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What Just Happened (2008)

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Two weeks in the life of a fading Hollywood producer who's having a rough time trying to get his new picture made.

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Ben
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Kelly (as Robin Wright Penn)
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Zoe
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Dawn
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A week in the life of Ben, a powerful Hollywood producer, as he juggles negotiations with a studio head so that his newest picture can open at Cannes in two weeks, with a high-strung director who must make edits to the film, with an actor and his agent because the star has arrived on the set of a new picture with a full beard, and with his most recent ex-wife, Kelly, whom he discovers may have a lover. He also notices that his 17-year old daughter, from another marriage, has probably been crying. What's up? Can Ben keep it all together, get the green light from the studio to go to Cannes, move his new picture past the beard crisis, and maybe return to Kelly's good graces? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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hollywood | cannes | beard | agent | actor | See All (118) »

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If it happened in any other movie you wouldn't believe it! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, some violent images, sexual content and some drug material | See all certifications »

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31 October 2008 (USA)  »

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What Just Happened?  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,508, 19 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,090,947, 18 December 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,291,679
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The subplot involving Bruce Willis refusing to shave his beard for a movie is based on a real-life incident Writer and Producer Art Linson had with Alec Baldwin on the set of The Edge (1997). See more »

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Ben: Vanity Fair named me as one of the 30 most powerful producers in the business. Power is an elusive term, but in Hollywood it's everything, I don't care what they say, you either have it, want it, or you're afraid of losing it. Where you stand at these things, or who you may be standing next to, may not seem like the most important thing, but it *really* matters.
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References The Awful Truth (1937) See more »

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Mr. Bojangles
Written by Jerry Jeff Walker
Performed by Nina Simone
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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I saw what just happened there.
30 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

The film is certainly enjoyable, and has several laugh-out-loud moments. However, like the film within the film, What Just Happened? feels too long. As a filmmaker myself, I really enjoyed this film, but I am afraid that much of the appeal will be missing in a general audience. A producer trying to change Bruce Willis' mind is pretty funny, but how funny is it to a non-producer or a non-Bruce-Willis? The performances, are, of course, outstanding. The entire cast is composed of nearly uncriticizable actors who are superb in any role they attempt. If you have an interest in how films come to be, this is a fun little flick. If you don't care about the behind-the-scenes, you may want to sit this one out.


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