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Kristen Stewart Interview, Twilight

17 December 2008 8:00 PM, PST | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) was introduced to worldwide audiences with her outstanding performance alongside Jodie Foster in Panic Room. Stewart was most recently seen in supporting roles in the dramas Into the Wild for director Sean Penn and as Robert de Niro’s daughter in What Just Happened? for director Barry Levinson. She will next be seen in Adventureland, starring opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jesse Eisenberg for director Greg Mottola. Stewart plays starring roles in the forthcoming independent films The Cake Eaters, for director Mary Stuart Masterson, and Yellow Handkerchief, with »

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Video: What Just Happened press conference

21 November 2008 6:34 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The new Barry Levinson film What Just Happened opens at UK cinemas a week today, and to here's a look at the cast and crew press conference that recently took place in London. The film stars Robert De Niro as a Hollywood agent and loads of movie actors playing themselves, including Bruce Willis and Sean Penn.

I'm actually looking forward to seeing this. It arrives on the 28th November. Hit play to check out the clip. »

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What Just Happened? (2008)

21 November 2008 5:51 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Starring: Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, Michael Wincott, Robin Wright Penn

Release Date: November 28th, 2008 (UK)

Studio: Pathe

Director: Barry Levinson

Official Website: whatjusthappenedthemovie.co.uk/

Review: Not Available

Trailer: Quicktime

Poster: See below

DVD Review: Not Available

DVD: Not Available

Plot:

What Just Happened? is a satirical comedy about two nail-biting, back-stabbing, roller-coaster weeks in the life of Ben (Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro; Meet The Parents, Heat) a middle aged Hollywood producer trying to juggle his work and private life in tinsel town. The film also stars

Ben is already in over his head trying to balance the tug-of-war of having two ex-wives and two different families with his latest business venture . the boldly .visionary. movie Fiercely starring Sean Penn (played by himself; 21 Grams, Mystic River) when everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.

Fiercely looks like it is going to be an audience-offending »

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Marrakech film festival ready to roll

13 November 2008 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paris -- Guests of the eighth annual Marrakech International Film Festival will be saying "What Just Happened?" on Friday night as Charlotte Rampling fires up the opening ceremony with the Moroccan city's first look at the Barry Levinson comedy.

The increasingly buzzed-about event will be sparkling with stars, including Heather Graham, Toby Jones, Roman Polanski and French actresses Melanie Laurent, Lou Doillon and Anne Parrillaud. Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Yeoh also be in town to accept tributes.

Jury president Levinson will join international talent from across the globe such as Italian actress Caterina Murino and German actor Sebastian Koch in deciding the winner of the festival's Golden Star prize.

After a full-on fete honoring 40 years of both British and Moroccan cinema, complete with retrospectives of those countries' cinemas, the nine-day festival will close with multidirector anti-poverty collaborative project "8" on Nov. 22. »

- By Rebecca Leffler

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Search Engine

6 November 2008 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Matthew Barry began his Hollywood life as an actor, appearing in such films as The Wraith and Bernardo Bertolucci's Luna. These days he's a respected casting director who has worked with the likes of Jerry Bruckheimer, Tim Burton, and Nick Cassavetes. What, exactly, prompted the change in career tracks? "I was about to turn 30 years old, and I was bored," Barry says bluntly. "I was doing some really bad television, and I remember sitting on the set one day, going, 'There's got to be more to life than this.'" After a brief stint in the UCLA film program, the NewYork City native decided to ask director Barry Levinson for a job — any job. "I knew an associate of his who hooked me up," Barry recalls. "The production manager [on Levinson's film Toys] said, 'Well, we need some help in casting.' I started working with Ellen Chenoweth on that film and loved every minute of it. »

- Sarah Kuhn

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Election Day timeline

4 November 2008 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

From the tiny township of Dixville Notch, N.H., to the sidewalks of Santa Monica, voters flocked to the polls in record numbers Tuesday in what is arguably the most important as well as the most exhilarating election in decades. And for these last crucial 24 hours, the media -- starting abroad with foreign broadcasters, the worldwide blogosphere, cable news networks, radio pundits and the Big Four -- rose to the occasion with blanket coverage of the historic returns. The Hollywood Reporter also fielded a global team to provide readers with a blow-by-blow rundown of the round-the-clock highlights. All times Est.

2 a.m. MSNBC reports amazing numbers from the Minnesota Senate race. With 89% of precincts reporting, Norm Coleman leads Al Franken by 172 votes -- 1,048,956 to 1,048,784. (Read more about Franken's too-close-to-call race)

1:03 a.m. Ktla cuts from its election coverage to show breaking news of a high-speed pursuit.

12:50 a.m. »

- By Erik Pedersen

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Marrakech unveils competition lineup

3 November 2008 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paris -- The "Red City" will be ablaze with international cinema when the eighth annual Marrakech International Film Festival kicks off in the Moroccan capital Nov. 14.

Jury president Barry Levinson will open the nine-day festival with his latest film, "What Just Happened?," and the fest will close with anti-poverty collaborative project "8" from filmmakers including Jane Campion, Mira Nair, Gael Garcia Bernal and Wim Wenders.

The Union Jack will be flying high as the festival celebrates 40 years of British cinema with a 40-film retrospective, while a "Flashback" section will honor iconic filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Joseph Losey.

Steve McQueen's "Hunger" and David Rocksavage's "Shadows in the Sun" will screen in the "Coups de Coeur" special favorite features section and Saul Dibbs' "The Duchess" will make a cameo in the out-of-competition section.

Ridley Scott's "Body of Lies," Fred Cavaye's "Anything for Her" and Dan Harris' "The »

- By Rebecca Leffler

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Discuss: Your Favorite Baseball Movie(s)

2 November 2008 12:03 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Here's something I've figured out over the last few years: Most hardcore movie geeks are Not sports fans, and I think I know why: Watching, discussing, and (perhaps) writing about movies is pretty much a full-time hobby. It sucks a lot of hours away, believe me. Sports? Pretty much the same thing. Unless you're a casual "glance at the box score" sort of fan, sports fanaticism means a lot of hours enjoying the games, clicking through highlights, checking your fantasy / roto stats, watching SportsCenter, reading the paper the next day, calling into sports-talk radio, and arguing with people about why your lead-off hitter is better than theirs.

But not me. I'm a sports fan, and a big one. Baseball and (American) football mostly, but I proudly support all of the Philadelphia teams. So please join me in one massive Wooo-hoooooooo because my beloved Philadelphia Phillies just won their first World »

- Scott Weinberg

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Review: What Just Happened?

19 October 2008 8:03 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

(Barry Levinson's "What Just Happened?" opened in limited release this weekend, so here's our Sundance review from last January.)

By: Scott Weinberg

If you're a ravenous movie nerd like me, then there's very little in Barry Levinson's "inside baseball" Hollywood movie What Just Happened? you don't know already. If, on the other hand, you don't know a whole lot about studio politics, the angst of test-market screenings, and the tricks that movie-makers (or, more specifically, movie-sellers) will pull just to get a festival screening and a huge opening weekend, then you'll most likely get a whole bunch of chuckles out of the flick. To those who know about this stuff all too well, the comedy should still make for an interesting enough diversion -- thanks mainly to a massive, colorful cast and a few solid jabs that hit Hollywood right in the kisser.

Based on producer Art Linson's book What Just Happened? »

- Cinematical staff

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Movie'd To Tears

17 October 2008 8:31 AM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

People in Hollywood are egomaniacal back-stabbers. That's the shocking news in Barry Levinson's "What Just Happened," a fairly toothless Tinseltown exposé.

Robert De Niro, more animated and loquacious than he's been onscreen in years, plays Ben, a veteran producer who is dealing with major tsuris on two of his movies.

An awful-looking thriller called "Fiercely" has bombed at a test screening, and studio chief Lou (Catherine Keener) is threatening to recut the film unless Ben agrees to change the film's ending, in »

- By LOU LUMENICK

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Indie Spotlight: New Releases for Oct. 17

17 October 2008 6:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Independent, Columns, Indie Spotlight

Here at the Indie Spotlight, we treat your multiplex woes with a healthy dose of limited-release independent flicks. Being an indie film doesn't automatically make it better than a mainstream movie -- but if it's bad, at least you know it didn't cost $100 million to make. Frugality is important in these trying economic times.

It's a rather light week for indies, with just four for our perusal: The Elephant King, Filth and Wisdom, Tru Loved, and What Just Happened. There's also Morning Light, a documentary about competitive open-sea sailing, which, while not an indie (it's from Disney), is opening on a limited number of screens. Cinematical's Jeffrey M. Anderson has a review here.

And now, the rundown!

What Just Happened

What it is: Barry Levinson directs an all-star cast (Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro) in »

- Eric D. Snider

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Movie Review - 'What Just Happened'

17 October 2008 12:11 AM, PDT | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

What Just Happened

Starring Robert DeNiro, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, and Robin Wright-Penn

Directed by Barry Levinson

Rated R

Usually, although not without exception, movies about movies are a bit like watching an entire self-serving industry masturbate for two hours. They tend to be way too inside, talking about things most members in the audience can't relate to. It's like they've made a movie for themselves and you're not even supposed to get it.

The Player is a good film about Hollywood that also realizes you have to draw an audience in with the characters, and put them into situations they can care about. Even still, when it was released in 1991, how many people honestly knew what the hell Fred Ward was talking about when he described the opening crane shot in Touch of Evil while director Robert Altman was executing a very similar technique? How many know what it means now? »

- Colin Boyd

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Barry Levinson

16 October 2008 10:31 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Baltimore's own Barry Levinson started in television (The Carol Burnett Show, The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine) and screenwriting for others: He co-wrote the minor Mel Brooks classics High Anxiety and Silent Movie, as well as the iconic, Oscar-nominated script to .And Justice For All. In the '80s, he graduated to film, becoming an Oscar-winning, A-list writer-director. He debuted with the 1982 cult classic Diner; during a particularly impressive stretch, he directed 1987's brilliant Tin Men, the smash hit Robin Williams vehicle Good Morning Vietnam, 1988's Rain Man, 1990's critically acclaimed Avalon, and the glossy 1991 gangster epic Bugsy. His career has been spottier since then, as he's moved between genres and chased the occasional success, like 1994's profitable though critically disparaged Disclosure, or the well-received 1997 political satire Wag The Dog, with flops like 1992's Toys, 2000's An Everlasting Piece, and 2004's barely released Envy. Levinson also found success »

- Nathan Rabin

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What Just Happened?

16 October 2008 10:00 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

What Just Happened? Directed by: Barry Levinson Cast: Robert De Niro, John Turturro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci Time: 1 hr 53 mins Rating: R Plot: Robert De Niro stars as a once prominent Hollywood producer whose life is spiraling out of control while his career similarly falls from grace. We spend two weeks with him as things go from bad to worse, to better… one too many times. Who’s It For? Those of you with a sweet tooth for ironic Hollywood satire, made by the same people their particular film is poking fun at, will love the punches What Just Happened? lands throughout. Expectations: While De Niro’s career has been on a much-talked-about downslide, it seems to be the perfect vehicle to resurrect his own recent shortcomings. Perhaps a film as self aware as this one can »

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What Just Happened

16 October 2008 1:04 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Little about What Just Happened?, Art Linson's brief, episodic memoir about trying to survive in the mine-filled trenches of Hollywood, screams "movie!" But at least one element of his book hearkens back to Diner, Barry Levinson's wonderfully talky directorial debut about guys kibitzing, coming of age, and enjoying a nosh in Baltimore. The book's framing device has Linson telling his blackly comic Hollywood anecdotes to a former studio executive over dinner, to make him feel better about getting booted out of the industry. So it's a little perverse that in taking Happened to the big screen, Levinson removed that framing device, instead focusing on the Linson character's attempts to stave off a midlife crisis and/or nervous breakdown while juggling family and career. Longtime Linson pal/collaborator Robert De Niro stars as Linson's surrogate, a producer struggling to maintain his place in the ever-shifting Hollywood hierarchy following a string of. »

- Nathan Rabin

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Kloiber takes Tmg for spin at Mipcom

15 October 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cannes -- German TV exec Herbert Kloiber is back in the Mipcom fray with his newly launched sales arm Tmg International.

The Munich-based company hit the ground running here with a 150-hour catalog spanning in-house productions from parent company Tele-Munchen Group as well as international acquisitions.

"After 39 years in the business, I decided a new trick was needed," Kloiber said from his yacht Wednesday.

Highlights of the Tmg lineup include the CBS series "Flashpoint" and a new version of Tmg's first-ever production, "Sea Wolf."

Tmg International also is handling select territories on several titles acquired in the wake of the bankruptcy of indie producer Carolco, including "Basic Instinct" and "Rambo," and titles from a former collaboration with Japan's Toha-Towa and Barry Levinson, including "Wag the Dog" and "The Jackal."

Carols Hertel serves as head of international sales.

The launch follows a recent increase in production activity at Tmg, which makes movies, »

- By Liza Foreman

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"What Just Happened" - New images added!

14 October 2008 7:11 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

New images in the gallery for Magnolia Pictures' "What Just Happened" starring Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Lili Rabe, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn. Barry Levinson directs the 2929 and Tribeca Productions release distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The film made its debut this January at the Sundance Film Festival. Art Linson, producer of powerful films including "Into the Wild," "Imaginary Heroes," "Spartan," "The Untouchables" and so many more fine works, adapts his own material for the screen. This is Linson's second attempt at writing, his last? 30 years ago for "American Hot Wax." »

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"What Just Happened" - New images added!

14 October 2008 7:11 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

New images in the gallery for Magnolia Pictures' "What Just Happened" starring Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Lili Rabe, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn. Barry Levinson directs the 2929 and Tribeca Productions release distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The film made its debut this January at the Sundance Film Festival. Art Linson, producer of powerful films including "Into the Wild," "Imaginary Heroes," "Spartan," "The Untouchables" and so many more fine works, adapts his own material for the screen. This is Linson's second attempt at writing, his last? 30 years ago for "American Hot Wax." »

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"What Just Happened" - New images added!

14 October 2008 7:11 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

New images in the gallery for Magnolia Pictures' "What Just Happened" starring Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Lili Rabe, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn. Barry Levinson directs the 2929 and Tribeca Productions release distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The film made its debut this January at the Sundance Film Festival. Art Linson, producer of powerful films including "Into the Wild," "Imaginary Heroes," "Spartan," "The Untouchables" and so many more fine works, adapts his own material for the screen. This is Linson's second attempt at writing, his last? 30 years ago for "American Hot Wax." See images now. What's this about? What Just Happened is a winningly sharp comedy about two nail-biting, back-stabbing, roller-coaster weeks in the world of a middle-aged Hollywood producer -- as he tries to juggle an actual life with an outrageous series of crises in his day job.Academy Award »

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"What Just Happened" - New images added!

14 October 2008 7:11 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

New images in the gallery for Magnolia Pictures' "What Just Happened" starring Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Lili Rabe, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn. Barry Levinson directs the 2929 and Tribeca Productions release distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The film made its debut this January at the Sundance Film Festival. Art Linson, producer of powerful films including "Into the Wild," "Imaginary Heroes," "Spartan," "The Untouchables" and so many more fine works, adapts his own material for the screen. This is Linson's second attempt at writing, his last? 30 years ago for "American Hot Wax." »

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