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Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances By The 2014 Supporting Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 29, 2014 2:03 PM
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Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances By The 2014 Acting Noms
With the Oscar nominations out, and the SAGs and Golden Globes a few weeks in the past, we're entering something of a quiet phase in awards season, with the Academy not even due to begin voting for a few weeks yet. So it seems like a good time to look back.

Oscars: How The Historic PGA Tie Keeps The Best Picture Race Wide Open, Plus Who Could Upset In The Acting Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2014 3:27 PM
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Gravity 12 Years A Slave
For a minute, it looked as if the race might be over. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" (and the way that that phrase rhymes alone makes us glad it's a Best Picture nominee) had the momentum going into the Oscar nominations last week, and had even more after it: ten nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and four acting nods, one in each category, only the second movie to achieve that feat in the last thirty years (Russell's previous film, "Silver Linings Playbook," being the other).

Watch: Louis C.K. Reveals The End Of The Ice Fishing Story In 'American Hustle' Plus New Clip & 6 Featurettes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2014 3:09 PM
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American Hustle Louis C.K.
There is no such thing as a small role, the old saying goes, and one of the many pleasures to be found in David O. Russell's awards season contender "American Hustle," is Louis C.K.'s turn as Stoddard Thorsen, the supervisor to Bradley Cooper's slowly unraveling FBI agent Richie DiMaso. Throughout the film, the two come head-to-head, bickering over the scope and reach of their operation, and their meetings are usually finished by Stoddard sharing a new portion of an ice fishing story which Richie keeps trying to guess the end of. In the movie, neither the audience nor Richie manage to hear the punchline, but it has finally been revealed.

Watch: 3 New Clips, 2 Featurettes & A Bale-Full Of New Photos From 'American Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 10:29 AM
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American Hustle
While "The Wolf Of Wall Street" and "American Hustle" can be loosely linked by their conman centered stories, and voiceover driven narratives, focused on an ensemble of players doing bad things, the similarities end there. Where Martin Scorsese's picture goes headlong into the extremes of bad behaviour, David O. Russell's film is more concerned on the emotional fallout and toll. It makes for a different (and arguably) far more richer and satisfying experience. And while we'll leave that debate for the comments section, here's a reminder that "American Hustle" has it's own wild side.

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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David O. Russell, American Hustle, Playlist exclusive
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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American Hustle
“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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American Hustle, Amy Adams
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: 'Making A Story' Short Films With Cate Blancett, Greta Gerwig, Bradley Cooper & More Directed By Janusz Kaminski

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2013 9:02 AM
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Making A Scene Cate Blanchett
When Janusz Kaminski isn’t lensing his often Oscar-nominated work on a batch of Steven Spielberg’s finest films, including “Schindler’s List," “Saving Private Ryan," and most recently “Lincoln," the cinematographer also occasionally settles into the director’s chair. Three films (including the underwhelming Winona Ryder horror “Lost Souls”) and a TV episode of “The Event” have allowed Kaminski full cinematic reign so far, and just as Canon performed with their own short film campaign this month that found actors at the helm, the NY Times have created their own — and allowed Kaminski 11 unique vignettes within which to work.

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