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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 ‘Breaking Bad’ Spin-Off ‘Better Call Saul’ Now Playing On AMC

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Fans of the hit series Breaking Bad on AMC can now tune in for the new spin-off drama Better Call Saul from writing partners and Breaking Bad creators Vince Gilligan (The X-Files, Hancock) and Peter Gould (Double Dragon, Too Big To Fail). The series stars Emmy-winner Bob Odenkirk (Saturday Night Live, Nebraska) back in his role of Saul Goodman in the time before the character was Saul Goodman. Instead we see him as Jimmy McGill, a young lawyer trying to make ends meet but lacking in the confidence and self-assurance of Saul Goodman. Also back from Breaking Bad is Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, the former cop-turned-muscle-man under the employee of Gus, plus new-comers Rhea Seehorn (Whitney, Franklin & Bash), Patrick Fabian (General Hospital, The Last Exorcism), Michael McKean (Clue, Planes Trains & Automobiles), and Michael Mando (The Far Cry Experience, Orphan Black). The series is already three episodes in, so you should check out On-Demand if you need to catch up, then tune into AMC on Monday nights at 9pm/central.

Color Version Of Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ Will Be Aired On Paramount-Owned Epix Network

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Nebraska not only made up for its $17 million production budget, it also secured six Oscar nominations at the Academy Awards last year, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Bruce Dern), and Best Director (Alexander Payne). The movie was filmed entirely in black-and-white and featured actors Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, and Stacy Keach, working from a screenplay by Bob Nelson. Now Paramount will be airing a color-version of the film on their television network Epix this Sunday, August 10, 2014. Apparently Payne had had to make a color-version of the film that he never intended to release, but did so because of contract stipulations in certain countries that accepted only color pictures. Nebraska is the story of an estranged son (Will Forte) and his developing relationship with his alcoholic father (Bruce Dern) as they journey from Montana to Nebraska in order to claim a $1 million sweepstakes prize. Check out the trailer here on MADE, then be sure to go out and rent a copy for yourself, and remember, if you’re not a fan of black-and-white, the color-version airs on Epix this Sunday…check your local listings!