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‘The Loudest Voice’ Review: Russell Crowe Boosts a Pulpy Biopic of Roger Ailes’ Greatest Hits

‘The Loudest Voice’ Review: Russell Crowe Boosts a Pulpy Biopic of Roger Ailes’ Greatest Hits
When Laurie Luhn is first introduced in “The Loudest Voice,” Roger Ailes is a dark shadow in the corner of a bar. Diminished in the background of director Kari Skogland’s frame, the ousted MSNBC executive (given considerable range by Oscar-winner Russell Crowe) nevertheless looms like a boogeyman in the black and blue light of their Manhattan meeting spot, soon swaying his way over to Luhn (Annabelle Wallis) and pitching her on a new venture: Fox News. Ailes is building his right-wing news empire and wants to help his former research assistant move toward on-camera roles.

As the two talk, first about her “nice” boyfriend and unwillingness to relocate for work, there are flashes of Luhn standing in what appears to be a hotel hallway. As visibly reticent as she is in the bar, she’s far more uncomfortable in the well-lit corridor, and soon, it’s obvious why: Ailes appears behind her,
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Take Note: Rachel McAdams Is Still In Love With ‘The Notebook’

The Notebook may not be the biggest box-office movie Rachel McAdams has starred in (that would be Doctor Strange), and it’s not the movie that earned her an Oscar nomination (that would be Spotlight). It wasn’t even her first big hit movie — Mean Girls opened two months earlier. But The Notebook still resonates with [...]

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Galway Film Fleadh 2019 comprises more than 40% films by women

Galway Film Fleadh 2019 comprises more than 40% films by women
James Schamus to deliver keynote address at the Fleadh Forum.

The full programme for the 31st Galway Film Fleadh has been unveiled, with Sophie Hyde’s Animals and French actress Sandrine Dumas’ directorial debut Sing Me Back Home among the latest additions to the programme.

Sing Me Back Home, about a young woman’s relationship with her grandmother, will open the Fleadh on July 9.

Ivan Kavanagh’s Never Grow Old, a dark western about an Irish undertaker on the American frontier, starring Emile Hirsch and John Cusack, will close the festival on July 14.

Of the 95 local and international feature films
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Sony Developing Doctor Octopus Origin Movie, Stanley Tucci May Star

There’s a quench out there for villain stories that’s equal, if not greater than the heroes. Todd Phillip’s Joker will be the next film to exploit on that hunger, hopefully capitalizing on Joaquin Phoenix’s incredible skill and the character’s terrifying demeanor. But it looks like Sony, who’d tried (and arguably failed) this formula last year with Venom, will be stepping up to the plate again.

A source close to We Got This Covered says that the studio’s planning on making a project around Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man’s eight-armed foe. Apparently, this’ll be an origin film, more than likely focused on Otto Octavius’ fall from esteemed scientist to obsessed criminal.

From the few iterations we’ve seen of the character before – including director Sam Raimi and actor Alfred Molina’s take in Spider Man 2, and most recently in Marvel’s Spider-Man video game
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Will Showtime’s Roger Ailes Miniseries ‘The Loudest Voice’ Spark More Tell-Alls?

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Will Showtime’s Roger Ailes Miniseries ‘The Loudest Voice’ Spark More Tell-Alls?
Roger Ailes in 1996 supervised the launch of a multibillion-dollar business few people thought would ever get off the ground. In 2019 he may have a posthumous hand in instigating something equally complex: a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about the media industry, complete with portrayals of people who still help make it run.

If that foray is successful, plenty of similar stories are waiting in the wings.

Ailes, who died in 2017, oversaw the debut and massive growth of Fox News Channel, a creation that both admirers and detractors acknowledge has changed the face of U.S. politics and news. On June 30, Showtime debuts miniseries “The Loudest Voice,” a warts-and-all account of Ailes’ early days building the outlet — and his later years, when former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s accusations of sexual harassment forced the network’s parent company to oust him, and sparked a spate of unsavory revelations about internal culture at media
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Shari Redstone, Joe Ianniello in Spotlight as CBS and Viacom Pursue Merger Talks Again

  • Variety
As CBS Corp. nears a formal acquisition offer for Viacom, the actions of two key players — controlling shareholder Shari Redstone and acting CBS CEO Joe Ianniello — will be closely watched in the coming weeks.

Redstone’s moves are under scrutiny because of the potential for litigation surrounding a deal that some have criticized as CBS coming to the rescue of Viacom, at the expense of CBS’ independent shareholders. Ianniello, meanwhile, is likely to face a decision soon about whether to extend his contract again on a short-term basis to help steer CBS through a possible merger. And there is increasing talk about the reunification of CBS-Viacom being the first step in a larger campaign to buy or sell in order for Redstone to better position CBS and Viacom for the future in a rapidly changing media marketplace.

Redstone, who is vice chair of CBS and Viacom, has to tread carefully
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‘Game of Thrones,’ Netflix VFX Among Those to Be Featured in Siggraph Production Talks

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VFX pros behind the final season of “Game of Thrones,” the blockbuster film “Avengers: Endgame,” Pixar’s upcoming “Toy Story 4,” last year’s Oscar-winning “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Netflix series, including “Stranger Things,” and more will give Siggraph 2019 attendees a behind-the-scenes look at their work during the conference’s Production Sessions. There will even be a session about what it was like filming a Vr project in space.

Siggraph will hold a total of 11 sessions during the week of the conference, July 28- Aug. 1, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Visual effects supervisors from Weta Digital, Image Engine, Scanline and Pixomondo will talk about the more than 3,000 VFX shots created for each episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Season 8, featuring dragons, large-scale environments and epic battles, setting a new standard for TV VFX.

Siggraph’s keynote speaker, Marvel’s Victoria Alonso, is among the panelists talking about the
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14 Terrible Adam Sandler Movies Ranked From Bad to Worst (Photos)

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14 Terrible Adam Sandler Movies Ranked From Bad to Worst (Photos)
The jury is still out on how Western parody “The Ridiculous 6” will rank, but click through to see the worst reviewed comedies Adam Sandler took the lead in.

Sandy Wexler

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 33 percent

“There’s no way to recommend it, yet I wouldn’t ask for my two hours back (though I do wish that they could have been sped up somewhat)” New Yorker critic Richard Brody wrote.

Little Nicky

Critic Approval Rating: 22 percent

“Like spending 84 minutes in Hell,” critic Christy Lemire wrote when it hit theaters in 2000.

“That’s My Boy”

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 20 percent

“Vulgar, trite, sexist, misogynist, hacky, tacky, gross, sentimental and stupid, with occasional flourishes of racism and veiled homophobia thrown in to boot,” TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde wrote in his 2012 review.

Just Go With It

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 19 percent

“An early contender for worst movie of the year. If they were showing this on an airplane,
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Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’

Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’
At 50, Brian D’Arcy James has parlayed his theater stardom — he boasts three Tony nominations, for “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Shrek the Musical,” and “Something Rotten” originated King George III in “Hamilton,” and currently stars in Tony-winning drama “The Ferryman” — into frequent supporting roles in film and television. He popped up as Debra Messing’s husband in NBC showbiz series “Smash,” as the parent of a troubled teenager in “13 Reasons Why,” won the ensemble SAG award in Oscar-winner “Spotlight,” cheated at poker in Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” tested airplanes in “First Man,” plays the U.S. president in current “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” Melissa McCarthy’s criminal husband in “The Kitchen,” a Silicon Valley player in Alex Garland’s FX series “Devs,” and is prepping Officer Krupke for Steven Spielberg’s revamp of Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins’ “West Side Story.”

In short, James has a wide range
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Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’

Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’
At 50, Brian D’Arcy James has parlayed his theater stardom — he boasts three Tony nominations, for “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Shrek the Musical,” and “Something Rotten” originated King George III in “Hamilton,” and currently stars in Tony-winning drama “The Ferryman” — into frequent supporting roles in film and television. He popped up as Debra Messing’s husband in NBC showbiz series “Smash,” as the parent of a troubled teenager in “13 Reasons Why,” won the ensemble SAG award in Oscar-winner “Spotlight,” cheated at poker in Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” tested airplanes in “First Man,” plays the U.S. president in current “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” Melissa McCarthy’s criminal husband in “The Kitchen,” a Silicon Valley player in Alex Garland’s FX series “Devs,” and is prepping Officer Krupke for Steven Spielberg’s revamp of Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins’ “West Side Story.”

In short, James has a wide range
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Jeff Bezos Has Never Meddled With Washington Post Coverage, Editor Marty Baron Affirms

Jeff Bezos Has Never Meddled With Washington Post Coverage, Editor Marty Baron Affirms
Marty Baron, the editor made famous by the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight who is now executive editor of the Washington Post, said the newspaper has expanded without editorial interference under the nearly six-year ownership of Jeff Bezos.

Even when the editorial team covers Amazon or Bezos personally, Baron said, “He hasn’t interfered with a single story. He hasn’t suggested a story. He hasn’t squelched a story. He hasn’t critiqued a story, hasn’t criticized a story.”

Baron made the comments in a keynote appearance at the Ft Future of News Summit in New York.

Since the summer of 2013, when Bezos bought the news organization for $250 million (investing his own money and not positioning the Post as an Amazon acquisition), the newsroom has grown from 575 employees to nearly 850.

Moderator Peter Spiegel, U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times, asked Baron if the company would pull any punches
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The Kitchen Trailer: McCarthy, Moss & Haddish Join the Mafia

New Line Cinema has dropped the first trailer for The Kitchen. The movie is a gritty, female-driven mob drama, written and directed by Andrea Berloff. Berloff is best known for her Academy Award nominated Straight Outta Compton screenplay, in addition to her acting and directing work. Right from the start, the movie doesn't look like what one would think it is with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish leading the cast. Many instantly believe the project is going to be a comedy, but that definitely is not the case this time around.

The Kitchen stars Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale) as three 1978 Hell's Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp axe to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia's matters into their own hands after being given protection
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First trailer for DC adaptation The Kitchen starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss

Warner Bros. has debuted the first poster and trailer for the upcoming crime drama The Kitchen. Directed by Andrea Berloff, the film is an adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic book series of the same name, and stars Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish, and Melissa McCarthy as three women who decide to take matters into their own hands after their mobster husbands are incarcerated; take a look here…

The Kitchen” stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”), and Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition…literally.

The Kitchen is set for release on
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The Atlantic Signs First-Look Deal With Anonymous Content

The Atlantic Signs First-Look Deal With Anonymous Content
The Atlantic and Anonymous Content have entered into a first-look agreement that will allow the company behind “Spotlight,” “The Revenant” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” the first option to produce and develop scripted and unscripted content based on the magazine’s journalism, both past and present, the Atlantic announced on Thursday.

The deal encompasses projects across multiple platforms and mediums including feature films, documentaries, television shows, and podcasts. The multi-year deal is the first of its kind for the Atlantic.

Both the Atlantic and Anonymous Content share a common investor in Emerson Collective, the limited liability company founded by Laurene Powell Jobs. Emerson is a majority owner of the Atlantic and a minority owner of Anonymous Content.

Also Read: From 'Vogue' to 'Spotlight': Steve Golin Remembered for Supporting Filmmakers, Spotting Talent

“Our journalists tell stories that aim to be urgent, revealing, and compelling. We are thrilled to have,
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The Atlantic, Anonymous Content Sign First-Look Deal (Exclusive)

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The Atlantic and Anonymous Content have signed a first-look agreement, Variety has learned. Under the pact, Anonymous, the producer of movies and shows such as “Spotlight” and “True Detective,” will have the initial crack at developing and making scripted and unscripted content from the Atlantic’s past and present articles and content.

Both companies share a common investor. Emerson Collective, the limited liability company founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, is the majority owner of the Atlantic, as well as a minority stakeholder in Anonymous Content.

“It helped us find common cause,” the Atlantic’s president Bob Cohn said in an interview. “Although we knew of Anonymous Content’s great work and they knew of ours.”

“We’re cut from the same cloth in terms of our commitment to high-quality storytelling,” he added.

The deal between the companies encompasses projects across multiple platforms and mediums including feature films, documentaries, television shows,
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum’ Leads Winners at Golden Trailer Awards

‘John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum’ Leads Winners at Golden Trailer Awards
After reaching franchise highs at the box office and helping to kick off the summer movie season in style, “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” picked up some early hardware to go with it, taking home Best of Show at this year’s Golden Trailer Awards.

On Wednesday night in downtown La, 20 years after the awards were first given out, a number of teasers, TV spots, and video game previews were singled out as worthy of praise from among the year’s trailers. Past overall Best of Show winners include “Wonder Woman,” “Spotlight,” and the award’s inaugural winner, “The Matrix.”

John Wick” also beat out fellow curiously punctuated competitors “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” and “Shazam!” in the Best Action trailer category for the official look below:

Naturally, after its first trailer set the internet ablaze last fall, “A Star is Born” was named the winner in Best Drama, Best Romance, and Best TV Spot.
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Netflix Sets Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 Into Exclusive Multi-Year Series Deal

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Exclusive: Netflix has set Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 in an exclusive, multi-year overall deal for scripted series programming. The deal also includes a first look for unscripted series. Sources said it’s an unusually rich deal for a non-writing producer.

It puts Sugar’s TV deal under the same roof as his feature deal, which was brokered last October. Sugar and head of production Ashley Zalta spearhead both divisions for Sugar23. It also comes after Sugar served as an exec producer on the Netflix series Maniac, which Cary Fukunaga directed and which starred Emma Stone, Jonah Hill and Justin Theroux.

Sugar also previously worked with Netflix on the series side on The Oa, and 13 Reasons Why. In features, Sugar — who won an Oscar for producing Best Picture winner Spotlight — is a producer on the Steven Soderbergh-directed The Laundromat for Netflix, which stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas.
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Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Michael Covino’s ‘The Climb’

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all worldwide rights, excluding France and German-speaking Europe, to Michael Angelo Covino’s buddy comedy “The Climb.”

The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Un Certain Regard Heart Prize alongside “A Brother’s Love” on Friday.

Covino directed, co-wrote (with Kyle Marvin) and stars in the film with Marvin, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt and Judith Godrèche.

The story centers on two best friends who share a close bond — until one sleeps with the other’s fiancée. The movie follows the tumultuous, but enduring relationship between the men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage.

Topic Studios produced and financed the movie. The producers are Noah Lang, Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin. The executive producers are Michael Bloom, Ryan Heller Adam Pincus and Gilda Moratti.

“To know my first movie will open
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Michael Angelo Covino’s ‘The Climb’

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all worldwide rights to Michael Angelo Covino’s “The Climb” (excluding France and German-speaking Europe), the distributor announced Friday.

The film premiered at this month’s Cannes Film Festival and stars Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt and Judith Godrèche. Covino and Marvin wrote the screenplay.

The film follows Kyle and Mike, who are best friends — until Mike sleeps with Kyle’s fiancée. Topic Studios produced and financed the film. Covino, Marvin and Noah Lang produced, while Michael Bloom, Ryan Heller Adam Pincus and Gilda Moratti executive produced.

Also Read: Cannes Report, Day 10: 'Mektoub, My Love' Trolls, 'The Traitor' Sells Out

“To know my first movie will open with the same logo as so many of my favorites is hard to fathom,” Covino said, offering praise for Sony Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. “I can’t wait to work with Tom,
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New to Streaming: ‘Aniara,’ Cannes 2019 Shorts, ‘Moonlight,’ ‘The Perfection,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Aniara (Pella Kågerman & Hugo Lilja)

The title shares its name with a city-size spacecraft ferrying humans from Earth to Mars in barely three weeks. It’s a routine trip that’s never run into problems with many passengers already having family on the red planet to greet them upon arrival. But there’s a first time for everything as a small field of debris forces Captain Chefone (Arvin Kananian) off course. Unfortunately a screw breaches their hull anyway, pushing their nuclear fuel supply to critical mass. Expelling it may save them for the moment, but without it they cannot steer. So despite having enough self-sustaining electricity and
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