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David O. Russell Talks 'American Hustle' in Dubai, Redemption, Scorsese and Embracing "Muscular" Cinema

Is there a filmmaker of recent times who's enjoyed a more impressive career rebound than David O. Russell? Before "The Fighter" in 2010, Russell's career was in tatters, and in danger of flatlining for good. But that shrewd blend of "Rocky"-style boxing saga and family psychodrama marked a magnificent return to form, and was duly recognized with seven Oscar nominations. "Silver Linings Playbook" won Jennifer Lawrence her Oscar. Now "American Hustle" is in the mix. Russell talks about his career redemption.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 18, 2013 6:24 PM
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10th Dubai International Film Festival Closes With 'American Hustle'

During the 10th Dubai International Film Festival, which closed last weekend with a gala screening of 'American Hustle' and a typically lavish bash near the city centre, Martin Sheen turned up to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award, '12 Years A Slave' and 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' played alongside a panoply of Arab, Asian and African programming (174 films in total including festival opener 'Omar', Palestine's entry for the 2014 foreign-language Oscar race); and DIFF organizers celebrated their first decade on the global festival map.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Review: In David O. Russell's 'American Hustle,' It's All About the Women

In David O. Russell's "American Hustle," the really important things are happening right before our eyes: Jennifer Lawrence becoming the most potent synthesis of comedy and feline sexuality to hit the screen for half a century. Amy Adams coming in a close second. And Russell managing to make a movie steeped in cultural nostalgia that also sneers at the notion that the past is past.
  • By John Anderson
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  • December 13, 2013 1:03 PM
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David O. Russell Talks 'American Hustle,' His Unusual Directing Method and Christian Bale's Look with NPR (Plus Anatomy of a Scene VIDEO)

David O. Russell sat down with NPR's All Things Considered December 11 to talk "American Hustle," which over the past couple weeks has jumped to head of the class as an Oscar contender. Highlights from the interview, below, as well as the New York Times' video feature Anatomy of a Scene on "Hustle."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2013 1:44 PM
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Things I Learned at the First Screening of David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' (VIDEO)

David O. Russell's "American Hustle" screened for the first time November 24, followed by a Q & A. Anne Thompson gives the skinny on this much-anticipated awards contender.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 25, 2013 1:09 PM
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Watch: THR Directors Round Table with McQueen, Cuaron, Greengrass, Russell, Stiller and Daniels (VIDEO)

Next up in the Hollywood Reporter's roundtable discussions is the Directors panel. THR assembled Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), Ben Stiller ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty") and Lee Daniels ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") to talk the craft. Interview highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2013 12:00 PM
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AFI Fest Screens First Six Minutes of David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' -- 1.5 Times, to Be Exact (VIDEO)

An hour late, and after a couple of technical blunders, David O. Russell held court last night at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Hosted by AFI Fest, the evening was a special tribute to the Oscar-nominated "Silver Linings Playbook" director for his new film "American Hustle."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 9, 2013 2:07 PM
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AFI FEST Promotes One of Last Holiday Entries Via Special Tribute to David O. Russell

Given that David O. Russell's "American Hustle" (December 25) is one of the last films to arrive into the already-crowded awards fray, the last film festival of the fall season, AFI FEST 2013 (November 7-14), gets to promote the presumed Oscar contender via Special Tribute on Friday, November 8.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2013 1:10 PM
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'American Hustle' Character Posters Show Off Permed Bradley Cooper, Sexy Jennifer Lawrence and More

Five character posters have debuted online for David O. Russell's "American Hustle," showing off a permed Bradley Cooper, a rotund Christian Bale, a slinky Jennifer Lawrence, a bedazzled Amy Adams and a coiffed Jeremy Renner. Take a look, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 4, 2013 2:39 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for David O. Russell's 'American Hustle,' Starring Bale, Cooper, Lawrence, Adams and Renner

The first trailer for David O. Russell's "American Hustle" has landed. Starring a knockout cast including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence, the film centers on the true story of the '70s ABSCAM operation where a con man (Bale) and his mistress (Adams) team up with a loose-cannon federal agent (Cooper) to, well, scam the scammers. Watch below, plus new images from the film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 31, 2013 12:02 PM
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