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Ice Cube Heads To '21 Jump Street'; Shopping Directorial Gig 'Chrome And Paint' Around Town

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 11:34 AM
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Looks like Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are getting an actor/musician with some serious street cred to join them on "21 Jump Street." Deadline reports that Ice Cube is in negotiations to join the film, though his role is not yet specified.

"Something Was Protecting This Movie" - Mark Wahlberg & David O. Russell Discuss 'The Fighter'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • February 10, 2011 2:58 AM
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In the perpetual buzz of awards season, "The Fighter" has certainly made its amount of noise. The film was nominated for six Golden Globes (and took home two of them for Melissa Leo and Christian Bale), and now it's in the running for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Back in January, we covered director David O. Russell's discussion with fellow filmmaker Spike Jonze at the MOMI in New York, but after the jump find part two -- if you will -- West coast style. Perhaps a bit more laid back (with the slight exception of Russell, who still donned a bow tie and tux having just come from the WGA awards) and with celebrity cameos to boot (Mark Wahlberg and actor Jack McGee were surprise guests), the filmmakers gathered after a screening of the film for a brief discussion at Hollywood's Egyptian theatre on what it took to bring "The Fighter" to the screen.

David O. Russell Teams With Connie Britton For FX Drama; Niels Arden Oplev Helms CBS Pilot

  • By Aaron Fowler
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  • February 6, 2011 1:47 AM
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Hot off his Oscar nominated film "The Fighter," David O. Russell -- who, as usual, has a number of projects he's working on -- has added one more and set his sights on the small screen. Deadline reports that the director has teamed up with "Friday Night Lights" actress Connie Britton to create a female-driven drama for FX.

David O. Russell Likes Scarlett Johansson For The Role Of Elena In 'Uncharted'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2011 5:34 AM
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Says That Buddy Action Pic 'Two Guns' Won't Happen Until After 'Uncharted'Despite the film still without a script (back in December writer/director David O. Russell said it was half done and he's still working on it) casting ideas and story details continue to come fast and furious for "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" for what promises to be one of the most high profile video game adaptations of all time.

David O. Russell Says He Bailed On ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ Due To Budget Concerns

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2011 4:56 AM
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One big project that many people are eager to see leap to the big screen has been moving along in fits and starts, without picking up enough steam to move forward. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has had an interesting development history so far. In late 2009, David O. Russell was brought on board to write and direct the picture, with Natalie Portman producing and set to star. Then in October last year, Russell left the picture, with Portman following suit shortly afterward (but staying on to produce). In November, Mike White filled in the empty director's chair only to vacate the position last week, just over two months after he signed on. At the time Russell left the picture, it appeared he was simply switching over to one of his own projects, the road-trip dramedy "Old St. Louis," but recently, he reveals he had some other reasons for leaving.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

David O. Russell Almost Made A 'There Will Be Blood'-Like Film About The Industrial Revolution

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 3:23 AM
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Says Darren Aronofsky's Version Of 'The Fighter' Was Much Darker Than His & Many Other Things Gleaned From A Recent MOMI Talk With Spike Jonze“If you don’t like any of my movies, just give it ten years.”

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).

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