Hot TV Trailer: ‘Phil Spector’

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 1:48am PST

HBO‘s Phil Spector has its first full trailer (replete with some pretty fabulous wigs). Al Pacino plays the music producer who was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson. Helen Mirren is defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden … Read More »

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Big Names Tackle Big Subject Matter In HBO’s ‘Phil Spector’: TCA

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 3:15pm PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Phil Spector is, in a sense, being retried in the court of artistic expression in the HBO biopic Phil Spector that debuts this spring featuring the typically impressive HBO pedigree: Al Pacino in the title role as Spector and Helen Mirren as his co-star. Oh, and David Mamet as writer-director. At the afternoon TCA panel promoting the film, defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden, who defended Spector in his first trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson and served as a consultant on the film, remains unconvinced that her client did in fact commit the crime. “It was not proven,” she believes, “and to some degree that’s what this movie explores. What does reasonable doubt mean in a jury trial? Mamet, too, remains unconvinced of Spector’s guilt. “All I knew when we started the project is that he was a freak who killed some girl,” he said. But by the time he finished watching a documentary about Spector, Mamet admits he had changed his tune, to the point where he was almost equally convinced that Spector was extremely bright, misunderstood — and quite possibly not guilty. But his marching orders were “don’t indict the victim,” so he worked to make sure that was the case. Read More »

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Helen Mirren To Replace Bette Midler In HBO’s Phil Spector Biopic

By | Monday July 18, 2011 @ 3:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Less than a week after filming of the HBO Films movie Phil Spector was suspended after co-star Bette Midler had to pull out for medical reasons, the producers of the David Mamet-written and directed movie have found a … Read More »

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And In Other Film Deals…

By | Friday October 8, 2010 @ 1:52pm PDT
Mike Fleming

HBO has Al Pacino moving from Jack Kevorkian to playing Phil Spector in a film directed by David Mamet. I can tell you that Cameron Crowe tried for years to make a studio feature film about Mr. Wall Of Sound with Tom Cruise playing the gun-toting volatile record producer. But eventually … Read More »

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