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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. »

- Manny

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Film Review: Meet the Press in Illuminating ‘Kill the Messenger’

14 October 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – When journalists were heroes and exposed those in power for their sins, movies were made like “All the President’s Men.” Gary Webb of the San Jose Mercury News was one of those journalist heroes during the 1990s, but he wasn’t celebrated in his time. The indictments, induced paranoia and outright lies against him are distinctly chronicled in the luminary “Kill the Messenger.”

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Jeremy Renner gives a riveting performance as Webb, who broke the story that the CIA partnered with drug lords to flood poor, minority neighborhoods in Los Angeles with crack cocaine, in order to fund the anti-communist Contras in Nicaragua (Central America). This Ronald Reagan administration effort was essentially true, as reported by Webb, but the corporate powers that had changed and controlled their media holdings since Watergate wanted the story to go away – and therefore wanted Webb to be brought down. Filled with head-smacking revelations, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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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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- Ashley Lee

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‘Whiplash,’ ‘St. Vincent,’ 13 More Join Crowded Specialty Box Office: Preview

9 October 2014 5:19 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Intense music drama Whiplash, already a big winner at Sundance and the Deauville American Film Festival earlier this year, should drum up plenty of audience interest in its debut this weekend, even though it faces a crowded specialty market that also features several other notable newcomers, including the Bill Murray comedy St. Vincent, Hilary Swank‘s You’re Not You and Jeremy Renner‘s Kill the Messenger. All are what I’d call “big” specialty releases, with big names attached that should attract big attention.

The weekend also includes what I’d call some “small” releases, including documentaries The Overnighters (another Sundance winner) and I Am Ali, about the former heavyweight boxing champion, alongside the Mormon Church-backed Meet the Mormons. All will be clawing for attention in a market that’s seen more than 30 films debut in the past three weeks.

That said, Whiplash should be a real career turner »

- Brian Brooks

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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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'Kill the Messenger' (2014) Movie Review

9 October 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Director Michael Cuesta ("Homeland") and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt (Shame, 12 Years a Slave) have gone old school in their approach to telling the story of journalist Gary Webb in Kill the Messenger. The look and feel has hints of '70s journalistic procedural All the President's Men, or perhaps it's best to say this film was most clearly inspired by Alan J. Pakula's 1976 political thriller. Thematically the films hold a kinship, largely in the way we can now look at All the President's Men as a time-capsule piece when it comes to the way investigative journalism used to be treated and respected when compared to today's 24-hour news cycle where journalists are just as likely to be the story as the story itself. In terms of quality Kill the Messenger can't quite stand up to the comparison, but just to make the comparison alone, I think, is saying something. Set in the mid-'90s, »

- Brad Brevet

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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 »

- Michelle McCue

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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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Interview: Director Michael Cuesta on Issues in ‘Kill the Messenger’

8 October 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – What happens when too much truth is exposed, and those who will feel the backlash from that exposure are too powerful? The new film “Kill the Messenger,” directed by Michael Cuesta, seeks an answer to that question through the true story of journalist Gary Webb, a victim of his own investigative reporting.

Jeremy Renner portrays Webb, a newspaperman for the smaller market San Jose Mercury News. Webb discovers a connection between the influx of crack cocaine into U.S, inner cities during the 1980s and the CIA-backed Contra rebels in Central America Nicaragua. His reporting opens a Pandora’s Box of implications, including his employment, family and the competitiveness of bigger newspapers, who missed the story. Webb’s life becomes a surreal nightmare, just because he kept the truth alive.

Michael Cuesta Directs Jeremy Renner (left) in ‘Kill the Messenger

Photo credit: Focus Features

The director of “Kill the Messenger” is Michael Cuesta, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Flight Of The Conchords’ Star Jemaine Clement Tackles ‘People Places Things’

7 October 2014 4:41 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Jemaine Clement, best known as one half of the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, has linked up with Grace Is Gone helmer James C. Strouse for indie feature People Places Things. New Zealander Clement stars as a newly single, under-employed graphic novelist navigating life, his young twin daughters, a case of writer’s block, a classroom full of students, and a new love while letting go of the woman who left him.

Strouse recently wrapped principal photography, directing from his own script. Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, and Jessica Williams round out the cast of People Places Things. Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub are producing for Big Beach spin-off shingle Beachside. Beachside’s Tim Foley is exec producer alongside Summer Shelton. Sundance award-winner Strouse, a recipient of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, made his writing debut with 2005’s Lonesome Jim for director Steve Buscemi and also penned Grace Is Gone »

- Jen Yamato

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Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out on Photo Hacking: 'It's a Sexual Violation'

7 October 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out for the first time since this summer's nude photo hacking, calling it a "sexual violation" and the pictures' illegal release "disgusting." "Just because I'm a public figure, just because I'm an actress, does not mean that I asked for this," she tells Vanity Fair for its November cover story. "It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It's my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can't believe that we even live in that kind of world. " Lawrence, 24, was one »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Jennifer Lawrence Calls Nude Photo Hacking a 'Sex Crime'

7 October 2014 6:40 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jennifer Lawrence is speaking out in a big way regarding the recent nude photos of her that were leaked.

Jennifer Lawrence is speaking out in a big way regarding the recent nude photos of her that were leaked. "It is not a scandal," The Hunger Games star tells Vanity Fair magazine. "It is a sex crime."

Over a month ago, Lawrence was among a slew of female celebrities whose phones were hacked and nude photographs of the women were leaked on the Internet. Other victims of the hacking included Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley CuocoDownton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay and actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead (to name a few).

News: Kaley Cuoco Leaks Her Own Nude Photo

"It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting," Lawrence vented to V.F. contributing editor Sam Kashner. "The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these websites are responsible. Just the fact »

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Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out on Stolen Nude Photos: It's a Sexual Violation

7 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Jennifer Lawrence is speaking out on the massive nude photo leak that included herself and a ton of A-list actresses -- saying she was "sexually exploited and violated."The "Hunger Games" star opens up about the flagrant violation of her privacy in the new issue of Vanity Fair.News: Josh Hutcherson Says Jennifer's Stolen Photos Are "F**kin' Horrible""Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting," she tells the mag. "I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world."She reveals the photos were for her then-boyfriend, Nicholas Hoult, though she doesn't mention him by name.See First Photo of »

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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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Rosemarie DeWitt Talks Kill The Messenger, Research for the Role, Playing a Real Person, Men, Women & Children, Poltergeist, and More

6 October 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Rosemarie DeWitt stands by her man in Kill the Messenger, the dramatic thriller directed by Michael Cuesta from a screenplay by Peter Landesman based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner).  DeWitt plays Webb’s steadfast wife, Sue, who remains by his side as he becomes the target of an increasingly vicious smear campaign to discredit him after he uncovers a link between U.S. intelligence and Central American cocaine smuggling.  Opening October 10th, the film features an impressive ensemble cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Ray Liotta, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt and Michael Sheen. At our recent roundtable interview, DeWitt spoke about her research for the role, how playing a real-life person influenced her approach to the character, meeting the real Sue Webb and learning how she kept the family together as her husband spiraled down, what appealed to her about working with Renner, »

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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, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Jeremy Renner Talks Kill The Messenger, Finding the Truth in Every Moment, Bourne, Captain America 3, King Of Heists, and More

5 October 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Jeremy Renner risks everything to get to the truth and break the story that nobody wanted told in the political thriller, Kill the Messenger, directed by Michael Cuesta from a screenplay by Peter Landesman.  Renner produces and stars as investigative journalist Gary Webb who landed a career-making story when he uncovered a CIA scheme to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. and use the profits to arm the White House-backed Contras in Nicaragua.  Opening October 10th, the film features an impressive ensemble cast that includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Michael K. Williams, Ray Liotta, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt and Michael Sheen. At the film’s recent press day, Renner revealed what drew him to the project, how screenwriter Peter Landesman and the Webb family helped inform his version of the character, why his portrayal of Webb and his legacy was important to him, how finding the truth in every moment is »

- Sheila Roberts

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20 Celebs Whose Nude Photos Leaked Years Before The Fappening

5 October 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s been over a month since “The Fappening” first took over the internet and things don’t seem to be slowing down a bit. In case you weren’t aware: back in August a collection of almost 200 private pictures of various celebrities – including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and more – were posted on the imageboard 4chan. They were quickly disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur, Tumblr and Reddit. It’s not entirely clear who uploaded the photos, or how many people were involved, but it’s safe to assume that the photos were indeed hacked and not “leaked” by the celebrities themselves.

The Fappening has spawned endless discussion and blog posts across the web. Everybody is wondering how the hacking occurred. People are questioning if the celebrities are at fault for taking the pictures in the first place. And »

- Jesse Gumbarge

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