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Watch: New Trailer For David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' Struts Its Stuff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 6:51 PM
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Without any festival appearance or advance screenings for press, David O. Russell's "American Hustle" remains the biggest, most exciting mystery of the fall movie season. Awards player or chewy piece of entertainment? Maybe it's both?

David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' Deals 5 Character Posters Plus One New Image

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2013 1:38 PM
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While some have ceded the Oscar race to "12 Years a Slave," the might of David O. Russell can't be forgotten. On paper, "Silver Linings Playbook" didn't look like much more than a quirky rom-com, but after storming the Toronto International Film Festival and winning over critics and audiences, it played huge with Oscar voters, with eight nominations (the entire lead cast got nods) and a win for Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress. And certainly, while this might look like some high-gloss entertainment, Russell usually has some more subversive notes to play.

Watch: Christian Bale's 'Batman Begins' Audition Tape Featuring Amy Adams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2013 11:19 AM
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Though "Interstellar" is still over a year away from hitting theaters, for Christopher Nolan fans looking for a fix, the forthcoming "The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition" will have plenty to dig into. More than just a box throwing together the three Batman movies, it's coming with a boatload of extra material, some of which is now making its way online.

Watch: First Trailer For Spike Jonze's 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix; Arcade Fire Providing The Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 12:00 PM
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  • 44 Comments
Of all the movies set to show their wares this fall, perhaps the one that has been kept the most in the dark is Spike Jonze's "Her." The set photos that have circulated certainly don't betray anything of what his approach will be, and there have been no official stills, posters, teasers or websites to give up the game. That being said, Jonze did provide a peek to those who were lucky enough to be at the L.A. Film Festival in June, showing two clips from the oddball romance that stars Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Pratt, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and (the voice of) Scarlett Johansson. Ostensibly, the movie is about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, but as always, it's much more than that.

Good Times, Bad Times: Watch The First Trailer For David O. Russell's 'American Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 10:44 AM
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Okay, we've seen the hair and the cleavage, and had a decent little chuckle and smirk, but what does the final shape of David O. Russell's "American Hustle" actually look like? Well, a trailer has now arrived and this looks like an assured, entertaining piece of pop culture time travel.

The Oscar For Best Haircuts Goes To David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' In These First Look Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 5:43 PM
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Yeah these haircuts look amazing right? Seems like the stuff of a good, "The Informant!" style comedy, doesn't it? Well, hold on to that thought as Sony has stressed that David O. Russell's upcoming "American Hustle" is strictly a drama, though we think the '70s setting and wardrobe are still pretty lol-worthy. But we're sure once the story gets moving, all of that will be pushed to side because it's based on a pretty fascinating true tale.

The Problem With ‘Man of Steel’: Where Does It Go From Here?

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 20, 2013 5:03 PM
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Is there a more loaded and fractious divide on a tentpole this year than Warner Bros. “Man Of Steel”? Yes, it made a ton at the box-office (though it was only the 15th biggest opening of all time, well below “Iron Man 3”), but audiences and critics have been heavily divided. One could argue that the movie has split people even more than the ending of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” Movie writers have been gunning for each other's throats on Twitter, audiences are tearing each other apart in comments sections -- it’s all a bit of madness. And everyone feels like they have to weigh in. James Franco’s reviewed it, Kevin Smith has reviewed it and so has “Prometheus” writer Damon Lindelof.

The Best & Worst Of 'Man of Steel'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 17, 2013 4:34 PM
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  • 165 Comments
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If you listen to the internet -- and that’s always a precarious thing to do -- Warner Bros. “Man Of Steel” is either the worst movie of all time or the best movie of all time and of course, nothing in between (and lord there’s been some kicking and screaming by people who disagree with one another). It’s either all due Zack Snyder inability to direct or David Goyer’s (and to an extent Christopher Nolan’s) writing genius. Granted some Playlisters did not like this movie much and some of it thought it was decent-to-ok, but we’d still like to think there’s a middle ground to be found when looking at this latest Superman movie (in fact, we’re happy to say our original review does just that).

Mixed Reviews Greet 'Man Of Steel' As It Prepares To Fly Into Theaters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 11:04 AM
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If you were anywhere near the internet late last night, you're probably saw social media light up as the first reviews for the Zack Snyder-directed, Christopher Nolan-produced "Man Of Steel" hit the web. This was just a couple of hours after the news arrived that Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer were going to return for a fast-tracked sequel, and while a billion dollars remains the benchmark the movie has to reach to be a success, it should be noted that after product/promo tie-ins alone (of which there are over 100, take that "The Internship") the picture has already banked $170 million. But wait, what's the verdict on the actual movie?

Review: 'Man Of Steel' Directed By Zack Snyder, Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams & Michael Shannon

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 10, 2013 11:00 PM
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In the opening scenes of Zack Snyder's “Man of Steel,” the planet of Krypton announces itself with the director's customary visual smorgasbord: canyons bathed in stark golden light, frenzied aerial battles for the planet's future, and a host of CGI creatures and machinery zipping around. It is a garish, worrying sight, saved finally by silence, as a mother laments her son's future on Earth. “We'll never see him walk,” Lara Lor-Van (Ayalet Zurer) quietly says to her husband, Jor-El (Russell Crowe, solid throughout his considerable role). The line connects, both actors retrieving the film from gaudy chaos for a moment of humanity; the child departs, leaving his parents to their planet's fate. Thankfully, down on Earth, we proceed to see him walk, run, and then fly in Snyder's impressive, bold take on the Superman mythology -- one that strains under its helmer's indulgent action tendencies, but succeeds on heart where brawn will not.

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