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Les, a small-time celebrity photographer desperate to make it big, befriends Toby, a homeless young man with no direction except a vague desire to become an actor. When by chance Toby becomes romantically involved with K'Harma Leeds, the hottest pop star of the moment, Les grows jealous and plots revenge. Written by
Micheal Pitt and Steve Buscemi later played together on the TV series Boardwalk Empire (2010) See more »
After Toby stabs Blaine while filming "A Slice of Life", the director calls for a "reset" of the scene, so they may do a retake. Blaine completely removes his blue running jacket, and when the camera cuts to another angle, Blaine is seen to be removing his jacket again. See more »
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Written by Aaron Albano (as A. Albano), Keith Bogan (as K. Bogan), George Clomon (as G. Clomon) and Fred Sargolini (as F. Sargolini)
Performed by Northern League
Vocal performance by Antoinette LaVecchia
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Putting innocence in harm's way and not regretting it
Saw this on the big screen at this year's Ebertfest and the entire audience was unexpectedly touched by its skillfully rendered vision of a kinder, gentler Hollywood, one we probably only half know. The movie revolves around the two main leads, Steve Buscemi as the paparazzi Les Galantine, and Michael Pitt as the homeless innocent, Toby Grace. Probably the more impressive performance is Buscemi's who you can believe might have wanted to pass on this low budget indie. That would have been a great error as, for my money, this is his most memorable role by far.
Mr Buscemi easily captures your attention and holds it throughout the film, not that Les is the most admirable of people. He's often barely tolerable and unduly self-absorbed at the most inopportune moments in complete contrast to his wannabe assistant, Toby. Michael Pitt plays Toby with affection as though he wishes his real-life counterparts well. And then there's Alison Lohman as the rising young fan magnet, K'Harma Leeds, and Gina Gershon as the publicist and agent, Dana. All the leads are played extremely well and are peculiarly memorable. But it took a little bit of magic to have brought all these players together with an entertaining script and actually pull it off. And the credit has to go to Tom DiCillo who obviously has the knack. Here's hoping he make's more films along this line.
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