Screen Junkies » David O Russell http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:07:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 David O. Russell Wants To Work With Jennifer Lawrence Again For Some Reason http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-o-russell-wants-to-work-with-jennifer-lawrence-again-for-some-reason/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-o-russell-wants-to-work-with-jennifer-lawrence-again-for-some-reason/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:45:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259036 When you find something this good, you don't let it slip.

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David O. Russell can’t get enough of a good thing. He’s directed Jennifer Lawrence to rave reviews in both of his most recent films and is eager to team up again. He’s hoping to cast his leading lady as inventor Joy Mangano, the single mom of three who became a multimillionaire by inventing the Miracle Mop. With this casting, it’s also assumed that Mangano is completely adorable.

I have so much yes for this project and have to see Jennifer Lawrence in this role. Can we delay The Mockingjay filming so that this can happen? I really feel it is worth it. If not, can we at least have Lawrence guest star on the Home Shopping Network? Just a little something to tide us over. (Deadline)

 

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David O. Russell Bringing A Dramatic Version Of ‘Caddyshack’ To ABC http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-o-russell-bringing-a-dramatic-version-of-caddyshack-to-abc/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-o-russell-bringing-a-dramatic-version-of-caddyshack-to-abc/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:32:58 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258909 Think 'Downton Abbey' but with funnier wigs.

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David O. Russell is bringing his unique take on family to television. He and Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant co-wrote a soap which ABC picked up for a straight-to-series thirteen episode order. The series will follow the drama that goes on both upstairs and downstairs at a private country club. There’s no word on whether or not this story will be set in a different time period or which actors will need to lose or gain a lot of weight. What is known is that this is probably our best chance of seeing Jennifer Lawrence trying to kill a pesky gopher. (Deadline)

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Jennifer Lawrence And David O. Russell Should Just Get Married Already http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jennifer-lawrence-and-david-o-russell-should-just-get-married-already/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jennifer-lawrence-and-david-o-russell-should-just-get-married-already/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:44:44 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253632 She's just signed on for her third film with him.

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Jennifer Lawrence is turning into a regular Mark Wahlberg. After garnering critical acclaim and a sweet Oscar nom for her work in Silver Linings Playbook, the girl who plays The Girl On Fire has now signed on for yet another David O. Russell film.

In addition to last week’s news that Lawrence will also star in the previously-titled American Bullshit opposite fellow Russell Get-a-Long Gang Members Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale, The Hollywood Reporter reports Hollywoodily that the actress and director will also work together on The Ends Of The Earth. The film is based on the true story of an oil tycoon who looses all of his fancy belongings (nice boots and cattle skulls probably) after he is caught in an affair.

Too bad that George Clooney punched Russell in the face on the set of Three Kings. This film would be the step in the right direction to getting an oil-centric trilogy out of those two.

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David O. Russell’s ‘American Bullshit’ Cast Nearing Perfection http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/david-o-russells-american-bullshit-cast-nearing-perfection/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/david-o-russells-american-bullshit-cast-nearing-perfection/#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:07:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253572 Master caster.

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David O. Russell is putting together a film about Abscam, a large sting operation that involved politicians, foreign nationals, law enforcement, and some generally unsavory folks. And he’s titling it American Bullshit. That sounds like fun, right?

Well, this thing has gradually gone from good to great with the likes of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Louie C.K., Jeremy Renner, and most recently, Jennifer Lawrence.

It’s hard not to get excited about this cast, director, and premise, which is exactly why Mark Wahlberg is checking his phone like a a fourteen year-old Asian girl, wondering if he’s in a dead cell zone or something because there has to be a good reason why Russell hasn’t called him yet.

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Louis C.K. In Talks To Endure David O. Russell http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/louis-c-k-in-talks-to-endure-david-o-russell/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/louis-c-k-in-talks-to-endure-david-o-russell/#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:53:07 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252875 Fans of the C-word unite!

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Despite somehow losing the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Comedy to Don Cheadle last night, it looks like Louis C.K. might get his shot at a film nomination before long. C.K. is in talks to join David O. Russell‘s untitled Abscam film, previously known as American Bullshit.

Russell’s favoritest performers Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner have already been cast in the film about a con man who works with the FBI. C.K. will play an FBI agent. Richard Jenkins must be pissed.


Louis C.K. certainly has come a long way.

(THR)

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Jeremy Renner To Dole Out ‘Bullshit’ With David O. Russell http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jeremy-renner-to-dole-out-bullshit-with-david-o-russell/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jeremy-renner-to-dole-out-bullshit-with-david-o-russell/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:59:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249854 Pardon the rough language, gang.

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Matt Damon surrogate Jeremy Renner is in talks to replace Christian Bale in David O. Russell‘s next project, American Bullshit, a film with a title so scandalous that…well, no one really cares actually. The title is fine.

David O. Russell has been bouncing around projects like some sort of item that bounces a lot recently, but has apparently landed on this film in which Renner would play a con man who becomes the target of an FBI sting.

This is exciting for two reasons:

1. It affords a remarkable synergy between actor Jeremy Renner and director David Russell, whose stock is trading at an all-time high after the widely acclaimed The Fighter.

2. More importantly, it allows me to totally put a contextual swear word in the headline of this article with devil-may-care abandon.

Life is good, folks. Life is good.

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Screw It, Here Are Our 2013 Oscar Predictions http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/screw-it-here-are-our-2013-oscar-predictions/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/screw-it-here-are-our-2013-oscar-predictions/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:00:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246080 Are there any movies I'm missing? Yeah. Probably tons.

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We’re over this year’s Oscars, and have been for quite some time. I felt that 2011’s field was uncharacteristically weak, and having harped on it for the past few weeks, I’m ready to move on to 2012’s candidates.

Granted, I haven’t “seen” any of these films. And there are undoubtedly dozens of solid films that are still under my radar. And those films will probably feature strong turns by both actors and directors. But whatever, that won’t keep me from examining some of the strongest, most notable candidates for an award, going on experience and some educated guesses.

So this may not be the most subversive or even “accurate” Oscar prediction, and you’re not going to find any under-the-radar films and actors here. But you will find more than a few safe bets from known projects. Judging by the slate for 2012, we could see a lot more “Hollywood” films fill the ballots in the 2013 ceremonies, which always proves to be more satisfying, provided the popular films are the good ones.

Best Picture

The Dark Knight Rises
Lincoln
Life of Pi
Django Unchained
The Great Gatsby

The one thing these films have in common is each one is helmed by a great director, with Nolan, Spielberg, Lee, Tarantino, and Luhrmann all showing up in widely anticipated and rather big-budget movies. My early call is that Lincoln, with the reputations of Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis behind it, will take the cake, with Life of Pi given a courtesy nod in this category. Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises could make a lot of noise if people lavish praise on the film for the scope of the production, but in the end, the heavier biopic will prevail.

Best Director

Wes AndersonMoonrise Kingdom
Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Rises
Marc WebbThe Amazing Spider-Man
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Ang LeeLife of Pi

It seems a little odd to have two comic book films represented here, but going off of the early sizzle reel I’ve seen from Spider-Man, Marc Webb is masterful at bouncing from bombastic action sequences to touching moments between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Wes Anderson is back in our lives and hearts after the lukewarm reception of The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and I think he could get a lot of legacy goodwill in this category. Spielberg’s Lincoln is no-brainer given the man and the subject matter, and I think he’ll be the one to walk away with the bald gold guy.

Best Actor

Bill MurrayHyde Park on Hudson
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Leonardo DiCaprioGreat Gatsby
Sean PennGangster Squad
Robert De Niro – Being Flynn

Everyone on this list but Murray and DiCaprio already have won their Oscars, and in the interest of appearing progressive (and not simply handing the award over to Daniel Day-Lewis, even though he’ll probably deserve it), they’ll bestow it upon Bill Murray, who’s distinguished career will come to a head with the most Oscar bait-y role he’s played so far. I think voters will be looking for an excuse to give it to him, but in this field, it’s a very tough call.

I’m hoping De Niro’s turn as a distant, homeless father in Being Flynn gets him out of the doghouse that he’s built for himself over the past decade. Sean Penn because, hey, Sean Penn, Leo because he’s just so damn handsome.

Best Actress

Blake LivelySavages
Jennifer LawrenceThe Silver Linings Playbook
Sally Field – Lincoln
Toni Collette – Jesus Henry Christ
Maggie GyllenhaalHysteria

Again, it’s hard to get too adventurous with these pics before the films have even been finished, so based on resume alone, I think we have a pretty strong group here. I think Field will be able to chew some serious scenery as Mary Todd Lincoln, and if she doesn’t get too terribly outclassed by her hubby, Mr. Day-Lewis, I think she’s the smart money here.

I think Hollywood wants to REALLY love Jennifer Lawrence, but seeing as how The Hunger Games is a little too mainstream for the snobs, she’ll get it in the David O. Russell film instead.

I’m also looking forward to Blake Lively in Oliver Stone’s The Savages, if only because she mastered a seedy role in The Town, and I’m eager to see her do it again as a beachy stoner. Toni Colette and Maggie Gyllenhaal because it wouldn’t be the Academy Awards without them, so why not both?

As you can tell, this has been a very scientific process, so let’s hear your thoughts in the comments if you’re feeling like yelling at us.

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David O. Russell Is In Trouble For Groping His Transgender Niece “Out Of Curiosity” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-o-russell-is-in-trouble-for-groping-his-transgender-niece-out-of-curiosity/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-o-russell-is-in-trouble-for-groping-his-transgender-niece-out-of-curiosity/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2012 18:00:47 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241676 He Hearts Huckabees...And His Tranny Niece's New Breasts

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Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to write a story, and I could just leave the headline hanging out there, especially when the whole story is told right there. Alas, there are pertinent details and context to worry about, so let’s learn the rest of the story.

Director David O. Russell (The Fighter, Three Kings) could be given the benefit of the doubt amid allegations that he groped his adopted sister’s (still doesn’t make it ok) transgender 19-year-old daughter. The two were working out last Friday, as uncles and transgender nieces so often do, when he noticed that hormone therapy had made her breasts bigger, as uncles somewhat less often do.

He then slid his hand under her shirt, reportedly with her permission to ensure that his actions weren’t making her uncomfortable, as if having one’s uncle massaging one’s nubile breasts could ever make one THAT uncomfortable.

Russell stated that the act was just out of curiosity, which doesn’t explain why he allegedly made his niece “pinky swear” not to tell anyone. Any time an uncle makes a niece or nephew pinky swear to anything, the police should be notified immediately.

Russell then reportedly went on to further ratchet up the creepy by oversharing with police that, since the hormone treatments, his niece “has become very provocative and seductive,” which may be a step backwards in his efforts to convince people he’s not huge into incest.

Russell’s camp “emphatically denies any wrongdoing,” except, presumably, for the act of groping your niece who is suffering from gender identity issues.

This should play out nicely.

(The Wrap)

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Craig Gillespie On ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’: “I’m Out This Bitch!” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/craig-gillespie-on-pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies-im-out-this-bitch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/craig-gillespie-on-pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies-im-out-this-bitch/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:30:56 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234169 Just put Edgar Wright on it and call it a day.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has chased away another suitor. Craig Gillespie is the third director to hand off the hot potato project. Originally David O. Russell was attached. Then when he walked, Mike White stepped in. However, his duties at HBO forced him to pull away. Then Lars and the Real Girl’s Craig Gillespie took over. He’s now gone as well over a casting disagreement.

You see, the other problem that the project is facing is that nobody wants to star in the damn thing. The film’s producer Natalie Portman isn’t interested in the role. Emma Stone, Mia Wasikooksskiwawa Wasikowska and Blake Lively have also passed. At this rate, I guess we could wait a couple years for Chloe Moretz to reach the appropriate age. (Deadline)

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As Mark Wahlberg Joins ’2 Guns’ David O. Russell And Vince Vaughn Walk Away http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/as-mark-wahlberg-joins-2-guns-david-o-russell-and-vince-vaughn-walk-away/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/as-mark-wahlberg-joins-2-guns-david-o-russell-and-vince-vaughn-walk-away/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:15:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224171 My theory: He goes a little heavy on "Woods" by Abercrombie & Fitch.

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It’s appears to be a coincidence, but it’s our job in the media to turn this into some sort of anti-Wahlberg vendetta. As 2 Guns eyes a winter start, David O. Russell is reported to have walked away due to a scheduling conflict with The Silver Linings Playbook, while Vince Vaughn‘s reason for departure is unknown. Crippling co-dependence on David O. Russell, perhaps.

2 Guns is the film adaptation of a comic book of the same name, in which a Naval officer and a DEA agent unwittingly investigate each other while stealing mob money for the CIA. However, they soon learn that they’ve been stealing from the CIA for the mob. Stuff ensues.

It’s unknown if Wahlberg will be playing Vaughn’s character or the other lead. It really doesn’t matter, because Wahlberg, with that vacant, befuddled stare, has demonstrated he can nail “unwitting.”

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Bradley Cooper Invited Back To ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bradley-cooper-invited-back-to-the-silver-linings-playbook/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bradley-cooper-invited-back-to-the-silver-linings-playbook/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 16:11:28 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223033 No hard feelings?

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The Silver Linings Playbook. Mark Wahlberg is out, and Bradley Cooper may be back in.

Last year, Cooper was attached to the lead role of a former teacher who moves in with his mom after being institutionalized for depression, but was cast aside when director David O. Russell‘s best guy, Mark Wahlberg, showed interest. Wahlberg, however, now has to bow out due to a scheduling conflict. So, now Cooper is back and things are going to be awkwaaaard at the table read.

Robert De Niro, whose trailer accidentally fused to Cooper’s on the set of Limitless, will continue his recent trend of going only where Cooper goes. He’s currently in talks for an undisclosed role. Jennifer Lawrence will also star as a young woman who jumps from bed to bed after the death of her husband. That’s every ghost’s nightmare. (Deadline)

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