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Review: 'Phil Spector' Killed Lana Clarkson, But David Mamet's Movie Presupposes, Maybe He Didn't?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2013 8:56 AM
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With production on the film starting all the way back in the summer of 2011, it's been a curiously long wait for David Mamet's "Phil Spector," and from the first moment, one gets the impression that HBO's lawyers were a bit nervous about the effort. Before we even see one frame of the picture, an opening title card insists: "This is a work of fiction. It's not 'based on a true story.' It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome." But frankly, it's a little hard to swallow, particular since the director himself has been quite clear about what he thinks about Spector's fate regarding the murder of Lana Clarkson.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 10:39 PM
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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
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  • January 30, 2013 9:25 AM
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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.

Helen Mirren & Colin Firth May Visit 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 3, 2012 1:38 PM
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Judging in terms of pure profitability, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” has to be considered one of the biggest hits of the year. Off a meager $10 million budget it has gone on to gross over $46 million domestically and $134 million worldwide – and that’s before considering that it could go on to pocket a whole lot more from its home video release should it nab some of the Oscar nominations that it’s currently being talked up for. But not content with gobbling up all of 2012’s grey pound, screenwriter Ol Parker is currently penning a follow up for Fox Searchlight.

Sacha Gervasi Shot & Mostly Cut His Own Cameo In 'Hitchcock' & More About The Master Of Suspense

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • November 21, 2012 1:59 PM
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In Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock,” Anthony Hopkins plays the legendary director, and Helen Mirren his wife and often unacknowledged collaborative partner. On the surface, the film is about the making of "Psycho" -- and great fun is there to be had with recreating some of the key moments of that movie, including a shower scene with Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh -- but even more so, the film is a love story (about both the married couple who made the film possible by mortgaging their home and their mutual love of film).

Review: ‘Hitchcock’ A Breezy, Disposable Effort Saved By Anthony Hopkins & Helen Mirren’s Dedicated Performances

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 21, 2012 12:04 PM
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Hypnotic, beautiful, and perilous in equal measure – one needn’t glance anywhere else but at the leading ladies of Alfred Hitchcock’s films to garner their intense influence. Yet as dramatized in “Anvil!” director Sacha Gervasi’s loving biopic, “Hitchcock,” the real authority lingered off the set at home, shielding her husband quietly from failure and ruin. What follows is a peek behind the curtain on Hitchcock’s marriage to Alma Reville (the couple played by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren), while charting their pangs of jealousy and pressure during the turbulent making of “Psycho.” Based on Stephen Rebello’s book, “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” the source material proves there’s indeed a compelling story to be told here, but while Gervasi’s comedy-drama presses charmingly on this period in Hitchcock’s career, the film ultimately collapses under its own lightweight intentions of tribute-turned-romance.

More Images Of Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Hopkins & More In 'Hitchcock,' Writer Now Penning Johnny Carson Biopic

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 16, 2012 10:39 AM
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Nostalgia is riding high these days in Hollywood, not just in the blockbuster-tentpole world, but also in the awards race -- the last two Best Picture awards winners were feel-good period pieces that struck gold with Academy voters. Now, with “Hitchcock” getting some Oscar buzz -- more new images from the Sacha Gervasi-helmed film are below -- the team behind the biopic has decided to tackle the life of another pop culture figure, Johnny Carson.

Watch: New Clip & 4 More Images From 'Hitchcock'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 5:42 PM
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If you're a fan of prosthetics and drama, November is for you. "Lincoln" is going wide this weekend with Daniel Day-Lewis doing his method thing, and in just a couple of weeks, Anthony Hopkins will show off his unrecognizable face in "Hitchcock."

6 New 'Hitchcock' Photos Plus Poster, New Clip & Featurette

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 12, 2012 5:58 PM
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Fox Searchlight is in overdrive mode today with their biggest Oscar contender of the year, bar "The Sessions" with "Hitchock." They've released six new photos, a clip from the film, a new poster and a pretty enlightening featurette which gives you the intriguing meat of the movie. It's about more than just the making of "Psycho" or a Hitchcock biopic and instead about the critical relationship between Hitchcock and Alma Reville: his wife, his editor, his scriptwriter and his most trusted creative confidante.

8 New Photos Of Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Anthony Hopkins & More In 'Hitchock'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2012 12:00 PM
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If there is one thing that HBO's "The Girl" and Fox Searchlight's "Hitchcock" seem to underscore, it's that Alfred Hitchcock surely liked his leading ladies. To what degree and how sleazy he may or may not have been, is open to interpretation. And while the Toby Jones vehicle portrays him as a ruthless cad, Sacha Gervasi's picture -- set during the making of "Psycho" -- takes a bit of a lighter air, though the helmer certainly doesn't mind making sure the curves are framed properly. And fresh off the film's AFI Fest debut, some new images have arrived giving a closer look at the rest of the extended cast, including the actresses who take on some classic cinema roles.

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