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What Just Happened (2008)

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Two weeks in the life of a fading Hollywood producer who's having a rough time trying to get his new picture made.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Art Linson, Art Linson (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Ben
Sean Penn ... Sean Penn
Catherine Keener ... Lou Tarnow
Bruce Willis ... Actor
John Turturro ... Dick Bell
Robin Wright ... Kelly (as Robin Wright Penn)
Stanley Tucci ... Scott Solomon
Kristen Stewart ... Zoe
Michael Wincott ... Jeremy Brunell
Jason Kravits ... Pollster (as Jason Kravitz)
Mark Ivanir ... Johnny
Remy K. Selma Remy K. Selma ... Jimmy (as Remy Selma)
Christopher Evan Welch ... Studio Marketing Guy
Lily Rabe ... Dawn
Sam Levinson ... Carl
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Storyline

A week in the life of Ben, a powerful Hollywood producer, as he juggles negotiations with a studio head so that his newest picture can open at Cannes in two weeks, with a high-strung director who must make edits to the film, with an actor and his agent because the star has arrived on the set of a new picture with a full beard, and with his most recent ex-wife, Kelly, whom he discovers may have a lover. He also notices that his 17-year old daughter, from another marriage, has probably been crying. What's up? Can Ben keep it all together, get the green light from the studio to go to Cannes, move his new picture past the beard crisis, and maybe return to Kelly's good graces? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

If it happened in any other movie you wouldn't believe it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violent images, sexual content and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | French

Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Just Happened? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,508, 19 October 2008

Gross USA:

$1,090,947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,759,057
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Though the book "What Just Happened: Bitter Hollywood Tales From the Front Line" is a non-fiction account of Art Linson's experiences as a film producer, Linson chose to adapt it as a work of fiction, taking inspiration from the book. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben: Vanity Fair named me as one of the 30 most powerful producers in the business. Power is an elusive term, but in Hollywood it's everything, I don't care what they say, you either have it, want it, or you're afraid of losing it. Where you stand at these things, or who you may be standing next to, may not seem like the most important thing, but it *really* matters.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Bell Song
Written by Léo Delibes (as Delibes)
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Courtesy of Extreme Production Music USA
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I saw what just happened there.
30 October 2008 | by shnizzedySee all my reviews

The film is certainly enjoyable, and has several laugh-out-loud moments. However, like the film within the film, What Just Happened? feels too long. As a filmmaker myself, I really enjoyed this film, but I am afraid that much of the appeal will be missing in a general audience. A producer trying to change Bruce Willis' mind is pretty funny, but how funny is it to a non-producer or a non-Bruce-Willis? The performances, are, of course, outstanding. The entire cast is composed of nearly uncriticizable actors who are superb in any role they attempt. If you have an interest in how films come to be, this is a fun little flick. If you don't care about the behind-the-scenes, you may want to sit this one out.


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