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Just the other day a reader alerted me to a report at BoxOffice.com that Sony Classics had dated James Vanderbilt's Truth for an Oct. 16 release. It seemed odd in that a) the film hadn't been announced for either Venice or Toronto; b) we hadn't seen a trailer or promotional still; c) Sony Classics didn't have the film even listed on their press site; and d) one would expect all these things given the awards buzz surrounding star Cate Blanchett in the role of Mary Mapes. As it turns out, the report was accurate, the film will arrive in October and we also have the first look at Blanchett and Robert Redford in the upcoming film. Of course, there's a bit of decision-making to be had when it comes to Blanchett as she is also looked at as a top contender for Best Actress for her role in Carol. »
- Brad Brevet
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
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 »
- email@example.com (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
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
Well, it's finally August, and while the summer movie season isn't completely over it might as well be. This article was a difficult one to put together, because there just isn't much to recommend this month. But you know what, that's okay, I think I managed to pull together five solid titles for the "must-see" section, and lucky for us the fall festival season is just around the corner, which means things are about to heat up exponentially on the prestige movie front just in time to compensate for things cooling down outside as the seasons change. (I should note here, it is currently 106 degrees fahrenheit here in the desert, and the thought of things cooling down is marvelous, but also very premature.) We are coming off what turned out to be a pretty solid month last month, in my opinion, as I settled back into my routine after a »
- Jordan Benesh
In case you missed the second trailer for Lionsgate's American Ultra that debuted earlier this month, the studio has released a third trailer, chocked full of action. Before he takes on the villainous role of Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jesse Eisenberg portrays Mike Howell, a convenience store employee who is in for quite a rude awakening. After he becomes "activated," without even knowing it himself, Mike's incredible skills are put to the test.
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is »
The more I see of American Ultra, the more I fall in love with this potential sleeper hit of the Summer. I do love a high concept auctioneer, and you don’t get more high concept than the tale of a small town, go no where stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) who finds out he’s a special, government trained killing machine. The script from Chronicles’ Max Landis promises to bring the action and humour in spades, with Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Topher Grace especially having an absolute blast. Check out the new trailer below to see for yourself. Released: 21st August (U.S.)/ 28th August (Irl/U.K.)Synopsis: Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), find his life suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
I know what you're thinking: How am I supposed to focus on wrestling when the Rockies just reportedly traded All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays for a package including equally injury-prone shortstop Jose Reyes? I hear you, but did you see what happened to John Cena's nose against Seth Rollins? When was the last time one of your precious Mlb superstars suffered a spontaneous, bloody blow to the face during three hours of otherwise PG entertainment? Oh, wait.
Well, nonetheless wrestling still rules. Usually. And last night »
Last week, ABC decided to show fans the 10-minute pilot presentation video that helped secure a series order for The Muppets, debuting September 22. Today, the network has released five new posters, featuring the beloved characters Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo. The posters poke fun at the fact that this show will feature Kermit the Frog "full-frontal nudity," while Miss Piggy takes a selfie, Fozzie Bear tries "manscaping" and Gonzo works the phones while clutching a script.
The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for "kids" of all ages. Along with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo, the show will feature a slew of other Muppets characters, »
The Muppets are returning to television this fall – with a meta twist. In a mini-episode teaser promoting their new ABC revival, the colorful cast reunites for a preview of their Office-styled mockumentary series.
"The following presentation was made by the Muppets to convince ABC to make a new show starring the Muppets," reads a narrator in the intro. "It was never meant to be seen by the public. But following Comic-Con, demand to see it was overwhelming. So the network was able to cut through the red tape."
The 11-minute »
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
We saw a new trailer a couple of days ago [watch it here], and now a quad poster has arrived online for the Kristen Stewart / Jesse Eisenberg stoner action comedy American Ultra, which you can see right here…
See Also: Watch the first clip from American Ultra
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
- Gary Collinson
Take another look @ the 'red band' restricted trailer supporting the action comedy feature "American Ultra", written by Max Landis and directed by Nima Nourizadeh, starring Jesse Eisenberg ("Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice") and Kristen Stewart ("The Twilight Saga") , opening August 21, 2015:
"...a stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "American Ultra"...
- Michael Stevens
Are you ready to smile for 10 minutes straight from a life-giving mix of Muppets nostalgia and Muppets anticipation? Watch the video below, which first played at Comic-Con to promote the upcoming TV series and was just released to the public by ABC. As they note, "You were never supposed to see this. Here's the pitch that convinced ABC to make a show with The Muppets!"
Cue a "First Look Presentation," with Kermit telling his crew ABC wants to give them a new primetime series. "The show's going to be all about our personal lives, behind the scenes at home, our relationships. Sort of an adult Muppet show." (!) But not like that, although we do see Fozzie in a new relationship with a human (!!!) and Kermit in a love triangle -- actually square -- with another pig named Denise and Piggy in a forced romance with Topher Grace. Speaking of famous people, »
- Gina Carbone
Back in May, ABC announced that The Muppets will air this fall in the Tuesday 8 Pm time slot, debuting September 22. We have already seen the first trailer for this upcoming series, but today, the network has decided to air the full 10-minute pilot pitch video, which convinced executives to move forward with the series. The video's intro, which features a "crawl" similar to the Star Wars franchise, reveals that the "general public" was not meant to see this footage. The network eventually caved, after fans demanded to see it during the show's Comic-Con panel, with ABC asking that fans "stop yelling at us" now that the footage is available to the public.
The Muppets TV series didn't go through the traditional development cycle, with the show first announced in early April, just one month before a series order was handed out. Instead of crafting a traditional, 22-minute pilot, the producers »
"Total Recall" is one of those movies that is beloved by a pretty wide swath of fandom, but it's never been a favorite of mine. Part of the problem is that while I love "Robocop," I don't think every single piece of material works with that tone. Paul Verhoeven loves to subvert the material he works with, and while "Robocop" was clearly written with tongue in cheek, the early drafts of "Recall" were all played pretty straight. There was a scene in one of those drafts that I loved dearly, right as Quaid is forced to confront an alley full of men. He's got no idea what to do, and then his body snaps in and he kills everyone, bare-handed, only to end up shaken and freaked out by what he just did. I loved the idea of Richard Dreyfuss playing that scene because we'd be just as surprised by »
- Drew McWeeny
Prepare yourself for the greatest Miss Piggy performance to hit the Internet since her (unofficial) cover of Rihanna’s “B–h Better Have My Money.”
RelatedABC Fall Schedule: Muppets vs. NCIS, Shonda’s Catch Held for Midseason, Agent Carter Plots Big Move
Due to popular demand, ABC on Tuesday released the original 10-minute pilot presentation that convinced it to greenlight The Muppets, a mockumentary-style comedy airing Tuesdays at 8/7c this fall.
The action-comedy’s trailer, replete with expletives and gun play, reveals that Eisenberg’s stoner character is actually a highly trained secret agent who doesn’t realize he’s a secret agent until he becomes the target of a government operation to wipe him out.
He’s set into motion by a CIA operative calling him “Cherry Progressive” at a convenience store, followed by his killing two operatives with a spoon. “I have a lot of anxiety about this,” he tells his girlfriend, portrayed by Stewart.
The studio acquired the project last year before shooting started in New Orleans with “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh helming from a script by Max Landis. Topher Grace and Connie Britton also star.
“Ultra” re-teams Stewart and Eisenberg six years after they »
- Dave McNary
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