Previewing 'Silver Linings Playbook'

"Silver Linings Playbook"
Q&A with director David O. Russell
November 20, 7 PM
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
5220 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood

The silver lining, arguably the greatest apparatus in an optimist's arsenal of positive thinking, is as welcome a sight as it is sometimes elusive. Director David O. Russell's latest is about one man's quest for the brighter side of life when darkness takes the lead.

In "Silver Linings Playbook," Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) finds himself living back at home with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) after an involuntary stint at a mental institution. Estranged from his wife and prohibited from contacting her after a violent reaction to her infidelity, Pat remains determined to stay positive and reconnect with her despite the rather obvious obstacles before him. But when he meets a young widow, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), with her own set of problems and neuroses who offers to help him win back his wife in exchange for a favor of her own, together they begin to form a surprising bond that's at once both humorous and heartfelt.

Also starring Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles and Anupam Kher, "Silver Linings Playbook" is out in theaters November 21st, but KCET Cinema Series members get an advanced screening this Tuesday. Plus, acclaimed director David O. Russell ("The Fighter," "I Heart Huckabees," "Three Kings") joins host Pete Hammond for a Q & A after the screening!

Want to win a FREE pair of passes to the screening? Answer the following trivia question correctly for your chance: David O. Russell directed which two actors to Oscar-winning performances? [Winner chosen at random among correct answers; contest ends 11/19 at 5:00 PM] Click here for contest rules.

Don't have season passes? A $20 contribution to KCET's Cinema Series will get you in at the door. Please call (747) 201-5800 for availability. Doors open at 6:00 PM, film starts at 7 PM.

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in 'Silver Linings Playbook'

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Christian Bale & Melissa Leo

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He directed both Christian Bale and Mellisa Leo. Thanks!