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David O. Russell's Sight and Sound Poll Reveals Director's Key Influences (CLIPS)

Check out Oscar nominee David O. Russell's ("American Hustle") top ten list for the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound poll.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 17, 2014 1:13 PM
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Oscar Nominee Christian Bale Holds His Roles to a High Standard, from 'American Hustle' to 'Out of the Furnace,' on DVD/Blu-ray March 11

Christian Bale has shown intensity, shape-shifting and commitment in roles that are more consistently memorable than most actors can claim over a long career. He doesn't agree-- a sign of the high standards to which he holds himself. Clearly he knows how to pick roles-- and deliver. He finally landed a Best Actor nomination for "American Hustle."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2014 11:59 AM
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Nine Things I Learned at the Hilarious Santa Barbara Film Fest Tribute to David O. Russell (VIDEO)

At the upbeat Santa Barbara International Film Festival best director tribute to David O. Russell, the Oscar-nominated man behind "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook" (who infamously called Lily Tomlin the c-word to her face in 2004) had us all in stitches. While Russell can get testy or cagey around questions about his so-called "hiatus" from film, this evening at SBIFF was a joyous one. Here are 9 things I learned.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 3, 2014 2:28 PM
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Was Jennifer Lawrence Too Young to Play Rosalyn in 'American Hustle'?

Age is just a number. But what if that number is 23 and you're Jennifer Lawrence, whose Golden Globe winning role in "American Hustle" some critics have said is too mature for her age?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 14, 2014 7:17 PM
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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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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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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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