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Jon Brion Tried To Score 'The Fighter' For David O. Russell, But The Score Was Scrapped

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 30, 2012 4:31 PM
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At the beginning of the aughts, Jon Brion was the man for film soundtracks, especially the quirky and offbeat kind. He wrote the score for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Punch-Drunk Love" (and had done the same for "Magnolia"), as well as Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees,” and all three of these scores are considered classics.

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.

John Carpenter Wants Amy Adams To Star In His "Gothic Western" (In His Dreams)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2011 5:16 AM
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It's been well documented how much John Carpenter loves and is influenced by classic westerns – his breakthrough feature "Assault on Precinct 13" was an updated, urbanized version of Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo;" his iconic Snake Plissken character is modeled after the western heroes John Wayne embodied; and his films often share a kind of compositional identity with early westerns with an emphasis on the kind of luxurious widescreen framing that Sergio Leone and John Ford employed. But he's never actually made an honest-to-god western himself, although 1998's mostly forgettable "Vampires," with James Woods playing a grizzled vampire hunter, probably comes closest. Well, if Carpenter has his way, his next film will be the straight up western he's always dreamed of (and he even has casting ideas already).

Mark Wahlberg Remains Pretty Insistent There's Going To Be A 'Fighter 2'

  • By The Playlist
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  • June 8, 2011 11:45 AM
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The idea of a sequel to "The Fighter" is a cute thought. One has to assume high of the success off the picture (some seven odd years in the making) producer/actor Mark Wahlberg and director David O. Russell -- who have worked together on three films so far, "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees" and the aforementioned pugilist picture -- were just shitcking ideas around in a celebratory fashion.

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.

Mark Wahlberg Contemplating Sequel To 'The Fighter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 3:14 AM
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Mark Wahlberg must be feeling pretty good this week. After shepherding the project for years, his boxing pic "The Fighter" walked away from Sunday night's Oscars with two major awards under its belt with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo winning Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively. At the box office, the film has been a powerhouse as well, quietly marching to over $100 million worldwide and so, no surprise, Wahlberg is beginning to ruminate on a possible sequel.

'The King's Speech' Wins The 2011 Best Picture Award; Film Takes 4 Oscars Including Best Director

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 28, 2011 1:08 AM
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'Inception' Ties For 4 Awards, 'The Social Network' Wins 3 Prizes In TotalEARLIER: OK, we've got all of our quips, zingers and up-to-the-moment thoughts on the Oscars happening on our liveblog right here. But if you just want to take a quick glance at the latest winners, this is your place to be. We'll update it as it happens and you can check in later for further analysis and context on those who won, who surprised and who were overlooked. Alright, after a very MTV Movie Awards-inspired opening the 83rd Annual Academy Awards are on. Maybe not the most original opening, but hell, it worked.

Oscarbation: The Road To The Oscars 2011 & Predictions

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 26, 2011 7:52 AM
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Last year, the Academy Awards expanded the field of Best Picture nominees to ten, ostensibly to give the public the feeling of having influence on what awards committees deemed the finest films of the year. Some argued the move was intended to level the populist playing field in 2008 when "The Dark Knight" was not nominated for a Best Picture award, and the public seemed to be outraged over this move. But one could say the strategy backfired, as the winner was Kathryn Bigelow’s tense war picture “The Hurt Locker,” one of the lowest grossing Best Picture winners in the last few decades. And of course it lost out to the MOR-player "Avatar," now the highest grossing film of all time.

"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.

'The King's Speech' & 'The Fighter' Top The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 31, 2011 1:24 AM
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The role reversal and Oscar season 180 seems complete. Despite its award season hegemony, taking with it almost every conceivable critical prize possible, David Fincher's "The Social Network" came up empty handed once again during the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. "The King's Speech" asserted its late season dominance once more winning the coveted Ensemble award (SAG's closest award to Best Picture), plus Colin Firth took the Outstanding Actor award. Tied for two award wins was "The Fighter" which took the prizes many expected: Christian Bale for Supporting Actor and Melissa Leo for Supporting Actress.

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