ABC Orders David O. Russell TV Series

David O Russell on American Hustle set

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 (JustifiedElementary). More details after the jump.

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Jennifer Lawrence / Anne Hathaway

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 »

Christian Bale;Bradley Cooper

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 »

Roth Russell

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 »

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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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David O. Russell has reunited with his Silver Linings Playbook stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper for American Hustle, which tells the story of a scam operation run by the FBI in the ’70s. The film also features actors such as Christian Bale and Amy Adams (who worked with Russell on The Fighter).

The first teaser trailer sold the fun of watching them all decked out in period garb, lying, stealing, screwing, and scamming, with Led Zeppelin scoring the action, and probably costing more than Russell’s first couple films in the process.

This new trailer gives you a lot more to chew on, with Christian Bale’s character setting the scene and then dialogue from each of the major characters to establish each, and how they’re relating to and messing up each other. By the end you’ll have some idea of what American Hustle is all about, and you’ll probably want to see a lot more. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

American Hustle

David O. Russell‘s American Hustle features one of the most promising ensemble casts of any film this year, but the first batch of character posters splits everyone up. All the better to give each A-list star their own space to shine, I guess. Hit the jump to see Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner decked out in their best ’70s garb.

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