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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." And it is quoted early on in Barry Levinson’s incoherent adaptation of what is by most accounts a substandard Philip Roth novel, “The Humbling,” to clearly point the way to the film's themes of ageing, 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 trespasses on 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.”

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...

Greta Gerwig To Write, Produce & Star In 'How I Met Your Mother' Spinoff Series 'How I Met Your Dad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 9:02 AM
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Judging by some of the reactions around Twitter last night, you'd think this news was like when Nirvana signed to Geffen Records or something. Yep, indie darling Greta Gerwig is headed to mainstream network TV (the horror!) to star in "How I Met Your Dad," the spinoff series from "How I Met Your Mother."

Al Pacino And Greta Gerwig Are 'Humbling,' Nicolas Cage Circles Bryan Singer-Produced 'Men With No Fear' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 5:35 PM
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The Humbling Al Pacino Greta Gerwig
Okay, nearly three years ago, word first surfaced that Al Pacino was looking to reteam with Barry Levinson for an adaptation of Philip Roth's "The Humbling." And that was pretty much the last we heard of it, but somewhere along the way, filming started and this thing was cast cast so either credit a secretive production or apologies for sleeping on this one.

Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood,' Christophe Gans' 'Beauty & The Beast' & More Added To Berlin Line-Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 7:55 AM
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Beauty & The Beast
With the Sundance Film Festival kicking off tomorrow, it will be the first stop for many films on the 2014 festival circuit as they pick up steam before eventual awards season runs, theatrical releases or both. And as Park City gets ready to kick things off stateside, over at the Berlin Film Festival, they are gearing up to roll out the red carpet for international audiences next month.

Anton Yelchin Joins Paul Schrader's 'Dying Of The Light,' Greta Gerwig Hatches 'Maggie's Plan' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2014 1:24 PM
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Seemingly loving this whole social media thing, Paul Schrader was a steady presence through 2013 on Facebook, during the highs and lows of getting his low-budget sizzler "The Canyons" out in the world. Now, he's kicking off 2014 by making a new film, "The Dying of the Light."

Watch: 40-Minute Roundtable With Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Brie Larson, Kathryn Hahn & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2013 4:33 PM
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Variety Actress Roundtable
With just a few weeks left of voting to go until the final nominees are announced, the talent both in front and behind the camera of this year's most talked about movies continue to give themselves over to the circuit. And today comes two extensive roundtable talks with actresses who have been a big part of the conversation this fall.

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