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David O. Russell movies: All 8 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘The Fighter’

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David O. Russell movies: All 8 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘The Fighter’
David O. Russell celebrates his 61st birthday on August 20, 2019. Throughout his many career ups-and-downs, the five-time Oscar-nominated director has carved out a place for himself with a series of singularly eccentric, screwy films. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all eight of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1958, Russell made his filmmaking debut with the incest comedy “Spanking the Monkey” (1994), which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and brought his Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay victories at the Independent Spirit Awards. The screwball farce “Flirting with Disaster” (1996) quickly followed, which earned him additional writing and directing bids at the Indie Spirits. He achieved a huge critical and commercial success with the Gulf War satire “Three Kings” (1999), for which he competed at the Writers Guild of America in Best Original Screenplay.

He received a more muted response with
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David O. Russell movies: All 8 films ranked worst to best

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David O. Russell movies: All 8 films ranked worst to best
David O. Russell celebrates his 61st birthday on August 20, 2019. Throughout his many career ups-and-downs, the five-time Oscar-nominated director has carved out a place for himself with a series of singularly eccentric, screwy films. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all eight of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1958, Russell made his filmmaking debut with the incest comedy “Spanking the Monkey” (1994), which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and brought his Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay victories at the Independent Spirit Awards. The screwball farce “Flirting with Disaster” (1996) quickly followed, which earned him additional writing and directing bids at the Indie Spirits. He achieved a huge critical and commercial success with the Gulf War satire “Three Kings” (1999), for which he competed at the Writers Guild of America in Best Original Screenplay.

He received a more muted response with
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jean Smart

Jean Smart is an actress who was born on September 13, 1951, in Seattle, Washington. She began her career in 1975 and has since worked in theatre, television, and film. Smart is probably best known for her role in the sitcom ‘Designing Women’. Her film credits include ‘The Accountant’, ‘The Brady Bunch Movie’, ‘I Heart Huckabees’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama’. Most recently, she has played Arlane Hart in the crime series ‘Dirty John’. Although she is a well-known actress with a long career, there are many things that people do not know about her. Here are 10 interesting facts that

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jean Smart
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Karen Golden, ‘Transformers’ Script Supervisor, Dies at 78

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Karen Golden, ‘Transformers’ Script Supervisor, Dies at 78
Veteran script supervisor Karen Golden, best known for her work on “Transformers,” died Tuesday after a seven year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 78.

Golden spent her career working alongside a long list of major film directors, including Michael Bay, John Huston and Ron Shelton. She collaborated with Bay on scripts for “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Bad Boys II,” “The Rock” and “The Island” in addition to three of the installments of the “Transformers” series: “Transformers,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.” Her body of work also encompasses six films with Shelton, including “Bull Durham,” “Hollywood Homicide,” “Tin Cup,””Blaze,” “Cobb” and the 1992 film starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson “White Men Can’t Jump.”

Additionally, Golden worked on four films with director David O. Russel: “Silver Linings Playbook,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “The Fighter” and her last credit “Accidental Love.”

Born on March 28, 1941, Golden was mentored by her aunt,
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Karen Golden, Script Supervisor for Michael Bay, David O. Russell and Ron Shelton, Dies at 78

Karen Golden, Script Supervisor for Michael Bay, David O. Russell and Ron Shelton, Dies at 78
Karen Golden, who served as the script supervisor on eight films directed by Michael Bay and six helmed by Ron Shelton, has died. She was 78.

Golden died June 23 in Los Angeles after a seven-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease, a family spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter.  

Golden also collaborated with David O. Russell on I Heart Huckabees (2004), The Fighter (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and Accidental Love (2015), her final credit.

She worked for Bay on The Rock (1996), Amageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Bad Boys II (2003), The Island (2005), Transformers (2007), Transformers: ...
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John Travolta Romances Shania Twain in Scene from Trading Paint — Her Acting Debut!

John Travolta Romances Shania Twain in Scene from Trading Paint — Her Acting Debut!
John Travolta is sharing a candlelight dinner with Shania Twain.

In a People exclusive clip from the upcoming film Trading Paint, the 65-year-old actor stars as Sam Munroe, a veteran race car driver, who romances Twain’s Becca as they discuss his passion for racing.

“Tell me about your hobby,” Becca asks Sam. Confused, he asks her, “Hobby?”

“Yeah, racing,” she says.

Shaking his head and laughing, Sam explains his drive for racing is deeply rooted and goes beyond that of a hobby.

“Hell no. Racing ain’t no hobby. It’s more like a family tradition.”

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Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series ‘Wolves and Villagers’ (Exclusive)

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Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series ‘Wolves and Villagers’ (Exclusive)
Naomi Watts has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming Quibi series “Wolves and Villagers,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The exact plot of the short-form series is being kept under wraps, but Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has previously described the show as “Fatal Attraction 2.0.” Jason Blum is executive producing the series, with Stuart Blumberg writing and executive producing.

This marks the latest TV project for Watts. She was recently cast in a major role in the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot at HBO, and signed on to play Gretchen Carlson in the Roger Ailes limited series currently in the works at Showtime. She previously appeared in Showtime’s revival of “Twin Peaks.”

Watts is also known for her roles in films like “Mulholland Drive,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “St. Vincent,” “The Ring,” “King Kong, and “J. Edgar.” She earned Academy Award nominations
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‘Greta’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert Is Obsessed With Chloe Grace Moretz

Isabelle Huppert is something of a legend in her native France, with 16 César nominations (the most for any actress) over a career spanning more than forty years. Despite this and a handful of appearances in English-language films like “I Heart Huckabees” and “Heaven’s Gate,” she was somewhat unknown in America (at least to non cinephiles) until her leading role in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” which garnered her both a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 2017.

Continue reading ‘Greta’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert Is Obsessed With Chloe Grace Moretz at The Playlist.
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Ifp/Gotham Awards Became an Oscar Bellwether Under Outgoing Joana Vicente’s Watch

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Ifp/Gotham Awards Became an Oscar Bellwether Under Outgoing Joana Vicente’s Watch
Since becoming the Independent Film Project’s executive director in late 2009, Joana Vicente has made her mark. In addition to increasing Ifp’s grant support, she also helped found the Made in NY Media Center and transitioned the org from a film-based foundation to an org that supports various media including film, television, web, podcasts and virtual reality.

But perhaps Vicente’s most recognized achievement is her transformation of the Gotham Awards. Once known as a small, low-key, New York-centric event, the annual kudfoest is now seen as a credible Academy Award bellwether for independent films.

Held in late November, the Gothams are the first stop on the long and winding road of awards season. But only recently, under Vicente’s leadership, has the kudofest become a critical early campaign event for underdog contenders.

The proof is in the winners. From 2014 through 2016 the Gothams honored “Birdman,” “Spotlight” and “Moonlight” respectively.
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‘Instant Family’ Review: The Best Mark Wahlberg Movie in a Very Long Time

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‘Instant Family’ Review: The Best Mark Wahlberg Movie in a Very Long Time
From “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon,” to “Patriot’s Day” and “The Perfect Storm,” Mark Wahlberg devoted the last decade of his career to a hoo-rah brand of heroic nonfiction (it’s always tempting to trace this career pivot back to the actor’s useless claim that he could have stopped the hijackers on 9/11). But the 47-year-old star, ever the savvy businessman, has also hit upon a lucrative side hustle: blockbuster comedies. Low-key funny in earlier films like “Date Night” and “I Heart Huckabees,” Wahlberg parlayed that aspect of his persona into mega-hits like “Ted,” “Ted 2,” “Daddy’s Home,” and — wait for it — “Daddy’s Home 2”.

In hindsight, it was a matter of time before the actor decided to mesh his two favorite modes into a single movie: A broad comedy about Mark Wahlberg rescuing people from a real-life hardship. Yikes. While that prospect sounds terrifying on paper, not
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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Casts Naomi Watts in Lead Role

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Casts Naomi Watts in Lead Role
Naomi Watts will star in the “Game of Thronesprequel pilot at HBO that hails from Jane Goldman, Variety has learned.

The exact details of Watts’ character are being kept under wraps, but it is known she is playing “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”

It was recently announced that Watts had signed on to play Gretchen Carlson in the Roger Ailes limited series currently in the works at Showtime. She previously appeared in Showtime’s revival of “Twin Peaks,” and is known for her roles in films like “Mulholland Drive,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “St. Vincent,” “The Ring,” “King Kong, and “J. Edgar.” Watts also earned Academy Award nominations for her roles in “21 Grams” and “The Impossible.” She is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, and Hansen Jacobson.

Taking place thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” Goldman’s
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Naomi Watts to Play Gretchen Carlson in Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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Naomi Watts to Play Gretchen Carlson in Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series
Naomi Watts has been cast as Gretchen Carlson in the upcoming Showtime limited series about former Fox News head Roger Ailes.

Watts joins previously announced cast member Russell Crowe, who will play Ailes. Carlson rose to prominence over a decade ago at Fox News, first as a co-anchor at “Fox and Friends” before going on to anchor her own show, “The Real Story.” She then became the first of multiple women to file a sexual harassment suit against Ailes after leaving Fox News.

The casting keeps Watts in business with Showtime, with the actress having recently appeared in the premium cabler’s revival of “Twin Peaks.” Watts is also known for her roles in films like “Mulholland Drive,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “St. Vincent,” “The Ring,” “King Kong, and “J. Edgar.” Watts also earned Academy Award nominations for her role in “21 Grams” and “The Impossible.
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Jonah Hill movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Superbad,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

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Jonah Hill movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Superbad,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
Jonah Hill managed to pick up two Oscar nominations before his 30th birthday. It is a pretty impressive fete since the bulk of Hill’s early film work had been in outrageous comedies like “Superbad” and “21 Jump Street,” which seldom are recognized by Academy voters. He did take some serious roles in “Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” which earned him those two nominations.

This year Hill turns his sights on television where he and Oscar Winner Emma Stone just launched their new television series “Maniac” on Netflix. It tells the story of people who take part in an experimental drug test that doesn’t work out as planned. The new drug is supposed to solve the problems of whoever it is that takes it, but that actually doesn’t happen.

Hill started his career as a playwright. He wrote and performed a number of plays while he
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Jonah Hill movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Jonah Hill movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Jonah Hill managed to pick up two Oscar nominations before his 30th birthday. It is a pretty impressive fete since the bulk of Hill’s early film work had been in outrageous comedies like “Superbad” and “21 Jump Street,” which seldom are recognized by Academy voters. He did take some serious roles in “Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” which earned him those two nominations.

This year Hill turns his sights on television where he and Oscar Winner Emma Stone just launched their new television series “Maniac” on Netflix. It tells the story of people who take part in an experimental drug test that doesn’t work out as planned. The new drug is supposed to solve the problems of whoever it is that takes it, but that actually doesn’t happen.

Hill started his career as a playwright. He wrote and performed a number of plays while he
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The Most Critically Divisive Films of the Last 17 Years, According to Gizmodo Study

The Most Critically Divisive Films of the Last 17 Years, According to Gizmodo Study
When “mother!” opened nationwide last month, it divided critics in a way no film had in a very long time. For every review that called the movie a masterpiece, there was one detesting it as nothing but Darren Aronofsky’s sick, bloated metaphor. Such a polarizing response can be exciting, and it would appear based on a new study that Aronofsky’s latest really does rank as one of the most divisive films of the 21st century.

Read More:Denis Villeneuve, Sofia Coppola and More Filmmakers Pick the Best Films of the 21st Century

The Gizmodo UK team has released their official ranking of the 50 most critically divisive movies of the last 17 year, and it’s a list that includes the likes of such provocateurs as Lars von Trier, Terrence Malick, Jonathan Glazer, Harmony Korine, David O. Russell, and more. Gizmodo looked at over 9,000 films listed on Metacritic with at least 40 reviews.
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*Updated* Tragedy Girls Acquired by Gunpowder & Sky, Theatrical Release Slated for 2017

*Updated with the official press release.* We've been excited for Daily Dead readers to watch MacIntyre's Tragedy Girls since our own Heather Wixson saw it at the SXSW Film Festival, saying that it "brilliantly turns the slasher genre on its head" in her five-star review. Thankfully, it looks like horror fans won't have to wait much longer to see it.

Press Release: Los Angeles – July 31, 2017 -- Gunpowder & Sky, the global content studio, today announced the acquisition of the teen-slasher-comedy, Tragedy Girls. The film follows two death-obsessed teens played by Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small midwestern town into frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends. The acquisition comes just as the film made its Canadian debut at the Fantasia Film Festival.

Tragedy Girls was directed by Tyler MacIntyre, who also co-wrote the script with Chris Lee Hill.
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Bawdy Nun Comedy ‘The Little Hours’ Soars at Specialty Box Office

Bawdy Nun Comedy ‘The Little Hours’ Soars at Specialty Box Office
All of a sudden the scary decline at the indie box office has reversed. Through the first five months of 2017, only four films opening limited in the standard four New York/Los Angeles theaters opened with a per theater average of $20,000. In the last four weeks, four films have opened strong as “Beatriz at Dinner” (Roadside Attractions), “The Big Sick” (Lionsgate) and “The Beguiled” (Focus) opened well and reached crossover crowds.

This week’s addition, Sundance comedy hit “The Little Hours” (Gunpowder & Sky) is the latest surprise. Loosely inspired by the bawdy 14th-century Boccaccio classic “The Decameron” (The Hollywood version starred Joan Fontaine while Pasolini shocked in 1971), this tale is set in the Medieval Italian countryside with bawdy contemporary dialogue as a randy peasant hides out at a convent after his master catches him with his wife. It did strong business at four theaters on two coasts.

This comes the
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Mark Walhberg’s Family Movie Nights Aren’t ‘Boogie Nights’

Mark Wahlberg has been an A-List actor for so long, he's almost made us forget about his previous life as rapper Marky Mark. (Almost, but not quite!) His resume is stocked with critical favorites like Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter, mixed in with a good assortment of blockbusters like Ted, The Departed [...]
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‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years

‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception.

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,
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‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years

‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception.

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,
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