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Polio Vaccine Movie ‘The Impossible War’ in the Works

7 February 2017 5:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Black Bear Pictures is launching development on “The Impossible War,” a movie chronicling efforts by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin to develop anti-polio vaccines.

Black Bear won the auction for Robert Specland’s script and will team with Pacific View Management & Production to produce and fully finance the movie. Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman and Ben Stillman will produce with Pacific View’s Peter Dealbert.

Salk needed seven years to develop the first polio vaccine in 1955, three years after a U.S. epidemic killed more than 3,000 in the worst polio outbreak in the nation’s history. The vaccine was declared safe and effective by test monitors on April 12, 1955 — 10 years to the day after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the most widely recognized polio victim of that era. Sabin developed the oral polio vaccine, which came into use in 1961.

Black Bear produced “The Imitation Game,” “Gold” and “Mudbound,” which sold »

- Dave McNary

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Gabriel Over the White House (revisited)

4 February 2017 12:18 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Gabriel Over the White House


The Warner Archive Collection

1933 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 86, 102 min. / Street Date October 20, 2009 / available through the Warner Archive Collection / 17.99

Starring: Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron, Dickie Moore, C. Henry Gordon, David Landau, Samuel S. Hinds, Jean Parker, Mischa Auer.

Cinematography: Bert Glennon

Film Editor: Basil Wrangell

Original Music: Dr. William Axt

Written by: Carey Wilson, from a book by T. F. Tweed

Produced by: William Randolph Hearst, Walter Wanger

Directed by Gregory La Cava


A Review Revisit.

The unique political fantasy Gabriel Over the White House has become painfully topical lately. This is an update of a 2009 review. To my knowledge nothing has changed with the product — I saw a re-promotion of Twilight Time’s 1984 disc and thought, Gabriel is twice as relevant and at least as scary.

Unstable times in America have produced some pretty strange political-religious message pictures. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Read President Donald Trump’s Combative Inauguration Speech – Complete with a Fist Pump: ‘It’s Going to Be Only America First’

20 January 2017 9:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Donald Trump addressed the sharply divided nation for the first time as president on Friday after taking the oath of office on the U.S. Capitol steps.

President Trump’s speech focused on returning the “power” to the American people.

“Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country,” he said. “And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.”

“That all changes starting right here and right now, »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Donald and Melania Trump Attend Traditional Inauguration Day Church Service with Family Members

20 January 2017 5:51 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A moment of calm before a day of activity.

President-elect Donald Trump, incoming First Lady Melania Trump and other family members are attending the traditional Inauguration Day church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a short walk from the White House, Friday morning.

The family was joined by about 300 fellow worshipers, per CNN. The Trumps traveled to the church from the presidential guest quarters at Blair House, where they spent the night with their family. They departed shortly after 8:30 p.m., and traveled the short distance by SUV in a light drizzle.

The service is a tradition for »

- Diana Pearl

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