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Scott Z. Burns (‘The Report’ writer/director): Torture is ‘not what America was meant to be about’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Scott Z. Burns (‘The Report’ writer/director): Torture is ‘not what America was meant to be about’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Scott Z. Burns has long been a fan of 1970s political thrillers like “The Parallax View” (1974) and “All the President’s Men” (1976). So as he was writing “The Report,” which would also become his directorial debut, he felt like this ripped-from-the-headlines drama “wanted to be a paranoid thriller.” So he “re-immersed” himself in the works of Alan J. Pakula and Sidney Lumet, “looking for guidance from those movies” and for elements he could incorporate into this one. Watch our exclusive video interview with Burns above.

The Amazon Studios release tells the true story of senate staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver), whom California Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) tasked with writing a report on the Detention and Interrogation Program set up by the CIA under the Bush administration after 9/11. “Like a lot of people, I had an awareness of what the CIA did after 9/11 in terms of this thing called an enhanced interrogation program,
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Captivating New Trailer For Adam Driver's Political Thriller The Report

We’ve got a new trailer to share with you for Adam Driver’s upcoming political thriller The Report. This is a great movie and if you like films such as All The Presidents Men, The Post, Snowden, and The Insider, then this is a movie that I know you’ll like.

The Report tells the unbelievable and frustrating true story of how the CIA’s brutal use of illegal torture on people after the 9/11 attacks was uncovered. You can read my review for the movie here.

The movie was written and directed by screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, and it has an impressive ensemble cast that includes Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll, and more.

The Report is a riveting thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening
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Adam Driver is Daniel J. Jones in Second Trailer for 'The Report' Film

"I would like us to be more than the country that did 'the report', I'd like us to be the country that made it public." Amazon has released a second, short trailer for The Report, directed by veteran screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The timely, fascinating film is in the same vein as Spotlight, telling the story of an investigation and "the report" put together by staffer Daniel J. Jones. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, CIA agents begin using extreme interrogation tactics on those they think were behind it. Years later, the government finally looks into the truth of what happened and if there was any benefit. The ensemble cast is lead by Adam Driver as Jones, plus Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys,
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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Adapted Screenplay include ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and …

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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Adapted Screenplay include ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and …
Frontrunners are already forming in the Oscar race for Best Adapted Screenplay, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, many were seen by film critics and industry insiders at the recent Toronto, Telluride and Venice Film Festivals. Hopping into the top 10 for the first time is “Toy Story 4” while “Downton Abbey” drops out. We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later.

Here are the current top 10 adapted screenplay picks according to racetrack odds based upon our users’ predictions as of Sept. 17:

1. “The Irishman” (opens Nov. 1): Oscar fave Steve Zaillian, who previously worked with director Martin Scorsese on 2002’s “Gangs of New York,” based his script on Charles Brandt‘s book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” about Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a mob hitman with
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Telluride: Scott Z. Burns' Script for 'The Report' Could Be an Awards Contender

Telluride: Scott Z. Burns' Script for 'The Report' Could Be an Awards Contender
Scott Z. Burns' political thriller The Report, a dramatization of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's probe into the CIA's use of torture in the wake of 9/11, landed at the Telluride Film Festival on Sunday, nine months after premiering at Sundance. Screening at the Chuck Jones Theatre following a tribute to star Adam Driver (moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Keegan), the Amazon film went over very well and prompted widespread discussion on the gondola and elsewhere.

Burns, a highly regarded writer — he penned the Steven Soderbergh-directed films The Informant!, Contagion, Side Effects and this season's The Laundromat, and Soderbergh ...
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‘The Laundromat’ Trailer: Soderbergh Directs Meryl Streep in Netflix’s Wild Look at Panama Papers

‘The Laundromat’ Trailer: Soderbergh Directs Meryl Streep in Netflix’s Wild Look at Panama Papers
Anyone who thought the pairing of Steven Soderbergh and Meryl Streep would result in a dramatic punch, especially with them tackling the weighty Panama Papers scandal, will surely be shocked by the first trailer for “The Laundromat.” Netflix has debuted the first look at Soderbergh’s latest and it’s a freewheeling explosion, complete with fourth-wall breaks and comedic pizzazz that’s more in line with Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” and “The Informant!” than his awards heavyweights “Traffic” and “Eric Brockovich.”

The Laundromat” stars Meryl Streep as a widow who is cheated out of money and decides to investigate what led to her insurance fraud. The character chases leads to a pair of Panama City law partners who are exploiting the world’s financial system. The lawyers are played with vivacious energy by Oscar winner Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. The sprawling ensemble cast also includes David Schwimmer, Sharon Stone,
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Top 10 early-bird adapted screenplay Oscar picks: All a-twitter over ‘The Irishman’ for now

Top 10 early-bird adapted screenplay Oscar picks: All a-twitter over ‘The Irishman’ for now
Frontrunners are already forming for the adapted screenplay race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, enough teaser trailers are out there, ranging from “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “The Irishman” to “Little Women” and “Ford v Ferrari” to provide some sense of what at least feels like a worthy contender. We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. And once the fall film fests commence, the standings will likely rapidly shift.

Here are the current top 10 adapted screenplay picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Aug. 21:

1. “The Irishman”: Oscar fave Steve Zaillian, who previously worked with director Martin Scorsese on 2002’s “Gangs of New York,” based his script on Charles Brandt’s book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” about
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Trailer for Adam Driver's Riveting Political Thriller The Report

If you’re a fan of investigative political thrillers like All The Presidents Men, The Post, Snowden, and The Insider, The Report is a film that you’ve got to see.

I had a chance to see the movie at Sundance this year, and it was a fantastic, well-made film that told the gripping true story of how the CIA’s brutal use of illegal torture on people after the 9/11 attacks was uncovered. You can read my review for it here.

The movie written and directed by screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, and it has an impressive ensemble cast that includes Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll, and more.

The Report is a riveting thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program,
See full article at GeekTyrant »

‘The Report’ First Trailer: Adam Driver and Annette Bening Expose the CIA in Oscar Hopeful

‘The Report’ First Trailer: Adam Driver and Annette Bening Expose the CIA in Oscar Hopeful
The summer of Adam Driver trailers continues, prepping us for a luxurious fall of hypnotic performances from the Oscar nominee. After he breaks hearts in Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” Driver will head into another Oscar season with a star-studded political thriller under his belt. Written and directed by “The Informant!” screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and based on real events, “The Report” tells the story of a government report on the CIA’s excessive use of torture in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Amazon Studios will give the movie a mid-November release, strongly positioning it as an awards contender.

Here’s the official synopsis: “Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11. Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings
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Adam Driver in Teaser Trailer for Investigative Thriller 'The Report'

"I vehemently disagree with the narrative here." Amazon Studios has debuted the first teaser trailer for The Report, the new film directed by veteran screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to numerous positive reviews. The timely, fascinating film is in the same vein as Spotlight, telling the story of an investigation and "the report" put together by staffer Daniel J. Jones. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, CIA agents begin using extreme interrogation tactics on those they think were behind it. Years later, the government finally looks into the truth of what happened and if there was any benefit. The ensemble cast is lead by Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, and Maura Tierney, the powerful group
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Curzon to release Amazon's 'The Report' theatrically in the UK (exclusive)

Curzon to release Amazon's 'The Report' theatrically in the UK (exclusive)
Release date set for September, three weeks ahead of worldwide streaming debut.

Curzon has acquired UK theatrical rights to Scott Z Burns’ political drama The Report from Amazon Studios in the first deal of its kind between the streaming giant and a UK distributor.

Curzon will release the film in the UK and Ireland on September 20, three weeks before it starts streaming worldwide on Amazon Prime Video from October 11. A spokesperson for Curzon said the film would still be available to book in any cinema after that date.

The agreement differs from Curzon’s theatrical programming deal with Netflix where
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Vinessa Shaw Signs With Buchwald (Exclusive)

Vinessa Shaw Signs With Buchwald (Exclusive)
Vinessa Shaw has signed with Buchwald, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

She most recently starred in two horror thrillers, 2018's Family Blood and 2017's Clinical, which are both available on Netflix. Prior to that, she recurred on the second season of Showtime's Ray Donovan in 2014 as journalist Kate McPherson, co-starred opposite Michael C. Hall in the 2014 Sundance crime thriller Cold in July and played Jude Law's wife in Steven Soderbergh's 2013 ensemble drama Side Effects.

Shaw previously starred opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow in James Gray's Two Lovers and appeared opposite Christian Bale and Russell Crowe in ...
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Amazon Studios Will Give ‘The Report’ a Two-Week Theatrical Release Before Streaming

Amazon Studios Will Give ‘The Report’ a Two-Week Theatrical Release Before Streaming
As expected, Amazon Studios will give Scott Z. BurnsCIA thriller “The Report,” one of the company’s two seven-figure buys at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a theatrical release this fall, opening September 27. It will open in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., before adding Amazon Prime Video on October 11. At that point, Amazon hopes to release it in a total of 150 total theaters parallel to its home availability.

Unlike rival Netflix, Amazon has has a history of making vital theatrical distribution commitments for films like their other Sundance buy, “Late Night.” Distribution head Bob Berney has made a point of honoring the standard three-month window for theater exclusivity, but this marks a shift under new Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke, who suggested at Sundance that a more flexible approach to releasing Amazon films was in the works.

The Report,” a political thriller about the struggle
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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara is an American actress who was born as Patricia Rooney Mara in New York on April 17, 1985. She began her career as an actress in 2005, and she has worked predominantly in the film industry, although she has had some small roles in television. She is best known for her award-winning performance as Lisbeth Salander in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. However, she has had roles in many films, including ‘Tanner Hall’, ‘The Social Network’, the 2010 remake of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘Side Effects’, ‘Trash’, ‘Her’, ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’, and ‘Carol’. She is

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Rooney Mara
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Female Directors Gain Their Voice in Mexico and Beyond

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Female Directors Gain Their Voice in Mexico and Beyond
Mexico’s famed “Tres Amigos” have made a name for themselves in Hollywood and beyond, directing their way to a bevy of Oscars. Less well known: the emerging wave of female auteurs from Mexico.

The directors range from Patricia Riggen and Issa Lopez, both busy with Hollywood projects and gaining their own international recognition, to women from indigenous communities, such as María Sojob, a Tzotzil native, and Elizabeth Piña, of Otomí Hñätho descent. The latter two are making their first documentaries. Also part of this wave: Tatiana Huezo and Variety director to watch Alejandra Marquez Abella.

“It’s just marvelous what’s happening now; there are more female directors in features, and even more making short films,” says Maria Novaro, freshly installed head of Mexican Film Institute (Imcine) and who fought against chauvinism early in her directing career. She is best-known for 1991’s uplifting dance drama “Danzon.”

According to the latest findings from Imcine,
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UTA Signs Academy Award-Winning Catherine Zeta-Jones

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UTA Signs Academy Award-Winning Catherine Zeta-Jones
Exclusive: Star of stage and screen Catherine Zeta-Jones has signed with UTA in all areas. Zeta-Jones won an Academy Award or her role as vaudevillian murderess Velma Kelly in Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Chicago and earned a Tony Award for Lead Actress In A Musical for her role as Desirée Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. She currently stars in the Facebook Watch series Queen America.

Zeta-Jones broke out in her role in The Mask of Zorro opposite Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. She has since established herself as a leading actress in globally renowned features and cult classics across genres. She has worked with some of Hollywood’s most renowned filmmakers. She appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, Ocean’s 12 and Side Effects as well as Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal and the Coen Brothers’ Intolerable Cruelty.

On the TV side, she recently starred in
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‘High Flying Bird’: Steven Soderbergh Slam Dunks An NBA Drama With Sharp Ideas Of Black Commodification [Slamdance Review]

Every day, I pray to the cinema gods and thank them that Steven Soderbergh didn’t retire from film as he promised back in 2013. “Behind The Candelabra” was supposed to be his final feature, but since then we’ve been gifted with the “The Knick,” the psychosexual “Side Effects,” the gleeful heist movie “Logan Lucky,” unsettling psychological thriller “Unsane” and now with fast-talking basketball drama “High Flying Bird” – a winning repeat victory lap of such quality that almost any other director would envy.

Continue reading ‘High Flying Bird’: Steven Soderbergh Slam Dunks An NBA Drama With Sharp Ideas Of Black Commodification [Slamdance Review] at The Playlist.
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‘The Report’ Is a Riveting Journalistic Response to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ — Sundance Review

A bracing and unwaveringly journalistic dramatization of the largest investigative review in U.S. Senate history, “The Report” is so dry that it makes “Spotlight” feel like a Fellini movie by comparison. In isolated stretches, the rigor of Scott Z. Burns’ screenplay and the discipline of his direction can be enervating; if Robert Mueller were a filmmaker, this is the kind of clerical thriller he would make. And yet, the coolheaded patience of Burns’ approach is precisely what makes “The Report” so powerful in the end, not only as a lucid crystallization of our country’s recent political history, but also as an urgent reminder of how a world that prioritizes emotions over ethics will eat itself alive.

It’s easy to see why Senator Whitehouse thinks staffer Daniel Jones is the ideal candidate to lead a classified investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program (more specifically: the use
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Jade Bird Readies Self-Titled Debut Album

Jade Bird, the English singer-songwriter who is bridging the gap between country-folk and indie-pop, has announced her debut album. Jade Bird will be released April 19th via Glassnote Records.

The follow-up to the 21-year-old’s Ep Something American, the album includes the bouncy lead single “Love Has All Been Done Before,” whose chorus calls to mind the sing-alongs of early Oasis,” and her breakthrough song “Lottery.” Bird wrote all 12 of the album’s tracks, fulfilling the goal she shared with Rolling Stone in August.

“I’m hoping to write the album 100 percent by myself,
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Slamdance Festival Selects Steven Soderbergh for Founders Award

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Slamdance Festival Selects Steven Soderbergh for Founders Award
The Slamdance Film Festival has selected Steven Soderbergh for its 2019 Founders Award.

The award, first presented in 2015 to Christopher Nolan, is given to a Slamdance alumnus who has represented the Slamdance organization and supported the filmmaker community of Slamdance. It was awarded earlier this year to Joe and Anthony Russo (“Avengers: Infinity War”). Slamdance will be in its 25th year and the festival will run from Jan. 25 to 31.

Soderbergh will participate in a live discussion with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter before a sneak preview of his newest film, “High Flying Bird.” Soderbergh directed from a script by Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) with André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke starring in a story set during a pro basketball lockout. “High Flying Bird” will launch globally on Feb. 8 on Netflix.

“’Don’t ask for permission!’ That was Steven Soderbergh’s advice
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