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Al Pacino blurs reality and acting in 'The Humbling' trailer

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.


The real reason director Barry Levinson quit the Writers Guild

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.

He lost.

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

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