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.
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Lisa Robin Kelly's death is not being treated as suspicious, despite reports suggesting the rehab facility doctor may have made assumptions and not filed the correct paperwork. LAPD homicide investigators have handed the case over to the L.A. county coroner, who is awaiting the results of a toxicology report.
LAPD's homicide investigators may have ruled out any foul play in the death of Lisa Robin Kelly, but the That 70's Show actress's death remains ever mysterious. Speaking to the NY Daily News, Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesperson said "we ruled out foul play today. It's now a case for the coroner."
Lisa Robin Kelly in 1999 whilst she was appearing on the That 70's Show.
Lisa Robin Kelly was found dead on Wednesday 14 August at an alcohol rehab facility in California. The troubled actress had long suffered with alcoholism and had checked in to the rehab facility on Monday (12 Aug.) in order to deal with her addiction.
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Lisa Robin Kelly's cause of death is unknown. A post mortem was carried out by an L.A. coroner on Saturday (17th August), however no cause of death could be confirmed. The coroner is waiting on the results of a toxicology report, according to sources speaking to a US entertainment website.
Lisa Robin Kelly's cause of death remains a mystery. The That 70's Show actress died in her sleep on Wednesday (14th August) whilst staying at an alcohol rehab centre in California. A post mortem was carried out on Saturday (17th August) with the hopes that her cause of death could be ruled. However a spokesperson for the L.A. Coroner's Office, speaking to TMZ, said the coroner is waiting for the results of a toxicology report. This could take a number of weeks, according to the spokesperson.
Lisa Robin Kelly photographed in 1999 whilst appearing on That 70's Show.
Kelly died whilst staying at an alcohol rehab centre. She checked in last Monday (12th) after her boyfriend rushed her to hospital on Sunday. TMZ reports that her blood alcohol level, when checked in hospital, was at 0.34.
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Lisa Robin Kelly, the actress who starred in 'That '70s Show', died on Wednesday 14th August at the age of 43. Her cause of death has not been disclosed but she had checked into a rehab facility shortly before her death.
Lisa Robin Kelly, the actress who starred in That '70s Show, died on Wednesday 14th August.Her representative, Craig Wyckoff, issued a statement announcing her death. So far the 43-year-old's cause of death is unknown.
Lisa Robin Kelly photographed for That '70s Show in 1999.
It seems Kelly was in a rehab facility in order to deal with her addiction problems. Wyckoff last spoke to his client on Monday when she seemed to be doing well. On this conversation he said "I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her."
An all-star cast very nearly goes down with the ship as filmmaker Justin Zackham (The Bucket List) indulges in relentlessly farcical silliness. Thankfully the actors play it relatively straight, injecting moments of dark emotion and sharp wit in between the corny wackiness. But the script is more interested in humiliating its characters than finding any genuine humour.
The eponymous nuptials are between Alejandro and Missy (Barnes and Seyfried), who haplessly watch their families implode as the big day approaches. Alejandro's adoptive dad Don (De Niro) and his long-time girlfriend Bebe (Sarandon) are planning the event, but Alejandro's deeply religious birth-mother (Rae) is coming from Colombia, so he asks his dad to pretend to still be married to his ex-wife Ellie (Keaton). Meanwhile, Alejandro's sister Lyla (Heigl) is having her own marriage crisis, while his brother Jared (Grace) can't keep his libido under control.
As the preparations continue, the plot gets increasingly tangled. But it also becomes strangely ingrown, as if these people have never met anyone outside their small circle of family and friends. Past secrets are revealed and dark peccadillos come to light, leading to a series of manic confrontations. Through it all, the film remains blandly amusing, although its rather extreme moments never quite escalate to Meet the Parents hilarity. Thankfully they avoid the strained goofiness of Death at a Funeral.
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Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for playing Eric Foreman's sister on the long-running sitcom That 70's Show, has been arrested for assault. Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, responded to a call in the suburb of Mooresville on Monday (November 26, 2012) and arrested Kelly, 42, and husband Robert Joseph Gilliam, 61, at the scene.
According to Fox News, both were held briefly before being freed on bond. Gilliam is charged with misdemeanour assault on a female, while Kelly is charged with misdemeanour assault. They were held at the Iredell County Detention Center and released on $500 bond apiece with a court date set for January 25, 2012. It's not clear whether either has an attorney. It's the latest sad turn in Robin Kelly's life, with the actress previously arrested on March 31, 2012, on a felony charge of corporal injury upon a spouse. On that occasion, she was released on $50,000 bail before the charges were eventually dropped." The actress has rarely worked since That 70's Show ended in 2006, though recently tweeted about a forthcoming project, "Despite her personal problems, Kelly has I want to thank GREG LYON and Half Moon Films for allowing me to star in and co-produce SUX2 BME!! We are currently in production," she said.
Kelly has also appeared on the TV shows 'Murphy Brown' and 'Married.With Children.'
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Don and Ellie have been divorced for a long time but when their adopted son Alejandro and his fiancé Missy decide to get married, it looks to be time for a family reunion. If things weren't awkward enough with Ellie seeing that her best friend Bebe from years ago is now married to her ex-husband, Alejandro's biological mother has also decided to fly over from Columbia for the occasion. However, she happens to be an extremely devout catholic with the belief that divorce is a sin so the family's only resolution to appease her and make her feel that giving away her son was the right decision is for Don and Ellie to pretend that they are still married on the big day, to Bebe's resentment. As expected, things are not as straight forward as they planned and the days leading up to the nuptials couldn't possibly be more tense and disastrous for this unusual family.
This ridiculous though rather touching comedy has been based on the French movie 'Mon Frère Se Marie' written by Jean-Stéphane Bron and Karine Sudan and is the wonderful story of how broken families can mend or, at least, unite for their mutual relatives when it is a matter of importance. It has been directed and written by Justin Zackham ('Going Greek', 'The Bucket List') and is set to be released on May 31st 2013 in the UK.
Starring: Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Megan Ketch, Greg Paul, Christa Campbell, David Rasche, Christine Ebersole, Kyle Bornheimer,
When a group of mercenaries, yakuza, convicts and one disgraced doctor find themselves stranded on an alien planet, it doesn't take long for them to realise they've all been drawn to the planet to as prey for a new kind of alien. A mercenary called Royce leads the men in what seems to be an impossible battle against elimination.
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Valentine's Day in Los Angeles brings a series of romantic crises. A flower seller (Kutcher) has proposed to his less-than-keen girlfriend (Alba), then discovers his best friend's (Garner) boyfriend (Dempsey) is married. A phone-sex operator (Hathaway) is afraid to tell her boyfriend (Grace) what she does for a living. An romance-hating publicist (Biel) is helping her client (Dane) manage a media storm. A group of teens (Swift, Lautner, Roberts and Jenkins) are grappling with chastity. And two strangers (Roberts and Cooper) strike up a conversation on a trans-Atlantic flight.
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Universally considered the worst superhero sequel ever, Joel Schumacher's bloated monstrosity temporarily derailed Warner's lucrative Dark Knight franchise when it tried in vain to fill gaping plot holes with a multitude of C-list villains and unnecessarily whiny sidekicks.
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Columbia Pictures' Spider-ManT 3 reunites the cast and filmmakers from the first two blockbuster adventures for a web of secrets, vengeance, love, and forgiveness that will transport worldwide audiences to thrilling new heights on May 4, 2007.
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Whatever else may be said, this film is the work of consummate professionals, and that doesn't mean it's soulless but competent hackwork. Writer/director Paul Weitz showed with his wonderful, glowing adaptation of Nick Hornby's About a Boy that he could tell heartwarming stories that didn't insult the mind and could inject just enough acidity into a romance to keep a movie from flopping into a messy, Love, Actually-style mess. The directing and writing here are superbly crisp, and one really couldn't ask for better performances, both from the stars and supporting cast.
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"Traffic" is a socially and politically grandstanding soap opera about the narcotics trade and the futility of the "war on drugs." It's a film about how that war is propagated by bureaucratic demagogues in the United States government, not because they think they can stem the flow of illegal substances but because they think saying they want to is a way to win elections.
OK. Point taken.
"Traffic" is also gritty and realistic feat of cinematic logistics, following no less than 15 major characters (and more than 50 speaking parts) through several complex, well-acted storylines about all sides of the drug trade -- from kingpins to cops to policy wonks to addicts. So my hat is off to the picture's ever-brilliant director, Steven Soderbergh ("Erin Brockovich"), who certainly does a fine juggling act, involving the audience in every story on a personal level.
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