That generic title obscures a surprisingly complex exploration of the real-life events surrounding the fall of iconic American newscaster Dan Rather in 2004. And while the film's script is rather talky (it's like Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom crossed with George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck), it's strongly made point is too important to ignore. And it features yet another storming, intelligent performance from Cate Blanchett.
She plays Mary Mapes, a producer at the classic CBS news programme 60 Minutes, who just a few months before the 2004 presidential election is working on a story about incumbent George W. Bush's shady National Guard service during the Vietnam War. She has an ace team of investigators (including Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss), plus the nation's top news anchor Rather (Robert Redford). But after the story airs, Mary is attacked with questions about the authenticity of a series of memos that trace irregularities in Bush's service record. Her boss (Bruce Greenwood) applies plenty of pressure as the controversy gains more traction than the story itself. And the media storm that follows catches everyone by surprise.
This account is based on Mapes' own memoir about these events, which gives the film a personal, as opposed to journalistic, tone. It hints heavily at both government and corporate efforts to discredit the story, putting Mapes and her entire team in an impossible situation. The film also makes it clear that those memos were indeed real, and that the controversy was actually just misdirection. What brings this to life is the revelatory acting from the ensemble cast, led beautifully by Blanchett, who gives Mary a passion for the truth that's fuelled by her inner demons. And the entire supporting cast adds layers of wit and insight, although Redford kind of relaxes on his easy charm as the engaged, engaging Rather.
Continue reading: Truth Review
Elisabeth Moss - American Theatre Wing's 69th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall - Red Carpet Arrivals at Radio City Music Hall, Tony Awards - New York, New York, United States - Sunday 7th June 2015
Elisabeth Moss - The 81st Annual Drama League Awards and Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis at Marriot Marquis Times Square, Drama League Awards, New York Marriott Marquis - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 15th May 2015
Elisabeth Moss - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the Meet the 2015 Tony Nominees reception which was held at the Paramount Hotel in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 29th April 2015
John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, January Jones and Matthew Weiner - AMC unveils a special art installation at the 1271 Avenue of the Americas, The Time & Life Building Plaza, in celebration of the iconic series, "Mad Men." - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 23rd March 2015
The Cast of Madmen L to R, Matthew Weiner, January Jones, John Slattery, Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks - Shots of a host of stars as they arrived and took to the red carpet for a Special screening of 'Mad Men' which was held at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 23rd March 2015
Elisabeth Moss - Shots of a host of stars as they arrived and took to the red carpet for a Special screening of 'Mad Men' which was held at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 22nd March 2015
Jason Biggs, Elisabeth Moss and Bryce Pinkham - Opening night party for The Heidi Chronicles at the Music Box Theatre - Arrivals. at Music Box Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 19th March 2015
Tracee Chimo, Jason Biggs, Elisabeth Moss, Bryce Pinkham, Ali Ahn and Cast - Opening night of The Heidi Chronicles at the Music Box Theatre - Curtain Call. at Music Box Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 20th March 2015
Elisabeth Moss' shoes - Meet and greet with the cast of Broadway's The Heidi Chronicles, held at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. at Baryshnikov Arts Center, - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 20th January 2015
The casting process for 'True Detective' season 2 has been long and drawn out - but will it affect the quality of the new season?
Rachel McAdams, the American actress best known for The Notebook, Midnight in Paris and Sherlock Holmes, is being lined up to play the female lead in True Detective 2, reports suggest. The actress, 35, is understood to be in talks to play the no-nonsense Californian sheriff - the role that Elisabeth Moss was rumored to have landed.
Rachel McAdams appears to be the new frontrunner for the female lead in 'True Detective' season 2 [Getty/Neilson Barnard]
According to Variety, the Mad Men actress is still in contention for the part, though it may be that McAdams is edging ahead. As we already knew, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch are also still in discussions for roles, though with production scheduled to get underway this month - is it time to start assuming the casting process is not running smoothly?
Elisabeth Moss has refused to comment on speculation that she is joining 'True Detective' season 2.
Elisabeth Moss, the award-winning actress best known for playing copywriter Peggy Olson on AMC's 'Mad Men', remains coy on whether she is joining the cast of True Detective Season 2. Speculation is mounting that Moss will line-up with Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn in Nic Pizzolatto's new season, though the actress wouldn't commit during an interview this week.
Elisabeth Moss could be joining 'True Detective' season 2 [Getty/Jason Kempin]
Moss called True Detective a "fantastic show" and waxed lyrical about HBO's output in recent years, saying she has been "a fan of HBO since the get-go" and has "seen everything" on the network.
Continue reading: Elisabeth Moss Coy On 'True Detective' Rumors: "It's A Fantastic Show"
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The stars were out in force at New York screening of 'The One I Love' at the Crosby Street Theater on Tuesday (Aug 5).
The film sees Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elizabeth Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. But what follows is an unexpected journey that forces them to look inside themselves and each other in a different way.
The offers are starting to flow in for Moss, 32, who, having just wrapped up filming the role of a lifetime in Mad Men’s Peggy Olson, has Hollywood at her feet. Already in production are the films ‘High Rise’ and ‘Meadowland’ and a role in the second season of the hugely anticipated True Detective, in which she may play one of the mooted “strong women.”
Continue reading: New York Screening Of 'The One I Love' [Pictures]
(L-R) RADiUS-TWC Co-President Jason Janego, actor Justin Lader, director Charlie McDowell, actress Elisabeth Moss. actor Mark Duplass and producer Mel Eslyn - New York screening of 'The One I Love' at the Crosby Street Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 5th August 2014
So it's not the nominees list we wanted. Here's how to make the best out of this year's Emmy Awards.
Few moments are more important in television than Emmy season. Like, how will we know which new shows are good, if the Academy doesn’t tell us? Alternatively, if your favorite show got snubbed this year, you’ll probably still be watching with your best ironic sneer, being all: “This got nominated over Orphan Black?” Hypothetically, of course.
So, whether your shows got nominated or not, here is the definitive guide to watching the Emmys this year. Works for beginners, as well as advanced TV maniacs.
We could have done with a couple more nods for Orange, tbh.
Linday Lohan will be spending September-November in London when she stars in David Mamet's play Speed-The-Plow. This will not only be her West End debut but her first stage performance.
Lindsay Lohan is set to make her West End and stage debut in David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow. The production could not be more appropriate for the 27-year-old actress as it satirises Hollywood and the pressures and debauchery which occur behind the scenes. Lohan certainly knows how fickle the film industry can be and the pressures, when in the public eye, to succeed. The former Disney star went through something of a rocky patch starting in 2010 and has only appeared healthy again.
Lindsay Lohan will play Karen in Speed-The-Plow.
Lohan is set to play Karen, a secretary working for a Hollywood producer, who is courted and seduced by two producers causing to complications in their working relationship. When the play was first performed on Broadway in 1988, Madonna took the lead as Karen. Since its debut the role of Karen in Speed-The-Plow has been portrayed by Elisabeth Moss and Alicia Silverstone, as the BBC reports.
Continue reading: Lohan Is "Nervous But Excited" About West End David Mamet Debut
Matthew Weiner and Elisabeth Moss - Celebrities attend AMC celebration of the Season Seven Premiere of The Emmy & Golden Globe Award-winning drama "Mad Men" at ArcLight Cinemas. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 2nd April 2014
'American Hustle' was the night's big winner, with three major wins, but there were surprises elsewhere as even Leonardo DiCaprio won an award!
The 2014 Golden Globes came and went on Sunday, 12 January night as the stars of Hollywood gathered for the first real awards showcase of the year. The event didn't let down, with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler delivering the laughs throughout the event and with individual stars using their time in the spotlight to grand effect, resulting in a night to remember.
American Hustle was the night's big winner
The two top-contested awards, Best Motion Picture for Drama and for Musical or Comedy, were awarded to the early favourites and the two titles looking most likely to sweep up over the course of awards season: 12 Years A Slave and America Hustle.
The Emmy Nominations have been released with a strong showing amongst the latest trend of 'smart' dramas. Here are our predictions.
This year 'smart' dramas Homeland, Mad Men and Breaking Bad dominate the Primetime Emmy Award nominations yet again and even for fans of the TV shows, it will be hard to predict which of their favourite series will carry off the most gongs. The Hollywood Reporter's Stacey Wilson highlights just how highly contested this year's 'best drama' category is: "If you win this year, it's going to be a real feather," she said to ABC News. The nominees list for each category is decidedly hefty but we've identified the ones that are toughest to call.
Bryan Cranston Voted Best Actor?
Having never won an 'outstanding drama' Emmy before, it looks like Breaking Bad could finally scoop the big gong this year having picked up five Primetime Emmy's before; 3 'best actors' for Bryan Cranston, 2 'best supporting actors' for Aaron Paul. With the first half of its final season currently airing, it looks like this could be the last chance for the show, as popular as ever, to scoop the night's biggest award. Downton Abbey, whilst having previously looked strong, has endured harsh reviews in its third season meaning it will be interesting to see whether this has had any impact on the voters.
Mad Men returned for its sixth season this week, though should show bosses be worried about the low audience figures?
Season six of Mad Men proved to be a hard sell for UK audiences this week, premiering to just 58,000 viewers on Sky Atlantic. Yep, that's just 58,000, in case you thought we meant 580,000, or 5.8 million. Just 58,000. The show, one of the most stylish and absorbing dramas in recent years, pulled in 98,000 fewer viewers than for its fifth season launch on the channel last year - but what does it all mean for Mad Men?
In fairness, the creators of the show shouldn't worry too much. Mad Men hasn't never fared particularly well in the UK, despite appealing to critics and a relatively small but dedicated fan-base. Bought by Sky last year, the show - starring Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss - has slumped in the ratings since it was last available on free-to-air TV. The launch of the fourth series on BBC4 in 2010 pulled in a sizeable audience of 355,000. Despite the small audience for Wednesday's return, it was still nearly triple Sky Atlantic's slot average over the last three months, up a massive 178%. Sky executives often play down the important of overnight ratings, arguing that the purpose of paying the big-bucks for shows like Mad Men is to pull in subscriber numbers.
Continue reading: Were You One Of The 58,000 Who Watched The Return Of 'Mad Men'?
Michelle Dockery joined the cast of Downton Abbey at last night’s 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Reception. According to the Daily Mail, the upmarket dinner, held in North Hollywood, was “overrun” with cast members from the British show but Dockery stood out from the crowd, looking stunning in a demure black and white floral dress and gold shoes. Her make up was subtle and simple and her hair was tied loosely back at her neck; she looked every part the British beauty; a fitting image for the lead actress in the revered British drama.
Dockery has been nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress award at the forthcoming Emmys and is hotly tipped to be walking away with the gong on Sunday night (September 23, 2012). It won’t be an easy win for Michelle though. She may be becoming an increasingly popluar figure in the US but she still faces fierce competition from home-grown favourites Glenn Close (for her role in Damages), Kathy Bates (for Harry’s Law), Claire Danes (Homeland), Elisabeth Moss and Julianne Marguilies (The Good Wife). Some of Michelle’s cast members are also expected to do well, including Joanne Froggatt, who has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Froggatt was also looking stunning last night, though she opted for a much bolder look, teaming an orange shift dress with a pair of nude heels.
The Emmy Awards considered to be the ‘Oscars’ equivalent for television; they’re a big deal for the US TV industry and last night’s reception dinner was awash with stars of the small screen. The ceremony, which takes place on Sunday night, will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Continue reading: Michelle Dockery Leads Downton Abbey Cast At Emmy Awards Reception
Sal Paradise is an ambitious young writer trying to find his place in the world. After his father passes away, he decides to seek out new experiences desperate to stay away from the mundaneness of everyday life. In New York, he meets ex-convict Dean Moriarty - an embodiment of the Beat Generation who fascinates him and ends up drawing him into his dangerous world of women, drugs and societal deviance. They hit the road alongside Dean's new, teenage wife Marylou doing anything and everything to ensure that new experiences never end and seek out their own freedom. Along the way they find who they really are, who their friends are and the meaning of being free.
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Beth and Joseph Winter have been married for several years but lately, she feels that he is growing more distant from her and more absorbed in his work as a surgeon. Everything changes, though, when Beth spots a stray dog on the side of the freeway. After persuading her daughter to back up, Beth decides to adopt the dog and names him Freeway.
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Aaron (Hill) works at a Los Angeles record label that's struggling to make money, so he proposes restaging the iconic Greek Theater gig by fading rock star Aldous Snow (Brand) 10 years ago. Then his intense boss (Combs) sends Aaron to London to accompany the notoriously unreliable Aldous back to L.A. by way of New York and Las Vegas. And of course nothing goes as planned, all coloured by trouble both guys are having with their girlfriends (Moss and Byrne). Will they make it to the Greek in time?
Continue reading: Get Him To The Greek Review
Rather than investigate the larger, more challenging issues, first-time director Bryan Gunnar Cole keeps it small and personal, focusing on three buddies: a wimpy author (Elijah Wood, continuing to shed Frodo), a suit-and-tied attorney (the stale Chris Klein) and a streetwise cabbie (uneven Jon Bernthal). Each receives his notice at the same time, with 30 days to report for service. And with the first scenes featuring the trio, it's tough to believe they'd ever been friends -- sadly, they just seem like three actors pretending to be friends, proof that on-screen camaraderie can be a bitch to achieve.
Continue reading: Day Zero Review
You say a thinly-veiled fictionalization of the Columbine massacre. I say directed by Uwe Boll (He'll make four movies based on video games from 2003 to 2006.)
Continue reading: Heart Of America Review
Teen angst gets the "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" treatment in "Girl, Interrupted," James Mangold's disappointingly common and commercial follow-up to his earlier, low-budget wonders "Heavy" and "Cop Land."
Poor Winona Ryder -- in her late 20s and still playing teenagers -- stars as 1960s suburban college drop-out Susanna, a compulsive writer stuck in an upscale asylum for a "rest" after mixing booze and a bottle of pain killers.
Borderline Personality Disorder is the maddeningly vague diagnosis of her psychological bugaboos -- the movie seems to want to make a point about our culture's tendency to seek scapegoats for our neuroses -- so Susanna is packed off to a New England psychiatric hospital where, in between the pill dole from the nursing staff, she writes endlessly in her dog-eared journal and fills it with tell-tale drawings the camera can cut to for moments of cheap insight.
Continue reading: Girl, Interrupted Review
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