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David O. Russell talks about 'American Hustle,' being 'reborn' as a director -- EXCLUSIVE

American Hustle director David O. Russell likes sports analogies, which are actually surprisingly helpful in trying to describe his theory on aggressively spontaneous acting. “You see a batter or a basketball player when they’re stuck on something in their heads, that’s not good,” says Russell, who’s “coached” the casts of his last three movies to 11 Oscar nominations, including statues for Christian Bale (The Fighter), Jennifer Lawrence (The Silver Linings Playbook), and Melissa Leo (The Fighter). “Once you have a good focus, you want to keep it. You want to stay in that zone, so you want to work briskly and from instinct. It’s almost like a superstitious thing.”

There’s nothing superstitious, however, about Russell’s recent run of success. American Hustle, which arrived on Blu-ray on Tuesday, was his biggest box-office hit of his career. The star-studded 1970s period piece about a married conman (Christian Bale) and his lover (Amy Adams) who are manipulated by an ambitious FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to create an ABSCAM-like sting to implicate corrupt government officials, including the mayor of Camden, New Jersey (Jeremy Renner), was an actors’ showcase that also included Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Jack Huston. The laugh-filled drama landed 10 Oscar nominations, and Russell became the first director to ever direct a film with four actors earning Oscar nominations in each of the acting categories, twice — much less back-to-back.

Russell plans to stay in his zone. He’s currently writing another script for Lawrence, as well as “another big story I’m writing for many of these cast members that I don’t want to talk about yet.”

But he’s happy to talk about American Hustle, which character he thinks is the heart of the film, his unique approach to directing actors, and his understanding that all his success can vanish tomorrow. READ FULL STORY

'American Hustle' Blu-ray: Christian Bale urges Amy Adams to 'cry British' -- EXCLUSIVE DELETED SCENE

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Because of David O. Russell’s spontaneous directing style, a movie like American Hustle is sure to be a treasure trove of deleted scenes. As such, fans of the hit movie, which grossed $149.3 million and earned 10 Oscar nominations, will not be disappointed by the new Blu-ray, out Tuesday, March 18. For a movie that is so much about the acting, it’s fascinating to see the slight variations and wrinkles that the cast experiments with in the 11 deleted or extended scenes.

Remember the montage where Jennifer Lawrence housecleans to “Live and Let Die” as her husband’s elaborately orchestrated ruse begins to unravel — due to her lack of discretion? Well, the Blu-ray has that entire lip-synced performance, as well as a similar version set to Santana’s “Evil Ways.”

There’s also an epilogue for the film that features voiceover from Jeremy Renner’s convicted Camden mayor. Renner was the odd-actor out when it came to year-end awards, but for my money, his performance was one of the film’s highlights. More than any of the other characters, I thought Renner’s Mayor Carmine Polito, who’s sucked into the FBI sting arranged by compromised cons Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Adams), really existed in this world — even if his hair defied gravity.

Perhaps Renner’s final soliloquy was cut because the story truly belongs to Irving and Sydney, two partners in love and crime who are only slightly smarter than the feds on their tail. In this exclusive deleted scene, filmed during the sequence where Sydney — or Lady Edith Greensly — vows to use all of her charm to con Richie (Bradley Cooper) after Irving refuses to leave the country with her, Irving pleads with her to finish this one last scam as the British lady she pretends to be. “You have to hold on to what we made,” he says before pleading. “You can cry British.”

Watch the scene below: READ FULL STORY

'12 Years a Slave' and 'Gravity' win big at the BAFTA Awards

12 Years a Slave won the Best Film trophy today at the BAFTA Film Awards in London. The movie’s star Chiwetel Ejiofor was also victorious in the Leading Actor category. Cate Blanchett won the Leading Actress award for Blue Jasmine while Alfonso Cuarón scored Best Director for Gravity, one of six wins for the Sandra Bullock-starring space drama. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle and Barkhad Abdi won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Captain Phillips.

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Box office report: 'Ride Along' dominates with $47.8 million, breaks January record

It’s good to be Kevin Hart and Ice Cube this weekend. The increasingly ubiquitous Hart, who recently told EW that Ride Along is “my baby,” scored big with a $41.2 million opening weekend for the buddy-cop comedy. That should jump to an estimated $47.8 million when one factors in the Monday MLK Jr. holiday. Not only does the impressive haul surpass expectations for Universal’s leanly budgeted $25 million comedy, but it also breaks the record for a January opening. (If you’re still not sold on the Hart/Cube pairing, whose chemistry lifted the film to an “A” approval rating with CinemaScore audiences, let this stupendous spot on Conan give you a taste of their chemistry.)

Universal folks have further reason to thrust their chests out this weekend. Buoyed by rapturous word of mouth, the studio’s real-SEAL heart-thumper Lone Survivor dropped just 38 percent to deliver an impressive $23.2 million in its fourth weekend. Director Peter Berg, whose Battleship bombed so badly, made Lone Survivor for $40 million and now can boast about a $74 million domestic total.

Sliding into the No. 3 spot is Open Road Films’ animated The Nut Job. With families looking for holiday entertainment, The Nut Job should swap places with Lone Survivor by the end of Monday. The squirrel comedy, which earned a solid “B” rating from CinemaScore audiences, managed to outperform its modest expectations.

Alas, the same can’t be said for Paramount’s stab at rebooting its Jack Ryan franchise, with Star Trek actor Chris Pine playing the action-hero CIA agent who’s previously been played by the likes of Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which the studio made for $60 million, debuts at a rather limp No. 4 with just $17.2 million. A “B” CinemaScore rating shouldn’t do much to attract moviegoers distracted by all the Oscar-nominated films they want to see before the big show. That said, Shadow Recruit fared better overseas, with $22.2 million from only half of the international markets.

Frozen hung on in the No. 5 spot, with Disney’s domestic kitty now totaling nearly $333 million. But hot on its heels was American Hustle, which earned 10 Oscar nominations and last night walked away with a SAG award for best ensemble cast. David O. Russell’s caper, starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence, enjoyed a 28 percent jump with a $10.6 million haul in its sixth weekend; its total gross rose to $116.4 million. The Meryl Streep/Julia Roberts family drama August: Osage County likewise enjoyed a jump in box office to $7.6 million as it more than doubled its theater count to 2,051; its cume stands at nearly $18.2 million.

The only other other notable new release is Devil’s Due, Eli Roth’s found-footage horror movie that was hoping to benefit from its mega-viral “Devil Baby” campaign. The film failed to crack the top 5 and earned a dismal “D+” CinemaScore rating. That’s a bleak showing, and yet the $7 million film already recouped its investment with an $8.5 million debut.

The top five:

1. Ride Along — $41.2 million

2. Lone Survivor — $23.2 million

3. The Nut Job — $20.55 million

4. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — $17.2 million

5. Frozen— $12 million

Oscars 2014: Nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench, and more react

The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced this morning, with American Hustle and Gravity leading the way with 10 nods each, followed by 12 Years a Slave with nine.

Check out statements from Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, U2, and more below. READ FULL STORY

Globes Behind the Scenes: What you WON'T see on television

All night EW reporters are on the scene at the Golden Globes —  in the ballroom, in the press room, on the red carpet and at the after parties — and we will be giving you inside dish on everything happening behind the scenes that you can’t see on TV. Check back often for updates as the night continues.

BEFORE THE SHOW
“Excuse me,” says the young woman in the striking red dress. Sarah Paulson, busy fixing her eyebrows in the bathroom mirror slowing turns her head to see her 12 Years a Slave co-star Lupita Nyong’o standing at the sink next to her. They may have played slave owner’s wife and slave on screen, but these two proved to be thick as thieves in the bathroom, where they began screaming like two young school girls when they saw each other.

DURING THE SHOW

Not every Hollywood star loves their time hobnobbing with other celebs. Spotted: actor Mark Ruffalo hiding in the corner behind the table dominated by press. The actor and activist with a healthy Twitter account was hiding on his phone. “I’ve got to admit I’m a little out of my body tonight,” he told EW. Paula Patton fixed that. Moments later Ruffalo was being chatted up by the vivacious actress Paula Patton, and was clearly entertained by her company.

In the smokers’ lounge: Kate Beckinsdale entertained a gaggle of ladies fawning over her dress. Elizabeth Moss kissed her Globe for a photo, and Joaquin Phoenix chatted up a journalist with a mouth full of crackers that he had carried in his pocket from the buffet table. He said he was considering  using the crackers in a bit should he get called up on stage for his work in Her, but he didn’t return to to the buffet to grab more. Instead he tipped the bartender $20 and wandered off with his director, Golden Globe original screenplay winner Spike Jonze.

Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone, plus Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, the cast of Modern Family all made a beeline for the exit before the Best Picture winner was announced.

Producer/fiancier Ryan Kavanaugh was holding hands all night with Minnie Driver. Beau Bridges walked out, thanking the security guards as he left.

Spirits were low at the 20th Century Fox/Fox Searchlight viewing party for the Golden Globes most of the night. 12 Years a Slave had lost in every category, and things looked bleak for the movie. When Johnny Depp came out to announce Best Drama, many who had worked on the film, or fought for months campaigning on its behalf, we’re only half-listening. Then, the ultimate shock: Depp read the envelope, and 12 Years a Slave had won. There was a moment, a gasp, had everyone heard that right? Then — pandemonium. It was impossible to hear any of director Steve McQueen’s speech over the cheers.

Meanwhile, the Fox TV network viewing party, with a Brooklyn loft theme under a tent on top of the Beverly Hilton parking garage, was very upbeat. Normally the studio wins awards but the network does not. Tonight there were screams of shock and delight for the Andy Samberg and Brooklyn Nine-Nine wins. EW asked Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly if he feels vindicated for his faith in Brooklyn, which was given a full-season order and a Super Bowl slot, despite the show’s low ratings. “It’s not vindication,” Reilly says. “I’m just really happy. It’s the right timing for a show on the rise. And it’s great when you love a group both personally and creatively.”

Check back for more behind-the-scenes reports and follow us on Twitter at #EWGlobes. (Reporting by Nicole Sperling, Lindsey Bahr and Anthony Breznican)

Jennifer Lawrence backstage at the Golden Globes: 'I need to catch up on my drinking'

“You guys didn’t watch my speech did you?” Jennifer Lawrence cracked to a room of reporters backstage at the Golden Globes after winning the supporting actress prize for American Hustle.

We did watch her speech, which was just the latest example of the Hunger Games star’s charmingly awkward persona. But even when she’s feeling awkward, her career is anything but: This is her second year in a row winning a Golden Globe. So how will she celebrate?

“I need to catch up on my drinking,” she said. “I think that’s why I was so manic. Normally I have, like, a glass of wine. Um, that’s not a good answer…”

Taking home the first prize of the night was “really overwhelming” for Lawrence. “It’s kind of unbelievable, really, genuinely unbelievable. I can’t really process it. It’s such a huge honor. … You gotta interrupt me or I’ll just keep talking.”

A reporter did interrupt, asking why she chose American Hustle and the loopy role of Rosalyn, the complicated wife of Christian Bale’s Irving. “Before I even read the script, I knew I wanted to do it,” she said, noting that it gave her a chance to reunite with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell. “Then I read the script, and I fell in love with Rosalyn. There was so much growth and so many ideas in there, and David and I were just on the phone constantly. She just kept evolving. She was just so exciting for me. She was just this character. I just loved her.”

Jennifer Lawrence wins Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes

Jennifer Lawrence just took home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her work in American Hustle. She beat out fellow nominees Sally Hawkins, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, and June Squibb.

After thanking director David O. Russell for being “the most brilliant man in every single way,” Lawrence thanked her cast and admitted she saw most of the movies nominated this year. She ended her speech by talking about how “terrifying” winning is and reminding herself to “don’t ever do this again.”

Check out the full list of winners here. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Lone Survivor' sizzles with $38.5 million and rare A+ CinemaScore

Pete Berg’s gritty combat drama Lone Survivor accomplished its mission at the box office this weekend. The film, based on the true story of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, grossed $38.5 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, marking the second best January debut of all time after Cloverfield‘s $40.1 million bow in 2008. Audiences, which were 57 percent male and 57 percent 30 or older, issued Lone Survivor a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade, suggesting that Universal’s $40 million film will benefit from terrific word-of-mouth in the weeks to come.

Lone Survivor‘s success marks a major comeback for director Berg, whose last film, Battleship, opened to just $25 million against a whopping $209 million budget. Like that film, Lone also stars Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch, though it was marketed primarily on the star power of its leading man, Mark Wahlberg. The Boston-born star has grown into a reliable box office draw, so its doubly impressive that Lone Survivor is one of his best-ever opening weekend results, trailing only 2012’s Ted, which started with $54.4 million. The film is a major win for all parties involved. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Lone Survivor' battles to top spot with $14.4 million Friday

Looks like January man Mark Wahlberg is going to score his biggest opening yet for the wintery month. The actor’s war drama Lone Survivor, based on the true story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, earned an estimated $14.4 million Friday for a likely three-day take in the $35 million to $40 million range. With an A+ Cinemascore and drawing both male and female audiences, the Peter Berg-directed movie is destined to be the first big hit of 2014.

Another newcomer, the testosterone-fueled pic The Legend of Hercules, didn’t fare nearly as well. Starring Kellan Lutz (Twilight) as the mythical Greek hero, Hercules generated an estimated $3.08 million Friday. That should put the Renny Harlin-directed piece in third place with a weekend that may not reach the double-digits.

Rounding out the rest of the top five are Disney’s Frozen with an additional $3.1 million Friday for a likely $15 million weekend and an overall cume north of $305 million. Oscar contenders The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle are set to take over the third and fourth slots for the frame. The three-hour Wolf from director Martin Scorsese earned an estimated $2.7 million Friday for an estimated $9 million grab for the weekend. That will push its total to $72.3 million, while David O. Russell’s swinging ’70s caper Hustle nabbed an estimated $2.6 million Friday, putting its weekend also around $9 million and its total earnings at a bit over $95 million.
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