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The newest big screen “golden age of Hollywood” biography represents something of a 2015 trilogy, a hat trick, if you will. It doesn’t focus on the illustrious career of a celebrated actor or actress, but there are some stars involved and in support. No, this is the story of a legendary screenwriter, yes an idea man. The man in question is one Dalton Trumbo, a fellow nearly as theatrical as the thespians reciting his words. Beyond his work, he was perhaps best known as the most famous of the “Hollywood Ten” during the Communist “witch hunts” of the 1950’s. So the “cold war” is the backdrop for this bio, much as it was for Bridge Of Spies, the true life drama, and that frothy spy send-up, The Man From Uncle, both released earlier this year. It’s odd that this is the last film to arrive in theatres, though its events precede the other two. »
- Jim Batts
Chicago – Director Jay Roach loves his work, heading into another phase of his successful career. The man who directed the first two “Austin Powers” films is now taking on movie and American history with “Trumbo,” featuring Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) as the 1950s blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
The “black list” was a partnership between government and the film industry. Whenever a writer, director or actor would not “name names” to the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (Huac) of the the 1950s, they effectively ended any chance of getting hired in Hollywood. Huac was looking for Communists, as the threat from Soviet Russia at the time was seen as the greatest menace to American freedom. Never mind that Russia was a ally of the U.S. only ten years earlier during World War II, or that being a Communist was not illegal in America. It was a witch hunt, pure and simple, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Among the many biopics swarming Academy voters this year (much like every other year), few will take you as much by surprise as Trumbo. I say this as someone who was very much surprised by how entertaining this look at screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood black list was, despite heavy material that could have turned into one big lecture. With a delightfully good performance by Bryan Cranston in the title role, there’s tons to like here. It opened this past weekend in limited release and might wind up a bit of an Oscar dark horse, provided it’s not swallowed up by some higher profile biopics… The film tells the tale of how writer Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) was targeted by anti Communists and almost had his life ruined. At one time the top scribe in Hollywood, he was sent to prison and black balled from having his screenplays »
- Joey Magidson
Bryan Cranston is irresistible as Dalton Trumbo, the blacklisted screenwriter of Oscar-winning classics Roman Holiday and Spartacus, in this sparkling period drama surrounding the Hollywood Ten. His larger-than-life performance promises surface sheen rather than cruel dissection of tinseltown’s failure to stand up for those disaffected by the Red Scare. But Jay Roach’s film has the daring to flatten the reputation of Hollywood’s previously lionised – including John Wayne and Louis B. Mayer – marking an intriguing look at post-Golden Age Hollywood, helped by a very funny script from John McNamara.
After the Second World War, Trumbo rose to become the highest paid writer in Hollywood – “a record breaking contract to make shit up,” as he himself refers to it. But in the late 1940s the Red Scare took hold, and Hollywood was among the first to suffer McCarthyist sanctions. Trumbo, who argues his political position is as a “liberal democrat” in the film, »
- Ed Frankl
Trumbo tells the inspiring story of how the writer spearheaded an effort among his colleagues to continue working in secret while blacklisted.
Trumbo opens on November 6 in the Us and January 22, 2016 in the UK. »
They say history repeats itself, and if you think the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is from a time in America that has long since passed, guess again. "The debate on the Nsa, wiretapping, how much we invade a person's privacy — that continues," Bryan Cranston told THR at the Toronto International Film Festival. "Trumbo didn't commit a crime, yet he went to prison. So he's emblematic of oppressed people throughout our history, whether it's African-Americans or Latinos or communists. In America, there was a time when fear-mongering was tremendously effective. We are continuing to relive it." Tiff Review: Jay Roach's 'Trumbo' Starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane & Louis C.K. Those themes will be present in the upcoming biopic, "Trumbo," which finds Walter White in the title role. Jay Roach ("Meet The Parents," "Recount") directs the story of the man who won Oscars for the "The Brave. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Before he became the co-creator of Fox's breakout hit Empire, alongside Lee Daniels, Danny Strong was an actor, probably best known for his role as the nebbishy Jonathan Levinson on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Realizing there are limits to the careers of Jonathan Levinson types, Strong turned to screenwriting, beginning with Recount, an HBO movie about what went down in Florida after the 2000 presidential election. Today he’s become one of the most successful writers in Hollywood (see his Emmy for Game Change and his credits on the final two Hunger Games movies), and now he’s directing episodes of Empire, too. Strong spoke to Vulture about addressing social issues through television, how Game of Thrones has influenced Empire, and why Cookie is like Kramer.Did you grow up watching Dynasty?No ... I think what drew Lee [Daniels] to it was that I really hit that the middle son who’s »
- Carl Swanson
Toronto – The damage the House Un-American Activities committee wrought between 1938 and 1975 was unconscionable. As the Cold War heated up thousands of innocent citizens were accused of being members of or sympathetic to the Communist Party and this committee was responsible for much of the hysteria. The witch-hunt hit Hollywood hard and after a number of hearings prompted the infamous blacklist, an unofficial designation that denied work to anyone in the industry with suspected communist ties. There was one man who is credited as bringing the blacklist down, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and his story is chronicled in Jay Roach’s new biopic “Trumbo.” Something tells us if Trumbo were alive today he might pass along some script notes to Roach and writer John McNamara. In theory, “Trumbo” is an incredible true story that should be prime fodder for a great movie. Before the blacklist, Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was one of the »
- Gregory Ellwood
Read More: Watch: Bryan Cranston is Blacklisted by Hollywood in A-List 'Trumbo' Trailer A lovely outdoor party with Bryan Cranton, Diane Lane and Michael Stuhlbarg gets interrupted in a new clip from the upcoming drama "Trumbo." The film is the latest from Jay Roach, who has found much success on television lately with the award-winning HBO films "Recount" and "Game Change." The official synopsis reads: "The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. " Watch the trailer below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Read More: Toronto. »
- Zack Sharf
Bloom is handling international sales on Danny Strong’s drama Rebel In The Rye which will star Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-men: Days Of Future Past, Equals) as legendary author Jd Salinger. Written and directed by Strong, the screenplay was adapted from the Kenneth Slawenski biography, Jd Salinger: A Life. Black Label Media is financing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook, Milk), Jason Shuman, and Danny Strong. Bloom will introduce to foreign buyers at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, while CAA is representing the North American rights.
Rebel In The Rye takes us on a journey into the life and mind of the legendary and secretive author and tells the story of the birth of The Catcher in the Rye. As the author who captivated a generation, Jd Salinger soared to the heights »
- Michelle McCue
While the mystique of Harper Lee was somewhat compromised by the publication of her "new novel" "Go Set A Watchman," an air of mystery still hangs strong around J.D. Salinger. Two years ago, the documentary and book "Salinger" tried to peel back the layers obscuring the author of "The Catcher In The Rye," and a new feature film will attempt to bring him to life. Read More: Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey Nicholas Hoult will star as the reclusive author in "The Rebel In The Rye." Danny Strong, the writer behind "Recount," "The Butler" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1," will make his feature directing debut with a drama that will follow Salinger through his rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, his enduring great loves and terrible loss, his halcyon days in the pages of the New Yorker, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In Hollywood history, there are few figures more controversial than Dalton Trumbo - a brilliant screenwriter who found himself blacklisted in the industry due to his ties to the communist party. Because of the nature of the story, it was only a matter of time before it wound up being turned into a movie itself, and now you can watch the debut trailer for it: Director Jay Roach is best known for his work in the comedy genre, having brought us both the Austin Powers and Meet The Parents trilogies, but Trumbo seems to be far more reflective of his work for HBO - which includes the TV movies Recount and Game Change. In the movie, Bryan Cranston stars as the titular screenwriter, finding him at the top of his career working in Hollywood. Unfortunately, all of this success is cut off at the knees because of the famed House »
With Bryan Cranston leading an impressive cast, which includes Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis C.K., and Helen Mirren, the first trailer for Trumbo has come our way via Fandango, and Jay Roach’s (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents, Recount) telling of the true life tale of black listed screen writer Dalton Trumbo (who won two Oscars for Roman Holiday and The Brave One, written under pseudonyms, while in prison) promises to be a whole lot of fun, be it Cranston’s boisterous turn as the defiant Hollywood scribe or just the sight of John Goodman with a baseball bat. Roach seems to have found the right mix of his earlier comedies and his later, more political minded work, and the is one trailer that definitely has caught my interest. Released: November 16th (U.S.)/ January 22nd (Irl/U.K.) Synopsis: The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Bryan Cranston, Louis C.K., Helen Mirren, John Goodman and Elle Fanning? What's not to like about a movie with that incredible cast? Well, you're in luck because Jay Roach's "Trumbo" features all those talented actors and more. The historical drama is already set to debut at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival before its November release date and today distributor Bleecker Street released the first trailer, a significant improvement on the movie's "Imitation Game"-ish poster. "Trumbo" is the true story of (eventual) Oscar-winner Daniel Trumbo, one of 10 Hollywood screenwriters who were blacklisted for not cooperating with the House of Un-American Activities Committee in the late 1940's. Trumbo's life is a complicated one full of tragedy and redemption, but based on this preview Roach is going with as lighthearted a tone as possible. It worked for the filmmaker with his Emmy-winning HBO movies "Recount" and "Game Change," but is it »
- Gregory Ellwood
Dalton Trumbo was a Hollywood screenwriter in the ’40s who was successfully making pictures until the McCarthy hearings had him, along with many other Old Hollywood luminaries, accused to be a Communist and blacklisted from working in the movie industry. But he later went on to write such classics as Roman Holiday and Spartacus, among others.
Bryan Cranston is continuing to take the leap from TV to movie stardom by portraying the screenwriter in a new biopic, Trumbo. Jay Roach’s (Recount, The Campaign, Meet the Fockers) will premiere at Tiff in September ahead of a November 6 limited release. Here’s the full synopsis:
The successful career of Hollywood screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, comes to an end when he is blacklisted in the 1940s for being a Communist.
- Brian Welk
You know the name Jay Roach from some pretty broad and silly comedies: tthe “Austin Powers” films, “Meet the Parents” films, “Dinner for Schmucks,” and most recently the American political farce “The Campaign,” with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. But Roach is finally getting serious, though this tendency has been percolating for some time, as evidenced by his lesser-seen, made-for-hbo movies “Recount” and “Game Change.” Roach’s next film is “Trumbo,” a movie centered on famous screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. The titular character is played by Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), and the cast also features an impressive ensemble cast that includes Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, John Goodman, plus Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., Alan Tudyk and Michael Stuhlbarg. Read More: As 'Dinner For Schmucks' Opens, We Run Down 15 Notable Hollywood Foreign Films Remakes Trumbo was famous for the screenplays “A Guy Named Joe" (which Steven Spielberg remade as. »
- Edward Davis
When last week's Emmy nominations came out, one of the day's big shocks was that "Empire" — Fox's blockbuster ratings success and popular favorite — was largely left out of the race. But when Indiewire talked with Danny Strong, the show's co-creator alongside Lee Daniels, his focus was much more on the musical soap opera/family drama's second season, which has been expanded to 18 episodes (from 12 in Season 1). Read More: How to Build an 'Empire': 7 Reasons Lee Daniels' Drama Keeps Doing the Impossible Strong's life has had its own surprising twists and turns: After beginning as an actor with prominent roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gilmore Girls," Strong's writing career took off after HBO greenlit "Recount," the 2008 film about the 2000 Gore/Bush election. Since then, he's written "Game Change," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and the final two installments of "The Hunger Games," while also »
- Liz Shannon Miller
When last week's Emmy nominations came out, one of the day's big shocks was that "Empire" — Fox's blockbuster ratings success and popular favorite — was largely left out of the race. But when Indiewire talked with Danny Strong, the show's co-creator alongside Lee Daniels, his focus was much more on the musical soap opera/family drama's second season, which has been expanded to 18 episodes (from 12 in Season 1). Read More: How to Build an 'Empire': 7 Reasons Lee Daniels' Drama Keeps Doing the Impossible Strong's life has had its own surprising twists and turns: After beginning as an actor with prominent roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gilmore Girls," Strong's writing career took off after HBO greenlit "Recount," the 2008 film about the 2000 Gore/Bush election. Since then, he's written "Game Change," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and the final two installments of "The Hunger Games," while also...
- Liz Shannon Miller
Melissa Leo is the latest major star to join the cast of HBO's Lyndon B Johnson biopic All the Way.
President Johnson's Lady Bird will be played by Academy Award winner Leo, according to Deadline.
This will be a reunion of sorts for HBO and Leo, who previously starred in the network's Hurricane Katrina drama series Treme.
All the Way dramatizes Johnson's presidency from his ascendancy to office in the wake of JFK's assassination through to his signing of the Civil Rights Act.
Owing an absurdist debt to “Dr. Strangelove,” “The Brink” tries to excavate comedy, or at least fairly scabrous satire, from the threat of nukes in the hands of a lunatic, and a budding international crisis. In that regard, it’s more daring conceptually than it is in practice, with a jokey, anything-for-a-gag tone and a fondness for rat-a-tat banter and insults that plays like “Veep’s” addled cousin, offering its own look at petty squabbling within the White House and government. In terms of frittering around the edges of being worthwhile but not getting there, “The Brink” is aptly titled.
Pairing the show with “Veep” probably would have been too much of a similar thing, but it certainly feels like a logical companion. Essentially cutting among three separate but related plots, the series stars Jack Black as Alex Talbot, a low-level embassy bureaucrat in Pakistan who suddenly finds himself in »
- Brian Lowry
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