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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.

Casting: Upon Realizing He Was Voicing 'Paddington' Colin Firth Drops Out & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 17, 2014 4:03 PM
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Paddington
It always seemed a bit like an odd fit when Colin Firth signed up to voice the beloved bear "Paddington," and it seems he finally realized too, dropping out of the project, which already has a November 28th release date and has released a couple of trailers. But at least as far as PR goes, everyone is totes cool with it.

Sorry, Meryl Streep Won't Be In 'Anchorman 2,' But Greg Kinnear & Josh Lawson Join

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2013 3:12 PM
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About a week ago, word start burbling around the interwebs that Meryl Streep was looking to cameo in "Anchorman: The Legend Continues." Speaking with Shortlist, Steve Carell said about his "Hope Springs" co-star: "Meryl Streep told me she was a huge 'Anchorman' fan and she’d love to have a cameo in the sequel. That could be really funny. There are going to be plenty of great cameos in this movie." And while that notion is a fun one to think about, alas, it has not come pass.

New Pics Of Julie Delpy & Chris Rock In '2 Days In New York'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2012 9:40 AM
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An examination of neurosis and relationships, and an unlikely but very welcome sequel to "2 Days In Paris," Julie Delpy returns as writer, director and star of "2 Days In New York," a very funny followup to her sophomore film, and one that utilizes the fish-out-of-water scenario to its comedic advantage.

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