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December 10, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
For writer-director David O. Russell, getting the music just right is a huge part of making movies. One testament to his dedication is that he has repeatedly requested to license songs from the notoriously picky rock band Led Zeppelin - and succeeded. "Good Times, Bad Times," the first track from Zeppelin's self-titled debut album, had never been licensed for a movie before Russell used it in "The Fighter" - "much to my glee," he recalled during a recent installment of the  Envelope Screening Series , at which he discussed the importance of music in his films, including his latest, "American Hustle.
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April 22, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Russell Wilson is a Super Bowl champion. He's the face of the Seattle Seahawks. He's a superstar who has endorsement deals with Nike, EA Sports and Levi's, to name a few. And he is now the third-highest paid quarterback on the Seahawks' roster. On Monday, Seattle traded for former Oakland Raiders starter Terrelle Pryor, who is set to make $705,000 next season. He will compete for the No. 2 quarterback spot with Tavaris Jackson, who will earn $1.25 million. Wilson is locked in next year for $662,434 -- and there's nothing anyone can do about it because rookie contracts cannot be renegotiated until after the player's third season.
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December 10, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Writer-director David O. Russell sweats the details. For "American Hustle," his new film loosely based on the FBI's Abscam sting investigating political corruption in the 1970s, that meant mulling everything "from the clothes to the comb over. " But that doesn't mean he's a slave to history. Speaking at the  Envelope Screening Series , Russell talked about how he drew inspiration from the true Abscam story but then used it to tell his own story, one that was emotionally honest if not always historically accurate.
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April 16, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey
Whether or not you embrace director Darren Aronofsky's fierce biblical vision in "Noah," it's worth seeing the film for the remarkably moving performance by Russell Crowe in the title role. The actor seems to do his best work in period pieces, the more centuries away from the present the better. Crowe's very good Roman soldier in "Gladiator" won him an Oscar in 2001, and his swashbuckling ship captain in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" greatly buoyed that film. It's not that Crowe can't thrive in more contemporary eras - his other Oscar nominations were for portraying Nobel-winning mathematician John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind" and a big-tobacco whistle blower in Michael Mann's "The Insider.
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December 5, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Before "Silver Linings Playbook," filmmaker David O. Russell had written all the movies he directed. But when the late Sydney Pollack gave him a copy of Matthew Quick's novel about a bipolar man moving back home after leaving a neural health facility, Russell immediately connected with the story. In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series, Russell and actor Bradley Cooper talk about their personal connections to the film, as well as the reasons why they altered the film's ending from what was in the book.
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November 30, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
David O. Russell's screwball comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" seamlessly shifts between moods and tones as it tells the story of a bipolar man's relationship with his family and Tiffany, the lovely neighbor who unsettles and inspires him. Negotiating these tonal shifts and making them feel real was a tall order for Russell, particularly in the film's climactic dance competition scene that showcases its two stars, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence....
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January 17, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
David O. Russell, whose new film, "American Hustle," has become an awards-season favorite - and box office smash - will receive the Outstanding Director Award at the 29 th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It was at the first-ever screening of 'American Hustle' for the SBIFF Cinema Society last November that I knew precisely who should receive our Outstanding Director Award,” Roger Durling, executive director for SBIFF, said in a statement. “Russell has matured into one of the most essential voices in film today.
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January 18, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
"American Hustle" director David O. Russell walked the red carpet at the SAG Awards separately from the stars of his lauded film. Michael Pena, who plays Paco Hernandez in the film, walked a few minutes before him, and Jennifer Lawrence - surrounded by a posse of handlers - appeared a few minutes after. The mood from everyone "American Hustle"-related was very upbeat. The film is an awards favorite, and the cast stood a decent chance of winning during Saturday's telecast. SAG Awards 2014: Full coverage | Red carpet | Winners | Complete list "My first day of work I saw Jennifer Lawrence win the Oscar," said Pena, when asked what things were like during the shoot.
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March 1, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Vanity Fair, in conjunction with Chrysler, saluted writer/director David O. Russell and the cast of his film “American Hustle” on Thursday at Ago Restaurant in West Hollywood. The event was part of the magazine's Campaign Hollywood, a weeklong celebration leading up to Sunday's Academy Awards.  The crowd: Up for 10 Academy Awards, “American Hustle” was well-represented by actors Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, Paul Herman and Elisabeth Rohm, writer Eric Warren Singer and producers Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Charles Roven and Richard Suckle.
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January 12, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
How does David O. Russell manage to so consistently write strong female leads? He's got his mother to thank for that, the director said backstage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after his film “American Hustle” won the Golden Globe for motion picture comedy on Sunday. “My mother was a very powerful person. She was an Italian woman from Brooklyn. I realized that with 'The Fighter,' I based some of that on experiences with my mother,” he said, adding, “strong women characters are the gateway to a very powerful movie.” Asked whether there was a lot of improvisation on the set of “American Hustle,” Russell said that even though it may have come across that way, there was not. “I want to correct the notion of improvisation,” the co-writer/director said.
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April 14, 2014
Russ Newton joined The Times in 2000 as director of operations and president at California Community News, one of the Times wholly-owned business units. Before joining The Times, he was director of operations from 1998 to 2000 at Landoll Inc., a Tribune Education company. Previously, he led the packaging department at the Orlando Sentinel in Orlando, Fla., from 1994 to 1998, and the production division, press and packaging areas at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., from 1987 to 1994.  Newton joined Tribune Co. in 1985, serving as a shift supervisor, crew supervisor and trainer at the Chicago Tribune from 1985 to 1987.
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March 31, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
(On Monday mornings, Movies Now will be looking at some aspect of the No. 1 movie over the weekend. This week: "Noah" and the return of Russell Crowe as a box office force). After what seemed like 40 days and 40 nights of controversy over Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah" taking creative license in adapting the story of Noah's ark to the big screen, the movie sailed to the No. 1 box-office spot over the weekend, taking in an estimated $44 million. For star Crowe, "Noah" marks the second-highest opening of his career and a return to the ranks of high-profile leading men. In recent years, the 49-year-old New Zealand-born actor has mostly turned up in supporting roles, and with mixed results.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson has a cameo appearance in the upcoming "Entourage" movie. Sounds like a fun idea, right? Well, what did your mom always tell you about playing ball on the set of a popular TV show turned feature film? That's right. It's all fun and games till someone gets hurt. In this case, that someone is Kevin Connolly, who plays Eric Murphy on the long-running HBO series due to make its big-screen debut next summer. During filming in Los Angeles, Connolly broke his leg in two places while catching passes from the Seattle Seahawks quarterback.
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March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Following days of conflicting reports whether Russell Crowe would get his wish to meet with Pope Francis, the "Noah" star did make the pontiff's acquaintance on Wednesday, albeit briefly, at Francis' weekly audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Also joining Crowe were "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky, producer Scott Franklin and Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, according to the Hollywood Reporter and other outlets. The group met with the pope at the "udienza generale," which is open to the public and can draw thousands of faithful.
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March 19, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
"Noah" star Russell Crowe and a few of the filmmakers behind the upcoming movie epic made it to Vatican City on Thursday for Pope Francis' weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. It wasn't a private meeting with the pope, and apparently a screening of the film wasn't going to happen, but the trip to Rome had the actor upbeat on social media nonetheless. "What a privilege , attended the Udienza with the holy father @Pontifex . St.Joesephs day & Fathers Day," he wrote, tweeting a picture of the crowd of about 80,000 at Vatican City.
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March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Art thief-turned-daredevil rider Crunch (Kurt Russell) - fresh from prison, having been burned by his weaselly partner-in-crime half-brother Nicky (Matt Dillon) - wants nothing more to do with heists. Yeah, right. "The Art of the Steal" is another Last Big Job concoction, albeit one in which writer-director Jonathan Sobol doubles down against staleness by stuffing his cast with appealing character actors who know their way around a profane quip (Terence Stamp, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones)
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April 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
As life is halted for Boston-area residents in light of the manhunt for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, production on a much-anticipated film has been temporarily suspended too. David O. Russell's newly titled "American Hustle" was scheduled to shoot Friday in Boston. But reps for studio Sony and Russell said that the film's shoot was canceled Friday, as the production abided Gov. Deval Patrick's order that everyone stay inside as police continued the search for a suspected Boston Marathon bomber.
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March 8, 2014 | By Susan King
Someone once told Kurt Russell that his acting career "looks like it was handled by a drunk driver. " And Russell's reply? "I said I can't deny that," he said, laughing. But the boyishly handsome 63-year-old Russell, whom most baby boomers first saw as Jungle Boy on a 1965 episode of "Gilligan's Island," may be selling himself a bit short. His choices might not fit the straight and narrow, but many of his parts over the years have been memorable. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood He was a heartthrob star at Disney more than 40 years ago in such films as 1969's "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.
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March 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
It tied with "Gravity" for most Oscar nominations - 10. But when all was said and done Sunday night, David O. Russell's "American Hustle" came away with zero gold statuettes. In a roller-coaster season, "American Hustle" rode more highs and lows than most. With a release scheduled for late December, the film screened to tastemakers around Thanksgiving and immediately won top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle. It picked up momentum, landing the comedy or musical film award at the Golden Globes and the coveted Screen Actors Guild ensemble prize in January, a month that also saw it become one of the few films to land nominations in all seven major Oscar categories (picture, director, screenplay and lead and supporting acting)
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