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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Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
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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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 »
Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
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 “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 »
Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was once such a hot property, bidding for the movie rights began before the book even hit shelves. But it’s spent the past five years in development hell, shuffling from one high-profile movie star and director to another.
The last we heard of it was in May, when the David O. Russell-penned script landed with Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) and Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones). Progress has been pretty quiet since then, but the project is apparently far from dead — in fact, it’s nearing the start of production. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
The last two times that David O. Russell teamed up with Jennifer Lawrence, it went really well for both of them. They each got Oscar nominations for Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle (with Lawrence actually winning for the former), and both films fared well at the box office. So it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that he’s eager to team with her again.
Russell is reportedly in talks with Fox 2000 to rewrite and possibly direct an untitled biopic about Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop, and wants Lawrence to star as the lead. If she does sign on, let’s just hope she does better with Mangano’s Long Island accent than she did with Rosalyn Rosenfeld’s. Get plot details and more after the jump.
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