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December 6, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
"American Hustle," the new Abscam-inspired con movie by David O. Russell, finds the director of "The Fighter" and "Silver Linings Playbook" getting the old gang back together, including actors Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. At the  Envelope Screening Series , Russell talked about reuniting with the primary cast members from his previous two films and how they worked together. "With this new chapter of filmmaking starting with 'The Fighter,' it just feels like it unfolded naturally," Russell said.
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.
January 16, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
In a strong year for directors, Oscar voters took notice. The academy's directors branch chose a veritable who's who of English-language filmmakers, nominating Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska") and Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street") for best director Thursday morning. Not on the list were Spike Jonze ("Her"), Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), Jean-Marc Vallee ("Dallas Buyers Club")
December 5, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Has Duke Ellington ever saved your life? David O. Russell knows the answer to that particular question because Ellington's music has rescued him many times. It happened yesterday. It'll probably happen again tomorrow. And it also happens near the beginning of Russell's latest movie, "American Hustle," when a couple of con artists, played by Christian Bale and Amy Adams, plop down on the floor and listen to Ellington's slow-cooker classic "Jeep's Blues" and look into each others' eyes and know they've found heaven on a cracker.
July 31, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
There isn't a lot of plot explication in the new trailer for David O. Russell's “American Hustle.” There doesn't need to be. With a wildly enjoyable sense of style, the spot plunges us deeply -- and enjoyably -- into the movie's world of '70s shadiness. As Led Zeppelin's "Good Times Bad Times" plays portentously over the action, we get a quick montage of some very famous faces doing convincing - and convincingly bad - things, in Russell's new movie inspired by the Abscam sting operation of the 1970s.
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.
May 21, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Newton R. Russell, a veteran state senator known as an expert on California's complex public pension system and a stickler for upholding legislative rules, died Saturday of lung cancer at his La Cañada Flintridge home, his family said. He was 85. A conservative Republican, Russell served 32 years in the Legislature, including 10 years in the Assembly and 22 years in the Senate, where he represented the communities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Temple City, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and part of Pasadena.
November 22, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
When Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence met for the first time before shooting the new David O. Russell movie "Silver Linings Playbook," they didn't opt for a conventional encounter. There was no leisurely table read of the script, no tell-me-your-hopes-and-dreams lunch with a director. Instead, they rendezvoused at a dance studio. The pair's new dramatic comedy, which the Weinstein Co. opened nationwide on Wednesday, has a significant ballroom dance subplot. So the actors entered an intense two-week session in which, for four or five hours each day, a choreographer had them spinning, lifting and dipping.
August 8, 1992
The academy and the Directors Guild should be made to share the blame of not assisting Russell in retaining this most prestigious award for himself and his family and of not providing him with a method of earning a living as a performer or in another industry job as a handicapped senior citizen. SUSANNA BAIRD Los Angeles
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