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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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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
The cross-cultural comedy team up Rush Hour spawned three movies, though there hasn.t been one since 2007.s Rush Hour 3. In the ensuing years there have been sporadic rumblings that Rush Hour 4 could be in the works, and though he doesn.t rule out the possibility, director Brett Ratner says there is one key thing standing in the way: time. Ratner was at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to promote the National Geographic series Breakthrough, on which he directed an episode. When Slashfilm had the opportunity to catch up with the filmmaker, they asked about Rush Hour 4 he said: We.re always talking about it. We.ve just got to find the time between Chris Tucker, myself, and Jackie. If you.re familiar with the franchise, you are well aware that by "Jackie," Ratner means legendary martial artist Jackie Chan. And if you didn.t know that, »
Nicolas Cage has cast a positive light on the fact that his Superman Lives movie was never made.
The actor was attached to the project in the 1990s under the directorship of Tim Burton.
The pair even got as far as testing footage of Cage wearing one of the tightest Spandex suits you've ever seen, shown recently in the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?.
In conversation with Yahoo Movies, Cage said: "I had great belief in that movie and in what Tim Burton's vision was going to be for that movie. I would've loved to have seen it, but I feel that in many ways, it was sort of a win/win because of the power of the imagination.
"I think people can actually see the movie in their minds now and imagine it and in many ways that might resonate more deeply than the finished project. »
Every day, more and more films are added to the various streaming services out there, ranging from Netflix to YouTube, and are hitting the airwaves via movie-centric networks like TCM. Therefore, sifting through all of these pictures can be a tedious and often times confounding or difficult ordeal. But, that’s why we’re here. Every week, Joshua brings you five films to put at the top of your queue, add to your playlist, or grab off of VOD to make your weekend a little more eventful. Here is this week’s top five, in this week’s Armchair Vacation.
5. Hercules (Netflix)
Brett Ratner is an interesting filmmaker. Known to many as a rather deplorable hack filmmaker who has more interest in simply making money instead of anything resembling actual cinematic art, Ratner has become a punchline instead of a well respected filmmaker. And yet he gives us films like the Dwayne Johnson-starring Hercules. »
- Joshua Brunsting
Are you ready to be terrified like never before this fall? Black Mass has Johnny Depp slipping into the role of real-life gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger, and it could be the moment that defines his career. A third trailer has arrived, which showcases the actor's immense talent. And it's clear that, as of this moment, he is the one to beat at this year's Oscars.
Black Mass arrives from Warner Bros. Pictures this September, just as the awards season starts to really heat up. Scott Cooper, known for his acclaimed dramas Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace, returns to direct. And he has assembled an excellent supporting cast to back-up his leading man, Johnny Depp. Appearing in the movie are Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Jesse Plemons and Adam Scott.
With the "Rush Hour" franchise being rebooted on the small screen this Fall with a new TV series for CBS, does that mean we will never see a "Rush Hour 4" on the big screen with original stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker?
Series director Brett Ratner was asked about that this week at the TCA Summer tour, and he tells Slashfilm that it does not prevent the possibility at all: "No, not at all. It has nothing to do with it. We're always talking about it. We've just got to find the time between Chris Tucker, myself and Jackie."
Rather was also asked about the fourth "Beverly Hills Cop" which he is still attached to direct. Renter says the project is still undergoing re-writes: "Working on the script, working on the script. It's a longer process. It's not easy. A lot of pressure on that one." »
- Garth Franklin
Today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Brett Ratner was on a panel for the National Geographic series Breakthrough. Ratner directed an episode of the series, focused on the human brain. After the panel, a few journalists approached Ratner for follow-ups and I asked him about the status of the Rush Hour franchise. […]
- Fred Topel
Coming this fall, the National Geographic channel will present "Breakthrough," a new series produced by Imagine Entertainment and Asylum Entertainment. Executive produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Mark Dowley, the series is an anthology about leading scientists and how their cutting-edge innovations and advancements will change our lives in the immediate future and beyond. The series intends to bring to life the stories, people and technology behind these breakthroughs, and show how they are changing our world. Each hour-long episode will be directed by a Hollywood filmmaker, and Angela Bassett is one of them. She joins Peter Berg, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Brett Ratner as the first six directors. Worth noting, she's both the only black director of the six, as well as the only woman director. The first episodes, now in production, explore remarkable breakthroughs in brain science, longevity,...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation review: Tom Cruise is back in quite possibly the best film in the series. Action-packed, unrelenting, fun-filled and extremely funny, Rogue Nation delivers in spades. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation review
It could be questioned as to why the world needed another Mission: Impossible movie. Tom Cruise and his mates have been churning out these films since the mid-nineties, and with him now knocking on into his fifties, we have to ask if he’s still able to keep up with the best of them.
After securing some pretty major directors for the previous four instalments (Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird), all stamping their own mark and style on the franchise, number five goes to a former writer turned director (with just two other credits to his name) in Christopher McQuarrie – the man that set the world alight in the mid-nineties with The Usual Suspects. »
- Paul Heath
Johnny Depp crime-drama biopic will play out of competition at the 72nd Biennale.
Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, which tells the true story of notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, will receive its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival (September 2-12) on September 4 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido.
Johnny Depp stars as Bulger alongside Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey), Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead), Rory Cochrane (Argo), Jesse Plemons (Paul) and Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13).
Edgerton plays an FBI agent who forms an alliance with Bulger in an attempt to take down their mutual rival the Italian mob.
Producers are John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick, and Tyler Thompson, with Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers.
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“Black Mass” will screen on Friday, Sept. 4, in the Sala Grande venue in the Lido’s Palazzo del Cinema.
“Black Mass,” which Warner Bros. will release in the U.S. on Sept. 18, is a biopic of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, played by Depp, who became an FBI informant and used this status to eliminate criminal competition during the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s. The Italian release is scheduled for Oct. 1.
- Nick Vivarelli
A photo posted by brett ratner (@brettrat) on Jul 19, 2015 at 11:46pm Pdt Filmmaker Brett Ratner made everyone's dreams come true on Wednesday when he posted an epic throwback photo of Mariah Carey hanging out with 98 Degrees and Joe. Brett, who is behind films such as X-Men: The Last Stand and Rush Hour, took to Instagram on July 22 to share the behind-the-scenes photo from the music video shoot he directed for "Thank God I Found You." In the photo, captioned, "#ThankG-dIFoundYou @mariahcarey #98degrees and #Joe 1998," Mariah looks gorgeous in a rainbow tank top while surrounded by the youthful-looking guys. Nick Lachey is even sporting frosted tips while his brother, Drew, is rocking a white turtleneck. Watch the music video below to really transport you back to the '90s, then check out this other throwback photo of *Nsync and the Spice Girls. »
We didn't have to wait until Thursday to get one of the most epic throwback photos we've seen in a while. Brett Ratner took an early trip down memory lane today— and boy, are we happy he did! The filmmaker posted a vintage shot from the set of the music video he directed for "Thank God I Found You," which of course famously featured Mariah Carey, Joe and 98 Degrees, and talk about a time warp! A youthful-looking Ratner is front and center while being surrounded by the pop and R&B superstars. Carey looks flawless as ever with her super straight blond locks while wearing her then signature rainbow tank top. As for the boys of 98 »
The X-Men movies took comic books seriously, exploring themes of isolation and prejudice present in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Marvel creations. It's fair to say that without the X-Men movies there'd be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy.
To mark X-Men's birthday, Digital Spy dived back through all seven franchise instalments to present a (non-definitive) ranking:
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Oh, Fox. If this is how you try to make up for The Last Stand, we need to have a serious talk. Logan's origin story proves, at best, an unnecessary and forgettable outing that could have been so much more.
For all his hard work, Hugh Jackman couldn't elevate this film above its poor script, by-the-numbers storytelling and laughably bad CGI. Now »
I’m a huge Chris Tucker fan. Always have been.
From his scene-stealing performance in The Fifth Element, to Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Comedy Jam and 1995’s Friday opposite Ice Cube, starring in Money Talks with Charlie Sheen, through to his role in Silver Linings Playbook, Tucker is forever a pleasure to watch and is still one of the funniest comedians.
I was thrilled to read that the actor would be headlining his first full length stand-up comedy special titled “Chris Tucker Live” which had its premiere on Friday, July 10 on Netflix. It is one of the funniest stand-up shows to come along in years.
In the hilarious show, Chris Tucker returns to the stage he loves and showcases his mind-blowing comedic chops. From his pitch perfect impersonations of Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton, his take on first dates and marriage, visiting Oprah Winfrey’s house, to his singular on-stage physicality, »
- Michelle McCue
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It didn’t look good for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise there for a while after Bryan Singer’s second movie back in 2003. When the director left to make Superman Returns, the third instalment was helmed by Brett Ratner, and though it’s probably not quite a bad as its reputation suggests it certainly marked a pretty major dip in quality.
Credit must be given to Matthew Vaughn for giving things a burst of fresh energy with First Class, but many would argue that things didn’t really get back on track until Bryan Singer returned with X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Now, Singer is promising the “true birth of the X-Men” with next year’s Apocalypse, and it’s shaping up to be something very special indeed.
Some of today’s most talented young thesps will bring life to fan-favourite characters we haven’t seen »
- Mark Cassidy
The annals of movie history are littered with could-have-beens. Just do a quick Google search for famous roles that made icons out of actors that almost went to someone else. Tom Selleck almost played Indiana Jones, for example. Superhero movies seem to have even more of these stories than any other subgenre, and though he.s already been played by numerous men over the years, Magic Mike Xxl.s Matt Bomer was almost Superman. Talking to the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Bomer revealed that when he was 23-years-old he was part of a big, open audition for a Brett Ratner-directed adaptation of Superman, and that he almost walked away with the role of a lifetime. He said: Brett chose me for the project and then it all fell apart. It was a very lengthy process to get the role, I think it was over the course of three months »
Add Matt Bomer to the ranks of the nearly-Super. The Magic Mike Xxl star has said that, like Nicolas Cage, Ashton Kutcher and Jude Law before him, he was once going to play Superman on the big screen.
Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Bomer said he was chosen to play the superhero by Brett Ratner. The director had been working on a version of the superhero story, scripted by Jj Abrams, that was doing the rounds in 2002.
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- Henry Barnes
No, this is not a dream: Well over a decade ago, beautiful man Matt Bomer was set to play Superman in a project that never got off the ground. He was 23 years old when he entered a cattle call to play Superman in a movie directed by Brett Ratner. The script, written by J.J. Abrams, was a "lighthearted" look at Kal-El when he was in college. "I had screen-tested with Amy Adams in the tights," Bomer told Josh Horowitz on the podcast "Happy, Sad, Confused." "It was a month of, Okay, it's going to happen, and then it slowly fell apart. But it's okay. I have zero regrets about that." While we agree that it was probably better for his career, can we just take a moment to savor the image of Matt Bomer in his Superman tights? Great. Thanks.The conversation about what could have been happens around 26: »
- E. Alex Jung
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