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HBO scores with Pacino as Phil Spector in Barry Levinson production
HBO scores with Pacino as Phil Spector in Barry Levinson production

What a great weekend: HBO sent a screener for "Phil Spector," a made-for-TV movie about the legendary music producer, starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren. Barry Levinson is the executive producer, with David Mamet as writer and director. That enough talent for you? David Mamet, whose "Glengarry Glen Ross" is made of the same fine angry American genius as Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," and he's writing and directing a Sunday-night made-for-television movie on HBO. Talk to me some more about how TV dumbs down the culture. What a treat to see Pacino in full flower -- and I do mean full -- as Spector. This performance is in a league with his...

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