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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Between 2009 and 2011, LionsGate was trying to assemble a film based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s breakout novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The text took Jane Austin’s original novel — which is in the public domain — and added zombies, just as the title suggests.

Three directors (David O. Russell then Mike White and then Craig Gillespie) have all flirted with the film and ultimately walked away. Several of Hollywood’s most popular young actresses have been linked to or courted for the film, and all have passed, which likely contributed to the ever-shifting directorial choice. David O. Russell wrote a script early on in the process that has remained linked to the project, and now a new financier has backed the project, and will again work from Russell’s script.  Read More »

Silver Linings Playbook duo Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell can’t get enough of each other, apparently. Just yesterday, the Oscar-nominated actress boarded Russell’s next, an untitled movie about the Abscam sting of the ’70s. Now we have word that he’s joining her in The Ends of the Earth, a fact-based love story by Argo scribe Chris Terrio about an oil tycoon and the affair that upends his life. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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David O. Russell once had a reputation for being difficult to work with, but he’s changed a bit in recent years. And when he finds a relationship that clicks he likes to stick with it. His untitled next project already has him re-teaming with The Fighter actors Christian Bale and Amy Adams, and Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper. Now he’s bringing his other Silver Linings Playbook lead, Jennifer Lawrence, into the fold as well.

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The A-list cast of David O. Russell‘s next project already includes Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, and now he’s making room for one more. But the actor he has in mind isn’t your typical movie star. Louis C.K. has entered talks to play a key role in Russell’s untitled new con man drama, formerly called American Bullshit. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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With just days to go until Oscar nominations are announced, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its list of nominees for their top screenplay awards. As expected, many of these are films that have picked up plenty of accolades already. It’ll surprise no one to see that Zero Dark ThirtyMoonrise Kingdom, and Lincoln are among the contenders. But they’ve made room for some more offbeat choices as well, including LooperPerks of Being a Wallflower, and The Master. (Jason Reitman should be pleased.) Hit the jump to see the list.

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Amongst even the most fervent Quentin Tarantino fans, the subject of Death Proof is touchy — is it a good film, or not? I love the movie, seeing it as precisely the sort of grindhouse movie that it hoped to replicate, with a layer of commentary thrown in for good measure. But Tarantino stirred up new conversation about the film today with comments in a long interview about the fact that he hopes Death Proof ends up judged as the least of his films.

The beginning of awards season each year sees THR assembling talent in one room for great roundtables, and this year the director roundtable features Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, Ben Affleck, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, and the dominating presence of Tarantino.

The comment about Death Proof may have been the most attention-getting thing Tarantino said, but he had a lot more to offer, from a breakdown of his own writing and directing process, to plans to write books (novels and film criticism) after he stops actively directing. And the end of his directorial career seems prompted by technological change, as the move to digital projection leaves him cold.

And there’s a lot more, too — while Tarantino tends to dominate the conversation, each of the participants has great stuff to add about the business of directing. It’s worth an hour of your time to watch the whole thing. Read More »

David O. Russell and The Fighter were good to Christian Bale — they gave the actor a chance to really dig deep into a role rich with dramatic potential, and he took home an Oscar for it. Now Bale is going back to work for Russell, in the film once called American Bullshit, which is working without a title for now.

Bale joins Bradley Cooper, fellow Fighter vet Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner in the film, which is based on a true story of a con man recruited to take down other con men. Read More »