Al Pacino to star in 'Imagine'
WHO Al Pacino
THE MOVIE "Imagine"
THE DEAL The 72-year-old actor will play a 64-year-old rock star in this movie from writer-director Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love"), according to Deadline. In the story, Pacino's successful but dissipated character discovers an undelivered fan letter he once wrote to his idol, John Lennon, and is inspired to reconnect with his artistic integrity, move into a small hotel (the manager is played by Julianne Moore) and find his estranged son (Jeremy Renner). The script was reportedly first sold to Warner Bros. with Steve Carell attached.
WHO Joy Mangano
THE DEAL Mangano, the Huntington-raised single mother whose invention of the wildly successful Miracle Mop transformed her into a wealthy entrepreneur, has closed a deal to make a film based on her life. Annie Mumolo ("Bridesmaids") is writing the script for Fox 2000, a division of 20th Century Fox, though no director has yet been announced. There's also no official word on an actress to play Mangano, who still lives on Long Island and is now president of the company Ingenious Designs.
THE MOVIE "They Call It Myanmar"
THE DEAL This documentary, subtitled "Lifting the Curtain," provides a rare inside look at Myanmar, formerly Burma, an oppressed and isolated country that is starting to move away from authoritarianism. Filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman shot his movie clandestinely for two years, recording interviews with people around the country and with Nobel-winning opposition activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Lieberman will speak at the screening, which is part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Series.
INFO Monday at 7 p.m. at the Simons Center, Stony Brook University. Tickets are $5. 631-473-5220; gpjac.org.