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Highlights from LA Times Directors Roundtable with Bigelow, Affleck, Russell, Lee, Hooper and Gervasi

Six directors talk shop for the LA Times' directors roundtable. John Horn is joined by Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Ben Affleck ("Argo"), Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") and Sacha Gervasi ("Hitchcock") to discuss their films, working with actors...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 21, 2012 3:59 PM
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Post-Golden Globe Nominations: What Do We Know? Weinsteins Score 15, But Will That Translate at Oscars? Kidman Lands 10th Globe Nom

Advantage: Leonardo DiCaprio over "Django Unchained" costar Christoph Waltz in the best supporting actor race, even if Waltz gets the German vote. And SAG "Silver Linings" nominee Robert De Niro, who dissed the HFPA last time he accepted an award, has not been invited back. On the other hand, Globe fave Nicole Kidman scored two 2013 nominations, for both "Paperboy" and HBO's "Hemingway and Gellhorn." While she has three Oscar nominations and one win thus far, the HFPA has nominated her eight times.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2012 2:39 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Editor Jay Cassidy Talks 'Silver Linings Playbook'

While rom-coms seldom win Best Picture, there's something about the eccentric charm, naked truth, and refreshing unpredictability about "Silver Linings Playbook" that makes it worthy of consideration. And while it might not rise to the level of "The Apartment" or "Annie Hall," director David O. Russell...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 12, 2012 2:21 PM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' Star De Niro Gets Into Oscar Race with a Push from Santa Barbara

Robert De Niro may land his first Oscar nomination in 20 years for his moving supporting turn as Bradley Cooper's father in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." De Niro has won two Oscars (for the second "Godfather" film and "Raging Bull") but he has not been nominated since Martin Scorsese's "Cape Fear." 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2012 7:56 PM
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Mill Valley Film Festival Wraps Its Oscar-Track Film Run

The Mill Valley Film Festival has concluded its 11-day pursuit of Bay Area Academy members. The festival began with the US premiere of "Silver Linings Playbook," with director David O. Russell and star Bradley Cooper appearing for a Q& A; the film won yet another Audience Award, as did closer "Life of Pi," with Ang Lee on hand.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 16, 2012 2:41 PM
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David O. Russell Lines Up Cooper, Bale, Adams and Renner for Next True Story Ensemble

David O. Russell wastes no time. After winning Toronto's Audience Award with "Silver Linings Playbook" (Oscars, here it comes), he's lined up the film's star, Bradley Cooper, plus "The Fighter"'s Amy Adams and Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner for a new untitled ensemble project.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2012 1:05 PM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' to Open Film Independent Forum

As part of Weinstein Co.'s ongoing push for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," currently at the top of many Oscar pundit's charts in the race for Best Picture, the edgy comedy will launch this year's Film Independent Forum to be held October 19-21 at the Directors Guild of America.
  • By Sophia Savage and Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 1:07 PM
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Second Trailer for 'Silver Linings Playbook' is Adorable

With this second trailer, a vast improvement over the first, the buzz out of Toronto for David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" is starting to make sense. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star and look fittingly neurotic and adorable. Check it out:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 28, 2012 3:44 PM
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TIFF Hot Tickets: 'Cloud Atlas' & 'Silver Linings Playbook' Premieres

Dueling Saturday night screenings of The Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas" (WB) and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (TWC) are two of Toronto's highest-profile debuts. "Cloud Atlas"'s six-plus minute trailer wowed some and suggested disaster to others, while "The Fighter" director Russell's comedy skipped Telluride to finish last-minute changes just in time for the Canadian fest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2012 4:46 PM
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Trailer Watch: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence Run, Dance and Bicker in Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook'

The first trailer for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" has arrived, with Bradley Cooper starring as a former teacher fresh off a four-year stint in a mental institution, who moves back in with his parents (Jackie Weaver and Robert De Niro). He starts up a "friend with a capital F" relationship with equally unstable neighbor...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2012 3:23 PM
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