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Inspired by the personal memoirs of Hollywood producer Art Linson, Barry Levinson's fictional showbiz comedy stars Robert De Niro as a struggling movie producer who has just suffered through his second divorce, and slowly finds his soul being ground up in the machinations of the Hollywood machine. Ben (De Niro) is an aging producer whose career was already on a downward turn when his personal life went straight into the toilet. Not only is Ben juggling two ex-wives and a daughter who seems to have grown up overnight, but his colleagues seem to take pleasure in watching him suffer while he attempts to complete his latest film on an impossible schedule."Fiercely" was supposed to be the visionary movie that revived Ben's career, but drug-addicted director Jeremy (Michael Wincott) has clashed with uncompromising studio chief Lou (Catherine Keener) following a disastrous test screening, and now it appears as if not even Sean Penn's presence in the film will be enough to make it a box-office hit. Meanwhile, Ben's ex-wife Kelly (Robin Wright Penn) can't seem to decide if she loves him or hates him, and his teenage daughter, Zoe (Kristen Stewart), has gone from playing with Barbie dolls to flirting with boys in the blink of a heavily mascaraed eye. As if that wasn't enough for one man to take in, screenwriter Scott (Stanley Tucci) is trying to broker a deal with Ben while simultaneously making a play for his former wife, and nebbish agent Dick (John Turturro) is so terrified of his own clients that he can't even ask Bruce Willis to shave his scraggly new beard for an upcoming role. It's all just another day in the world of runaway egos, treachery, betrayal, and deceit that is Hollywood, and if Ben can just make it to Cannes with a finished film under his arm and his sanity in tact, everything might just work out after all. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:October 17, 2008

Cast

Robert De Niro
as Ben
Catherine Keener
as Lou Tarnow
Sean Penn
as Himself
John Turturro
as Dick Bell
Robin Wright Penn
as Kelly
Stanley Tucci
as Scott Solomon
Kristen Stewart
as Zoe
Michael Wincott
as Jeremy Brunell
Bruce Willis
as actor
Jason Kravitz
as pollster
Mark Ivanir
as Johnny
Remy K. Selma
as Jimmy
Christopher Evan Welch
as Studio marketing guy
Lily Rabe
as Dawn
Sam Levinson
as Carl
Logan Grove
as Max
Karina Buck
as Verna
Peter Jacobson
as Cal
Moon Bloodgood
as Laura
Ari Barak
as Aba Peterson
Paul Herman
as Jerry
Brandon Keener
as Young studio executive
Terrance Yates
as dance instructor
Ron Li-Paz
as Rabbi

Crew

Barry Levinson
Director
Barry Levinson
Producer
Art Linson
Producer
Jane Rosenthal
Producer
Robert De Niro
Producer
Art Linson
Screenwriter
Art Linson
Book Author
Stephane Fontaine
Cinematographer
Marcelo Zarvos
Composer (Music Score)
Allan Mason
Musical Direction/Supervision
Hank Corwin
Editor
Stefania Cella
Production Designer
Anthony D. Parrillo
Art Director
Eric Kopeloff
Executive Producer
Mark Cuban
Executive Producer
Todd Wagner
Executive Producer
Kristen Davis
Set Designer
Roya Parivar
Set Decorator
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Steve Cantamessa
Sound/Sound Designer
Amanda Mackey
Casting
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond
Casting
Eugene Gearty
Supervising Sound Editor
Tom Fleischman
Re-Recording Mixer
Philip Stockton
Supervising Sound Editor
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