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November 20, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan
If you follow the movies, you've long heard about "Silver Linings Playbook," David O. Russell's film that took the Oscar-predictive People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. If you're smart, you'll see it right now, before all your friends tell you how good it is and ruin your chances of enjoying it for yourself. Rich in life's complications, it will make you laugh, but don't expect it to fit in any snug genre pigeonhole. Dramatic, emotional, even heartbreaking, as well as wickedly funny, it stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence doing wonderful work as a pair of obsessive, unbalanced individuals whose lives threaten to spiral out of control on a daily basis.
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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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February 7, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
On the eve of Oscar voting, we asked three academy members to let us peek at their ballots and tell us, anonymously, who they're voting for and why. Here's what they had to say: OSCARS 2013: Full Coverage PRODUCERS BRANCH: This 40 ish Oscar nominee raved about the depth of choices on this year's ballot and voted accordingly. Don't get him started on the snub of "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow, though. Picture: "Zero Dark Thirty. " "To me, it's a clear choice.
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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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January 31, 2013 | By Randee Dawn
- For anyone with a working knowledge of Robert De Niro's career, the sight of an ax nailed to the side of a bookcase in his office can be a little disconcerting. "It's from a movie I made once," he says by way of explanation. Good to know, though it doesn't look like a prop. Which one? "'Backdraft.'" Whew. OSCAR WATCH: 'Silver Linings Playbook' For nearly 50 years, Robert De Niro has built an acting career with a firm grounding in his ability to convey menace.
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January 13, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Thursday's Academy Award nominations energized the box office of "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook. " After receiving 12 nods, including one for best picture, director Steven Spielberg's big-screen portrayal of the 16th U.S. president generated 17% more at the box office than the weekend before. With $6.3 million, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Studios, its domestic total is now a fantastic $152.6 million. "Lincoln" was financed by DreamWorks Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Participant Media and Dune Entertainment.
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December 1, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Before making "Silver Linings Playbook" together, writer-director David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper had planned to join forces and battle the undead in Regency-era England in an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's horror-lit mash-up "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. " The project died an unkind death, but the qualities that attracted Russell to Cooper for that remained fixed in the filmmaker's head. "He had really good bad-guy energy," in "The Wedding Crashers," Russell says in this clip from The Envelope Screening Series.
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November 18, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
At the art house this weekend, moviegoers preferred modern-day Philadelphia to 19th-century Russia. The quirky dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook" and the period drama "Anna Karenina" both debuted in limited release this weekend, but the former film proved intriguing to a bigger audience. The film, which stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, took in $458,430 from 16 theaters, according to an estimate from distributor the Weinstein Co.  The Joe Wright-directed "Anna Karenina," featuring Keira Knightley as Leo Tolstoy's classic literary heroine, collected $315,395 in the same number of theaters.
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February 23, 2013 | Julie Makinen and Steven Zeitchik
David O. Russell's dramatic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" took home the best feature prize at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon at a raucous ceremony hosted by Andy Samberg on the beach in Santa Monica. It was a big afternoon for the Philadelphia tale about a thirtysomething man afflicted with a mood disorder. At the Spirits, Russell was named Best Director and received the prize for Best Screenplay for the film, while his star, Jennifer Lawrence, won the Best Actress statuette.
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September 9, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO -- After a six-year gap between releases, David O. Russell returned to form in 2010 with "The Fighter," a boxing-cum-addiction dramedy that became a commercial and awards force that season. Just two years later, Russell makes a new bid to be a fall player with relationship dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook. " After its world premiere Saturday night at the Toronto International film Festival, it's looking to be quite a compelling one.  And with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, it features performances that will leave many people walking away impressed.
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February 8, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Dinner and a movie. Yes, I realize it represents a profound failure of imagination, but this was the date I had proposed to my wife for Valentine's Day next week. But sometimes life's obligations (not to mention two kids) limit your options for an evening out, so you flail around, punt and resort to an old standby. It still beats takeout and loading the dishwasher, right? Maybe not. A cursory glance at the theater listings reveals a slate of movies not exactly geared toward anyone whose age or IQ exceeds 30. "That Awkward Moment"?
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January 19, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
There is an audible gasp at the Shrine Auditorium when "American Hustle" wins best cast on Saturday night. The actors arrive giddy onstage, and in an instant they are backstage. At first it's whispers and hugs, then there is a blitz of camera flashes, and Jennifer Lawrence says she doesn't want to talk to press. "I hate myself when I talk," she says to her publicist as Bradley Cooper strides to her side. "Was this a surprise?" a reporter asks him. PHOTOS: SAG Awards 2014 winners | Red carpet arrivals He blinks, eyes wide and unbelieving and then shakes his head as if the question is a dumb one. But when it comes time to talk he can't summon words, and it's clear that he's shocked.
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January 16, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Jennifer Lawrence is currently America's Sweetheart, but Thursday morning, it was kind of hard not to hate her. That was when she received an Oscar nomination for her supporting turn in "American Hustle," becoming, at 23, the youngest three-time acting nominee in the history of the Academy Awards. Do you feel bad about yourself yet? If not, let's keep going: Last weekend, her role as an unhappy suburban housewife in David O. Russell's film scored her a Golden Globe, and she has a good shot at winning a SAG Award on Saturday.
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January 16, 2014 | By Susan King and Rene Lynch
Director David O. Russell seems to have the golden touch. His con-man comedy "American Hustle" is not only a box office hit, but it earned 10 Academy Award nominations Thursday morning including best picture and director and nominations in all four acting categories. He did the same thing last year with his quirky romantic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook," which received eight nominations and a lead actress Oscar for Jennifer Lawrence. (Still not convinced? This all comes on the heels of 2010's "The Fighter," which nabbed seven nominations, including picture and director as well as Oscar wins for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.)
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January 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
With her second Golden Globe win in as many years, "American Hustle" star Jennifer Lawrence has continued her rapid evolution from fresh-faced ingenue to polished Hollywood powerhouse. It was only in 2010 that Lawrence first appeared on critics', audiences' and awards voters' radar for her lead role in "Winter's Bone," which earned the now-23-year-old actress her first Globe and Oscar nominations. Since then she has pulled off a unique balancing act in her career by shouldering a blockbuster franchise in "The Hunger Games" while racking up awards for her dramatic collaborations with "Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell.
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January 7, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
This time last year, Bradley Cooper was promoting his Oscar-nominated turn in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" while preparing to make another movie with the director. The day after the Oscars, Cooper flew to Boston to begin pre-production on "American Hustle," and here we are again, talking about another great Russell film featuring a cast - Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner - playing roles unlike anything we've seen them do before.
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November 14, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
With "Silver Linings Playbook" shaping up as a slow-burn title more than a wide release, the Weinstein Co. is altering its plans to open the movie big on Thanksgiving weekend. The company's chief operating officer, David Glasser, said on Wednesday that the David O. Russell dramedy would roll out Nov. 21 to about 400 theaters, a reversal of an earlier decision to open on approximately 2,000 screens. The movie could potentially expand to 800 screens the following week and begin approaching wide-release numbers in its third or fourth week of release, Glasser said.
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February 8, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The last time David O. Russell went to the White House, to screen “Three Kings” for Bill Clinton in 1999, he brought his 5-year-old son Matthew. Russell didn't fully know it then, but a world  of struggle loomed for the boy, who grappled with emotional difficulties for much of his childhood and adolescence. Those challenges also awaited the director, who felt acutely the frustrations of raising a son with behavioral issues. Russell was back at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on Thursday, making the trip to visit Vice President Biden with his star Bradley Cooper.
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December 21, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
As you read this, David O. Russell's new movie "American Hustle" is, like that giant vat of caloric popcorn, going down at a theater near you. In fact it's going down at 2,507 theaters near someone, a  remarkable number for a man who makes wry sideways romps. Just a year ago Russell had a different film playing in multiplexes around the holiday season. But it was playing a lot more sparsely: "Silver Linings Playbook," Russell's mental-health-dramedy slash-dancing-dramedy-slash-romantic-comedy, was in just a few hundred theaters, the product of a Weinstein Co. rollout so slow it made molasses seem like a fast-spraying liquid.
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December 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Multiplex moviegoers weren't the only ones paying attention to "American Hustle's" recent awards-season onslaught. Over the weekend, the film grossed $690,000 from just six theaters, and David O. Russell's freewheeling con artist dramedy also screened for academy members at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 1,000-seat room wasn't entirely full, but eyeball estimates had about 750 people in attendance, more than any recent screening and a great number for this hectic, most wonderful time of year.
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