David O. Russell is an audiophile. Exhibit A: Jennifer Lawrence belting out Wings’ “Live and Let Die” in American Hustle. “Each thing is specific, as is ‘I Feel Love’ by Donna Summer and all the Jeff Lynne music from ELO [Electric Light Orchestra],” explains the 56-year-old director.
One of the obvious benefits to making a biopic about a famous painter: getting to use that artist’s work for your movie poster. There’s no mistaking the distinct creations of Margaret Keane, whose oil paintings are characterized by waifs with oversized, doughy-dark eyeballs. Early buzz around this drama, which focuses on the life of Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband, Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who for many years claimed credit for her work, is that it marks macabre master Tim Burton’s “most normal” or “least weird” film in years.