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“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is well served by Steve Carell’s idiot bluster, showing that Burt Wonderstone is due for a dose of comeuppance. But the story of the magician in decline flags about two-thirds of the way in, because there’s nothing sympathetic or redeemable about Burt Wonderstone to keep audiences engaged.
Alan Arkin is Steve Carell's idol, in reality and in their new movie.
The only incredible thing about "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is that way it makes Steve Carell so thoroughly and irreparably unlikable. In a film about magic tricks, this is the most difficult feat of all.
AND THE FANS SAY ... `ARGO'
Show Bits brings you the 85th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.
It didn't take long for the first big upset of Oscar night.
However it fared with Academy voters, the clear fan favorite among those in the Oscar bleachers was "Argo."
At 72, Al Pacino may be gray-haired and a little worn, but he remains, like a dancer, always on his toes, and still enamored of the "crazy, crazy, crazy thing" that is acting.
Watching "Stand Up Guys" feels akin to seeing an old, favorite rock band getting back together for one last gig after decades apart. They're not as energetic as they once were, their vocals aren't as powerful, but an obvious camaraderie still exists as well as a touch of rebellion.
Al Pacino, energized by a conversation that has inevitably turned to the intricacies of acting, is snapping his fingers.
A few weeks ago, the Oscar race looked wide open. The stately, historical "Lincoln" seemed like the safe and likely choice, with the provocative "Zero Dark Thirty" and the quirky and inspiring "Silver Linings Playbook" very much in the mix for the Academy Award for best picture.
The James Bond adventure "Skyfall" and the fantasy series "Game of Thrones" have picked up prizes for best stunt work from the Screen Actors Guild.
A puzzling Academy Awards season will sort itself out a bit more on Sunday with the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where top performers gather to honor their own in what often is a prelude for who'll go home with an Oscar.
The Steve Carell magician comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" will kick off the annual South by Southwest film festival.
Carell cracked up when Arkin explained why he refused to learn any tricks for his role as elderly magician Rance Holloway, whose at-home magic kit inspires the young Wonderstone to learn the art of illusion.
"It's crucial that the audience feels that sense that you did something together," Arkin said. "That's why, whenever I see a flash mob, I start sobbing. It's art that's just done for the sheer joy of it. There's nothing to gain from it. It's just to have fun. It's deeply healing."