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Aaron Sorkin: 'Sony hack is worse than celebrity nude photo leak'

16 December 2014 4:42 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Aaron Sorkin has insisted that the Sony hack is "worse by magnitudes" than the recent leak of celebrity nude photos.

Sorkin has been named in several different files released by the group Guardians of Peace, who claim to have hacked Sony over objections to Seth Rogen's film The Interview.

The writer was quoted in leaked Sony emails as being unaware of who Michael Fassbender is, and suggesting that women get less difficult acting roles than men.

Sorkin initially called the media's coverage of the Sony hack details "morally treasonous", and has since suggested that it is worse than the nude photo scandal that affected Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kaley Cuoco in the autumn.

"I thought we all did a really good job of preemptively telling the press that if you publish these things, you're being sleazy," Sorkin told Today of the nude photo scandal.

"This is the exact same situation, »

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'The Gambler' (2014) Movie Review

16 December 2014 10:27 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan which I have not seen, is another film dealing with addiction and inner demons. This time, as the title obviously states, our protagonist's (played by Mark Wahlberg) addiction is gambling and the reasons behind his willingness to go all in and his acceptance when he loses everything seem to stem from his upbringing, including his recently deceased grandfather (George Kennedy) who passes away in the film's opening scene and his wealthy Beverly Hills mother (Jessica Lange). The last time screenwriter William Monahan wrote a movie in which Wahlberg starred it was The Departed and the result was the actor's first Oscar nomination. While The Gambler won't likely find Wahlberg earning a third nom, Monahan was definitely crafted a script playing to Wahlberg's strengths as the best parts of this film come when Wahlberg is going full steam ahead, delivering witty lines at a quick clip, »

- Brad Brevet

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22 Biggest Snubs and Surprises: 2015 SAG Awards Nominations (Photos)

10 December 2014 8:38 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Patrick Stewart is a tour de force in Stephen Belber’s “Match,” and it only takes a two-minute trailer to see it.  The writer and director adapted his Broadway play for the screen, pitting Stewart against Matthew Lillard and Carla Gugino. It quickly becomes clear in the trailer for the film that this is a project with passion, heart and very strong performances.

A veteran of stage and screen, the 74-year-old Stewart flits from manic and delighted to morose and even menacing at times. This is a complicated role in a complicated story, and yet he appears to have mastered its subtle nuances. »

- Wrap TV Team and Wrap Film Team

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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

19 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen RiverWinter’s Bone, Blue ValentineMartha Marcy May MarleneBeasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: John Krasinski’s The Hollars

12 November 2014 11:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

About a half-dozen years have passed since John Krasinski broke out behind the camera with his 80-minuter raining men oddity. The adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men actually landed at Sundance’s Dramatic Competition and was followed by an uneventful theatrical run. Working from Sundance alumni James C. Strouse’s screenplay, Krasinski’s sophomore film, which was shot Mississippi in mid-July and wrapped in August, sees the actor fill the titular protagonist’s shoes. What the film has going for it is that it is supported by the likes Anna Kendrick (last year’s Park City queen was showcased in a trio of films: The Voices, Life After Beth, Happy Christmas), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (brilliant in Sundance preemed The Spectacular Now) and Richard Jenkins. Cock-eyed optimists would say that Sundance still has room for Garden State types or sentimental explorations of self where 30-something men »

- Eric Lavallee

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How Do Stars’ Private Photos Get Hacked So Often?

7 November 2014 6:05 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Nude photo rumors are pretty commonplace for most Hollywood actresses, so when Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco first got an email alert about this summer’s iCloud photo hack, she didn’t think much of it.

"This one came up, and I was like, 'Oh, it’s another fake one,'" she told late night host Jimmy Kimmel. "I looked and I was like, oh my god, there are some real ones."

It’s estimated that up to one hundred celebrities, including Cuoco, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kate Upton, were victimized by the latest security breach, when hackers broke into Apple iCloud accounts and posted the photos to online imageboard 4chan.

News: Jennifer Lawrence Calls Nude Photo Hacking a 'Sex Crime'

It’s a heinous crime, but stars like Anchorman 2’s Meagan Good said that the violation of her privacy was not the most upsetting consequence.

"There was a lot of victim blaming," she told Et »

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New on DVD, Blu-ray, and TV: 'Maleficent,' 'The Sopranos,' 'Airplane!'

3 November 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Maleficent"

Angelina Jolie's delectably over the top performance as the Sleeping Beauty villain will suck you in to this surprisingly dark take on the fairy tale - dark for Disney, anyway. Elle Fanning co-stars as Aurora, the beautiful but cursed young princess who shows Maleficent the true meaning of love. Sam Riley puts on an entertaining show as Diaval, Malficent's transmogrifying raven.

"Hercules"

If you've been wondering what Brett Ratner's been up to lately, well, here's your answer. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson pumped it up even more to play the mythic hero who is apparently now a mercenary for hire, along with a few other tough guys and one gal. If anything, take a gander at the fruit of Johnson's weight-lifting labor. »

- Jenni Miller

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Deal! Get the 'Tarantino Xx: 8-Film Collection' On Sale Today

3 November 2014 9:34 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Amazon has a sale today on the Quentin Tarantino Xx: 8-Film Blu-ray Collection, which includes Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. The set is normally priced at $119.99, but today it's only $59.99 and to make your set complete you can also pick up Django Unchained on Blu-ray for only $14.50. amz asin="B009B0OG1O" size="small"As for what the 8-film collection includes, here are the details: Blu-ray Special Features - 2 Discs Critics Corner: The Films of Quentin Tarantino - In-depth critics' discussion piece exploring Tarantino's films that redefined cinema and the impact of one of the most influential writers/directors of our time. 20 Years of Filmmaking - Take a look at Tarantino's career from the beginning, with interviews from co-workers, critics, stars and master filmmakers alike as well as a tribute to his greatest collaborator, »

- Brad Brevet

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Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

23 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The history of America’s “War on Drugs” has produced many stories. One of the lesser-known ones is that of the late Gary Webb, an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News who wrote a series of articles about the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking into the United States. The film Kill the Messenger tries to tell the story of Webb and the backlash he faced because of his writing. Unfortunately, despite some good performances, the film falls short of its lofty ambitions.

Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), a journalist for the San Jose Mercury News, thinks he’s found the story of a lifetime when he discovers information that seems to expose the CIA’s role in arming the Contra rebels in Nicaragua and supporting their trafficking of cocaine into the United States. But after Webb’s expose is published, he becomes the target of a vicious smear »

- Timothy Monforton

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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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