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Bombshell Gets Digital, Blu-ray, DVD Release Dates with a 7-Part Documentary

Bombshell Gets Digital, Blu-ray, DVD Release Dates with a 7-Part Documentary
The Oscar-nominated provocative real story of three ambitious and strong women who risked everything to stand up to the man who made them, Bombshell arrives on Digital February 25 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD March 10. This empowering drama commended by critics and audiences alike is nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Actress (Charlize Theron), Best Supporting Actress (Margot Robbie), and Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.

Academy Award winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman and Academy Award nominees Margot Robbie and John Lithgow deliver tour-de-force performances in this provocative real story of three whip-smart, ambitious, strong women who anchored Fox News, one of America's most powerful news networks-becoming headlines themselves when they risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous.

Directed by two-time Emmy Award winner Jay Roach and written by Academy Award winner Charles Randolph, Bombshell also stars Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, with Malcolm McDowell,
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Laura Dern Thanks Her Parents After SAG Win: ‘I Would Not Be Here If It Weren’t for Actors’

Laura Dern Thanks Her Parents After SAG Win: ‘I Would Not Be Here If It Weren’t for Actors’
And the winner is… Laura Dern!

On Sunday night, Dern, 52, won her first-ever Screen Actors Guild Award, taking home the trophy for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for her performance in Marriage Story.

The actress beat out fellow nominees Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Margot Robbie (Bombshell) and Nicole Kidman (Bombshell).

Before taking the stage, Dern shared a sweet embrace with her father and fellow actor Bruce Dern, whom she thanked in her heartfelt acceptance speech.

“I’m so emotional because I got to hug my dad,” Laura said proudly of Bruce, 83. “What
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Failure to launch: why Bombshell doesn't hit its right-wing targets

Like Vice and Game Change before it, the Nicole Kidman-starrer feels as if it’s favouring awards prestige over political impact

You won’t see adverts for Bombshell on the Fox News network, which is both unsurprising and part of the problem. Bombshell details the toxic regime of Fox News boss Roger Ailes (played by John Lithgow), serial abuser of both female journalists and news journalism itself, though the focus is on the women who brought him down, played by Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. It is a story for our #MeToo/fake news times, but Bombshell is unlikely to live up to its title in terms of real-world impact. Fox remains the Us’s most watched cable news network. Last year it drew its largest audience ever.

Bombshell is the latest in a series of films and TV shows targeting the Murdoch empire. Already last year we had The Loudest Voice,
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'Bombshell' Director Jay Roach Is Secretly Writing an "Epic" Musical

'Bombshell' Director Jay Roach Is Secretly Writing an
Jay Roach has a secret project up his sleeve, and it's got nothing to do with politics.

The 62-year-old Bombshell director — whose previous ripped-from-the-headlines films that have mined the mix of politics, media and scandal include Recount, Game Change and Trumbo — tells Rambling Reporter that he's been quietly at work on, of all things, a musical.

“I have a musical I've really been working really hard on behind the scenes,” Roach explains, adding that he grew up as a student of films by choreographer-turned-director Busby Berkeley, who specialized in elaborate musical numbers in films like ...
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Laura Dern Jokes in Golden Globes Speech About Giving Voice to 'Voiceless' Divorce Lawyers

Laura Dern Jokes in Golden Globes Speech About Giving Voice to 'Voiceless' Divorce Lawyers
The Golden Globes‘ best supporting actress category was a competitive one this year, but the award went to Laura Dern!

The actress, 52, won the award for her role as Hollywood divorce lawyer Nora Fanshaw in Netflix’s Marriage Story, which was written and directed by Noah Baumbach.

“My first time here I was 14 years old, it’s a great honor to be with you again tonight,” Dern said in her speech. “We long to be of service to give voice to the voiceless. And thanks to the brilliant Noah Baumbach, I got to do just that — give voice, pay tribute,
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‘Bombshell’ Director Jay Roach: Earlier Comedies Are Same as Political Films — ‘Everything Has Politics’

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‘Bombshell’ Director Jay Roach: Earlier Comedies Are Same as Political Films — ‘Everything Has Politics’
For over a decade, director Jay Roach was known primarily for his work in comedic films. From the “Austin Powers” trilogy to the “Meet the Parents” franchise, Roach had carved out a niche for himself in directing broad comedy blockbusters. Then in 2008, he somewhat surprisingly shifted more to political drama films — and more impressively, critically-acclaimed and awarded films — starting with the HBO movie “Recount” (about the 2000 United States presidential election).

2019 saw the release of Roach’s latest “political” film, in the form of big screen feature “Bombshell,” the Fox News/Roger Ailes scandal piece starring Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie. Theron and Robbie are nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical Comedy and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, respectively, at this Sunday’s 77th Golden Globe Awards.

Roach recently spoke with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about his surprising transition over the
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Margot Robbie on ‘Bombshell,’ ‘Birds of Prey’ and How She Fell in Love With Harley Quinn

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Margot Robbie on ‘Bombshell,’ ‘Birds of Prey’ and How She Fell in Love With Harley Quinn
Margot Robbie has excelled at playing real people on screen.

In 2019, she played Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and the year before, she took on Queen Elizabeth I in “Mary Queen of Scots.” In a career-making performance — for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar — Robbie portrayed disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in 2017’s “I, Tonya.”

Tackling the role of Kayla Pospisil — an ambitious young Fox News producer who falls prey to Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) — in “Bombshell” presented a much different challenge. Unlike Charlize Theron’s Megyn Kelly and Nicole Kidman’s Gretchen Carlson, Robbie’s character is fictional, a composite created by screenwriter Charles Randolph to illustrate Ailes’ late-stage sexual harassment and abuse — just before his Shakespearean downfall in the summer of 2016.

“I didn’t understand her to begin with,” Robbie says.
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‘Big Little Lies’ is trying to join a very small list of shows with multiple supporting actress Golden Globe wins

‘Big Little Lies’ is trying to join a very small list of shows with multiple supporting actress Golden Globe wins
The Best TV Supporting Actress Golden Globe has felt like it’s Meryl Streep‘s to lose even before anyone saw a second of her on “Big Little Lies.” If she does extend her win record to nine, “Big Little Lies” would also become the fourth show to win have more than one victory in the category.

Best TV Supporting Actress was added at the 28th Golden Globes in February 1971, and since then only “Alice,” “One Day at a Time” and “Downton Abbey” have managed to pull off multiple wins. The low number makes sense since the category combines all genres of TV, and a high number of stars from one-off programs like TV movies and miniseries have won over the years. Never mind the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association likes to move on to new things, putting regular series at a greater disadvantage.

See Meryl Streep just
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Bombshell (2019) – Review

Wishing that your feature films inspired by true events were of a very recent nature? More so than last week’s Richard Jewell (23 years), or those docudramas from last month, Dark Waters and The Report, both from the early part of this decade. Here’s one that reaches back about three years, and it’s still happening, although not dominating the media as it did. Last year a terrific documentary, Divide And Conquer: The Story Of Roger Ailes from director Alexis Bloom, pulled back the curtains on the cable TV goliath Fox News, giving us an unflinching look at the history of it and its founder, Ailes. A big part of that film concerned his on-air talent with stories of the lawsuits leveled against him and his staff which added fuel to the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements. Now comes the big-screen treatment, from a celebrated director and
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Podtalk: Director Jay Roach Delivers a Fox News ‘Bombshell’

Chicago – In the midst of these divisive times, there is always Fox News to further contribute to that divisiveness. The legacy of that news channel may ultimately be for the settlement of their sexual harassment lawsuits. Director Jay Roach (“Game Change”) explores the particulars of the situation in his new film “Bombshell.”

Bombshell,’ directed by Jay Roach

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The targets of the harassment are the notable women of Fox News, including Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), along with a newcomer, Kayla Pospisil. Their main harasser is Fox News architect Roger Ailes (John Lithgow), and the incidents go on for years before Carlson takes legal action. This is searing and true story, and speaks to the culture of Fox News in general. Theron, Kidman and Robbie are remarkable in their portrayals, coming from their roots in the entertainment industry, and the changes that occurred so
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Ranking Oscar Chances For the Holiday Movies, From ‘1917’ to ‘Clemency’

Ranking Oscar Chances For the Holiday Movies, From ‘1917’ to ‘Clemency’
Audience-friendly, family-friendly, and peak-holiday appeal: Those are the films of December. Some are bonafide awards contenders; and some are more challenging year-end fare intended mainly to impress critics, arthouse patrons, and Academy voters (“Uncut Gems” and death-row dramas “Clemency” and “Just Mercy”).

And then there are two December 20th openers, from Oscar-winner Tom Hooper (his furry adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats”) and J.J. Abrams that will skid into contentious reviews, audience reaction, or both. Chances are if Universal and Disney, respectively, were concerned with awards consideration, they would have unveiled the costly spectacles a little earlier.

Herewith, a ranking of the Christmas Oscar hopefuls in order of their likely prospects.

“1917”

Metascore: 82.

This World War I action drama directed by Sam Mendes and shot by Roger Deakins has earned raves for the technological feat required to pull off what looks like a one-take-wonder, as well as the young
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Ranking Oscar Chances For the Holiday Movies, From ‘1917’ to ‘Clemency’

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Ranking Oscar Chances For the Holiday Movies, From ‘1917’ to ‘Clemency’
Audience-friendly, family-friendly, and peak-holiday appeal: Those are the films of December. Some are bonafide awards contenders; and some are more challenging year-end fare intended mainly to impress critics, arthouse patrons, and Academy voters (“Uncut Gems” and death-row dramas “Clemency” and “Just Mercy”).

And then there are two December 20th openers, from Oscar-winner Tom Hooper (his furry adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats”) and J.J. Abrams that will skid into contentious reviews, audience reaction, or both. Chances are if Universal and Disney, respectively, were concerned with awards consideration, they would have unveiled the costly spectacles a little earlier.

Herewith, a ranking of the Christmas Oscar hopefuls in order of their likely prospects.

“1917”

Metascore: 82.

This World War I action drama directed by Sam Mendes and shot by Roger Deakins has earned raves for the technological feat required to pull off what looks like a one-take-wonder, as well as the young
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‘Bombshell’ Review: A Cure for What Ailes Us

‘Bombshell’ Review: A Cure for What Ailes Us
Charlize Theron comes out blazing in Bombshell. But the first thing you notice about her deep-dive performance as former Fox News host Megyn Kelly is that you don’t see Theron at all. Through voice, posture, wardrobe, and the genius prosthetic makeup of Kazu Hiro, Theron is Kelly. It’s a marvel of transformation. And it would be little more than a dazzling distraction if Theron didn’t also bring complexity to this conservative-media star who found the guts to call out her boss, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes (a
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‘Bombshell’ Review: Charlize Theron’s Megyn Kelly Is the Best Part of a Cartoonish Fox News Satire

‘Bombshell’ Review: Charlize Theron’s Megyn Kelly Is the Best Part of a Cartoonish Fox News Satire
For the large segment of Americans who revile Fox News and the state-media mentality it represents, the prospects of wandering the network’s interiors might sound more than a little unpleasant. However, it only takes a few minutes of “Bombshell” for Charlize Theron to invite us in. Breaking the fourth wall as former anchor-turned-2016-Trump-foe Megyn Kelly, Theron guides viewers into the chaos of the news corporation’s inner lair, with a level of entrancement on par with her character. Theron’s chameleon transformation is absolute: She charges through the labyrinthine hallways and newsroom cubicles without ever leaving sight of the camera, enunciating the final syllable of each word so neatly they nearly tumble from her mouth.

The entirety of “Bombshell” attempts a similar gamble with mixed results. , director Jay Roach and screenwriter Charles Randolph’s brash and playful recounting of the Fox News sexual harassment scandals that brought down
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Nicole Kidman (‘Bombshell’) on emotionally connecting to Fox News whistleblower Gretchen Carlson [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Nicole Kidman (‘Bombshell’) on emotionally connecting to Fox News whistleblower Gretchen Carlson [Exclusive Video Interview]
Nicole Kidman admits the subject matter in “Bombshell” “may be disturbing and cause you to recoil … but at the same time it does entertain you.” The film tells the true story of the sexual harassment scandal that brought down Roger Ailes, the chairman and CEO of Fox News. Kidman plays Gretchen Carlson, who first blew the whistle by suing Ailes in 2016, opening a floodgate of allegations against the network and its chief executive. Watch our exclusive video interview with Kidman about “Bombshell” as well as the second season of “Big Little Lies” above.

Ailes’s abuses of power were no laughing matter, but director Jay Roach and writer Charles Randolph were an “alluring” combo for Kidman because of their track record making sharp satires out of difficult subjects. Roach won multiple Emmys for exploring the 2000 presidential election (“Recount”) and Sarah Palin‘s 2008 vice presidential bid (“Game Change”), while Randolph won
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15 Films to See in December

It’s the final month of the year and there’s no shortage of cinematic gifts. From long-awaited features from some of our favorite directors to genre-tinged delights to massive blockbusters, December is overflowing with films to see. We should note that Portrait of a Lady on Fire is an essential watch, but it’s only getting a one-week awards-qualifying run in NY/La, so we’ll wait to feature it when it opens wide this February. Check out our monthly picks below.

15. Little Joe (Jessica Hausner; Dec. 6)

After landing on our radar with the formally thrilling, adventurous Amour Fou, Jessica Hausner finally returned with Little Joe. Starring Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, and Kerry Fox, the Cannes winner is set in the near-future where a plant is invented that begins to psychologically alter those who come in contact with it. This plays out in the story of a mother who
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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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