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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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Kelly (as Robin Wright Penn)
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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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In Hollywood, everybody can hear you scream. 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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$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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Though the book "What Just Happened: Bitter Hollywood Tales From the Front Line" is a non-fiction account of Art Linson's experiences as a film producer, Linson chose to adapt it as a work of fiction, taking inspiration from the book. 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 Amores Perros (2000) See more »

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Written by Buck 65 (as Richard Terfry), Charles Austin and Graeme Campbell
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Hollywood in Hollywood about Hollywood
19 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Strange feeling for a French person to sit at a Hollywood movie theater to watch a movie about Hollywood. People around me laughed more than me because, presumably, the joke touches a lot of local nerves. The story is introduced by a score resembling the Nino Rota of "La Dolce Vita" but the similarities with "La Dolce Vita" end there. There is nothing new here other than Robert De Niro's performance, the first in a long time in which there is a notable commitment. I found the characters tiresome and far too familiar. I couldn't care less about any of them. The predicament of De Niro's Ben (a thinly veiled producer, writer Art Linson) left me cold. Living the times we're living, to concern myself with this was too much to ask.


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