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Public's Skeptical View of Politics, Institutions Reflected in Oscar-Contending Screenplays

America’s sacred cows just don’t get the respect they used to.

Warner Bros.’ 1959 “The FBI Story” concludes with “sincere thanks” to J. Edgar Hoover “for making this world of ours a safer place in which to live.” Yet in the studio’s 2015 “Black Mass,” the agency makes Boston a singularly deadlier place to live, as agent John Connolly conspires to hand over syndicate control to ganglord/snitch Whitey Bulger. 569 more words



Here’s something that generally serves as harbinger for an undeveloped movie: if a movie has to say its title multiple times to continually telegraph its themes. 303 more words

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‘Spider-Man’ Screenwriter James Vanderbilt To Sell Brentwood Mansion

SELLER: James Vanderbilt
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $7,495,000
SIZE: 7,136 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: An elaborately corniced and decidedly traditional stone-clad mansion in an exclusive guard-gated enclave in Los Angeles’s quietly ritzy Brentwood area — it’s just down the block from Reese Witherspoon’s former manse and owned per property records by screenwriter, producer, and budding director James “Jamie” Vanderbilt — was recently re-listed at $7.495 million and, per online listings, was almost immediately put into escrow with an unknown buyer for an unknown amount.  482 more words

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'Truth' Director Responds To CBS' Refusal To Run Ads For Rathergate Pic - Deadline Contenders

Back in mid-October, CBS turned down a multi-million dollar ad buy from Sony Classics to run spots for their Rathergate film Truth, which follows the  297 more words

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TRUTH now showing

On the morning of September 9, 2004, veteran CBS News producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) believed she had every reason to feel proud of a job well done. 236 more words


La Verdad (Truth)

El director James Vanderbilt nos presenta una historia del mundo del periodismo, basada en hechos reales. En plena campaña de George Bush Jr. en 2004, unos periodistas de la CBS le acusan que haber utilizado influencias para evitar ir a la guerra de Vietnam, el llamado el escándalo “Rathergate” El impacto en la opinión pública es tal que podría cambiar el signo del Gobierno, tras las elecciones que Al Gore perdió por menos de 600 votos en el 2000. 229 more words


TRUTH (2015)

 Greetings again from the darkness. The film is based on the book written by Mary Mapes, “Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power” 601 more words