually daring of these though is Spike Jonze’s “Her” which depicts a futuristic romance between Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice, and in the lead up to its release this week we’ve got a slew of clips to show exactly what we mean.

Review: David O. Russell's Delirious & Virtuoso 'American Hustle' With Christian Bale, Amy Adams & More

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 13, 2013 12:23 PM
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American Hustle
Since making his “comeback” in 2010 with “The Fighter,” David O. Russell has become a filmmaker to admire and respect—but not necessarily love. Both that film and “Silver Linings Playbook” expertly executed their narrative formulas, drawing adoration critical and commercial praise alike, but neither surpass the many, many others that used those same formulas, and unfortunately neither does “American Hustle.” But the difference at least with his latest effort is that it subverts the focus of other ‘70s-set movies about charming crooks—of which “Goodfellas” is the standard-bearer—by emphasizing emotional mechanics over the ones used to perpetrate their crimes.

David O. Russell Talks 'American Hustle,' Enchantment, Opera, Musicals, The Immersion of Christian Bale & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 12, 2013 2:11 PM
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Filmmaker David O. Russell has energy and enthusiasm to burn. “The Silver Lining’s Playbook” director is three for three now in his new era that includes “The Fighter” and his latest picture, “American Hustle” (review here). Starring the spectacular all-star cast of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner on top of supporting turns by Robert De Niro, Louie C.K., Jack Huston, Elizabeth Rohm and many more, Russell’s latest is a colorful 1970s-set New York dramedy that centers on a con man (Bale), his partner (Adams), and the FBI agent who nabs them and puts them on the hook to cooperate in what becomes of the biggest conspiracy stings of that era that involved, mayors, senators and other government officials.

‘American Hustle’ Cast Talks Funny Hairdos, Masks, Sexual Power & “That Kiss” Between Jennifer Lawrence & Amy Adams

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 11, 2013 3:24 PM
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“I was broke, I was fearless and ... I had nothing to lose,” Amy Adams' Sydney Prosser declares during the opening stages of "American Hustle" (our review), and it's something of a statement of intent for many of the characters in the film. While the advertising has promised a vivacious, entertaining, period-soaked caper movie—which David O. Russell's film certainly is—"American Hustle" is also a surprisingly rich character piece, one in which good people try to do the right, but in the wrong way, in a morally gray world.

David O. Russell Wants To Make A Musical With Amy Adams Plus ‘American Hustle’ Clip & Full Soundtrack Details

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 10, 2013 10:36 AM
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American Hustle
After tantalizing glimpses of David O. Russell's “American Hustle” through its trailer and six-minute preview at AFI Fest, the end result has screened for critics and indeed it seems another mostly solid hit for the “Silver Linings Playbook” director. Alongside its major NYFCC awards win, our review deemed the film “decidedly more admirable than affecting,” but with a limited release starting this week, Sony is pushing for spreading the word even more, showcasing a brand new clip and the reveal of the soundtrack along with the prospect of future projects from Russell.

Watch: Christian Bale Explains The Art Of The Con In Clip From 'American Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 6:33 PM
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Fresh off a Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress win at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards yesterday, and with the first wave of mostly very positive reviews landing today, it looks like David O. Russell's sexy ensemble comedy/drama "American Hustle" is going to go off like a firecracker in theaters. And now another look is here to give you a tease of what's to come.

Watch: Christian Bale & Amy Adams Bond Over Duke Ellington In Clip From 'American Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2013 9:58 AM
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Chatting as we do around the water cooler from time to time, before various members of The Playlist team headed to parts unknown for Thanksgiving weekend, we got to talking about "American Hustle." And more specifically, about what music might be found in the movie that really revels in its '70s/'80s setting, and now we know at least two songs that will be in there or mentioned.

Watch: 50-Minute Actress Roundtable With Amy Adams, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 25, 2013 5:09 PM
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From true life stories, to sassy period tales to rich domestic dramas, this year's crop of contending actresses have had some great material to dive into. And when rounding up Amy Adams ("American Hustle"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks"), Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), Octavia Spencer ("Fruitvale Station") and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years A Slave") THR undoubtedly has wealth of things to talk about, from their films to the wide range of experience in the biz.

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