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David O. Russell Drama Goes To ABC, Bill Cosby Returning To Primetime & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 23, 2014 9:40 AM
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American Hustle
The small screen continues to be a place of refuge for filmmakers looking to create work outside the tentpole-crazed studio system and the latest carpetbagger is none other than David O. Russell getting in on the action. Per Deadline, the “American Hustle” director is teaming up with “Erin Brockovich” screenwriter Susannah Grant for an untitled “upstairs/downstairs soap set at a private country club.” The show will skip the pilot season altogether and just go straight to series with a thirteen episode order from ABC. Russell and Grant broke the show’s story together but actual scripting duties will fall to Grant. The show will presumably air next fall.

Review: 'Filth,' Based On The Irvine Welsh Novel, Starring James McAvoy

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 21, 2013 11:29 AM
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One thing we resolved early on, having read around on the subject a little: to try, try, try to get through just the first sentence of our review of “Filth,” the Jon S. Baird-directed adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, without mentioning “Trainspotting.” So, obviously, we’re pretty disappointed with ourselves. But disappointment is somewhat the order of the day, unfortunately, as it’s a comparison that occurred to us, not often to the benefit of "Filth," throughout our viewing of the film. However, Danny Boyle’s modern classic doth bestride the world of the Irvine Welsh adaptation like a colossus, its shadow seemingly impossible to escape from, so there is a glass-half-full way of looking at it: “Filth” is undoubtedly better than also-rans “The Acid House” and “Ecstasy.” In fact, when it comes to capturing some of the gonzo, amoral, substance-fueled verve that Welsh’s novels can display, “Filth” can take the silver medal with its head held relatively high. And that it can is largely down to two things: all the rest of the cast, and James McAvoy.

Exclusive: Danny Boyle Says 'Trainspotting' Sequel With Original Cast Hoping To Shoot In 2016; Two Period Piece Films Also In The Works

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 9, 2013 7:12 PM
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The buzz out of Austin this afternoon is Danny Boyle's SXSW Film Festival talk with the New York Times' David Carr (more on that later). The filmmaker unveiled some footage of his new mindbending heist film (which we've seen mind you, and it's very good), "Trance," starring James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson, discussed his filmmaking career and his ongoing musical collaboration with Underworld's Rick Smith.

Irvine Welsh Says 'Filth' With James McAvoy Aiming For TIFF Premiere

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 18, 2012 9:40 AM
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Since Danny Boyle’s adaptation of “Trainspotting” hit screens back in 1995, its source writer Irvine Welsh hasn’t really managed to become a fixture on the big screen. His writing credits have mostly been confined to shorts and TV movies, despite talk of an adaptation his “Trainspotting” sequel, “Porno,” never really going away since that novel was published a decade ago. But this all looks like it will soon change, with Welsh providing updates on a number of his projects via a diary in the Financial Times.

Jody Hill & Irvine Welsh Teaming For HBO Version Of Hit Sundance Doc 'Knuckle'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 9:51 AM
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Network Also Planning Miniseries Version Of 'I, Claudius'Every so often, a documentary comes along that seems ripe for feature adaptation, and, as usual, it's snapped up speedily by studio executives. But for the most part ("Dogtown & Z-Boys" becoming "Lords of Dogtown" being the only exception we can really think of), the remakes never quite make it on to screens -- feature version of "The King of Kong," "Racing Dreams" and many others languish in development hell.

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