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Thanks to USA Today, we now have the first two photos from the upcoming "Kill the Messenger" thriller, giving us a look at Jeremy Renner as real-life San Jose Mercury-News journalist Gary Webb. Check everything out below. Plot: In the 1990s, Webb uncovered the Central Intelligence Agency's role in importing cocaine into California that was sold to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Supported by his wife and children, Webb pursued the story and went public with his evidence. When targeted for a vicious smear campaign by the CIA and rival journalists, Webb found himself fighting for his reputation and his family. The new movie is directed by Michael Cuesta and co-stars Josh Close, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Wiliams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
We haven't heard much about the dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger since we reported in late July that production started. Today, we have the first two photos featuring Jeremy Renner as journalist Gary Webb, who wrote a report in 1996 that alleged the CIA was helping the Nicaraguan Contra Army smuggle cocaine into California. The story follows the smear campaign launched to discredit the reporter, and his efforts to put his life back together. Take a look at the photos, then read on for more about the story from Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta.
When asked about playing an investigative journalist in the film, Jeremy Renner said that news reporting is quite a difficult profession.
"That is one tough trade. It took me to a pretty intense world."
Director Michael Cuesta also talked about how the reporter never expected to get the story he ended up with.
"Gary just starts »
As "The Fifth Estate" sadly proved last month, journalism movies aren't the easiest sell at the multiplex, even when involving a current hot button issue and headline-grabbing figure at the center of the drama. But a good story can't be ignored and Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta ("Homeland," "Dexter" and "Twelve And Holding" also featuring Renner) have latched onto one in "Kill The Messenger." And even though the movie isn't due until sometime in 2014, the pair are getting out in front and starting to talk about the movie. Penned by Peter Landesman ("Parkland"), based on the books "Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion" by Gary Webb and Nick Schou’s "Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb" and featuring an all star-cast—Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The first two stills from director Michael Cuesta's dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger are now online and showcase leading man Jeremy Renner, who stars alongside Josh Close, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Wiliams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Check them out in our gallery viewer at the bottom of this page, courtesy of USA Today . For Kill the Messenger Renner takes on the role of Gary Webb, the real-life dedicated reporter for The San Jose Mercury-News. In the 1990s, Webb uncovered the Central Intelligence Agency.s role in importing cocaine into California that was sold to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Supported by his wife and children, Webb »
It comes as no surprise at this point that Terry Gilliam’s latest directorial effort, The Zero Theorem, is a tad bizarre. Gilliam is almost unparalleled when it comes to crafting strangely nightmarish dystopias akin to the sort shown in the masterpiece that was Brazil and the feverishly confused time-travel epic of Twelve Monkeys. Many see The Zero Theorem as the unofficial final chapter in this already unofficial trilogy, but it unfortunately drops the ball as its un-cohesive plot and deliberately obtuse scripting leave it feeling fragmented and more than a little hollow.
Our story tails Qohen (Christoph Waltz), a hairless introvert computer whiz tasked with cracking the code to the meaning of life by Matt Damon’s bleach-blonde Management. Much of the film follows Qohen’s breakdown at the hands of this titular Zero Theorem, whilst he is forced to deal with Lucas Hedges’ junior tech genius and Mélanie Thierry »
- Dominic Mill
Written by Pat Rushin
Directed by Terry Gilliam
UK and Romania, 2013
In 1983, the final Monty Python film, The Meaning Of Life, was released with a rather ambitious title and intent to discover, well, the meaning of life. Thirty years later, and Terry Gilliam returns to these enterprising realms with his new film The Zero Theorem, a codex volcanic in enthusiasm yet insipid at its core. Terry does good press: he barks an intriguing sound bite, citing that his latest ode to chaos is an “impossible look at nothing,” which is certain to prick the interest of existentialists everywhere. But like that void-gazing ideology, the film is bereft of significance as it wanes and wavers as something of a chore, an extravagant, gelatinous mess of half-baked ideas and pasquinade profundity. Any original film that exists aside the morass of sequels, prequels, comic books, and young adult novel translations renders it welcome, »
Director Jason Reitman brings the beloved Joyce Maynard novel Labor Day to life with his upcoming adaptation that arrives in limited release December 25, before expanding nationwide January 31, 2014. Paramount Pictures has debuted the first poster for this adaptation, which follows an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who takes a single mother (Kate Winslet) and her son (Gattlin Griffith) hostage over the Labor Day holiday weekend. With the release of this one-sheet, the first trailer can't be too far behind, so stay tuned.
Labor Day comes to theaters December 25th, 2013 and stars Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, Tom Lipinski, Clark Gregg, Alexie Gilmore, Lucas Hedges, Brighid Fleming. The film is directed by Jason Reitman. »
Jason Reitman’s Labor Day is getting some great early buzz ahead of its big release starting on Christmas Day in the Us, and then expanding throughout its domestic territory up until the 31st January (we get it in the UK on the 7th Februaty), and I wouldn’t be surprised if you see this at the big awards ceremonies come next year too. We hope to get an early review of the film next month when it plays at the prestigious London Film Festival, so make sure you’re around to see what we thought then.
Synopsis: “Labor Day” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, »
- Paul Heath
The official poster for Jason Reitman's Labor Day has arrived, featuring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. The film follows 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives. Also in the cast are Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, Brooke SMith, Gattlin Griffith, Tom Lipinski, Alexie Gilmore, Lucas Hedges and Brighid Fleming. »
Paramount Pictures has just released the poster for writer-director Jason Reitman's latest project, Labor Day . Check it out below! Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tom Lipinski, Clark Gregg, Alexie Gilmore, Lucas Hedges, Brighid Fleming, James Van Der Beek, Maika Monroe, Brooke Smith, Micah Fowler and Tobey Maguire, Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend »
Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is a misanthrope who craves solitude, dislikes food with taste and refers to himself in the plural. His work consists of punching and crunching data for Management. He’s not really interested in the purpose of his job; all he wants to do is work from home and wait for his phone call. His immediate superior, chummy cockney chappie Joby (David Thewlis), thinks he can get Qohen a meeting with Management if he comes to a party at his home. At the party, Qohen meets Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry) who saves his life by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre on our socially hapless hero. This flirtatious beauty appears inexplicably attracted to him. Before he leaves, he also meets Management (Matt Damon), who »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
★★★☆☆ It's been a long time since Terry Gilliam made an unambiguously great film. Flash floods, the death of a lead actor and shrinking budgets have plagued this visionary ex-Python, famed for Time Bandits, Brazil and Twelve Monkeys. Showing in competition at Venice, The Zero Theorem (2013) - Gilliam's first since 2009's The Imaginarium of Dr Parnasus (2009) - returns us to the rag-and-bone shop of a dystopian London where mathematician Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is busy crunching entities for Mancom, a company run by the 'Management' (Matt Damon, a dead ringer for Cannes organiser Thierry Frémaux).
Qohen is waiting for a phone call which will explain to him the meaning of life, and pesters his supervisor Joby (David Thewlis) to let him work from home. However, when his wish is granted and he's placed on a project to prove the 'Zero Theorem' - an attempt to confirm the essential meaninglessness of existence - Qohen, »
- CineVue UK
After a failed attempt in 2009, Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem entered production last year, with the finished product premiering today at the Venice Film Festival. Sharing some of it's DNA with Gilliam's 1984 film Brazil, The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a reclusive computer hacker living in an Orwellian corporate world. Approached by the mysterious Management (Matt Damon), Leth begins work on solving The Zero Theorem, the mathematical equation that proves wheteher life has meaning or not. The film also stars Mélanie Theirry, Peter Stormare, David Thewlis, Tilda Swinton, Lucas Hedges, and Ben Whishaw. There is no official release date set yet, but it should reach our screens sometime in 2014. From the synopsis, the movie will be the usual slice of wonderful Gilliam weirdness, and this first clip from the movie looks absolutely fantastic, offering a glimpse at the multi coloured hell of a world the movie has imagined. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Director Terry Gilliam’s latest film The Zero Theorem is poised to have its world premiere later today at the Venice Film Festival, and we’ve got a couple of goodies to mark the occasion. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management (Matt Damon in a minor role), a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation. In addition to the pic’s first official clip, we also have an exclusive image to share with our readers. Hit the jump to check out the clip and image, along with an official director’s statement about the pic from Gilliam. The film also stars David Thewlis, Tilda Swinton, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, and Peter Stormare. The Zero Theorem will debut at the Venice Film Festival this fall and »
- Adam Chitwood
The clip from Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorum below first appeared over at Entertainment Weekly, which included accompanying written commentary from Giliam. The clip features Christoph Waltz as the film's lead character, Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence -- or the lack thereof -- once and for all. However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being. Here's how Gilliam sets the scene: The scene is a man going to work and a man leaving the safety of his burnt out chapel and being attacked by the modern world with all of its noises and all of its advertising and all these things that confuse and confound and make us all crazy. Matt Damon, Melanie Thierry, »
- Brad Brevet
Here’s a paradox: Everyone admires Terry Gilliam’s weeble-wobble determination to keep making films despite terrible bad luck, and yet the films themselves, even the ones with relatively misfortune-free production histories, are desperately hard to admire. A case in point is “The Zero Theorem,” a sci-fi confection that, at best, momentarily recalls the dystopian whimsy of the director’s best-loved effort, “Brazil,” but ends up dissolving into a muddle of unfunny jokes and half-baked ideas, all served up with that painful, herky-jerky Gilliam rhythm. Helmer’s die-hard fans will rally, but that probably won’t be enough to rescue this from niche obscurity.
Scripted by creative writing professor Pat Rushin (who submitted an early draft to “Project Greenlight”), the story is supposedly set in not-so-distant future, perhaps in Blighty’s London (the pic was actually shot on a stage set in Bucharest). It posits a not-hard-to-extrapolate-from-current-conditions world of clutter and noise, »
- Leslie Felperin
Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorum will premiere at the Venice Film Festival this coming Monday and today Entertainment Weekly offers some new pictures from the film as well as some words from Gilliam who describes the film as painting "a stark picture of where we are right now". The film stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence -- or the lack thereof -- once and for all. However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being. Matt Damon, Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw and Tilda Swinton co-star. Gilliam continues, adding, "The future has come and met us, we actually don't live in the present anymore, we live in the future because it's happening so quickly. »
- Brad Brevet
Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.
Wes Anderson doesn’t do actual sequels. He just doesn’t. He and his partners create intricately imagined idiosyncratic worlds and contained stories that function on their own. They don’t need origins or postscripts. And I truly wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t want to see those brothers take a trip to Macau or Duluth. I don’t care what Margot and Richie and Chas do for Thanksgiving 10 years later. And I »
- Lindsey Bahr
Director Terry Gilliam returns with his first feature film in four years, The Zero Theorem, which makes its world debut at the Venice Film Festival next month. While the drama hasn't been given a release date yet, we have the first poster, a new photo and a statement from the filmmaker where he explains what the story means to him. Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton and Ben Whishaw lead an all-star cast in this drama about a hacker who tries to discover the meaning of human existence. Take a look at the one-sheet and photo, then read on to see how Terry Gilliam compares this movie to his futuristic classic Brazil.
Zero Theorum director, Terry Gilliam, has released a statement about his fairly insane looking new film Zero Theorem about a computer programmer looking for the meaning of life.
Also, here's a new poster for the film.
The film debuts at the Venice Film Festival.
When I made Brazil in 1984, I was trying to paint a picture of the world I thought we were living in then. The Zero Theorem is a glimpse of the world I think we are living in now. Pat Rushin’s script intrigued me with the many existential ideas he had incorporated into his funny, philosophic, and touching tale. For example: What gives meaning to [Continued ...] »
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