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Director David O. Russell's much-fussed Abscam movie now has its title, and rather than the controversial (albeit arguably appropriate) original name "American Bulls**t," it's going to be called the much more palatable "American Hustle."
The new verbage is meant to reflect the story's true story-based premise — a con man and his mistress are teamed up with an FBI agent to run a sting operation on several corrupt politicians and criminals — but it also helps to remove the stigma of an expletive in neon lights turning away potential audiences. Get More »
UPDATE: There's major movement on this project that was first announced last summer, as David O. Russell has signed on to direct the romantic historical drama, according to Deadline.
"The Ends of the Earth makes for the second collaboration between Russell and his Oscar-bound "Silver Linings Playbook" star Jennifer Lawrence to be announced in the past week, as the "Hunger Games" actress recently signed on for Russell's untitled Abscam film (formerly titled "American Bulls**t").
The film tells the true-life tale of Ernest Marland, the oil tycoon who loses everything when he's caught having an affair with his adopted daughter. Producer Harvey Weinstein expects "The Ends of the Earth" to rival "Django Unchained" in terms of its epic size and scope. Get More »
Why break up a winning team, after all?
Jennifer Lawrence is sticking with the director and co-star who helped guide her to what will probably be an Oscar win later this month as she signs on to join the cast of what used to be called "American Bullsh**," according to Deadline.
The film reunites Lawrence with her "Silver Linings Playbook" director, David O. Rusell, and co-star, Bradley Cooper. It's actually an even more extensive reunion for the director, as the cast also includes Christian Bale and Amy Adams, who starred in Russell's "The Fighter." Get More »
Oscar might be the word of the day, but for some folks, their own names were what rung loudest and proudest during this morning's 2013 Academy Award nominations read-out. Sure, some of them were just as baffled by some of the snubs as the vociferous folks of the Twitterverse, but they couldn't complain too much because, hey, they just got a chance at the most elite prize in the biz.
So, in the day's spirit of actors and such talking about actors and such, we've gathered here the nominees' various reactions to this year's nods. You can probably read between the lines on a few of these.
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook": "I'm so honored and grateful for this nomination and to be in the company of such talented actresses. Having the fortunate opportunity to work with David O. Russell was an extraordinary gift and I am so thrilled for my fellow cast members Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver who are all nothing short of amazing. This was a labor of love that we all poured our hearts into and could not be more thankful to The Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein for their unyielding support of the film" (ET Online). Get More »
All summer long, the debate raged across the internet: Which was better, "The Avengers" or "The Dark Knight Rises?" Fans on both sides of the aisle spent months passionately defending their position. Brother fought brother in one of the bloodiest twitter battles ever waged. Chaos reigned.
Now, though, that vicious chapter appears to be coming to a close, as according to Vulture, "The Dark Knight Rises" star Christian Bale has agreed to co-star alongside "The Avengers" star Jeremy Renner in an upcoming film from acclaimed director David O. Russell.
Batman and Hawkeye working together? Looks like someone just saved the internet. Get More »
David O. Russell and Christian Bale have proven that their work together yields results — most notably Bale's Oscar-winning performance in "The Fighter" — and now the talented team may be pairing up to see if they can strike gold again.
Variety reports that Russell, who recently finished shooting "The Silver Linings Playbook" with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, is attached to the project "American Bulls**t" with Bale as his star. Get More »
UPDATE:Looks like David O. Russell can wipe his wandering hands clean of the inappropriate contact allegation made by his 19-year-old niece.
"We are pleased that the authorities have looked into this matter, and have confirmed that the investigation has been concluded and the case has been closed," reps for Russell told The Playlist in a statement.
So this is a weird one, even by Hollywood standards.
Apparently, director David O. Russell (of "The Fighter" fame) was involved in an incident with a teenage transgender relative in the gym at an Embassy Suites in Florida last week.
Russell, 53, and Nicholas Peloquin, 19, happened to be working out at the same time and, according to Nicholas (who goes by "Nicole"), Russell is his mother's adopted brother, making Russell Nicole's uncle.
Now, why Peloquin just happened to be at the same hotel gym at that time beats us, but here's where it gets really twisted. Get More »
Is "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" cursed in real life? Sure seems that way, as yet another director has walked away from the project.
Craig Gillespie, the man behind hits like "Lars and the Real Girl" and "Fright Night," has just become the third—that's right, third—director to wash his hands of this screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, which (in case you can't tell from the title) mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic with a legion of bloodthirsty zombies.
Which is a pretty cool idea, if you ask us. (So far, no one has.) Get More »
Marky Mark's funky bunch may have just gotten a little smaller.
Mark Wahlberg and director David O. Russell may have a lot in common, including their taste in movies, but it looks like they might have to cross "friendship" off of that list.
Russell, who directed Wahlberg in "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees" and most recently in Oscar-nominated "The Fighter," has chosen to cast another actor in his upcoming "The Silver Linings Playbook," a fact that supposedly isn't sitting too well with Wahlberg. Get More »
Update: Shortly after Deadline reported that David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg were teaming up on "2 Guns," Heat Vision updated the story with news that Wahlberg was boarding the project just as Russell and actor Vince Vaughn were departing it due to schedule conflicts. Once again, one of our favorite actor-director teams is torn apart by forces beyond their control.
So, while we're still certain Wahlberg and Russell are friends for life, it looks like we'll have to wait for the Hollywood stars to realign before we see them reunite on another project.
Our original story appears below.
Mark Wahlberg and director David O. Russell are BFFs.
If they weren't destined to be together forever after "Three Kings," the massive success of "The Fighter" ensured their actor-director partnership forever. They seem determined to make every movie together, though luck and schedules haven't been on their side lately. Their plans for "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" fell through, and then Wahlberg bowed out for Bradley Cooper in "The Silver Linings Playbook." But now, after months of scripts and negotiations, Deadline reports Wahlberg and Russell may have their next project, a splashy action flick called "2 Guns." Get More »