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Michelle Obama's Workouts, Problem Hugs and Other Dishy Scoop from Inside Camp David

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Michelle Obama's Workouts, Problem Hugs and Other Dishy Scoop from Inside Camp David
Before Twitter free-for-alls, American presidents rarely found spaces in which to let loose — which is one reason why Camp David is so exceptional.

In his new book, Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat, rear admiral and former camp commander Michael Giorgione reflects on the 75-year history of the retreat, and how former presidential families like the Obamas, Bushes, and Clintons used it to relax.

“To me, Camp David is more a psychological journey than a physical one,” Lady Bird Johnson once said of the camp (which is isolated on top of a mountain in Thurmont, Maryland), according to the book.
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Jennifer Jason Leigh: Harvey Weinstein Scandal ‘Starts With the President on Down’

Jennifer Jason Leigh: Harvey Weinstein Scandal ‘Starts With the President on Down’
As Hollywood decided to revisit history Tuesday night at the “Lbj” premiere, held at the ArcLight Hollywood, current events made their way into the conversation on the carpet and on the panel discussion that followed the film.

During a Q&A panel after the screening, moderator Bill Maher asked star Woody Harrelson about his initial reluctance to portray president Lyndon B. Johnson in the film. When Harrelson cited his respect for Rob Reiner’s directorial abilities, Maher jokingly asked, “He didn’t pull any Harvey Weinstein stuff on you to get the part, did he? No open bathrobes or anything like that, right? Strictly merit?”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, who portrays Lady Bird Johnson in the film, had a more serious comment on the scandal. Leigh previously starred in “The Hateful Eight,” which was produced by Harvey Weinstein and written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, a long-time friend of the disgraced producer who is under fire for years
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Wamg Interview: Actor John Carroll Lynch – Director of Lucky

Actor John Carroll Lynch first caught the attention of moviegoers in 1996 when he played Frances McDormand’s husband in Fargo (“People don’t much use the three-cent stamp”). A native of Boulder, Colorado, Lynch spent the next decade popping up in supporting roles in a variety of films including Volcano, Face/Off, and Gothika. It was his chilling, scene-stealing turn in David Fincher’s Zodiac in 2007 that made moviegoers really take notice and when he went from being ‘that Norm Gunderson guy’ to ‘John Carroll Lynch, – dynamic character actor’. Lynch continued to impress in roles on the big screen in films like Gran Torino, Shutter Island, Jackie (where he played Lyndon Johnson), and The Founder, where he played one of the McDonald brothers. On the small screen he’s entertained audiences as John Wayne Gacy on American Horror Story and even had his own stand-alone episode of The Walking Dead.
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New Official Trailer for 'Lbj' Film Starring Woody Harrelson as Johnson

"You're gunna lose the support of the people who've always had your back." Electric Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for the indie drama Lbj, telling the story of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, who became President after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson stars as Lyndon B. Johnson, showing him before and during the election, as well as after the assassination when he had to take over the presidency during a time of national mourning. The film also stars Richard Jenkins as Sen. Richard Russell, Bill Pullman as Sen. Ralph Yarborough, Jeffrey Donovan as President John F. Kennedy, Kim Allen as Jacqueline Kennedy & Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson. This looks solid, with some very powerful scenes being featured in this trailer. Though it does seem a bit campy. Here's the first official trailer for Rob Reiner's Lbj movie, direct from YouTube (via
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Woody Harrelson is the 36th President of the United States in trailer for Lbj

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Woody Harrelson becomes all presidential in the brand new trailer for the upcoming political drama centring on President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lbj.

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The American President and A Few Good Men helmer, Rob Reiner takes up the director’s chair for Lbj in a story that follows the rise of Lyndon B. Johnson senate leader to his time at the White House taking the vacant position of Us President after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Full Lbj Press Conference from Toronto

An almost unrecognisable Woody Harrelson takes the lead role as Lbj, with Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson, Richard Jenkins as Senator Richard Russell, Bill Pullman as Senator Ralph Yarborough and Michael Stahl-David as Bobby Kennedy all starring alongside.

The movie sees Harrelson as the powerful Senate Majority Leader who loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Donovan). He agrees,
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First Ladies Revealed: Smithsonian Orders Behind-the-Scenes TV Show

Hail to the real chiefs. Smithsonian Channel has announced its new TV series, First Ladies Revealed will premiere on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 9:00pm Et/Pt. The four-episode first season will play out over four consecutive weeks. A historical docu-series, First Ladies Revealed will offer a behind-the-scenes look at American first ladies, including: Jaqueline Kennedy, Dolley Madison, Nancy Reagan, Lady Bird Johnson, Edith Roosevelt, Betty Ford, Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton. Read More…
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Natalie Portman's Jackie: JFK's widow finally gets her own movie

Pablo Larraín’s film shows why the White House wives deserve their own biopics

Related: Jackie review – Natalie Portman astonishes in remarkably intimate portrait

First Ladies On Film is a pretty small entry in the movie encyclopedia, but Natalie Portman’s Jacqueline Kennedy surely shoots to the top of the heap because they are so rarely more than bit-parts in biopics of their husbands. We tend to remember the presidents and forget who played their mostly blameless wives, even though the faintly holy aura wafting around this nebulous office/non-job tends to suffuse both the casting process and the portrayals themselves. That usually means a big stage name or character player worthy of the role. Witness the women who have played Lady Bird Johnson: Felicity Huffman in Path To War (opposite Michael Gambon’s Lbj); Melissa Leo in HBO’s All The Way (Brian Cranston), and Jennifer Jason Leigh
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In Jackie, Natalie Portman Is Tremendous as a First Lady Thrown into Her Second Act

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In Jackie, Natalie Portman Is Tremendous as a First Lady Thrown into Her Second Act
With the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, America’s most iconic First Lady became America’s Greatest Widow. Jacqueline Kennedy was left in a state of shock, anguish and grief, and yet she also seems to have an intuited an important truth: The wave of suffering that threatened to overwhelm her (and the nation) counted for little against the longer obliterating tides of time and history.

It was her duty not only to mourn publicly, and properly, but to shore up the legacy of her husband’s never-to-be-completed first term.

Meanwhile — a smaller but sharper
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Lbj review [Tiff ’16]

Lbj review: Rob Reiner gets political with this biopic which features a stellar performance from Wood Harrelson in the title role.

Lbj review, Paul Heath, Tiff ’16.

Rob Reiner steps back behind the camera for his highest-profile project in years in this political true-story of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President Of The United States.

Johnson served as president from 1963 to 1969, but this story picks up just prior to Johnson’s swearing-in as president after JFK was assassinated on that fateful day in Texas in 1963. Reiner’s film back-tracks almost immediately to his days before he served as JFK’s number two, when he was serving as Senate Majority Leader. Assuming the role of Lbj is an almost unrecognisable Woody Harrelson (in heavy latex prosthetics), effortlessly pulling off the former leader of the free world’s mannerisms, strong personality and conveying his ruthless ambition, no-shit-taking and unique traits from the off.
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Tiff 2016: 9 Hot Acquisition Titles at Festival

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Tiff 2016: 9 Hot Acquisition Titles at Festival
Few film festivals in the world double as an acquisitions marketplace quite like the Toronto International Film Festival, which will screen more than 300 movies between September 8 and September 18. Most of these films have yet to land a U.S. distributor, and only a select group of titles will secure a distribution deal before the end of the fest.

Which movies are likely to be swarmed by buyers at Tiff 2016? Here are nine hot titles from the lineup that could be prime targets for acquisition execs.

The Bad Batch

Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to her hit debut “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is billed as a “dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland.” The film follows a young girl named Samantha (Suki Waterhouse) who’s been banished from civilized society and ends up escaping from a community of cannibals. Produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the film stars Keanu Reeves,
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Rob Reiner's 'Lbj' Biopic Nabbed by Electric Entertainment

Rob Reiner's 'Lbj' Biopic Nabbed by Electric Entertainment
Rob Reiner's take on the life of Lyndon B. Johnson, Lbj, has been picked up by Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment for North America.

Woody Harrelson stars as the President during his early White House tenure, leading a nation that is still grieving the loss of its fallen leader, JFK, all while navigating the pressures of the Vietnam War and the growing Civil Rights Movement, led by Martin Luther King Jr.  

Oscar nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh also stars in the biopic as Lady Bird Johnson. Reiner, Matthew George, Liz Glotzer, Trevor White and Tim White produced Lbj. Martin Shafer, Elizabeth Bell and Allan...
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‘All the Way’: How Jay Roach’s Approach to Collaboration Led to Something ‘Joyous’

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‘All the Way’: How Jay Roach’s Approach to Collaboration Led to Something ‘Joyous’
Jay Roach for President.

HBO’s gripping docudrama “All the Way” chronicled the ruthlessness of American politics, as captured within a tumultuous eight months during the term of President Lyndon B. Johnson. But behind the scenes, under Roach’s administration, the production couldn’t have been more idyllic.

In the movie, Johnson fights hard to bring more equality to America. On set, Roach, who directed the film, was effortless in creating a more perfect union.

“Jay is like this with everybody,” Bradley Whitford, who played Hubert Humphrey, told IndieWire. “He doesn’t treat the craft services guy any differently than he treats me. One of my pet peeves about Hollywood is that it’s full of lefty, ‘fancy yourself a humanist’ liberals like me and then you get on a movie set and it’s like a 15th century serfdom. People are treating other people like shit because they’re
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‘All the Way’: Bryan Cranston reveals the Jackie Kennedy letter that made Lbj click for him

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‘All the Way’: Bryan Cranston reveals the Jackie Kennedy letter that made Lbj click for him
Accidental president. Vietnam. Civil Rights Act. Bully. This is Lyndon B. Johnson’s legacy, or at least how he’s often remembered. New HBO film All the Way seeks to illuminate many sides of the man who stepped into the highest office in the land after John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Bryan Cranston plays Lbj in the film, premiering on HBO tonight, following his Tony-winning turn as the president in All the Way on Broadway. After he’d already done extensive research and study of the play’s text (itself thoroughly researched by playwright Robert Schenkkan), Cranston went on a second visit to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, TX, and that’s where the person of Lbj really clicked for the actor. “The character is always outside of you until you hopefully allow it to seep in. Then it becomes a part of you,” Cranston told HitFix.
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TV Review: ‘All the Way’

TV Review: ‘All the Way’
Sometimes biographical films take on the attributes of their subjects, and that’s largely the path followed by “All the Way,” HBO’s adaptation of Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon B. Johnson.

As depicted by star Bryan Cranston who won a Tony award for the role two years ago, Lbj was a human hurricane, whirling through the political scene at an intimidating speed, often talking, cajoling, and threatening the entire time. The problem with hurricanes, of course, is that they tend to flatten everything in their paths. While watching this talky and unsubtle small-screen production, it’s hard not to end up feeling as though you’re being browbeaten into submission or bludgeoned by a particularly thick history book.

There are a few scenes that crackle with tension, but they usually revolve around moments in which the president grows quiet, and the only clues to the character’s fearsome
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New trailer for All the Way starring Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson

Ahead of its Us premiere on HBO next month, a new trailer has arrived online for director Jay Roach’s upcoming drama All the Way, which stars Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson alongside Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King Jr. and Melissa Leo as First Lady Bird Johnson. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

Bryan Cranston reprises his Tony-winning role in All The Way, a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Staking his presidency on what would be an historic, unprecedented Civil Rights Act, Johnson finds himself caught between the moral imperative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the expectations of the southern Democratic Party leaders who brought Johnson to power.

All the Way is set to premiere on HBO on May 21st and features a cast that also includes Bradley Whitford,
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Watch: Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Johnson in New 'All the Way' Trailer

"Politics is war by other means." Damn it's great to watch Bryan Cranston act! HBO has debuted this new teaser trailer for the cinematic feature version of All the Way, the play turned movie starring Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson, who becomes the president after JFK is assassinated. The cast features Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King, Jr., Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson, Bradley Whitford as Hubert Humphrey, Stephen Root as J. Edgar Hoover and Frank Langella as Sen. Richard Russell; also starring Joe Morton, Aisha Hinds, Ethan Phillips, Mo McRae, and Toby Huss. This truly looks powerful and engaging, with Cranston giving one hell of a performance. Debuting on HBO starting this May. Here's the newest "teaser" trailer for Jay Roach's All the Way, from HBO's YouTube (via SlashFilm): Lyndon B. Johnson (Bryan Cranston) becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath
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'All the Way' trailer: Emmy Awards for Bryan Cranston & director Jay Roach?

'All the Way' trailer: Emmy Awards for Bryan Cranston & director Jay Roach?
The much-anticipated trailer for HBO's "All the Way" was released on Monday (watch it above). The telefilm focuses on President Lyndon Johnson (played by Bryan Cranston) and his effort to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It co-stars Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson, Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King Jr., Bradley Whitford as Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Frank Langella as Senator Richard Russell Jr., among others. And it's directed by Jay Roach, a four-time Emmy winner for his telefilms "Recount" (2008) and "Game Change" (2012). "All the Way" premieres on the premium cable network on May 21. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Emmy Predictions The film is based on the stage production that won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play. Cranston also played the lead role on stage and earned his very first Tony for Best Actor in a Play. But Cranston is already an Emmy darling.
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Watch: Bryan Cranston Revives Lbj for HBO in New Trailer

Bryan Cranston breaks far away from his role as meth magnate Walter White to transform into former Commander-in-Chief Lyndon B. Johnson. Cranston reprises his Tony Award–winning performance as the 36th President of the United States in the new HBO film “All the Way.” “All the Way” follows Johnson’s first year in the White House after President Kennedy’s assassination. Johnson is immediately tasked with passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 upon entering office. “It ain’t gonna be easy, Dr. King,” Cranston says as Johnson during a phone call to Martin Luther King Jr. (Anthony Mackie) regarding the contentious bill. Jay Roach directs a script from Robert Schenkkan, who adapts his own play. “All the Way” received the Best Play honor from the Tony Awards in 2014. The film features an all-star ensemble including Oscar winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) as First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, Bradley Whitford (“Transparent”) as Vice President Hubert Humphrey,
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First trailer for All the Way starring Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson

HBO Films has released the first trailer for the upcoming drama All the Way. Directed by Jay Roach, the film stars Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson alongside Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King Jr. and Melissa Leo as First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. Take a look below…

Bryan Cranston reprises his Tony-winning role in All The Way, a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Staking his presidency on what would be an historic, unprecedented Civil Rights Act, Johnson finds himself caught between the moral imperative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the expectations of the southern Democratic Party leaders who brought Johnson to power.

All the Way is set to premiere on HBO on May 21st and features a cast that also includes Bradley Whitford, Stephen Root, Marque Richardson, Aisha Hinds, Todd Weeks,
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Bryan Cranston Shines In The First Trailer For All The Way

Bryan Cranston has been gracing our screens for more than three decades, but it was the pilot episode of Breaking Bad, back in 2008, that made us realize what a formidable performer he truly is. It hardly seemed possible that the man who played Hal in 151 episodes of Malcolm In The Middle could also embody the ultimate anti-hero, playing the meth-cooking chemistry teacher, Walter White. But, embody him he did, and now, every Cranston performance is highly anticipated. All The Way is no exception to that rule – bringing, as it does, the actor’s Tony-winning stage performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson to HBO.

Bryan Cranston (Trumbo, Breaking Bad) reprises his Tony-winning role in All The Way, a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Staking his presidency on what would be an historic, unprecedented Civil Rights Act,
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