With the trailer for HBO's 'Phil Spector,' it's easy to fixate on the tabloid nature of the project and Al Pacino's multitude of wigs. Sure, that's what the real Phil Spector looked like in court, but will that overwhelm this true life story about Spector's court time and possible murder of Lana Clarkson? Hopefully writer/director David Mamet has some tricks up his sleeve.
Many of Alfred Hitchcock's movies, from 'Psycho' to 'Vertigo' to 'Rear Window,' are about voyeurism, so the idea of peering into Hitchcock's own previously hidden private life does make a certain amount of sense. But if 'Hitchcock' resonates with some of the Master of Suspense's ideas, it's never faithful to his spirit. Hitch would never have put his name on a film so full of lame pop psychology and so bereft of excitement, tension and humor. Which is a shame, since the title of this movie is his name.
In the grand tradition of Hollywood there are dueling Alfred Hitchcock projects in the works -- 'The Girl,' an HBO original feature starring Toby Jones as the master of horror, and 'Hitchcock,' starring Anthony Hopkins with the giant double-chin. We've got the first official 'Hitchcock' trailer and we're pleasantly surprised to discover this is Helen Mirren's movie.
“Good evening.” Fox Searchlight has decided to give Sacha Gervasi’s ‘Hitchcock,’ with Sir Anthony Hopkins playing the ‘Psycho’ director, a November release date. That’s a bit of a shock, given the fact that the busy Thanksgiving weekend seemed to be set with Ang Li’s ‘Life of Pi,’ David O. Russell’s ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’ and the animated ‘Rise of the Guardians.’ But now we’re tasked with figuring out if Searchlight has an Oscar player up its sleeve.