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Morgan Freeman Is Colin Powell in Bush Era Biopic

Morgan Freeman Is Colin Powell in Bush Era Biopic
Morgan Freeman has signed on to play former Secretary of State Colin Powell in a new biopic entitled Powell, which is being set up at Hyde Park Entertainment. Reginald Hudlin, who directed Marshall, the Thurgood Marshall biopic that hit theaters last weekend, is attached to direct, from a script by Ed Whitworth, which landed on the coveted Black List back in 2011. No production schedule has been given thus far, but with a major star like Morgan Freeman on board, it's possible that this could move forward very quickly.

The script follows Colin Powell when he was Secretary of State for President George W. Bush, following his service as a decorated U.S. Army General. He was the first ever African-American Secretary of State in U.S. history. He initially did not approve of the President's plan to invade Iraq, since he didn't believe that they possessed weapons of mass destruction.
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Tyler Perry cast in Dick Cheney biopic as Colin Powell, Lily Rabe to play Liz Cheney

Deadline has revealed another addition to the cast of Adam McKay’s untitled Dick Cheney film, a biopic on the U.S.’ Vice President under George W. Bush, with Tyler Perry set to portray Colin Powell, Bush’s Secretary of State.

Powell played a very important part in the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. He pushed for Bush to invade the country on intelligence that Saddam Hussein had manufactured weapons of mass destruction, but none of the weapons Powell had presented to the Un were ever found.

Christian Bale is leading the cast of the film as Dick Cheney, along with Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife Lynne, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush and Steve Carrell as Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld.

Update: Deadline is now reporting that Lily Rabe (American Horror Story, The Wizard of Lies) has also joined the film as Liz Cheney, Dick’s eldest daughter.
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Film Review: ‘Shock and Awe’

Film Review: ‘Shock and Awe’
The shock feels less than shocking and the awe less than awesome in Rob Reiner’s righteously motivated but clunkily executed exposé of media manipulation in the run-up to the Iraq War, a distributor-seeking drama which premiered Friday at the Zurich Film Festival, before the left-leaning director’s last political foray, “Lbj,” has even reached theaters. While its message, literally spelled out in an opening quote about the necessity of a free press in a true democracy, should sing with resonance in today’s divided social climate, the comfortable filmmaking sands its potential relevance down to a polished, unprovocative sheen. Romantic subplots, exposition-heavy conversations and underdeveloped secondary characters further contribute to a remove that’s at odds with the still-raw recent history the film tracks.

With elements of courtroom drama and high-level corruption investigation mixed into the heroes’ journey of four crusading reporters pursuing the truth about WMDs and Iraq when so many others became mouthpieces for
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Steve Carell’s Range Gets a Showcase With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘Last Flag Flying’

Steve Carell’s Range Gets a Showcase With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘Last Flag Flying’
The film awards season is barely a few weeks old and it already has a candidate for Mvp: “Battle of the Sexes” and “Last Flag Flying” star Steve Carell.

When Carell first saddled up to prestige projects 11 years ago in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Little Miss Sunshine,” you could swim in the number of stories noting the comedian’s shift into “serious” territory. It was pretty much what you’d expect for someone who had gone from sketch comedy and stealing scenes from Jim Carrey in “Bruce Almighty,” to dominating air waves with a broadcast sitcom and fronting a major Judd Apatow release, to headlining a high-profile Sundance selection.

A double-dip for indie cred followed soon after with Peter Hedges’ “Dan in Real Life,” but Carell maintained an unpredictable profile. There were humble dramedies (“Crazy Stupid Love,” “The Way Way Back”) mixed in with glossy studio comedies (“Get Smart,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
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Christian Bale Unrecognizable as He Prepares for Dick Cheney Role

Christian Bale Unrecognizable as He Prepares for Dick Cheney Role
Christian Bale has gone through some shocking body transformations during his career, including losing 65 pounds and eating only an apple and a can of tuna a day for “The Machinist,” and then bulking up to play the Batman in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.

Bale sat down with the Variety Studio presented by At&T at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about his next transformation as the star of the upcoming Dick Cheney biopic. Bale said in order to develop the proper body type and gain weight, “I’ve just been eating a lot of pies.”

Christian Bale says he's been eating "lots of pies" to look like former VP Dick Cheney for upcoming film #VarietyStudio presented by @att pic.twitter.com/kc6jxINLZZ

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Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney Biopic Moves to Annapurna

The upcoming film is currently untitled and has not yet begun filming. Adam McKay
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'Wormwood': Telluride Review

'Wormwood': Telluride Review
The Unknown Known would have been an ideal title for Errol Morris’ epic exploration of the thicket of sinister politics that infects his new work but, unfortunately, it was already used — by Morris himself for his 2013 documentary about Donald Rumsfeld. As it is, Wormwood carries insidious connotations dating back to the Hebrew Bible, as the title pertains to a curse and bitter eventualities. This import more than applies to the obsessive odyssey pursued by the son of an army scientist to get to the bottom of the older man’s death, which is he convinced came at the hands...
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Christian Bale Gains Weight and Dyes His Eyebrows Blonde for Upcoming Dick Cheney Biopic

Christian Bale is once again undergoing a dramatic weight transformation — this time for a role as none other than former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Oscar-winner, 43, debuted the chubbier look this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival, where he was in town to premier his upcoming movie Hostiles.

Bale, who also had his eyebrows dyed blonde to more closely resemble the polarizing politician, is starring as Cheney in the upcoming biopic Backseat. The film also stars Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Sam Rockwell as former President George W. Bush, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller.
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Sam Rockwell to play George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic

Sam Rockwell is in final talks to take on the role of President George W. Bush in Backseat, writer-director Adam McKay’s upcoming biopic of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The film will see Christian Bale leading the cast a Cheney, as it chronicles his life from avoiding the draft for the Vietnam War through his rise to CEO of multinational corporation Halliburton, and his stint in office as the Vice President under George W. Bush.

Also set to feature in the cast are Steve Carell as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife Lynne, and Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller. Production is slated to get underway in September.
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Review: Peter Sarsgaard Stars In Netflix’s ‘Wormwood,’ a Documentary-Fiction Combo You’ve Never Experienced Before

Review: Peter Sarsgaard Stars In Netflix’s ‘Wormwood,’ a Documentary-Fiction Combo You’ve Never Experienced Before
Errol Morris has built a career around eccentric real-life figures, from pet cemetery managers to executioners, but in recent years his track record has been spotty. His portrait of photographer Elsa Dorfman (“The B-Side”) and a two-hour interrogation session with Donald Rumsfeld (“The Unknown Known”) weren’t duds so much as routine efforts from a filmmaker who excels at peculiar investigations into the whims of human behavior. As if making up for missed time, Morris pairs one of his best subjects in years with his most ambitious work to date, “Wormwood,” a six-part Netflix miniseries that screened in its entirety at the Telluride Film Festival in advance of its December premiere on the platform.

While much of Morris’ sensibilities comes through in this sprawling tale of government cover-ups and idiosyncratic loners, it’s also a radical break from the dense, interview-driven approach that has distinguished his movies for decades. Gone is the patented Interrotron,
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Sam Rockwell Is George W. Bush in Cheney Biopic

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Sam Rockwell Is George W. Bush in Cheney Biopic
Sam Rockwell (Matchstick Men, Iron Man 2) is one of the best actors working today so any role he takes on is worth taking a look at. But this latest news is particularly interesting. The 48-year-old actor is reportedly in final negotiations to play former president George W. Bush in the upcoming Dick Cheney biopic, simply titled Cheney, which is to be directed by Adam McKay (The Big Short).

The news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter who state that Sam Rockwell is going to play the infamous president in Cheney, who was in office during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and led us into war with Afganastan and the much more controversial Iraq war. Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) has already signed on to play Dick Cheney in the movie, which looks to start filming next month. The cast of the movie also includes Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld,
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Sam Rockwell in Talks to Play George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s ‘Cheney’

Sam Rockwell in Talks to Play George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s ‘Cheney’
Sam Rockwell is in final talks to play former President George W. Bush in Adam McKay’s “Cheney.”

Christian Bale is portraying former Vice President Dick Cheney in the Annapurna Pictures film about his rise to power to become one of the most powerful vice presidents to ever hold that office. Steve Carell will play Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Amy Adams will portray Cheney’s wife, Lynne Cheney.

Bush served two terms as president from 2001 to 2009, and allowed Cheney extensive latitude in fighting terrorism. The project is set to begin production later in September.

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McKay is directing and producing with his Gary Sanchez Productions partners Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick. Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are also producing via their Plan B label.

“Cheney” had been in development at Paramount, but
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Sam Rockwell to Play George W. Bush in Adam McKay's Dick Cheney Biopic (Exclusive)

Sam Rockwell to Play George W. Bush in Adam McKay's Dick Cheney Biopic (Exclusive)
Sam Rockwell is joining Christian Bale in Cheney, Adam McKay’s biopic of former vice president Dick Cheney.

Rockwell is in final negotiations to add his name to the call sheet that already includes Steve Carell, Amy Adams and Bill Pullman for the drama from Annapurna.

Bale is portraying the titular character in a story that chronicles Cheney avoiding military service in the Vietnam War, his rise to CEO of the multinational corporation Halliburton and finally becoming what some have called the most powerful U.S. vice president ever to hold office.

Carell has been cast as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld,...
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William Hoyland obituary

The actor William Hoyland, who has died aged 73, was a stalwart of the plays edited from public inquiries or trials that Nicolas Kent directed at the Tricycle theatre in Kilburn, north-west London. The texts were realised by the great band of Tribunal Players, as we came to call them. For those that I provided, Bill played John Major in Half the Picture (1994, about the Scott inquiry), Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel in Nuremberg (1996), the confrontational detective John Davidson in The Colour of Justice (1999, about the murder of Stephen Lawrence), and Colonel Derek Wilford, the unapologetic Paras commander in Bloody Sunday (2005).

In Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (2004), compiled by Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo, he “spookily” donned “the mantle and manner” of Donald Rumsfeld, the Us defense secretary, wrote Nicholas de Jongh in the Evening Standard. After a West End transfer, the play was later read in the Us Congress.

Continue reading.
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Every Errol Morris Documentary Ranked, From ‘Gates of Heaven’ to ‘The B-Side’ (Photos)

Every Errol Morris Documentary Ranked, From ‘Gates of Heaven’ to ‘The B-Side’ (Photos)
The master of absurd and idiosyncratic documentaries, Errol Morris said of his first film that, “to love the absurdity of people is not to ridicule them but to embrace on some level how desperate life is for each and every one of us.” All 11 of his documentaries ranked here, including his latest “The B-Side” out today, are challenging and hilarious films that have shaped fiction and non-fiction movies alike. 11. “The Unknown Known” (2013) With “The Unknown Known,” Morris goes down the same rabbit hole as in “The Fog of War,” but he has to contend with Donald Rumsfeld’s elliptical, oxymoronic reasoning.
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Roger Waters’ First Rock Album in 25 Years Asks a Post-Trump World: ‘Is This the Life We Really Want?’

Roger Waters’ First Rock Album in 25 Years Asks a Post-Trump World: ‘Is This the Life We Really Want?’
When you’re speaking to Roger Waters, there is no such thing as small talk. The mind responsible for some of the most ambitious productions in pop music history is constantly crackling with activity. Even seemingly innocuous questions, sure to elicit canned responses perfected over half a century of interviews, yield eloquent run-on sentences that jolt forward like a runaway train. The destination is often impossible to predict but, like his lyrics, the words are caustic, hilarious, cynical, hopeful and warm.

The gargantuan critical and commercial success of his ’70s output with Pink Floyd has an unfortunate tendency to eclipse
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Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney Biopic Moves to Annapurna

Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney Biopic Moves to Annapurna
Adam McKay’s untitled Dick Cheney movie may have found a new home.

Sources tell Variety that Annapurna Pictures has landed the pic after Paramount Pictures decided to let it go. Insiders believe McKay’s follow-up to “The Big Short” is better suited for Annapurna’s upcoming slate. Sources add that the parting was amicable, and that McKay looks forward to future projects under the new leadership.

The film will be the first film under Plan B’s new three-year deal with Annapurna, which was announced on Thursday.

Annapurna will handle marketing and distribution efforts for Plan B’s upcoming film releases and will be partnering on at least three films per year. Led by actor and producer Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Plan B joins Annapurna’s expanding operation, which recently launched its full-service marketing and distribution operation.

“We’re excited and honored to be
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Steve Carell joins Robert Zemeckis' next movie

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Robert Zemeckis will direct Steve Carell in upcoming feature adaptation of Mawencol documentary.

Robert Zemeckis will not be directing The Flash for Warner Brothers as his next film. The director of Back to the Future and Forrest Gump will team with former The Office manager and The Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell for a feature adaptation of Jeff Malmberg‘s 2010 documentary, Marwencol. Universal and DreamWorks Pictures announced that the film, which is being produced under the running title Marwencol, is scheduled to hit cinemas on November 21st 2018.

Zemeckis co-wrote the screenplay with Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas). Zemeckis and Universal have been working on the project since 2013, when it was being described as a blend of reality and fantasy.

Marwencol tells the true story of Mark Hogancamp who wakes up from a coma brain-damaged and broke after a brutal assault leaves
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A Brief History of Casting Talent Over Resemblance for Biopics

How important is resemblance, really?

As we mentioned in our newsletter yesterday, Christian Bale is reportedly in talks to star as former vice president Dick Cheney in an Adam McKay helmed biopic, alongside Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney and Steve Carrell as Donald Rumsfeld. The news, broken by Variety, has lead to a host of reactions across the internet, including a number of Dark Knight and American Psycho related jokes because, you know, duh. Front and center in many of these reactions is speculation (though in some cases, anticipatory salivation might be more accurate) over how Bale will transform for the role.

After all, Christian Bale is known for physical metamorphoses that rank just below those of caterpillars on an impressiveness scale; he famously lost 60 pounds for his role in The Machinist (bringing the 6' actor to a skeletal 120-ish pounds), and afterwards went directly to Batman Begins, eating and weight-lifting his way to 220 pounds, which
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Christian Bale in Talks to Play Dick Cheney for Adam McKay

Amy Adams and Steve Carrell also in negotiations.

After a string of blockbuster comedies starring Will FerrellAnchorman, The Other Guys, Step Brothers — writer-director Adam McKay side-stepped a little a couple years back with The Big Short, an ensemble flick about the real-life housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s. The film earned the best reviews of McKay’s well-reviewed career, and wound up with five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and one win for McKay’s screenplay (with Charles Randolph).

It shouldn’t be surprising then that for his big screen follow-up, McKay would return to the ripped-from-the-headlines genre, this time tackling a biopic of one of the most shadowy and misunderstood figures of this century to-date: Former Vice President Dick Cheney. And the cast he’s building? Start polishing the Oscars.

According to Variety’s sources Bale is on board to play Cheney, while Amy Adams is in talks to play his
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Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Amy Adams in talks to star in Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic

Adam McKay could be reuniting with his Big Short stars Christian Bale and Steve Carell for another biopic. Variety has reported that Bale, Carell and Amy Adams are in talks to star in McKay’s currently untitled film about the life of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. Bale will play Cheney while Adams plays his wife Lynne Cheney, and Carell as Donald Rumsfeld.

McKay will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brad Pitt’s Plan B and McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, with Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick producing.

McKay has said he’s always found Cheney’s polarizing status in American history interesting and said he spent hours researching the former V.P. He’s had a long history in politics, serving under four different Presidents and was a central and controversial figure to the War on Terror in the wake of 9/11.

“I’ve always found Cheney fascinating,
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