December 5, 2010 |
Many storied director-actor pairings make sense. You can understand why Martin Scorsese works often with Leonardo DiCaprio, who lends vulnerability to the director's tough-guy roles. Or how Johnny Depp channels Tim Burton's whimsy. But David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg? That's a match Felix Unger and Oscar Madison couldn't have dreamed up. The director and the actor are, to put it mildly, a case of the artiste and the bad boy. The fussy auteur and the former teenybopper sensation.
December 18, 2012 |
The first time David O. Russell phoned Bradley Cooper, it was midafternoon on a fall day a few years ago, and the topic, ostensibly at least, was Cooper's possible involvement in either the adaptation of the horror-lit mash-up "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" or a couple of other movies Russell had recently written. The connection was spotty, so the actor climbed out onto the roof of his house to keep the conversation going. By the time they said goodbye, the sun had nearly set. Cooper and Russell didn't end up collaborating on any of those projects, but their lengthy exchange that day and subsequent meetings led to Cooper eventually winning the role of Pat Solitano, the bipolar protagonist in Russell's chaotic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook.
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January 29, 2010 |
Former Compton Dominguez High boys basketball coach Russell Otis was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail for child molesting, probably ending the powerful reign of a man who directed his teams to five state championships and 10 California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section titles in 20 seasons. Otis, 47, had been charged with misdemeanor child molesting, felony theft and forgery and a felony charge of meeting a minor for lewd purposes. He was convicted in November on the lesser charge.
October 10, 2010 |
David O. Russell's "Three Kings," which makes its Blu-ray DVD debut this week, was a heralded member of the cinematic class of 1999, the pre-millennial groundswell that appeared to usher in a new golden age of American filmmaking. Many of that year's most striking movies ? among them Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia," David Fincher's "Fight Club," Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich" and Alexander Payne's "Election" ? were risk-taking works from youngish directors operating within the confines of the Hollywood or Indiewood systems.
February 14, 2012 |
After "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Taylor Armstrong's husband, Russell, killed himself in August 2011, Armstrong could have pulled back from the spotlight. Instead, she sought comfort in it. Five weeks after her husband's death, Armstrong appeared on "Dr. Phil," speaking about allegations that later would be unleashed on the Bravo reality TV series: that Russell physically and emotionally abused her. Six months after Russell's death, she has released a tell-all book about their marriage, "Hiding From Reality," further elaborating on the accusations and intensifying her media saturation with a slew of appearances on such shows as "The View," "Today" and "Dr. Drew.
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December 3, 2009 |
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced in court Wednesday that it will not seek a retrial of former Compton Dominguez High School boys' basketball coach Russell Otis on a felony charge of meeting a minor for a lewd purpose. A Compton jury last month deadlocked 10 to 2 in favor of convicting Otis on the charge, which would have left the ex-coach facing up to a three-year prison sentence. Prosecutors alleged that Otis had met a former member of his 2008 CIF Southern Section-championship team at the player's home and offered the then-16-year-old boy $1,500 in cash if he'd let the coach sexually arouse him. The two holdout jurors said there wasn't enough evidence presented to prove Otis actually visited the boy's home.
April 11, 2007 |
As director David O. Russell's now infamous "I (Heart) Huckabees" on-set freakout on Lily Tomlin, posted as a Web video, reaches the parody phase, his friends are coming forward to defend his shocking tirade -- and his colorful directing style. Sure, they say, he's "exacting" and doesn't suffer fools; to an outsider, they admit, his tantrum toward the film's costar captured on video might look like a madman's rant.
September 30, 2011 |
"Weekend" presents 48 hours in the lives of two gay men who are almost immediately attracted to each other, then have to figure out what that means in the complex tapestry of their individual situations. Written, directed and edited by Britain's Andrew Haigh, "Weekend" is a moving and empathetic look at how relationships develop, at how people fall in love and what that does and doesn't do to their lives. It's an observational film that offers generous satisfactions, but there are challenges along the way. Chief among those is the film's unblinking sexual candor, in language even more than action.
June 1, 2012 |
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Army Sgt. John M. Russell declined to enter a plea at his arraignment Friday on charges of killing five fellow service members at a combat stress clinic in Iraq, as defense lawyers pushed for new psychological evaluations that could help forestall the death penalty. At a hearing in a small courtroom at the base where Russell is being held, defense attorneys argued that Russell should be transferred temporarily to Pennsylvania to allow a full evaluation by Dr. Robert Sadoff, one of the nation's premier experts in forensic psychiatry.
November 3, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Robert De Niro constructs a highly memorable sports-fan character in David O. Russell's new dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook," playing a Philadelphia Eagles supporter so superstitious he believes the positioning of the remote can affect a game's outcome. The real-life De Niro? He's not exactly a team colors face-painter. VIDEO: Trailers to upcoming films "People can watch certain football players and get genuinely excited about it, and I just don't understand it," he said.