What Just Happened?


1h 47m 2008

Brief Synopsis

Middle-aged Hollywood producer Ben is already in over his head trying to balance the tug-of-war of having two ex-wives and two different families with his latest business venture--the boldly "visionary" movie "Fiercely" starring Sean Penn when everything that can go wrong goes completely screwy. "Fi

Film Details

Also Known As
Panique à Hollywood
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Distribution Company
Magnolia Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Synopsis

Middle-aged Hollywood producer Ben is already in over his head trying to balance the tug-of-war of having two ex-wives and two different families with his latest business venture--the boldly "visionary" movie "Fiercely" starring Sean Penn when everything that can go wrong goes completely screwy. "Fiercely" looks like an audience-offending flop which draws the ire of iron-gloved studio chief Lou, who forces him into tangling with the film's rebellious and drug-addled director Jeremy. Meanwhile, he's confused and bewitched by his ex Kelly who can't make up her mind about him; shocked by his daughter Zoe, who seems to have grown up overnight; infuriated by his screenwriter friend Scott who's trying to make a deal with him while making moves on his former wife; horrified by a hirsute Bruce Willis and flummoxed by Willis' nebbishy agent Dick, who's scared to death of his own clients. Somehow amidst all the madness, treachery, deceit, runaway egos, rampant commercialism, personal politics and atrocious behavior of America's dream-making machinery, Ben has to find a way not just to make it to Cannes with a finished film, but to cope.

Crew

Jessica Aichs

Production Secretary

Mara Alcaly

Location Assistant

Jill Alexander

Props

Nikki Amorosino

Special Effects

Juan Carlos Anaya

Driver

Juan Carlos Anaya

Craft Service

Rand Angelicola

Scenic Artist

James Atkins

Rigging Grip

Charles Austin

Song

Todd Avery

Camera Assistant

Melanie Banders

Loader

Les Baxter

Song

Abby Bean

Assistant

Steve Beeson

Production Accountant

John Bernardo

Driver

Lark Bernini

Production Coordinator

Peter Betulia

Grip

Robin Bishop

Driver

Kent Blocher

Assistant Editor

Arthur Blum

Dolly Grip

Art Borquez

Rigging Grip

David Boulton

Adr Mixer

Patrick Bratchell

Driver

Eddie Braun

Stunts

Kelly Britt

Best Boy Electric

Howard Brooks

Driver

Kenneth Brzozowksi

Foreman

Robert Buckman

Transportation Captain

Kate Bulpitt

Casting

Trevor Byrne

Assistant

Andrew Max Cahn

Assistant Art Director

Stephen Caldwell

Scenic Artist

Graeme Campbell

Song

Debbie Canfield

On-Set Dresser

Shannon Canfield

On-Set Dresser

William Canfield

On-Set Dresser

Steve Cantamessa

Sound Mixer

Byron Carter

Driver

Stefania Cella

Production Designer

Kam Chan

Foley Editor

Mishell Chandler

Hair Stylist

James Chesterman

Driver

Mike Chiado

Film Lab

Walter Chomero

Driver

Curtis E Clark

Driver

Richard Cody

Craft Service

Danie Coe

Music Producer

Wendy Cohen

Product Placement

Cathy Colby-grauer

Scenic Artist

Daniel B Cone

Production Assistant

Paolo Conte

Song

Paolo Conte

Song Performer

Bill Corso

Makeup

Hank Corwin

Editor

Janette C. Cosby

Accounting Assistant

Kathy Cossu

Medic

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Kyle Coventry

Electrician

Todd Crawford

Film Lab

Brendon Crigler

On-Set Dresser

James Crispino

Production Assistant

Mark Cuban

Executive Producer

Lisa Cubero

Hair Stylist

Chris Cunningham

Lighting Technician

Rocco Curatolo

Driver

Lisa Joelle Curtis

Assistant Production Coordinator

Ben D'andrea

Best Boy Grip

Camille Dalmais

Song

David Davenport

Wardrobe Dresser

Kristen Davis

Set Designer

Robert De Niro

Producer

Ted Deiker

Production Supervisor

Julian Delacruz

Loader

Leo Delibes

Song

Adrian Delude

Colorist

Rich Devine

Props Buyer

Marius Devries

Song

Ricky Diaz

Grip

Paulie Dicocco

Driver

Srdjan Dobic

Set Production Assistant

Nicole Dome

On-Set Dresser

Tyrone Dotson

Driver

Shawn Downing Jr.

Driver

Nick Drake

Song

Nick Drake

Song Performer

Douglas Dresser

Location Manager

Doug Drieser Jr.

Set Production Assistant

Damon Dulas

Lighting Technician

Jennifer Dunnington

Music Editor

Manny Duran

Key Grip

Damian Dydyn

Office Production Assistant

Jim Eberle

On-Line Editor

Michael Eichner

Grip

Kate Eisemann

Location Assistant

Brent Ekstrand

Video Assist/Playback

Robert Elhai

Original Music

Michelle Elkin

Choreographer

Casey Engelhardt

Assistant

Kendall Errair

Key Costumer

Gil Espinoza

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Juan A Espinoza

Craft Service

Leigh Evans

Assistant

Richard Fellegara

Medic

Christopher Ferraro

On-Set Dresser

Jason Fesel

Set Production Assistant

Aaron Fitzgerald

Set Production Assistant

Audrey Fitzgerald

Driver

Elizabeth Flaherty

Art Department Coordinator

Tom Fleischman

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Sttphane Fontaine

Director Of Photography

Rebekah Frankel

Rigging Electrician

Trevor Fulks

Rigging Grip

Wende Gaither

Painter

Brian Gallagher

Adr

Jamie Gallagher

Generator Operator

Steve Gallo

Grip

Eric Gearity

Grip

Eugene Gearty

Supervising Sound Editor

Eugene Gearty

Sound Effects Editor

Eugene Gearty

Sound Designer

Gordon H Gertsen

On-Set Dresser

Mike Gerzevitz

Lighting Technician

Kim Gibbons

Assistant

Chris Gibson

Set Production Assistant

Bryan Gilbert

Rigging Grip

Bebel Gilberto

Song Performer

Bebel Gilberto

Song

Steven Givens

Lighting Technician

Ryan Gomez

Cashier

Ann Gray

Post-Production Coordinator

Nicole Greenbaum

Set Costumer

Cecile B Greenfield

Office Production Assistant

Clarence Greenwood

Song

James Gregory

Electrician

Didi Gutman

Song

Josh Hakian

Special Effects Supervisor

John Halligan

Grip

Sandra Handloser

Props Buyer

Kevin Harrigan

Driver

Melissa Harrison

Art Department

Geno Hart

Consultant

Jim Hartz

Instructor

Lee Hazlewood

Song

Lee Hazlewood

Song Performer

Scott Henry

Props

Michael Hernandez

Craft Service

Chad Herr

Rigging Grip

Gary Hilderbrand

Rigging Electrician

William Hilt

Driver

Donn Hook

Wardrobe

Harry Hope

Rigging Grip

Richard K Hoppe

On-Set Dresser

Matt Horochowski

Dolly Grip

Brian Hurley

Props

Lauren Hurst

Assistant

Aaron Hurvitz

Assistant Location Manager

Kirk Huston

Transportation Captain

Michael Hyde

Transportation Captain

Gloria Inzitari

Accountant

Olga Ishkahnova

Seamstress Supervisor

Homero Jazquez

Craft Service

Lee Jennings

Driver

Gregor Joackim

Stand-In

Amanda Mackey Johnson

Casting

Malaika Johnson

Location Assistant

Susan Dee Johnson

Scenic Artist

John R Johnston

Foreman

Brian Jones

On-Set Dresser

Sue Jones

Casting

Michael Jortner

Property Master

Timothy S Kane

Set Production Assistant

David Katz

Video Assist/Playback

Zoa Keith

Transportation

Kevin Kelly

Driver

Steven Kenyon

Music

Matthew Ker

Song

Frank Kern

Foley

Keith Kerrigan

Driver

Karreem Khybery

Office Production Assistant

S Dylan Kirkland

Assistant Location Manager

Graham Klatt

Grip

Anthony Klein

Grip

Mark A Klein

Grip

Simon Knights

Video Assist/Playback

Mark Knopfler

Song

William Kolpin

On-Set Dresser

Eric Kopeloff

Unit Production Manager

Eric Kopeloff

Executive Producer

Steve Kornicki

Song

Steve Kornicki

Song Performer

Donald A Kozma

Makeup Artist

Thom Lairson

Camera Assistant

Roger Lang

Carpenter

George Lara

Foley Artist

Scott Larue

Sound

Alyson Latz

Assistant Director

Raam Lazman

Song Performer

Raam Lazman

Song

Ben Leddick

Art Department

Scott Leonard

Rigging Grip

Film Details

Also Known As
Panique à Hollywood
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Distribution Company
Magnolia Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States October 17, 2008

Released in United States Fall October 17, 2008

Released in United States on Video February 24, 2009

Released in United States January 2008

Released in United States July 2008

Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Official Selection - Out of Competition) July 4-12, 2008.

Based on the book "What Just Happened: Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line" by Art Linson; published by Bloomsbury May 2, 2002.

Previously set at up HBO as a possible TV series in 2003.

Limited Release in United States October 17, 2008

Released in United States Fall October 17, 2008

Released in United States on Video February 24, 2009

Released in United States January 2008 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) January 17-27, 2008.)

Released in United States July 2008 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Official Selection - Out of Competition) July 4-12, 2008.)