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'Last Vegas' Production Begins with Douglas, De Niro, Freeman & Kline -- Over the Hill 'Hangover'?

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 5, 2012 at 1:15PM

Production has started on John Turtletaub's comedy "Last Vegas," starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as aging buddies who throw a Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single...
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Production has started on John Turtletaub's comedy "Last Vegas," starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as aging buddies who throw a Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single. The script, from Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love") sounds a bit uninspired, like "The Hangover" for old men. Hopefully these fine veteran actors will infuse it with life.

Mary Steenbergen also stars. Laurence Mark and Amy Baer are producing, with a theatrical release set for December 20, 2013.

This is the first time that Oscar winners Douglas, De Niro, Freeman and Kline will appear together in the same film. With a combined international career box office haul of $16.6 billion, these elder statesmen are theoretically a solid business combination in the vein of "The Expendables," "RED," and the upcoming "Stand Up Guys," all of which capitalize on the star power of aging audience favorites like Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.