"All the world's a stage, and the men and women merely players". Or so thinks Simon Axler (Al Pacino), a washed up aged actor who struggles to distinguish real life from the stage. With no money and all but no dignity left, his agent is desperate to help him get a new job advertising. Then he meets Pegeen (Greta Gerwig), the daughter of a close friend. As his flirtation is returned, Simon is more than confused to discover that Pegeen is a lesbian. Through a web of hilarious deception, Simon is warned to stay away, yet his odd relationship with Pegeen blossoms into something both self-destructive and moving.
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Seems like the actor's retirement threat was an empty one
Shia LaBeouf’s antics over the past year have been attributed to a wider ideal: a performance art piece produced with the help of several other artists. Whether that’s true or not, the mercurial actor claimed he was retiring ‘from public life’ – a claim that has just been confirmed as boohocky with the announcement of his role in Rock The Kasbah. (Casbah? Some say K, some say C)
Shia LaBeouf doing some sort of work - proper work
LaBeouf – who made his name as a child-star in Even Stevens, and enjoyed a successful turn in Holes - will star alongside Bill Murray in Barry Levinson's Rock the Kasbah. Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel also share the screen. Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are stepping in to exec produce Kasbah, while QED International will be looking for buyers at Berlin's upcoming European Film Market.
Johnny Depp will take on the role of the notorious Boston-based gangster Whitey Bulger in the upcoming film Black Mass, it was announced yesterday by the film's producers.
The project, which will be directed by Barry Levinson (who won an Oscar for directing Rain Man), will follow the life of one of America's most infamous organised crime barons and will be adapted from the book on Whitey's life, also called Black Mass, by Boston journalists Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill. Whitey rose through the ranks of Boston's criminal underworld before becoming an informant for the FBI in a bid to get rid of a gangster rival. He was eventually arrested in 2011.
The film is being produced by Cross Creek and will be distributed by Universal Studios, the statement (from Cross Creek) also said, with filming for the project getting under way in May this year. Prior to this, Depp will next be seen in the upcoming Disney reboot of the family western The Lone Ranger, in which he will play the Ranger's (played by Armie Hammer) Native American sidekick Tonto. The Lone Ranger will be released 3 July 2013 in the US and 9 August in the UK.
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On July 4th 2009, an unspeakable disaster took place in the small town of Claridge, Maryland which sits on the eastern shore in Chesapeake Bay. During the annual July 4th celebrations, masses of people enjoying the water became victims of a deadly parasite that infected their host and began eating their organs. It could have been prevented when two researchers testing the water discovered dangerous levels of toxicity and reported it to the mayor, but, fearing a bad reputation and a fall in tourism, he chose to ignore it and let his happy town enjoy the festivities amongst the mutated creatures in the water. 911 calls flooded in and hospitals became overcrowded over the amount of people concerned about infection. The extent of the contagion caused victims to lose control over their minds and their bodies as the parasites rapidly began to mutate. Until now, all footage of the events have been kept under wraps by the government.
This horrific sci-fi thriller is truly a strong contender against the ghost stories of popular cinema culture, but then, what would you expect from the producers of 'Paranormal Activity' and 'Insidious' who started the craze in the first place? Directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson ('Sleepers', 'Toys', 'Rain Man') and written by Michael Wallach in his screenplay debut, 'The Bay' is one of those films that will truly put you off seaside trips over the coming months. It is set for release on November 2nd 2012.
Director: Barry Levinson
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