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Eric Stonestreet To Play Fatty Arbuckle In Barry Levinson Directed 'The Day The Laughter Stopped'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 7:38 AM
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In the history of salacious Hollywood trials, none have matched the infamy of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's battle against charges that he raped actress Virgina Rappe at a boisterous Hollywood party (who died shortly afterward of peritonitis caused a ruptured bladder). It was essentially the first showbiz trial, one that found Arbuckle prosecuted in the press -- and later in court -- thanks to the relentless tabloid journalism of William Randolph Hearst's chain of newspapers, which painted the silent comedian as a lecher who used his girth to overpower women sexually. After three trials -- in which it became apparent that evidence was being manufactured and witnesses were being told to lie in an overzealous pursuit to find him guilty -- Arbuckle was eventually acquitted, though his career was in ruins and fearing government intervention in the industry, most of Hollywood refused to work with him. However, in the dawn of the talkies, Warner Bros. signed up him for some two reel shorts and their success led the studio to sign Arbuckle for a feature film. Unfortunately, he would suffer a heart attack and die before he could start work on the project.

Al Pacino and Barry Levinson Reteaming To Adapt Philip Roth Novel 'The Humbling'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2011 2:00 AM
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Levinson Talks Prospect Of Helming Mob Epic 'Gotti: Three Generations'For someone who's almost incontestably one of the greatest living American novelists (there will always be naysayers...) Philip Roth has never fared well on the big screen. "Goodbye, Columbus is mostly forgotten, but fairly decent, but "Portnoy's Complaint," "The Human Stain" and "Elegy" (an adaptation of "The Dying Animal") were all disasters of varying degrees, despite excellent source material. But Hollywood ain't done with Roth yet, with news breaking that a veteran director and star, fresh off a recent success together, are joining forces again to adapt a recent work from the author.

Barry Levinson Will Be Growing Up With 'Gotti: Three Generations'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2011 9:27 AM
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With Nick Cassavetes vacating the director's chair, a chill went through Hollywood as everybody from studio executives to janitors wondered who would come to man the ship on the gangster story that must be told. Well, everyone will sleep easier tonight as a replacement has been found.

Barry Levinson To Direct Oklahoma City Bombing Movie 'O.K.C.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 3:16 AM
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You gotta give up it up for Barry Levinson. While the track record has been mixed, it's certainly been interesting, as the famed director has mixed it up quite a bit with his last few films, moving from comedy in "Man Of The Year" to pointed satire in "What Just Happened," tossing in a documentary with the political flick "Poliwood" and last year, his true story pic "You Don't Know Jack" scored a staggering fifteen Emmy nominations, with Al Pacino pocketing a win. Not too bad. Now the director is set to shift gears again, for another true life tale on a much grander scale.

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