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David O. Russell Eyes Crime Drama 'American Bullshit'; Christian Bale Sought To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2012 5:22 PM
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Update: Deadline reports that the project is still in very early stages, nothing is quite official, but Russell is taking a look and Christian Bale is in very early talks to star.

Mark Wahlberg Says They're Looking For A New Director To Helm 'The Fighter' Sequel

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 9, 2012 9:57 AM
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Remember that alleged rift between Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell? Despite their three films together -- "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees," and "The Fighter" -- and Wahlberg being one of the director's main cheerleaders (unlike, say, George Clooney), there may be something to the rumors. The Playlist spoke to Wahlberg last week and when the subject of Russell came up, the actor became quiet and diplomatic.

Case Closed: Investigation Against David O. Russell Concluded, Will Not Be Pursued

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 3:45 PM
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Exclusive: Last night, TMZ-like reports surfaced that "The Fighter" and "Three Kings" director David O. Russell was being investigated for inappropriate contact with his 19-year-old transsexual niece Nicole Peloquin during a bizarre incident that took place on December 30th. While it's made some fodder for the grist mill, the matter has now been officially put to rest.

Shea Whigham Joins David O. Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 1, 2011 4:09 AM
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Shea Whigham isn't exactly a household name you'd instantly recognize, but a quick look at his resume will certainly ring some bells for anyone with a keen eye for the small or silver screen. At least in this writer's eyes, the actor has been doing strong work on a weekly basis as Eli Thompson, the younger brother of Steve Buscemi's protagonist Nucky on HBO show "Boardwalk Empire" with appearances in several films already this year, including "Take Shelter," "The Lincoln Lawyer" and "This Must Be The Place."

John Oritz Joins David O. Russell's 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 3:49 AM
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Are David O. Russell & Mark Wahlberg No Longer BFFs After Splitting On The Film?As David O. Russell's long developing "The Silver Linings Playbook" now rolls in front of cameras, he's added one more to the cast. Variety reports that respected theater actor John Ortiz -- who has made appearances in "Fast & Furious," "Jack Goes Boating" and "Public Enemies" among others -- has joined the film playing lead Bradley Cooper's best buddy.

Jacki Weaver Will Be Bradley Cooper's Mom In David O. Russell's 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 27, 2011 2:24 AM
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In all honesty, two years ago, few outside of Australia had heard of veteran actress Jacki Weaver. Indeed, while she worked on a number of seminal films at home in the 1970s, winning two Australian Film Institute Awards and turning up in Peter Weir's "Picnic At Hanging Rock," she'd been mostly absent from the screen since, focusing instead on stage work in Oz (most recently appearing alongside Cate Blanchett in "Uncle Vanya").

Mark Wahlberg In, David O. Russell & Vince Vaughn Out Of Action Comedy '2 Guns'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 7:27 AM
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Even though Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell can't seem to get on the same page these days -- the actor had to drop out of "The Silver Linings Playbook" recently due to scheduling woes -- it still seems the pair are looking over each others' shoulders. At the beginning of the year, you might remember that Russell was attached to rewrite and direct "2 Guns" with Vince Vaughn attached to star. Well, Russell and Wahlberg have swapped the project and Vaughn looks to have moved on.

Brad Pitt Might Go On Colombian Hostage 'Mission' With David O. Russell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 6:23 AM
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As you already know by now, not a week can go by without David O. Russell attaching his name to one project or another, but we generally hear not much beyond that so color us surprised that there is a bit of news on "The Mission," a film he put his name to a couple of weeks ago.

Emma Stone Won't Face Zombies Again, Actress Turns Down Role In 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies'

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • June 23, 2011 1:46 AM
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Update: Deadline reports that Emma Stone has unsurprisingly turned down the role of "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies." Watch for Deadline's shortlist story coming in 3...2...1...

David O. Russell Working On Action-Drama With Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Called 'The Mission'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 14, 2011 12:16 PM
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Also Circling Disney's 'Maleficient'; Director Confirms He's Been Talking To Angelina Jolie, Plus Robert De Niro For 'The Silver Linings Playbook'Update: Ahh, so this is the one of the "several projects" that David O. Russell was talking to Angelina Jolie about. According to THR, now that Tim Burton has dropped the project, "The Fighter" filmmaker is one of the director's "circling" the Sleeping Beauty project "Maleficient." Russell never met a meeting he didn't like, so we're sure he's interested, but knowing his creative differences with studios, we would bet this one is not going to stick.

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