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Jay Roach to Direct ‘Fire and Fury’ TV Adaptation

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Jay Roach to Direct ‘Fire and Fury’ TV Adaptation
The TV adaptation of Michael Wolff’s bestselling “Fire and Fury” has found its director. Jay Roach, who has tackled politics in previous projects like “Game Change,” “Trumbo,” and “Recount,” has signed on to adapt the series from Endeavor Content. The director had recently signed on to another installment of the “Game Change” franchise at HBO, this time a miniseries based on an upcoming book about the 2016 presidential election from from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. However, that project was dropped last October following sexual misconduct allegations against Halperin. Also Read: Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury' Book About Trump White House to Be...
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Fashion Flashback: Laura Dern Remembers Her Favorite Frocks

Fashion Flashback: Laura Dern Remembers Her Favorite Frocks
Laura Dern — daughter of Oscar-nominated actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern — first attended the awards ceremony at age 7. “The Oscars to me as a kid were about achievement, and the achievement was connected to really raw human characters,” says Dern. In 1992, she and Ladd made Oscar history with their mother-daughter nods for “Rambling Rose,” and she earned another Oscar nom, plus three Globe victories and two noms on top of that. Dern stars in series “Big Little Lies” and “Twin Peaks,” where style and storytelling go hand in hand.

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Dern served as the youngest-ever Miss Golden Globe in 1982 — and went on to receive Globe nods for “Rambling Rose” in 1992, “Afterburn” in 1993 (also her first win), and “The Baby Dance” in 1999. The year of her fourth nom, for docudrama “Recount,” she wore this linear design by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. “I knew Marc, and so it was a great privilege to wear him specifically,” says Dern, who
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HBO Drops “Game Change” Follow-Up After Mark Halperin Sexual Harrassment Claims

HBO has had a lot of success partnering with Jay Roach on movies about presidential elections. They previously scored with Recount and especially Game Change, which racked up five Emmys including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Game Change was based on the book co-written by Mark Halperin, who views politics not as something that affects people lives, but simply as a dramatic arena filled with big personalities, ripe for epic stories where everyone is a colorful scumbag and actual policies are topics for nerds. The network hoped to stay in the Halperin business and had been working with him on …
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HBO Films Redefined the TV Movie — Now It’s Poised to Redefine Itself

694 nominations. 162 wins.

No network has so dominated a category at the Emmy Awards as HBO has TV movies. Its unprecedented run dates back to 1993 with a double win for “Barbarians at the Gate” and “Stalin”; since then, it’s lost just four times.

This year, it has two high-profile contenders — “The Wizard of Lies,” starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” headlined by Oprah Winfrey — as part of the cabler’s overall 111 nominations. Poised to play spoiler are a new iteration of PBS’ “Sherlock” (which won last year) and the “San Junipero” episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror.”

“If you look at the category, we know there are a lot of things that maybe aren’t necessarily movies,” says HBO Films president Len Amato, a not-so-thinly veiled slight against the stand-alone episode of “Black Mirror.” “But we just continue to play our game.”

Netflix
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'Rebel in the Rye' Review: 'Spineless' J.D. Salinger Biopic Disappoints

'Rebel in the Rye' Review: 'Spineless' J.D. Salinger Biopic Disappoints
Movies about writers so rarely work that it's a wonder anyone still tries to make them. Rebel in the Rye tries very hard to get inside the head of J.D. Salinger as he struggles to write The Catcher in the Rye. Solid idea; spineless execution. Danny Strong, in his feature directing debut, knows how to put a movie together. But his script is basically an overload of cliches that Salinger's writing avoided like Kryptonite. Strong, whose TV writing is exemplary (Recount, Game Change), is doing a by-the-numbers biopic drawn from
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‘Game Change’ Writer Danny Strong Wants to Make a Movie About Donald Trump (Video)

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‘Game Change’ Writer Danny Strong Wants to Make a Movie About Donald Trump (Video)
Danny Strong has written two successful movies about contemporary American politics, but the “Rebel in the Rye” director said he’d need a beat before tackling the presidency of Donald Trump. “I’m waiting to see what happens,” Strong said in an interview with TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman. “Every day is so chaotic and so many things happen. Every single day, literally there’s three different things.” Strong first broke out as a writer in 2008 with HBO’s “Recount,” the Jay Roach-directed film dramatizing the recount of votes cast during the 2000 presidential election. Four years later, Strong and Roach re-teamed for “Game Change,
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‘Rebel in the Rye’: Why Danny Strong Recut His J.D. Salinger Biopic After the Sundance Premiere

‘Rebel in the Rye’: Why Danny Strong Recut His J.D. Salinger Biopic After the Sundance Premiere
For his directorial debut, Danny Strong wanted to get a little more personal. The multi-hyphenate is known for his work on both sides of the camera, from acting in small screen fare like “Gilmore Girls” and “Mad Men,” to scripting features like “Game Change” (the HBO movie that earned him two Emmys), “Lee DanielsThe Butler,” and the final pair of “Hunger Games” films, in addition to creating a little show called “Empire,” but when it came time to direct, Strong sought out something closer to his own experience. A biopic of J.D. Salinger fit the bill.

But when Strong’s “Rebel in the Rye” premiered at Sundance earlier this year, the fact-based feature wasn’t a universal crowdpleaser. Fortunately, that’s not the movie audiences will see when it opens in September, and Strong is hopeful that the new version speaks more clearly to his original intentions when it came to telling the story.
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The Laura Dern-aissance: From Blacklisted After ‘Ellen’ to 2017 Scene-Stealer of ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Twin Peaks’

The Laura Dern-aissance: From Blacklisted After ‘Ellen’ to 2017 Scene-Stealer of ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Twin Peaks’
A formidable actress, Laura Dern has been working in Hollywood since age 5. At 13 years old, the daughter of icons Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern became the youngest Miss Golden Globe and soon thereafter earned critical acclaim with her breakout role in Blue Velvet. The 1986 film also marked the first time Dern and director David Lynch would work together throughout her career, a pairing that continues with Twin Peaks’ celebrated return on Showtime.

Known for her highly emotive face,
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Sony Developing Miniseries ‘Shattered’ About Hillary Clinton Campaign

Sony Developing Miniseries ‘Shattered’ About Hillary Clinton Campaign
The only people, it seems, who enjoy endlessly going over the story of last November’s election more than the massively insecure President Of The United States, is, it seems Hollywood executive. We already know that the next season of “American Horror Story” will be election themed, the team behind “Recount” and “Game Change” are developing a miniseries based around the Clinton/Trump race last year, and Annapurna and “Hurt Locker” writer Mark Boal are developing a project as well.

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Yeah, Baby! ‘Austin Powers’ Shagged Its Way to Theaters 20 Years Ago

Yeah, Baby! ‘Austin Powers’ Shagged Its Way to Theaters 20 Years Ago
When “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” opened May 2, 1997, Variety described it as an “odd mix of sophisticated and lowbrow humor” but was enthused about the Mike Myers-Jay Roach collaboration. The film had cost less than $20 million so it was profitable with a modest $67 million worldwide. There was no deal in place for a sequel, but New Line execs noticed the comedy was a huge hit in home video and on cable. When the studio greenlit a sequel, many rival execs were surprised: They were still defining success solely by domestic box office.

Boosted by massive marketing tie-ins, 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” saw a spectacular domestic opening weekend of $55 million and completed its global run with $312 million. “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002) scored $296 million worldwide. After many years, rumors persist that a fourth edition is imminent. As Powers himself would say, “Yeah, baby!”

The nothing-is-sacred
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John Hurt: Remembering the Master of Outsiders

John Hurt: Remembering the Master of Outsiders
For a man whose first claim to screen immortality came when an extraterrestrial freak of nature ripped a hole in his chest and screeched bloody murder in Alien, John Hurt was a hell of an actor. "The alien won the Oscar," a laughing Hurt told me nearly three decades later, referring to the Academy Award that Ridley Scott's 1979 film took home for H.R. Giger's visual effects. It might be the only time in his 55-year career that anyone, let alone a creature that looked like a penis with teeth,
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Nicholas Hoult Is J.D. Salinger In The By-The-Numbers Biopic ‘Rebel In The Rye’ [Sundance Review]

Park City — Danny Strong is a two-time Emmy-winning screenwriter who wrote “Game Change,” “Recount” and “Lee DanielsThe Butler.” He also co-created a little series you might have heard of called “Empire.” Tackling the life of one of America’s greatest literary voices might have been a bit much for his directorial debut. That’s the thought that starts to percolate through your mind as you sit through the J.D.

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Newswire: Danny Strong got divorced on Gilmore Girls, and that’s all right by him

Danny Strong is recognizable from numerous noteworthy projects: Jonathan on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Paris’ paramour Doyle on Gilmore Girls, Albert Fekus on Justified, and Danny Siegel, the guy who punched Roger Sterling in the crotch on Mad Men. But all that time on camera also motivated his prolific pursuit of screenwriting: “I just write things because I spent so many years as an actor trying to get any job I could get,” he explains. “Literally anything to pay my bills and to get my health insurance. So when I started writing, I made a decision really early on: ‘I’m just going to do things I think are cool.’” His writing resumé now possibly surpasses his acting one, including his Emmy-award-winning Sarah Palin campaign movie Game Change, the also politically themed Recount, and two Hunger Games: Mockingjay movies. He also co-created Lee Daniels’ Empire, where he’s scripted and
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Ben and Casey Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio Added as Golden Globe Presenters

Ben and Casey Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio Added as Golden Globe Presenters
Updated: Ben and Casey Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the second round Golden Globe presenters announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Thursday morning.

Ben is a two-time Golden Globe Award winner and three-time award nominee. Casey is a two-time Golden Globe Award nominee and up for Best Actor for “Manchester by the Sea.” Leonardo DiCaprio, last year’s Best Actor winner for “The Revenant,” will also be presenting.

Other presenters added to Sunday’s show include: Kristen Bell, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Naomi Campbell, Jessica Chastain, Gal Gadot, Hugh Grant, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Felicity Jones, John Legend, Ryan Reynolds, Sting, Emma Stone, Carrie Underwood, Vince Vaughn, Carl Weathers, and Kristen Wiig.

Details on which awards they will be presenting have not yet been announced.

They join previously announced presenters Drew Barrymore, Laura Dern, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Barrymore is a three-time Golden Globe nominee, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries
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Drew Barrymore, Laura Dern and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Among Golden Globe Presenters (Exclusive)

Drew Barrymore, Laura Dern and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Among Golden Globe Presenters (Exclusive)
Drew Barrymore, Laura Dern and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are among the presenters for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

Details on which awards they will be presenting have not yet been announced.

Barrymore is a three-time Golden Globe nominee, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film in 2009 for her portrayal of “Little” Edith Bouvier Beale in “Grey Gardens.”
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‘Passengers’: Why It Took a Decade to Launch a Black List Darling

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‘Passengers’: Why It Took a Decade to Launch a Black List Darling
Passengers” is a futuristic sci-fi movie with a very complicated past. Opening Wednesday and starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as passengers on an intergalactic spaceship who are prematurely thawed out of a cryogenic slumber 90 years before the ship reaches its destination, the project has been gestating in Hollywood since 2007. But the lengthy production history doesn’t seem to have done the movie any favors.

Read More: ‘Passengers’ Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt Fall in Love in Space, Then Everything Goes Wrong

While its marketing suggests the kind of brainy space drama that made “Interstellar” such an anticipated fall release not too long ago, “Passengers” has disappointed critics and sci-fi fans alike, earning a Metascore of 42. The late December release date (the film opens today) also represents a curious position on the calendar, sandwiched between distributors’ early December dumping ground and the coveted Christmas Day slot. And while the
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Election Movies To Watch

– By We Are Movie Geeks Staff –

Our long election season is finally coming to an end, and all that remains is to vote. And watch an election-themed movie!

Going through the list of movies about elections, the Movie Geeks found a lot more negative than positive ones, and more movies about manipulative people behind the candidate than inspiring candidates. While there is a lot of biting social commentary and satire, there are a few light and silly election movies too. So top cap off election season, here are a dozen election and political movies.

Don’t forget to vote!

The Campaign

Jay Roach, director of the true story political HBO filmsRecount” and “Game Change”, goes for the big laughs in this farce about a lazy, scandal-ridden incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) who faces off against a bumbling, naive altruistic Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). This comic gem captures all the election craziness,
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The Films That Help Explain The Us Election

This week, Neil Calloway looks at films that deal with political campaigns…

Unless you’ve been living away from society, disconnected from any news source for the past eighteen months, you’ll be aware that there is a Us Presidential Election this week. It’s been a hard fought, bitter campaign with serious allegations thrown at each candidate from the other side. Donald Trump can count on the backing of serious political heavyweights such as Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, 16 And Pregnant star turned porn actress Farrah Abraham, and Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase. Hillary Clinton has had to make do with the backing of Barack Obama, Colin Powell and virtually every major newspaper in America.

If you’re confused about the process, or just can’t get enough of the debates, dramas and dirt slinging, then here are a few films to watch…

The Candidate is a 1972 film starring Robert Redford as a young,
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‘Meet The Parents’ Director Jay Roach To Tackle Former Ava DuVernay/Colin Trevorrow Project ‘Intelligent Life’

Jay Roach might be best known for directing the “Meet the Parents” and “Austin Powers” franchises, but more recently, he’s also dipped his toes into drama with films like “Trumbo” and “Recount.” Now, according to Variety, he might try his hand at sci-fi by rewriting and perhaps directing Amblin’s “Intelligent Life.”

Read More: The 100 Best And Most Exciting Directors Working Today

Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner, Derrick Connolly, wrote the script for “Intelligent Life,” which tells the story of a United Nations worker who is monitoring outer space and meets a beautiful and mysterious woman, who just may or may not be of this world.

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Jay Roach to Develop Sci-Fi Romance ‘Intelligent Life’ for Amblin Entertainment (Exclusive)

Jay Roach to Develop Sci-Fi Romance ‘Intelligent Life’ for Amblin Entertainment (Exclusive)
Jay Roach is on board to rewrite and possibly direct the sci-fi romance “Intelligent Life” for Amblin Entertainment.

The film is based on the original script by “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow and his collaborator Derek Connolly. Ava Duvernay was initially on board to direct with Lupita Nyong’o set to star, but Nyong’o departed after Duvernay left to helm Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” putting the film on hold.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin is producing the project along with Trevorrow, Frank Marshall, and Peter Saraf. Connolly and Marc Turtletaub are exec producing.

Roach would co-write with Larry Stuckey.

Amblin and Spielberg are enthused about the project given Trevorrow and Connolly’s script, and moved fast to get A-list talent to push the project forward.

The movie centers on a United Nation employee who makes contact with a beautiful woman, who may be an alien, while monitoring outer space.
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