Al Pacino may not appear in many big screen features these days, but he’s had a steady run taking the lead as several real-life figures in HBO movies. Pacino’s latest HBO film is Paterno, telling the story of the disgraced Penn State Nittany Lions coach. The Paterno trailer below presents the dramatic events swirling around the end of Paterno’s life.
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On this edition of TV Bits:
- NBC has pulled the plug on its DC series Powerless
- La La Land writer/director Damien Chazelle moves to the small screen
- Jesse Eisenberg teams with Bad Robot to write, direct, and star in a new series
- and more!
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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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Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017 by Angie Han
HBO kicked off its winter 2017 programming this past weekend with The Young Pope, but they also took that opportunity to remind you there’s even more great stuff coming up on the horizon. Like The Wizard of Lies, the first-ever HBO project starring Robert De Niro. He plays Bernie Madoff, whom you may remember as that investment advisor who was arrested in 2008 for perpetrating one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history. Michelle Pfeiffer stars as his wife, Ruth Madoff. Watch the Wizard of Lies teaser below. Read More »
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In Rock the Kasbah, the talent on camera, behind the camera and in the story is all off the charts. Directed by Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man) and written by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged), it stars Bill Murray, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan and Bruce Willis. Murray is a rock manager who gets stranded in Afganastan and meets an incredible singer who he decides to help get her voice out into the world. It’ll be released October 23 and the first trailer is now out. Watch the Rock the Kasbah trailer. Read More »
Usually when I go to a Live Read, I know the movie like the back of my hand. Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, these are all movies I’ve seen dozens of times and know backwards and forwards. However, the November reading was a film I’d never seen until this week: Barry Levinson‘s Diner. It totally deserves to be mentioned among those films, but it somehow fell through the cracks in my years as a film fan. It’s as timeless, funny and poignant as any movie I’ve ever seen.
Watching the film, I began to worry about the Live Read. Sure this was a movie with dynamic characters based on a razor sharp script, but Levinson’s film also created such a perfect atmosphere. The movie was 1959 Baltimore, from the weather to the locations, outfits and the music. Oh, the music. Diner is a jukebox full of awesome tunes and the Live Reads don’t play music during the read. Was it going to work out?
Presenter and director Jason Reitman had an answer for that. To make the script move at a clip worthy of its amazing original cast, and to make the audience forget there was no music or settings to enhance it, he’d need actors who are incredibly familiar with each other. Actors with an ability to deliver filthy dialogue very fast, have perfect chemistry, talk a ton of crap and dish about football. How about the cast of FXX’s The League?
Yes, almost the entire cast of The League read Barry Levinson’s Diner at latest Jason Reitman Live Read, presented Film Independent at LACMA. Below, read what the cast brought to the script and what the script revealed about itself. Read More »
Al Pacino shows up in two big festival films this year: David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, and The Humbling from Barry Levinson. Here’s a first The Humbling trailer, in which Pacino plays an aging actor who embarks upon an affair with a younger woman (Greta Gerwig) after he has a minor breakdown. OK, maybe not such a minor one.
If that sounds like it should really be Woody Allen material, keep in mind that the film is an adaptation of the novel by Philip Roth, who could almost be considered Allen’s literary twin. Pacino picked up rights to the novel, reunited with Levinson, his You Don’t Know Jack director, and got Buck Henry and Michal Zebede to script. Check out Pacino in the first The Humbling trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
So much for retirement. Just three weeks after his dramatic announcement that he would “#stopcreating” in the wake of the Daniel Clowes plagiarism scandal, Shia LaBeouf has booked a new movie.
LaBeouf has just joined Bill Murray in Barry Levinson‘s Rock the Kasbah, along with Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, and Zooey Deschanel. The indie comedy follows a music manager in Kabul. Hit the jump for more details.
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This time, the Sharif does like it. Bill Murray has just signed on to star in Rock the Kasbah, directed by Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson. In the film, Murray will play a older music manager who stumbles a talented young singer in Afghanistan and angles for her to win an American Idol type competition show. Mitch Glazer, who wrote the classic Murray vehicle Scrooged, penned the script. Read More »
The film Black Mass, which is meant to tell the story of high-profile Massachusettes gangster Whitey Bulger, would have been a Donnie Brasco reunion of sorts, but the idea of Johnny Depp playing Bulger seemed a little weird. Now it isn’t happening.
Black Mass is to be directed by Donnie Brasco producer Barry Levinson, based on Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill’s 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob. But now Depp has pulled out of the project, after sluggish pre-sales at Cannes led producers to ask the actor to reduce his $20m quote.
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