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Al Pacino To Play Phil Spector In New Movie

Al Pacino To Play Phil Spector In New Movie

Al Pacino, the guy that rappers and frat boys idolize for his role in Scarface and serious actors idolize for everything else, will take on the role of music producer-turned-murderer Phil Spector in a new HBO film, reports the New York Times. The film, still untitled, will be written and directed by Pulitzer-winning writer David Mamet. Barry Levinson, who won an Oscar for directing Rain Man, has signed on as Executive Producer.

 

Spector, who rose to prominence by developing his signature "Wall Of Sound" in the 1960's with girl groups like the Ronettes and the Crystals, also produced the Beatles' Let It Be, Leonard Cohen's Death of a Ladies Man, the Ramones' End of the Century and about a kajillion other records and singles. In 2009 he was convicted of murdering B movie actress Lana Clarkson and sentenced to prison for 19 years to life.

 

Most recently, Spector worked on the debut album of his wife, Rachelle Spector, called Out Of My Chelle, which is out now. But hopefully HBO will ignore that part of the story.

 

[Pitchfork]

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Crazy that this is going straight to cable. The next Todd Haynes movie is with Kate frickin' Winslet and is gonna be on HBO. It's a mini-series, but still weird. But yeah, Pacino playing Spector should be awesome.

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So Christopher Walken was busy?

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This is frakkin' brilliant casting!

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What a lame choice, they are nothing alike. Al Pacino is a man's man. He can do ANGRY. Phil Spector was never angry, he was petulant and threw tantrums. A missed opportunity. Paul Reubens would have been a million times better. Though I suppose Pacino is the money hook for the producers..

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PHIL SPECTOR BY AL PACINO
RACHELLE SPECTOR BY LIZ SMITH
HOWIE HUBBERMAN BY BRAD PITT
NEIL ZLOWZOWER BY GEORGE CLOONEY
JOHN LENNON BY JULIAN LENNON

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