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AFI: David O. Russell Talks Immediacy Of Film, Says 'I Heart Huckabees' Is His Least Favorite Movie & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 11, 2013 1:08 PM
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American Hustle, David O. Russell
With his films “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook” elating audiences the past two years at AFI Fest in Los Angeles on their way to Oscar gold, director David O. Russell is without a doubt in stellar standing with the festival and its many attendees. That consistency to quality—especially in Russell’s recent string of crowd favorites—is why he and a swath of his contemporaries gathered in the Egyptian Theater on Friday night to celebrate the helmer’s work and unique cinematic approach. Amidst a host of technical issues—uncomfortable chairs were swapped, mics cut out—Russell also screened the first six minutes of his new film “American Hustle,” which also had to be restarted due of sound loss. You can read our impressions of the deeply funny, manic footage over here, but first we’ve compiled a few highlights from the director’s wide-ranging, insightful talk.

David O. Russell Screens First Six Intensely Funny Minutes of ‘American Hustle’ During AFI Fest Tribute

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 9, 2013 4:24 PM
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American Hustle
Last night in Los Angeles on the first full day of programming for AFI Fest this year, director David O. Russell and his eclectic body of cinematic work was celebrated at the historic Egyptian Theatre, and he also brought the first six minutes of his highly-anticipated new film, “American Hustle.” However, a host of technical issues—including screening the first two minutes almost completely without sound—led the director to grow a little ornery (“We should probably shut it off,” he said, before escaping the stage to settle the problem). But even those couldn’t dismantle the comic energy and early promise that his latest effort sampled.

Coming Soon To A Theater Near You? David O. Russell's 'Nailed' Gets Rated By MPAA Plus More Pics From The Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 6, 2013 9:06 AM
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More than five years since cameras first started rolling Spring 2008 on David O. Russell's "Nailed," the saga of the "unfinished" (at least by the director) movie continues. Earlier this year, reports surfaced that the movie was headed to some kind of release before the end of 2013, and while that's probably not happened, it seems some wheels are turning on the film that could yet find it seeing the light of day.

Fresh Images From 'Out Of The Furnace' Plus New Poster For 'American Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2013 1:10 PM
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Out Of The Furnace
It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, particularly if you're a fan of Christian Bale. The man has hung up the cape and cowl, but has been staying busier than Bruce Wayne at the Playboy mansion. The actor has two movies coming in December, released within weeks of each other: the gritty midwestern crime drama "Out of the Furnace" and the glitzy, true story inspired con flick "American Hustle." And some fresh looks have arrived for both.

Good Times, Bad Times: Watch The First Trailer For David O. Russell's 'American Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 10:44 AM
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American Hustle Christian Bale Amy Adams
Okay, we've seen the hair and the cleavage, and had a decent little chuckle and smirk, but what does the final shape of David O. Russell's "American Hustle" actually look like? Well, a trailer has now arrived and this looks like an assured, entertaining piece of pop culture time travel.

L.A. Film Fest: Spike Jonze Talks Music Videos, James Gandolfini, 'Wild Things,' Maurice Sendak & More

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 25, 2013 1:47 PM
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Yesterday, we brought you our first installment of the Spike Jonze and David O. Russell chat at L.A. Film Fest, where the filmmaker presented clip from his upcoming oddball romantic comedy “Her.” But now we’ve got a recap of the previous hour of the chat, a friendly and lively discussion between the two longtime friends and unofficial collaborators. Opening with with the 2007 skate video “Fully Flared,” Russell guided Jonze through a chat starting with his early days writing magazines Freestylin’ and Dirt, through his music videos, “Being John Malkovich,” “Where the Wild Things Are” and finally to his new project, “Her.”

L.A. Film Fest: Spike Jonze Unveils Two Clips From 'Her' During Chat With David O. Russell

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 24, 2013 2:33 PM
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Spike Jonze sat down for a chat with his best buddy David O. Russell on Saturday at the Los Angeles Film Fest to talk about his career and unveil two new clips from his upcoming film, “Her,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Pratt, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson. We’ll have more highlights from their freewheeling chat ranging from Jonze’s early skate and music video days and more later on, but first we wanted to give you the details on the clips from “Her.”

I’d Pay To See The Shit Out Of That: Vince Vaughn In A David O. Russell Dramedy

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 7, 2013 1:45 PM
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Vince Vaughn, David O. Russell
The Vince Vaughn brand maybe isn’t “in trouble” per se, but it’s not doing that great either. How so? Well, “The Internship” opens this weekend and it’s a big, broad comedy co-starring Vaughn and another relatively big comedy star Owen Wilson. Keep in mind, “Wedding Crashers” from 2004 that starred Vaughn and Wilson is the 4th highest R-rated comedy of all time domestically ($209 million) behind two ‘Hangover’ movies and “Ted," and it’s the 10th highest grossing R-rated movie domestically ever. That’s not anything to sneeze at.

Watch: 4-Minute Alternate Ending For 'Silver Linings Playbook' Gets The Entire Gang Back Together

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2013 4:23 PM
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While we anxiously await the oddball awesomeness David O. Russell is cooking up with "American Hustle," let's take a victory lap with "Silver Linings Playbook." The screwball rom-com nabbed 8 Oscar nominations resulting in a Best Actress win for Jennifer Lawrence, who shined among a uniformly excellent ensemble in the tale of one man's journey to find a happy medium between his mental illness and the troubles in his life. It's charming, winning stuff, and one extra moment that didn't make it to theaters is now available for you to enjoy at home.

New Images Of Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal & James Marden In David O. Russell's Abandoned 'Nailed' Surface

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 10:16 AM
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Nailed, Jessica Biel, James Marsden
It seems the saga of David O. Russell's "Nailed" isn't quite ready to end just yet. Or at the very least, it's not fading quietly into the night. Where to begin? We'll try and keep it brief. The once promising movie started shooting in the spring of 2008 with Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan and James Marsden all in the cast, but things quickly went down hill. Plagued with dodgy financing, production started and stopped a handful of times as crew members waited to get paid, eventually shutting down completely with only one day of filming left to complete it.

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