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David Fincher Won't Direct Aaron Sorkin-Penned Steve Jobs Movie

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 14, 2014 5:04 PM
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Steve Jobs David Fincher
A Steve Jobs biopic. Sony and Scott Rudin producing, Aaron Sorkin had written the script and David Fincher in the directing chair. It’s basically a dream re-team of the key principals behind “The Social Network,” which worked out swimmingly well for everyone, right?

Wish List: David Fincher Reportedly Wants Christian Bale To Play Steve Jobs In Developing Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2014 3:41 PM
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Christian Bale, Fincher, Steve Jobs
Yes, the idea of Christian Bale playing Steve Jobs in a biopic is totally inspired. But let's just make it clear: right now it's just an idea.

Exclusive: Robert De Niro Speaks Arabic In Clip From David O. Russell's 'American Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 1:09 PM
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American Hustle Robert De Niro
"De Niro is extremely meticulous when he's really passionate about something and we had endless conversations," director David O. Russell said last fall at a press conference for "American Hustle." "He loved the fact that this man [Victor Tellegio] spoke Arabic—which happens to be one of the true things in the story. Truth is crazier than fiction, but there was a mobster who spoke Arabic... He was really into meticulously constructing this guy. He wanted to do something he'd never done before." And the result is one of the most memorable moments in the film.

Watch: Go Behind The Scenes Of 'American Hustle' With 30-Minute Special 'The Art And Soul Of Survival'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 5:19 PM
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American Hustle
Today is what every director, actor, studio executive, PR person, marketing guru and consultant has been building to all awards season long—the start of Oscar voting. But that doesn't mean the campaigns end. Rather, one big push is coming (or has come) and "American Hustle" is being given one last chance to shine.

Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances Of The 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2014 1:47 PM
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Underrated Performances, 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees
The trouble with awards season, especially when it comes to actors who often attract nominations, is that there's a risk that it delegitimizes their work if it doesn't get recognized. If Meryl Streep, say, has countless nominations, than there could be a temptation to think of her performances in less awards-friendly fare as "lesser" work, whereas in fact, the opposite can be true—even in films that are of otherwise questionable quality, the actors can still give remarkable performances.

2014 Oscar Nominations: The Biggest Shocks, Snubs & Surprises

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2014 11:07 AM
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Oscar Snubs, Surprises: 2014
Well, the Oscar nominations are in and Twitter has exploded with the usual flurry of WTF?s, OMG!s and TOLDJA!s (perhaps we follow the wrong people). And while in general it seems like a lot of the last-minute trend predictions went in the right direction (Redford went very cool for “All is Lost,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” too, though perhaps not quite icy enough to predict a near-total shut-out), in amongst the various entirely expected nominations, there were a fair number of films and performances we didn’t expect to see, and a few we had to double check we didn’t (you can read our full predictions here to see how right and wrong we were).

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.

First Look: Christian Bale In Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 9:22 AM
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Exodus Christian Bale
From a grizzled factory worker trying to make ends meet and keep his brother on the straight and narrow in "Out Of The Furnace" to a paunchy con man in "American Hustle," Christian Bale has once again shown his chameleon-like approach in two movies released within weeks of each other. And if you need more proof of the man's ability to shape-shift as the role permits, here's further evidence.

Watch: New Clip From 'American Hustle' Plus 30-Minute Interview With Director David O. Russell

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 19, 2013 9:45 AM
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American Hustle
This Friday sees the expanded release of David O. Russell’s delirious “American Hustle” and with the awards contender facing some stiff competition at the box office, you better believe a blitz is on with the director and his cast doing their bit to entice audiences to take a chance on the virtuoso film over the holidays.

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