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David Mamet to adapt The Force for James Mangold

Back in March it was announced that director James Mangold is set to follow up this year’s critically acclaimed superhero blockbuster Logan with an adaptation of Don Winslow’s latest novel The Force, and now Deadline is reporting that David Mamet (The Untouchables, Wag the Dog) is in talks to pen the script.

The official description for The Force, released in bookstores this week, reads:

Our ends know our beginnings, but the reverse isn’t true…

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.

He is “the King of Manhattan North,” a, highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean—including Malone himself.

What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city’s history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

In addition to The Force, Winslow’s novel The Cartel is also heading to the big screen, with Ridley Scott attached to direct. Scott meanwhile is also serving as a producer on The Force through his Scott Free banner.
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'War Machine': Film Review

'War Machine': Film Review
The latest addition to the gallery of darkly comic films designed to make the case for the absurdity of war, War Machine has trouble maintaining a steady tone, but its climactic, sobering assault ultimately hits the target. In his desire to simultaneously portray and mock the authority figures in charge of the American war effort in Afghanistan (now the longest armed conflict in American history), writer-director David Michod is clearly trying to channel the Stanley Kubrick of Dr. Strangelove, as well as other satiric works like M*A*S*H, Catch-22, Slaughterhouse-Five, Three Kings and Wag the Dog. Despite its troublesomely...
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Peak TV Treasure: Insecure

Peak TV Treasure: Insecure
Are you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.

Insecure

Network | HBO

Created By | Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore

Number Of Episodes | 8

Episode Length | 30 mins.

Premise | Based on Rae’s Awkward Black Girl web series, Insecure stars Rae as Issa, a young black woman working at a L.A. non-profit and struggling to find her place in the world.
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HBO Lands Oxford’s Princess Diana Documentary

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HBO Lands Oxford’s Princess Diana Documentary
HBO has acquired Oxford Film and Television’s documentary about the life and work of Princess Diana, which is shaped around interviews with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, among others. “This film will show Princess Diana in a way she has never been seen before, through the eyes of the two people who knew her best,” executive producer Nick Kent said Tuesday morning in a media release. The documentary will also include new archival footage. Also Read: HBO to Make 'Wag the Dog' TV Adaptation Ashley Gething will produce and direct the doc, which airs overseas on ITV.
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The Leftovers Recap: Kevin and Hell

The Leftovers Recap: Kevin and Hell
Sunday’s episode of The Leftovers not only revealed how Kevin Sr. had been trying to save the world from a cataclysmic flood during his time Down Under, it also revealed how a clairvoyant chickenwas involved. Because, of course, a clairvoyant chicken had to be involved. Read on, and we’ll go over the hour’s wiggiest twists of plot.

RelatedThe Leftovers Boss Talks ‘Ridiculous, Exhilarating’ Perfect Strangers Homage

‘Ducks Go Down, Ducks Come Up’ | After “Crazy Whitefella Thinking” opened with an especially jazzy rendition of “Personal Jesus,” we joined Kevin Sr. as he drove to trespass on sacred
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Barry Levinson adapting Wag the Dog as HBO series

THR is reporting that director Barry Levinson is bringing his 1997 political satire Wag the Dog to the small screen as a half-hour scripted comedy series for HBO. Rajiv Joseph (Army of One) is writing the script, and Levinson is set to serve as executive producer, as well as directing should it receive a pilot order from the cable network.

The original film starred Robert De Niro as a political strategist and spin doctor who hires a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman) to craft a fictional war to draw attention away from the president’s sexual harassment scandal. Also featuring in the cast were Anne Heche, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson, William H. Macy and Kristen Dunst.

HBO describes the TV adaptation as “an ode to the classic film but moving the weapons of mass distraction beyond politics and into business, entertainment and, yes, nonprofits. In the 21st century with the tools of social media at their hands,
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Wag the Dog Getting a TV Reboot at HBO, With Barry Levinson Directing

Wag the Dog Getting a TV Reboot at HBO, With Barry Levinson Directing
Two decades after it hit theaters, Wag the Dog feels more relevant than ever — which might explain why HBO is rebooting it.

The pay-cable network is turning the 1997 big-screen political satire starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman into a half-hour scripted comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And it has the blessing of the original team: The film’s director, Oscar winner Barry Levinson, is on board to executive produce the series and direct the pilot, and De Niro will serve as an Ep as well. Rajiv Joseph (Nurse Jackie) will write the pilot.

RelatedDeadwood Revival Script ‘Has Been Delivered to HBO,
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TV Bits: ‘Powerless’ Cancelled, ‘Wag The Dog’ HBO Series, Damien Chazelle, Jesse Eisenberg & More

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TV Bits: ‘Powerless’ Cancelled, ‘Wag The Dog’ HBO Series, Damien Chazelle, Jesse Eisenberg & More
On this edition of TV Bits: NBC has pulled the plug on its DC series Powerless La La Land writer/director Damien Chazelle moves to the small screen Jesse Eisenberg teams with Bad Robot to write, direct, and star in a new series and more! Powerless Canceled According to Polygon, NBC has pulled the remaining two episodes of […]

The post TV Bits: ‘Powerless’ Cancelled, ‘Wag The Dog’ HBO Series, Damien Chazelle, Jesse Eisenberg & More appeared first on /Film.
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Newswire: HBO is bringing Wag The Dog to TV

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It’s the fate of any good political satire to go from “funny” to “depressingly prophetic” as the years go on. That adage applies to few films as aptly as Barry Levinson’s Wag The Dog, a movie that launched its tale of manufactured conflicts and presidential sex scandals just a month before Monica Lewinsky became a household American name. Now, HBO has announced plans to cash in on Wag The Dog’s predictive cachet, with Deadline reporting that the network is developing a TV series based on the 1997 film.

Levinson has signed on to work on the project, which will take the original’s cynical worldview—in which Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman spun politics, international warfare, and the all-seeing eye of cable news—and apply it to the worlds of entertainment, big business, and non-profits, as well. Rajiv Joseph, who penned the recent Nic Cage political ...
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Fake News: Robert De Niro Comedy ‘Wag The Dog’ Becoming An HBO Comedy Series

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In less than six months, the term ‘fake news’ has become so all-encompassing, so utterly prevalent, that everyone’s pretty much sick of it (sorry for putting it in the headlines, guys). But as bored as we are of articles about some asshole living in his mom’s basement who gets 50,000 likes on Facebook a day for stories about how Hillary Clinton ate a baby, it doesn’t change that the volume of clickable bullshit that plays to prejudices on both sides.

Continue reading Fake News: Robert De Niro Comedy ‘Wag The Dog’ Becoming An HBO Comedy Series at The Playlist.
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‘Wag The Dog’ Comedy Series In Works At HBO

HBO is teaming with Barry Levinson and Robert De Niro on a small screen version of Wag the Dog. The premium cabler and Oscar winner Levinson are developing the 1997 political satire, which Levinson produced and directed and De Niro starred, as a half-hour comedy series. It hails from Warner Bros. TV, whose sibling New Line Cinema produced the original feature. HBO describes the series as “an ode to the classic film, but moving the weapons of mass distraction beyond…
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HBO to Make ‘Wag the Dog’ TV Adaptation

  • The Wrap
HBO to Make ‘Wag the Dog’ TV Adaptation
A series adaptation of the 1997 film “Wag the Dog” is in the works at HBO, TheWrap has learned. Director Barry Levinson will adapt his own film, a political satire starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman, as a half-hour comedy series. The series is described as “an ode to the classic film, but moving the weapons of mass distraction beyond politics and into business, entertainment, and yes, non-profits. In the 21st Century with the tools of social media at their hands, nothing is off limits to a small group of operators when it comes to manufacturing reality. Fake news is.
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'Wag the Dog' TV Series in the Works at HBO (Exclusive)

HBO is jumping back into the political satire arena.

The premium cable network is teaming with Oscar winner Barry Levinson to develop his 1997 political satire Wag the Dog as a half-hour scripted comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Levinson, who directed the film about a political strategist (Robert De Niro) who hires a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman) to craft a fictional war to draw attention away from the president's sexual harassment scandal, will executive produce and direct the project should it move to pilot. 

HBO describes its adaptation as "an ode to the classic film but moving the weapons of...
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Hoffman and Baumbach by Anne-Katrin Titze

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series with Noah Baumbach and Dustin Hoffman Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Noah Baumbach, Mistress America and Frances Ha director and co-director with Jake Paltrow of the Brian De Palma documentary De Palma, took the stage at the Bmcc Tribeca Performing Arts Center for a Tribeca Talks: Directors Series with Dustin Hoffman, who stars in Baumbach's latest, The Meyerowitz Stories alongside Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Candice Bergen, Rebecca Miller, and Mickey Sumner.

Jane Rosenthal: "He's known for his roles in The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, Tootsie, Wag The Dog and so many others. But, of course, to me he will always be Mr. Focker." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, first introduced the star of The Graduate by quoting from the actor's own notecards that she was given by him after he received the Film Society of Lincoln Center's
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Robert De Niro Is ‘The Wizard Of Lies’ In New Trailer For HBO’s Bernie Madoff Pic

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Robert De Niro‘s last few movies were the dramedy “The Comedian,” the boxing pic “Hands Of Stone,” and the raunchy comedy “Dirty Grandpa,” all of which were poorly received at best. But this spring, it looks like he has a role and film worth his talents with “The Wizard Of Lies.”

Read More: Netflix, Amazon, ‘The Irishman’ & The Academy: Oscars In The Age Of Streaming

Helmed by Barry Levinson, who has directed De Niro previously in “Sleepers,” “Wag The Dog,” and “What Just Happened,” the HBO movie will tell the story of Bernie Madoff, the respected financial titan whose world — and those of his clients — came tumbling down when it was revealed he was running a Ponzi scheme.

Continue reading Robert De Niro Is ‘The Wizard Of Lies’ In New Trailer For HBO’s Bernie Madoff Pic at The Playlist.
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NYC Weekend Watch: Olivier Assayas, Oshima/Godard, ‘Manhattan’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Olivier Assayas’ crazy, thrilling trilogy of international films screens on Saturday.

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Ruggles of Red Gap, and three films by Madeline Anderson will also play.

BAMcinematek

The Oshima/Godard series continues and remains outstanding.

Anthology Film Archives

Numerous Canadian classics of the ’70s will play.

IFC Center

2001, Fury Road, Pulp Fiction, The Terminator, and Twister,
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Anne Heche Was Jealous Of Sandra Oh’s Career, At Least Until They Both Made ‘Catfight’

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Anne Heche Was Jealous Of Sandra Oh’s Career, At Least Until They Both Made ‘Catfight’
Sandra Oh and Anne Heche had never worked together before last year, but the seasoned actresses have both enjoyed a diverse series of successes. Oh broke into the film scene as the motorcycle riding free spirit in Alexander Payne’s “Sideways,” while Heche had roles in “Donnie Brasco” and “Wag the Dog.” More recently, they are better known for television projects such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Hung,” respectively.

In “Catfight,” these seasoned actresses get to sink their teeth into a script that is as ambitious in its simplicity as it is politically searing. Oh and Heche relish every punch and barb thrown in the film’s three rip-roaring fights, and both are pitch perfect in bringing Tukel’s daring script to life.

Veronica (Oh) bluntly berates her son for drawing at the dinner table, as her husband, Stanley (Damion Young), speaks gleefully about the money he will make from “the war.
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Exclusive: Sandra Oh and Anne Heche on 'Catfight,' Fight Scenes and Fighting for Roles

Exclusive: Sandra Oh and Anne Heche on 'Catfight,' Fight Scenes and Fighting for Roles
Writing out the plot of Catfight makes it sound absolutely insane: The satire stars Sandra Oh as wino trophy wife Veronica and Anne Heche as failed artist Ashley, one-time college frenemies who run into each other years later and end up in a brawl that leaves Veronica comatose. Two years later, she wakes to find that she's lost everything and Ashley is now thriving. The two re-meet, another brawl ensues, Ashley goes into a coma and everything changes...again. There is also a war on terror, a not-so-subtle Trump diss, and a character called the Fart Machine. Then again, when you have a chance to watch the indie film (out March 3), it is that insane. Et sat down with the stars for a freewheeling discussion about their movie, why Oh doesn't want to talk about Grey's Anatomy and losing roles to each other.

Watch: Sandra Oh Says She Has 'No Plans' To Return to 'Grey's Anatomy'

Et:
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Movie Review – Catfight (2017)

Catfight, 2017.

Written and Directed by Onur Tukel

Starring Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone, Amy Hill, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Ariel Kavoussi, Craig Bierko, and Dylan Baker

Synopsis:

The rivalry between two former college friends comes to a head when they both attend the same glamorous event.

It’s hard to not get political talking about writer/director Onur Tukel’s latest warped feature (this is a man that made a movie about a guy born without a dick) Catfight, considering that society is at a point in time where someone’s morality is judged based on where their views align. Whether it’s America with this past year’s election or the UK and its Brexit situation, friendships have literally been pointlessly and frustratingly torn apart by nothing more than a personal opinion.

Catfight is here to remind everyone that no matter which side of the extreme one resides on,
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Miss Sloane movie review: what a piece of work is she

MaryAnn’s quick take… A hugely gripping thriller about politics and money that offers a grim object lesson: Are progressives and liberals gonna have to start fighting dirty? I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for stories about women; adore Jessica Chastain

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Suggested alternate title for Miss Sloane: Bitches Get Shit Done. It would have been tough to market that, sure… or maybe not: just sprinkle a few asterisks across the posters, a few bleeps across the TV ads. That title would have sold this tough, ballsy — eggsy? — movie with the hard, crude honesty it deserves. Miss Sloane has no time for nonsense, unless anticipating and doing an end run around it in order to smack it down counts.

Miss Sloane is a thriller — a hugely gripping one — about politics and money and lobbying, which
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