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Caryn James

Al Pacino, 'Phil Spector,' and Media Justice

  • By Caryn James
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  • March 21, 2013 9:12 PM
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The gigantic frizzed-out wig on Al Pacino's head might be enough to make you curious about Phil Spector, the new HBO drama written and directed by David Mamet. In a multitude of wigs as conspicuously creepy as the actual Spector's, Pacino plays the fantastically successful music producer and reputed loony-tunes guy convicted of the 2007 murder in his home of Hollywood wannabe and club hostess Lana Clarkson. The first question the film raise isn't about the murder though. It's an issue that comes up with both Pacino and with Mamet today: are you getting the good or the evil twin? Pacino the actor who can still dazzle, or the over-the-top sputtering blowhard? Mamet the disciplined writer of The Untouchables and Glengarry Glen Ross or the self-indulgent filmmaker (The Winslow Boy) who dictates that everyone to speak in artificial, terse Mamet-talk?

Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar-Worthy Parody "Movie: The Movie"

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 27, 2012 2:08 AM
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If the Oscar show was all about safety and nostalgia, Jimmy Kimmel’s Post-Oscar special proves what movies are really about: big-name stars, silly plots, endless promotion. Kimmel got some of the biggest stars and plenty of Oscar winners and nominees to join in his parody trailer for Movie: The Movie. There’s George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Tom Hanks as RoboLawyer, Gary Oldman as a Centaur, Gabourey Sidibe as Black Hitler, Matt Damon as a bunch of grapes and much more.

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