The Playlist

Watch: Al Pacino Wears A Wig, Yells A Lot In First Full Trailer For 'Phil Spector'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • February 4, 2013 10:39 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Going in front of cameras all the way back in the summer of 2011, it has been an unusually long wait for HBO's starry "Phil Spector," with Al Pacino in the juicy lead role, alongside Helen Mirren, in a movie written and directed by none other than David Mamet. And yet, wait is what we've done, but the film is finally on the way this year, and if you imagined it would be largely a wigged Pacino yelling, well, it kinda is...

Watch: Teaser Trailer For David Mamet's HBO Film 'Phil Spector' With Al Pacino & Helen Mirren

  • By Ken Guidry
  • |
  • January 30, 2013 9:25 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Just when you thought you couldn’t get any more excited about HBO’s upcoming slate of original programming, we now have a teaser for David Mamet’s “Phil Spector.” The TV movie starring Al Pacino as Phil Spector and Helen Mirren as his defense attorney is just two months away from its television premiere. While HBO doesn’t really give us much to go by, the very idea of a Pacino-Mirren-Mamet team up on the small screen should be exciting in itself.

Review: 'Stand Up Guys' Strands A Handful Of Legends In A Lame Up-All-Night Comedy

  • By Gabe Toro
  • |
  • January 29, 2013 10:57 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
It’s impossible to walk out of “Stand Up Guys” without doing an impersonation of William Hurt in “A History Of Violence,” pressing fingers to your temple and asking, “How do ya fuck that up?” It’s like stocking a team with proven performers and hoping that everything else will work itself out at the end, including a rickety script, indifferent direction, and a plot that pretends its final act is anything other than a cliché-hugging inevitability. As far as superstar combinations, “Stand Up Guys” is less the dramatic turnaround of the 2008 Boston Celtics, and more like the floundering 2013 Los Angeles Lakers.

Al Pacino & Brian De Palma Reteam For Joe Paterno Story 'Happy Valley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • January 16, 2013 6:05 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
Al Pacino has had a thing for playing real life figures lately. He earned critical acclaim for playing Jack Kevorkian in HBO's "You Don't Know Jack," he returned to the network for the upcoming and still untitled Phil Spector movie directed by David Mamet, and now he's taking on another big name, and reuniting with an old friend in the process.

First Look At Al Pacino As Phil Spector In David Mamet's HBO Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • December 6, 2012 5:42 PM
  • |
  • 3 Comments
Thanks to a prematurely leaked 2013 preview that has since been yanked offline, it has been around long enough for savvy folks to capture snaps of upcoming programming, and it looks like David Mamet's Phil Spector movie is finally arriving, with Al Pacino in the lead. Yes, that Al Pacino.

Robert De Niro Says Al Pacino To Play Hoffa In 'Paint Houses'; Martin Scorsese Eyes Directing Garth Brooks Special

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 26, 2012 10:38 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments
Though they haven't worked together as actor and director since 1995's "Casino," the past couple of years has seen a project brewing that would reunite Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. "I Heard You Paint Houses" -- also known as "The Irishman" -- has been in the works since 2010, with Scorsese and De Niro teaming with Joe Pesci, while Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino were also rumored for roles. De Niro and Scorsese insist the project is still on the table, and now this latest bit of info is undeniably intriguing.

Al Pacino Heads To Broadway For Revival Of 'Glengarry Glen Ross' This Time As Shelley “The Machine” Levene

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • June 12, 2012 3:22 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Of David Mamet's many accomplishments for the stage, the Pulitizer prize winning "Glengarry Glen Ross" may still be his finest moment. And at least for cinema fans, it's the most memorable. With a script from Mamet, James Foley directed the searing 1992 movie that brought together the unforgettable cast of Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin and Jonathan Pryce to immortalize the work into one of the most quoted movies in recent memory, and also one that is said to be used by lots of actors for audition purposes. Certainly, there are some choice monologues to choose from. But if you're ever wanted to see it performed on stage, you'll get another shot.

R&B Artist Usher To Play Sugar Ray Leonard In 'Hands Of Stone'; Ryan Kwanten & Michelle Rodriguez Also Join

  • By Simon Dang
  • |
  • March 23, 2012 8:05 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Late in 2010, seemingly on the back of David O. Russell's "The Fighter" and all its success, Gael Garcia Bernal and Al Pacino boarded "Hands Of Stone," a biopic of legendary Panamanian boxer Robert Duran which had Venezuelan helmer Jonathan Jakubowicz set to direct. One of Duran's most famous fights was of course against the undefeated Sugar Ray Leonard and, with the film seemingly growing legs recently, an unconventional choice has now been cast to play Leonard.

Review: 'Jack And Jill' Plays Like A Telemundo Show From Hell

  • By Gabe Toro
  • |
  • November 10, 2011 4:34 PM
  • |
  • 4 Comments

Review: 'Son Of No One' Suggests 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' As Written By Dennis Lehane

  • By Drew Taylor
  • |
  • November 3, 2011 9:30 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
In the relatively ridiculous new procedural/mystery "Son of No One," Channing Tatum, as a mustachioed police officer married to Katie Holmes (and looking after an epileptic daughter), is sent taunting letters and anonymous text messages alluding to a violent incident from his past. (The movie is set way back in 2002 which is why he doesn't receive cryptic emails too. Because no one used email in 2002 apparently). You can tell how terribly we're supposed to take the threats because of all the shaky shots of Tatum flipping open his ancient cell phone, the scenes shot in sickly shades of blue and green. Except that instead of coming across as suspenseful or menacing, it's just silly and laughable, like something out of a teen slasher movie or ABC Family series, lacking anything approximating weight or gravitas.

Email Updates

Recent Comments