Date with De Niro

Ghetto Film School honors David O. Russell

The Ghetto Film School honored helmer David O. Russell at the Meat Packing District’s Standard Hotel on Monday, but the guest of honor arrived a half-hour after the dinner was supposed to have begun.

“I was in a meeting with Mr. De Niro,” Russell explained. “Possibly about ‘The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel.’ ”

After Anna Faris and Marisa Tomei handed out kudos to various GFS students, Melissa Leo and Blake Lively, whose presence drew a large group of paparazzi staked just outside the venue, presented Russell with his award.

“When you are involved in these kind of things, it expands your world, which is always a good thing,” Russell said. “Anything that keeps your head out of your ass and keeps you connected to other people and helping other people is a good thing. You know, because in Hollywood you can get your head stuck up your ass.” Or stuck in a meeting with Mr. De Niro.

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