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Why ‘Bombshell’s Charlize Theron Teamed Jay Roach With Charles Randolph On Fox News Roger Ailes’ Sex Harass Saga

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Why ‘Bombshell’s Charlize Theron Teamed Jay Roach With Charles Randolph On Fox News Roger Ailes’ Sex Harass Saga
When Charlize Theron — the driving force as producer and star of Bombshell — sought a director to capture the plight that ambitious women faced in a sexist Fox News culture fostered by creator Roger Ailes, the easy choice would have been a woman. Instead, she chose Jay Roach, helmer of the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents franchises who veered into political dramas like Game Change, Recount and Trumbo. Considering the script was by another man, Oscar-winning The Big Short co-writer Charles Randolph, it was a bold choice. Guided by the sensibilities of Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and a coterie of women, Roach and Randolph explain how their eyes were opened to the hardships women routinely face in being objectified by men, and how Theron’s instinct to make the telling of an important female sexual harassment story a co-ed affair might make it more understandable to male viewers, who
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Will Todd Phillips (‘Joker’) and Jay Roach (‘Bombshell’) be the latest comic directors to win Oscars by getting serious?

Will Todd Phillips (‘Joker’) and Jay Roach (‘Bombshell’) be the latest comic directors to win Oscars by getting serious?
Winning an Oscar is no laughing matter, which is perhaps why so many comedy directors have turned to more serious subject matter to strike gold in recent years. Like Adam McKay (“The Big Short” and “Vice”) and Peter Farrelly (“Green Book“) before them, Todd Phillips (“Joker”) and Jay Roach (“Bombshell”) could be the latest to enter the awards race for proving their mettle in dramas.

Phillips is the man behind raunchy laffers like “Road Trip” (2000), “Old School” (2003) and the “Hangover” trilogy (2009-2013). Now he’s in the Oscar conversation this year for co-writing and directing the dark DC Comics origin story “Joker.” Meanwhile, Roach is remembered for helming the first two “Meet the Parents” movies (2000 and 2004) and all three “Austin Powers” films (1997-2002). Now he’s getting buzz for the Fox News sex scandal drama “Bombshell.”

See ‘Bombshell’ Q&a: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and company on sexual harassment, reclaiming
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Charlize Theron Reveals it Took Intricate Prosthetics to Transform into Megyn Kelly for Bombshell

Charlize Theron Reveals it Took Intricate Prosthetics to Transform into Megyn Kelly for Bombshell
Charlize Theron‘s nearly identical transformation into Megyn Kelly for the upcoming movie Bombshell took a lot more than just slipping into a costume.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 44-year-old actress, who stars in the Jay Roach-directed Fox News drama, attributed her impeccable change in appearance to “very intricate work.”

Theron told the outlet she worked with “the greatest [special effects makeup artist], Kazu Hiro,” an Academy Award winner for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Darkest Hour and nominee for his work on Norbit and Click.

“It’s really hard to get him to do new stuff,” she explained.
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‘Bombshell’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Share an Oscar Superpower: They’re Made For the Mainstream

‘Bombshell’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Share an Oscar Superpower: They’re Made For the Mainstream
Fall film festivals play a huge role in launching the year’s best movies into Oscar contention, but here’s the dirty little secret: Films don’t need critics to play well for the Academy. The Tiff People’s Choice Award is so predictive with Academy Best Picture nominees because it represents a broad swatch of ardent cinephiles with mainstream taste. People’s Choice Award-winner “Green Book” in Toronto 2018 followed a long list of eventual Oscar winners, from “Slumdog Millionaire” and “12 Years a Slave” to “The King’s Speech.”

This year’s Tiff audience-winner was Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” a lighthearted but serious fable about a lonely young Nazi enthusiast (Roman Griffin Davis) and his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi), who finds himself fighting for dominance with a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) hidden by his activist mother (Scarlett Johansson). “Jojo Rabbit” may come at a resonant time as
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‘Bombshell’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Share an Oscar Superpower: They’re Made For the Mainstream

‘Bombshell’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Share an Oscar Superpower: They’re Made For the Mainstream
Fall film festivals play a huge role in launching the year’s best movies into Oscar contention, but here’s the dirty little secret: Films don’t need critics to play well for the Academy. The Tiff People’s Choice Award is so predictive with Academy Best Picture nominees because it represents a broad swatch of ardent cinephiles with mainstream taste. People’s Choice Award-winner “Green Book” in Toronto 2018 followed a long list of eventual Oscar winners, from “Slumdog Millionaire” and “12 Years a Slave” to “The King’s Speech.”

This year’s Tiff audience-winner was Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” a lighthearted but serious fable about a lonely young Nazi enthusiast (Roman Griffin Davis) and his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi), who finds himself fighting for dominance with a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) hidden by his activist mother (Scarlett Johansson). “Jojo Rabbit” may come at a resonant time as
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Oscar Best Actress race: Is Renee Zellweger (‘Judy’) a shoo-in to win?

Oscar Best Actress race: Is Renee Zellweger (‘Judy’) a shoo-in to win?
Unlike Glenn Close, who was denied an Academy Award (darn that Olivia Colman!) on her seventh try when she was nominated for 2018’s “The Wife,” Renee Zellweger already has a gold trinket to cuddle for her spunky supporting acting turn as a no-nonsense mountain woman in 2003’s “Cold Mountain.”

She was previously nominated for her upgraded take on a single working girl in 2001’s “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and she was lauded for her singing and dancing turn as murderous jazz-age chorine Roxie Hart in 2002’s “Chicago.” But something happened to Zellweger once she earned Hollywood’s top honor. The girl who had Tom Cruise at hello in 1996’s “Jerry Maguire” went into a bit of a slump following the less-said-the-better second Bridget Jones film in 2004 and in the stereotypical role as a supportive wife in the 2005 boxing biopic, “Cinderella Man.”

See Renee Zellweger’s 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

Eventually,
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Charlize Theron Says Nicole Kidman Didn’t Recognize Her as Megyn Kelly on Bombshell Set

Charlize Theron Says Nicole Kidman Didn’t Recognize Her as Megyn Kelly on Bombshell Set
Even Nicole Kidman had trouble seeing Charlize Theron under that impeccable Megyn Kelly disguise.

Theron stars as former Fox News host Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, the highly-anticipated drama about the women who spoke up about the sexual harassment they allegedly experienced at the conservative news network. Kelly was one of them, and Theron perfectly transforms into the TV personality for the role.

So much so that Kidman, who plays former anchor Gretchen Carlson, didn’t recognize Theron on set one day.

“She walked by me at one point and I thought she was mad at me,” Theron told Entertainment Tonight.
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Charlize Theron Is Unrecognizable as Megyn Kelly in New Trailer for Fox News Drama Bombshell

The ladies of Fox News are striking back.

That’s the theme for the latest Bombshell trailer, which finally offers a look at just how the Fox News employees — played by Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie — will be taking on the sexual harassment scandal at the network that brought down former CEO Roger Ailes.

The movie — which stars Theron as Megyn Kelly, Kidman ?as Gretchen Carlson, and Robbie as a new Fox News worker — tells the story of the women who claim they were sexually harassed by former Ailes, played by John Lithgow. Kelly and Carlson, both former employees of the network,
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‘Bombshell’ Trailer: Charlize Theron Transforms Into Megyn Kelly in Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes Expose

‘Bombshell’ Trailer: Charlize Theron Transforms Into Megyn Kelly in Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes Expose
After being temporarily homeless in the days immediately leading up to its late-2018 production, Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes expose “Bombshell” not only found a studio home to actually make the film in Lionsgate (Annapurna quite memorably dropped the pricey project before it was set to begin shooting), but also one conducive to what could shape up to be a hell of an awards run. “Bombshell” is another ripped-from-the-headlines drama for Roach, a la his Emmy-winning HBO movies “Recount” and “Game Change,” and early buzz is stellar.

The film features an utterly transformed Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman as real-life figures Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, both of whom accused former Fox CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, while Margot Robbie plays a Fox News worker who is a fictional composite character. John Lithgow stars as Ailes.

Bombshell” recently celebrated its first official screening in Los Angeles, where it instantly
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Charlize Theron Praised for Her 'Uncanny' Performance as Megyn Kelly in Bombshell Reactions

Charlize Theron Praised for Her 'Uncanny' Performance as Megyn Kelly in Bombshell Reactions
Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie are receiving some Oscar buzz for their upcoming film, Bombshell.

The Jay Roach-directed Fox News drama was screened for the first time in Los Angeles on Sunday, and critics are already praising the film and its famous leading ladies.

The movie — which stars Theron as Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman ?as Gretchen Carlson, and Robbie as a Fox News worker — tells the story of the women who claim they were sexually harassed by former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, played by John Lithgow. Kelly and Carlson, both former employees of the network, claimed sexual harassment from Ailes during their careers.
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‘Bombshell’ Rave First Reactions Spark Oscar Buzz for Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie

‘Bombshell’ Rave First Reactions Spark Oscar Buzz for Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie
Jay Roach’s “Bombshell” had its first screening in Los Angeles on October 13 and left the awards prognosticators in attendance dazzled thanks to its strong performances. The movie, which finds Roach back in political mode a la his Emmy-winning HBO movies “Recount” and “Game Change,” is a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about the sexual misconduct at Fox News. Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman star as real-life figures Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, both of whom accused Fox CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, while Margot Robbie plays a Fox News worker who is a fictional composite character. John Lithgow stars as Ailes.

“‘Bombshell will make a convincing case for the ‘Vice’ slot in the Best Picture race,” The New York Times Carpetbagger Kyle Buchanan wrote of the film, referencing Adam McKay’s eight-time Oscar nominee from earlier this year. “Margot Robbie should see supporting-actress heat for ‘Bombshell,’ which gives her a meaty
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10 Comedy Directors Who Went Serious, From Jay Roach to Todd Phillips (Photos)

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10 Comedy Directors Who Went Serious, From Jay Roach to Todd Phillips (Photos)
Why so serious? While some filmmakers get their start making cheaply made B-movies or horror films, there’s a new crop of directors emerging who previously cut their teeth making classic comedies. And while most haven’t abandoned their sense of humor entirely, they’ve finally been recognized at both the box office and awards circuit by veering into prestige pictures. The latest example is Todd Phillips, the director of “Joker,” which as the darkly disturbed origin story of the iconic Batman villain is no laughing matter. Here are some other directors who have re-emerged as more than just funny men.

Preston Sturges – Comedy Classic: “The Lady Eve”/Dramatic Turn: “Sullivan’s Travels”

Preston Sturges, one of the signature directors of Old Hollywood, would likely still be admired today based solely on the success of his screwball comedies like “The Great McGinty” and “The Lady Eve.” But he took a
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HBO Veteran Nancy Lesser Departs As Evp Of Media & Talent Relations

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After 35 years, one of the HBO’s most senior and most recognizable PR executives, Nancy Lesser, is leaving the network where she currently serves as Evp of Media and Talent Relations.

Lesser revealed the news in a note to staff Wednesday, which she ended by quoting her friend, the late producer Jerry Weintraub, who worked on several HBO programs in the last years of his life: “This much I knew. As soon as you feel comfortable, that’s when it’s time to start over.” You can read her note in full below the story.

Lesser, a well liked PR executive with a unique sense of style, reported to Quentin Schaffer, who in July announced his resignation as Evp Corporate Communications for HBO after 39 years with the company. They are among a number of HBO veterans, led by chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, to depart following the approval of AT&T
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HBO Media and Talent Relations Executive Nancy Lesser Leaving Company After 35 Years

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Nancy Lesser, a longtime media and talent relations executive at HBO, is leaving the company after 35 years.

Lesser reported to Quentin Schaffer, who until recently was also an executive vice president at HBO. Schaffer ran corporate communications for the former Home Box Office before stepping down this summer. He worked at HBO for 39 years.

They both follow Richard Plepler out the door. After 27 years at the company, the HBO chairman and CEO resigned from his post at the end of February.

Also Read: HBO in October: Here's Everything Coming and Going

Named executive vice president in February 2016, Lesser oversaw media and talent relations on both coasts. She directed PR and awards campaigns for “Band of Brothers,” “The Sopranos,” “Angels in America,” “Big Little Lies,” “Sharp Objects,” “True Detective” and “Game of Thrones,” among many other series, miniseries and TV movies.

Lesser joined HBO’s media relations department as a senior
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Veteran HBO PR Chief Nancy Lesser to Leave After 35 Years

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Nancy Lesser, HBO’s long-serving head of entertainment PR and talent relations, is leaving the TV powerhouse that she helped build as the steward of campaigns for “The Sopranos,” “Game of Thrones,” “Angels in America” and many other indelible programs.

For industryites, Lesser has become synonymous with HBO, given her wide-ranging role at the company. Lesser confirmed her resignation to HBO staffers on Wednesday. She is the latest senior executive to depart HBO following the management shakeup in March, when Bob Greenblatt was named WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman, prompting the exit of longtime HBO CEO Richard Plepler.

“HBO has been a truly wonderful home for me for the last 35 years,” Lesser said in a statement. “I have had the distinct privilege of overseeing the most creative, dedicated and smartest communications team in television. Additionally, I have been extremely fortunate to be involved with some of the most groundbreaking and relevant programming
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‘Bombshell’ teaser trailer ticks with tension and a trio of top-notch female talent [Watch Video]

A pretty but intense blonde woman enters a workplace elevator as the eyes of co-workers follow her movements. She nervously presses the second floor button. Words materialize: “Based on the real scandal.” Another attractive blonde and two other employees join her. More words pop up: “What started with a whisper will end with a bombshell.”

The elevator door opens and a third blonde walks in and uneasily looks about before fanning herself with her hand and saying, “Hot in here.” She and the first blonde get off on the same floor that is occupied by Fox News Channel employees while the other stays behind and gives them some side eye.

If you are aching to know what happens next, that is the point of this teaser for “Bombshell,” which details the scandal over the abusive behavior towards women who worked for the cable outlet by its founder, Roger Ailes.

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Bombshell Trailer Shows Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie Take on Fox News

David Crow Oct 15, 2019

Bombshell teases a tense work environment for women in new trailer, including a cast of Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie.

After months of lacking a title, Bombshell is imminent. And that title seems apt since the new Jay Roach movie is sure to be a topic of discussion on cable news for months to come. Roach and Charles Randolph’s cinematic take on the scandal that brought down Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was already a provocative subject matter even before it built a star-studded cast that includes Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie. Now details are slowly coming out for the film while early reactions have been nothing short of ecstatic about the cast's portrayal of the women who brought Fox's sins out in the open. HEre's what you need to know.

Bombshell Trailer

The first full trailer for Bombshell was revealed exclusively on Ellen,
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‘Game of Thrones’ vs. ‘John Adams’: Will ‘Got’ exceed the founding father’s record 13 Emmy wins? [Poll]

‘Game of Thrones’ vs. ‘John Adams’: Will ‘Got’ exceed the founding father’s record 13 Emmy wins? [Poll]
Another day, another Emmy record for “Game of Thrones.” It’s the most awarded narrative series in history (47 wins), the most nominated continuing series in a single year (32 bids this year), and it holds the record as the most awarded continuing series in a single year (12 victories in both 2015 and 2016). But there’s one program that won more awards in a single year: the limited series “John Adams,” which prevailed 13 times in 2008.

“John Adams,” also an HBO production, was a technically ambitious drama full of lavish period details that helped it rack up 23 nominations. It won Best Limited Series, plus two lead acting awards (Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney), one supporting award (Tom Wilkinson), and prizes for its writing, art direction, casting, cinematography, costumes, prosthetic makeup, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects. Given the success of its performances and crafts across the board, it’s kind of surprising that
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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director, ranked worst to best, including ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Out of Africa,’ ‘The Way We Were’

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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director, ranked worst to best, including ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Out of Africa,’ ‘The Way We Were’
Sydney Pollack would’ve celebrated his 85th birthday on July 1, 2019. The Oscar winning filmmaker could’ve branded himself as Hollywood’s favorite journeyman, crafting solid entertainments for over 40 years. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 20 of his films as a director, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1934, Pollack got his start as an actor, studying under legendary New York teacher Sanford Meisner. He cut his teeth is television, appearing in such shows as “The Twilight Zone,” “Playhouse 90” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” before transitioning into directing for the small screen. Even after making a name for himself behind the camera, he kept popping up onscreen, starring in “The Player” (1992), “Husbands and Wives” (1992), “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), “Changing Lanes” (2002), “Michael Clayton” (2007) and his own “Tootsie” (1982), to name but a few.

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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director ranked worst to best

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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director ranked worst to best
Sydney Pollack would’ve celebrated his 85th birthday on July 1, 2019. The Oscar winning filmmaker could’ve branded himself as Hollywood’s favorite journeyman, crafting solid entertainments for over 40 years. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 20 of his films as a director, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1934, Pollack got his start as an actor, studying under legendary New York teacher Sanford Meisner. He cut his teeth is television, appearing in such shows as “The Twilight Zone,” “Playhouse 90” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” before transitioning into directing for the small screen. Even after making a name for himself behind the camera, he kept popping up onscreen, starring in “The Player” (1992), “Husbands and Wives” (1992), “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), “Changing Lanes” (2002), “Michael Clayton” (2007) and his own “Tootsie” (1982), to name but a few.

It was this experience as a performer
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