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It is very interesting we have two movies this year about aging actors sort of losing their minds. The other is, of course, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which goes about exploring its topic in an inventive, thrilling way. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for The Humbling, the latest film from director Barry Levinson (Rain Man). Its biggest problem is it wants to be about something but can never nail down a thesis. Is it a comment on how aging diminishes one's former selfc Is it about needing to regain your passion for your craftc Is it about women being horrible (more on that later)c They throw theme after idea after theme at the wall and hope something sticks, and it never is able to come together. That is to say The Humbling is not a miserable time in the theater. It provides a few laughs »
- Mike Shutt
The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 5-16) is to present its Achievement Award to Us actress Uma Thurman.
The Kill Bill star will will visit Stockholm to receive the prestigious Bronze Horse and meet the audience during an exclusive “Face2Face”.
Thurman will also take part in the inauguration ceremony, which will include the unveiling of an ice sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
Weiwei was a Stockholm jury member last year but since he wasn’t allowed to leave China, he sent an empty chair named ”The Chair for Non-attendance” as symbol of his absence.
The festival will focus this year on Brazil »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Sales arm Ambi Distribution is handling worldwide sales.
Ambi’s president of worldwide sales and acquisitions, Julie Sultan, brought the project to Ambi and will develop and produce with Iervolino and Bacardi.
Produced by Art Films, Princess starred many of Finland’s leading actors including Katja Kuttner, Samuli Edelmann, Krista Kosonen and Peter Franzen, and was the fiction debut of documentary filmmaker Halonen, director of Shadow of the Holy Book, Pavlov’s Dogs and The Magnetic Man.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Seven time Oscar nominee, one time winner Al Pacino seems to have a lot of fun in this dramedy from director Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man). The Humbling is the story of a washed-up actor, Simon Axler, played by Al Pacino. Simon has a lot of problems, and I’m not just talking about […]
Read Al Pacino has Some Serious Issues in The Humbling on Filmonic.
Paul Feig is working on an all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters” for Sony Pictures, but that doesn’t mean the new film won’t include Bill Murray. According to insiders, the studio would jump at the chance to sign Murray for either a cameo or supporting role. The real challenge will be convincing Murray, who for years has resisted making another “Ghostbusters.”
“The studio gets really crazy about it,” Murray told Variety during a sit-down interview for this week’s cover story. “What they really want to do is resurrect a franchise. The first one was a spectacular movie, one of the greatest movies. The second one was”–Murray makes an unimpressed sound. “It had some movies. It had a few good scenes in it.”
Murray is one of the few actors in Hollywood who can’t be bought. “People say, ‘Bill, you could get so rich!'” Murray says. “I’m ok. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
For Bill Murray, the idea of attending Bill Murray Day sounded like punishment. So at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, the comedian was having serious trepidation about the special day designated to showing his classic films “Ghostbusters,” “Stripes” and “Groundhog Day,” followed by the premiere of his latest comedy, “St. Vincent.” The celebration unfolded like a cross between Comic-Con and a political rally, with an army of fans in Bill Murray masks marching en route to the screenings.
“The whole thing gets more complicated as it draws closer, and you feel such dread about it,” Murray says in an interview at his hotel before the hoopla begins. “I’m nervous. All I can think is I feel like the Statue of Liberty covered with maggots. I feel like I am going to be assaulted! Why am I doing this?”
Prior to his trip to Toronto (from an island he »
- Ramin Setoodeh
By the end of its theatrical run, Jason Reitman's Internet drama "Men, Women & Children" will likely amount to the director's least financially successful picture. No, not every film can click with the zeitgeist like "Juno" and haul in $143.5 million. But when Reitman's Kate Winslet-Josh Brolin drama "Labor Day" tapped out at $13.4 million this past winter, analysts considered it a disappointment. This weekend's specialty box office reports pin "Men, Women & Children" just under $128,500 after its second weekend — something beyond mere disappointment for Reitman and Paramount Pictures. The silver lining: With "Men, Women & Children," Reitman found actors that ignite him and perhaps vice versa. The door for future collaborations appears to remain open, with the first already in motion. As part of his on-going live-read series with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Reitman is set to direct a staged reading of Alan Ball's Academy Award-winning script "American Beauty. »
- Matt Patches
Jason Reitman's L.A. Live-Read series is kicking off its new season with a cast swap. Each year, The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker hosts a series of one-night-only live performances of classic movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a new round begins Oct. 17 with Alan Ball's Oscar-winning screenplay for American Beauty. The readings are like artistic science experiments, following the recipe of a previous film but mixing in new ingredients, so the twist this time is that Reitman has filled the roles with actors from his latest film, Men, »
- Anthony Breznican
Al Pacino is in need of a jolt in the new trailer for The Humbling — and who better to revitalize him than a young, starstruck lesbian? Barry Levinson's adaptation of the Philip Roth novel casts Pacino as an actor with a flat-lining career and sense of hope. "Why don't you get me a deal writing my memoirs? Isn't that what washed-up actors do?" he asks his agent. And when he his a mishap onstage during King Lear, he discovers, "I'm having trouble separating a scene from a play with real life." Between trying to perfect a post-
- Ashley Lee
The first trailer for Barry Levinson's "The Humbling" teases so much that could — should? — go right. There's Levinson, whose never let his eclectic career hit an easy groove; There's star Al Pacino, a legend everyone's gunning for no matter how many "Righteous Kill"-like duds come along; There's the esteemed Philip Roth providing source material with Buck Henry adapting; And there's Greta Gerwig, one of the strongest young actresses in the business. Throwing Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin, and Dan Hedaya on top is like a sundae with three cherries. And yet "The Humbling" arrives tattered and scarred, patrons of the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals underwhelmed by the dramatic vehicle. But could a drop of glory from the once-great Pacino all it takes for a movie like "The Humbling" to transcend itself? Let's hope. In "The Humbling," Pacino plays Simon Axler, a Shakespearean thespian whose reality and stage life »
- Matt Patches
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "The Humbling," which is directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, Wag the Dog) and star Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Kyra Sedgwick and Charles Grodin. Check it out below. Plot: A story set on a farm in upstate New York and centers on the sexual relationship between an aged, suicidal actor and a younger woman. Based on a novel by Philip Roth. The new movie already appeared at the Venice Film Festival and at the Toronto Film Festival. It will be released in select theaters and on VOD on January 23rd, 2015. Trailer: »
The Al Pacino-starring The Humbling has released a new trailer.
Pacino plays washed-up stage actor Simon Axler, who begins to struggle to separate reality from fiction.
In rehab, he meets a young woman (Greta Gerwig) seems to help with his recovery. But as he is drawn further into her family life, it begins to appear that they might be very bad for each other.
The Humbling will be released in the Us on January 23. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
Having screened at The Toronto International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, the movie tells the story of over-the-hill stage actor Simon Axler (Pacino) and his struggle to find his passion for life again.
Jo-Ann Titmarsh (HeyUGuys.com) says in her Venice review: “Levinson has made an intelligent, incredibly funny and most human film.”
Near his breaking point, Axler finds motivation in the form of a young and lustful lesbian Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig), but as their relationship heats up Simon has a hard time keeping up with the youthful Pegeen.
Also starring Greta Gerwig, Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest, Dylan Baker, Charles Grodin and Nina Arianda, Millennium Entertainment will release The Humbling in theaters and On Demand/iTunes January 23, 2014.
The post First Look At The Trailer »
- Michelle McCue
I want Al Pacino to be in a good movie. He is a great actor and deserves better than material he has been given over the past... who knows how long. From Stand Up Guys to 88 Minutes to Jack and Jill, I just feel so sad when a new Pacino movie comes out. His latest film is The Humbling, directed by Barry Levinson, which just got a new trailer. The film has played the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to mixed reviews. Skimming what critics have been saying has me really confused. Some call it drama. Some call it a farce. Some say Pacino is boring. Some say it's his best performance in over a decade. I do not know what to make of it. The film will open the Austin Film Festival, so I will be seeing it there on October 23rd and will finally be able to judge for myself. »
- Mike Shutt
Millennium Entertainment and First Look Studios have released the first trailer for The Humbling, starring screen legend Al Pacino as a washed up actor who crosses the fine line between genius and madness.
This adaptation of Philip Roth's novel follows an aging actor named Simon Axler (Al Pacino), who is well past his prime and struggling to find the passion in his work after an embarrassing meltdown on stage. He checks into a rehab facility where he meets an energetic young lesbian named Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig). As their relationship begins to heat up, Simon realizes he can barely keep up with the young woman.
Barry Levinson, who directed Al Pacino in the 2010 HBO TV movie You Don't Know Jack, takes the helm for this adaptation co-starring Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin, Dan Hedaya and Nina Arianda. Take a look at the first footage from The Humbling, which »
After Al Pacino returned to the festival circuit with both David Gordon Green‘s Manglehorn (review) and Barry Levinson‘s The Humbling (review), the latter will be heading into theaters sooner. Ahead of a release early next year, today the official theatrical trailer has arrived for the adaptation of Philip Roth‘s novel, which follows Pacino as a screen and stage legend who seems […] »
- Leonard Pearce
The venture will seek to produce a slate over the next three to five years focused on wide-release, filmmaker and star-driven commercial features.
Media Content Capital, the backer of Block’s Qed International, will be involved in projects with Merced Media.
Merced Capital was established more than 20 years ago as an alternative investment entity and currently manages aggregate committed capital of more than $2.5bn.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Barry Levinson’s upcoming comedy The Humbling has a new trailer to remind us all of just how great Al Pacino can be. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by author Philip Roth and follows Pacino as a retired stage actor in decline who strikes up an affair with a “flirtatious lesbian” played by Greta Gerwig. I wouldn’t normally take much stock into a new Levinson comedy, but seeing Al Pacino light it up again is always worth watching. Lately »
- Graham McMorrow
Breaking: Qed International CEO Bill Block and PalmStar Media Capital CEO Kevin Frakes have teamed with Merced Capital L.P. to launch Merced Media, a new development, production and financing vehicle they said will invest $500 million in a three- to five-year program of pictures that focus on wide release. global-minded films. Merced’s Raj Singh and Stuart Brown oversee Merced’s media investments.
The venture is separate from Block’s Qed, which bought David Ayer’s Fury as a spec script and watched it turn into a big Sony film with Brad Pitt, and Frakes’ PalmStar Media Capital. Merced Capital has been around since 1988, and its recent film investments include the Relativity pic November Man, Universal’s Rush, Lionsgate’s American Ultra and Term Life and Sing Street with The Weinstein Company.
- Mike Fleming Jr
We know Al Pacino has enjoyed stage work in the past – heck, he’s made more than one film about that very subject. But in The Humbling, he played worn out, washed up board-treader Simon Axler, who is out of money and running out of options.Adapted from Philip Roth’s final novel, the story finds Axler struggling to drum up work and to rediscover his passion for the acting life. When he suffers a meltdown on the stage, he checks into rehab and finds some motivation in the shape of the energetic Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig).Yet even as their relationship starts to heat up, Simon discovers he can’t quite keep up with the youthful Pegeen – and her family isn’t too keen on them spending time together either given the vast age difference. The film looks like it has a few laughs, and Pacino embracing his elder statesman status has potential. »
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