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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
Hey, Sarah Paulson: Do you have your Emmy speech ready? After losing three years in a row ("Game Change" in 2012, "Ahs: Asylum" in 2013, "Ahs: Coven" in 2014), Gold Derby predicts this overdue Emmy contender will finally win her first trophy. Paulson has leading 3/10 odds to win the Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress race for FX's "American Horror Story: Freak Show," in which she played conjoined sisters Bette and Dot Tattler. -Break- Watch our recent Emmy webchats with Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Regina King For the first time in Emmy history, the TV academy decided this year that the supporting nominees from limited series had to choose specific episodes to submit to judges. (Nominated performers from TV movies continued to submit their entire projects.) Paulson submitted the ninth episode ("Tupperware Party Massacre") for Emmy consideration, in which Bette and Dot...' »
Jay Roach, the director of HBO’s Sarah Palin movie “Game Change” and an upcoming Lyndon B. Johnson biopic starring Bryan Cranston, weighed in on Donald Trump’s over-the-top 2016 presidential campaign. “When did wisdom stop being a minimum basic requirement of candidacy?” he told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman on Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival. “Is Donald Trump a wise man? He’s an honest man, and he’s an interesting man. But is he a wise man?” Roach, who is promoting his new biopic “Trumbo” starring Cranston as blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, also lamented the descent of the 2016 campaign into “World Wrestling. »
- Thom Geier
To celebrate the release of Empire Season 1, out now on DVD, we are giving 5 lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win their very own copy.
Set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power, Empire is about a family dynasty that follows the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. After music mogul Lucious Lyon (Academy Award ® Nominee Terrence Howard) is diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease, he must choose which of his three sons will succeed him at the legendary Empire Entertainment. The game changes when his ex-wife Cookie (Academy Award® Nominee Taraji P. Henson) returns from prison where she’s been for almost two decades. Brash and fearless, she sees herself as the sacrificial lamb who built an empire with Lucious and then took the fall for running the drugs that financed Lucious’ early career. »
- Laura Holmes
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
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 »
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
Bleecker has just dropped the first trailer for Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston as the 1940s screenwriter that found himself along with other Hollywood figures blacklisted for their political beliefs. Directed by Jay Roach ("Game Change"), the film tells the story of Dalton Trumbo's fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom. The film co-stars Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Louis C.K., Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Alan Tudyk, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Michael Stuhlbarg and Roger Bart. Trumbo will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September followed by a Nov. 6 release. Watch the trailer below. yt id="L8OydIo846k" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
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
Jay Roach ("The Campaign," "Game Change") directs the film about the successful 1940s screenwriter which explores how it all came crashing down when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs and he fought against the U.S. government and studio bosses.
- Garth Franklin
If Anderson Cooper’s CNN gig doesn’t work out, he can definitely fall back on playing Donald Trump in the next “Game Change” movie. “She’s a loser!” Cooper said using a spot-on Trump voice while referencing Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Tuesday. Cooper noted how relentless Trump is on social media, pointing to tweets by Trump at 2 and 4 a.m. “I keep imagining his wife saying, ‘Honey, get off the Twitter,'” Cooper said — impersonating Melania Trump, too. Also read: 6 Donald Trump Die-Hards Reveal Why They Support Him And What Entertainment They Love “Right now, »
- Jordan Chariton
"American Horror Story: Freak Show" is the most nominated TV program at this year's Emmys with 19 bids. Indeed, the "Horror Story" franchise has been at or near the top of the tally every year, having earned 17 nominations for each of its first three seasons. Of those 51 bids, it has won eight, but never taken home the top prize. Why has it always been snubbed? And will that change this year? -Break- Denis O'Hare dishes Emmys nom for 'Ahs: Freak Show,' teases 'Hotel' [Exclusive Video] "Freak Show" earned key nominations for directing and casting. And the TV academy's acting branch loved it, nominating six of the cast, more than any other longform program. But the Emmys have long had a bias against sci-fi, fantasy and horror (think "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Battlestar Galactica"). That is why "Ahs" has lost, first to two prestigious HBO telefilms -- "Game Change" (201...' »
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
The View producers have axed Nicolle Wallace as one of the show’s regular co-hosts but offered to bring back her head on a platter every so often and let it talk, as one of its stable of rotating guest contributors. File that under With Friends Like These. The former communications chief for George W. Bush and senior adviser for the McCain-Palin campaign who famously was played by Sarah Paulson in HBO’s Emmy-winning Game Change was selected as the resident Republican on… »
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.
Oscar winner Julianne Moore gave exhibitors at CinemaCon a guardedly optimistic outlook for the world of independent films.
“It’s highly highly personal — that’s why people support it,” Moore said at a Thursday lunch panel in Las Vegas called “The Independent Game: Based on a True Story.”
But both Moore and Sony Classics’ Tom Bernard endorsed seeing films on a bigscreen and bemoaned the VOD trend. “We’re always so disappointed when you hear the words ‘day-and-date.’ I think, ‘Oh, really?'”
“A movie never looks the same on television,” Moore said.
Moore’s “Still Alice,” which carried a $5 million budget, was an unqualified success at the box office with $28 million — much of that after she won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of a professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
“The great parts are not going to come to you on a silver platter,” Moore noted. “You need »
- Dave McNary
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