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David O. Russell drops out of TV drama series

February 27th, 2014 3:00am EST
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American Hustle director David O. Russell has exited an upcoming TV drama to focus on his big screen projects.

The Oscar nominee was slated to executive produce an "upstairs/downstairs soap centred on a private country club", titled The Club, however he has decided to pull out of the show to focus on other ventures, according to Deadline.com.

Russell also co-wrote the story with Susannah Grant, the screenwriter who penned acclaimed 2000 movie Erin Brockovich.

The show, which has been given a straight-to-series 13-episode order, will continue without the director, and producers have alrea...

Christian Bale suffered herniated disc for American Hustle role

February 26th, 2014 3:10am EST
Christian Bale
Actor Christian Bale suffered a herniated disc after gaining 43 pounds (19.5 kilograms) for his role in American Hustle.

The Dark Knight star packed on the pounds to portray overweight conman Irving Rosenfeld in the film, but admits his age has become an obstacle when it comes to gaining and losing weight for roles.

For American Hustle, the actor injured his back by perfecting his character's hunched posture.

Director David O. Russell tells USA Today, "At one point I said enough already. He lost three inches of height, and even got a herniated disc. He's a quiet, sweet, smart person w...

Jennifer Lawrence won Silver Linings Playbook role after reenacting encounter with a spider

February 25th, 2014 3:00am EST
Jennifer Lawrence won Silver Linings Playbook role after reenact
Actress Jennifer Lawrence won her role in Silver Linings Playbook after reenacting an encounter with a spider.

Director David O. Russell explains he was "fascinated" by The Hunger Games star as she acted out her confrontation with the creepy-crawly during her audition.

He says, "I asked her to cry and she made me cry. She cried, so she went to get a tissue in the bathroom. She went, 'Ah! There's a gigantic spider in the bathroom!' She imitated how the spider went when she tried to attack (it). That fascinated me as much as anything else. She was unlike anybody I'd ever seen."

The filmmak...

Bradley Cooper astonished by success

February 11th, 2014 5:00am EST
Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper is "living the dream".
The 39-year-old actor can't believe the success he is enjoying in his career and feels lucky to work with such respected names as Clint Eastwood - who will direct him in 'American Sniper' - and filmmaker David O. Russell, who directed him in both 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'American Hustle'.
Responding to a comment he always seems "honored and grateful" for Oscar attention, he said: "It would be hard not to be. I get to do the things I dreamt of as a kid, like working now with Clint Eastwood and being able to work twice with David O. Russell. I am ab...

Bradley Cooper not sure on Oscars date

February 9th, 2014 10:04am EST
Bradley Cooper not sure on Oscars date
Bradley Cooper isn't sure who he'll bring to the Oscars this year.

The hunky star is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Richie DiMaso in American Hustle and he admits he has yet to decide who he'll invite to the glitzy awards bash next month.

He told Figaro TV: "I'm waiting to find out how many tickets I'm going to get."

Cooper - who took his mother as his date to the Oscars last year, when he was nominated for Best Leading Actor for 'Silver Linings Playbook' - has reunited with David O. Russell for his new movie and says it was his idea to give his character an uns...

David O. Russell Keen To Re-Team With Jennifer Lawrence For New Biopic

February 1st, 2014 6:30pm EST
David O. Russell Keen To Re-Team With Jennifer Lawrence For New
Filmmaker David O. Russell is eager to team up with Jennifer Lawrence for a third time and cast her in a new film biopic about businesswoman Joy Mangano.

The director is in early talks to take charge of the project, which will tell the story of how Mangano rose from being a struggling mother-of-three to a multi-millionaire by selling her mop-making business Ingenious Designs, LLC to bosses at America's Home Shopping Network.

If Russell signs on to the as-yet-untitled film, he will also help to rework a script penned by Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo.

And the moviemaker already has hi...

David O. Russell to receive top prize at Santa Barbara film festival

January 19th, 2014 8:30pm EST
David O. Russell
David O. Russell is set to continue his awards season success by taking home the Outstanding Director Award at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.

The moviemaker's latest release, American Hustle, has already scored top prizes at the Golden Globes and Saturday night's (18Jan14) Screen Actors Guild Awards, where its stars, including Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, picked up the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture honour, and now Russell will be feted for his work when the 29th annual Santa Barbara bash kick...

Anne Hathaway turned down Jennifer Lawrence's Silver Linings Playbook role

January 16th, 2014 3:20am EST
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway could have been a double winner at the Oscars last year (13) if she hadn't dropped out of Silver Linings Playbook due to creative differences with director David O. Russell.

The film's producer, Harvey Weinstein, has revealed Hathaway was the first choice to play mentally-unstable Tiffany Maxwell in the movie, but she fell out with Russell and was replaced by Jennifer Lawrence.

Both women won Oscars - Lawrence took home a Best Actress award and Hathaway a Best Supporting Actress honour for Les Miserables.

Weinstein tells radio host Howard Stern, "Silver Linings Playbook was...

Amy Adams caught in the 'whirlwind' of American Hustle

January 13th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Amy Adams
Amy Adams is "still caught up in the whirlwind" of making 'American Hustle'.
The star was stunned to pick up the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy award at last night's (12.01.14) Golden Globe awards in Hollywood, particularly as she only finished making the film recently and it is still a fresh experience for her.
Speaking of her win, she told E! News: "It's not what I'm used to. It's great. We haven't even been done filming a year. We finished filming, like, nine months ago, so we're still in the whirlwind of making the film, and here we are celebrating it, getting these amazing accola...

Jennifer Lawrence joked about Christian Bale kiss

January 12th, 2014 8:40pm EST
Christian Bale
Actress Jennifer Lawrence was left disappointed after landing an on-screen kiss with Christian Bale.

The Hunger Games star features opposite the Batman hunk in David O. Russell's new film American Hustle as the drunken wife of hassled conman Bale, and the pair shares a kiss in the comedy crime movie.

But Lawrence was reportedly surprised when she realised Bale had been piling on the pounds for the movie.

Director Russell recalls Lawrence's reaction following the kiss, telling Us Weekly the actress remarked on set, "I finally get to kiss Christian Bale and he's a really fat guy."


Jennifer Lawrence wins first Golden Globe

January 12th, 2014 8:40pm EST
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence picked up the first award at this year's Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles when she was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle.

The young star paid tribute to her director David O. Russell in her acceptance speech, revealing she had been a longtime fan of his films before she landed a role in one - Silver Linings Playbook.

She said, "I just thought, 'This is the most brilliant man in every single way,' and to think that by some weird twist of fate that that's the same man who made my career what it is is so weird and wonderful."

'Gravity' Leads BAFTA Nominations

January 8th, 2014 4:20am EST
Sandra Bullock
'Gravity' leads the BAFTA Film nominations with 11 nods.

The space drama is up for a string of accolades, including the coveted Best Film and Outstanding British Film, while its star Sandra Bullock is also nominated for Best Actress and filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron is nominated for Best Director.

'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' received nominations in 10 categories, while 'Captain Phillips' is up for nine awards.

All four of the top nominated movies will contest for Best Film, along with 'Philomena'.

'Gravity' will contest for Outstanding British Film along with 'Mandela: Long Walk...

Robert De Niro fooled by Christian Bale's Hustle look

December 24th, 2013 3:10am EST
Christian Bale
Robert De Niro was so fooled by Christian Bale's look in new film American Hustle he didn't recognise the actor on the set.

De Niro has an uncredited cameo in the movie and director David O. Russell admits he knew he'd perfected Bale's podgy, balding look when the movie great asked the filmmaker who the overweight guy was.

Russell tells WENN, "We wanted to do something he'd never done before. When he met the whole cast he shook their hands and said, 'Who's that guy?' And I said, 'You just met him, that's Christian Bale'. He goes, 'Wow, he looks so different. He looks great!' He didn't rea...

'American Hustle' Is The Best Film Of 2013

December 19th, 2013 8:27am EST
American Hustle
From the first second of the first scene, this film had me hooked.  I knew I was in for an incredible ride, and that’s exactly what ‘American Hustle’, directed by David O. Russell (‘Silver Linings Playbook’) is… one fantastic cinematic ride.

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The film, which opens with the disclaimer, ‘Some of this actually happened, takes place in the late 70’s and 80’s and is loos...

David O. Russell still can't believe he landed lost ELO tracks for movie

December 18th, 2013 3:20am EST
David O. Russell
Director David O. Russell tracked down Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne while he was dreaming up the soundtrack for his 1970s-era movie American Hustle and asked him to part with a handful of unreleased tracks.

The Silver Linings Playbook filmmaker had been told that Lynne would never hand over the never-before-heard tunes, but Russell was feeling lucky, thanks to his former post code.

He explains, "He (Lynne) happened to have a song called Overture 10538, which turns out to be the zip (post) code where I grew up, which is a freaky thing. I never actually talked to him about tha...

12 Years a Slave and American Hustle lead Critics' Choice Movie Awards

December 16th, 2013 3:20pm EST
David O. Russell
'12 Years a Slave' and 'American Hustle' lead the Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014 with 13 nominations each.
David O. Russell's 70s crime drama and Steve McQueen's historical slavery epic will fight it out in categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Acting Ensemble and Best Screenplay.
The two films' casts also picked up individual nominations, with Christian Bale up for Best Actor for his role in 'American Hustle', and Chiwetel Ejiofor for his leading turn in '12 Years a Slave'. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are nominated for Best Supporting Actor/Actress for their ...

'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Lead 2014 Golden Globes Nominations

December 12th, 2013 9:50am EST
American Hustle
American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave are going head-to-head at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards after landing six nominations each.

The dramatic comedy will go up against Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and Wolf of Wall Street for Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy.

Its stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams scored a mention for Best Performance In A Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), while Jennifer Lawrence picked up a nod for her supporting role and David O. Russell landed a nomination for Best Director.

The film also picked up a Best Screenplay - Motion Picture nod.

Steve McQueen's 1...

Amy Adams hit Cooper hard

December 11th, 2013 1:20am EST
Amy Adams
Amy Adams hit Bradley Cooper so hard he needed an ice pack on 'American Hustle'.
The actress had to punch her co-star during a scene in the new 70s thriller but initially wasn't doing it hard enough and had to be encouraged by director David O. Russell.
She told ABC News: "I believe you can accomplish something without hurting someone, so I kept hitting him and I guess it wasn't reading as hard enough. So David's yelling, 'Hit him, hit him', and Bradley's yelling, 'Hit me, hit me', So I did. And his face started swelling.
"It really started swelling in real life and I said, 'I certainly h...

Big Win At New York Film Critics Circle Awards Ups The Oscar Buzz For 'American Hustle'

December 3rd, 2013 11:18pm EST
American Hustle
American Hustle received a strong Oscar push Tuesday night at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Director David O. Russell's follow up to last year's eight-time Oscar nominee Silver Linings Playbook, landed the Best Picture trophy along with Best Screenplay. Jennifer Lawrence, who took home the Best Actress Oscar last year for her performance in "Silver Linings Playbook," won the Best Supporting Actress award for the film. Her reteaming with Russell puts her in good position for an Oscar nomination for the third year in a row (she was nominated in 2011 for "Winter's Bone."

Russell w...

Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell nominated for Humanitas Prize

July 18th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell have been shortlisted for a top honour at the 39th annual Humanitas Prize awards.

The accolades, split into nine categories, celebrate the best in TV and film writing and both directors have earned nods in the Feature Film section for Tarantino's Django Unchained and Russell's Silver Linings Playbook. They will compete with Flight's John Gatins for the title.

Writer/filmmaker Jeff Nichols has landed a mention in the Sundance Feature Film category for his coming-of-age movie Mud, going up against Ryan Coogler for independent drama Fruitvale Station an...

'Silver Linings Playbook' Dominates The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards

February 24th, 2013 4:07pm EST
Jennifer Lawrence
Silver Linings Playbook is primed for Oscars glory on Sunday after landing four top trophies at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The dramatic comedy won prizes for best film and best screenplay, as well as best director for David O. Russell and best actress for Jennifer Lawrence at the celebration of independent movies in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday.

The event is held annually on the eve of Hollywood's prestigious Academy Awards, where Silver Linings Playbook is nominated for eight Oscar statuettes.

Lawrence's co-star Bradley Cooper was in the running for best actor, but ...

Jennifer Lawrence To Reteam With 'Silver Linings Playbook' Co-Star Bradley Cooper

February 17th, 2013 10:04am EST
Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence and her "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper are working together again in a new movie.

Lawrence has been critically praised for her role in the 2012 film, including being nominated for an Academy Award. Now the major players are joining together again for the filmmaker's latest project.
Lawrence has been tapped to star in the director's new film, about the 1970s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation Abscam,which brought down several congressmen, According to Deadline.com.
Other stars include Christian Bale, Am...

Angelina Jolie Wanted Jennifer Lawrence's 'Silver Linings Playbook' Role

December 6th, 2012 9:34am EST
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie wanted to be the leading lady in hit comedy drama Silver Linings Playbook, according to filmmaker David O. Russell.

Jennifer Lawrence has been tipped for an Academy Award for her portrayal of promiscuous Tiffany in the movie, but Russell thought the 22-year-old star was too young and he had other "major actresses" in mind, including Jolie.

At a screening for TheWrap.com, he explains, "Quite frankly, (Lawrence's audition) was like a formality. I didn't think she was really a contender. We had three very serious contenders (already). We had a lot of major actresses in town ...

Director David O. Russell Won't Face Charges For Groping Niece

January 8th, 2012 10:30am EST
David O. Russell
Filmmaker David O. Russell will not face criminal charges following an investigation into allegations he inappropriately touched his transgender niece's breast.

The Fighter director's 19-year-old niece, who was born a man and is currently in a pre-operative phase of her transition, filed a report with cops in Florida at the beginning of the week and alleged Russell had groped her during a chat about her gender transformation at a gym in a local hotel.

According to the police report, the niece, who isn't a blood relation to Russell, felt "uncomfortable", but admitted she "did not ask him t...

Jessica Biel 'Heartbroken' Over Unfinished 'Nailed' Movie

November 17th, 2011 11:24am EST
Jessica Biel
Actress Jessica Biel is "heartbroken" over the production delays which threaten to shelve the release of her David O. Russell movie Nailed for good.

The director began shooting the project, about a woman who fights for better healthcare in the U.S. after getting shot in the head with a nail gun, in 2008, but the film has been left in limbo due to a series of troubles.

Filming was halted several times due to financial issues as it emerged crewmembers and acting guild members had not been paid their fees, while producer David Bergstein had to fight off creditors after failing to properly ...

Chris Tucker Plans Movie Comeback With Two New Roles

September 8th, 2011 8:31am EDT
Chris Tucker
Comedian Chris Tucker is preparing to make his Hollywood comeback - he's in talks for two new movie roles starring alongside Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Ben Stiller.

The funnyman, who was last seen on the big screen in 2007's "Rush Hour 3," is negotiating a part in director David O. Russell's drama "The Silver Linings Playbook," based on the novel by author Michael Quick.

The film follows a former teacher who tries to rebuild his life after four years in a mental institution and would see him work with De Niro, Cooper and Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence.

Meanwhile, Tucker has also...

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