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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American Hustle

As we’ve seen in earlier stills, David O. Russell‘s American Hustle features some very good actors with some very bad haircuts. Now we finally have our first look at all of them in action with the first trailer.

Starring The Fighter‘s Christian Bale and Amy Adams with The Silver Linings Playbook‘s Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, the film follows the Abscam FBI sting of the 1970s, which ensnared everyone from mobsters to politicians. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The shot above is one of the first two official photos from the next film from David O. Russell, American Hustle. Based on the ’70s “Abscam” FBI sting in which the FBI targeted corrupt officials by luring them with a fictional Middle Eastern sheikh who supposedly wanted asylum in the US. The sting was basically an FBI-backed version of the classic “Nigerian prince” email scam where a supposed member of royalty seeks help getting his/her money out of the home country.

The film stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Louis C.K., Jennifer LawrenceAlessandro NivolaElisabeth Rohm, Dawn OlivieriJack Huston, Michael Pena and Robert De Niro.

As pointed out by a couple people on Twitter, Bale is done up to look quite a bit like legendary producer Robert Evans, while Amy Adams in a mode that’s more sultry than usual. In another pic found below, you can see Bradley Cooper looking like a dead ringer for his Hangover director Todd Phillips. Read More »

Spike Jonze's Her

Saturday night at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Spike Jonze unveiled Her. It was the first time the director of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where the Wild Thing Are showed any footage from his fourth film in public and it was as quirky and interesting as you’ve come to expect from Jonze. On top of that, it was also incredibly insightful and sweet. Set in Los Angeles of the “slight-future,” Joaquin Phoenix plays a man who has just purchased OS1, the world’s first artificially intelligent computer operating system and, over the course of the film, he’ll fall in love with it.

Jonze both wrote and directed Her, making it his first solo feature screenplay. Warner Bros. has scheduled the film for a November release but Jonze revealed he’s been editing for about a year and has plenty more work to do. “This is a movie we’re still finishing,” he said. “There are some scenes we still want to do, a couple scenes we’re writing that we want to shoot.” That’s normal for Jonze, though, who said some of his films have taken over two years of post production.

In the two scenes screened from Her (note: Neither Jonze nor the moderator, David O. Russell, ever explicity called the film “Her” so maybe another title change is coming) we see the first time Phoenix’s character, Theodore, installs OS1 and meets Samantha, the custom personality OS1 builds for him voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Then he screened a scene from later in the film where Theodore takes Samantha to the beach.

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David O. Russell

David O. Russell‘s got a knack for attracting great actors, but his next project could come with prominent A-listers already attached. Russell will reportedly write and direct the JFK assassination pic Legacy of Secrecy, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook star Robert De Niro. The conspiracy drama posits that mafioso Carlos Marcello was behind the murder. Hit the jump for more details.

DiCaprio has been set to produce and star in the pic since 2010, while De Niro is a more recent addition. Based on the book of the same title by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, Legacy of Secrets hinges on mob kingpin Marcello’s confession to FBI informant Jack van Laningham that he was the one to order the killing.

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Silver Linings Playbook

Did anyone watch Silver Linings Playbook and think, “I want that ending to wrap up even nicer?” It had a very sweet, very appropriate conclusion but that wasn’t always how it ended for director David O. Russell. The Oscar-winning film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro hits Blu-ray and DVD April 30, including a bunch of deleted scenes. One of them is an alternate ending that brought all the characters back together for one more time. Check it out below. Read More »

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David O Russell

We’ve pondered the appeal of the cast for David O. Russell‘s next film, which includes Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Louis C.K., Jennifer LawrenceAlessandro NivolaElisabeth Rohm, Dawn OlivieriJack Huston, Michael Pena and Robert De Niro. We’ve chuckled at their exaggerated hairstyles. And we’ve assumed that the successful streak for the guy who made The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook will continue with an adaptation of the true story about an FBI sting operation that jailed several congressmen and other public officials.

When the script by Eric Warren Singer first became a big thing in Hollywood, it was called American Bullshit. That was changed to Untitled David O. Russell Abscam Project when the director came on board. Now the much more salable American Hustle will be used when the film goes out to theaters in December. Read More »

Silver Linings Playbook is still in theaters in some markets, but David O. Russell‘s already moving full speed ahead on his next project. For the past few months, we’ve watched as he’s picked up one A-list actor after another for his untitled Abscam pic. Now, with its spring start date just around the corner, a couple more pieces are falling into place.

Alessandro Nivola has just entered talks to join the star-studded cast, which also includes Bradley CooperChristian BaleAmy AdamsJeremy RennerJennifer Lawrence, and Louis C.K. Considering that lineup, it’s no wonder Sony has big award-season hopes for this one — it’s just announced a very Oscar-friendly Christmas release date for the pic. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Rumors about who might star in Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence have been floating around for months, but now that the film is actually about to start production it’s locking down some big names fast. Just last week we got confirmation that Johnny Depp would star, followed a few days later by news that Paul Bettany had also joined. Now the film has also found a female lead in Rebecca Hall, who beat out Rooney Mara and Emily Blunt.

Few plot details have been confirmed at this point, but the basic idea is that a man (Depp) has uploaded his brain into a computer. Hall will play Depp’s wife. The talented Brit actress previously starred in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, on which Pfister served as DP. Her other notable roles include The Town, Please Give, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and the upcoming Iron Man 3. Transcendence starts shooting this spring for an April 25, 2014 release date. [Collider]

After the jump, Hall’s Prestige co-star Christian Bale may also have landed a new gig.

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