What Just Happened

What Just Happened

Director: Barry Levinson Cast: Robert De Niro, Catherine Keener, Sean Penn

DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled)

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2009
UPC: 0876964001717
Original Release: 2008
Rating: R
Source: Magnolia
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 46,694

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Audio Commentary with Barry Levinson (Director/Producer) and Art Linson (Writer/Producer); ; Deleted Scenes; Behind the Scenes; Casting Sessions; Making of What Just Happened: From Book to Script to Screen

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Ben
Catherine Keener Lou Tarnow
Sean Penn Himself
John Turturro Dick Bell
Robin Wright Kelly
Stanley Tucci Scott Solomon
Kristen Stewart Zoe
Michael Wincott Jeremy Brunell
Bruce Willis Actor
Jason Kravitz pollster
Mark Ivanir Johnny
Remy K. Selma Jimmy
Christopher Evan Welch Studio marketing guy
Lily Rabe Dawn
Sam Levinson Carl
Logan Grove Max
Alessandra Danielle Sophie
Karina Buck Verna
Peter Jacobson Cal
Moon Bloodgood Laura
Ari Barak Aba Peterson
Paul Herman Jerry
Jonathan Charles Kaplan Suit 1
Brandon Keener Young studio executive
Terrance Yates dance instructor
Ron Li-Paz Rabbi

Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director,Producer
Steve Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Stefania Cella Production Designer
Hank Corwin Editor
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Kristen Davis Set Decoration/Design
Robert De Niro Producer
Stephane Fontaine Cinematographer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Eric Kopeloff Executive Producer
Michael Lerman Asst. Director
Art Linson Producer,Screenwriter
Amanda Mackey Casting
Allan Mason Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony D. Parrillo Art Director
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
Marcelo Zarvos Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- What Just Happened
1. Power Plays [5:15]
2. Test Screening [3:52]
3. Through the Roof [3:10]
4. Playing by the Rules [3:30]
5. Keeping Secrets [4:44]
6. The Right Thing [5:34]
7. Staying Focused [4:58]
8. Making Some Changes [3:18]
9. Artistic Integrity [6:07]
10. Part of the Job [3:50]
11. More Important [4:57]
12. Making Moves [4:30]
13. Dreaded Ending [6:28]
14. Talk About the Now [4:58]
15. Trying to Relax [3:52]
16. Paying Respect [6:02]
17. Negotiating Terms [4:35]
18. Friday [4:18]
19. Cannes Film Festival [1:42]
20. Vanity Fair Shoot [6:06]

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