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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival
As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independent films, and to promote filmmaking in the region. Robert Redford's involvement as a guiding patron led to its name change in 1981, from which point on it expanded gradually, until a kind of Cambrian explosion occurred with the arrival of "sex lies & videotape " 25 years ago this, a film that, with only a touch of hyperbole, could be said to have remade the festival into the modern titan it is today.

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.

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."

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