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Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the first photo of Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes in the upcoming "Truth" film. Check it out below. Plot: A behind-the-scenes look at news anchor Dan Rather during his final days at C.B.S. 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. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
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
- Sasha Stone
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
Get your first look right here! Sony Pictures Classics has revealed a photo from the upcoming film Truth, which is the directorial debut of screenwriter James Vanderbilt (of The Rundown, Zodiac, The Losers, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, White House Down). The film stars Robert Redford as Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, and presents a behind-the-scenes look inside CBS News during Rather's final days there. This photo only shows Blanchett in the make-up room with Redford as Rather, though you can barely see him only through a mirror. At least it's something, and puts this on the map for the awards season as we end the summer and head deeper into the fall. Blanchett is always one to watch. See below. Photo revealed by @sonyclassics. A behind-the-scenes look at news anchor Dan Rather during his final days at C.B.S. News when he broadcast a damaging report about »
- Alex Billington
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
While Toronto and Venice raised excitement levels for the fall festivals by announcing their initial lineups this week, there are plenty more movies to come. One that certainly has awards season prognosticators wondering where it'll show up is "Truth," with the starry, true story drama now slated for an October release. Sony Pictures Classics announced that "Zodiac" screenwriter James Vanderbilt's directorial debut will open on October 16th. Based on the book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes, the film tells the incredible true story of how Mapes (Cate Blanchett), an award-winning CBS News journalist, and Dan Rather (Robert Redford), uncovered that a sitting U.S. president may have been Awol from the United States National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War. When the story blew up in their face, the ensuing scandal ruined Dan Rather’s career, nearly changed a U.S. Presidential election, and almost »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sony Pictures Classics has released the first photo from "Truth," the true story drama which they've set an October 16th release date for. The date puts the film squarely in awards season and could see Cate Blanchett competing against herself for her work in Todd Haynes' "Carol".
The film deals with how CBS Producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) and Dan Rather (Robert Redford) uncovered that a sitting U.S. president may have been Awol from the U.S. National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War.
When the story blew up in their face, the ensuing scandal ruined Rather's career and almost took down all of CBS News in the process. James Vanderbilt penned the script and makes his directorial debut on the project.
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- Garth Franklin
As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
At 20th Century Fox's Independence Day Q&A live stream last night, the official title for Independence Day 2 was revealed, along with new images teasing the futuristic technology we can expect to see in the sequel.
Slated for a June 24th, 2016 release, Roland Emmerich's long-awaited Independence Day sequel is officially titled Independence Day Resurgence. Also released yesterday were new images from the film, including a look at a new moon rig that Liam Hemsworth's character will operate.
Synopsis: "We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring »
- Derek Anderson
Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Judd Hirsch, Sela Ward and Charlotte Gainsbourg have also been cast in the sequel, which 20th Century Fox has dated for June 24, 2016 — nearly 20 years after the original was released. Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas J. Whitmore in the original, is returning for the sequel.
Dean Devlin, who produced the original film, is producing with Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser. Ute Emmerich is the executive producer. The screenplay was written by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt, James A.Woods & Nicolas Wright.
Fox has also released the first photos from the set — one of the Moon Tug spacecraft and another of director Emmerich posing with it.
The story revolves around the nations of Earth having collaborated on an immense »
- Dave McNary
20th Century Fox is excited to announce a live streamed Q&A from the set of Roland Emmerich's sequel Independence Day 2, today at 6 Pm Pt / 9 Pm Et. See the cast answer questions about this upcoming project and tune in for an exciting reveal, with host Jake Roper of VSauce3, and participating talent that includes director Roland Emmerich along with cast members Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Angelababy, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward and Jessie Usher. Fans can also ask questions directly to the cast and director by tweeting to the @IndependenceDay twitter account and using the hashtag #IndependenceDayLive.
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. »
Devlin, Emmerich and Harald Kloser produce.
Fox will release the alien invasion tentpole on June 24, 2016.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Independence Day 2 is shooting right now in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and to celebrate the upcoming holiday upon which the title is based, 20th Century Fox is hosting a live stream directly from the set. This happens tonight, Monday, June 22, at 6pm Pst. And you can participate by tweeting questions with the hashtag #IndependenceDayLive.
Director Roland Emmerich will host this Q&A, with returning stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and Vivica A. Fox set to appear. Also joining in on the fun will be new cast members Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth, Angelababy, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward. It is not yet known what else will be shown from Independence Day 2, which has been shooting for almost a month.
The next epic chapter in the Independence Day universe delivers a global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated »
"Against All Enemies" is the 9/11 thriller that just doesn't want to get made. Ranking fairly highly on the Black List in 2005, the movie has been pretty much been stuck in development hell ever since. Paul Haggis was going to make it as his follow-up to "Crash," and had Sean Penn and Vince Vaughn slated to star, but the project fell apart. And ever since, Robert Redford has been attached to direct with nothing really happening, and now, the movie faces another setback. Read More: The Essentials: Robert Redford THR reports that Redford has exited the movie that he has been shepherding since 2007. Based on the memoir by Richard A. Clarke, with a script by James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac," "The Amazing Spider-Man"), the story is about the Bush administration's focus on Iraq over Al Qaeda threats both before and after the 9/11 attacks. It turns out that plain ol' scheduling forced Redford off the movie that was apparently. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Originally written as a Cannes market closer for Variety’s last print daily, on May 19, this article has been updated through Tuesday, May 26:
Cannes – Five years ago, Cannes biz was powered by movies selling out worldwide. U.S. distribution pick-ups were something of a sideshow.
Now it’s the U.S. and China that are driving the train. One week after on-site trading at Cannes wound down, 2015’s edition still looks like a tale of four markets: U.S. and China, both galvanized by new players; Europe, depressed by eroding ancillary markets; arthouse, still a buyers’ market focused on star titles and ever more near completed films.
Trouble is, the U.S. is helping to make up for the weakness in the market but its growth is not yet at a par with the shortfall, doesn’t take up all of Europe’s slack, said Lotus Ent.’s Bill Johnson. »
- John Hopewell and Ramin Setoodeh
This story first appeared in the May 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. It was a deal struck over vegemite. While dining on that Australian paste (spread over toast) aboard James Packer’s yacht May 17, Brett Ratner and Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker closed a $6 million pact for U.S. rights to one of the splashiest films available in Cannes: director James Vanderbilt’s Truth, about CBS News anchor Dan Rather’s resignation and the events leading to it. Ratner and Barker toasted with Foster’s lager (for Barker) and water
- Tatiana Siegel
It wasn't just the weather that was sunnier this Cannes. The market also bounced back, with U.S. distributors in particular opening their checkbooks for finished films and foreign buyers finding ample pre-buy offerings. The $20 million price tag for Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, which sold for worldwide rights to Focus Features/Universal, was one of the biggest deals of the market. But Sony Pictures Classics set a record by plunking down $6 million for U.S. rights to the James Vanderbilt-helmed Truth -- the most ever paid by the specialty label (the film chronicles the lead up to CBS
- Scott Roxborough, Tatiana Siegel
THR reports that Sony Pictures Classics has snagged North American rights to "Truth," starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as his producer, Mary Mapes, whose 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty" serves as the basis for this film. "Truth" centers on the firestorm that broke out in September 2004 when the former CBS Evening News anchor made libelous claims that President Bush received special treatment during his Air National Guard tenure in Vietnam. The authenticity of Rather's sources was called into question, Mapes was swiftly fired and Rather resigned in 2005. Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid also appear in "Truth," the directorial debut of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "White House Down" screenwriter James Vanderbilt. Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Vanderbilt and Mikkel Bondesen produce with Brett Ratner, Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding, and Mythology Entertainment. Sony Pictures Classics has »
- Ryan Lattanzio
FilmNation represents international rights to Truth, centres on a 2004 report by veteran Us newsman Dan Rather claiming the then President George W Bush received special treatment in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.
It later transpired the report was based on documents that may have been forged.
Rather’s producer Mapes wrote the book Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power on which the project is based.
James Vanderbilt makes his directorial debut with the project and produces through his Mythology Entertainment with Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Mikkel Bondesen, Brett Ratner, Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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