From its opening shot, American Hustle is about the art of the con, the small cons we pull on each other and, more importantly, ourselves. The con can be in the image we project to the world to the point where we can no longer distinguish who we truly are from the lie we’ve created. David O. Russell‘s new film features characters who lie to the world in order to lie to themselves, but the filmmaker never manages to organize the lies and the liars into something bigger and more poignant. They’re random molecules bouncing off each other in a way that’s fun, flighty, and occasionally a little melancholy. Russell seems bent on trying to meld his offbeat earlier films with his recent, more populist fare, but the result is a piece that’s often amusing, but rarely audacious.
A couple days ago, George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men was delayed to 2014 in order to work on the visual effects and find the right tone for the story. Warner Bros. has now set the movie for February 7, 2014. It will serve as adult counter-programming to family-friendly The LEGO Movie, but it also takes the movie out of the awards race completely. Monuments Men was positioned to be in this year’s race, but since the Academy can rarely remember movies that came out in February, a 2014 run looks unlikely.
Variety also reports that the move for The Monuments Men has caused some slight shifts for a couple of other films. The remake of RoboCop will now move from February 7th to February 12th. Meanwhile, American Hustle will move up from Christmas to go wide on Monuments Men‘s original December 18, 2013 date, but still open in limited release on December 13th.
This morning we’ve got a set photo round-up for your viewing pleasure:
- Need for Speed – The adaptation of the popular video game series is going to have some absolutely sick cars. Even the sheriff has a sweet ride. The film opens March 14, 2014 and stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malik, Harrison Gilbertson, and Michael Keaton.
- Heat – The story enters on Nick Escalante (Jason Statham), a compulsive gambler on the streets of Vegas who takes odd jobs providing “security” to support his addiction. The film also stars Sofia Vergara and Michael Angarano.
- Untitled Abscam Movie – David O. Russell’s film is based a real-life undercover sting operation called “Abscam”, which was set up in the late 70s-early 80s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress. The film stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Rohm, Alessandro Nivola, and Louis CK. The film opens December 13th.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos.
Today’s casting updates include:
- Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) joins Nick Jonas, of Jonas Brothers fame, and Isabel Lucas (Immortals) in Careful What You Wish For. Elizabeth Allen (Aquamarine) will be directing from a script by Chris Frisina and Gregg Hurwitz.
- Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) has been added to the already stellar cast of David O. Russell’s untitled Abscam movie. The rest of the cast includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, and Louis CK.
- Katherine Heigl and Patrick Wilson are set to headline the dark comedy North of Hell. Anthony Burns (Skateland) will be writing and directing.
Hit the jump for more on each casting.
Filming is currently underway on David O. Russell‘s untitled “Abscam” movie (formerly titled “American Bullshit“). The story is based on a real-life undercover sting operation called “Abscam”, which was set up in the 1980s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress. The first set photos have leaked online, and you can see the period clothing. It’s either that or Christian Bale‘s character just won the Masters.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. The film also stars Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Rohm, Alessandro Nivola, and Louis CK. The untitled “Abscam” movie opens in limited release on December 13th and goes wide on Christmas Day.