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"The Great Buck Howard" trailer

15 December 2008 10:16 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

If you haven't already, we suggest you check out the trailer for Magnolia Pictures' "The Great Buck Howard" comedy drama starring John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, Adam Scott, Matthew Gray Gubler, George Takei and Griffin Dunne. The film is helmed and written by Sean McGinly ("Two Days," "Brothers") and opens on March 20th next year. To the untrained eye, The Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich) may seem like a magician… but he's not. He's a mentalist. In his own humble opinion, his talents go far beyond mere sleight of hand; he can read minds, and is capable of hypnotizing an entire room full of people at once. But when Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) tries to explain to his Dad (Tom Hanks) why he dropped out of law school to work for a mentalist, it doesn't go over very well. In fact, it doesn't go over at all. »

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"The Great Buck Howard" trailer

15 December 2008 10:16 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

If you haven't already, we suggest you check out the trailer for Magnolia Pictures' "The Great Buck Howard" comedy drama starring John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, Adam Scott, Matthew Gray Gubler, George Takei and Griffin Dunne. The film is helmed and written by Sean McGinly ("Two Days," "Brothers") and opens on March 20th next year. To the untrained eye, The Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich) may seem like a magician… but he's not. He's a mentalist. In his own humble opinion, his talents go far beyond mere sleight of hand; he can read minds, and is capable of hypnotizing an entire room full of people at once. But when Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) tries to explain to his Dad (Tom Hanks) why he dropped out of law school to work for a mentalist, it doesn't go over very well. In fact, it doesn't go over at all. »

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"The Great Buck Howard" trailer

15 December 2008 10:16 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

If you haven't already, we suggest you check out the trailer for Magnolia Pictures' "The Great Buck Howard" comedy drama starring John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, Adam Scott, Matthew Gray Gubler, George Takei and Griffin Dunne. The film is helmed and written by Sean McGinly ("Two Days," "Brothers") and opens on March 20th next year. See the trailer in Quicktime here. To the untrained eye, The Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich) may seem like a magician… but he's not. He's a mentalist. In his own humble opinion, his talents go far beyond mere sleight of hand; he can read minds, and is capable of hypnotizing an entire room full of people at once. But when Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) tries to explain to his Dad (Tom Hanks) why he dropped out of law school to work for a mentalist, it doesn't go over very well. In fact, it doesn't go over at all. »

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"The Great Buck Howard" trailer

15 December 2008 10:16 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

If you haven't already, we suggest you check out the trailer for Magnolia Pictures' "The Great Buck Howard" comedy drama starring John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, Adam Scott, Matthew Gray Gubler, George Takei and Griffin Dunne. The film is helmed and written by Sean McGinly ("Two Days," "Brothers") and opens on March 20th next year. To the untrained eye, The Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich) may seem like a magician… but he's not. He's a mentalist. In his own humble opinion, his talents go far beyond mere sleight of hand; he can read minds, and is capable of hypnotizing an entire room full of people at once. But when Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) tries to explain to his Dad (Tom Hanks) why he dropped out of law school to work for a mentalist, it doesn't go over very well. In fact, it doesn't go over at all. »

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Trailer Watch: John Malkovich is The Great Buck Howard

15 December 2008 10:32 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

When it comes to the movies I see every year at Sundance I have only one complaint -- some of them take a very, very long time to make their theatrical release. Take for instance one of my favorite movies of this past year's fest, The Great Buck Howard starring »

- Neil Miller

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Tackling a Monster

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

Tom Arnold's voice wavers slightly as he describes being sexually abused as a child by his babysitter. "I didn't understand the game he played," says Arnold. "He was very nice and made me feel he was my friend and there to protect me. He said he understood what I was going through when my mom left and that he had been alone a lot as well. He gained my trust. Afterwards, he would give me ice cream. I never told my father, because he didn't want me to be eating sweets."That pedophile, whom Arnold confronted as an adult, inspired the actor's bone-chilling performance as Alex in Gardens of the Night, a film about an insidiously manipulative child molester and his victims. In taking on the role, Arnold had a lot of reservations on many fronts, most pointedly the way it brought back the hideous memories that he mistakenly »

- Simi Horwitz

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Exclusive Portrait: Colin Hanks on Red Carpet For ‘The Great Buck Howard’ at Chicago International Film Festival

27 October 2008 6:07 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Actor Colin Hanks walked a Chicago red carpet for “The Great Buck Howard” on Oct. 24, 2008 at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival. Hanks currently stars in AMC’s hit TV series “Mad Men” and was also featured in Oliver Stone’s “W.,” “Orange County,” “The House Bunny” and “King Kong”. Our exclusive portrait of Hanks can be found below.

Colin Hanks on the red carpet of “The Great Buck Howard” on

Oct. 24, 2008 at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival.

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

By Adam FENDELMANEditor-in-ChiefHollywoodChicago.comadam@hollywoodchicago.com

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Magnolia shells Out a 'Buck' or Two for Sundance pic

29 May 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The last edition of Sundance saw wallets not being opened and checkbooks go ink free. Indeed the market place has changed in terms of domestic pick-ups, and aside from Focus Features nabbing Hamlet 2, more than anything else, the Park City film fest saw window shopping attitudes. Among the titles that were without a mommie and/or daddy were the recent Cannes film festival closer What Just Happened? and Bristol Bay Productions/Playtone Pictures’ The Great Buck Howard. Magnolia Pictures have announced that they have picked up director Sean McGinley's ensemble piece starring Tom Hanks in a minor role and John Malkovich in the starring role of Buck Howard. With plans to release the picture this fall, this is about a faded mentalist who in his prime was a marquee act in Vegas and was featured 61 times on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. He’s now living »

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'Rocker' premiere will kick off CineVegas

8 May 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The 10th annual CineVegas Film Festival, set for June 12-21 at the Palms Casino Resort and the Brenden Theatres in Las Vegas, will kick off with the world premiere of Peter Cattaneo's The Rocker, starring Rainn Wilson as a failed drummer who joins his nephew's high school rock band.

Sean McGinly's The Great Buck Howard, starring John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt and Tom Hanks, will close the fest.

CineVegas, under the leadership of artistic director Trevor Groth, will host several other world premieres, including Ben Rodkin's Big Heart City; the neo-noir musical Dark Streets from director Rachel Samuels; the comedy Happy Birthday, Harris Malden, from Sweaty Robot, a Philadelphia comedy troupe; Josh Fox's Memorial Day; Rolf Belgum's She Unfolds by Day; J.L. Vara's South of Heaven; and Matthew Wilder's Your Name Here.

The fest will also hold a new competitive section for documentaries that will include Aaron Rose's Beautiful Losers; Abel Ferrara's Chelsea on the Rocks; Nicola Collins' The End; Paul Eagleston and Stephen Rose's Hi My Name Is Ryan; Dan Lindsay's "Road to the World Series of Beer Pong "; and John Corey's Lost in the Fog .

The fest line-up will also include a group of films from first and second-time Mexican filmmakers under the sidebar title La Proxima Ola; Vegas Uncovered, a special section of documentaries about Las Vegas; Diamond Discoveries, a sampling of new indie features seeking distribution; and Sure Bets, advance screening of indie features that are set for release. »

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Zahn devises a 'Getaway' plan

18 March 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Steve Zahn will star in writer-director David Twohy's action thriller A Perfect Getaway for Relativity Media. MGM is distributing.

Zahn joins the previously announced Timothy Olyphant in the feature, which revolves around two newlyweds on their honeymoon in Hawaii who run into two hikers who turn out to be vicious killers.

Twohy wrote the script.

Zahn is part of the honeymooning couple; Olyphant is one of the killers. Production begins March 31 in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Mark Canton are producing along with Robbie Brenner. Bill Block and Kimberly Fox at QED International are executive producing. QED is handling foreign sales.

Zahn next stars in Management opposite Jennifer Aniston for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and MGM. He also has Sunshine Cleaning and The Great Buck Howard in the can.

He is repped by Endeavor, Principal Entertainment and attorney Frank Stewart. »

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IFC find themselves in a 'Diminished Capacity'

12 February 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- With Sundance cometh and goith, there remains a ton of high profile titles that have yet to be picked up (The Great Buck Howard, Sunshine Cleaning, Pretty Bird, Phoebe in Wonderland and What Just Happened?), but with today's buy, I expect that many of these titles will slowly be picked up as prices go down, few parties are intrested and producers fight hard to get them to sign on the line that is dotted. Today, Variety reports that IFC Films have picked up the comedy Diminished Capacity. Based on his novel of the same name, Broderick plays a man who suffers memory loss after getting hit on the head. He then takes a trip with his Alzheimer's-addled uncle (Alda) and his high school sweetheart (Madsen) to a memorabilia show as the group concocts a scheme to sell a rare baseball card. This sounds like a goofy recipe and perhaps »

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Sundance Film Festival: Day 4

20 January 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the docs are grabbing distributor's interests while the bigger fiction titles are definitely being sought out but not sold out. Two titles that were expected to create bidding wars (The Great Buck Howard and What Just Happened?) are probably being bargained for (Variety offers a complete scoop on how the the past couple of days have been processed among the head buyers. Doc films are the apparently hotter than all the gifts bags combined together (read Variety's piece on stars snubbing the free stuff). Nanette Burstein's docu American Teen  has received tons of interest from the indie divisions: namely Fox Searchlight and Paramount Vantage. NYTime features a 56 year-old acotr finding life to be a biut more entertaining behind the camera: you can read more on Michael Keaton's (The Merry Gentleman) directorial debut experience here. The Weinsteins are going all out full-promo »

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The Great Buck Howard

20 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sundance Film Festival

PARK CITY- A has-been mentalist clings to his glory days in this affectionate on-the-road showbiz yarn, which played to an appreciative audience here at Sundance. Starring John Malkovich as a once-hot entertainer, The Great Buck Howard is a warm, amiable glimpse at the end of the showbiz road.

At his peak, Buck Howard guested on "Johnny Carson's Tonight Show," 61 times, earning along the way the appellation, The Great Buck Howard. It's a moniker Buck clings to, but a name that is lost on the new talk show hosts and youth market today. The Great Buck is, in short, an old fossil whose '70s style toupe and cornball approach no longer connect with audiences.

Great Buck is still ready for his close-up, but no one wants to see his mug except in no-so-great places. But Great Buck does not go quietly into a fade-out; he clings to the secondary circuit of Bakersfield, Wausau and other boondocks that the aging showman proclaims to love. Any day now, Buck believes Jay's people will call and he'll be back in the guest seat in Burbank. Buck's shot back to fame is hooked to creating one more super effect, which he hopes to launch with full media coverage.

The sidekick in this venerable road-show genre piece is an aspiring young writer, Troy (Colin Hanks), who handles Buck's logistics and indulges his vainglories. Diffident, yet brimming with a subversive sensibility, Troy had the mettle to stand up to his self-made father (Tom Hanks) and quit law school. In a sense, both travelers hope to find themselves: Buck to reconnect with his former self and Troy to develop his writer's voice and become the man that the dreams to be.

Dreams, of course, are fueled by many great things, and delusion and illusion are among them. In this light and mature amusement, filmmaker Sean McGinly taps the underside of ambition in Buck's vainglories. McGinly also distills the upside of resolve in aspiring writer Troy's quest for self-fulfillment. Beneath the froth, this comedy smartly touches those wellsprings, as well as reveals Buck's end-routine journey to Bakersfield.

Although it's got a serious side, writer/director Sean McGinly masks it with ripe and observant humor. The Great Buck Henry is an amiable trek, laced with sly irony and torqued with the wonderful notion that there is still magic in this world.

John Malkovich's performance as the fey and egotistical Buck is richly outlandish but shrewdly layered. No over-the-top rendition of a show-biz type, Malkovich conveys the admirable fiber and resilience of a once-great. Colin Hanks also distills the inner mettle of the affable, but resolute Troy.

The supporting characters are apt and well-chosen, particularly Steve Zahn as a local screwball and, nicely realistic, Ricky Jay as Buck's agent/manager. To boot, celebrity cameos, including Jack Carter, give credence to the storyline and theme.

Subtle oddities shine in this nicely understated comedy. Director of photography Tak Fujimoto's frames a sharp comic slant on secondary-cities, while production designer Gary Frutkoff's Americana is at perfect kitsch.

THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD

Bristol Bay Prods. Presents

A Playtone Production

Screenwriter/director: Sean McGinly

Producers: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman

Executive producers: Steven Shareshian, Marvin Acuna

Director of photography: Tak Fujimoto

Production designer: Gary Fruitkoff

Music: Blake Neely

Editor: Myron Kerstein

Cast:

Troy Gable: Colin Hanks

Buck Howard: John Malkovich

Valerie Brennan: Emily Blunt

Kenny: Steve Zahn

Agent: Ricky Jay

Assistant: Griffin Dunne

No MPAA Rating; running time -- 87 minutes

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