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by Alison Willmore
January 29, 2013 4:23 PM
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Watch: Teaser for David Mamet's HBO Semi-Biopic 'Phil Spector'

Helen Mirren and Al Pacino in 'Phil Spector' Phillip V. Caruso/HBO

"Phil Spector," the upcoming TV movie written and directed by David Mamet for HBO, stars Al Pacino as the (in)famous record producer and Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden, the defense attorney representing him in his trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson. It's the latest in a string of wild-eyed biopic roles for Pacino, who in 2010 starred as Jack Kevorkian in Barry Levinson's "You Don't Know Jack" (another HBO film) and is slated to play Joe Paterno in Brian De Palma's "Happy Valley."

READ MORE: Soderbergh Goes 'Behind the Candelabra' and Mamet Explores 'Phil Spector' at HBO's TCA Panel

The below teaser for "Phil Spector," set to premiere on HBO on Sunday, March 24th at 9pm, doesn't offer up a look at any footage from the film, but sets snippets of dialogue to The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody," which Spector produced. When Mamet, Mirren and Pacino came to TCA earlier this month to discuss the film, it was described as "a work of the imagination, inspired by real people and events but not based on them."


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  • Edward Lozzi | February 1, 2013 5:42 AMReply

    HBO's Dubious Spector film Has The Friends of Lana Clarkson More Than Concerned

    We are quite concerned about how David Mamet will portray Lana Clarkson, one of our own (SAG/AFTRA/Equity actress). Mamet, the writer, has publicly stated that he feels Phil Spector is innocent and should not be in prison. We fear that he will rewrite history and portray Lana Clarkson as responsible for her own death. That is not acceptable and if he does so, there will be consequences from us to the press , and consequences at Emmy nomination time, e.a., we will influence Academy members: "No Emmy Nominations for a film that rewrites history and hurts people alive today". We wish to emphasize this action will be aimed Mr. Mamet and HBO who could make this go away if they gave us the courtesy to respond to our request to help him portray Lana factually as recorded by the Courts. "HBO keeps telling the media this will be factual as all of our projects are." Are they serious?

    We had asked Mamet to let us help with his script research, to remind him who Lana Clarkson was, and to have a dialogue about the script. He has ignored us. We fear the worst. Thank you for reading this and know that we are very serious.

    Sincerely,
    Edward Lozzi for *The Friends of Lana Clarkson epl@lozzipr.com

    *The Friends of Lana Clarkson are comprised of men and women who were the actor's and comedienne's long time girlfriends, , hairdressers, agents, managers, publicists, casting directors, boyfriends, producers, make-up artists, church goers and a select group of media reporters including the late Vanity Fair crime writer Dominick Dunne. Many of the group were in the court room during both criminal trials and remain stalwart in their quest to protect the wonderful legacy that was the life and times of Lana Clarkson.