Sure, HBO may be known to most as the best damn company on the small screen, but when it comes to film, they sure as hell know how to hold their own as well.
Teaming up with two of today’s most intriguing film names, David Mamet and Steven Soderbergh, the company has just given us our first looks at their newest films.
First up, we have our first real look at David Mamet’s next film, his long talked about Al Pacino-starring Phil Spector biopic. The film has been in the works for some time now, with it completing production back in 2011, but while the film’s had a long road to get here, it’s still one of the more interesting projects around. Mamet has been accused of losing a step or thirty, but with a cast including Pacino, Helen Mirren and Jeffry Tambor, it’s really hard to not be deeply excited for this film. It’ll follow the story of Spector, who was put on trial in 2007 for the murder of actress and model Lana Clarkson, so there’s a definite amount of intrigue here narratively as well. No airdate is set.
That said, when it comes to big time HBO-backed pictures, it’s hard to think of anything else than what is allegedly set to be Steven Soderbergh’s final picture. Entitled Behind The Candelabra, we have a new look at the Matt Damon and Michael Douglas-starring feature, which looks at the relationship between the icon Liberace, and his lover Scott Thornson. The film is likely set for a Cannes debut, with no TV air date set as of this moment.
Both films look fantastic, and prove once again that HBO is truly the place that artists go to practice their art to the highest degree.