Friday, July 19, 2024

Dustin Hoffman to “Fockers”: We Told You


Yes,, yes, yes:  Dustin Hoffman is going to be in “Little Fockers.”

We broke the story on Sunday night. You can see it below. I even republished it on Monday.

And then today, Nikki Finke’s Deadline: Yesterday simply rewrote it and published it again. Deadline: Yesterday has a bad habit of reading the newspapers and internet, and then repurposing the news.

But we told you on Sunday night after discussing Hoffman’s decision with “Fockers’ insiders over the weekend. DeadlineL Yesterday et al. cannot say that. Oh well. This is how the internet works.

I don’t think “Little Fockers” was in so much trouble or needed to be “saved,” by the way. From the beginning Hoffman wanted too much money. So they wrote the movie leaving spots for him. Jane Rosenthal and Robert DeNiro always suspected Hoffman would come in at some point. They said it last winter, and I reported it.

I kind of like the fact that Dustin stood his ground. The movie will be a big hit. And everyone will do well from it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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