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Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

23 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The history of America’s “War on Drugs” has produced many stories. One of the lesser-known ones is that of the late Gary Webb, an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News who wrote a series of articles about the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking into the United States. The film Kill the Messenger tries to tell the story of Webb and the backlash he faced because of his writing. Unfortunately, despite some good performances, the film falls short of its lofty ambitions.

Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), a journalist for the San Jose Mercury News, thinks he’s found the story of a lifetime when he discovers information that seems to expose the CIA’s role in arming the Contra rebels in Nicaragua and supporting their trafficking of cocaine into the United States. But after Webb’s expose is published, he becomes the target of a vicious smear »

- Timothy Monforton

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Scorpion: Season One Ratings

21 October 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

CBS had been filling the Mondays at 9pm timeslot with sitcoms for years and years. Now, they're trying a new drama -- Scorpion. Will this change be a ratings success? Will the show be renewed for a second season? Will it be cancelled? Stay tuned.

Based on real-life events, Scorpion revolves around computer expert Walter O'Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his team of brilliant misfits. They're this country's last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats. The series also stars Katharine McPhee, Robert Patrick, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong, and Ari Stidham.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Why You Have to See "Kill the Messenger!'

17 October 2014 12:18 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

.Kill the Messenger. arrives in theaters near you but is this film worthy of Jeremy Renner.s performance? Here.s what I can tell you. The movie is scary! Why? Because it happened in real life! Take a look at my review!

Official .Kill the Messenger. Synopsis

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. »

- Manny

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Film Review: Meet the Press in Illuminating ‘Kill the Messenger’

14 October 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – When journalists were heroes and exposed those in power for their sins, movies were made like “All the President’s Men.” Gary Webb of the San Jose Mercury News was one of those journalist heroes during the 1990s, but he wasn’t celebrated in his time. The indictments, induced paranoia and outright lies against him are distinctly chronicled in the luminary “Kill the Messenger.”

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Jeremy Renner gives a riveting performance as Webb, who broke the story that the CIA partnered with drug lords to flood poor, minority neighborhoods in Los Angeles with crack cocaine, in order to fund the anti-communist Contras in Nicaragua (Central America). This Ronald Reagan administration effort was essentially true, as reported by Webb, but the corporate powers that had changed and controlled their media holdings since Watergate wanted the story to go away – and therefore wanted Webb to be brought down. Filled with head-smacking revelations, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Director Michael Cuesta Talks Kill The Messenger, Balancing Fact and Fiction, the Alternate Opening, Future Projects, and More

10 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta's (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger.  Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer. Last week I sat down with Michael Cuesta for an extended video interview.  He talked about balancing fact and fiction while bringing this story to the screen, his first cut, deleted scenes, working with Renner, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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'Kill the Messenger': What the Critics Are Saying

10 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kill the Messenger, out Friday, asks Jeremy Renner to portray Gary Webb, the San Jose Mercury News Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist as he undergoes a controversial investigation into a CIA conspiracy in Nicaragua that led to America's cocaine epidemic. Also starring Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Paz Vega, Rosemarie DeWitt and Ray Liotta, the cautionary tale marks Michael Cuesta's first big-screen feature since his major television success with Homeland. The Focus Features title opens in 374 theaters in select markets. Watch more 'Kill the Messenger': Jeremy Renner Deconstructs Journalist Gary Webb's

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- Ashley Lee

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‘Whiplash,’ ‘St. Vincent,’ 13 More Join Crowded Specialty Box Office: Preview

9 October 2014 5:19 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Intense music drama Whiplash, already a big winner at Sundance and the Deauville American Film Festival earlier this year, should drum up plenty of audience interest in its debut this weekend, even though it faces a crowded specialty market that also features several other notable newcomers, including the Bill Murray comedy St. Vincent, Hilary Swank‘s You’re Not You and Jeremy Renner‘s Kill the Messenger. All are what I’d call “big” specialty releases, with big names attached that should attract big attention.

The weekend also includes what I’d call some “small” releases, including documentaries The Overnighters (another Sundance winner) and I Am Ali, about the former heavyweight boxing champion, alongside the Mormon Church-backed Meet the Mormons. All will be clawing for attention in a market that’s seen more than 30 films debut in the past three weeks.

That said, Whiplash should be a real career turner »

- Brian Brooks

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Rosemarie Dewitt Talks Kill The Messenger, Balancing Fact and Fiction, Working with Jeremy Renner, the Poltergeist Remake, and More

9 October 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta's (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger.  Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer. At the Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Rosemarie Dewitt.  She talked about why she wanted to make the movie, balancing fact and fiction, the incredible true story, the Poltergeist remake, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Jeremy Renner Talks Kill The Messenger, Balancing Fact and Fiction, Why He Wanted to Make the Movie, and Working with Louis C.K. on Louie

8 October 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta's (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger.  Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer. At the Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Jeremy Renner.  He talked about why he wanted to make the movie, balancing fact and fiction, if he's a fan of extended cuts, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘Kill the Messenger’ With Jeremy Renner

5 October 2014 9:31 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new dramatic thriller “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb!

Kill the Messenger,” which opens on Oct. 10, 2014 and is rated “R,” also features an all-star cast including Oliver Platt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Robert Patrick, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Rosemarie DeWitt, Barry Pepper, Tim Blake Nelson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Paz Vega and Gil Bellows from director Michael Cuesta and writer Peter Landesman based on the novel by Gary Webb. Note: You must be 17+ to win this “R”-rated Hookup.

To win your free “Kill the Messenger” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Jeremy Renner Talks About "Kill the Messenger!" He's As Smart and Gripping As the Movie!

1 October 2014 11:23 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Jeremy Renner is mesmerizing and totally unforgettable in the upcoming movie .Kill the Messenger.. He plays the true-life character, Gary Webb, the San Jose Mercury News reporter who exposes the CIA.s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and then importing cocaine into the mean streets of California.

When critics use the word gripping, they were probably thinking of .Kill the Messenger..

Take a look at my interview with the actor who also moonlighted as producer in the film. What inspired him to do the movie, and wait .til you see his answer if we are still having war on drugs.

Official .Kill the Messenger. Synopsis

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men »

- Manny

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Scorpion: ITV2 to air Us tech thriller in the UK

30 September 2014 3:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV2 is to air new Us drama Scorpion in the UK.

The series, inspired by a true story, follows eccentric genius Walter O'Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his team of brilliant misfits - the last line of defence against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age.

Angela Jain, ITV's Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions said, ""ITV2 is delighted to be showing Scorpion. We think this fun, action-packed drama about a group of misfit masterminds is a perfect fit for our young audience. Its incredibly strong premiere on CBS in the States is just the start we had hoped for. "

Scorpion launched on CBS in America on September 22, drawing an audience of 13.8m viewers.

Also starring Robert Patrick and Katharine McPhee, the show will air on ITV2 in the autumn.

Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) directed the pilot episode and also serves as an executive producer alongside Star Trek's Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. »

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ITV Acquires New CBS Series 'Scorpion' for U.K.

30 September 2014 2:56 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

British TV giant ITV has acquired new CBS dramedy Scorpion. It will air the show, which had strong debut ratings, on its ITV2 network, starting later this fall.  Financial terms of the deal with CBS Studios International weren't disclosed. It is for the exclusive, first-window broadcast and subscription VOD rights to the show. ‎ Starring Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick and Katharine McPhee, Scorpion is inspired by the true story of eccentric genius Walter O’Brien and his team of misfits who fight high-tech threats. Read more 'Scorpion' Producer Embraces 'Big Bang Theory' Comparison "We are thrilled to be

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- Georg Szalai

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Scorpion

22 September 2014 9:05 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: CBS

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: September 22, 2014 -- Tbd

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Robert Patrick, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong, and Ari Stidham.

TV show description:

This dramatic TV show is based on the life of Walter O'Brien. O'Brien (played by Elyes Gabel) is a self-proclaimed computer expert and an eccentric genius. He and his team of brilliant misfits -- the Scorpion team -- comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age -- Homeland Security's new think tank.

Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is an expert behaviorist who can read anyone. Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong) is a mechanical prodigy while Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) is a statistics guru.

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Scorpion Recap: “Pilot” – Everybody Is a Genius

22 September 2014 7:37 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If CBS' shows The Big Bang Theory and Hawaii Five-0 had a baby, and that baby popped Adderall and was fueled by premium octane, it would be named Scorpion.  The new fall action-drama centers on a foursome of geniuses (and one down-to-Earth waitress) who are recruited by Homeland Security to help defend against modern-day threats.  Sounds great in theory, but the over-reliance on geek speak and the "Let's talk so fast that no one will notice how dumb this is" tactic quickly wear thin and make this possible prodigy fall far short of its potential.  Hit the jump for my Scorpion recap. The multi-cultural cast features Elyes Gabel as Walter O'Brien, a genius with an Iq of 197, smoldering looks, and a rocky past with Federal Agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick).  We're introduced to a younger version of Walter, who has recently hacked into Nasa in order to download the shuttle's »

- Dave Trumbore

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Scorpion Series Premiere Review: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

22 September 2014 7:29 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Try pitching Breaking Bad in one sentence. Or Game of Thrones. Heck, try explaining something as nearly straightforward as Masters of Sex in one sentence. The elevator pitch is the Holy Grail of the Hollywood development process, and when you get that perfect project with that perfect line, you can just throw it out there and everyone will know immediately what you’re getting at. So in that spirit, here’s everything you need to know about Scorpion: it’s The Big Bang Theory meets Mission: Impossible. Boom. If that sounds like something that’s appealing then welcome, and if it’s something that sounds inane or stupid, then you are now free to return to your prestige dramas on premium cable.

Even if you didn’t know that Scorpion was a CBS show, you’d know because it combines two highly successful aspects of the current CBS line-up: »

- Adam A. Donaldson

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'Scorpion' premiere react: Wild action can’t save pilot issues

22 September 2014 7:01 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

[This post contains details from the premiere of Scorpion, which aired Sept. 22]

Television isn’t lacking for genius protagonists, procedurals centered around the proliferation of modern technology, or even a combination of the two… particularly on CBS. From The Big Bang Theory to Person of Interest, to the network’s new CSI: Cyber, viewers might start to think every CBS producer has a brilliant best friend with a penchant for hacking but ineptitude for small talk.

So the debut of another new CBS drama, Scorpion, bears little in the way of surprise when it comes to its smart hackers who need help communicating. There’s an undercurrent of important social discussion that is underserved in the pilot. »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Scorpion: Is the CBS Procedural a Stroke of Genius?

22 September 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

There isn’t a single problem that Scorpion‘s Walter O’Brien can’t solve. Well, if you don’t count the whole “unable to process emotions” thing.

On the CBS procedural, which debuted Monday, Walter (Body of Proof’s Elyes Gabel) is one of the five smartest people in the world, and he’s surrounded himself with other highly intelligent outcasts who are just scraping by in the real world: Sylvester Dodd, a mind-bogglingly fast mathematician; Toby Curtis, a Harvard-trained behaviorist; and Happy Quinn, an engineering whiz (who also has an affinity for punching people in the mouth).

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Series premiere talkback: 'Scorpion' - 'Pilot'

22 September 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I offered a brief review of "Scorpion" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did this show about geniuses seem smart or stupid? Did you buy Elyes Gabel as one of the five smartest people alive? How do you feel about Katharine McPhee in a non-musical context? Are you with McPhee in being amazed what the ultimate solution to the problem involved? Were the two car chase sequences enough to carry you through, or did you just spend the whole hour wondering why they were wasting Ernie Hudson in such a nothing role? Did Robert Patrick's make-up in the opening scene freak you out? And will you watch again? Have at it.   »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Scorpion’ Review: CBS's ‘Fast and the Geniuses’ Drama Should Never Slow Down

22 September 2014 12:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

There isn't a lot of down time on the pilot episode for CBS's “Scorpion,” which ends up being a good thing. When it does slow down, then the clunky dialogue and the emotional confessionals gives you time to see the weaknesses in the drama. Based on a true story, “Scorpion” opens by introducing us to a young Walter O'Brien, a kid genius who attracts the attention of FBI agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) when he hacks into Nasa. Fast-forward two decades and Walter (Elyes Gabel) has put together a team of geniuses who are having a hard time paying the bills. »

- Jethro Nededog

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