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Where’S My Roy Cohn? – Review

Left to Right: Roy Cohn, Donald Trump.

Photo by Sonia Moskowitz. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

“Have you no sense of decency, sir?” was the question asked of Sen. Joe McCarthy at the Army-McCarthy hearings but right beside him was Roy Cohn. If the question instead had been asked of McCarthy’s young associate, the honest answer would have been no. A famously vicious lawyer and Donald Trump’s mentor. Roy Cohn is the subject of director Matt Tyrnauer’s fascinating documentary Where’S My Roy Cohn?

That question directed at Sen. McCarthy was asked by Sen. Joseph Welch, and brought an end to McCarthy’s reign of terror in the 1950s. The documentary takes a close look at the man sitting beside McCarthy, a ruthless lawyer and power broker who many have described as the embodiment of evil. With young attorney Roy Cohn whispering in his ear, Sen. Joe McCarthy
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New York Film Review: ‘Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn’

  • Variety
Here are a few of the fun facts you learn from “Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn.” Cohn, while wealthy, rarely paid his bills. A $1,500 laundry debt, a $10,500 tab he owed the 21 Club, a repossessed car — we see Cohn’s handwritten messages instructing his secretary not to pay anything, because that, quite simply, was his strategy: Don’t pay. (The result? He was always getting sued.) In Provincetown, the gay coastal resort-town mecca where Cohn’s one-time landlord says she never saw him alone (except when he was in the ocean), he threw dinner parties with a bowl of cocaine next to each plate, and a capsule of the barbiturate Tuinal next to that, in case a guest got too high. Cohn won victory for his clients by settling 60 to 75 percent of his cases out of court, and he once spent an evening with an escort, who had
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‘Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn’ Film Review: 2019’s Second Cohn Documentary Flails in Too Many Directions

  • The Wrap
‘Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn’ Film Review: 2019’s Second Cohn Documentary Flails in Too Many Directions
The amoral legacy of closeted gay political operator Roy Cohn has come back to life in two films of the moment: Matt Tyrnauer’s “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” and now this more personal documentary directed by Ivy Meeropol, granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were prosecuted by Cohn and executed for treason in 1953.

Meeropol previously covered the story of her grandparents in her 2004 documentary “Heir to an Execution,” and she sketches out the basics of the case against them at the beginning of her film on Cohn, starting off with footage of herself as a girl talking to her father about what happened to Julius and Ethel. She then cuts to footage of Cohn, who always signals, “I am evil” for the camera, as if he were very conscious of the part he was trying to play.

“The Story of Roy Cohn” tries to establish a balance between Cohn and the Rosenberg family,
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‘The Story of Roy Cohn’ Review: A Filmmaker’s Frustratingly Impersonal Take on Man Who Killed Her Family

  • Indiewire
Even when Ivy Meeropol was just a little girl, the boogeyman always had a name in her house: Roy Cohn. To the rest of the world, Cohn was the unscrupulous power broker who had first risen to notoriety as the assistant prosecutor responsible for the executions of “atomic spies” Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. To Meeropol, born more than a decade after the fact, Cohn was the man who effectively murdered her grandparents long before she would ever have a chance to meet them.

From a young age, Michael Meeropol taught his daughter about how her family was torn apart for allegedly selling nuclear secrets to the Russians, and perhaps also about the ruthless, pug-nosed, pit bull of a lawyer who all but did the deed with his bare hands. Now a 51-year-old filmmaker, Meeropol even opens her latest documentary with black-and-white home video footage of her childhood, in which Michael
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Oh Nothing, Just Trump Fantasizing About Executing ‘Spies’ Behind the Whistleblower Complaint

President Trump is not happy about the contents of the whistleblower complaint released to the public Thursday morning. He’s so mad, in fact, that he fantasized about a few rather extreme punishments for the people responsible.

The report includes several damning revelations, including details of how Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate a political rival, how the White House sought to cover up Trump’s July 25th call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and how Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr became entangled in the efforts.

The whistleblower writes
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‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Chronicles Donald Trump’s Cold-Blooded Mentor; ‘Loro’ Takes On Silvio Berlusconi – Specialty B.O. Preview

  • Deadline
‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Chronicles Donald Trump’s Cold-Blooded Mentor; ‘Loro’ Takes On Silvio Berlusconi – Specialty B.O. Preview
A documentary about the McCarthy-era lawyer who eventually became Donald Trump’s mentor, a story about a corrupt billionaire prime minister, a corporate retreat that might or might not end in casual cannibalism, a dramatic thriller about the gig economy and a light-hearted Indian romance about luck and cricket — the films on deck for this weekend’s Specialty box office are terrifying, funny and have a dash of heart. Here’s a preview of what’s coming.

Where’s My Roy Cohn?

Director: Matt Tyrnauer

Subject: Roy Cohn

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

When Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker first saw Matt Tyrnauer’s Where’s My Roy Cohn? he did not hesitate to acquire the rights to the documentary about the life of the lawyer who was the epicenter of McCarthyism, the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and, many say, the rise of Donald Trump. Needless to say,
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‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Review: Portrait of a Legal Pitbull

‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Review: Portrait of a Legal Pitbull
The title of Matt Tyrnauer’s stone-the-bastard documentary about the corrupt lawyer, attack dog and inhuman being who everyone loved to hate comes from Donald Trump. “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” the President reportedly shouted in frustration when his attorney general Jeff Sessions dared to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Cohn died in 1986, leaving Trump without the mentor and fixer who helped make him the Donald what he is today. Enough said.

Or so you’d think . But in tracing the origins of a monster, Tyrnauer, known for docu-profiles
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Where's My Roy Cohn? Review: A Blistering Look at the Master of Modern Politics

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Where's My Roy Cohn? Review: A Blistering Look at the Master of Modern Politics
Where's My Roy Cohn? is a blistering account of the infamous lawyer's rise to power and his toxic imprint on American politics. Director Matt Tyrnauer is unflinching in his takedown of a brilliant, but utterly ruthless man. Roy Cohn was a master of Machiavellian tactics. Friends, family members, legal partners, and multiple journalists speak candidly; but the interviews with Cohn himself are truly revealing. He was ferocious, always in attack mode, and never apologetic. Roy Cohn was not burdened by truthfulness or empathy. He embraced narcissism as a cover for self-loathing. Where's My Roy Cohn? paints a brutal portrait. It's a fascinating journey that leads directly to the poisoned discourse today.

The documentary opens with Roy Cohn's entrance to American political theater. At twenty-three, he was instrumental in securing the death penalty for communist spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in the early fifties. His tenacity led the rabid anti-communist FBI
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Film Review: ‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’
“Have you no sense of decency, sir?” asked Senator Joseph Welch of Joseph McCarthy and his young colleague, Roy Cohn, during the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings. On the basis of Matt Tyrnauer’s stellar documentary, had the latter been struck by a rare honest impulse, he would have categorically responded in the negative. Inspired in part by the director’s 2018 triumph “Studio 54” (in which Cohn played a part), “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” details the rise and fall of the legal bulldog, who stood by McCarthy and mentored Donald Trump with a ruthless unscrupulousness that knew no bounds, and who died in 1986 of an AIDS affliction he denied to the end. A biographical portrait that doubles as an origin story for today’s amoral political landscape,

The words “manipulate” and “power” are heard ad nauseam in “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” — a fact that speaks to the near-universal consensus about the
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New York Festival unveils Spotlight on Documentary line-up

New York Festival unveils Spotlight on Documentary line-up
Section will include films from Nick Broomfield, Nanni Moretti and Michael Apted.

The New York Film Festival has unveiled a Spotlight on Documentary section that includes North American premieres for Nick Broomfield’s My Father and Me and Nanni Moretti’s Santiago, Italia and a Us premiere for Michael Apted’s 63 Up.

The festival, presented by Film at Lincoln Center and running from September 27 to October 13, will also include world premieres for Lynn Novick’s College Behind Bars and Abbas Fahdel’s Bitter Bread.

The full Spotlight on Documentary line-up:

45 Seconds of Laughter

Tim Robbins, USA. Us premiere

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‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Trailer Dissects One of America’s Most Infamous Right-Wing Fixers

Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the first trailer for the Sundance selection Where’s My Roy Cohn? Directed by festival alum Matt Tyranauer, he takes a searing look at the infamous attorney and his brutal tactics to serve right-wing causes including working as Joseph Mcarthey’s Chief Counsel during the Red Scare, making sure that Julius and Ethel Rosenberg received the death penalty for their part in trading secrets to the Ussr, and finally becoming Donald Trump’s mentor and personal attorney till his untimely death from AIDS-related complications.

The film conveys not only his life as a ruthless right-wing despot, but also his closeted homosexual cavorting at Studio 54, a life he denied until his dying day. This aspect of his life was most famously fictionalized in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels In America by Tony Kushner and subsequently the HBO adaptation in which he was portrayed by Al Pacino.
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‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Review: A Stale Portrait of Donald Trump’s Hero — Sundance

‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Review: A Stale Portrait of Donald Trump’s Hero — Sundance
Bad people tend to make for good documentaries, and Roy Cohn was one of the worst. A conniving Rasputin figure who advised Senator Joseph McCarthy, forged Donald Trump into the man-like thing he is today, and cravenly laid the groundwork for a political climate that encourages the pursuit of power at the expense of foundational American principles, the infamous “fixer” left this mortal coil with a well-earned reputation for being as morally bankrupt as anyone who ever walked the earth. And yet, Matt Tyrnauer’s “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” — while erudite, well-researched, and all too relevant — is an unilluminating chore to watch, even as it convincingly argues the profound extent to which its subject helped blemish the moral complexion of the modern world.

As a lawyer, Cohn overpowered the legal system with the brute force of his ad hominem attacks and backstage maneuverings (he would say that knowing the
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Spc Acquires ‘Where Is My Roy Cohn’ Docu; Neon Buys ‘The Lodge’ – Sundance

  • Deadline
Sony Pictures Classics announced it acquired rights in North America and other territories on Matt Tyrnauer’s Where’s My Roy Cohn? Pic is in the U.S. Docs competition at Sundance and paints Cohn — the lawyer at the center of McCarthyism, the deaths of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and the rise of Donald Trump — as a Bond villain-like figure. Neon has acquired the genre film The Lodge.
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HBO Sets Documentary On Roy Cohn, The Polarizing Lawyer Who Mentored Donald Trump

  • Deadline
HBO is ready to give Roy Cohn his Hollywood closeup. The attack-dog lawyer who became a mentor to Donald Trump is the subject of a new documentary set to premiere on the premium cabler early next year.

The untitled project features recently discovered audiotapes of candid discussions between Cohn and journalist Peter Manso, recorded at the height of Cohn’s career as a power broker in the rough-and-tumble world of New York City business and politics. It also includes an interviews with playwright Tony Kushner, whose Angels in America featured Cohn as a main character, and actor Nathan Lane, who starred in it as Cohn for nearly a year. Lane offers insights into how devastatingly dangerous the actual Roy Cohn was and how he wielded power through invective and innuendo. Cohn died in 1986, less than two months after being disbarred for unethical conduct.

The docu focuses on Cohn’s family,
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The Man Who Hatched Trump: Buyers View ‘Where Is My Roy Cohn?’ Docu – Toronto

  • Deadline
The Man Who Hatched Trump: Buyers View ‘Where Is My Roy Cohn?’ Docu – Toronto
Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 isn’t the only documentary here in Toronto that is highly critical of the American president. Buyers in the documentary space have been watching Where Is My Roy Cohn?, a completed docu by Matt Tyrnauer about the feared lawyer whose polarizing, brass-knuckle strategies set the stage for the rise of Donald Trump.

The pic covers Cohn’s early days as right-hand man to Sen. Joseph McCarthy to his growth into the quintessential New York City power broker and attorney for myriad clients who included mobsters and the future U.S. president. In a sizzle reel viewed by Deadline, Cohn’s abilities are called “dark arts,” and his work ranges from being prosecuting the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg espionage trial and later serving as the voice whispering in the ear of Sen. McCarthy’s televised Communist witch hunts.

Trump met Cohn in the 1970s, when the real
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Documentary Focuses On Roy Cohn, Polarizing Right Hand Of Commie Hunter Joseph McCarthy And Donald Trump Lawyer

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Altimeter Films is in production on Don’t Mess With Roy Cohn, a documentary that explores the long-range impact of Roy Cohn and makes the case that Cohn’s polarizing strategies set the stage for the rise of President Donald Trump. Pic covers Cohn’s early days as right-hand man to Senator Joseph McCarthy to his growth into the quintessential New York City power broker and attorney for myriad clients that included the future U.S. president. The film contextualizes Cohn’s influence on American politics, since the 1950s. As a recent Vanity Fair story by docu producer Marie Brenner posits: “Donald Trump and Roy Cohn’s ruthless symbiosis changed America.”

The film’s directed by Matt Tyrnauer and produced by Tyrnauer and Corey Reeser’s Altimeter Films, and Brenner, in association with Wavelength Productions. Lyn Lear, Jenifer Westphal, Lynn Pincus, Ernest Pomerantz, and Elliott Sernel are exec producers
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Nathan Lane (‘Angels in America’) could win third Tony Award, first for a play

Nathan Lane (‘Angels in America’) could win third Tony Award, first for a play
Nathan Lane has won two Tony Awards from five nominations. This year, with his acclaimed turn as notorious attorney Roy Cohn in the Broadway revival of”Angels in America,” Lane hopes to claim his third Tony and first for a performance in a play.

Tony Kushner won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize and Tony for this play about the early days of AIDS. Lane portrays Cohn who, in 1985, is deeply closeted and has recently learned he has been infected. Cohn finds himself alone in the hospital, judged by those around him, including the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, who was executed alongside husband Julius following Cohn’s successful prosecution at their espionage trial.

Ben Brantley‘s review in The New York Times was a love letter: “Taking on a role memorably embodied by Ron Leibman and Al Pacino, among others, he provides a fresh-as-toxic-paint interpretation that embraces extremes — of viciousness and, more surprisingly tenderness — without stripping gears.
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Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’: A look back at her 14th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’: A look back at her 14th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 14 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

The three years following “Adaptation” (2002) did not produce an Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep – her longest drought since the early 1990s, following “Postcards from the Edge” (1990). That is not to say, of course, that these years were without substantial Streep contributions to the big and small screens and stage.

Sans a brief cameo portraying herself in the Matt DamonGreg Kinnear conjoined twins comedy “Stuck on You,” Streep did not grace the silver screen in 2003. She did, however, hit the television circuit in a big way with her reunion alongside filmmaker Mike Nichols on the HBO production of Tony Kushner‘s “Angels in America.
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Daniel

How does one make a movie about a hot-button political topic that's divided the nation for sixty years?  And if the facts of the case aren't fully known, how can one be sure that some news revelation won't reach back and make your well-meaning  film play like a stack of lies? E. L. Doctorow and Sidney Lumet found a way. Daniel Olive Films Savant Blu-ray Review

1983 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date August 25, 2015 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Timothy Hutton, Mandy Patinkin, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Asner, Ellen Barkin, Julie Bovasso, Tovah Feldshuh, Joseph Leon, Carmen Mathews, Amanda Plummer, John Rubinstein, Maria Tucci, Daniel Stern. Cinematography Andrzej Bartkowiak Film Editor Peter C. Frank Written by E.L. Doctorow from his novel The Book of Daniel.  Produced by E. Lk. Doctorow, Burtt Harris Directed by Sidney Lumet

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In his book Making Movies, director Sidney Lumet says that
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Which Roles Actors Want to Play?

We usually write about the actors who have joined some project, or who are still in negotiations, or are set to star in some movie…

This time we’ll just say, they are all interested! But that still doesn’t mean they’re signed on. That just means we’re here to have a little chat about their possible roles, and they, (according to Pajiba) are:

Legendary Dustin Hoffman, who is interested in playing the crime boss in The Contortionist’s Handbook.

The film already stars Channing Tatum as “a forger who moves smoothly from one identity to the next because of a strict code of conduct that keeps him from getting caught or having to deal with his own troubled past. That gets upended when he falls for a beautiful woman with her own dark secret.”

Let’s continue with Robert Downey Jr. who is reportedly interested in starring in the The $40,000 Man,
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