Other guests who made the scene at Monday night's Spago party included Sumner Redstone, Jeffrey Katzenberg, "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron, breakout stars Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi, "Nebraska's" Bruce Dern, and "Before Midnight" adapted screenplay contenders Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy.
The Oscar-nominated director jokes about his frustrations over using monitors on set, saying he instead chooses to stand next to a steady camera. "Half the time monitors are never reliable," says Russell.
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes.