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‘Hillary’s America’ Review: Dinesh D’Souza’s Latest Documentary Is Republican Propaganda At Its Dumbest

19 July 2016 1:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hillary’s America,” the third documentary from author, filmmaker and convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza, begins with an undeniably fascinating premise: What if a Twitter egg made a movie? While D’Souza’s previous feature-length attacks on the Democratic Party were similarly falsified and foaming at the mouth (remember the part in 2014’s “America” when he argued that Hillary Clinton wants to use Nasa to turn the United States into her own personal panopticon of terror?), “Hillary’s America” is different — this time, it’s personal.

In January of 2014, D’Souza was indicted for violating campaign finance laws after it was discovered that he made illegal contributions to Wendy Long’s Senate bid (she wound up losing by more than 40 percentage points). He was found guilty, and accused the court of selective persecution on the basis that the Obama administration was supposedly trying to silence its dissidents.

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- David Ehrlich

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James Franco Is The Disaster Artist In First Official Still For The Masterpiece

18 April 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Of all the many, many projects cramming up James Franco’s bustling slate, The Masterpiece has our vote for the most tantalizing pick of the bunch. Having wrapped production earlier this year, we now have our first official peek at the cast in costume.

Billed as a true-life depiction of the creation process behind Tommy Wiseau’s cult drama The Room, the biopic formerly known as The Disaster Artist has pulled together a star-studded ensemble as Franco et al. look to shed light on the romantic drama first released in 2003.

Derided and celebrated almost in equal measure, The Room was written, directed and produced by Wiseau – who will also have a cameo appearance in Franco’s feature film – and that troubled production was chronicled in Greg Sestero’s nonfiction novel, The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room. Indeed, that book will act as the primary source of inspiration »

- Michael Briers

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First Look at James Franco’s ‘The Masterpiece,’ About the Making of Tommy Wiseau’s ‘The Room’

18 April 2016 6:33 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For his previous directing efforts, James Franco has adapted the likes of Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner, but he may have found a perfect match for an upcoming project: a film depicting the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s cult drama (comedy?) The Room. Based on actor Greg Sestero‘s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, Franco and company wrapped up production earlier this year, and now we have the first look.

Seen above, there’s Franco as Wiseau, Seth Rogen as script supervisor Sandy Schklair, and Dave Franco as Sestero. The image comes from a test screening notice happening in La tonight, in which they reveal the film’s new title of The Masterpiece, previously titled The Disaster Artist.

Also starring Josh Hutcherson, Ari Graynor, Jacki Weaver, Hannibal Buress, June Diane Raphael, Zac Efron, Nathan Fielder, Alison Brie, Sharon Stone, Paul Scheer, Bryan Cranston, Judd Apatow, »

- Jordan Raup

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Fargo: Celebrate the 20th Anniversary with 15 Things You Didn't Know About the Film Turned TV Series

7 March 2016 12:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Snow. Blood. Accents. And a woodchipper. That's Fargo. What with Fargo having re-entered the pop culture zeitgeist in 2014 with the debut of the FX anthology series of the same name, fans of the original movie might be surprised to learn that it's turning 20 years old this week. Fargo - that is, the original 1996 version, starring Frances McDormand and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen - first opened in American theaters on March 8, 1996. Two decades later, this little indie film about polite people involved in some very impolite circumstances is heralded as one the better movies of the 1990s. In honor of its anniversary, »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Fargo: Celebrate the 20th Anniversary with 15 Things You Didn't Know About the Film Turned TV Series

7 March 2016 12:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Snow. Blood. Accents. And a woodchipper. That's Fargo. What with Fargo having re-entered the pop culture zeitgeist in 2014 with the debut of the FX anthology series of the same name, fans of the original movie might be surprised to learn that it's turning 20 years old this week. Fargo - that is, the original 1996 version, starring Frances McDormand and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen - first opened in American theaters on March 8, 1996. Two decades later, this little indie film about polite people involved in some very impolite circumstances is heralded as one the better movies of the 1990s. In honor of its anniversary, »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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'Fargo': 10 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Coen Brothers' Classic

7 March 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Has it really been 20 years since the release of "Fargo?" Yah, you betcha.

The snowbound crime comedy-drama, released March 8, 1996, marked the first mainstream smash for Joel and Ethan Coen. It also gave Frances McDormand and William H. Macy their signature roles, spawned the acclaimed FX drama series, and sparked a brief fad that had everyone talking with exaggerated Minne-soh-ta accents.

Still, two decades after the film's debut, there's still a lot of confusion about what in "Fargo" was truth, what was fiction, and what was an elaborate in-joke. Here, then, are the far-fetched facts behind the film.1. The opening title card claims the movie is based on a true story, but in fact, it's almost completely fictional. There was, however, a real-life crime with some superficial similarities. The victim was Helle Crafts, a Connecticut woman who disappeared in 1986. Her husband was ultimately convicted of her murder; investigators determined that he'd »

- Gary Susman

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi review

27 January 2016 3:38 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Michael Bay brings a true story to the big screen in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi. Here's our review...

This is a true story,” Michael Bay tells us via one of those military telex-style captions at the start of 13 Hours. Then he blows a lot of stuff up. It’s a misreading of the supposed impact of letting the viewer know they’re witnessing an account of true events. The point is that you then deliver something remarkable, stranger than fiction, leaving us shaking our heads in wonder that this really happened. But I can easily wrap my head around the premise that, in a collapsed Middle Eastern state with no government, overrun by mercenaries and Islamist extremists, a fair bit of stuff might get blown up. As early as the opening captions, Michael Bay has failed.

Some context: I think Michael Bay is great when »

- simonbrew

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’13 Hours’ is Michael Bay at his Bay-est

15 January 2016 9:01 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Written by Chuck Hogan

Directed by Michael Bay

U.S., 2016

After the box-office success of Lone Survivor and American Sniper, the cottage industry of military themed January releases continues to go strong. Whereas those films came from Peter Berg and Clint Eastwood, directors known for taking a backseat to the material when it was called for, 2016’s entry, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, comes from a director with the least tact ever observed over a career. Early speculation around the film had it that 13 Hours would be Michael Bay’s most grown-up film, but those rumors were incorrect.

As the screen opens with the text “This is a true story,” Michael Bay wants viewers to know right away that 13 Hours is the truest account of the biggest news story of 2012. Pointed blame isn’t passed around openly (Clinton and Obama aren’t mentioned »

- Colin Biggs

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Video: Beyond That Revenant Bear Rumor - 10 Urban Legends About Movies

5 January 2016 12:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

An awkward thing happened to the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant as it trekked into theaters last last year in hopes of picking up award show nominations: A rumor put the film in headlines but for reasons that none of its publicists were happy about. In early December, 20th Century Fox spokespeople were forced to clarify that no, the film does not feature a scene in which its star is raped by a bear. DiCaprio himself later weighed in on the rumor, calling it "absurd," and when the film finally hit theaters on Christmas Day, audiences saw that the rumor »

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