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Millennium Entertainment and First Look Studios have released the first trailer for The Humbling, starring screen legend Al Pacino as a washed up actor who crosses the fine line between genius and madness.
This adaptation of Philip Roth's novel follows an aging actor named Simon Axler (Al Pacino), who is well past his prime and struggling to find the passion in his work after an embarrassing meltdown on stage. He checks into a rehab facility where he meets an energetic young lesbian named Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig). As their relationship begins to heat up, Simon realizes he can barely keep up with the young woman.
Barry Levinson, who directed Al Pacino in the 2010 HBO TV movie You Don't Know Jack, takes the helm for this adaptation co-starring Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin, Dan Hedaya and Nina Arianda. Take a look at the first footage from The Humbling, which »
NBC announced the Jennifer Lopez drama "Shades of Blue" back in February, revealing that the police procedural had received a 13-episode direct-to-series order for the 2015-16 season. That was an impressive piece of longterm planning from the network, which was months from ending the 2013-14 season and only in the early phases of plotting its schedule for the 2014-15 season. Given the foresight of the announcement, it's not surprising that nobody has really said much about "Shades of Blue" for the past eight months, which made it a pleasant surprise to get Monday's (October 6) release saying that not only does NBC remember that "Shades of Blue" exists, but a director has been hired, an Oscar and Emmy winner at that. Per NBC, Barry Levinson will direct the "Shades of Blue" pilot and will serve as executive producer. Levinson will also "be hands-on and participate in the development process," which is »
- Daniel Fienberg
While iconic actor Al Pacino and director Barry Levinson have found success previously with You Don't Know Jack, they also faltered with What Just Happened?. Now it looks like the two have another winner on their hands with The Humbling, the story of a legendary stage actor on the verge of madness who has an affair with a lesbian woman (Greta Gerwig of Frances Ha) half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. This looks quirky and charming, and almost feels like a Woody Allen film. And you can't go wrong with a rare on-screen appearance by Charles Grodin as Pacino's agent. Count me in. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Barry Levinson's The Humbling from Deadline: Once an acclaimed thespian, Simon (Al Pacino) has fallen from grace — literally. After swan-diving into the orchestra pit in the middle of a performance, he slides into an intense depression, »
- Ethan Anderton
Do not adjust your sets, this has not become a theater news site. Earlier this year, we were startled to remind ourselves that way back in 2011, Al Pacino and Barry Levinson announced that they'd be reteaming (off the back of HBO film “You Don't Know Jack”) to film a version of Philip Roth's novel “The Humbling,” as adapted by Buck Henry, screenwriter of ”The Graduate”). In February we learned that Greta Gerwig was joining the cast as—and this plot might come as a shock if you've never read any Philip Roth, in which case lucky you—a sexually adventurous young woman who ends up getting together with an older man (Pacino) of famed artistic ability. In this case, the older man in question is a stage actor, hence the play-within-a-film stills that have popped up over at Chopshop, looking suitably thespy. “Is this Al Pacino's “Nymphomiac”?” we asked in February, »
- Ben Brock
4 items from 2014
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