The Wizard of Lies

Quick: name the most recent film in which Robert De Niro delivered a dynamite performance. Silver Linings Playbook? Maybe the original Meet the Parents? We don’t have to go as far back as 1998’s Ronin, do we? Yikes. Answering that question is far tougher than it used to be because De Niro has appeared in a ton of not-so-great films over the past fifteen years, leading some to attempt to pinpoint the exact year he seemed to stopped caring about his career.

But now we have a full trailer for the HBO original film The Wizard of Lies, and it looks like the once-legendary actor may finally be ready to give a shit again.
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HBO seems to be in love with real-life stories this year. Among other projects, the channel has Too Big To Fail, a film about the 2008 financial crisis, hitting soon, and is now shooting Game Change, which features Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in a story about the 2008 presidential election. And HBO has optioned the book The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, which now has Robert De Niro as a likely lead for the film. Read More »