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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Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
As American Hustle tears through the movie awards circuit, director David O. Russell has his sights set on another medium. ABC has just given a straight-to-series order for a new drama series from Russell, about the goings-on at a country club. Russell co-wrote the story and will executive produce alongside Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman (Justified, Elementary). More details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
In 2013, both Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway took the the Oscar stage to accept acting awards — Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, Hathaway for Les Misérables. But had things gone a bit differently several months earlier, it could have been Hathaway grabbing the prize for her charming, sexy turn in a David O. Russell movie.
Producer Harvey Weinstein revealed recently that Hathaway had actually been the original choice to star in Russell’s movie — opposite Mark Wahlberg, back before Bradley Cooper was confirmed. However, Hathaway and Wahlberg dropped out, Lawrence and Cooper replaced them, and the rest is cinema history. Hit the jump to find out why Hathaway left.
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Who will be nominated for the Best Director Oscar this year? We’ve got a pretty good idea now that the nominations for the Directors Guild of America’s own awards have been handed down. Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Philips) have been honored with nominations for the 66th DGA award. Three of those (McQueen, Cuaron, Greengrass) are first-time DGA nominations.
Historically, this nomination set is a very good predictor of where the Oscars will go, but last year was a bit of a tradition breaker, as only two of the five DGA nominees got Oscar nominations, and the DGA winner, Ben Affleck, was not among them. (Ang Lee won the Oscar.)
Meanwhile, this is another major guild that has looked past Joel and Ethan Coen and Inside Llewyn Davis; Spike Jonze is another director of significant achievement in 2013 who didn’t get a nomination.
The full list of feature directorial nominations is below, with accompanying notes from the DGA. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 by David Chen
Writer/director David O. Russell’s new film American Hustle, opens in New York and LA next weekend (with a nationwide release on 12/20), but I had a chance to see it on Monday night. It’s an intoxicating mix of love triangles, grifting, and amazing hair. I think it’s one of Russell’s best films, anchored by a marvelous performance by Christian Bale, who has now likely set a record for “Most Weight Gained And Lost During an Acting Career”. Bale’s Irving Rosenfeld is a perfect mix of confident and insecure, brilliant but prone to terrible decisions.
See more of my thoughts on the film in my video review after the jump.
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As we mentioned a few days ago, one of the great pleasures of the award season, which does arrive each year with a grand set of problems and irritants, is that filmmakers are given more opportunities than usual to discuss their work, and some of those opportunities are more extensive than others. THR has created a series of “creative roundtables” over the past few years, in which likely Oscar candidates talk with each other about their work.
Below you’ll find the new directors roundtable, in which Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass, David O. Russell, Ben Stiller, Alfonso Cuaron and Lee Daniels discuss all manner of topics related to filmmaking. Make time for the 50-minute talk; it’s very much worth it. Read More »
Writer/directors David O. Russell and Eli Roth both have new movies completed and ready for release. From the sounds of it though, the odd couple could work together in the future. Russell participated in The Hollywood Reporter directors roundtable (for his film, American Hustle) and was talking about the pile of unproduced screenplays he’s written over the years. He mentioned a few of them were out of his usual dramatic genre including a time-travel film as well as a horror film that Roth could possibly be directing. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
As American Hustle prepares to take theaters by disco glitter storm, another of David O. Russell‘s projects may have taken a small step forward toward release. Nailed, a project Russell abandoned three years ago after financing fell apart, has just received a rating from the MPAA. That doesn’t mean a theatrical opening is imminent, but it does suggest that someone, somewhere, is thinking of finally releasing it. Hit the jump for the latest update on this troubled title.
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