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Al Pacino on Cats, Bees, Liking Guardians of the Galaxy, and Wanting to Play Joe Paterno

14 September 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

They might as well have named it the Al Pacino Toronto International Film Festival this year. The screen legend, at age 74, was not only the honoree at Tiff’s third annual fund-raising gala to kick off the festival, he had two very different movies in competition, too. The Humbling, based on a Philip Roth novel, is a sharp satire about a washed-up stage actor who attempts suicide while doing a Shakespeare play, winds up in a mental hospital, and takes up with a feisty, gold-digging thirtysomething lesbian (Greta Gerwig) who’s been inappropriately obsessed with him since she was a child.Pacino was instrumental in getting the movie made, recruiting Buck Henry as screenwriter and his old pal Barry Levinson to direct. For Manglehorn, he answered the call of a much younger director he admires but had never worked with, David Gordon Green, who wrote the part of a bitter »

- Jada Yuan

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Andron to star Baldwin, Glover

13 September 2014 5:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover will star in Ambi Pictures Group’s sci-fi from Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi.

Iervolino and Bacardi are financing and producing Andron - The Black Labyrinth and Ambi’s international sales arm Ambi Distribution handles worldwide sales.

Francesco Cinquemani will direct from his screenplay about a group of people plunged into a maze that is being observed by the outside world.

Principal photography will commence this month in Malta in collaboration with the Malta Film Commission and in Italy.

The cast includes Michelle Ryan, Skunk Anansie lead singer Skin, Jon Kortajarena, Gale Harold and Leo Howard.

“The story of Andron is enough to excite sci-fi fans worldwide but when you add actors like Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover, the meter rises even higher and audiences expect something very special, which is what we plan to deliver,” said Iervolino.

“We’re very excited to add this film to our production slate and eager »

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Fall Festival Verdict: Who’s In, Who’s Out As The 2014 Oscar Race Gets Its First Real Shot Of Adrenaline

12 September 2014 6:53 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC’s summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures Classics’ Foxcatcher  could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some quarters, but that movie came out in March, and when was the last time a March release made the list of Best Picture nominees?

Related: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As Tiff World Premieres Keep On Coming

But with these early fall fests, Hollywood has trotted out at least three additional films that seem like sure shots to add to the list: Focus FeaturesStephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, with certain »

- Pete Hammond

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Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover to Star in the Sci-Fi/Action Film 'Andron' (Exclusive)

12 September 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover are set to enter the labyrinth. The pair have signed on to star in the sci-fi/action film Andron -- The Black Labyrinth for Ambi Pictures. Ambi is a newly launched film production and finance company owned and run by Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi. They recently unveiled the Barry Levinson-directed Al Pacino starrer The Humbling at the Toronto Film Festival. Andron begins when a group of young men and women awake in a dark, claustrophobic maze. They don't remember who they are or how they got stuck in the black labyrinth. The group

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Tiff 2014: With two new films, Al Pacino keeps experimenting

10 September 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Introducing one of Al Pacino's two films at the Toronto International Film Festival, artistic director Cameron Bailey remarked that perhaps an "Al Pacino Day" was in order, just as it had been for Bill Murray.

At 74, Pacino debuted his latest batch of work at the festival, both films that find him exploring the regrets, ambitions and ruts of old age. In David Gordon Green's Manglehorn, he plays a lonely Texas locksmith, mourning a bygone romance despite the interest of a friendly bank teller (Holly Hunter). In the more meta The Humbling, directed by Barry Levinson and adapted from the Philip Roth novel, Pacino plays an aging stage actor no longer interested in performing.

"Aging seems to have gotten a bit of a bad rap," Pacino said in an interview. "Like, what do you do now? Someone says how old are you, that's like saying how long do I have left. »

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Tiff 2014: With two new films, Al Pacino keeps experimenting

10 September 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Introducing one of Al Pacino's two films at the Toronto International Film Festival, artistic director Cameron Bailey remarked that perhaps an "Al Pacino Day" was in order, just as it had been for Bill Murray.

At 74, Pacino debuted his latest batch of work at the festival, both films that find him exploring the regrets, ambitions and ruts of old age. In David Gordon Green's Manglehorn, he plays a lonely Texas locksmith, mourning a bygone romance despite the interest of a friendly bank teller (Holly Hunter). In the more meta The Humbling, directed by Barry Levinson and adapted from the Philip Roth novel, Pacino plays an aging stage actor no longer interested in performing.

"Aging seems to have gotten a bit of a bad rap," Pacino said in an interview. "Like, what do you do now? Someone says how old are you, that's like saying how long do I have left. »

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Al Pacino on Greta Gerwig, Burger-Flipping and Barry Levinson’s ‘The Humbling’

8 September 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “The Humbling,” one of his two new movies (along with “Manglehorn”) having their North American premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, Al Pacino plays a legendary actor in career freefall. But talk to Pacino for a while about his characters and his craft, and it’s clear that one needn’t harbor any concerns about life imitating art.

When he first read the script for “The Humbling,” which was adapted by Buck Henry and Michael Zebede from the Philip Roth novel, Pacino called the movie’s director, Barry Levinson, and told him he thought the only way to play the role was to find the humor in it. “I can’t help it: it struck me as funny,” Pacino recalls over lunch at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. “This idea of an actor who’s been doing this his whole life wanting to quit because he’s lost his talent »

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The Toronto Film Festival has crowded the Oscar field in a big way

8 September 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

If there’s one thing you can count on from the Toronto International Film Festival each and every single year, it’s that the fest is going to launch a ton of major Academy Award contenders. This year, that was no exception, as the race really has begun to take its initial shape in the wake of certain Toronto debuts. Much like with the recent Telluride Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, as well as the upcoming New York Film Festival, each major movie premiere changes the race a bit. It’s still early, but with the exception of the two major mysteries still to be revealed at Nyff in Gone Girl/Inherent Vice and titles that won’t really be making festival bows like Fury, Interstellar, Into the Woods, and Unbroken, we know who the players are. It’s just which flicks will be able to sustain buzz and begin winning precursor awards. »

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Toronto: Al Pacino Is Back in Acquisition Title ‘The Humbling’

6 September 2014 1:51 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Among the actors who have multiple films playing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival are Julianne MooreReese WitherspoonKristen Stewart – and a young up-and-comer by the name of Al Pacino.

Pacino, of course, is actually as much of a veteran as anyone at the fest, and yet, as he nears his 75th birthday in the spring, he is still working regularly. Of his 2014 Tiff entries, I haven’t yet seen David Gordon Green‘s Manglehorn. But, on Friday, I saw Barry Levinson‘s The Humbling, an acquisition title, and I am pleased to report that it features some of the best work that Levinson or Pacino have done in years — certainly their best since their prior collaboration, on HBO’s 2010 Jack Kevorkian biopic You Don’t Know Jack.

If someone picks up the low-budget dramedy, which features numerous laugh-out-loud moments — it »

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Venice: Fest Drawing To A Close; Soaring Open, Damp Middle & Some Standouts

6 September 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The shindig on the Lido that is the Venice Film Festival draws to a close tonight after 11 days of films, stars, sun – and a lot of uncharacteristic rain. The weather put a damper on the proceedings which were a little less glitzy than in the past couple of years, and some films fell flat. But, there were a handful of breakout movies that are likely to figure in awards season as it kicks into gear.

As it did last year, the festival got underway with a smash. In 2013, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity began its stellar trajectory after opening the festival out of competition. This year, Cuaron’s pal Alejandro G Inarritu’s Birdman soared in its debut with raves pretty much across the board. I asked Inarritu afterwards if we could expect a movie from his and Cuaron’s amigo, Guillermo del Toro, to do opening honors next year. “Yes! »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Toronto: Bill Murray Wows At World Premiere Of ‘St. Vincent'; Will It Be A Stealth Awards Player?

6 September 2014 5:01 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Thunder and lightning and a sudden rainstorm couldn’t dampen the spirits of moviegoers as the Toronto Film Festival provided a change of pace Friday night with the world premiere of The Weinstein Company’s October release, St. Vincent. Starring Bill Murray in the best performance of his career and 11-year-old newcomer Jaeden Lieberher in the best kid role of the year, this pure family film (although rated PG-13) is about a young child of divorce who finds a companion in the off-kilter Vietnam vet who lives next door. It’s the rare movie comedy that proves the spirit of Frank Capra lives on. In an era when the entire world seems in chaos, this is a movie that makes you feel good about yourself when you leave the theater. When was the last time that happened?

If ever a movie deserved the phrase, St. Vincent is a film that »

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Venice Review: Barry Levinson’s ‘The Humbling’ With Al Pacino And Greta Gerwig

6 September 2014 4:28 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything" is a line from Shakespeare's description of the final stage of life made famous in the "All the world's a stage" monologue from "As You Like It." And it is quoted early on in Barry Levinson’s incoherent adaptation of what is by most accounts a substandard Philip Roth novel, “The Humbling,” to clearly point the way to the film's themes of ageing, and the diminishment that comes with it. But "toothless, sightless, bland and empty" could also serve as a harsh but pretty accurate description of the film itself: a missed opportunity that squanders the talents of a pretty stacked cast, and trespasses on the audience’s patience and care for its spoiled characters for too long.  Purportedly following a kind of long dark night of the soul for a creatively drained, previously famous theater actor (making this the third Venice »

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Director Barry Levinson on Hollywood: ‘No Studio Would Make ‘Rain Man’ Today’

5 September 2014 10:37 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The venerable director Barry Levinson has come to the Toronto International Film Festival with “The Humbling,” a powerful study of an actor in decline, starring Al Pacino as the stage star in the denouement of his career. Mortality, relevance and the twilight of talent are all on the mind of Levinson after a career creating such American classics as “Diner,” “Rain Man,” “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Wag the Dog.” He crossed paths with Pacino many times over the years, on projects like “And Justice for All” (which he co-wrote) and “Donnie Brasco” (which he developed and was originally slated to. »

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The Humbling Review | Tiff 2014

5 September 2014 7:04 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Lately, it’s become a Hollywood staple for a bunch of old guys to get together and make movie about aging to acknowledge that career-halting trait that they all share. Most of these movies are disposable efforts like The Expendables or Last Vegas that are more embarrassing than invigorating. Thankfully, three more guys just got together to do it again and delivered something truly inspired and special. It helps that two of them are behind-the-camera talent in Barry Levinson (Diner) and screenwriter Buck Henry (The Graduate), and then the movie hits an even higher level thanks to their onscreen muse being Al Pacino. Together the trio have created The Humbling, a dark comedy about an aging artist that is a genuine return to form rather than a retirement plan publicity stunt. Hit the jump for all the juicy details explaining why. Pacino stars as an Al Pacino-style legendary thespian at the edge of his rope. »

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‘The Humbling’ Review: A Witless Adaptation Crippled By Poor Performances

5 September 2014 6:31 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Simon Axler (Al Pacino) is prone to theatrics, and while it would be easy to blame his life-long career as a reasonably well-regarded actor for such a personality defect (Simon certainly loves to do that), the most likely culprit for his over-the-top acting out is that he’s a selfish bastard who has never been called out on his crap. Sick over the apparent loss of his “craft” (either in terms of interest or actual ability, it’s never exactly clear), Simon attempts suicide by throwing himself off the stage during a performance. It’s the height of self-involved folly, and although it’s amusing and appropriately bizarre as it unfolds, it soon becomes just another example of Simon’s self-involved attitude and inability to differentiate between the real world and the make believe one. Shipped off to a high-class funny farm, Simon doesn’t learn a damn thing – shocking, right »

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Toronto: Al Pacino Is Back in 'The Humbling'

5 September 2014 2:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Among the actors who have multiple films playing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival are Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart – and a young up-and-comer by the name of Al Pacino. Pacino, of course, is actually as much of a veteran as anyone at the fest, and yet, as he nears his 75th birthday in the spring, he is still working regularly. Of his 2014 Tiff entries, I haven't yet seen David Gordon Green's Manglehorn. But, on Friday, I saw Barry Levinson's The Humbling, which Millennium Entertainment will be distributing, and I am pleased to report

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- Scott Feinberg

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Toronto: Barry Levinson Hails Disruptive Digital Revolution

5 September 2014 11:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barry Levinson hailed the disruptions of the digital revolution as creating diversity and story-telling opportunities. Those are things that the director says the modern Hollywood studios struggle to consistently deliver.

At a Toronto festival master class Friday, Levinson was in sparkling form after a gala performance of his low-budget Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig-starring indie “The Humbling,” which delves into the pain of creative performances.

“The studios are not interested in movies about people. There is such a corporate sensibility, they are always looking for a tentpole,” Levinson said. “That’s why TV is becoming so big.

“That’s where the stories are, that where the characters are, and that’s where the actors want to go. That’s why we’re seeing this shift taking place. To Netflix, HBO and cable. There’s a radical change about to take place.”

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Toronto Hot Film Acquisition Titles: Will Seller’s Market Continue Into Fall?

5 September 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

If the acquisitions frenzy and precedent-setting deals struck in Berlin and Cannes is going to continue, it will surprise many of the sellers who’ve come to the Toronto Film Festival to fill slots in their 2015 slates. Maybe it’s because there were so many spectacular deals this year, of perhaps it’s because Toronto 2014 is so stocked with studio films that star the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Bill Murray and Denzel Washington. Whatever the reason, acquisition titles seem to be lower key than last year, when Can A Song Save Your Life and Bad Words prompted overnight auctions and $7 million deals, and just about every movie that played here found distribution.

The deal action got underway yesterday and today with Relativity’s acquisition of The Woman In Black 2 and Saban Entertainment’s deal for fest title Tracers. All the ingredients for a continued buying surge seem to be there, »

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Venice: Al Pacino’s Not Afraid of Getting Older

5 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This year’s biggest star at the Venice Film Festival was 74-year-old Al Pacino, who made headlines as the star of two premieres: The Humbling and Manglehorn. The films will both make their North American debuts in Toronto. The Humbling was a pet project for the actor, who optioned the Philip Roth novel and recruited Barry Levinson to direct. Pacino plays Simon Axler, an aging stage actor who takes a nosedive off the stage after faltering with his lines. He goes for a stint in rehab and then retires to his country home to try to attempt a normal life,

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Al Pacino blurs reality and acting in 'The Humbling' trailer

4 September 2014 6:39 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

What’s an actor to do when his career is all but over? Write a memoir, according to Al Pacino’s Simon Axler in the new The Humbling trailer. The problem for Axler is that he’s beginning to treat his real life like a performance, and the repercussions of his actions can be seen in the film’s new trailer.

After suffering injuries at a stage show, Axler is put into rehabilitation and falls in love with his friend’s much younger lesbian daughter, played by Greta Gerwig. Further complicating their relationship is the daughter’s lifelong obsession with the actor. »

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