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'The King': Chuck D, Alec Baldwin Talk Elvis' Complex Legacy in New Trailer

'The King': Chuck D, Alec Baldwin Talk Elvis' Complex Legacy in New Trailer
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki road trips across the United States in Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce, examining the musician's complicated legacy for the new documentary, The King.

In the film, Jarecki traces Elvis' rise and fall, using the rock pioneer's career as a metaphor for America. The new trailer teases the rosy-eyed view of Elvis with fans lining up to admire his Rolls and singing his classic songs. But it also uses the most problematic aspects of Elvis' music and career – including his drug use and thorny relationship with race and cultural
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Styx still over Dennis DeYoung on The Big Interview with Dan Rather

Icons of 1970s FM rock radio, Chicago-based Styx, were and still are rocking in the free world and at the top of their game, despite a fractious history that involves a founding member, Dennis DeYoung. How much do you know about Tommy Shaw, James “Jy” Young, and Lawrence Gowan of the chart-topping band? The guys sit down with Dan Rather tonight for a revealing chat. With four consecutive multiplatinum records, the guys may be pensioner-aged, but they have no intentions of retiring. Asked by Rather why they still continue to do what they do, frontman Lawrence Gowan quipped: “We’re completely unqualified […]

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Billy Ray Cyrus compares life to playing baseball on The Big Interview with Dan Rather

Country superstar Billy Ray Cyrus surmises his ups and downs with Dan Rather on tonight’s The Big Interview for Axs TV. He says failure, specifically experiencing it during his lifetime, is analogous to playing baseball. He tells Rather that if you never try and “take a swing”, you will never know the upside and what can be in life. It was what made Cyrus appreciative and even more successful than he ever imagined, he says. The multi-platinum country superstar and actor tells Rather all about his “highs and lows”, from a marriage that has seen its fair share of stressors […]

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Critical Content Inks Overall Deals With Producers Al Berman, Donovan Leitch (Exclusive)

Critical Content has set separate overall deals with producers Al Berman and Donovan Leitch.

The pacts call for Berman and Leitch to develop unscripted projects for broadcast, cable and digital outlets in association with the indie outfit headed by CEO Tom Forman.

Berman has a long list of reality and live event credits including “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” and “The Biggest Loser.” Leitch recently worked with Critical Content on the eight-episode Showtime docu series “Naked Snctm,” detailing the goings-on at an exclusive “erotic club” in Beverly Hills.

Forman called Berman “forward-thinking” and “a consummate innovator.” The two worked together more than
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Dan Rather Has a Message For Austin Package Bomber

  • TMZ
The violent jackass behind the deadly Austin package bombings is picking on the wrong city, and the wrong citizens ... according to Dan Rather, who has a home there. The veteran newsman is a born and bred Texan, so when we got him Tuesday in NYC ... he had some tough talk for whoever's responsible for the tragic bombings. The most recent one went off early Tuesday morning at a FedEx near San Antonio, but the package was bound for Austin.
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Dan Rather Slams President Trump for Claiming He'd Run into Florida School

  • TMZ
Dan Rather's not buying President Trump rushing into the Florida high school to stop the mass shooter -- he says history shows that's just not his style. We got the legendary CBS anchor in NYC Tuesday, and asked him to assess Trump's claim -- "I really believe I'd run in there, even if I didn't have a weapon." Rather started to say he wants to be respectful of the office of the Presidency ... then dropped a Big ol' but.
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Dan Rather Compares Press Covering Trump to ‘Facing a Fertilizer Spreader in a Windstorm’

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Dan Rather Compares Press Covering Trump to ‘Facing a Fertilizer Spreader in a Windstorm’
Dan Rather said it’s important for the press to act as a “truth squad” when covering any presidency, but called it “absolutely imperative” with the Trump administration. “I think it’s absolutely imperative,” the veteran journalist said in an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday. “Now more than ever is when the press needs to be a kind of truth squad for this and every other president. It’s perhaps more important with President Trump because there are more untruths to set the record straight. “But if journalists cower — as many in Congress both some Republican and some Democrats are cowering...
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Jay Curtis, Longtime Brand Manager at CBS, Dies at 67

Jay Curtis, who produced promotional campaigns for CBS and managed the network's on-air brand for more than 20 years, died Thursday in San Diego after a struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, his son announced. He was 67.

Known as "The Creative Lifeguard" for his talent at coaxing creative out of people, Curtis also did work for NBC, Fox, the Ncaa, the NFL and several other major houses. He also directed such talent as David Letterman, Bob Newhart, Dick Van Dyke, Dan Rather, George Clooney, Ray Romano, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Cheech Marin.

In 2004, Curtis received a WGA Award for outstanding...
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Dan Rather to Host Weekly Newscast on Young Turks YouTube Channel

Dan Rather is switching up from being a TV newscaster to working with the Young Turks on their YouTube Channel as he hosts a weekly newscast. The aged but still effective newscaster left his spot on the CBS Evening News back in 2005 but he hasn’t been completely idle since that time. He’ll be making his way onto YouTube to take on news stories and analyses that some might feel don’t get enough attention and go unreported or underexposed in favor of bigger and more controversial stories that are covered by major news channels. Rather has positioned himself with the

Dan Rather to Host Weekly Newscast on Young Turks YouTube Channel
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Dan Rather Calls Aftermath of Charlie Rose Claims a "Reckoning"

Dan Rather stopped by Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live with Samantha Bee on Monday and weighed in on the sexual harassment allegations against former colleague Charlie Rose.

When asked about his thoughts on the current climate amid the numerous harassment accusations rocking Hollywood and the media, Rather told Cohen, "What's going on is a reckoning. I was surprised to hear what happened, but look, it's a new day. And it needs to be a new day. Going forward, it's going to be different."

The former CBS Evening News anchor admitted he wasn't surprised by how quickly Rose was erased by...
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Exclusive Photo: Legendary Broadcast Journalist Dan Rather

Chicago – From the JFK assassination, through Vietnam, Watergate and his days of anchoring the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather has influenced the media for six decades. He appeared in Naperville (Ill.) last November for his new book, “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism,” sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop.

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com got an Exclusive Photo of the news icon at that appearance.

Daniel Irvin Rather was born in Texas, earned a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University. He began his career as an Associated Press reporter in 1950, and bounced around Texas in various news/broadcasting capacities in that decade, including sports announcing. His first TV reporter job was in Houston, and he became news director for the CBS affiliate there. In 1962, he was given a trial run on the national CBS News, and became a household name one year later as a result of his
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Dan Rather To Host Weekly Newscast On The Young Turks’ YouTube Channel

A newsman who spent decades as the stentorian voice of the CBS Evening News has set up shop on The Young Turks' YouTube channel. Dan Rather, who spent 44 years at CBS between 1962 and 2006, has teamed up with the digital hub for a weekly program called The News w/ Dan Rather.

During the 24 years he spent as CBS' lead anchor, Rather ran through each day's top stories, his deep, booming voice resonating through millions of homes. His Young Turks show, on the other hand, will give him the freedom to explore stories that may be "underreported" on other networks, according to a press release.

Rather's appearances on the Tyt YouTube channel will continue the work he has done with News and Guts, his digital news brand. The News and Guts Facebook page, launched last January, has picked up nearly three million followers since its inception.

“I have always believed in the
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Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’

Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’
Logan Lerman is in negotiations to play newscaster Dan Rather in “Newsflash,” centered on CBS’ coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

If the deal goes through, Lerman will portray Rather as a co-worker of Walter Cronkite in the movie. Rather had joined CBS in 1962 and had been appointed chief of the southern bureau in New Orleans.

Seth Rogen came on board last month to portray Cronkite. David Gordon Green is directing the drama from Ben Jacoby’s script. Former Warner Bros. production president Greg Silverman is producing through his Stampede Ventures, along with Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment.

The network broke into its broadcast of “As the World Turns” for Cronkite to announce that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. CBS returned to the soap opera, then interrupted it again with Cronkite’s announcement of Kennedy’s death: “From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official: President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central
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Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in ‘Newsflash’

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Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in ‘Newsflash’
Logan Lerman is in talks to star alongside Seth Rogen in the news biopic “Newsflash,” representative for the project told TheWrap. The “Percy Jackson” star is in line to play a young Dan Rather alongside Rogen’s Walter Cronkite as the movie follows CBS News’ coverage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, leading up to the famous moment when Cronkite announced the president’s death to a horrified nation. In 1963, Rather, then 32, was making a transition from CBS’ Dallas affiliate to its new station in New Orleans, and was in Dallas to run a quick job when JFK was shot...
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Logan Lerman in Talks to Play a Young Dan Rather in 'Newsflash' (Exclusive)

Logan Lerman is in talks to play newscaster Dan Rather in real life drama Newsflash, opposite Seth Rogen's Walter Cronkite.

The film recounts the events of Nov. 22, 1963, as television news stations raced to report the facts of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Texas. Producer Don Hewitt and boss Jim Aubrey will also be characters in the movie, along with Cronkite's young co-worker Rather. 

David Gordon Green (Stronger) is directing the drama from a script by Ben Jacoby

Greg Silverman, the former Warner Bros. worldwide production head who recently launched Stampede Ventures, is producing with Adam Kolbrenner. Production is...
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Logan Lerman in Talks to Play a Young Dan Rather in 'Newsflash' (Exclusive)

Logan Lerman in Talks to Play a Young Dan Rather in 'Newsflash' (Exclusive)
Logan Lerman is in talks to play newscaster Dan Rather in real life drama Newsflash, opposite Seth Rogen's Walter Cronkite.

The film recounts the events of Nov. 22, 1963, as television news stations raced to report the facts of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Texas. Producer Don Hewitt and boss Jim Aubrey will also be characters in the movie, along with Cronkite's young co-worker Rather. 

David Gordon Green (Stronger) is directing the drama from a script by Ben Jacoby

Greg Silverman, the former Warner Bros. worldwide production head who recently launched Stampede Ventures, is producing with Adam Kolbrenner. Production is...
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O-Scope picks up Sundance doc 'The King'

Early version premiered in official selection in Cannes last summer.

Source: Oscilloscope

In a preemptive acquisition, Oscilloscope has picked up North American theatrical rights to Eugene Jarecki’s The King ahead of its Sundance premiere on January 25.

Executive Producer Steven Soderbergh will join Jarecki in Park City to discuss the Us-Germany-France co-production, which the distributor will release this year after an early version premiered in official selection in Cannes last summer.

Forty-one years after the death of Elvis Presley, The King sees Jarecki take the entertainer’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America, from Memphis to New York to Las Vegas.

Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather, are among featured celebrities.

“We are thrilled to be working with Oscilloscope,” Jarecki said. “This is a time for real soul-searching in America. We’ve got to change the national conversation from the noise of the Trump news
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Sundance: Oscilloscope Buys Elvis Presley Documentary ‘The King’

In one of the first deals at the Sundance Film Festival, Oscilloscope has acquired North American rights to Eugene Jarecki’s “The King” ahead of its festival screening on Jan. 25.

Oscilloscope announced the deal Wednesday, a day before the opening of the festival. Executive producer Steven Soderbergh will join Jarecki in Park City, Utah, to discuss the film at the showing.

Oscilloscope will release “The King” later this year. An early version of the film premiered as an official selection at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival with the title “Promised Land.”

Jarecki’s film is a road tour of America in a 1963 Rolls Royce that was originally owned by Elvis Presley with stops in cities that played major roles in Presley’s life including Tupelo, Memphis, New York, and Las Vegas. The footage includes interviews with Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, Dan Rather, John Hiatt, [link
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Seth Rogen to play Walter Cronkite in Newsflash

Deadline is reporting that Seth Rogen has signed on to play legendary American newsman Walter Cronkite in Newsflash, the next project for director David Gordon Green (Stronger), which has been scripted by Ben Jacoby (The First Omen).

According to the site, the movie takes place on November 22nd, 1963, the day of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and revolves around CBS newsman Cronkite, his producer Don Hewitt, their boss Jim Aubrey, and Dan Rather, a young reporter who happened to be in Texas at the time of the assassination. The story will play out in real time as Cronkite and his team attempt to filter all the unverified information and swirling rumors and find the truth that was conveyed to American public on the fateful day.

Although Rogen and Green are the only names attached to the project at present, the report goes on to state that the filmmakers
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Movie News: Seth Rogen to Star as Walter Cronkite in 'Newsflash'; Young Director Chosen for 'Creed 2'

Newsflash: Seth Rogen (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, above) will portray famed CBS newscaster Walter Cronkite in Newsflash. Based on a script by Ben Jacoby, the film will dramatize events on November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, from the perspective of a television newsroom. David Gordon Green (Stronger) will direct. Other key real-life characters to be cast include Cronkite's producer Don Hewitt, reporter Dan Rather and their boss Jim Aubrey. [Deadline]   Creed 2: Back in October, Sylvester Stallone indicated he was "looking forward to producing and directing" the sequel to boxing drama Creed (above), with Michael B. Jordan returning to star in the titular role. Now, however, Jordan and Stallone have selected Steven...

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