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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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Marc Maron Explains Why You Can’t Use Slurs in Standup and How He Became a Movie Buff

Marc Maron Explains Why You Can’t Use Slurs in Standup and How He Became a Movie Buff
Marc Maron keeps cranking out his podcast, “Wtf With Marc Maron,” but there’s a lot more to him than his comedic interviews. While he continues performing standup, Maron’s acting career continues to evolve. In Lynn Shelton’s newly released “Sword of Trust,” Maron plays a downbeat pawn broker who gets involved in a peculiar scene with a group of southern conspiracy theorists. The collaboration with the improv-friendly Shelton has given Maron one of his finest roles to date, following up on his acclaimed supporting turn on Netflix’s “Glow.”

However, Maron’s affinity for movies predates his own involvement with them. In a recent conversation at the Ludlow Hotel in New York, he spoke about the evolution of sensibilities, as well as the way the changing cultural climate impacted his relationship to political correctness.

How comfortable are you with improvisation?

I’m a stand-up guy, but almost all
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Mark Wahlberg movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Fighter,’ ‘The Departed,’ ‘Boogie Nights’

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Mark Wahlberg movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Fighter,’ ‘The Departed,’ ‘Boogie Nights’
Mark Wahlberg celebrates his 48th birthday on June 5, 2019. The Dorchester, Massachusetts native has brought to life, in the past two decades, a wide variety of characters that have gone far beyond fighting CG robots in the “Transformers” movies.

Wahlberg got his start as a rapper, as the frontman for the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, but it was his good looks rather than musical ability that brought him notoriety as the premier Calvin Klein underwear model in the 1990s. From there it was a quick jump to movies, with the young actor getting his big break as the lead in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Boogie Nights” in 1997.

SEEPaul Thomas Anderson movies: All 8 films ranked from worst to best

Since then Wahlberg has been working steadily with such A-list directors as Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson (“The Lovely Bones”), Tim Burton (“Planet of the Apes”), Ridley Scott (“All the Money in the World
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Mark Wahlberg movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Mark Wahlberg movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Mark Wahlberg celebrates his 48th birthday on June 5, 2019. The Dorchester, Massachusetts native has brought to life, in the past two decades, a wide variety of characters that have gone far beyond fighting CG robots in the “Transformers” movies.

Wahlberg got his start as a rapper, as the frontman for the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, but it was his good looks rather than musical ability that brought him notoriety as the premier Calvin Klein underwear model in the 1990s. From there it was a quick jump to movies, with the young actor getting his big break as the lead in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Boogie Nights” in 1997.

Since then Wahlberg has been working steadily with such A-list directors as Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson (“The Lovely Bones”), Tim Burton (“Planet of the Apes”), Ridley Scott (“All the Money in the World”) and David O. Russell.

Take a tour in
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George Clooney Admits He Wasn’t A Good Batman

The role of the Caped Crusader must be a difficult gig to say no to, and perhaps it was George Clooney’s own bad luck that his one and only outing as the Dark Knight was the infamous Batman & Robin.

You could certainly argue that the blame for Clooney’s utterly forgettable performance lies more with director Joel Schumacher and writer Akiva Goldsman than the actor himself. And besides, it’s pretty hard to leave much of an impression when you’re sharing the spotlight with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman at their very campiest. All the same, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney was willing to shoulder some of the responsibility, recalling how the film’s failure encouraged him to pick his jobs more carefully:

“Now, fair deal: I was playing Batman and I wasn’t good in it, it wasn’t a good film. But
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George Clooney Admits He 'Wasn't Good' in Batman & Robin: 'It Wasn't a Good Film'

George Clooney Admits He 'Wasn't Good' in Batman & Robin: 'It Wasn't a Good Film'
George Clooney is opening up about learning from his mistakes.

Before he went on to make acclaimed films like Three Kings, Out of Sight and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Catch-22 star, 58, bombed with critics and at the box office with Batman & Robin, playing the Caped Crusader for the first and only time.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg while on the Awards Chatter podcast, Clooney recalled “being held responsible for Batman & Robin.”

“[Arnold] Schwarzenegger was paid I think it was $25 million for that which was like 20 times more than I was paid for it,” he said. Despite being allegedly paid more,
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Armed Man Arrested After Barricading Himself in Home Believed to Belong to Director Spike Jonze

Armed Man Arrested After Barricading Himself in Home Believed to Belong to Director Spike Jonze
An armed suspect was arrested after barricading himself within the home believed to belong to director Spike Jonze.

Police were called to a home in Los Feliz on Tuesday at about 6 a.m. after an unidentified man entered the property, a public information officer for the Los Angeles Police Department tells People.

The man then barricaded himself inside the home with a knife, People confirms. NBC News 4 reported the man was confronted by someone inside of the home, although it wasn’t immediately clear if that person was Jonze.

The outlet reported the unidentified suspect locked himself inside for hours.
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Revisiting the Cinematic Landscape of 1999

Tom Jolliffe travels back in time 20 years to 1999 to look over the cinematic landscape…

The millennium suddenly draws in. The century is in its final year. Cinema has a pre-occupation with apocalypse and disorder, chaos, among other things. It’s 1999. 20 years ago now. That’s pretty frightening, but regardless, hold my hand, lets go have a look back over the years cinematic output.

Ending a century should be done in style. There are two films in particular that had a long standing impact on pop-culture and cult fandom from the year, which still maintain a strong following. First, 1999 is the year of The Matrix. It kind of grew slowly, really capturing the sub-cultures of society, and garnering a legion of geeky fans who fell in love with anything from the sci-fi references, the clothing, the Hong Kong inspired martial arts action, the ground-breaking effects and the philosophical and literary references within the film.
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Operation Cha-Ching: ‘Triple Frontier,’ ‘Three Kings’ & The Military Heist Genre Mashup [Be Reel Podcast]

Even soldiers need a side hustle. That’s the thesis this week, as Be Reel unpacks three military heist movies: “Triple Frontier” (2019), “Three Kings” (1999) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970). These surprisingly similar films all focus on a platoon simply not getting what it wants or needs from the armed forces. Which is to say, they’re all looking to cash in on their training and time.

Continue reading Operation Cha-Ching: ‘Triple Frontier,’ ‘Three Kings’ & The Military Heist Genre Mashup [Be Reel Podcast] at The Playlist.
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‘Triple Frontier’: J.C. Chandor Crafts A Tense Jungle Action Thriller About The Cost Of Greed [Review]

A standard operating procedure mission about men, the military, and the slippery slope of greed, writer/director J.C. Chandor’s “Triple Frontier” may have some of those familiar elements, but it is still a violent and provocative collision of self-interest, dubious morality, and conscience through deeply flawed protagonists who get what they deserve and yet still deserve better. An engrossing story that touches on the plight of discarded veterans and their limited options, lifelong comrades, the darker impulses of human nature, and the misguided notion of the means justifying the end, “Triple Frontier” is not unlike “The Treasure of Sierra Madre,” The Wages of Fear” and its remake “Sorcerer,” with a little “Three Kings” thrown in too.

Continue reading ‘Triple Frontier’: J.C. Chandor Crafts A Tense Jungle Action Thriller About The Cost Of Greed [Review] at The Playlist.
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Cliff Curtis set to soar in James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ epics

(L-r) Josh Mauga, Cliff Curtis, Dwayne Johnson, Roman Reigns and John Tui in the new Fast & Furious

Actor Cliff Curtis modestly acknowledges he is not a brand or a marquee name, despite a vast body of work which includes Once Were Warriors, Whale Rider, The Dark Horse, Blow, Three Kings, The Insider, Sunshine, Training Day, Collateral Damage and Crossing Over.

That could soon change as Curtis plays a key role in the latest iteration of Universal’s Fast & Furious franchise, followed by a recurring character in all four of James Cameron’s Avatar epics.

In Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw he plays the brother of Dwayne Johnson’s character, diplomatic security agent Luke Hobbs, who teams up with mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to stop a new threat — “super-human” terrorist Brixton (Idris Elba). Directed by David Leitch, the action adventure is due to open in August.

The actor
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What’s Coming to Hulu in February 2019

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February is here, which means Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Hulu is offering traditional fare (think Kleenex and chocolates) like the Sandra Bullock-led rom-com “While You Were Sleeping,” as well as “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Moonstruck,” and “Barefoot.”

Why stop at romantic relationships though? Celebrate Galentine’s Day, the Feb. 13 “holiday” popularized by “Parks and Recreation,” which honors women and female friendship. Check out the thrilling “Thelma & Louise” or “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” and for campy reality TV fun, watch women fight and make up on “The Real Housewives of New York City.”

Hulu has also brought out a spate of James Bond films, so get yourself a martini and marathon “Dr. No,” “From Russia With Love,” and “Thunderball,” all the way up to “Tomorrow Never Dies.”

Additionally, recent critically acclaimed movies available on the platform this month include the dark comedy western “The Sisters Brothers,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel on ‘finding the cinematic language’

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel on ‘finding the cinematic language’
Newton Thomas Sigel just received a BAFTA Awards nomination for Best Cinematography for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the blockbuster biopic of Freddie Mercury and Queen. “To be recognized by my British colleagues, in the birthplace of Queen, is more than I could have hoped for,” admits Sigel. The film reaped seven BAFTAs bids in all. “I am elated for Rami and my co-conspirators on Team Bo Rhap. We gave blood, sweat and tears to tell the story of Freddie and Queen, so I am eternally grateful all these wonderful artists are getting their due.”

Bohemian Rhapsody” has already defied expectations by breaking the bank at the box office and winning Best Drama at Sunday’s Golden Globes. Sigel readily admits, “It’s mind-blowing. I had somebody from South Korea tell me that they saw the film five times in a regular theatre and it got a standing ovation. I’ve never had that before!
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“Like Most Looks in Film, It’s a Bit of a Recipe”: Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel on Using Varying Cameras, Lenses and LUTs on Bohemian Rhapsody

If you’re a fan of the music of the 1970s, your favorite artist may soon have a biopic on the way. An Elton John flick is already en route. We’ll probably get a Bowie movie. Maybe Zeppelin. I’m crossing my fingers for The Jim Croce Story. You can thank Bohemian Rhapsody for that potential onslaught. The Queen biopic has grossed more than $600 million worldwide so far on a budget of roughly $50 million. With the film still out in theaters, cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel spoke to Filmmaker about recreating Queen’s epic concert lighting, […]
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“Like Most Looks in Film, It’s a Bit of a Recipe”: Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel on Using Varying Cameras, Lenses and LUTs on Bohemian Rhapsody

If you’re a fan of the music of the 1970s, your favorite artist may soon have a biopic on the way. An Elton John flick is already en route. We’ll probably get a Bowie movie. Maybe Zeppelin. I’m crossing my fingers for The Jim Croce Story. You can thank Bohemian Rhapsody for that potential onslaught. The Queen biopic has grossed more than $600 million worldwide so far on a budget of roughly $50 million. With the film still out in theaters, cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel spoke to Filmmaker about recreating Queen’s epic concert lighting, […]
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Lucas Oil Founder And Actor-Driver Ali Afshar Launch Forrest Films

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The ranks of theatrical distributors will grow by one in 2019 with the establishment of Forrest Films, a venture fronted by Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas and race car driver-turned-actor/producer Ali Afshar.

Forrest will be based on the Warner Bros lot and plans to release seven “high-end, commercial films telling inspiring and purpose driven stories” in its first year of operations.

Scott Kennedy, a veteran of Open Road Films, Miramax and MGM, has been tapped as president of worldwide marketing and distribution. As head of operations and distribution for Open Road, Kennedy handled the rollouts of films like Spotlight, Chef and End of Watch. Open Road went into bankruptcy and was bought in November by Raven Capital Management.

The new company will absorb Esx Productions, the production and financing banner established in 2015 by Lucas and Afshar. Actress and producer Christina Moore, who has produced seven films with Afshar and Lucas,
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Make Up Artists And Hair Stylist Guild Sets Career Awards For Susan Cabral-Ebert & Robert Louis Stevenson

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Make Up Artists And Hair Stylist Guild Sets Career Awards For Susan Cabral-Ebert & Robert Louis Stevenson
Susan Cabral-Ebert and Robert Louis Stevenson are set to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards next year. The duo will accept their hardware February 16 at Muahs’ annual awards ‘do at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The outgoing president of Muahs (Iatse Local 706), four-time Emmy nominee Cabral-Ebert joined the guild at a time when it just was beginning to allow women as makeup artists. After working on such popular TV series as Dallas, La Law and ER, she transitioned to films and worked primarily as Department Head on The Perfect Storm, Erin Brockovich, Pleasantville, Dead Poets Society and dozens of others. After 25 years on the sets, she was hired in 2002 as the Assistant Business Representative for Local 706 while she was Vice President and soon afterward was elected President — an office she has held for five terms.

Emmy winner Stevenson’s hairstylist career
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Luc Besson Plans a Heist in American Renegades [Trailer]

It was only a matter of time before someone remade Three Kings. Admittedly, this isn't technically a remake of anything since it's a pretty different story but the concept is the same: a group of military guys break all the rules to make themselves rich.

Co-written by Richard Wenk and Luc Besson, American Renegades unfolds in 1995 Bosnia with a team of Navy Seals who decide they're going to dive into a Bosnian Lake, in the middle of a war, to recover $300 million dollars in gold stolen by the Nazi's during WWII and thought to be submerged in a town which was purposefully flooded.

Basically, it's just a lot of backstory to set-up a bunch of military guys trying to get rich during a war.

American Renegades stars Sullivan Stapleton, Charlie Bewley and J.K.
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Rep Sheet Roundup: Jamie Kennedy Signs With Apa

Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

There are certain rules

Jamie Kennedy has signed with Apa in all areas. The actor, producer and comedian will next be seen opposite Brad Pitt in James Gray's sci-fi epic Ad Astra, in which he plays a sergeant posted on a Martian base.

Kennedy is known for his roles in the Scream franchise, Romeo + Juliet, Bowfinger and As Good As It Gets, as well as Three Kings, Enemy of the State and Boiler Room. He also created The WB'...
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