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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?
Edgy, hilarious and clever; What Just Happened is the latest gem from Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Wag the Dog) and based on producer Art Linsons bestselling memoir of the same name, which describes his real life experiences producing films like Fight Club, Pushing Tin, Heat and The Edge. Bens (De Niro) latest film projectstarring Sean Penn (playing himself) is shaping up to be an audience-offending flop. This draws the ire of studio chief Lou (Keener), who forces him to tangle with the films rebellious and drug-addled British director (Michael Wincott).Meanwhile, Ben finds himself infuriated with his screenwriter friend Scott (Stanley Tucci) for trying to strike a deal with him while making moves on his ex-wife; frustrated with Bruce Willis (also playing himself) because he wont shave off an enormous beard; and flummoxed by Willis neurotic agent Dick (John Turturro) for being afraid of his own clients! Part outrageous comedy, part compelling portrait of a man trapped by his own bad decisions, and part uncensored expose of Hollywood life, What Just Happened is a wickedly funny comedy.