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Bombshell (2019)

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A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

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Jay Roach
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Megyn Kelly
Nicole Kidman ... Gretchen Carlson
Margot Robbie ... Kayla Pospisil
John Lithgow ... Roger Ailes
Allison Janney ... Susan Estrich
Malcolm McDowell ... Rupert Murdoch
Kate McKinnon ... Jess Carr
Connie Britton ... Beth Ailes
Liv Hewson ... Lily Balin
Brigette Lundy-Paine ... Julia Clarke
Rob Delaney ... Gil Norman
Mark Duplass ... Doug Brunt
Stephen Root ... Neil Mullin
Robin Weigert ... Nancy Smith
Amy Landecker ... Dianne Brandi
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Storyline

When Gretchen Carlson slaps Fox News founder Roger Ailes with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, not a soul could predict what would happen next. Her decision leads to Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly coming forward with her own story, as well as multiple other women, inciting a movement that reverberates around the world. Written by Jwelch5742

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Based on a Real Scandal

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Rated R for sexual material and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Nicole Kidman said Meryl Streep convinced her to take the part. See more »

Quotes

Roger Ailes: Gretchen Carlson could kill Fox News!
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Marie's Blues
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'He's about as flirty as the grizzly from The Revenant'
16 March 2020 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

It takes courage to place this true story before the public at this time of the political climate during debates by presidential candidates and retorts from the sitting president who is famous for his association with Fox News. Charles Randolph (The Big Short, and The Life of David Gale) has written a penetrating screenplay about the 2016 explosion when Fox News persona Roger Ailes was finally exposed for sexual harassment by some courageous women. Director Jay Roach (Trumbo, Blown Away, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, etc) makes this story come vividly to life, unafraid to insert film clips of Donald Trump's appearances as the case unfolds, as well as including the lesbian relationships that give the story a new grounding.

The story of this Fox News scandal is true, so everyone knows the outline. As one distillation states, 'When Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) slaps Fox News founder Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, not a soul could predict what would happen next. Her decision leads to Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) coming forward with her own story, as well as multiple other women, such as Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie), inciting a movement that reverberates around the world.'

The cast is outstanding: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie each excel, but the other women in the film - Allison Janney, Connie Britton, Liv Hewson, Kate McKinnon, and Brigette Lundy-Paine - also impress. John Lithgow is very appropriately repugnant as Roger Ailes, as is Malcolm McDowell as Rupert Murdoch, and the clips of Giuliani, Trump et al. The tension never lets up as this scandal is related in fine form. Not only is the film excellent (though some may prefer the Showtime series THE LOUDEST VOICE account of the scandal), but also it offers award winning quality performances that allow the actors to step into different territories.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$319,157, 15 December 2019

Gross USA:

$31,762,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,875,877
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Dolby Digital

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2.39 : 1
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