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Does ‘The Post’ Seek To Glorify The Press In The Era of Fake News?

Steven Spielberg’s latest drama, The Post, may be a celebration of the free press, but in the age of “fake news” it feels more like an attempt to glorify the press rather than focus on its habit of misrepresentation. The Post tells the story of the The Washington Post and its publishing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The Pentagon Papers (as they came to be called) was a series of documents detailing the extent of the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Upon learning of the atrocities of the war, military analyst Daniel Ellsberg secretly copied and leaked the documents to the press in the hopes that the public would be made aware of the truth.

Kay Graham (portrayed by Meryl Streep in Spielberg’s film) was the acting publisher of The Washington Post at the time. She inherited the role of sole proprietor following her husband’s untimely death by suicide. Graham not only faced a board of all-male stock holders who were ready to oust her at any moment, but also a more hostile-than-friendly editor named Ben Bradlee (portrayed by Tom Hanks), who reportedly informed her that he’d give his left nut to run the Post, himself. Shortly after Graham came into her new position, Martin Weil (Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk) was sent to meet with Ellsberg to collect the top secret documents in Boston and transport them safely back to Washington. Continue reading

New Tina Fey Comedy ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ Opening In Theaters This Friday

A new wartime comedy starring Tina Fey (30 Rock, Sisters) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus) titled Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is opening in theaters this Friday, March 4th. The film is an adaptation of author Kim Barker’s novel The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, about a journalist during her time reporting in the war-ridden Middle East. Screenwriter Robert Carlock (Friends, Saturday Night Live) adapted the book for directing partners Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris, Crazy Stupid Love). Co-starring in the film are actors Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Hot Fuzz), Alfred Molina (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc, Spider-Man 2), Christopher Abbott (Martha Marcy May Marlene, A Most Violent Year), and Billy Bob Thornton (Monster’s Ball, Armageddon). This one first seemed like a pretty strange comedy for Tina Fey to take on, but judging from the latest trailer, it does look like a pretty promising piece of screenwriting, so I guess we’ll just have to see this weekend. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!

‘Focus’ With Will Smith And Margot Robbie Opens This February 27th


This weekend will see veteran-actor Will Smith (Men In Black, Independence Day) back on the big screen opposite Wolf of Wall Street-breakout star Margot Robbie in their new con-man-comedy/drama Focus. The film comes from writing/directing duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love., I Love You Phillip Morris) about con-man Nick whose new gig is thrown into chaos by the appearance of an old fling. Making up the supporting cast are Gerald McRaney (Jerico, House of Cards), DB Wong (Jurassic Park, Men of War), and Rodrigo Santoro (Love Actually, 300). You can see the trailer here on MADE, The movie opens in theaters this Friday, February 27th.

Will Smith And Margot Robbie Will Co-Star In ‘Focus’ Next Month


Margot Robbie was an immediate star the minute she hit the screen in Martin Scorsese‘s 2013 hit The Wolf of Wall Street, and now the young actress will be seen opposite Oscar-nominee Will Smith in next month’s comedy-thriller Focus. The film comes from writing and directing duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris, Crazy Stupid Love) and follows Margot as Jess Barrett, a young woman who becomes the student of con-man Nicky (Smith), but things take a complete turn when the two become romantically involved and emotions start to interfere with business. Actors Rodrigo Santoro (Love Actually, 300) and Gerald McRaney (The Never Ending Story, House of Cards) also star in the film. You’ve probably noticed some TV-shorts going on, but the full trailer is here on MADE. Look for it in theaters February 27th.

Edward Snowden Film Being Developed At Sony By Bond Producers Michael G. Wilson And Barbara Broccoli

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Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have been attached to one of the most successful spy film franchises for the last 20+ years. I’m talking, of course, about the 50-year running James Bond franchise, which first began with Broccoli’s father, Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman in 1962 with the first Bond adventure, Dr. No. Now the two spy-film writers/producers are venturing into the realm of real-life spy controversy with a new biopic about Edward Snowden, formerly of the CIA and NSA, who is now in exile in Russia for leaking classified information to the press regarding the spy agencies’ questionable tactics behind their information-collecting policies. The film will be adapted from a new book, No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, by The Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald, who first reported on Snowden’s espionage and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Sony Pictures is currently developing the project with the James Bond producers at the helm, but with Bond 24 and 25 already in early pre-production with director Sam Mendes, it might be a while before we see this one really get up and running.

New Trailer For ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Reboot Will Appear With ‘Captain America’ Sequel

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Producer Glenn Walker recently reported that the new trailer for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film will appear in the trailers before Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which hits theaters April 4th. Although there have been no signs of a plot or story line, the film is scheduled for release this coming August. Taking up the helm as the Ninja Turtles are actors Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, and Pete Ploszek, with Megan Fox starring as April O’Neal, William Fichtner as The Shredder, and Danny Woodburn ad Splinter. The film will be distributed by Paramount Pictures and is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Darkness Falls, Battle Los Angeles).