Robert Redford

2015: The Year the Biopic Bubble Burst

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Steve Jobs was just one of several high-profile biopics to eat it commercially this year. And the problem isn’t just that these movies aren’t making money; most of them also aren’t very good. So if most of them stink and no one’s seeing them, why are so many biopics still getting …Read More

This Week at the Movies: ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ ‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Room’

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If last week’s aesthetically impressive but insubstantial (PanThe Walk) film offerings steered you away from the cineplex, perhaps this week’s trifecta of captivating dramas (Room, Beasts of No Nation, and Crimson Peak) will cure your movie malaise. As long as you avoid uninspired revisitations of pasts that didn’t need to be unearthed — a rundown of every goose that R.L. Stine ever bumped and a #Rathergate film — you should be safe from mediocrity.
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Watch: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford and Elisabeth Moss Dramatize “Rathergate” in ‘Truth’ Trailer

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The first trailer for Truth, the film written and directed by Zodiac screenwriter James Vanderbilt, was just released. Based on Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir about the events that led her to be scapegoated in the Rathergate scandal (or, if you prefer less juicy wording, the “Killian documents controversy”, Truth premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was praised for its accuracy by Dan Rather himself.
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Robert Redford Tells UN General Assembly to “Save the World Before It’s Too Late”

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Robert Redford told the United Nations at a general assembly yesterday, “This may be our last chance” to curb the damage of greenhouse gases on the planet. Redford was responding to this December’s climate conference in Paris, where environmentalists hoped an agreement would be reached by developing and developed nations to rein in greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet.
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The 10 Goofiest “Viral” Marketing Campaigns in Movie History

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Taken 3 (or, as its ads would have it, TAK3N — which I believe is pronounced “Take-three-en”?) is out Friday, and I can’t tell you anything about it, because (as is so often the case with the little masterpieces we’re given in January) it’s not being screened for critics. But I can tell you that it’s being marketed with a totally awesome LinkedIn campaign! Yes, the year’s least necessary sequel and your most annoying email sender have paired up to create a little bit of online movie marketing magic, reminding us that when it comes to creating film ad campaigns with the express purpose of “going viral,” the occasional Blair Witch or Cloverfield is often counterbalanced by numerous laughable embarrassments.
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The 10 Worst Movies Based on Real Political Events

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Last week, everybody got a big chuckle (some more than others) out of The Hollywood Reporter’s scoop that Michael Bay — best known for making movies about cars transforming into giant robots and blowing shit up — is in talks to helm 13 Hours, a political drama about the 2012 attack on the US embassy in Benghazi. And while most of those titters come from the participation of meathead entertainment maker and short-short connoisseur Bay (and from speculating on the various ways in which he could fumble the attack’s narrative, in light of its subsequent status as a political football), there’s also some rightful skepticism about the ability of anyone in Hollywood to make this particular “political drama,” since that’s a subgenre the movie industry seems so inclined to fuck up. So on this most political of days, let’s take a quick walk down that hall of shame, shall we?
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