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A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit. On Monday night, Sony Pictures Classics hosted a “special screening” of its October 16 critically acclaimed drama Truth at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to very good response from an Oscar-voter-heavy crowd who swarmed stars Cate Blanchett, Elisabeth Moss and writer-director James Vanderbilt at the reception afterwards in the lobby. Co-star Robert Redford was absent… »
Last summer, we reported that filmmaker Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) is directing The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to the 1980 horror classic The Shining. Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) signed on to write the screenplay back in April 2013, which is set several years before the events portrayed in The Shining. While promoting his directorial debut Truth, James Vanderbilt, who is producing The Overlook Hotel, revealed that they have a unique take on the story which will stand on its own.
"You want a real filmmaker like Mark doing it. Honestly I think people will really be excited about it, because it's not like '20 Years Before The Shining!' I don't want to give too much away about the story but the way Glen (Mazzara) cracked it and the way Mark (Romanek) has sort of cracked it, it's completely it's own film, which I think is super smart. »
“Truth” is revisiting a painful chapter for CBS News. The upcoming movie, starring Cate Blanchett as producer Mary Mapes and Robert Redford as Dan Rather, is an unwelcome reminder of past mistakes for several people who lived through the saga of the 2004 “60 Minutes II” report on President George W. Bush’s time in the Texas Air National Guard.
Some who are depicted in the controversial film, which is based on Mapes’ 2005 book “Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power,” are critical of the conclusions drawn by the veteran investigative journalist.
They were hopeful that the picture, which debuts in theaters on Oct. 16, would come and go quickly in limited release. But Blanchett is generating Oscar buzz as a best actress contender for her tour de force performance as the hard-charging producer swept up in a firestorm of partisan politics and media scrutiny of her work. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Monday night’s screening of Sony Pictures Classics’ “Truth” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences marked a one-year anniversary from the date when production for the Cate Blanchett–Robert Redford drama first started.
“I got a Facebook reminder today about it,” noted producer Brad Fischer on the red carpet. “It took us seven years from when we first came up with the idea. But the first day of shooting is by far the most memorable single thing about it.”
“It’s very tricky to portray someone, warts and all,” she noted. “The influence of American politics is so pervasive, so I wanted to be very sensitive to that.”
The screening came two years after Sony, at the very same venue, »
- Dave McNary
Vanderbilt, promoting his own directorial debut Truth, praised director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) as “a strong filmmaker with his own convictions” and discussed the film’s identity. “You want a real filmmaker like Mark doing it… honestly I think people will really be excited about it, because it’s not like ’20 Years Before The Shining!’.
“I don’t want to give too much away about the story but the way [screenwriter] Glen [Mazzara] cracked it and the way Mark has sort of cracked it, it’s completely it’s own film, which I think is super smart.”
Overlook Hotel is currently in pre-production.
- Tom Beasley
With his Dan Rather scandal-themed journalism drama "Truth" scoring potential awards notices, writer/director James Vanderbilt is looking forward to the next few months. One project he has in the works though will test him - the previously announced prequel to Stephen King's "The Shining" which he's slated to produce.
Stanely Kubrick's original film adaptation is still considered one of the landmark films of the horror genre, so anyone attempting a remake, sequel, a prequel or a reboot is bound to draw a lot of ire - like Mick Garris scored in 1997 with his mini-series adaptation despite the project nabbing two Emmy awards.
The signing of Mark Romanek ("Never Let Me Go," "One Hour Photo") to helm, Glen Mazzara ("The Walking Dead," "Damien") to script and Vanderbilt to produce the project has raised curiosity and interest. Speaking with Collider about the film, dubbed "Overlook Hotel," Vanderbilt says it isn't »
- Garth Franklin
It’s little wonder why many a moviegoer holds up Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining as one of – if not the – best films in cinema history. As a rich and layered psychological horror, there are few movies that can get under your skin quite like the director’s famed masterclass, so it’s only natural that word of a offshoot prequel film was met with disgruntled bemusement.
Burdening the brunt of that backlash is Overlook Hotel, the spinoff film in the works at Warner Bros., which has Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo director Mark Romanek instated at the helm. And though it’s become easy to lambast a studio for attempting to revisit and tinker with a classic, producer James Vanderbilt believes Romanek’s vision deserves the benefit of the doubt.
In an interview with Collider, Vanderbilt painted in broad strokes when quizzed about Overlook Hotel, underlining »
- Michael Briers
Truth is about to hit theaters (October 16), and it seems both surprising and curiously ironic that it isn’t getting a bigger marketing push. Anything with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett demands a serious effort to get people into seats, and if you then add Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, and Dennis Quaid, you have to wonder why you haven’t been hearing about this one almost non-stop for months.
Then you realize it’s a movie about Dan Rather and the news story about the President’s alleged Awol status during Vietnam, and it dawns on you that you’re probably going to this, or not, no matter who they cast and/or how much marketing they throw at you.
- Marc Eastman
New festival director criticizes “myopic” battle for premieres and reveals London Film Festival “alliance”.
In its tenth year the once again reinvented Rome Film Festival (October 16-24) will host a streamlined but crowd-pleasing combination of autumn festival titles and potential discoveries.
Among national debuts are Lenny Abrahamson’s well-received Room, James Ponsoldt’s The End Of The Tour, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Pal Nalin’s female buddy movie Angry Indian Goddesses and Paul Thomas Anderson’s recently announced music documentary Junun, about Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s travels to India.
UK documentary The Confessions Of Thomas Quick and Chinese box office giant Monster Hunt will also be among the 37 films, documentaries and TV series from 24 countries announced today in the official selection.
The semi-autonomous Alice Nella Citta strand will showcase titles including Deniz Gamze Erguven »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Rome – The Rome Film Festival has unveiled the lineup of its 10th edition comprising a rich mix of crowdpleasing and more esoteric fare, including local launches of James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour,” Michael Almereyda’s “The Experimenter,” Peter Sollett’s “Freehold,” Lenny Abrahamsson’s “Room,” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s docu “Junun” (pictured) about Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s travels to India.
Under new direction by New York-based Italian journalist and academic Antonio Monda, the Rome fest has been renamed Festa del Cinema – which translates literally as “Film Party” rather than festival. The only award is given by the audience.
Monda said he decided to do away with the competition, the juries, and the opening and closing ceremonies “all rituals that I view as too stuffy and conventional, inappropriate to what I had in mind.” He instead kept the audience nod “to underscore the idea of a »
- Nick Vivarelli
Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the trailer for the upcoming "Truth" film, starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes. Check it out below. Plot: A behind-the-scenes look at news anchor Dan Rather during his final days at CBS News when he broadcast a damaging report about how President Bush relied on privilege and family connections to avoid fighting in the Viet Nam War. The new movie is the directorial debut of writer James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man, White House Down) and is set to hit theaters on October 16th. Trailer: »
Rome – Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” – which opens the New York Film Festival Saturday – will launch into Italy from the Rome Film Festival which has secured several other Italo bows of pics with Oscar buzz and will honor hot Chilean auteur Pablo Larrain (“No,” “The Club”) with a complete retro.
“The Walk,” which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as famous high-wire artist Philippe Petit who performed on a tightrope connecting the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center, will screen at the Rome fest in 3D, ahead of its October 22 Italian release via Warner Bros. Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, and Charlotte Le Bon also star.
As previously announced, James Vanderbilt’s “Truth,” starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather,and Cate Blanchett as his producer Mary Mapes, in a depiction of the “Memogate” controversy that ended Rather’s career as CBS News anchorman, will open the recently reconfigured Rome »
- Nick Vivarelli
The first trailer has arrived for newsroom-based drama Truth, which tells the true story of CBS News journalist Mary Mapes, who was anchorman Dan Rather’s producer. Check out the trailer below, along with the first poster…
Written for the screen and directed by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), Truth stars Oscar winners Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) and Robert Redford (A Walk in the Woods) as Mapes and Rather respectively, alongside Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow), Topher Grace (American Ultra), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men).
Truth is based on the book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes. In the vein of “All The President’s Men” and “The Insider,” it is the incredible true story of Mary Mapes (played by Cate Blanchet), an award-winning CBS News Journalist and Dan Rather’s producer, who broke the Abu-Ghraib prison abuse story, among others. The film chronicles the story Mapes »
- Scott J. Davis
Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for James Vanderbilt‘s directorial debut “Truth,” which examines the story behind the “Rathergate” scandal that reared its ugly head in 2010. Robert Redford plays veteran CBS newsman Dan Rather, while Cate Blanchett stars as his award-winning “60 Minutes” producer Mary Mapes. Rather stepped down from his anchor post after a controversial report on George W. Bush’s service record threatened to derail his career. Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid co-star as the researchers behind the story, and they’re joined by Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach and David Lyons. Also Read: Toronto: Elisabeth Moss on. »
- Jeff Sneider
Truth Trailer. James Vanderbilt‘s Truth (2015) movie trailer stars Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss. Truth‘s plot synopsis: “Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.” In the post-Wikileaks, post-Snowden era, the whole […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
10 years ago, legendary news anchor Dan Rather was forced to step down from his post as CBS News anchor after reporting that President George W. Bush went Awol while serving for the National Guard during the Vietnam War. This fall, the story behind how that scandal unfolded will be told in the new drama Truth, which has just released the first trailer and poster, through Yahoo! Movies. Robert Redford stars as Dan Rather, with Cate Blanchett playing his producer Mary Mapes. Sony Pictures classics has handed out an October 16 release date, following its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Based on the book "Truth and Duty" by Mary Mapes, in the vein of All the President's Men and The Insider, Truth is the incredible true story of Mary Mapes (played by Cate Blanchett), an award-winning CBS News Journalist and Dan Rather's producer, who broke the Abu-Ghraib prison abuse story, »
"Here's to a great story." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the first official trailer for Truth, the drama about Dan Rather and his controversy in 2004 reporting on the President. Robert Redford stars as Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett plays Mary Mapes, his cohort at CBS working on putting together the news. The supporting cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood, David Lyons and John Benjamin Hickey. Our writer Marco just reviewed Truth out of Tiff 2015 a few days ago, calling it "an adult drama that pulls no punches and is massively entertaining". This looks pretty dang good, an intelligent counterpoint to the truth-telling in the other journalism film Spotlight. Check it. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for James Vanderbilt's Truth, originally from Yahoo: For more updates follow @sonyclassics. A behind-the-scenes look at news anchor Dan Rather during his final days at C.B.S. News »
- Alex Billington
Read More: Watch: 'Truth' Clip Has the First Glimpse of Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in Action "Truth" centers on beloved newsman Dan Rather and veteran news producer Mary Mapes as they break the story that ultimately broke their careers. The film depicts the 2004 controversy now known as Rathergate, wherein Rather falsely reported on CBS' "60 Minutes" that George W. Bush had gone Awol during the Vietnam War. The ensuing firestorm shook CBS News to its core and forced Rather to resign. "Truth" depicts how the lies made their way to air. The film, which enjoyed its world premiere at Tiff earlier this month, stars Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett as Rather and Mapes, respectively. The drama also features Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid and marks writer-director James Vanderbilt's first effort behind the camera. "Truth" hits theaters on October 16. Watch the trailer above, courtesy of Yahoo!. Read More: Toronto: Dan Rather. »
- Karen Brill
Rathergate was the term given to the newsroom controversy surrounding denounced journalist and news anchor Dan Rather, who was excised from his position at the helm of CBS News after his scathing report on George W. Bush’s alleged war record blew up in the face of both him and his loyal producer and friend, Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett). It’s a fascinating, complex slice of journalism history, and one that will underpin James Vanderbilt’s political drama Truth, which today unveiled a new trailer in the wake of its premiere at Tiff 2015.
Marking Vanderbilt’s directorial debut – following his producing role on David Fincher’s Zodiac – Truth stars Captain America: The Winter Solider alum Robert Redford in the role of the shunned reporter, who shines a spotlight on Bush’s time in the National Guard and questions whether the former Potus went Awol during the Vietnam War.
As today’s trailer suggests, »
- Michael Briers
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