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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.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Art Linson, Art Linson (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Ben
Sean Penn ... Sean Penn
Catherine Keener ... Lou Tarnow
Bruce Willis ... Actor
John Turturro ... Dick Bell
Robin Wright ... Kelly (as Robin Wright Penn)
Stanley Tucci ... Scott Solomon
Kristen Stewart ... Zoe
Michael Wincott ... Jeremy Brunell
Jason Kravits ... Pollster (as Jason Kravitz)
Mark Ivanir ... Johnny
Remy K. Selma Remy K. Selma ... Jimmy (as Remy Selma)
Christopher Evan Welch ... Studio Marketing Guy
Lily Rabe ... Dawn
Sam Levinson ... Carl
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Storyline

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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Admit nothing. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Connections

References 'G' Men (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Simplesmente
Written by Bebel Gilberto, Didi Gutman and Marius De Vries
Performed by Bebel Gilberto
Courtesy of Six Degrees Records
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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User Reviews

 
Unexpected gem
18 February 2009 | by eli_downSee all my reviews

When I read some of the other users' comments I could hardly believe we watched the same movie. Wasted 2 hrs of my life!? This is, simply put, ridiculous, this movie does not require moral or surprise, it is quite enjoyable and powerful as it is.

Superb acting, intelligent writing, characters you can sympathize with as well as good steady rhythm.

It is a beautiful movie centered around a producer and how his life evolves around a series of regular down to earth events. It is a little like entourage minus the girls and absurdity as it is centered around Hollywood but you do sympathize with the lead character a lot on his reactions to events.

I had no expectations from this movie and it turned out to be quite a gem, I believe this is one of those movies that will be rated more highly in the future. If there was any hype around this, if people expected a blockbuster, well it is their fault. It is more like an independent movie and a very good one at that I must add.

It certainly feels like De Niro very much enjoyed acting in this one, this is by far the best I have seen him in years. Turturro, Wincott, Penn Willis all saw something in this script and they were right. ( To be honest with you Turturro did overdo his part a little)

I have been to much more boring movies than this and they were rated much higher by IMDb crowd, no it does not move at a snail's pace, no there are no big psychological dramas or a big story, and yet all those are OK and their absence is what makes this movie perfect.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | French

Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Just Happened? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,508, 19 October 2008

Gross USA:

$1,090,947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,759,057
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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