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Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the first photo of Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes in the upcoming "Truth" film. Check it out below. Plot: A behind-the-scenes look at news anchor Dan Rather during his final days at C.B.S. News when he broadcast a damaging report about how President Bush relied on privilege and family connections to avoid fighting in the Viet Nam War. The new movie is the directorial debut of writer James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man, White House Down) and is set to hit theaters on October 16th. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
AMC has renewed “Making of the Mob” for Season 2 and ordered “The West” straight to series, the cable channel said Friday during its Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour presentation. “The West” (working title) is executive produced by Stephen David Entertainment in association with Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions. Eight one-hour episodes will premiere in summer 2016; production is set to begin in early August. The limited-run series will take viewers into the violent world of cowboys, Indians, outlaws and lawmen to chronicle the intimate, little-known stories of Western legends such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy Horse and Sitting. »
- Tony Maglio
The network has ordered eight one-hour episodes, slated to premiere summer of 2016.
Spanning from 1865 to 1890, the docu-series will explore the aftermath of the Civil War when America transformed into the land of opportunity. Depicting the violent world of cowboys, Indians, outlaws and lawmen, and chronicling the little-known true stories of Western legends such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy House and Sitting Bull, the series will also feature interviews with actors who’ve appeared in Westerns including James Caan, Tom Selleck, Kiefer Sutherland and Ed Harris.
“We are pleased to partner with Stephen David and »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Is Cate Blanchett going for the triple crown this year? The two-time Academy Award winner already delighted audiences as the wicked, but semi-sympathetic step mother in Kenneth Branaugh’s live action “Cinderella” in March. In May she earned critical acclaim for her work as the title character in Todd Haynes’ “Carol.” The Weinstein Company is going to release that highly anticipated awards player in November. But, Blanchett fans can rejoice because they’ll have one more shot to enjoy the incredible Aussie’s talents before the end of 2015 and it promises to tell the “Truth.” Sony Pictures Classics announced today that "Truth," James Vanderbilt’s directorial debut, will open in New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 16. Based on a true story, the new drama chronicles the final days of legendary CBS News anchor Dan Rather (Robert Redford) as both he and the network deal with the ramifications of a »
- Gregory Ellwood
AMC has given a straight-to-series order to docudrama The West, from Robert Redford and Making Of The Mob‘s Stephen David. The network will make the announcement at its TCA presentation today. Additionally, the network has renewed The Making Of The Mob for a second season. In the vein of Making Of The Mob, The West will chronicle the evolution of the American West from 1865-1890. Using a blend of dramatic scenes, documentary footage and visual effects, The West will… »
Truth is based on the events that followed a late 2004 report by Dan Rather on CBS about George W Bush’s alleged dereliction of duty while serving in the National Guard during the Vietnam War.
The story was uncovered by Rather’s producer Mary Mapes, a veteran journalist who had previously uncovered the Abu-Ghraib prison abuse story.
The report was subsequently discredited by the government, led at the time by George W Bush, and led to the ruining of Rather’s career and the firing of Mapes.
The incident sparked an ongoing dialogue about journalism, big media and government interference.
The film has not been part of any autumn festival line-up announcement so far and could be a target for Telluride given the pedigree of the cast and the participation of Spc, whose films often »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Conspicuously absent from the Toronto and Venice lineups was Truth, the star-studded journalism drama starring Robert Redford as reporter Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as CBS News journalist Mary Mapes, and now Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed that the film will indeed enter the Oscar race with a newly set October release.
Zodiac scribe James Vanderbilt will make his directorial debut on the tense drama, about the last days Rather, an anchor, and Mapes, a producer, spent at CBS News after broadcasting a highly damaging and controversial report about how President George W. Bush, then seeking re-election, relied on his family connections to avoid serving in the United States National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War. The story made national headlines, and its accuracy was soon called into question, resulting in Mapes’ firing and hastening Rather’s retirement from the news network.
Truth certainly has all the trappings of an Oscar contender. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford’s “Truth” will spread in limited release on October 16, Sony Pictures Classics said Friday. Based on the nonfiction book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes, the drama tells of the real-life relationship between newsman Dan Rather (Redford) and his producer Mapes (Blanchett) over several major news stories the pair broke — and one erroneous report that would blemish their reputations and that of the CBS News. “Truth” will roll out nationally after an starting run in New York and Los Angeles. Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid co-star led by director James Vanderbuilt. Also Read: Cannes: Cate. »
- Matt Donnelly
Get your first look right here! Sony Pictures Classics has revealed a photo from the upcoming film Truth, which is the directorial debut of screenwriter James Vanderbilt (of The Rundown, Zodiac, The Losers, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, White House Down). The film stars Robert Redford as Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, and presents a behind-the-scenes look inside CBS News during Rather's final days there. This photo only shows Blanchett in the make-up room with Redford as Rather, though you can barely see him only through a mirror. At least it's something, and puts this on the map for the awards season as we end the summer and head deeper into the fall. Blanchett is always one to watch. See below. Photo revealed by @sonyclassics. A behind-the-scenes look at news anchor Dan Rather during his final days at C.B.S. News when he broadcast a damaging report about »
- Alex Billington
Truth, the upcoming film based on the 2004 “Rathergate” scandal from Sony Pictures Classics, now has a release date aimed to prime the film for consideration during awards season. The pic starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett will hit select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 16, with wide release to follow. “Rathergate” refers to the drama surrounding the story, reported by Mary Mapes and Dan Rather for CBS, that President George W. Bush might have been… »
The film is based on the Mary Mapes book “Truth and Duty,” and Blanchett plays Mapes, a CBS News journalist and Rather’s producer.
“Truth” follows Mapes and Rather as they uncover allegations that George W. Bush may have been Awol from the U.S. National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War. Four documents were presented as authentic in a “60 Minutes” broadcast aired by CBS on Sept. 8, 2004, less than two months before the 2004 election, but it was later determined that CBS had failed to authenticate the documents.
The ensuing scandal ruined Rather’s career »
- Dave McNary
While Toronto and Venice raised excitement levels for the fall festivals by announcing their initial lineups this week, there are plenty more movies to come. One that certainly has awards season prognosticators wondering where it'll show up is "Truth," with the starry, true story drama now slated for an October release. Sony Pictures Classics announced that "Zodiac" screenwriter James Vanderbilt's directorial debut will open on October 16th. Based on the book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes, the film tells the incredible true story of how Mapes (Cate Blanchett), an award-winning CBS News journalist, and Dan Rather (Robert Redford), uncovered that a sitting U.S. president may have been Awol from the United States National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War. When the story blew up in their face, the ensuing scandal ruined Dan Rather’s career, nearly changed a U.S. Presidential election, and almost »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sony Pictures Classics has released the first photo from "Truth," the true story drama which they've set an October 16th release date for. The date puts the film squarely in awards season and could see Cate Blanchett competing against herself for her work in Todd Haynes' "Carol".
The film deals with how CBS Producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) and Dan Rather (Robert Redford) uncovered that a sitting U.S. president may have been Awol from the U.S. National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War.
When the story blew up in their face, the ensuing scandal ruined Rather's career and almost took down all of CBS News in the process. James Vanderbilt penned the script and makes his directorial debut on the project.
Source: The Playlist »
- Garth Franklin
In the multi-generational drama Hall will play Rory, a talented photographer who, at 42, isn.t where he wants to be, lacking a home, a girlfriend and a successful career.
He meets 29-year-old Ryan (Castle-Hughes), the eldest of three siblings who had led a selfish life until she discovers a talent for cooking. Ryan recognises Rory.s talent and hard work and encourages him to let go, allowing unexpected things to happen.
It.s the debut feature from The Film Bakery, produced by cinematographer/producer Ben Allan. Chong, a commercials and documentary director, started writing the screenplay five years ago. »
- Don Groves
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
Lovers of odd and neglected vintage cinema can rejoice in the repackaging of Michael Ritchie’s weird sophomore title, Prime Cut. With all the menace of a Dick Francis novel and a perverse comedic streak akin to the tastes of John Waters, this misbegotten feature hasn’t received the notable following it deserves for one glaring reason—it’s increasingly warped treatment of women, which may have seemed enlightened for the period, but eventually only adds to the problematic misogyny that never abates. As far as its handling of more sensational, exploitational elements, Ritchie and screenwriter Robert Dillon manage to smooth its edges with breakneck pacing, sarcastic repartee, and a handful of impressively orchestrated face-offs.
- Nicholas Bell
Hollywood’s latest evangelist blew into town without a film degree or a single production credit, but armed with abundant smarts, a knack for salesmanship and buckets of charm. Even Ryan Kavanaugh’s shock of red hair assured he got noticed in any room he entered.
Eleven years later, Relativity Media’s CEO stands on the brink of an inglorious retreat. His Beverly Hills-based company appears on the verge of bankruptcy, a key lender is calling him a “con man” and suing for fraud, and other creditors are pushing for the 40-year-old entrepreneur to be shown the door. While Kavanaugh scrambles to find a savior, the company’s 350 employees are preparing for the worst, with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing expected as early as this week.
Kavanaugh’s would-be Studio of the Future never fulfilled its brash leader’s promise: to harness clever financing and computer modeling to unlock the formula for winning films. »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
The Irish filmmaker, film historian and occasional film critic Mark Cousins has made films about films (at times to some controversy), and films about cities. I am Belfast, which he presented at the 50th Karlovy Vary, is one of the latter: dedicated to his home city of Belfast, it is a loving and somewhat experimental journey through the city and its history.
I am Belfast amazes with its physicality: it’s all about the sounds (the lilt of the language, the sounds of the streets) and the colours (the oranges and yellows of the buildings, cars, people and the blues of the sky), the way you experience a city when wandering through it mindlessly, perhaps alone to better savour all of the sensory experiences, but this time guided by someone who really knows it well. It’s about the troubled Belfast history and the mark it has left on the city as well. »
- Tina Poglajen
A new consultation has been launched, which could see the maximum UK sentence for online copyright infringement increased heavily...
The British government has launched a new consultation, with one proposal set to increase the prison time for online copyright infringement from up to two years to up to 10 years. That would bring it in line with the similar penalty for infringing the copyright of physical goods.
The consultation document cites a 2015 report by the name of 'Penalty Fair?', which suggested that "the vast majority of online copyright offenders have links to further criminality and seek to monetise their illicit activities online via advertising or subscription fees".
It adds that "the Government expects that increasing the maximum sentences available under the specific online copyright offence provisions would have a deterrent effect on criminals seeking to make money in this way. It will also provide real punitive action against those who »
At the age of 20, Timothy Hutton won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing a troubled teen in Robert Redford’s “Ordinary People.” Now, 34 years later, Hutton has received his first Emmy nomination for “American Crime,” the ABC miniseries in which he and Felicity Huffman play parents whose son is murdered. The wrenching, racially-charged drama received 10 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for Hutton. How are you going to celebrate? I don’t know yet. A couple of friends called, and there might be a dinner in the works later on. For the. »
- Steve Pond
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