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A lot is happening! says the director, who has two new movie projects in the works following the success of American Hustle. It s a question of which one will go when. I think that will reveal itself in the next couple of months.

One, of course, is the biopicof Joy Mangano, the inventor of theMiracle Mop, whoJennifer Lawrence is likely to portray. But shooting during 2014 is unlikely. That would be too much pressure, he says. I just did that. I think by early next year is a possibility.

The director had just wrapped speaking on a panel at the Paley Center for Media on how film and TV can change the lives of children by including characters who humanize the struggle with mental disorder. Willthere be a character dealing withmood disorder in his upcomingprojects, we asked (harkening back to Silver Linings Playbook)? Yes, he said. I think probably in both.

We were surprised to hear Russell name-check Demi Lovato during the panel. First, Harold S. Koplewicz, founding president of the Child Mind Institute, recalled taking a stroll withOrlando BloominSanta Monicaafter the actor revealed publicly that he struggled with dyslexia. As they walked, a young boy playingin the oceanran up to Bloom and threw his arms around him. I have dyslexia too! said the boy.

Famous faces can do a lot, said the director. I think it is very important when people do that, demonstrating follow-through with treatment and mastering the next step, said Russell, mentioning Lovato specifically.

Go, Demi!

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