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David O Russell Provides Commentary on ‘The Fighter’ Fight Scene

20 December 2010 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Filmmaker David O Russell has released a short audio commentary excerpt for a fighting sequence of The Fighter, his new film which stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. Russell discusses how he employed a recreation of an early-90?s HBO Sports camera crew to shoot the in-ring sequences. Watch the clip embedded after the jump thanks to The Carpetbagger [1]. Official Production Notes: Inspired by an incredible true story, comes the gritty, affectionately humorous, yet stirring comeback tale of the unlikely boxing hero, “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), and his half-brother, Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), who had to come apart as opponents before coming together as brothers in a scrappy fight to win a long-shot championship and strengthen the bonds of their family. Years in the making, The Fighter was shot in just 33 days on the blue-collar streets of Lowell, Massachusetts. Early on, producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman fell in »

- Peter Sciretta

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David O. Russell to Receive Director of the Year Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival

9 December 2010 1:07 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is recognizing the fantastic talent of David O. Russell whose current film, "The Fighter," is fast getting Oscar momentum. Featuring one of the best ensemble dramas this year, Christian Bale may win Best Supporting Actor Oscar and Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actress. Amy Adams and Mark Wahlberg did amazing jobs as well.

Russell will receive the Director of the Year Award at the Palm Springs Film Fest Awards Gala on Saturday, January 8 to kick off the 2011 awards season.

Other Palm Springs honorees are Javier Bardem, Robert Duvall, Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan and Natalie Portman. The Festival runs January 6-17.

Palm Springs is my hood, so I can't wait to see these fantastic and talented folks! Here's the rest of the press release:

.From his very first movie to the present, the talent and style of director David O. Russell »

- Manny

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My Favorite Thing About "The Fighter" Is...

6 December 2010 7:29 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I saw The Fighter last week and didn't even deliver a "this is all the time I have" 7 word review. I have more than 7 words on this one though what follows is not a traditional review. The first thing I tweeted was...

It still applies. Yep, Christian Bale is doing his best work ever in the co-lead role of Dicky Eklund (Let's call it The Fighters) or at least his best since American Psycho (2000). Barring Geoffrey Rush's mutant power (awards magnetism) the "supporting" Oscar is most definitely Bale's to lose. And this is an important distinction: It'd be his to lose even without his baity penchant for putting his health at risk to dwindle down to anorexic nothingness for a role. This is his third time doing so. We hope it's the last.

A Tale of Two (Half) Brothers

But what's my favorite thing about The Fighters other than him? »

- NATHANIEL R

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Watch: Mark Wahlberg's Training Promo Trailer for 'The Fighter'

1 December 2010 4:10 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Now this is an awesome trailer. It sets up and sells The Fighter perfectly as a riveting, worthwhile boxing drama. Paramount just debuted a new "promo reel", essentially a flashier trailer, on IGN (via The Playlist) for David O. Russell's The Fighter that features a rather intense training-montage-like look at Mark Wahlberg as boxer Mickey Ward. I've already seen the movie and after watching this promo trailer, I'm already pumped up to go see it again! It really is a great boxing movie, I wouldn't say better than Rocky, but it's definitely something you should check out this holiday. In the meantime, watch this promo reel below! Watch the training promo trailer for David O. Russell's The Fighter: A look at the early years of boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him in the mid-80s. The Fighter is directed by David O. Russell, »

- Alex Billington

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Ice Cube As A Dirty Harry-ish Character? Count Me In

5 November 2010 8:54 AM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

If there is one director that I constantly take shots at, it’s David O. Russell. I’ve been such a Lily Tomlin fan (especially in “All Of Me”, criminally underrated) that ever since I saw the footage of Russell tearing into her, well, he used a certain word that’s fairly unforgivable. I will admit that “Spanking The Monkey”, “Flirting With Disaster”, [...] »

- Chic

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Official Poster for David O. Russell's 'The Fighter' Also Unveiled

18 October 2010 3:55 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Yep, we've got even more from David O. Russell's The Fighter (watch the trailer) to share with you today following that fantastic TV trailer from last night. It's a big day for Paramount, kicking off quite a prominent awards campaign for this flick, but from the looks of it, it deserves it! Yahoo has debuted the official poster for the boxing drama starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, both of whom are seen on the poster. It's simple, it's got a little bit of style, it's unique, I like it. Sure, it's pretty much blank besides the two guys, but I'm still into it, maybe because I'm just looking forward to this so much. Anyway, check out the poster! A look at the early years of boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him in the mid-80s. The Fighter is directed by David O. Russell, »

- Alex Billington

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The Fighter Trailer #2

18 October 2010 6:32 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Paramount Pictures have released a new movie trailer for The Fighter, which was broadcast on television during Sunday’s Mad Men season finale.

The Fighter tells the true story of Boston fighter “Irish” Micky Ward and how he was helped to the world lightweight championship by half-brother and his trainer Dicky Ecklund.

Dicky Ecklund (Christian Bale) is a former boxing legend that squandered his talents and threw away his shot at greatness. Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), his half brother, is the struggling journeyman boxer who spent his life living in his big brother’s shadow.

The Fighter is the inspirational, true story of these two brothers who, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that will unite their fractured family, redeem their pasts and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it’s been waiting for: pride. The story unfolds on the gritty, blue-collar streets of Lowell, »

- Allan Ford

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Must Watch: Great Awards-Focused TV Trailer for 'The Fighter'

17 October 2010 10:38 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Whoa! After watching this new spot, I'm pretty damn sure Christian Bale is going to win Best Supporting Actor next year for this. During tonight's season finale of AMC's "Mad Men" (which everyone in the industry watches), Paramount aired this fantastic new two-minute TV trailer for David O. Russell's The Fighter, the new boxing drama out in December starring Bale and Mark Wahlberg, as well as Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. The embed is from Deadline, who exclusively debuted this awards-focused spot online. In comparison to the first official trailer, which I already thought looked incredible, this makes it look even better. Enjoy! Watch the new TV spot for David O. Russell's The Fighter: A look at the early years of boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him in the mid-80s. The Fighter is directed by David O. Russell, of Spanking the Monkey, »

- Alex Billington

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David O. Russell to direct 'Uncharted'

8 October 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

David O. Russell has closed a deal to write and direct "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune," an adaptation of the 2007 PlayStation 3 video game, for Columbia Pictures.

Back in May, Russell first flirted with the project, but then moved on to develop a big-screen adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

But his quest to direct the PS3 game adaptation pulled him back in, leaving "Zombies," for the moment, undead.

Despite making his somewhat combative reputation with left-of-center indie films such as "Spanking the Monkey," "Flirting With Disaster" and "I Heart Huckabees," Russell appears to be making a serious move into bigger-budget mainstream movies. His next film, the boxing drama "The Fighter" from Paramount, comes out December.

In the mold of epic adventure films like "Tomb Raider" and "Indiana Jones," the "Uncharted" game's storyline follows a descendant of Sir Francis Drake, Nathan Drake, as he searches for the treasure of El Dorado on »

- By Gregg Kilday and Jay A. Fernandez

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Paramount plays Oscar waiting game

6 October 2010 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Is it better to be early to the party or make a fashionably late entrance? When it comes to the Oscar race, there's no one-size-fits-all answer.  Last year, Paramount went out early with Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air," debuting the movie at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals well in advance of its Dec. 4 opening.

But this year, while the handicappers are all racing to declare an early front-runner -- "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" have captured the kind of early, breathless buzz that "Air" enjoyed last year -- Paramount is displaying the most patience of any of the major studios, hanging back before unveiling its two year-end awards hopefuls, "The Fighter" and "True Grit."

David O. Russell's "Fighter," which stars Mark Wahlberg in the true-life story of boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward, doesn't open until Dec. 10, when it will be introduced in limited release before going wide the following weekend. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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'The Fighter' Trailer Gives Mark Wahlberg And Christian Bale An Underdog Boxing Story

16 September 2010 7:30 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

I don't quite know what to make of director David O. Russell's "The Fighter" after seeing this first trailer for it. Russell has built a career out of making quirky movies that don't fit comfortably into any one genre. "I Heart Huckabees," "Three Kings," "Flirting With Disaster," "Spanking the Monkey"... you get the idea.

That's why I have such a hard time reconciling this trailer. From the look of things, the Mark Wahlberg/Christian Bale-starring based-on-truth boxing tale is a pretty straightforward drama in the vein of "Rocky." There's no quirk in evidence in this trailer at all. That's not a bad thing of course-- Russell's talents can't be denied. I just wonder if we're in for a presto change-o transformation for the film, from straightforward trailer to Russell Original quirkfest feature. Check it out and form your own opinion after the jump.

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- Adam Rosenberg

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Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter: first trailer here

15 September 2010 11:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Based on a true story, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams star in David O Russell’s The Fighter. Here’s the first trailer for it too…

Fancy a bit of boxing? The Fighter is a new film that stars Mark Wahlberg as a man who, by the look of this new trailer, has to fight for a living. Then he decides he can't fight anymore, after having a crisis of confidence. Then he decides to fight again. He has issues with his brother. And then, we might be going out on a limb here, we're going to head somewhere in the direction of an uplifting ending, after having one last chance. That's not us spoilering you, by the way. That's us guessing.

Actually, it's not too tricky to find out the real story, given that this is a film based on the life of the boxer Micky Ward. »

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David O. Russell Traveling To ‘Old St. Louis’ With Vince Vaughn and Chloe Moretz

29 July 2010 9:11 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With his highly-anticipated upcoming film, The Fighter, hitting theaters this winter, David O. Russell has lined up his next project, Deadline reports.

In a script written by Russell, Old St. Louis is looking to team Vince Vaughn and possibly Chloe Moretz (Let Me In, Kick-Ass) together. The film tells the story of “a traveling salesman (Vaughn) who has been an absentee father, and how his life changes when his daughter (Moretz) becomes part of his life.”

Having recently seen Spanking The Monkey and Flirting With Disaster,  I’d love to see him go back into family relationships. As for his next one, we should be seeing a trailer for The Fighter soon, which stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams.

Are you a fan of Russell’s films? What do you think about Old St. Louis?

You can e-mail Jordan Raup. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and »

- Jordan Raup

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Fresh trouble for political satire Nailed as director bails out

14 July 2010 4:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood's financial trials continue as director David O Russell quits film amid row over producers' pay

Director David O Russell has walked away from a long-delayed political satire starring Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal in what is being seen as the latest sign of Hollywood's continuing financial travails.

The film, Nailed, centres on a small-town waitress who is shot in the head with a nail gun and travels to Washington to fight for better healthcare. There, she meets a clueless congressman, and a romance develops. But the picture has been plagued by production delays, and will now have to be finished without its original director. Russell is said to have been unhappy at plans to cut the salaries of the producers who originated the project by half.

"This has been a painful process for me," Russell told the Hollywood Reporter yesterday. "The multiple production delays and stoppages ... have now spanned two years, »

- Ben Child

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David O. Russell Directing ‘Uncharted’ Movie?

5 May 2010 9:40 PM, PDT | GameRant | See recent GameRant news »

Nathan Drake may be prepping for his biggest, or at least highest profile, adventure yet – an Uncharted film.

According to the La Times, Sony is moving forward with a movie adaptation of the Uncharted franchise which, given the rising success of Sony’s flagship title, is not particularly surprising.

If you’re worried that Uncharted might be headed for a Uwe Boll treatment, you’ll be relieved to know that there are some big names on Sony’s list of potential directors including David O. Russell. The choice might sound a bit unusual considering Russell’s previous films such as I Heart Huckabees and Spanking the Monkey.

Though Russell’s movies tend to be quirky dramadies, the director, himself, can be quite serious (just ask Lily Tomlin) – making it hard to know exactly how the overtly-serious-seeming Russell might approach a franchise that has gained loads of critical acclaim for not taking itself too seriously. »

- Jonathan Poole

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David O. Russell Circling Drake’s Fortune

4 May 2010 8:32 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Director David O. Russell is currently one of the names on the list of potential directors to helm Sony’s big-screen adaptation of its Playstation 3 game “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune”. Sony is looking at a possible 2011 release for the movie, but that seems highly unlikely, since all they have at the moment is a script from “Cowboys and Aliens” writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, but no star or director. That could change if O. Russell gets the gig. O. Russell, the director of “Spanking the Monkey” and “Flirting with Disaster” may seem like an odd choice for a rollicking action-adventure story like “Uncharted”, but consider that he directed the visually very pleasing war movie “Three Kings” in 1999, and recently wrapped on the gritty boxing flick “The Fighter”. He’s also rumored to be taking an interest in the Natalie Portman-fronted “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”. “Uncharted” has »

- Nix

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