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Watch: Ryan Gosling Rides Like Lightning In Trailer For 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2012 4:58 PM
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Easily, hands down, the best movie I saw at TIFF this year, and already with a place reserved on my Best Of 2013, Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines" is, as I wrote in my review, "a brilliant, towering picture." And yes, that quote has been surprisingly pulled for the trailer. And yes, this latest reunion between "Blue Valentine" helmer Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling is a knockout.

David O. Russell Talks Returning To ‘Old St. Louis’ With Vince Vaughn & Almost Making ‘Uncharted’ & ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 14, 2012 12:05 PM
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In the last seven years, if you tracked every project filmmaker David O. Russell was linked to, you’d likely find over a dozen films that he was seemingly intended to direct. Even in the two years since “The Fighter,” Russell’s been ostensibly attached to myriad projects -- “Mission” with Brad Pitt,” “American Sniper” with Bradley Cooper and a biopic of former Rhode Island Mayor Buddy Cianci, just to name a few.

The Playlist Interview: David O. Russell Talks ‘Silver Linings Playbook, His Love Of Vince Vaughn & The “Mature” Second Phase Of His Career

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 11, 2012 2:50 PM
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The David O. Russell narrative generally tends to focus on the past. The chaotic sets of “I Heart Huckabees,” an ancient history fist fight with George Clooney, and “Nailed,” a film that was abandoned after financiers shut it down before production was completed. But the filmmaker’s narrative is changing and leaving that noise in the dust. 2010’s vibrant and limber “The Fighter” won two Supporting Oscars (for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo) and it earned itself seven Academy Award nods in total. And this year, his follow-up, the equally ebullient and intoxicating “Silver Linings Playbook,” which already took the coveted Audience Award prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, looks poised to repeat that kind of success.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Wins Best Picture, Director & Actress From National Board Of Review, Leonardo DiCaprio Takes Supporting Actor

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2012 2:34 PM
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Awards season continues on apace, and if things keep on the way things have been going this week, Kathryn Bigelow may need to enlarge her trophy cabinet. Her follow-up to the awards-laden "The Hurt Locker," Bin Laden-hunt picture "Zero Dark Thirty" hasn't even opened in theaters yet, but it already won the Best Film (along with Director and Cinematography) prize from the New York Film Critics' Circle on Monday, and now the National Board of Review (the somewhat nebulous organization who traditionally kicked off awards season, before the NYFCC moved their dates up last year) have followed suit.

Exclusive: David O Russell Says His FBI Abscam Film Will Be An “Intense, Insane, Colorful & Funny Crime Drama”

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 3, 2012 2:55 PM
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Many have posited that when F. Scott Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in American lives, he meant, we cannot escape our pasts. Someone who has proven that maxim wrong is director David O. Russell. As he told THR directors' roundtable recently, the latter half of the aughts landed in the filmmaker in a tricky place.

Flashback: Bradley Cooper Asking Sean Penn A Question On 'Inside The Actor's Studio' & Michael Fassbender's Guinness Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2012 6:02 PM
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As everyone gathers around the table this weekend to eat turkey until their stomachs can take no more, they will be giving thanks, and two actors who have a lot to be thankful for in 2012 are Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender. The former has "Silver Linings Playbook" opening this weekend and has had an eventful year with "The Place Beyond The Pines" premiering at TIFF, while he's been busy on film sets for Susanne Bier's "Serena" and "The Hangover Part III." As for Fassy, riding high on the acclaim for "Shame," he featured in this summer's "Prometheus," re-teamed with Ridley Scott for "The Counselor," re-teamed with Steve McQueen for "Twelve Years A Slave," worked with Terrence Malick on his Austin music movie and has much more coming as well. So let's take a look back in time to when they were both up-and-coming.

Review: Big-Hearted & Hilarious 'Silver Linings Playbook' A Touchdown From David O. Russell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 11:56 AM
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Life hasn't been too kind lately for Pat Solitano. He's just been released from a court ordered stint in a mental hospital after severly beating the man he caught cheating with his wife. Diagnosed as bipolar with mood swings, Pat has a difficult journey ahead of him but he's optimistic. With a rallying cry of "Excelsior," he believes that you can take "all negativity and make it a silver lining." His outlook is positive and he hopes to rebuild himself to win his wife back who has a restraining order out on him. And so begins David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," an enormously entertaining, crowd-pleasing winner from the director whose comedic edge has never been sharper.

David O. Russell, Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence Talk 'Midnight Meat Train,' Dancing & More In 'Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • November 15, 2012 10:04 AM
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"Silver Linings Playbook" is one of those rare films that embraces all of life's messy contradictions. It's romantic, but not schmaltzy. It's about sports fans -- the really obsessive ones -- but it's also for non-sports fans who've never watched a football game (or would never want to). It's about mental illness, but without turning anyone living with or recovering from one into a caricature, contrasting bipolarity with so-called normal obsessive emotional states, without compromising what any of them really are. Writer/director David O. Russell achieves a tricky balancing act, thanks to the performances of his cast (Bradley Cooper as a bipolar man with anger management issues fresh out of a mental institution, Jennifer Lawrence as a recovering sex addict, and Robert De Niro as an obsessive-compulsive and superstitious gambler, also with anger management issues).

'Silver Linings Playbook' Soundtrack Features Stevie Wonder, Eagles Of Death Metal, Jessie J & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2012 5:09 PM
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Having been just bumped up a week because of great word of mouth, David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" is one you're going to be hearing lots about over the next few weeks. And it's soundtrack packs a pretty decent punch too.

7 New Photos From 'Silver Linings Playbook'; Film Gets Released One Week Early In Limited Release Thanks To Strong Buzz

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 5, 2012 1:56 PM
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It's unquestionable at this point. Even if you haven't seen David O. Russell's dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook" about mental illness, marital failure and more (which is the boat most of the writers of this site are in), it's pretty damn clear that the film, which won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival, is super crowd-pleasing, while sharp, funny and biting (our review from Toronto called it "hilarious and heartfelt"). Russell seemed to perfect the winning ratio of comedy to drama in "The Fighter" and it seems he's done the same with his latest. To wit: word of mouth on the film is evidently so high -- it's played virtually every film festival of the fall to huge accolades -- The Weinstein Company are moving up the film one week in limited release in 10 markets, including NY, LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, DC, Miami, San Diego and Austin, who will all get to see the film before its wide release on November 21st.

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