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2013 domestic box office record: History is made (once again) — if you pretend inflation doesn’t exist (photo: 2013 North American box office no. 1 movie, ‘Iron Man 3,’ with Robert Downey Jr.) Even though Will Ferrell’s comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and the latest Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio collaboration, The Wolf of Wall Street, have opened more modestly than expected, while the Justin Bieber concert movie Believe has been totally discredited, the 2013 Christmas and New Year’s season has been quite strong at the domestic box office. According to Variety, figures are up 10% compared to 2012, while the total 2013 box office tally up to December 29 is a mere $1.6 million lower than the $10.837 billion record set last year. Does this latest record-breaking box office news sound too good to be true? Well, perhaps that’s because it is (too good to be true). See, Thor and Loki and Bilbo and Katniss »
- Zac Gille
The classic western hero gets a big screen update with The Lone Ranger, but what ended up on screen is a far cry from the hero many of his fans grew up seeing on television. Instead, we get a goofy attempt to make the Pirates of the Caribbean formula work in the western genre and give Johnny Depp a new franchise. Directed by Gore Verbinski, The Lone Ranger features an incredible cast of ensemble talent including Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, and Barry Pepper. Starting off at a fair in 1933's San Francisco, a small boy wanders into a Wild West Show tent and meets an old »
- Patrick Luce
Thanks to USA Today, we now have the first two photos from the upcoming "Kill the Messenger" thriller, giving us a look at Jeremy Renner as real-life San Jose Mercury-News journalist Gary Webb. Check everything out below. Plot: In the 1990s, Webb uncovered the Central Intelligence Agency's role in importing cocaine into California that was sold to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Supported by his wife and children, Webb pursued the story and went public with his evidence. When targeted for a vicious smear campaign by the CIA and rival journalists, Webb found himself fighting for his reputation and his family. The new movie is directed by Michael Cuesta and co-stars Josh Close, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Wiliams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Disc of the week Love, Marilyn
Director Liz Garbus has assembled a glittering constellation of movie stars to narrate the kaleidoscopic life of cinema’s ultimate bombshell. Her striking documentary draws on a recently unearthed trove of Marilyn’s own journal entries, letters and poems and intersperses spoken word with footage of her life, her loves and her end.
Performing against an evocative backdrop of Monroe’s erratic handwriting, the narrators disclose a self-critical, emotionally articulate, three dimensional woman. The portrait, though hitting familiar notes, is refreshing and allows the actress to tell her own truth. This choice grants to Monroe a dignity that is often lacking in more dramatic coverage of her ‘iconic’ life. Especially bittersweet is her contemplation of suicide by bridge jump. She would need “an ugly bridge” to leap from but is “particularly fond of all bridges”.
Conversely, it was the splash of Hollywood faces »
- Adam Lowes
After receiving an Oscar nomination for his electrifying turn in The Hurt Locker, Jeremy Renner has exploded from being a face of independent cinema to one ubiquitous in summer blockbusters and top-notch dramas. From The Town to The Bourne Legacy, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol to The Avengers, Jeremy Renner has kept a very full schedule. He isn’t slowing down anytime soon either, as he has two very intriguing films coming up. The first is in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, the second is Kill the Messenger.
Kill the Messenger is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, who alleged in a series of 1996 stories that the CIA had connections to the crack cocaine trade. Renner plays Webb in the film and in an USA Today article examining the story behind Kill the Messenger, the first photos were revealed.
If a picture is indeed worth one thousand words, »
- Jordan Adler
The first images (below) of Jeremy Renner’s character Gary Webb, has emerged online from the upcoming true story CIA thriller, ‘Kill The Messenger.’ The film follows Webb, a news reporter whose life was ruined when he identified the CIA in a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua with weaponry and import cocaine into California. As a result, he is publicly targeted by the CIA in a smear campaign set about to destroy his career, reputation and perhaps even his life.
Directed by Michael Cuesta, ‘Kill The Messenger’ is also written by Peter Landesman and features an impressive cast list, including 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.
The release date of ‘Kill The Messenger’ has yet to be identified, but is expected to be sometime within 2014.
Source: USA Today »
- Matthew Ceo
Earlier this year, we heard about a project called Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner. "Homeland" director Michael Cuesta was behind the film that doesn't paint the CIA in the best light as it follows the agency's scheme to craft a smear campaign to ruin the reputation of journalist Gary Webb (Renner) after he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California. Now some first look photos from the film have arrived with Renner looking like a very intrepid journalist. The cast also includes Tim Blake Nelson, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia, Rosemarie DeWitt and many more. Look! Here are the first photos from Michael Cuesta's Kill the Messenger from USA Today: Kill the Messenger is directed by "Homeland" producer and director Michael Cuesta with a script from Peter Landesman (Parkland), who »
- Ethan Anderton
The first images of Jeremy Renner in the true story dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger have been released online. Directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter), the pic is based on the true story of news reporter Gary Webb, whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California. After publishing his 1996 series “Dark Alliance,” Webb became the target of a smear campaign by the CIA that had serious repercussions. Peter Landesman (Parkland) penned the screenplay, and the impressive ensemble cast includes 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. Hit the jump to take a look at the images. Kill the Messenger will be released sometime in 2014. Via USA Today. »
- Adam Chitwood
As "The Fifth Estate" sadly proved last month, journalism movies aren't the easiest sell at the multiplex, even when involving a current hot button issue and headline-grabbing figure at the center of the drama. But a good story can't be ignored and Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta ("Homeland," "Dexter" and "Twelve And Holding" also featuring Renner) have latched onto one in "Kill The Messenger." And even though the movie isn't due until sometime in 2014, the pair are getting out in front and starting to talk about the movie. Penned by Peter Landesman ("Parkland"), based on the books "Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion" by Gary Webb and Nick Schou’s "Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb" and featuring an all star-cast—Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The first two stills from director Michael Cuesta's dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger are now online and showcase leading man Jeremy Renner, who stars alongside Josh Close, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Wiliams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Check them out in our gallery viewer at the bottom of this page, courtesy of USA Today . For Kill the Messenger Renner takes on the role of Gary Webb, the real-life dedicated reporter for The San Jose Mercury-News. In the 1990s, Webb uncovered the Central Intelligence Agency.s role in importing cocaine into California that was sold to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Supported by his wife and children, Webb »
Directed by Ric Roman Waugh.
John Matthews (Johnson) is a successful haulage firm boss whose son Jason is arrested for drug trafficking after being set-up by a friend. After turning down an offer from a U.S attorney Keeghan (Sarandon) which would reduce his sentence, but at a moral cost, it seems that Jason (Gavron) is going to prison for a long time. However, Matthews pleads with the attorney to let him go undercover and get what the ambitious attorney wants, in the hope that he can save his estranged son.
This is no fictitious story; it is based on true events and consequently makes the core of the story engaging. To begin with I assumed that as “The Rock” was playing the main character and that he was »
- Gary Collinson
[With Snitch coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week, here's a repost of Catherina's review from the films American theatrical debut - Phil]
I’m pretty sure most of you reading this review have an unexplainable dislike of Lifetime movies – you’re forced to watch it because your parents, spouse, anyone has put it on and you can’t complain, yet somehow you’re still intrigued. Well that’s exactly what Snitch is.
Snitch stars Dwayne Johnson as construction company owner John Matthews, Jon Bernthal (that’s Shane from The Walking Dead for you zombie addicts) as former narcotics criminal Daniel James, Susan Sarandon as District Attorney Joanne Keeghan, and Barry Pepper as Agent Cooper. The story is based on real life events surrounding a boy who was framed into drug possession by his best friend. The story goes on to show the choices the boy’s father makes in »
- Catherina Gioino
With Dwayne Johnson's action thriller Snitch coming to Sky Store, we spoke to his co-star Barry Pepper. Johnson plays John Matthews, who offers to go undercover for the Drugs Enforcement Agency when his teenage son is busted on a minor drug offence and is suddenly looking at decades behind bars. We caught up with Pepper, who plays DEA agent Cooper, and star of such five star movies as Saving Private Ryan and The 25th Hour. »
The Lone Ranger was a substantial bomb, and one of Disney's biggest financial disasters, released this past summer and starring Johnny Depp as Tonto. As it makes its way to Blu-ray on December 17, its getting a little extra publicity push thanks to acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino, who has called the movie one of 2013's best. (Now you want to watch it, huh?)
Quentin plans to publish a list of his top ten 2013 films via The Quentin Tarantino Archives at the end of the year. In honor of the Government Shutdown, he has decided to get a jump start on the list, publishing his top ten for the year thus far. The movies are listed in alphabetical order, not by which one he likes the best. And as we have three more months to go, and tons of Oscar bait to get through, this list could drastically change come January 1.
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: Dec. 17, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
The action adventure film brings Depp back together with the team behind at least three of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies: director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writers Terry Elliott and Ted Rossio. New to the party is co-writer Justin Haythe (Snitch).
Rated PG-13, the film wasn’t too well liked by critics, who gave it only 30% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers were »
Kill the Messenger is scheduled for release in 2014. »
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage. Cable’s ReelzChannel announced three new original programs this morning at TCA — one JFK-themed documentary and a pair of unscripted series, along with a second season of the workplace docuseries Beverly Hills Pawn — premiering Nov. 6. The new originals include: – JFK: The Smoking Gun, an investigative doc premiering Nov. 3 that’s based on the forensic work of veteran police detective Colin McLaren and his cold-case look into the Kennedy assassination in advance of its 50th anniversary. It purports to finally “solve” the case and reveal the identity of a second shooter in addition to Lee Harvey Oswald. – The Capones (premiering Nov, 9), following the goings-on at a family-run restaurant called Capone’s Restaurtant and Pizzeria headed by Dom Capone. – Hollywood Hillbillies (premiering January 2014), chronicling the antics of Internet superstars Michael “The Angry Ginger,” his “Mema” and Aunt Dee Dee in their move from rural Georgia to Hollywood. »
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Production has begun in Atlanta, Georgia on Kill the Messenger. Focus Features holds worldwide theatrical rights to the true-life dramatic thriller, which will be released in 2014. Focus CEO James Schamus and co-ceo Andrew Karpen made the announcement today.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner stars as Gary Webb, the real-life dedicated reporter for The San Jose Mercury-News. In the 1990s, Webb uncovered the Central Intelligence Agency's role in importing cocaine into California that was sold to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Supported by his wife and children, Webb pursued the story and went public with his evidence. When targeted for a vicious smear campaign by the CIA and rival journalists, Webb found himself fighting for his reputation and his family.
According to The Playlist, Michael Cuesta’s Kill The Messenger, a true-crime drama set for release in 2014, has added more names to its already impressive ensemble cast. Michael Sheen, Barry Pepper, Tim Blake Nelson, and Andy Garcia are all set as to appear in supporting roles, though their specific characters are not yet known.
Kill The Messenger follows the harrowing true story of reporter Gary Webb, who becomes the victim of a brutal smear campaign after attempting to connect the CIA to importing crack cocaine into California and arming Nicaraguan rebels.
The Hurt Locker‘s Jeremy Renner will star as Webb, while other cast members include The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams and Smashed‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Williams will play drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross, while Winstead will appear as Dawn Garcia, Webb’s editor at the San Jose Mercury News.
- Isaac Feldberg
Focus Features International launched sales on the thriller at the Efm back in February and the film is expected to open through Focus in the Us in 2014.
Renner plays the late, true-life investigative reporter Gary Webb, who exposed the connection between the CIA, Nicaraguan Contra rebels and a cocaine smuggling ring.
Michael Cuesta, riding high on the success of Homeland, directs the film inspired by Webb’s Dark Alliance series of articles and Nick Schou’s book Kill The Messenger. Peter Landesman wrote the screenplay.
“Our team of filmmakers has been tireless in working to get this movie made, and we know that audiences will empathise with Jeremy »
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