Could Al Pacino be ready to take a trip into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, he has been talking about it. On Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast the professed Guardians of the Galaxy fan confirmed that he met with Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige. “I met with a Marvel guy,” Pacino told Horowitz. “It’s a marvel how things happen.” How marvelous! (See what we did there, Al?) READ FULL STORY
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Al Pacino is entering the Oscar race. Millennium Entertainment announced that it acquired the U.S. rights to Pacino-starring The Humbling, Barry Levinson’s Philip Roth adaptation, and will be releasing it this year and giving it an awards campaign. READ FULL STORY
What’s an actor to do when his career is all but over? Write a memoir, according to Al Pacino’s Simon Axler in the new The Humbling trailer. The problem for Axler is that he’s beginning to treat his real life like a performance, and the repercussions of his actions can be seen in the film’s new trailer.
After suffering injuries at a stage show, Axler is put into rehabilitation and falls in love with his friend’s much younger lesbian daughter, played by Greta Gerwig. Further complicating their relationship is the daughter’s lifelong obsession with the actor. Chaos ensues for Axler as he tries to salvage his life and career but appears to be failing on both fronts in the trailer.
Among many other things, director Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man) has been a screenwriter for 40 years. And for the first time in those four decades, he requested writing credit for his work on the low-budget film The Humbling, which he directed with Al Pacino starring.
Then he quit the Writers Guild.
“In the end I realized that there was nothing I could do that would make any difference in terms of the WGA’s attitude towards their system of evaluating scripts,” Levinson told EW in a recent telephone interview. “You either cooperate or you can show your frustration in this method.”
But Levinson is clear that he didn’t drop out of the organization he was a member of for 40 years because he lost. (Deadline first reported the news of his exit.) He dropped out because he believes the process is flawed. READ FULL STORY
That’s just how he rolls, baby.
Los Angeles residents may have seen this peculiar vehicle around the Greek Theatre lately, emblazoned with an image of Al Pacino looking a little bit like Barry Manilow guest-starring on a 1985 episode of Miami Vice.
It’s actually a massive prop for an indie film tentatively titled Imagined, written and directed by Dan Fogelman, best known as the screenwriter of Crazy, Stupid, Love and the upcoming Last Vegas.
Soon he’ll be known as the filmmaker who got Pacino to sing.
• Since his Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, Robert De Niro has been on a bit of a career upswing. He’s set to star in Syriana-director Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store about an undercover agent-turned-Brooklyn cop and the seedy underworld that he and his partners uncover. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) also star. De Niro is currently filming David O. Russell’s American Hustle. [Variety]
• Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order) will jump in to voice the villain in Despicable Me 2. Al Pacino had been cast in the role and had already voiced a number of scenes, but dropped out very recently due to creative differences. Bratt is no stranger to animated work and can be heard in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 as well. Despicable Me 2 is scheduled for a July 3 release, and features the voice talents of Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Russell Brand, and Steve Coogan. [Deadline]
HBO's 'Phil Spector' is a compelling portrait of Phil Spector's dark and crazy charisma. But did he kill that girl?
In the week leading up to tonight’s premiere of the HBO original movie Phil Spector, the pre-release publicity has all been orchestrated around quotes from the film’s writer-director, David Mamet, claiming that the movie is not a docudrama, that it parts ways with reality — and, in Mamet’s own words, that it is “not about Phil Spector.” The film opens with a title that claims: This is a work of fiction. It’s not “based on a true story.” Got it? What we’re about to watch is so made up that it’s not even related to reality. (You’ve got to love those sarcastic quote marks. Very David Mamet dyspeptic.)
Though it seems likely that Mamet, with the presumed endorsement of HBO, was basically launching a pre-emptive strike at everyone from libel lawyers to critics of the movie who might be tempted to pounce on it for being inaccurate, I have to say that the effect of all this “It’s not about Phil Spector!” squawking was to dampen my original enthusiasm for seeing the film. I began to worry that Mamet would take the fascinating tale of Spector and his 2007 trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson, the troubled starlet who died of a gunshot wound to the mouth in Spector’s house on Feb. 3, 2003, and twist it into some heavily stylized, dead-zone Mamet rant-meditation on men, women, celebrity, media, and other Boring Important Topics. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Al Pacino and Brian De Palma to tell Penn State coach Joe Paterno's story. Plus: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Dylan McDermott
• Al Pacino is reteaming with his Scarface director Brian De Palma for a biopic of the legendary rise and ignoble fall of Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno. The script will be based on the book Paterno by Joe Posnanski, but with the working title of Happy Valley. Dave McKenna (American History X, Blow) is in talks to pen the screenplay. [Deadline]
• Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, and Matthew Lillard have all signed up to star in Match, an adaptation of the 2004 Tony-nominated play about a veteran dance instructor (Stewart) whose past comes back to haunt him when a couple (Gugino and Lillard) arrive at his home under the false pretense of an interview for the wife’s thesis. Stephen Belber, who wrote the play, is directing from his own adaptation. [Deadline]
• Dylan McDermott is set to star in Freezer, an indie thriller about a regular joe who wakes up and discovers he’s locked in an industrial freezer by some Russians who insist he’s stolen $8 million from them (which he hasn’t). Mikael Salomon (Hard Rain) will direct from a script by Tom Doganoglu and Shane Weisfeld. [THR]
Casting Net: Bradley Cooper attached to WWI thriller ‘Dark Invasion.’ Plus: Anne Hathaway, Jerry Lewis, Billy Campbell
Casting Net: Louis C.K. aiming to team up with director David O. Russell
Casting Net: Robin Williams boarding drama ‘Boulevard.’ Plus: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ellen Page, Larry the Cable Guy
Casting Net: Angelina Jolie's kids Pax and Zahara join her in 'Maleficent.' Plus: Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner, Julianne Moore
• Giving a new meaning to the term “family film,” Angelina Jolie‘s children Pax and Zahara Jolie-Pitt will join their mother for small roles in Disney’s live-action fantasy movie Maleficent. The 8-year-old and 7-year-old (respectively) join 4-year-old sister Vivienne, who is playing the young version of Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Visual effects and production designer Robert Stromberg is making his feature directing debut. [Deadline]
• Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner, and Julianne Moore are all attached to Imagine, about an aging rock star (Pacino) who tries to right the rocky ship of his life after finding a letter sent to him by John Lennon when he was 19. Renner will play his son, and Moore the woman running the hotel the rocker checks into as he attempts to work out his life. First-time feature director Dan Fogelman (who penned Crazy, Stupid, Love) also wrote the script. [Deadline]
• Natasha Henstridge (Species) and CJ Adams (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) will star in Against the Wild, a family-geared action film about two children trapped in the Alaskan wilderness after their plane goes down. Richard Boddington (The Dogfather) is directing from his script. [Variety]
• Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech, Gladiator) is joining Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco, as the blue blood who helps American movie star Grace Kelly (Kidman) learn how to become the Princess of Monaco. Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, and Paz Vega (Spanglish) costar. Olivier Dahan (La vie en rose) is directing from a script by Arash Amel (The Expatriate). [Variety]
• Character actor David Paymer (The Five-Year Engagement) will appear in the Tom Clancy thriller Jack Ryan as a diplomat. He joins Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, and Kenneth Branagh, who is also directing. [Variety]
Casting Net: Anna Kendrick to sing about ‘The Last 5 Years.’ Plus: Hugh Grant, Emmy Rossum, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Casting Net: Nic Cage in talks to star in more mainstream ‘Left Behind’ reboot. Plus: David Oyelowo, Kara Hayward
Casting Net: Shailene Woodley in talks for YA novel adaptation ‘Divergent.’ Plus: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Ewan McGregor
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