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February 28, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
A populist confection with ambitions to high art. A hodgepodge whose messiness has generated both raves and criticism. A colorful throwback that is also surprisingly modern and relevant. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is a series of entertaining if at times frustrating contradictions, an idiosyncratic piece of work that has nonetheless managed to succeed in the marketplace. A movie, in other words, much like its creator. Russell is, by many of the high standards the term implies, a cinematic master, capable of juggling tones like few others and creating movies about meaty subjects to boot.
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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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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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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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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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November 29, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Toward the end of "American Hustle," the new film from comedy-drama laureate David O. Russell, a man describes his hard-won epiphany. "The art of survival," says the character, a con man played with toupee-ish shiftiness by Christian Bale, "is a story that never ends. " The line articulates one of the central motifs of the film - the need for self-narrative - while offering a telling peek into the mind of the man responsible for it. For the last two decades, Russell, 55, has had one of the movie business' wildest careers, donning guises like most people put on shirts: edgy wunderkind, hothead flameout and, lately, Oscar-nominated auteur with an unlikely box-office touch.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 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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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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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)
SPORTS
March 1, 2014 | By Steve Waters
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The wind blew, the greens got firm and the putts weren't dropping like they had the first two days. Even so, Rory McIlroy was content with his one-under-par 69 Saturday that extended his lead to two shots heading into the final round of the Honda Classic. "I think it was a very solid round of golf," said McIlroy, who had four birdies and three bogeys. "I'm still in the lead of the golf tournament and I can't be disappointed with that. " McIlroy was at 12-under 198. Russell Henley, who began the day in third, shot 68 and was in second at 200. Russell Knox, who climbed up the leaderboard into fourth place Friday with a 63, came back with a 68 and was in third at 201. Jhonattan Vegas shot a second consecutive 66 to move into fourth at 202. Stuart Appleby (65)
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
A populist confection with ambitions to high art. A hodgepodge whose messiness has generated both raves and criticism. A colorful throwback that is also surprisingly modern and relevant. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is a series of entertaining if at times frustrating contradictions, an idiosyncratic piece of work that has nonetheless managed to succeed in the marketplace. A movie, in other words, much like its creator. Russell is, by many of the high standards the term implies, a cinematic master, capable of juggling tones like few others and creating movies about meaty subjects to boot.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
There are myriad ways to promote a film these days, most notably through trailers, billboards, media junkets and talk-show appearances. Now "Noah" star Russell Crowe is trying to reach a higher power, beseeching Pope Francis on Twitter to watch his upcoming biblical adventure, which is based on the Noah's Ark story from the Book of Genesis. Addressing the pontiff as "Dear Holy Father," Crowe on Monday tweeted , "#Noah film. Screening?The message of the film is powerful , fascinating , resonant.
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February 20, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Kimora Lee Simmons is off the market and has been for a while now, according to her ex-husband, Russell Simmons.  The runway model/designer/author, 38, has secretly married Goldman Sachs investment banker Tim Leissner, whom she has been linked to since last year, according to E! News. However, it is unclear when the nuptials actually took place. "All of us love @OfficialKimora but the fact is she is happily married," Russell Simmons, 56,  tweeted  Wednesday. "Tim is has been family for a while now. #gossipcop....
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