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Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and David O. Russell hosted a special screening of American Hustle at the Lighthouse International Theater in New York City with an after party at Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's Monkey Bar.
American Hustle stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, along with Alessandro Nivola, Louis C.K., Jack Huston, Michael Peña, Shea Whigham, Elisabeth Röhm, and an uncredited Robert De Niro.
On a rainy chilly late autumn night in front of an invited audience, Russell introduced American Hustle with Oscar keeping a close eye on the Academy Award nominated director »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Is anyone a better movie actor right now than Christian Bale? (Okay, I’ll give you Daniel Day-Lewis… but it’s close and getting closer.) The 39-year-old Welshman is fully in his prime, demonstrated most recently by two powerful performances landing in the heart of Oscar season. The flashier role might be in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which doesn’t open until Dec. 20. In Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, which opened Wednesday and expanded Friday, he plays the good-intentioned ex-con whose pursuit of justice — after his ne’er-do-well brother (Casey Affleck) goes missing — puts him on »
- Jeff Labrecque
In the Posterized series we look at a whole career though the most enduring bit of movie marketing: the poster. You'd think that when two of your first three film roles as a young boy were Oscar nominated wonders (Henry V and Empire of the Sun), there'd be nowhere to go but down. In the case of Christian Bale, you'd be wrong. His rise to the top, though, was not without its long stretches of 'this might not happen at all.' Younger readers might not realize that Bale was a fan favorite in the 1990s -- "Baleheads" they called his stans -- long before fandom was empowered by the internet. His star might have risen a lot faster if tumblr had been in existence during his slow climb.
Bale is back. And so is his yo-yo dieting
Now, of course, his career is very much happening / has happened. The »
- NATHANIEL R
Directed by: Scott Cooper
Running Time: 1 hr 56 mins
Release Date: December 6, 2013
Plot: Russell (Bale) tries to pull himself together after leaving jail while his brother (Affleck) gets involved with a dangerous gang leader (Harrelson) from the mysterious Pennsylvania backwoods.
Who’S It For? Fans of Bale’s acting palette, and those looking for a strong film during award season that isn’t eager to please.
In a current seasonal trend of lead men experiencing masculinity in crisis, Bale provides a presentation of such that comes with less of the fanfare of something like, oh, let’s just say for example, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. He shows the thoroughly Texas actor among others the more fortified elements behind a transforming performance, all while still managing the everlasting force that is one popular actor’s constant mojo. »
- Nick Allen
★★★★☆Amalgamating the best aspects of previous films The Fighter (2010) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012) whilst dispensing with a lot of the emotional baggage that dragged both down after engaging first halves, David O. Russell now hits top form just in time for award season with American Hustle (2013). Both a beautifully orchestrated con artist thriller and a pulsating homage to seventies Hollywood, O. Russell plays fast and loose with a vaguely believable 'true story' narrative ("Some of this actually happened", we're told), culminating in one of this year's most furiously entertaining and quick-witted imports from across the pond.
- CineVue UK
The method actor has played the iconic Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho" and re-energized the beloved Batman with Christopher Nolan. He's become almost deathly thin for some films, like "The Machinist," and added dozens of pounds for others, like "American Hustle." With an Oscar under his belt for "The Fighter," Bale hardly has to prove he's more than just a blockbuster star. One of the best actors of his generation, he's now back on the indie scene in the dramatic "Out of the Furnace," opening this Friday, December 6.
"Out of the Furnace," Scott Cooper's follow-up to 2009's award-winning "Crazy Heart," stars Bale in a contemporary tale of heartbreak set against the backdrop of the Rust Belt. Bale plays Russell Baze, a mill worker in a »
- Jonny Black
Navy SEALs operating in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
(L to R) Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson, of Cupertino, California; Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Daniel R. Healy, of Exeter, New Hampshire; Quartermaster 2nd Class James Suh, of Deerfield Beach, Florida; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell; Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Patton, of Boulder City, Nevada; and Lt. Michael P. Murphy, of Patchogue, New York pose in Afghanistan.
With the exception of Luttrell, all were killed June 28, 2005, by enemy forces while supporting Operation Red Wings.
“No matter how many times I get up and tell this story,
or how many people read the book,
it’s nothing compared to how many people will watch this film.
So my job is done. Mission complete.”
I like war films – always have.
Having seen Lone Survivor in November, »
- Michelle McCue
Relativity Media's Out of the Furnace is the only new nationwide release on the first weekend of December, which is typically one of the slowest frames of the year. The gritty action flick is unlikely to do much business, though, which leaves the battle for first place up to strong holdovers Frozen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.Catching Fire won last weekend with $74.2 million, though Frozen was surprisingly close with $67.4 million. With great word-of-mouth, it's possible that Frozen only dips around 40 percent*in comparison, Tangled fell 56 percent at the same point. Meanwhile, the Harry Potter and Twilight movies typically lost 60 percent on this weekend. Catching Fire should hold a bit better. Ultimately, it will be a close weekend, though Frozen seems to have a slight edge.Otherwise, this is going to be a quiet weekend. Since 2010, the major studios have completely avoided scheduling new movies on the weekend after Thanksgiving, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
David O. Russell is returning audiences to the days of disco with “American Hustle” and critics are hailing the tale of grifters, feds and dirty pols as a cinematic treasure. The film, which just won the year’s first major film critics’ award, seems destined to end up in many “10 Best” lists as 2013 winds its way to a close and could be a strong Oscar contender, though some reviewers argued that it’s shaggier and less crowd-pleasing than Russell’s recent films “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Fighter.” “Hustle,” which stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence re-jiggers. »
- Brent Lang
“Prisoners,” an ambitious drama about two kidnapped children, could be a surprise entry at this year’s Oscars. Although the film isn’t a lock for major nominations (“12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” are considered the frontrunners), it’s a darkhorse with a passionate following among audiences and some Academy members.
Shortly after the Warner Bros. thriller was released in September, Harvey Weinstein showed uncharacteristic generosity toward a competitor by calling “Prisoners” his favorite film of the year. Director Andrew Stanton and multihyphenate James Franco are also fans of the movie, having championed it on social media.
The film’s stars, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo, along with French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski, attended a recent Variety roundtable about the making of the film. Hugh Jackman, recuperating from a minor medical procedure to remove a basal cell carcinoma, joined later for a phone interview.
The R-rated “Prisoners, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The director of Silver Linings Playbook returns with a simmering and intriguingly confected black comedy
• Oscar predictions 2014: American Hustle
• News: American Hustle wins over NY critics
David O Russell's brazen, nerve-jangling, irresistibly watchable black comedy American Hustle is loosely based on a true story from the 1970s of how the FBI forced a notorious New Jersey conman to help entrap corrupt politicians with the offer of bribes from a "fake sheikh", a scam later beloved in British tabloid circles.
It blends the wiseguy voiceover nostalgia of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas with the cheeky imposture of George Roy Hill's The Sting, and the headbutting and faintly surreal non-sequiturs in the dialogue have a little of David Mamet. But there is also something unmistakably Russell-esque in the neurotic, shrill and often very funny drama: a kind of neo-noir farce. Russell distils his own toxic kind of nitrous oxide and pipes it into the cinema. »
- Peter Bradshaw
You’ve seen smoother, more elegant con movies than “American Hustle,” but probably none quite so big-hearted or so rudely, insistently entertaining. As directed by that master of modern farce, David O. Russell, this sprawling fictionalized account of the notorious Abscam case is less a dramatic FBI procedural than a human comedy writ large, ringing a series of screwball variations on themes of duplicity and paranoia against a dazzling ’70s backdrop. Deliriously funny and brilliantly acted by a cast of Russell returnees, the film is also overlong, undisciplined and absent the sort of emotional payoff that made “Silver Linings Playbook” so satisfying, which could affect its otherwise solid theatrical prospects. Still, this star-studded Sony prestige release is a near-continual pleasure to spend 135 minutes with, repeatedly hitting that comic sweet spot where corruption and buffoonery collide.
After putting his sharp but crowd-pleasing stamp on the boxing drama with 2010’s “The Fighter »
- Justin Chang
In The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell hit a bracing mid-career groove in which his idiosyncratic stamp as a director injected distinctive rawness and emotional vitality into what in other hands might have been merely conventional movies. He continues on that roll of refreshing character-driven storytelling with the outrageously entertaining American Hustle, a twisty con-job chronicle that combines heightened dramatic stakes with playful humor, subversive sexiness and fabulous 1970s style. Fueled by invigorating performances from a zesty ensemble often cast against type, this looks like a winner for Sony. Written by Eric Warren Singer
- David Rooney
Since making his “comeback” in 2010 with “The Fighter,” David O. Russell has become a filmmaker to admire and respect — but not necessarily love. Both that film and “Silver Linings Playbook” expertly executed their narrative formulas, drawing adoration critical and commercial praise alike, but neither surpass the many, many others that used those same formulas, and unfortunately neither does “American Hustle.” But the difference at least with his latest effort is that it subverts the focus of other ‘70s-set movies about charming crooks — of which “Goodfellas” is the standard-bearer — by emphasizing emotional mechanics over the ones used to perpetrate their crimes. Christian Bale plays Irving Rosenfeld, a low-level con man who teams up professionally – and romantically – with Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) to hustle suckers out of $5,000 at a time. The duo eventually attracts the attention of FBI agent Richie Dimaso (Bradley Cooper), who demands their help ensnaring corrupt New Jersey »
- Todd Gilchrist
Her is the slightly futuristic tale of Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who falls in love with an advanced operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Johansson won the Best Actress award at the recent Rome Film Festival and has generated a fair amount of Oscar and Screen Actors Guild buzz - a feat even more impressive considering she's never actually seen in the movie (which has led to the Golden Globes ruling her out of their own competition).
The latest trailer, which you can watch below, was released today. Obviously aware of its critical applause thus far, there are lots of 'Official Selection' banners and favourable quotes from reviews. Think of it as the 'For Your Consideration' promo. Enjoy....
If you're wondering, »
- Oliver Davis
After five years and three movies of playing arguably the definitive screen version of Batman -- with a pit stop or two along the way for weightier fare, like his Oscar-winning turn in "The Fighter" -- Christian Bale returns this month to the kind of physically and emotionally intense roles he was making a career of before he donned the cape and cowl and helped relaunch that legendary franchise.
First up is "Out of the Furnace," the second effort from director Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart"). Bale plays Russell Baze, a native of the steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, who steadfastly holds onto his job at the factory and his honorable desire to lead the kind of small-town, working-man life that has become increasingly rare in modern, corporatized America. When Russell runs afoul of the law -- he's not perfect, after all -- and his restless, war-traumatized brother Rodney (Casey Affleck »
- Don Kaye
If the results of the New York Film Critics Circle's voting is any indication, then David O. Russell will be busy out on the awards circuit once again. Russell's familiar with the routine having been nominated for Oscars for his The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, and now with the star-studded American Hustle Russell is likely to find himself in the Oscar race for the third time. And reuniting with her Silver Linings Playbook director was apparently the right move for Jennifer Lawrence who earned the Nyfcc's Best Supporting Actress award for her performance opposite Christian Bale in American Hustle.
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A new clip has been released from David O. Russell’s (Silver Lining’S Playbook) American Hustle, this time featuring quotes from the Bible (apparently!), business talk and Christian Bale sniffing Jennifer Lawrence’s nails…
Set in the seductive world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the United States, the film tells the story of brilliant con-man Irving Rosenfeld (Bale – The Dark Knight), who along with his equally cunning British partner and lover Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams – The Fighter) is forced to work for a wild, unhinged FBI agent Richie Dimaso (Bradley Cooper – Silver Lining’S Playbook). Dimaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner (Avengers Assemble) is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and police. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
In the first TV spot for American Hustle, we saw Jennifer Lawrence getting a little sassy, and this new TV spot shows her being a little bit mouthy too. But this time, we also get a sense of how Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams are involved in the story that fictionally dramatizes the 70s FBI sting operation Abscam. This looks like it's going to be dramatic, but with a decent amount of humor as well. There will likely be plenty of acting nominations in the future for this film. Thankfully, it's just over two weeks away, arriving with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, making for a great weekend. Here's the new TV spot for David O. Russell's American Hustle from Sony Pictures: American Hustle is directed by David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook), working »
- Ethan Anderton
Christian Bale has an intensity that seeps into performances which leave fans awestruck. His passion for his craft, however, does not include self-promotion. With a pair of compelling perfs to tubthump, the excruciatingly private star now has to do his least favorite thing: face the media.
Christian Bale is the reluctant movie star.
Despite being regarded as one of the best actors of his generation, the enigmatic 39-year-old Brit has no interest in fame. His dashing, tall, dark and handsome looks are often concealed by the unattractive physical appearances and appurtenances of the characters he portrays. In an era when many of his contemporaries take to social media to connect with fans, he chooses to fly beneath the radar, straining to keep details of his personal life private and relying strictly on gut rather than a career strategy when picking roles. He is notoriously press shy, which has no doubt »
- Jenelle Riley
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