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Posts Tagged ‘David O. Russell’

Scarlett Johansson is This Century’s Sexiest O/S

FishbowlNY was lucky enough to recently get a look at the first screened footage from Spike Jonze‘s upcoming feature drama Her. A pair of non-color corrected scenes were shown during the closing weekend of the Los Angeles Film Festival, as part of a Q&A hosted by Jonze’s very good friend David O. Russell.

Scarlett Johansson voices the near-future, artificially intelligent O/S installed by loner writer Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix). The first scene shown depicts their “meeting,” after he reads the manual and answers a few set-up questions; the second sequence showcases a chimeric beach conversation, via shirt-pocketed Smartphone.

Vanity Fair just chose “part-time Parisian” Johansson for the cover of their inaugural French edition. Get ready for a whole bunch more magazine cover ooh-la-la as the November Her release date gets closer.

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Quentin Tarantino Retirement Plans Hang Over THR Director Roundtable

It’s remarkable how much traction some early-retirement comments initially made by Quentin Tarantino in his Playboy interview with Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming continue to receive. Hundreds of pick-ups later, those intentions are a topic of conversation once more in the latest Hollywood Reporter awards season roundtable discussion.

The funny thing is that Tarantino indirectly challenges his whole assertion of not wanting to become a diminishing-cinematic-returns old fart when he reminds that his favorite film of 2011 was made by a 76-year-old (now 77) Woody Allen. Fellow panelist David O. Russell for one would like QT to keep at it:

Russell: Back to Quentin, about his whole thing about the young man’s game. First of all, I’m gonna try to convince you to keep making movies ’cause I love watching your movies. Second of all, I remember saying to Diane Keaton about 10 years ago, “What is it with Woody Allen?” I felt like his work had gotten shaky. And she said: “I don’t know. I don’t know how many times he can go back to that well.” But the fact that Woody Allen, every year, gets up and makes a movie, I think that’s a good way to live, and he hits a good average sometimes. I really loved Midnight in Paris.

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Paramount’s The Fighter Rings Oscar Buzz Bell

Typically, a potential Oscar awards season entry like the Mark Wahlberg-Christian Bale boxing drama The Fighter is launched in Toronto in September, not Hollywood in November. So kudos must first go to AFI Fest for securing the David O. Russell directed entry as a November 9th “surprise” screening.

Following yesterday’s unveiling, Oscar watchers are off and running with an early scorecard that encompasses a couple of unanimous decisions and various wins on points. Here’s a quick sampling of the December 10th release’s Mann’s minted buzz:

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Kristin Gore’s Second Novel Out in July

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Kristin Gore, daughter of Tipper and Al, gets the kitty-lick treatment from Deborah Solomon in the NYT. Solomon who, like so many others, seems to think that a week long gig at Saturday Night Live is somehow significant.

Gore’s no dummy, no fool–why not ask her some real questions? Examples: Do you think you’ve received special treatment as the child of a famous person? How do you separate your own achievements from those of your father? But Solomon doesn’t even try.

Gore has written a sequel, Sammy’s House, to Sammy’s Hill, her first roman a clef DC novel, which garnered good reviews and a movie deal with David O. Russell to direct.

LA Observed linked to an interview in Women’s Health but failed to notice the tense. Gore worked on Futurama, which has been off the air since 2003.