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Having helped dramatize the Watergate scandal in All the President’s Men, Robert Redford will also bring the so-called “Rathergate” scandal to life in a new movie. Redford is attached to play Dan Rather in Truth, about the controversy that marred the end of the newscaster’s network career. He’ll be joined by Cate Blanchett, who’ll play […]
- Angie Han
"Rathergate," the scandal that erupted in September of 2004 after Dan Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, will be the subject of an upcoming film starring Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as CBS News producer Mary Mapes. Photos Robert Redford: Exclusive Portraits of the Film Icon in New Mexico Rather, whose reputation was tainted after it was revealed that CBS News was unable to authenticate some of the documents upon which his report was based, found out about the film deal just
- Rebecca Ford
"Rathergate" is officially becoming a movie. Robert Redford is set to play former CBS News anchor Dan Rather is a new film that focuses on the controversy surrounding Rather's 2004 60 Minutes report about President George W. Bush getting special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. As it turned out, Rather's report was mostly based on suspected forgeries. »
- Matt Wilstein
For twenty-four years, Dan Rather was the face of CBS News. During that time, he broke countless stories and reported on hundreds of world-changing events. Unfortunately, his career is remembered in some circles for only one: The Killian Documents Controversy. The broadcast was a complete fiasco, and now, it.s getting its own movie. According to Deadline, the film will be entitled Truth. More importantly, it will star industry legend Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as his doomed producer Mary Mapes. It.ll be helmed by screenwriter James Vanderbilt, who will make his directorial debut. He wrote The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down. Perhaps more importantly, he.s a descendent of railroad pioneer and visionary Cornelius Vanderbilt and a relative of The Silver Fox, Anderson Cooper. It.s unclear exactly how wide the scope of Truth might have, but it will focus primarily on the lead-up »
In the perfect marriage of politics and Hollywood casting, Robert Redford might portray Dan Rather in a dramatic thriller about the 2004 60 Minutes II investigation into whether or not President George W. Bush received preferential treatment to avoid Vietnam service in 1968. Cate Blanchett is also in talks to play Mary Mapes, the CBS producer who worked on the controversial story and is the central figure in the proposed film, which still lacks financing. Her 2005 book, Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power, is the basis for the movie, which will be directed by screenwriter James Vanderbilt »
- Jeff Labrecque
Robert Redford has signed on to play news broadcaster and journalist Dan Rather in "Truth," a film adaptation of the 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power" for Mythology Entertainment.
Cate Blanchett is attached to play Rather's Peabody Award-winning producer Mary Mapes who penned the book. "The Amazing Spider-Man" screenwriter James Vanderbilt makes his directorial debut with the film and will adapt the screenplay.
The tome deals with the fallout after Rather reported in 2004 that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.
Said report that was based on documents that turned out to be forgeries and the subsequent scandal became known as "Rathergate". Mapes was accused of lapses in judgment and was fired, while Rather's career and reputation were jeopardized.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Robert Redford isn't messing around with this Oscar business. After losing out on a nomination for his acclaimed, nearly dialogue-free performance in last year's "All Is Lost," the legendary actor is making another go at Academy consideration (at least in theory) as the star of "Truth," in which he'll play former CBS news anchor Dan Rather during the career-derailing 2004 "Rathergate" scandal, according to Deadline. Starring opposite Redford will be Cate Blanchett as Peabody Award-winning "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes, who was fired from the program after it was discovered that a series of documents alleged to prove that then-President George W. Bush had been given preferential treatment while serving in the Texas Air National Guard had not been properly authenticated prior to airing on sister program "60 Minutes II." Though Rather continued on with the network until 2006, his career and reputation suffered irreparable damage from the scandal, leading to a $70 million »
- Chris Eggertsen
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill are in talks to join the cast of the Coen brothers’ next film Hail, Caesar!. Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett will play Dan Rather and Mary Mapes, respectively, in Truth. John Goodman is in talks to star in the low-budget thriller Valencia, from Bad Robot. Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting. Firstly, Variety reports that Scarlett Johansson is in talks to join the stellar cast of Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film Hail Caesar!, while The Wrap throws Jonah Hill into the mix as well. The story takes place in 1950s Hollywood and revolves around a fixer who works to keep a studio’s stars in line. Johansson will play an actress who becomes pregnant as her film is about to go into production. George Clooney leads »
- Adam Chitwood
James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac” and both “The Amazing Spider-Man” scripts, will make his directorial debut along with writing and producing through his Mythology Entertainment banner along with Brad Fischer, William Sherak and Mikkel Bondesen.
The film will center on Rather’s 2004 report on CBS’ “60 Minutes Wednesday”about a series of memos critical of President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service record that had been discovered in the files of the president’s former commanding officer. The authenticity of those documents was called into question, which led to claims that the memos were forgeries.
Rather and CBS initially defended the story — released during the height of Bush’s re-election campaign — but wound up retracting it 12 days after the initial broadcast. “If I knew then what I know now, »
- Dave McNary
The scandal that derailed the career of a broadcast news legend will be told by an all-star cast. Robert Redford will play Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett is in talks to co-star as his CBS News producer Mary Mapes in an adaptation of Mapes’ memoir “Truth and Duty,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. “The Amazing Spider-Man” screenwriter James Vanderbilt is making his feature directorial debut on the project, which will be based on Mapes’ “Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power.” It will delve into the scandal behind Rather's reporting on »
- Linda Ge
Scarlett Johansson is in talks to join the Coen brothers' drama Hail Caesar! as an actress who suddenly becomes pregnant as her film is about to go into production. The story follows a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who is working to keep a studio's stars in line. Josh Brolin and George Clooney are leading the project with Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes also starring. Jonah Hill is also reported to be in talks for a role. Variety Robert Redford is attached to play CBS News icon Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett is attached to play his producer Mary Mapes in Truth for screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), making his feature directorial debut. The film will explore the scandal that erupted after Rather reported on 60 Minutes II that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment that put him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The »
- Brad Brevet
As a filmmaker, Robert Redford has never strayed from personal politics, whether it's his early work like All the President's Men or The Candidate or more recent films like Lions for Lambs or The Company You Keep. Now after staying quiet in last year's All is Lost, he'll be diving back into a political topics with Truth, an adaptation of Mary Mapes' memoir Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power. For those not familiar, the film will dig into the scandal that followed a controversial report by veteran CBS News anchor Dan Rather on "60 Minutes II" that former President George W. Bush received preferential treatment that placed him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. More below! The scandal comes from the fact that following the report, Mapes (a CBS News producer) and anchorman Rather were fired, all during Bush's campaign to »
- Ethan Anderton
Ever since his All The President’s Men days – and probably before that – actor/director Robert Redford has been outspokenly political. It should therefore come as no surprise that his next acting project will involve politics, the media, and the complications that arise when the two combine.
Redford has just signed on to play newsman Dan Rather in Truth and Duty, based on 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes’ book Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power. Like the book, the film will follow the behind-the-scenes account of what happened before, during, and after Rather’s notorious report about how then-president George W. Bush managed to keep out of Vietnam.
The report alleged that Bush had received preferential treatment resulting in his acceptance in the Texas Air National Guard over the heads of other applicants, effectively keeping him out of the Vietnam War. Following the broadcast, CBS »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Robert Redford has never been one to keep his personal politics out of his film choices. From as early as "All The President's Men" and "The Candidate," to recent efforts like "The Company You Keep" and "Lions For Lambs," the actor has never shied from putting political concerns front and center with his efforts. And it looks like he'll do that once again. Deadline reports that Redford is set to play "60 Minutes" anchor Dan Rather in an adaptation of Mary Mapes' "Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power." The memoir tells the behind the scenes tales of what really happened after Rather's report about the machinations that kept George W. Bush out of the Vietnam War, made headlines and created a national scandal. And oh, playing Mapes, who was a producer on "60 Minutes"? Cate Blanchett. Yes, please. Here's the Amazon synopsis: It was a great story. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in Truth, a film based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power. The book, written by Rather's producer Mary Mapes, centers on the firestorm that erupted in September of 2004 after Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, a report that was based on some documents that were suspected to be forgeries. Photos Robert Redford: Exclusive Portraits of the Film Icon in New Mexico Cate Blanchett is attached
- Rebecca Ford
Exclusive: Robert Redford is attached to play CBS News icon Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett is attached to play his producer Mary Mapes in Truth, a film that will mark the directorial debut of James Vanderbilt, the A-list screenwriter behind the first two installments of The Amazing Spider-Man. The film will explore the scandal that erupted after Rather reported on 60 Minutes II that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment that put him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The ensuing scandal during Bush’s reelection campaign left Mapes fired and Rather’s storied reputation in tatters. […] »
Scarlett Johannson and Robert Redford have appeared on screen twice together at very different phases in their careers. The first time was in The Horse Whisperer and most recently was this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While we may never get to see them pair up again, both have very active careers with Redford experiencing a resurgence after last year's turn in All Is Lost. Next up for Redford looks to be playing a very famous real person in the form of Dan Rather. Deadline »
- Alex Maidy
Land Ho!’s unconventional and likeable stars, Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn, take audiences on a bawdy and adventurous road trip across Iceland playing a pair of aging ex-brothers-in-law who rekindle their friendship and joie de vivre while on holiday. Opening July 11th, the quirky comedy written and directed by indie filmmakers Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz embraces life as a never-ending adventure where you’re never too old to reconnect, make new acquaintances, and explore the world around you. During an entertaining roundtable interview, Nelson and Eenhoorn talked about their filmmaking journey, the appeal of their characters, the grueling production schedule, their odd couple dynamic, setting the story against a stunning Icelandic landscape, the physical demands of shooting on moonless moors and unpredictable geysers, their Star Wars reference, what it was like on set working with two directors, their Sundance experience, what Robert Redford had to say about their film, »
- Sheila Roberts
[Jordana Spiro's first blog post can be found here.] I was directing my last scene for the lab. It was set in a tiny bathroom and the only place to be out of the camera’s view was the small bedroom on the side with the equipment. After the actors finished a take, the bedroom door opened and Robert Redford asked if he could join me and watch for a while. Sure you can, Robert Redford. We settled in together on the twin bed to watch the small monitor as the actors went for another take and then we talked through […] »
- Jordana Spiro
Epix is bringing a documentary about gay athletes to the small screen that was partially shot during the Sochi Winter Games. Titled To Russia With Love, the documentary features figure skater turned broadcaster Johnny Weir as host-interviewer and chronicles two generations of Olympic Lgbt athletes. The film is produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn's Sundance Productions. Weir was on hand at the Olympics in Russia, which has strict anti-gay laws on the books, as an on-air figure skating analyst for NBC. The documentary will make its world premiere Oct. 22. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films To
- Tatiana Siegel
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