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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.
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
“Empire” co-creator Danny Strong (who developed the show along with Lee Daniels) and executive producer Wendy Calhoun were on hand at the Atx Television Festival in Austin to preview the second season of Fox’s breakout hit, discussing everything from the proliferation of guest star cameos to the show’s “Game of Thrones”-inspired tone in season two.
“Eighteen more episodes, it’s a lot,” Strong quipped of the series’ expanded order in season two. “It’s not a cookie-cutter type show; it’s not the crime of the week; it’s not the medical disease of the week … I’m very attached to the mythology of the Lyon family, so there’s gonna be a storyline in season two that’s a flashback story that I’m very excited about, an origin story for one of the characters.”
Although season one ended with Jamal (Jussie Smollett) being named as »
- Laura Prudom
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
According to Variety, the 90-minute drama currently has the working title "Game Changer." (Too close to the political book/TV movie "Game Change"?) Bill Paxton will star opposite DanRad as lawyer Jack Thompson, who is determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of "Grand Theft Auto."
So the TV movie will follow both the mega-successful game developers and the moral campaigners who oppose the gameplay, which glamorizes violence and the criminal underworld. It should be pretty fascinating. The script was written by James Wood ("Rev, "Ambassadors"), and directed by Owen Harris ("Misfits"). No word yet on when this might air, but we'll keep an eye on it. »
- Gina Carbone
Read More: Watch: 'True Detective' Season 2 Trailer Marks the Battlefield Between Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn Jay Roach may be best known on the big screen for broad comedies such as the "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Fockers" franchises, but on television in recent years he's carved out quite a career making serious-minded political hits for HBO, including the Emmy-winning "Game Change" and "Recount." Now, Roach is making the jump from HBO movies to HBO series as executive producer (and pilot director) of "The Brink," a comedic political satire from creators Roberto and Kim Benabib. The new series starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins focuses on top U.S. government and military officials as they scramble to prevent World War III from happening amidst the chaos of a geopolitical crisis. The teaser trailer above promises everything from digs at drone warfare and the War on Terror to a tied-up, »
- Zack Sharf
Austin Powers and Meet the Parents director Jay Roach has developed a nifty second act for his career as sort of a gatekeeper of political content for HBO. After directing Game Change and Recount (the latter of which is so enraging because it really nails how Bush essentially stole the office) he's switching to a lighter side of the spectrum with The Brink. Granted, this lighter tone is set against the stakes of an impending World War 3 fueled by anger and negligence, but you can feel how broad it is right away in this trailer. I love this kind of stuff but I'm actually a little hung up on the tone here. It seems just a shade too broad for me actually, but I'm willing to be there's plenty of nuance up the sleeve of this satire once the actual episodes start unspooling. Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Aasif Mandvi star. »
- Evan Dickson
Edie Falco, “Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter, “Recount” and “Game Change” writer Danny Strong and “Girls” alum Andrew Rannells were among those making the rounds. “Veep’s” Julia Louis-Dreyfus herself huddled for a long time at a table with Katie Couric. CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield was also hovering around, no doubt looking for scoops about Selina Meyer’s next moves.
Michael Lombardo and other HBO execs were on hand to cheer the launch of the latest campaign, but a group snuck off to an upstairs room every so often to catch up with the Ncaa men’s basketball championship game.
The setting was complete with an electric “Potus” sign parked behind the bar and a photo-op installation with plenty of American flags. Four more years, indeed.
- Cynthia Littleton
USA Network is doubling down on WWE, bringing “SmackDown” over from Syfy next year as part of an effort to hike the volume of live programming on NBCUniversal’s flagship entertainment cabler.
The move of “SmackDown,” a slew of development projects, new programs featuring the Chrisley clan and summer scheduling announcements were unveiled Tuesday morning at USA Network’s press upfront gathering held at 30 Rock’s Rainbow Room.
USA Network president Chris McCumber made it clear in his presentation that the cabler is shifting the focus of its original programming to court a millennial audience. He noted that the generational shift of millennials now making up the largest component of the 18-49 audience is well under way. USA’s new shows are built around stories and characters that exhibit “bravery, optimism, self-reliance and hope” — all themes that resonate with millennials, per McCumber.
Alex Sepiol, USA’s senior VP of scripted programming, »
- Cynthia Littleton
There’s certainly no question that Fox‘s Empire is an absolute hit, and the series finale’s massive ratings prove it.
If you happened to miss the show, or just want to watch it over and over again, you now know where to look. Hulu has just announced that it has the exclusive ability to let you binge on the show people can’t stop talking about.
It may eventually be a show, and deal, worth studying as we have to wonder at some point if the law of diminishing returns doesn’t kick in when a show becomes popular enough that everyone who wants to watch it already did.
But, big news for Hulu as the streaming wars rage on.
Hulu Nabs Exclusive Subscription Video On-Demand Rights to Hit Series Empire
- Marc Eastman
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