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Why You Have to See "Kill the Messenger!'

17 October 2014 12:18 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

.Kill the Messenger. arrives in theaters near you but is this film worthy of Jeremy Renner.s performance? Here.s what I can tell you. The movie is scary! Why? Because it happened in real life! Take a look at my review!

Official .Kill the Messenger. Synopsis

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. »

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Jeremy Renner Kill The Messenger Interview

11 October 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Jeremy Renner produces and stars in the political thriller, “Kill the Messenger,” about investigative journalist Gary Webb whose career took a startling turn when an upscale cocaine trafficker’s girlfriend, Coral Baca (Paz Vega), slipped him a Grand Jury transcript which revealed a link between U.S. intelligence and Central American cocaine smuggling. Webb’s quest for truth […]

The post Jeremy Renner Kill The Messenger Interview appeared first on MoviesOnline. »

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Jeremy Renner, Michael Cuesta Spotlight Gary Webb’s Story and Family at ‘Kill the Messenger’ Premiere

10 October 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta braved the red carpet on Thursday night for the premiere of their gritty new docudrama “Kill the Messenger,” based on the life of late San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb.

Webb’s stories exposed connections between South Central crack cartels, and CIA-funded paramilitaries in Nicaragua and solicited a shaming campaign from other papers (and, by some reports, government intimidation) before he took his own life in 2004.

“The thing is, Gary actually wasn’t a whistleblower,” said “Homeland” veteran Cuesta. “He was a journalist. He was just doing his f—ing job. Before the script came to my attention, I didn’t know the grind that he went through, the discreditation campaign, the price that he paid; so that really made me want to make this movie. There’s a sense of knowing that this thing he’s tapped into is way bigger, but he doesn’t stop. »

- Steve Macfarlane

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Director Michael Cuesta Talks Kill The Messenger, Balancing Fact and Fiction, the Alternate Opening, Future Projects, and More

10 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta's (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger.  Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer. Last week I sat down with Michael Cuesta for an extended video interview.  He talked about balancing fact and fiction while bringing this story to the screen, his first cut, deleted scenes, working with Renner, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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'Kill the Messenger': What the Critics Are Saying

10 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kill the Messenger, out Friday, asks Jeremy Renner to portray Gary Webb, the San Jose Mercury News Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist as he undergoes a controversial investigation into a CIA conspiracy in Nicaragua that led to America's cocaine epidemic. Also starring Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Paz Vega, Rosemarie DeWitt and Ray Liotta, the cautionary tale marks Michael Cuesta's first big-screen feature since his major television success with Homeland. The Focus Features title opens in 374 theaters in select markets. Watch more 'Kill the Messenger': Jeremy Renner Deconstructs Journalist Gary Webb's

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Kill The Messenger – The Review

9 October 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Stop the presses” was a line of dialogue used in all manner of thrillers and mysteries throughout Hollywood’s Golden age as a reflection of the movies’ love affair with newspapers and crusading reporters. Now this romance has had its bumps, since for every The Front Page or His Girl Friday, there’s a Citizen Kane who created news events to sell copy. But overall, the seekers of truth, the reporters have been the heroes in cinema (is it any wonder that Superman’s human disguise is that of “mild, mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper”?). One of the best examples may be 1976′s All The President’S Men with Woodward and Bernstein as an investigative dynamic duo who would follow every lead, turn over every rock in order to publish the facts. The fourth estate isn’t what it used to be in today’s world what with »

- Jim Batts

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Rosemarie Dewitt Talks Kill The Messenger, Balancing Fact and Fiction, Working with Jeremy Renner, the Poltergeist Remake, and More

9 October 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta's (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger.  Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer. At the Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Rosemarie Dewitt.  She talked about why she wanted to make the movie, balancing fact and fiction, the incredible true story, the Poltergeist remake, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Jeremy Renner Stars in New Kill The Messenger Clips

8 October 2014 3:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Focus Features’ upcoming film, Kill The Messenger, opens in theaters this Friday.

With another powerful performance, two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner could very well see another Oscar nomination for his role as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.

Fans of All The President’S Men (1976) will appreciate this new political thriller about investigative journalism.

From director Michael Cuesta (“Homeland”) and writers Peter Landesman, based upon the books Dark Alliance, by Gary Webb, and Kill the Messenger, by Nick Schou, the movie also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Andy Garcia.

Based on Webb’s remarkable true story, watch the new featurette and 4 new clips from the film.

Incarnated on-screen by Jeremy Renner – also a producer of the movie – Webb was a respected, hard-charging investigative journalist who longed to land a career-making story. Kill The Messenger »

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Jeremy Renner Talks Kill The Messenger, Balancing Fact and Fiction, Why He Wanted to Make the Movie, and Working with Louis C.K. on Louie

8 October 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta's (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger.  Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer. At the Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Jeremy Renner.  He talked about why he wanted to make the movie, balancing fact and fiction, if he's a fan of extended cuts, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Tragedy of Gary Webb Stings Even When Kill the Messenger Flags

7 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

It was a mystery that reporter Gary Webb would have jumped on: a man who'd made powerful enemies allegedly committing suicide with two gunshots to the head. The tragedy is that Webb was the deceased. Michael Cuesta's earnest, ire-inducing Kill the Messenger is a David-and-Goliath story where truth is the slingshot — a fragile weapon that needs to score a fatal hit before the big guy gets mad. Miss, and you'll get crushed.

The giant is the CIA. In 1996, Webb published a thunderbolt piece in the San Jose Mercury News connecting the facts in a conspiracy that linked the government to the Nicaraguan Contras to the crack dealers of South Central Los Angeles. As the movie has it, after a tip from a sexy informant named Coral (Paz Vega) trying to keep her boyfriend »

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Kill the Messenger | Review

6 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Crack is Whack: Cuesta Revisits Contras Affair as Political Thriller

Though he has several films under his belt, director Michael Cuesta has probably made more of an impression in television over the past decade, though that may change with the reception of his latest, Kill the Messenger, a smartly layered tale based on a media minefield from the mid 1990s. Presented as a mixture of journalistic woe and political conspiracy, a brightly scrubbed cast and a tightly wound pace manage to make the best use of its running time, even though the material could have afforded to take more time to justifiably mine the depths of its implications. But, based on two books, one of them by the deceased journalist at the center of the tale, Cuesta stays true to a specific point of view to concoct an unnerving exploration of a matter swept too conveniently under the rug.

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- Nicholas Bell

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘Kill the Messenger’ With Jeremy Renner

5 October 2014 9:31 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new dramatic thriller “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb!

Kill the Messenger,” which opens on Oct. 10, 2014 and is rated “R,” also features an all-star cast including Oliver Platt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Robert Patrick, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Rosemarie DeWitt, Barry Pepper, Tim Blake Nelson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Paz Vega and Gil Bellows from director Michael Cuesta and writer Peter Landesman based on the novel by Gary Webb. Note: You must be 17+ to win this “R”-rated Hookup.

To win your free “Kill the Messenger” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, »

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Ron Perlman Added to Alex Garcia’s ‘The Jesuit’ (Exclusive)

4 October 2014 2:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — Boarding late in the day, Ron Perlman (“Hellboy,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Drive”) has completed the key cast of Alfonso Pineda Ulloa’s “The Jesuit,” L.A.-based Mexican producer Alex Garcia’s biggest action-thriller to date at Ag Studios, departing from a Paul Schrader screenplay.

A road movie actioner, “The Jesuit,” turns on an ex-con, wrongly imprisoned, called the Jesuit, whose ex-wife is murdered by her boyfriend who then kidnaps his son. The Jesuit devises an elaborate plan to save his son and avenge the murder, embarking on a revenge rampage from Texas through Mexico to its deep, deep jungle in Mexico’s south. Perlman plays “The Jesuit’s” out-and-out villain.

“As is most always the case, I was impressed by the writing and the people involved in the process,” Perlman commented on his casting.

“And of course, it didn’t hurt that it was shooting in Mexico, »

- John Hopewell

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Casting Net: Catherine Zeta-Jones to play real-life drug kingpin in 'The Godmother'

2 October 2014 5:22 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the true story crime biopic The Godmother about Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco. Norwegian filmmaker Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes) is directing the Oscar winner as one of the most fearsome figures in the Miami drug wars of the '70s and '80s who was killed in a motorcycle drive-by assassination in 2012 after serving 18 years in prison. Filming will begin early next year with a script by Frank Baldwin. [Deadline] • Erica Bana has joined the ensemble of Disney's The Finest Hours directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm). Bana will play Daniel Cluff, the deeply respected Coast »

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Ron Perlman Hits The Road In Mexican Actioner, The Jesuit

2 October 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Even though principal photography has long since wrapped, and the movie is deep in post, one new addition to the cast of The Jesuit has just been announced. The news comes from Variety, who have learned that Sons Of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman was a late addition to the shoot.

The film is based on a script by Taxi Driver‘s Paul Schrader, who revealed his first impression of the finished product as “a badass exploitation film with a black soul and shoot-from-the-hip style.” Directed by Alfonso Pineda Ulloa, the movie centres around a wrongly incarcerated man whose ex-wife is murdered by her ex-boyfriend. That’s not the worst part: his son is also kidnapped. Busting out of the pen, The Jesuit embarks on a mission to find his son and take down the man who killed his ex.

Perlman is onboard playing the movie’s villainous gangbanger – who sounds »

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Jeremy Renner Talks About "Kill the Messenger!" He's As Smart and Gripping As the Movie!

1 October 2014 11:23 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Jeremy Renner is mesmerizing and totally unforgettable in the upcoming movie .Kill the Messenger.. He plays the true-life character, Gary Webb, the San Jose Mercury News reporter who exposes the CIA.s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and then importing cocaine into the mean streets of California.

When critics use the word gripping, they were probably thinking of .Kill the Messenger..

Take a look at my interview with the actor who also moonlighted as producer in the film. What inspired him to do the movie, and wait .til you see his answer if we are still having war on drugs.

Official .Kill the Messenger. Synopsis

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men »

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Win Passes to An Advance Screening of Kill the Messenger

1 October 2014 9:01 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Michael Cuesta.

For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see an advance screening of Kill the Messenger at the AMC Livonia Theater in Livonia, Michigan on Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “giveaway” box further down on this page.

There you’ll be directed to a variety of methods by which you can enter the contest. You’ll be asked to provide a valid email address, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, and Tweet the contest. That’s it. That’s all you have to do to enter. We’ll contact you to let you know if you’ve won one of the pairs of passes that we have. But hurry, because the contest ends at 12:00Am on Monday morning, »

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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of Kill The Messenger in St. Louis

30 September 2014 8:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua.

Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

The film stars Jeremy Renner, »

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Film Review: ‘Kill the Messenger’

26 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Though he has four theatrical features under his belt, director Michael Cuesta is perhaps best known for his work on TV series “Homeland” and “Six Feet Under,” and perhaps the worst one can say about his new feature, “Kill the Messenger,” is that it sometimes plays like a condensed version of a first-rate cable miniseries. Based on the life of investigative reporter Gary Webb, who sparked firestorms with his writing on links between the CIA, Nicaraguan Contras and the American crack-cocaine trade only to have his career destroyed in the media blowback, the film taps into far deeper, richer veins of material than it has the time to properly mine. It’s nonetheless a flinty, brainy, continually engrossing work that straddles the lines between biopic, political thriller and journalistic cautionary tale, driven by Jeremy Renner’s most complete performance since “The Hurt Locker.” Specialty box office should be healthy; post-screening »

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Buyers bow to Tamahori's Emperor

8 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Deals for Corsan action-adventure, starring Sophie Cookson [pictured], Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann, now shooting in Europe.

Corsan has inked deals in Middle East (Eagle), China (Hgc) and South Korea (Joy and Content) for Lee Tamahori-directed action-adventure Emperor, which is currently shooting in Czech Republic.

Screen Star of Tomorrow Sophie Cookson stars in the 16th Century-set story about a young woman who infiltrates the court of the embattled Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to avenge the death of her father.

Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann co-star while Eddie Marsan has also signed on to join the cast which includes Paz Vega, Oliver Platt, Gotz Otto, Bill Skarsgard and Rutger Hauer.

Corsan founder and CEO Paul Breuls produces alongside Michael John Fedun and COO Catherine Vandeleene. Guy Tannahill serves as executive producer.

Paradigm represents Us rights.

Corsan previously collaborated with Tamahori on The Devil’s Double and with Brody on Third Person. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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