IN HOLLYWOOD, EVERYBODY CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM.
This movie, which chronicles a Hollywood producer’s harried life as he’s trying to please studio bosses, egotistical movie stars and two ex-wives is easy to believe as it was based on real-life producer Art Linson’s book. Everybody involved here must have had plenty to bring to the table; Robert De Niro (who plays the producer) has worked behind the camera plenty of times before and it is especially fun to watch Bruce Willis do an almost psychopathic version of himself. Entertaining odyssey of a man’s quest to douse small fires everywhere, but still a little short on surprises and depth.
2008-U.S. 104 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Robert De Niro, Barry Levinson, Art Linson, Jane Rosenthal. Directed by Barry Levinson. Screenplay, Book: Art Linson. Cast: Robert De Niro (Ben), Sean Penn, Catherine Keener (Lou Tarnow), John Turturro, Robin Wright Penn, Stanley Tucci… Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis.
Trivia: The beard incident was allegedly based on a conflict between Linson and Alec Baldwin during the shoot of The Edge (1997).