Joy TV Spots

With Trumbo, Spotlight and Brooklyn expanding to more theaters this past weekend, it’s safe to say that awards season is in full swing, and there will only be more potential Oscar contenders hitting theaters in December. One of those movies is David O. Russell‘s drama Joy, inspired in part by the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. The trailers have kept that detail mostly to the side in favor of dysfunctional family drama, but a couple new Joy TV spots put it front and center. Read More »


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Jennifer Lawrence / David O. Russell team-ups have become a recent staple of the awards movie season, and that’s true again this year. 20th Century Fox has just released the first full-length trailer for Joy, which has Lawrence as a fierce wife and mother who overcomes adversity to start her own business empire. Robert De Niro plays her dad, and Édgar Ramírez her husband. Bradley Cooper also stars, because of course he does.

Watch the Joy trailer after the jump. Read More »

‘I Lost It At The Video Store’ Trailer

I Lost it at the Video Store trailer
I’m old. When I wanted to see a movie I used to visit a store to rent movies on a cassette tape. It sounds like an old archaic system, but the experience was rather magical. And while the quality wasn’t even standard definition, far below the 4K High Definition resolutions of today, it didn’t seem to matter. Don’t get me wrong, you’d have to pry my AppleTV from my cold dead hands — I love the instant availability and quality that the digital age affords us — but there was something magical about that video store.

Tom Roston has written a new book titled “I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmakers’ Oral History of a Vanished Era” which is a compilation of interviews with filmmakers such as John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and others, who came of age during the reign of video rentals. The book “constructs a living, personal narrative of an era of cinema history which, though now gone, continues to shape film culture today.”

I haven’t read this book yet, but some of my favorite film books are compilations like this, filmmakers and screenwriters talking about either their favorite movies, their favorite lesser-known films, or the making of their first movie. After the jump you can watch a I Lost it at the Video Store trailer, and find more information about the book.

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Joy (2)

Following Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and director David O. Russell are teaming up a third time for this winter’s Joy. The film follows a struggling single mom who overcomes personal and professional hardship to becomes a massively successful businesswoman. Watch the Joy trailer after the jump. Read More »

Fantastic Four poster header - Fox CinemaCon 2015

I just got home from Las Vegas, where for the last week I had attended the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year. The convention is packed with talks about subjects such as how to maximize profits, and features a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond. Companies even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.

Thursday morning we saw a presentation from 20th Century Fox showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Peanuts, Poltergeist, Paper Towns, Hitman: Agent 47, Victor Frankenstein, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Fantastic 4, The Martian, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant and David O Russell’s Joy and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free 20th Century Fox CinemaCon 2015 reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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Nailed trailer

We’re about to see the final chapter in a disaster story.

Back in 2008 David O. Russell shot a film called Nailed, scripted by Al Gore’s daughter Kristen Gore. It was a political satire in which Jessica Biel played a waitress who is shot in the head with a nail gun, leading to crazy sexual urges and a trip to Washington to lobby for health care and breaks for people with unusual disabilities. The film had shaky financing and was shut down several times. A key scene was never shot, and the movie sat, unfinished, ever since.

Fast-forward to now. David O. Russell has long since withdrawn from the project, which is now credited to director Stephen Greene (who?) and has been re-edited by producers, shown at test screenings to rather poor results, and ultimately retitled twice. Nailed became Politics in Love (barf) and is now called Accidental Love (double-barf). A release is evidently in the cards for February, and you can see the Nailed trailer — er, the Accidental Love trailer — after the break. Read More »

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David O Russell on American Hustle set

Way back around 2008 or so, David O. Russell shot most of a political satire called Nailed. The reason we’ve never seen it is that he eventually abandoned it in 2010, after many stops and starts and financial struggles. But every so often, we get word that someone, somewhere might still try to put it out. And as today, a real release seems closer than ever.

U.K. distributor Arrow Films has scooped up Nailed, now called Politics of Love, with intentions of releasing it in 2015. Does that mean it might eventually make its way to our shores as well? Hit the jump for more details on the Nailed release, including the first official synopsis.

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David O Russell Joy Mangano

David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence will dive back into prestige pic season together next year. Fox has just set Russell’s Joy, a biopic of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, for a Christmas 2015 release. Get all the latest details on the movie after the jump.

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Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

Jennifer Lawrence “singing” in American Hustle was one of the film’s best moments. Whether you loved the film or hated it, there’s simply no denying Lawrence lip-synching Live and Let Die by Wings was amazing. Turns out, that wasn’t the only song director David O. Russell got the Oscar-winning actress to lip-synch while cleaning her apartment.

In this American Hustle deleted scene, Lawrence’s character takes on Santana’s Evil Ways. You’ll might once again be surprised that the actress didn’t win her second Oscar in a row. Read More »