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Angelina Jolie Reportedly Circling David O. Russell's 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 4:18 AM
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With David O. Russell officially dropping out of "Uncharted" -- and despite the numerous other options on his plate -- the director now appears to be moving full steam ahead on his long in the works film "The Silver Linings Playbook." Russell's BFF4Life Mark Wahlberg joined the film last month and he may be joined by one of the biggest actresses around town.

David O. Russell Vacates The Director's Chair For 'Uncharted'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 8:40 AM
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What is going on today? Is it the upcoming Memorial Day weekend that has director's wanting to clear out the projects they no longer want to do? After all, how fun is it to enjoy a BBQ with some nagging movie project in the back of your mind. Just moments after it was revealed that Albert Hughes bounced from "Akira," Deadline reports that David O. Russell has left the director's chair for "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune."

Mark Wahlberg Re-Uniting With David O. Russell For 'The Silver Linings Playbook'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 12:55 PM
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Film Will Seemingly Shoot Ahead Of Video Game Adaptation 'Uncharted' The first time David O. Russell teamed up with Mark Wahlberg, it was on the outstanding "Three Kings," but their follow-up was something of a mixed bag: "I Heart Huckabees" divided critics, and was mostly ignored by audiences. But Wahlberg was brilliant in it, and their third collaboration, "The Fighter," was far more successful, picking up Oscar nominations and a hefty box office take, and the two seemed to be a good team. Unfortunately, their next mooted film was the video game adaptation "Uncharted" which, while we have faith that Russell would turn out something more interesting than, say, "Mortal Kombat," it didn't necessarily seem to be the best use of their talents.

David O. Russell's Script Will Still Be Used For 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 4:15 AM
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Compares Upcoming Film To Tim Burton's 'Sleepy HollowWith Craig Gillespie now locked down for "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," everyone can now focus on the actual film rather than the endless process of finding a director. And it didn't take long for the first interview about the film to hit as Gillespie recently sat down with EW to talk about the upcoming film and while David O. Russell -- once attached to direct, though he left over budgetary concerns -- has long since left the project, his imprint will still be felt as the script he penned will still be used for the movie.

Buddy Cianci Biopic Another Project David O. Russell Might Possibly Maybe Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2011 9:40 AM
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So it's been a couple weeks now, so you know what that means -- another David O. Russell project attachment post!

David O. Russell Says He's Ready To Write The Sequel To 'The Fighter'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 22, 2011 5:35 AM
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With "The Fighter" now on DVD/Blu-ray it's fairly safe to say most people have seen it at least once by now. (The film actually plays better the second time.) The true story of underdog boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his somewhat dysfunctional family was nominated for a ton of awards and ended up just shy of $100 million at the U.S. box office. But the real underdog story is the resurrection of director David O. Russell's career. After an unintentional six-year hiatus (where he eventually abandoned his troubled political satire "Nailed"), the writer/director reunited with his pal Wahlberg to take on "The Fighter" after filmmaker Darren Aronofsky left the project.

Fox Searchlight Eyeing David O. Russell For Russ Meyer Biopic

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 18, 2011 2:32 AM
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David O. Russell really has had one hell of a comeback year. Garnering an Oscar nomination for Best Director this year for "The Fighter" and riding a wave of critical acclaim, Russell has been picking up projects left and right over the past six months or so (and those are just a few of many he's got cooking in various stages).

SXSW: Paul Reubens Says He's Heard Rumors That David O. Russell's Camp Is Trying To Bury 'Nailed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2011 11:04 AM
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Says The Film Is "Great" And Features Strong Performances From Jake Gyllenhaal & Jessica Biel; Reveals That He Was Screamed At The First Day On SetThe sordid saga of David O. Russell's aborted "Nailed" continues. The short version of the story goes like this: production on the film was stopped and started numerous times as shady financier David Bergstein kept running out of money and eventually the film shut down completely with only one scene left to be filmed. The movie has since changed hands to new owners who are eager to finish the film, but David O. Russell has washed his hands of the movie, and moved on to shoot the critically acclaimed "The Fighter." Just over a week ago, a test screening for the film happened in California and according to a reader report sent to us, the film was in very, very raw, rough shape.

Reader Report: A Very Raw, Rough & Early Cut Of Unfinished David O. Russell's 'Nailed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 4:46 AM
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While he's squarely back on top and the memory of controversial past dust ups are long in his rear-view mirror, filmmaker David O. Russell probably hoped 2008, not 2010/11, would prove to be his comeback year.

Will Smith Attached To 'Joe' A Modern-Day Version Of Biblical Tale Of Job From 'The Fighter' Writers

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2011 4:18 AM
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David O. Russell Courted To DirectFor a man not exactly lacking in self-confidence, it's odd the way that Will Smith seemed to react to the critical and commercial failure of his last film, 2008's "Seven Pounds." Smith, who, when that film was released was probably the biggest star in the world, hasn't made a film since, instead becoming the megastar equivalent of a pushy stage dad, launching his kids Jaden and Willow into entertainment careers of their own. When he does make his onscreen return, it'll be him going back to the well on a franchise, in next year's "Men in Black 3."

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