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Rosie Perez Is A Big Fan of 'The Fighter'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 20, 2011 7:01 AM
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Last night, the beautifully designed, newly re-opened Museum of the Moving Image in Queens hosted a screening of “The Fighter,” the first film in their David O. Russell retrospective. That screening was followed by an hour-long conversation between Russell himself and long-time friend and filmmaker Spike Jonze. Jonze interviewed Russell on the condition that when Jonze had a new film out, the Museum would do his retrospective and Russell would return the favor and interview him. (Keep up the great programming, guys, seriously.) It was a candid, funny chat that zig-zagged through Russell’s entire career, starting with his Sundance splash “Spanking the Monkey” through his latest film, boxing drama “The Fighter.”

David O. Russell To Rewrite & Direct Action Comedy '2 Guns,' Vince Vaughn Attached To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2011 2:52 AM
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Back in the fall, "2 Guns," an action-comedy with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson was announced....and then sort of forgotten. The project was in pretty early stages and while Wilson, at least for now, no longer seems to be in the mix, things are moving forward with some very impressive talent.

Fincher, Nolan, Aronofsky, Hooper & Russell Get DGA Noms

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2011 5:11 AM
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Are we looking at the Oscar five? The Director's Guild of America has selected their five nominees and if history repeats itself from last year, these will be your five Oscar nominees (last year Kathryn Bigelow took home both awards).

'Uncharted 3' Video Game Director Says David O. Russell & Mark Wahlberg's Details On The Film Untrue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2010 10:03 AM
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Well, this is a weird one. In the run up to the release of "The Fighter," director David O. Russell and star Mark Wahlberg openly and gladly talked about what appeared to be their forthcoming collaboration on the big screen version of the popular video game "Uncharted." But now, according to "Uncharted 3" video game director Justin Richmond, none of the things Russell actually said were true and Wahlberg is not signed on to the film. Huh?

Exclusive: David O. Russell Talks The Humor, Pathos & Women Of 'The Fighter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2010 6:05 AM
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Long a personal pet project for Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter" finally kicked into gear once David O. Russell was brought into the director's chair (replacing Darren Aronofsky who exited and went on to make "The Wrestler"). The film was a rugged indie effort, but one that attracted top tier talent including Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, all of whom are being eyed as very strong candidates for nominations at the upcoming Oscars.

David O. Russell Says The Making Of 'Nailed' Like A "Stillbirth," Unlikely He'll Return To Finish It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2010 3:41 AM
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We had the opportunity to chat with David O. Russell about "The Fighter" recently (more from that conversation soon), but during our discussion with the director, we had to ask what had he been up to since "I Heart Huckabees" hit theaters in 2004.

Will Anne Hathaway Play 'Barbarella' And Work With David O. Russell? Maybe...

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 10, 2010 2:22 AM
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David O. Russell Confirms Hathaway's Early Talks In 'Silver Linings,' But Nothing Is Set In Stone YetAnne Hathaway has had a pretty good year, all in all. Considering that her last two films before then were the virtually unseen thriller "Passengers" and the rightfully reviled "Bride Wars," memories of her Oscar-nominated turn in "Rachel Getting Married" and her lead in the comedy megahit "The Devil Wears Prada" were beginning to fade. But she's started off the year by being more or less the best thing in the otherwise awful (but, importantly, commercially successful) "Valentine's Day," appeared in the billion-dollar "Alice in Wonderland," and topped it off with an excellent performance in the better-than-you'd-imagine "Love and Other Drugs."

Anne Hathaway & Possibly Bradley Cooper Joining David O. Russell's 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 8, 2010 11:07 AM
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After the debacle that was the "I Heart Huckabees" video leak, and the financially compromised "Nailed" -- which he eventually took his name off of -- director David O. Russell is bouncing off the ropes hard and having quite the comeback in 2010 with the winning boxing tale, "The Fighter" starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.

Review: 'The Fighter' Is A Scrappy Little Knockout

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 7, 2010 5:45 AM
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Picture Is Also A Surprisingly Funny, Touching Story About The Foibles Of Family; Bale Seems Oscar-Nom BoundThere are onscreen dramas that claim to be about family, but they never really involve the protagonist having to make difficult decisions. Often the family is too saintly, or too important, to ignore. Other times, the best route for the protagonist to follow is to form a surrogate family, as blood relatives appear untrustworthy or devious. Rarely does a film come along that respects its audience enough to present the clear conflicts and difficulties of being around the ones who love you. Whether it be their all-encompassing love, their lack of education, or your own stubborness, the bonds that define what a family means can become frayed. When you love someone, it takes more than a mirror to show you that you have the capacity to simultaneously be terrible.

Watch: Mark Wahlberg Gets Into Fighting Shape In New Trailer For 'The Fighter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2010 10:45 AM
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While most early reviews have pegged David O. Russell's "The Fighter" as a mainstream crowd pleasing boxing fix, that hasn't stopped the marketing team behind the film to deliver some very clever teasers and trailers for the film. Back in October, an arty clip was debuted for audiences of "Mad Men" and now, with just over a week until the film hits, a new testosterone heavy spot has been unveiled.

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