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As Boston Filming Halts on 'American Hustle,' L.A. Film Fest Names David O. Russell as Guest Director, Spirit of Independence Award Winner

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 19, 2013 at 2:21PM

The Los Angeles Film Festival (June 13-23) has announced that Oscar-nominated and Film Independent Spirit Award-winning director David O. Russell will serve as the 2013 fest's guest director. He will also be the recipient of the Spirit of Independence award, which recognizes an individual for his or her commitment to artistic independence in film.
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David O. Russell

While Boston was in shut-down mode Friday as the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber continued, filming was halted on David O. Russell's "American Hustle," which is scheduled for release by Sony at year's end. The Abscam thriller reunites Lawrence and "Silver Linings" co-stars Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, as well as previous Russell collaborators Christian Bale and Amy Adams.

NBC has also pulled, in the wake of the bombings, its particularly grisly upcoming fourth episode of "Hannibal," reports Variety.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Film Festival (June 13-23) has named Oscar-nominated and Film Independent Spirit Award-winning Russell as the 2013 Fest's guest director. He will also receive their Spirit of Independence Award, which recognizes an individual for their commitment to artistic independence in film.

During the festival, Russell will host a special screening of his 1999 film "Three Kings," and participate in a discussion about his body of work. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" was nominated for eight Oscars, with Jennifer Lawrence winning for Best Actress.

Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited!" will open the L.A. Film Fest.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.