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Venice Review: David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn' Starring Al Pacino, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina And Holly Hunter

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 30, 2014 8:43 AM
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Manglehorn
A bees nest beneath a mailbox. A boat bedecked in copies of a photograph. A cat who’s swallowed a key. A mime, a buffet, an earthquake, a multi-vehicle car accident inexplicably strewn with smashed watermelons. David Gordon Green’s slow, indulged but fathomless “Manglehorn” contains all of these motifs and more, sometimes playing out in double exposure, sometimes woozy slow motion, often counterpointed by Al Pacino’s husky gravelly narration. It should all be a terrible mess, and certainly it’s a less accessible film than the genre-tinged “Joe” or the sweetly straightforward “Prince Avalanche.” But it’s also fascinating, to those of us willing to let its meditative currents take us, a mosaic of moods, mysteries, magic and melancholy. And all anchored by a quietly assured central performance that may be among the most atypical of Pacino’s career, but is also one of his best.

Venice Review: Barry Levinson’s ‘The Humbling’ With Al Pacino And Greta Gerwig

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 29, 2014 7:17 PM
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The Humbling
"Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything" is a line from Shakespeare's description of the final stage of life made famous in the "All the world's a stage" monologue from "As You Like It." It is quoted early on in Barry Levinson’s incoherent adaptation of what is by most accounts a substandard Philip Roth novel, “The Humbling,” clearly marking the film's themes of aging and the diminishment that comes with it. But "toothless, sightless, bland and empty" could also serve as a harsh but pretty accurate description of the film itself: a missed opportunity that squanders the talents of a pretty stacked cast and jeopardizes the audience’s patience and care for its spoiled characters for too long.

Watch: Take A Dip With A New Clip From 'The Humbling' With Greta Gerwig And Al Pacino

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2014 2:33 PM
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The Humbling
What are you doing this long, Labor Day weekend? Having a BBQ, marathoning some of Bill Hader's 200 movies every comedy writer should see, or perhaps you're putting your feet up and taking a breather before school kicks in. Well, if you happen to be by a pool, perhaps you'll relate to his new clip from "The Humbling," premiering at the Venice Film Festival this week.

Watch: First Clip From 'The Humbling' Starring Al Pacino And Greta Gerwig

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2014 5:18 PM
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The Humbling
On paper, "The Humbling" has a lot going for it. The film is based on the book by acclaimed author Philip Roth, is led by acting legend Al Pacino and rising star Greta Gerwig, and promises a provocative, sexually charged drama. But the question is whether or not director Barry Levinson will be able to pull it off, and the first clip is here to see if he's got the chops to deliver.

New Venice Photos: Al Pacino & Greta Gerwig In Barry Levinson’s ‘The Humbling’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 12, 2014 9:23 AM
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The Humbling
Al Pacino has become a mainstay at the Venice Film Festival in recent years. The actor/director debuted his “Wild Salome” film at the fest in 2011 —with Jessica Chastain before she became famous— and this year, he'll be a dominant presence once again. Pacino will star in two films at Venice 2014, one in competition, David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” and one out of competition, Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling.”

Watch: Trailer For 'Salomé'/'Wild Salomé Double Bill Starring Jessica Chastain And Al Pacino

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2014 5:00 PM
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Chastain, Salome
Back before Jessica Chastain was Jessica Chastain, at least one influential player recognized a comer. Before her breakout performance in Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life," she caught the eye of Al Pacino, who cast her in "Salomé," his film adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play. However, it's taken quite awhile for the project to hit the projection booth. In fact, a documentary about making of the movie, "Wild Salomé," first screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2011 (our review), but now both are coming as part of a double bill....at least in the U.K.

TIFF First Look: Al Pacino And Greta Gerwig In Barry Levinson's 'The Humbling'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 11:02 AM
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The Humbling
...and so begins the chaos of the fall festival season. With TIFF announcing their first wave of titles this morning, now all eyes are on the teases, pics and trailers that will be coming like slow wave over the coming weeks and months. And so here we go...

First Look: New Films Co-Starring Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Felicity Jones & Eddie Redmayne

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 13, 2014 3:00 PM
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The Humbling
Do not adjust your sets, this has not become a theater news site. Earlier this year, we were startled to remind ourselves that way back in 2011, Al Pacino and Barry Levinson announced that they'd be reteaming (off the back of HBO film “You Don't Know Jack”) to film a version of Philip Roth's novel “The Humbling,” as adapted by Buck Henry, screenwriter of ”The Graduate”). In February we learned that Greta Gerwig was joining the cast as—and this plot might come as a shock if you've never read any Philip Roth, in which case lucky you—a sexually adventurous young woman who ends up getting together with an older man (Pacino) of famed artistic ability.

First Look: Al Pacino In David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn' & Russell Crowe's Directorial Debut 'The Water Diviner'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 9:02 AM
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Manglehorn
As always, trying to pin down David Gordon Green is a fool's errand, which is part of what makes whatever he's working on next so exciting. And with "Joe" in the can and headed to theaters later this year (trailer here), the flimmaker is already in the home stretch of his next effort "Manglehorn," and the first taste of what he's cooking up has arrived.

Martin Scorsese Still Wants Al Pacino & Joe Pesci For 'The Irishman,' Says It Will Come After 'Silence'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 1:26 PM
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We love ya, Marty, but forgive us if we don't hold on breath on this one, as potentially awesome as it could be. For years now, the director and his longtime friend and collaborator Robert De Niro have been talking up "The Irishman," a project that would mark their first director/actor collaboration since 1995's "Casino." And while we've already sat through promises that it would shoot in 2011, it seems plans are taking a more definitive shape.

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