The Refinement of David O. Russell: From Indie Darling to Oscar Contender

The Refinement of David O. Russell: From Indie Darling to Oscar Contender
This story first appeared in the Dec. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Much has been made of the metamorphosis of David O. Russell from mercurial auteur (he once tried to choke George Clooney) to "the most lovely, funny, sweet, genius person in the entire world," as Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence gushes. What garners less ink is Russell's evolution as a filmmaker, from the angst-ridden indie darling of 1994's Spanking the Monkey and 1996's Flirting With Disaster fame to the more mature Oscar contender of 2010's The Fighter and Playbook. Flirting -- which starred Ben Stiller

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