Posts Tagged ‘david o. russell’

Trailer for David O. Russell’s AMERICAN HUSTLE Starring Curly Bradley Cooper and Bloated Christian Bale

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013


The first trailer for David O. Russell’s American Hustle is out and about today, watch it below.  The story is based on an undercover sting operation called “Abscam” set up in the 1980′s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress. Christian Bale plays that con artist.  We also get Amy Adams as his accomplice and Bradley Cooper plays as an FBI agent.  Our Hunger Games sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence also makes an appearance.

The movie looks and sounds like 2001′s Blow, which isn’t a bad thing.  David O. Russell is in the good books these days with hits and award friendly movies like The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook; I can’t say I liked either of movies too much so here’s hoping he can wind me round with this great cast and intriguing story.

American Hustle opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 25th.


2013 Oscar Nominations Announced; Ben Affleck Snubbed for Best Director

Thursday, January 10th, 2013


That’s really all I have to say about the nominations, Ben Affleck got snubbed.  Argo was one of the best movies of the year and he didn’t get nominated for directing (although it’s up for Best Picture).  Don’t take this year’s nominations seriously; Flight got a nomination for writing.

The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th, check out the nominations below:


Reel: THR’s Director Roundtable

Thursday, November 29th, 2012


Quentin Tarantino Says DEATH PROOF Is the “Worst” Film He’s Ever Made; Watch Full Directors Roundtable Interview

THR‘s roundtable interviews are always entertaining and this year’s director’s roundtable is one of the best.  It’s a one-hour conversation that involves Quentin Tarantino, Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David O. Russell, and Gus Van Sant.  There are a few highlights but the Internet is buzzing with Tarantino’s comments about retiring and his film Death Proof.

“I’m really well versed on a lot of directors’ careers, you know, and when you look at those last five films when they were past it, when they were too old, and they’re really out of touch with the times, whether it be William Wyler and ‘The Liberation of L.B. Jones’ or Billy Wilder with ‘Fedora’ and then ‘Buddy Buddy’ or whatever the hell. To me, it’s all about my filmography, and I want to go out with a terrific filmography,” he said. “[2007's] ‘Death Proof’ has got to be the worst movie I ever make. And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? — so if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good. But I do think one of those out-of-touch, old, limp, flaccid-dick movies costs you three good movies as far as your rating is concerned.”

Below you can watch a clip of him talking about retirement and then the whole roundtable.


Trailer For David O. Russell’s SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

Thursday, June 28th, 2012


Here is the first trailer for Silver Linings Playbook directed by David O. Russell; it stars Bradley Cooper as Pat Peoples, a former teacher who leaves a mental institution after four years.  He moves back in with his mother eventually meets a neighbor (Jennifer Lawrence) who’s also some mental issues.

The film has been adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Matthew Quick.  It doesn’t feel like an O. Russell movie, which is fine by me.  Cooper is getting better with each role he takes on; he did his best with the lame material in Limitless.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.


Uncharted Gets A New Writer and Director

Friday, July 8th, 2011


Director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless) has signed on to write and direct the adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune reports Variety.  He replaces David O. Russell who we told you left the project back in May.

Burger impressed the studio and producers with his vision for the movie which is said to be much closer to the original games.  Mark Wahlberg was supposed to star as Drake,that may not hold up now under the new direction.  Russell also wanted Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci to play Drake’s father and uncle, it’s likely those parts don’t even exist anymore because they don’t in the game.

The third instalment in the video game series, Uncharted: Drake’s Deception hits stores on November 11th.

David O. Russell Drops Out of ‘Uncharted’ Film

Friday, May 27th, 2011

One of the best video game series’ was about to get the Hollywood treatment, leaving many to believe it was going to crash and burn on arrival.  Well the news here may cheer a lot of people up, including myself; director David O. Russell has dropped out of Sony’s screen adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. [mtv]

Citing inside sources,  “the split was amicable and due to creative differences on the project.  Studio will begin its search for a new writer today.”  From this, we can imagine that Mark Wahlberg is probably out as Nathan Drake, still to late for Nathan Fillion?


Today’s Links 8.12.2010

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Today's LinksA collection of links from across the web that may be film, TV and or entertainment related.

  • Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper in a new David O. Russell Movie, Uncharted movie may have to wait. [Showbiz411]

  • Batman: Arkham City Teaser Trailer


Michael Bay sat down with journalists to screen an early cut of the teaser trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Here are some interesting excerpts below from Collider‘s transcript.  Thanks for [Collider and /Film]


* Buzz Aldrin is actually involved (appears) in the film, modern day.
* Rosie Huntington-Whiteley‘s character Carly works at the English embassy in Washington D.C. “as kind of an assistant”.  She met Sam Witwicky sometime after he has been dumped by Megan Fox’s character who does not appear in the third film, and now they live together (she pays the rent because Sam is looking for his first job).
* 500 women auditioned for the role around the world.
* The shots in the teaser will appear in the film.

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Wahlberg is Nathan Drake in ‘Uncharted’, De Niro and Pesci Wanted For Roles

Thursday, November 25th, 2010


Mark Wahlberg has confirmed to MTV that he will play video game hero Nathan Drake in an adaptation of Uncharted: Drake’s Forturne.  The Uncharted series are some great fun, if you have a PS3 and haven’t played, you have some catching up to do.  David O. Russell (Three Kings) is directing and Wahlberg in the same interview said Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci are being sough after to join the film.  This will be the third time Wahlberg and Russell have worked together (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter).

Wahlberg said:

David is one of the best writer/directors I’ve ever worked with. The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.

That’s who he wants to write the parts for. I talked to Pesci about it and I know David’s people have talked to [Robert De Niro]. I’m obviously in whatever David wants to do but the idea of it is so off the charts: De Niro being my father, Pesci being my uncle. It’s not going to be the watered-down version, that’s for sure.


Well two things: The film will not be following the video game since none of Drake’s family members ever made an appearance. Also, Nathan Fillion will not be starring [see that news here].

Nathan Fillion Campaigns to Play Nathan Drake in Uncharted Movie

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Last week, writer-director David O. Russell was hired to write and direct and adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  I recently sat down and defeated both Uncharted games and they are definitely worth adapting, as long as they keep the comedy and crazy action intact.  The games already play out like a movie, so it should make things easier for everyone involved.


The main character is Nathan Drake, a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond, a very fun character.  Who will star as Nathan Drake?  Firefly star Nathan Fillion thinks it should be him.  Fillion has begun a Twitter campaign to have his followers get him the role.  He definitely looks the part as you can see from the attached picture, but the age (he’s coming on 40) might be an issue.  This game is a franchise (2 games already, a 3rd on the way) and studios like to stretch that sort of thing out don’t we know.  Let’s hope it plays out in his favor.