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18 items from 2014


Critical Mass: 'Mockingjay' reviews hung up on two-part finale

21 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The biggest clash at the movies in this year might not be Katniss against the Capitol, but Katniss against Guardians of the Galaxy. In 2013, Catching Fire was the year's top grossing movie, and now, with Mockingjay—Part 1, Jennifer Lawrence has a chance to make it two years in a row. Industry analysts are expecting the biggest opening weekend of the year, one that could approach $150 million (though Thursday-night business was soft). The sequel—the first of two films based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling finale, Mockingjay—picks up right after where Catching Fire concluded. In the end of the previous installment, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Early Buzz: Here's What People Are Saying About 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1'

11 November 2014 1:16 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

With under two weeks to go before the first part of the two-part Hunger Games finale hits theaters, early reviews are beginning to trickle in following the film's international premiere in London. Check out some of the early buzz below. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 officially lands in your neck of the woods on November 21, and you can snag your tickets now over at Fandango. "The series' two-part finale gets under way in solid, absorbing if not exactly inspired fashion." - Variety "Still very much a Hunger Games movie, yes, but it calls to mind smart political comedies like Wag the Dog and Tanner '88 as well." - The Wrap "Finds its success in meaningful themes, character-driven story, and smart execution, and ultimately creates...

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- Erik Davis

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Ricky Gervais & Eric Bana Team for 'Special Correspondents' Remake

31 October 2014 7:26 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

If Seth Rogen teaming up with Christian Bale for Danny Boyle's forthcoming biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wasn't weird enough, another peculiar collaboration is happening, this time in the world of comedy. Variety reports Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana will star in a remake of the French comedy Special Correspondents, the story of a struggling New York-based radio journalist (Bana) whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. So he decides to fake front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. So basically a funnier Wag the Dog. The original film actually followed French officials mobilizing to gain the release of two kidnapped journalists in Iraq, but only the victims know the crime has been faked. That actually sounds somewhat more interesting than premise of the remake, but this still sounds like it could be an interesting comedy. Gervais will write, »

- Ethan Anderton

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New Trailer for Al Pacino's The Humbling, Directed by Barry Levinson

9 October 2014 5:40 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

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: »

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Lindsay Lohan Wants to Make "Fetch" Happen with Another 'Mean Girls'

26 September 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

When asked by Time Out London how she feels about hit comedy Mean Girls ten years after its release, Lindsay Lohan responded, "People really love the movie: how do you top thatc" My first inclination is to come back with "you don't", but I guess Lohan already had an answer to her own question. I was with Tina Fey the other day and I said we should do another Mean Girls, like an older version where they're all housewives and they're all cheating. That would be really funny. I'll harass Tina to write it. Now, don't get me wrong, I love Mean Girls just as much as the next, and I'm not afraid to say it -- or tell you that "Is butter a carbc" is a vastly underrated line -- but the idea of a follow-up detailing a bunch of cheating housewives does nothing to pique my interest. With »

- Jordan Benesh

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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. »

- Sharon Waxman

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Trailer for Al Pacino's The Humbling, Directed by Barry Levinson

3 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the 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 just premiered at the Venice Film Festival and will have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival later this month. Trailer: »

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Watch Al Pacino Play An Old Sleazy Geezer In The Humbling Trailer

3 September 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Looks like Al Pacino is tired of playing Al Pacino. The method actor, whose propensity for big booming soliloquies has made him an icon for budding acting students everywhere, appears to have become an introvert in the new trailer for The Humbling.

Does the title suggest that the ‘humbling’ is indeed in reference to its lead? Perhaps. The story, based on Philip Roth’s final novel of the same name, focuses on retired theatre actor Simon Axler (Pacino), who meets a lesbian half his age (Greta Gerwig) while on vacation in a Connecticut country home. The pair embark on a relationship during which we can assume Pacino realizes something key about himself. Why the promotional materials state that Gerwig’s character is a lesbian is baffling. More than that, it’s an annoying reinforcement by Hollywood of Lgbt stereotypes. All that any gay woman really needs is a grizzled thespian to turn them. »

- Gem Seddon

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Al Pacino is a washed-up actor confusing reality and fiction in the new trailer for ‘The Humbling’

3 September 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Among Barry Levinson’s filmography, which includes movies such as Rain Man and Wag The Dog, is the 2010 HBO feature You Don’t Know Jack, which explored the life of Jack Kevorkian, and featured Al Pacino in the lead role. In his first movie since 2012, Levinson once again works with Pacino, this time on an adaptation of a Philip Roth novel. Titled The Humbling, the movie sees Pacino play a washed-up actor who becomes suicidal, leading to a stay at a facility where he strikes up a relationship with a younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig. Dianne Wiest, Dan Hedaya, and Charles Grodin also star in the feature, and a new trailer has now been released ahead of the film’s North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. A public release date for the film, which is co-written by Levinson and Buck Henry, has not been announced. The trailer, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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The Humbling Trailer: The World Is a Stage Featuring Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, and Charles Grodin

3 September 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The first The Humbling trailer for director Barry Levinson’s (Rain Man, Wag the Dog) upcoming comedy has landed online.  Based on the novel of the same name by author Philip Roth, the film stars Al Pacino as a retired stage actor in decline who strikes up an affair with a “flirtatious lesbian” (Greta Gerwig) while staying at a secluded country house in Connecticut.  The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival to rather mixed reviews, and indeed this trailer is a bit of a mixed bag itself.  There are portions of the film that look incredibly funny and the cast is phenomenal, but the romance aspect between Pacino and Gerwig’s characters feels off and a little strange (the “turning a lesbian” storyline again, really?).  There’s no denying the talent of this cast, though, and I still find myself curious to see full film. Watch The Humbling trailer after the jump. »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Woman Greta Gerwig Loved Doesn’t Exist In First Clip From The Humbling

29 August 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Barry Levinson’s new drama, The Humbling, has a lot of elements going for it. First of all, it has an opening night launch at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, after its premiere in Venice this week, which is hopefully a good sign. Second, it has a controversial 2009 novel from Philip Roth as its source material. Third, it has a terrific ensemble, including Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Dianne Wiest, Mandy Patinkin, Kyra Sedgwick and Charles Grodin. Also, classic comedy writer Buck Henry (The Graduate) worked on the screenplay. Now, the first clip from the film has landed online and it is as raw and wrenching as we have come to expect from Roth’s work.

This early clip from The Humbling is bruising and bitter, with Gerwig hard to like as a woman who abandoned her relationship and did not return to her lover’s hospital bed in the aftermath of his surgery. »

- Jordan Adler

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Zooey Deschanel Tweets Star Studded Set Photo From 'Rock The Kasbah'

30 July 2014 7:45 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The 'New Girl' star poses with Billy Murray, Bruce Willis and others on the set of her upcoming comedy.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel found herself in good company when she tweeted out a photo of her cast-mates on set of the upcoming comedy Rock The Kasbah after they had wrapped shooting.

Deschanel, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Bruce Willis and Scott Caan in what looks like the coolest bar in the world stand round smiling for the pic, which the 34-year-old actress captioned, "Just wrapped Rock the Kasbah with all of these crazy dudes! You might recognize them."

Just wrapped “Rock the Kasbah” with all of these crazy dudes! You might recognize them… ;) pic.twitter.com/xvQfOIDHn2

— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) July 30, 2014

The film stars Murray of Richie Vance, a washed up music manager who takes his very last client on the Uso tour to Afghanistan. Eventually, Richie finds himself lost in a small Afghan town with »

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #144. Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah

10 February 2014 7:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Rock the Kasbah

Director: Barry Levinson

Writer: Mitch Glazer

Producers: Steve Bing, Bill Block, Jacob Pechenik

U.S. Distributor: Open Road Films

Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Shia Labeouf, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Bill Murray, Danny McBride

In the 80′s, Barry Levinson appropriated restaurant lingo and male-bounding (Diner) , added some funk to the political process (Wag the Dog) and in the naughts has worked in docu, television, and The Bay, his low-budget genre film. An interesting mix of players and a quasi-return to American foreign policy has got us curious.

Gist: This tells the story of Richie Vance, a has-been rock manager (Murray) who takes his last remaining client (Willis) on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol”, the wildly popular “Afghan Star. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Millennium Snags Rights to 'The Humbling,' Directed by Barry Levinson from Philip Roth's Novel

4 February 2014 8:57 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Millennium Films has just picked up worldwide rights to Barry Levinson's "The Humbling," adapted from now-retired novelist Philip Roth's 2009 book of the same name. Currently in post-production and seeking Us distribution, the film stars Al Pacino, Diane Wiest, Greta Gerwig and Kyra Sedgewick."The Humbling" tells the story of an aging actor who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. In typical Rothian fashion, the relationship takes unusual turns as people from their past surface and chaos ensues.The film version is a Baltimore Pictures production that continues the collaboration of Levinson and Pacino, who worked together on "Wag the Dog" in 1997. Roth is the author of the brilliant nightmare panorama of the 1970s "American Pastoral," "The Human Stain" and "Portnoy's Complaint," among dozens of other works. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Shia Labeouf & Zooey Deschanel ‘Rock The Kasbah,’ Bill Hader Is A 'Trainwreck' For Judd Apatow & More

31 January 2014 6:01 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s difficult to keep tabs on the absolute torrent of curveballs that Shia Labeouf has thrown our way in his quest to explore the celebrity condition. His dedication to plagiarizing Joaquin Phoenix’s arc in “I’m Still Here” is admirable, though: first there was the tales of unhinged behavior, then the retirement from acting, and recently the grand admission of it all as performance art. All of which leaves (hopefully) only one last move: the return to the big screen. The Wrap reports Labeouf has chosen his next film project, and luckily he’s picked one with a stellar line-up. “Wag The Dog” director Barry Levinson will direct Labeouf alongside Bill Murray in “Rock The Kasbah," an ensemble comedy that will also star Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, and Zooey Deschanel. The story centers on a washed-up rock manager (Murray) who travels to Afghanistan on business and finds himself stranded in Kabul. »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Legend Robert Evans Developing TV Series About ’70s Hollywood

29 January 2014 8:41 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Robert Evans, legendary '70s studio kingpin and America's Orangest Man, has seen some things in his time. In between producing “The Godfather,” “Chinatown,” “Rosemary's Baby,” “The Italian Job,” “The Conversation” and many others, Evans has found time to get married seven times, get convicted for dealing cocaine, plead the Fifth on his alleged acquaintance with a hitman, and write a bestselling memoir, “The Kid Stays In The Picture,” which is sort of like “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls” if it had been rewritten as gonzo autobiography. Naturally, one man doesn't do all this without becoming a Hollywood legend—Evans is the basis for numerous knowing spoofs, including Dustin Hoffman's character in “Wag the Dog” and Martin Landau's on “Entourage” (and even a cynical studio boss in Orson Welles' unreleased “The Other Side of the Wind”). And naturally, a man as canny as Robert Evans doesn't become a »

- Ben Brock

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Legend Robert Evans Developing TV Series About ’70s Hollywood

29 January 2014 8:41 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Robert Evans, legendary '70s studio kingpin and America's Orangest Man, has seen some things in his time. In between producing “The Godfather,” “Chinatown,” “Rosemary's Baby,” “The Italian Job,” “The Conversation” and many others, Evans has found time to get married seven times, get convicted for dealing cocaine, plead the Fifth on his alleged acquaintance with a hitman, and write a bestselling memoir, “The Kid Stays In The Picture,” which is sort of like “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls” if it had been rewritten as gonzo autobiography. Naturally, one man doesn't do all this without becoming a Hollywood legend—Evans is the basis for numerous knowing spoofs, including Dustin Hoffman's character in “Wag the Dog” and Martin Landau's on “Entourage” (and even a cynical studio boss in Orson Welles' unreleased “The Other Side of the Wind”). And naturally, a man as canny as Robert Evans doesn't become a »

- Ben Brock

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Top 40 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014: Part Two - #21-30

7 January 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

You may have noticed, yesterday's start to my list of this year's most anticipated movies got off to a bit of a cynical start. Well, I hope to change that with today's batch of ten films as I think we are getting into better and better territory and a group of films I feel far more genuinely excited to see, and a couple of which that may end up being the most talked about films of the year. Again, featured directly below is a navigation for this year's most anticipated feature, linking to yesterday's ten films and I will be updating it with links for the installments to come. Most Anticipated 2014 Navigation #1-10 | #11-20 | #21-30 | #31-40 #30 The Fault in Our Stars June 6 Photo: 20th Century Fox amz asin="0525478817" size="small"I get the feeling this is a film that will either be just another sappy, melodramatic adaptation of a much-loved novel, »

- Brad Brevet

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