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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.

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.

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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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: 80-Minute Talk With David O. Russell Plus 8 Minutes Of 'American Hustle' Behind The Scenes Footage & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 9, 2013 11:25 AM
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After tantalizing glimpses of David O. Russell's “American Hustle” through its trailer and a 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.

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: 'American Hustle' Brings The Con In New TV Spot & Pictures

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 25, 2013 6:12 PM
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Well "American Hustle" is done and now showing, with SAG getting the first official awards season screening over the weekend. And the heat continues to build around the movie with big events planned around the country but first, here's a bit more footage.

David O. Russell Reveals He Wrote A Horror Movie That Eli Roth Might Direct

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 15, 2013 11:31 AM
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As David O. Russell himself admits in yesterday's THR 50-minute directors roundtable (watch it here), his post-"I Heart Huckabees" period (which included the still-unreleased "Nailed," which recently got an MPAA rating) was a fallow period as a director (he's called 'Huckabees' his least favorite film). But unlike some other filmmakers that take on works for hire or direct commercials to meet ends, Russell is also a writer. While he wasn't directing, the period was an extremely fertile time for him as screenwriter and he penned the comedies like "Grackle," "Aaron & Sara" (which is getting made by another group of filmmakers), "The H-Man Cometh" and "Silver Linings Playbook" (the latter of which got made obviously, and was a massive success).

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