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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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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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The story of David O. Russell‘s political satire Nailed is a long, rather sad one, and it isn’t over yet. While most of the film was shot in 2008, multiple shutdowns and the financial ruin of Capitol Films finally caused the incomplete film to be put on the shelf. But now current owner Ron Tutor is trying to do something to recoup the $26m put into the film.

Not long ago a rough edit was shown to a test audience, and now John Swihart has been hired to write a score for the film. But with David O. Russell officially having pulled away from the project, will every effort to finish the movie end up being futile? Read More »

David O. Russell fans the world over mourned last summer when he announced that he’d quit as writer/director of the political satire Nailed. After two years of production delays and shutdowns due to money troubles on the part of financial backer David Bergstein, Russell finally decided he’d had enough and backed out with just “one key scene” left to shoot. Although the film had a new owner by that point, Bergstein’s partner Ron Tutor, he and Russell were unable to reach an agreement. Tutor announced at the time that he still planned to complete the film with another director, and Russell gave a very polite statement wishing Tutor the best. And now it seems Tutor’s making good on his promise: last night, a select audience in Los Angeles was shown a rough cut of the movie. Read more after the jump.

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As I mentioned yesterday, I recently had the opportunity to speak with David O. Russell, who directed The Fighter, which was my favorite film of 2010. We chatted about a variety of topics, including themes of incest in his work, his musical choices, plus some of the other projects he’s worked on in the past and will be working on in the future. Thanks to everyone who submitted awesome questions for this live Q&A!

Russell seemed like an incredibly cool dude, who’s had somewhat of a rough time of it in Hollywood until recently. I wish him the best on his next projects. Below is the audio of our conversation. Hit the jump for the full transcript, which has been edited for clarity.

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David O. Russell Quits ‘Nailed’

It’s difficult to know exactly what this means for the film, but David O. Russell‘s film Nailed, which was famously stalled several times during production before being shut down altogether, may actually be able to be finished this year. Would be great to see the satire about a waitress (Jessica Biel) who has a nail lodged in her head and travels to Washington D.C., where she meets a character played by Jake Gyllenhaal and things get weird.

Trouble is, it will be finished without any further involvement from Russell, who has officially quit the project. Read More »

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There are a couple of very notable films that have been stuck in limbo for the past couple years. One is Margaret, by You Can Count on Me director Kenneth Lonergan. That one has been stuck in a perpetual editing cycle. Another is Nailed, David O. Russell‘s film about a waitress (Jessica Biel) who has a nail lodged in her head and travels to Washington D.C., where things get weird.

The film was stalled several times in production thanks to the shady money handling of David Bergstein, and was never fully finished. Over the last year we’ve wondered if money might finally come through to get the film off the shelf and into theaters.

Now we hear that there is really just one scene to shoot, and there’s a possibility that money might materialize to make it happen. Read More »

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A new interview with Jessica Biel in The Orlando Sentinel fills us in on the current state of play with David O. Russell‘s screwballish sex and politics satire Nailed. Unfortunately, she doesn’t paint a pretty picture.

You probably recall that the film was shut down four times and that James Caan quit after a bust up with the director, and you may even remember reports that the film was ‘safely’ into post production. But some six months later, this post production is still dragging on however, and that’s hardly encouraging. I’m getting a Margaret vibe here, and starting to fear we may never see the film – or at least not a cut that comes director approved.

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