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Posted Thursday 1/10/19 at 1:34PM EST
Al Pacino is expected to join Amazon's Nazi-Hunter series in his first episodic TV series role
The legendary actor is closing in on a deal to make his regular TV series debut on the Jordan Peele-produced 10-episode series The Hunt. Pacino would join Logan Lerman in the drama based on a true story about a group of vigilante Nazi hunters in 1977 New York City. Lerman will play a man who becomes a Nazi Hunter after his grandmother is slain, joining a mysterious organization known as The Hunt. Pacino would play his mentor. According to Deadline, "The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans." Pacino's previous roles have mainly been confined to HBO, where he won an Emmy for miniseries Angels in America and the TV movie You Don't Know Jack.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
A group of 300 Joe Paterno's former Penn State players denounce HBO's Paterno movie
Source: Awful Announcing
The former players released the following statement in reaction to Barry Levinson's movie: “As Penn State Lettermen, there was never a question that one day we would see a movie made about Joe Paterno, one that showcased his impact on the game of football, on Penn State University and, on the thousands of men he coached and mentored over his 61-year career. Sadly — and wrongly — HBO’s Paterno is not that movie." The statements adds that "this uninformed depiction of Joe fails in every manner about the man we knew and loved. Deviously using ‘fiction’ as his shield, Levinson takes shameless liberties about the Sandusky scandal and Joe’s knowledge of it that would certainly be proven libelous if Joe were alive today."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
HBO's Paterno is somber, quietly dramatic and ultimately depressing
Source: The Washington Post
Al Pacino and Barry Levinson's third HBO collaboration about complicated and vein men -- following biopics on Jack Kevorkian and Phil Spector -- has Pacino in his most effective performance of the three films, says Hank Stuever. "Despite its resonance with the present-day zeal for revealing predators and supporting victims," he adds, "Paterno (premiering Saturday) offers almost none of the catharsis or thematic energy that comes with TV’s recent fixation on sensational cases and scandals; the film seems caught in a pause of uncertainty, as if constantly asking: 'Do we really have to go over this?'"
- Paterno has trouble finding drama in the Penn State sexual abuse scandal
- The script is a slightly confounding structural mess
- Levinson seems unsure if he wants to focus on Joe Paterno or Riley Keough's newspaper journalist Sara Ganim
- Al Pacino on playing Paterno: "I watched a lot of videos of him to get him right"
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 5:25PM EDT
Is Al Pacino hurting his status as one of our greatest actors with his many HBO TV biopics?
On HBO, Pacino has played Roy Cohn, Jack Kevorkian, Phil Spector and Joe Paterno. He's become "HBO’s 21st century muse for films about intriguingly dastardly men and what made them tick," says Joe Reid, adding that "there’s also a sense that we’ve lost Pacino, one of the greatest actors of his era, to the mists of ripped-from-the-headlines TV biopics...It just feels more and more like we’ve lost Pacino to a kind of semi-retirement, and these HBO movies are his afternoon round of golf."
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Barry Levinson: My Joe Paterno HBO movie didn't have an agenda
Source: Sports Illustrated
Paterno, starring Al Pacino, comes down hard on the legendary/disgraced coach. "I think we’re being very journalistic: This is the information that in fact exists," says Levinson. "We’re not making up these stories. This is what exists. You would hope that people can look at it, and realize that we’ve put quite a bit of time and research into it. This isn’t some kind of movie where we have an agenda—we’re trying to tell the story of the information as it laid out. That’s all you can do. You try to show the man in all lights, you know? In some ways, that’s the tragedy of it."
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
HBO's official Paterno trailer previews a film that looks like it'll be hard to watch
The two-minute-plus trailer gives a fuller picture of the Barry Levinson-directed TV movie starring Al Pacino on Joe Paterno's Penn State child molestation scandal.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 4:41PM EST
Watch Al Pacino in the first trailer for HBO’s Paterno
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Barry Levinson-directed film has Pacino playing legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who was dismissed after being embroiled in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 1:38PM EST
A new HBO promo offers a few seconds of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno
Source: Onward State
Pacino plays the disgraced Penn State football legend in the TV movie Paterno.