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The Next Big Thing (2001)

A painter who finds success (and true love) after a pickpocket steals one of his works, gives it a false authorship and promotes the imaginary artist to instant success so he can cash in on his ill-gotten gains.

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Gus Bishop
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Deech Scumble
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Kate Crowley
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Florence Rubin
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Walter Sznitken
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Arthur Pomposello
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Shari Lampkin
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Roger
Dechen Thurman ...
Damian Spire
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Mr. Chesick
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Trish Kane
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Museum Director (as Ed Hyland)
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Bernice Chesick
Samia Shoaib ...
Varda Abromowitz
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Mr. Willard
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Starving artist Gus Bishop can't even give away his paintings. But a fictitious Geoffrey Buonardi, with the same paintings and an inventive back story, can become the darling of the art world. How long can Gus Bishop perpetrate the scam and remain in the shadows while his legendary alter ego basks in the spotlight as The Next Big Thing? Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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8 November 2001 (USA)  »

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A Arte do Engano  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
Composed by Camille Saint-Saëns
Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire
Performed by Amber Smoke
Accompaniment by Jeff Brown
From the opera "Samson et Dalila"
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Yawn - those NY intellectuals be darned
21 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

Gus has no luck selling his art, due to the fact that he has nothing to sell it with: he is neither homosexual nor crazy, he is not drug-addicted or troubled in any other way (besides being very unsuccessful as an artist). Good luck that there are thieves who turn into very gifted artist representatives, PIs who can fake identities and art critics who still recognize art when they see it. Really?? Besides my biggest question - what is the point of this story - I wonder why anyone would cast Chris Eigeman as a lead character??? He looks like my bookie and has the charisma of my shoe vendor next door. The movie reminds me to never ever watch movies made by NY intellectuals who cannot imagine any kind of normal world but always feel an urge to portray rich, intellectual or artistic people and their non-problems. Please refer to the just as non-appealing movie "Motherhood" (2009, starring Uma Thurman) to know what I mean.


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