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Donald Trump Is ‘Mentally Unfit’ to Be U.S. President, Rob Reiner Says

Donald Trump Is ‘Mentally Unfit’ to Be U.S. President, Rob Reiner Says
President Donald Trump is “mentally unfit” to be U.S. leader, Rob Reiner told Variety at the Dubai Intl. Film Festival, but the director fears the American press is failing to hold the Trump administration accountable for its actions. Reiner, who is best known for “A Few Good Men,” “When Harry Met Sally…” and “The Princess Bride,” was at the festival to promote his latest movie, “Shock and Awe.”

“Donald Trump is the single-most unqualified human-being to ever assume the Presidency of the United States. He is mentally unfit. Not only does he not understand how government works, he has no interest in trying to find out how it works,” Reiner said, when asked to compare Trump with President Lyndon Johnson, who was the subject of Reiner’s recently released biopic “Lbj.”

Reiner added: “Lbj – except for the Vietnam War, which is a terrible stain on his legacy – was probably the most effective and successful President as far
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Oscar Fortunes Appear to Rise and Fall, but It’s Just the Golden Globes

Oscar Fortunes Appear to Rise and Fall, but It’s Just the Golden Globes
Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards are in as the 2017-2018 film awards season adds yet another notch to its belt. There were snubs, there were surprises, but nothing about Monday morning’s announcement would appear to have significantly altered the course of the circuit. Then again, nothing ever really does; these are just the opinions of a few dozen international journalists who happen to have their own highly rated, liquored-up, televised awards ceremony. Let’s dive in and take a look at what all of it actually means …

Star power

The HFPA has long been noted for its love affair with the stars. This year the group found ways to ensure that people like Angelina Jolie (“First They Killed My Father”), Steve Carell (“Battle of the Sexes”), Tom Hanks (“The Post”), Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”), Hugh Jackman (“The Greatest Showman”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), and even Mariah Carey and Nick Jonas (songs
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Playback: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Molly’s Game’ and the Draw of Courtroom Dramas

Playback: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Molly’s Game’ and the Draw of Courtroom Dramas
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

As one of Hollywood’s preeminent writers, Aaron Sorkin has left his mark on the stage (“A Few Good Men”), big screen (“The Social Network”) and small screen (“The West Wing”) throughout his career. But with “Molly’s Game,” he tried his hand at directing for the first time. The result is a distinctively Sorkin experience, the unbridled vision of an artist finally deigning to take the wheel.

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In high-stakes “poker princess” Molly Bloom’s story, Sorkin saw an opportunity to present a unique movie heroine, one who exemplifies the characteristics of romanticism and idealism that have often driven his work.

“I was expecting to meet someone, frankly, I wasn’t going to respect very much
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‘Molly’s Game’ Director Aaron Sorkin on How Harvey Weinstein Made Film ‘Surprisingly Relevant’

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‘Molly’s Game’ Director Aaron Sorkin on How Harvey Weinstein Made Film ‘Surprisingly Relevant’
A version of this story first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. Aaron Sorkin has been writing plays since 1984, films since 1992 and television since 1998 — but despite his success with the films “A Few Good Men,” “The American President,” “The Social Network” and “Steve Jobs” and the TV series “Sports Night,” “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom,” he had never directed a film until this year’s “Molly’s Game.” The film stars Jessica Chastain as the real-life Olympic skier who ran afoul of the law after running a series of high-stakes, star-studded poker games in Los.
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Alec Baldwin Talk Show Eyed at ABC

Alec Baldwin Talk Show Eyed at ABC
Get ready to hear lots of Alec Baldwin talking. (And not in that Donald Trump voice.)

The Emmy-winning actor is nearing a deal to host a talk show for ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The untitled show would be based on Baldwin’s Wnyc radio show and podcast “Here’s the Thing With Alec Baldwin,” where he interviews celebrities and newsmakers like Barbra Streisand and Bernie Sanders.

VideosSNL‘s Trump Visited by Michael Flynn, Taunted by Hillary — ‘Lock Him Up!’

The deal for the ABC talk show isn’t officially done yet, but production is slated to get underway next week.
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Kevin Pollak To Direct Indie Comedy ‘Swag’

Kevin Pollak To Direct Indie Comedy ‘Swag’
Exclusive: Kevin Pollak, known for his roles in films like A Few Good Men and Martin Scorsese’s Casino, has signed on to helm Swag (Students Without Any Game), an indie comedy film written by Rickey Castleberry and Zimran Jacob. The pic, loosly based on Castleberry’s life, follows four college sophomore social misfits who find their names on an infamous student losers list curated by the popular sorority girls. The only way off the list is with the tutelage of the Van…
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Aaron Sorkin Was Pushed to Write a ‘Steamy’ Sexy Scene for Nicole Kidman in ‘Malice’ and Refused

Aaron Sorkin Was Pushed to Write a ‘Steamy’ Sexy Scene for Nicole Kidman in ‘Malice’ and Refused
Aaron Sorkin is currently making the press rounds in promotion of his directorial debut “Molly’s Game,” and he recently shared an eye-opening story with USA Today about one of his earliest gigs as the screenwriter of “Malice.” Sorkin had just come off the success of “A Few Good Men” when he re-teamed with Columbia Pictures to write the Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman-starring thriller, which was being directed by Harold Becker (“The Boost,” “Sea of Love”).

According to Sorkin, Becker specifically requested him to write a “steamy” sex scene for Nicole Kidman. “Early on in my career, I wrote a movie that I’m not very proud of at all, it just turned into a mess,” Sorkin said, “Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman were in it. The director, very close to the start of photography, decided that we were missing a sex scene between Alec and Nicole.”

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Film Review: ‘Lbj’ is Important American History Brought to Light

Chicago – The circumstances surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination on November 22nd, 1963, put a man into the presidential spotlight who never thought he would get there… Lyndon Baines Johnson. The story of that strange time and the man who “would be king” is told in ‘Lbj.’

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Woody Harrelson portrays the title character in a surprising piece of casting, but he delivers Johnson so humanely and historically that by the end he is most appropriate for the role. Director Rob Reiner – working from a script by Joey Hartstone – structures the film through the filter of his fascination for Washington, D.C. shown in “A Few Good Men”… that justice can prevail if the right person is there at the right time. In his era, Johnson was rightly vilified in his escalation of the Vietnam War, but in other areas of legislation (the Civil Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, the anti-poverty Great
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Review: Lbj, Rob Reiner's Pleasant History Lesson

Now in the autumn of his entertainment career, Rob Reiner has proven himself to be a more than capable filmmaker over the past three decades. His early films -- from This Is Spinal Tap (1984) through to A Few Good Men (1992) -- helped to define an era that endorsed smart entertainment for adults. After stumbling with North (1994), he snapped back with The American President (1995); thanks in large part to Aaron Sorkin's crisp, timely original screenplay, the film caught the tenor of the times with a seamless blend of comedy, drama, romance and politics. Since then, Reiner has struggled to recapture the magic of those earlier times. Other than the financial success of The Bucket List (2007), a big-screen sitcom, his recent films...

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Aaron Sorkin, Holly Hunter Headline Savannah Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary

Aaron Sorkin, Holly Hunter Headline Savannah Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary
While so many film festivals focus their attention on unveiling the latest big screen projects up for sale, as one of the few — and the largest — affiliated with a university, the Scad Savannah Film Festival makes the event an opportunity not just for cinema buffs and industry tastemakers, but also students seeking to emulate the directors, writers, and actors who’ve carved a place for themselves in the film industry.

Now in its 20th year, the festival, which runs through Nov. 4, kicked off its opening weekend by honoring such Hollywood luminaries as Oscar-winning actress Holly Hunter — “I’m a Georgia girl,” she told the crowd gathered at the Trustees Theater, Saturday Oct. 28 — and Aaron Sorkin, whose directing debut “Molly’s Game,” starring Jessica Chastain, bowed that same night. Sorkin served up inspiring tales of his humble beginnings as a writer.

Like any struggling artist in a city, I had a whole bunch of survival jobs,” Sorkin told the
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Movie Review – Lbj (2017)

Lbj, 2017.

Directed by Rob Reiner.

Starring Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Donovan, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Michael Stahl-David, C. Thomas Howell, Michael Mosley, Rich Sommer, Judd Lormand, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Synopsis:

The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

Not many will debate against that Woody Harrelson is one of the greatest actors of his time (this year alone he has appeared in a wide variety of films and given a pair of incredible performances in War for the Planet of the Apes and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), but his portrayal of Texan Lyndon B. Johnson in the biopic about the polarizing political figure simply titled Lbj (directed by Rob Reiner of A Few Good Men fame among other widely regarded classics) is a mixed bag.

Woody Harrelson certainly looks the part thanks to accomplished makeup effects (save
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The Top 20 Courtroom Scenes in Movie History

Movies that have courtroom scenes in them are among the most popular for moviegoers. Everyone knows the famous Jack Nicholson line from A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth!” The classic Judgment at Nuremburg is both engaging and a reminder of how world history affects us even today. What is interesting is that movies, unlike most TV shows about courtroom dramas, give us a single line or two that will stick out in minds for the rest of our lives. But not all courtroom scenes are dramatic and deadly serious. Who can forget Reese Witherspoon’s journey through Harvard

The Top 20 Courtroom Scenes in Movie History
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Comic Book Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #74

Chris Cooper reviews Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #74…

Having recently watched A Few Good Men, my bar for courtroom drama is set really high. I’ll try not to compare Tmnt to Aaron Sorkin and Jack Nicholson.

Despite starting off with some pew pew action, Tmnt #74 quickly settles into the courtroom setting, and I’m thankful. With #73 leading directly into the five part Dimension X series, and Universe doing its own thing, it’s been a busy time for Idw Tmnt. I’m a bit tired! So to have a more measured, dialogue driven affair is welcome. That’s not to say I didn’t appreciate the pew pew, and the more malevolent aspects that come with Hakk-r; it just things easier to digest.

Speaking of Hakk-r, I’ve found that unlike the witnesses, who were given depth that can’t be gained in the main series. he’s (?) perhaps better the less I see.
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“American Made” puts Tom Cruise back into the world of biopics

Every decade or two, Tom Cruise seems to be compelled to take part in a biopic. Back in the late 80’s, it was his Academy Award nominated turn in Born on the Fourth of July. About 20 years later, it was Valkyrie. Now, this week sees him back playing a real person with American Made, a look at Barry Seal, a pilot who nearly ended up bringing down the Reagan Administration with his drug running. It’s still close to action hero territory at times for Cruise, but compared to many of his recent outings, this is downright a prestige picture. He’s a great movie star, endlessly compelling in action flicks, but serious films always contain his best performances. The movie is a biopic, albeit an unconventional one. Barry Seal (Cruise) is an unhappy Twa pilot who ends up recruited by the CIA during the 1980’s. Monty ‘Schafer’ (Domhnall Gleeson) sees something in Barry,
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Kiefer Sutherland: ‘The best kiss of my life? I haven’t had it yet – I hope’

The actor talks about the smell of the woods, saying sorry and wishing he was taller

Born in London, Kiefer Sutherland, 50, is the son of actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland. In the 80s and 90s, he starred in films including Stand By Me and The Lost Boys, Flatliners and A Few Good Men. From 2001, he played Jack Bauer in the television series 24. His latest Netflix series, Designated Survivor, is out on DVD next week. He is also a country singer-songwriter, and this year he made his Glastonbury debut. He is twice divorced and has a daughter, the actor Sarah Sutherland.

When were you happiest?

I consider myself quite a happy person. One of the most exciting times was when Sarah was born.

Related: Kiefer Sutherland review – trading his Glock for a guitar for a show of grizzled authenticity

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‘Molly’s Game’ Early Buzz: Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain Have Never Been Better

‘Molly’s Game’ Early Buzz: Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain Have Never Been Better
The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and one of the movies we were most excited to hear about was the directorial debut of The Social Network and A Few Good Men writer Aaron Sorkin. If the reviews from the festival are any indicator, not only does Sorkin have another fantastic movie to […]

The post ‘Molly’s Game’ Early Buzz: Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain Have Never Been Better appeared first on /Film.
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Tiff 2017: ‘Molly’s Game’ Review: Dir. Aaron Sorkin (2017)

Molly’s Game review: Aaron Sorkin delivers his much anticipated directorial debut, a tale of Molly Bloom, an enterprising young woman who staged high-stakes poker games for the Hollywood elite.

Molly’s Game review by Paul Heath.

Molly’s Game review

Following outstanding screenplays such as A Few Good Men, Moneyball and The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, another true story based around the exploits of Olympic skier turned Hollywood poker princess, Molly Bloom.

Adapting from Bloom’s memoir ‘Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker’, Sorkin has crafted a two hour-plus opus that engages from the opening frame.

Jessica Chastain leads the cast as Bloom, a charismatic, focussed former professional athlete who was once ranked as the number three mogul competitor in north America. Injury forced her to switch careers,
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Aaron Sorkin to Receive Career Award, Present ‘Molly’s Game’ in Zurich

Aaron Sorkin to Receive Career Award, Present ‘Molly’s Game’ in Zurich
Aaron Sorkin will receive the Career Achievement Award at this year’s Zurich Film Festival. “The Newsroom” scribe will be in town accept the accolade and present his directorial debut, “Molly’s Game,” marking the movie’s European premiere.

Sorkin has worked in film, TV, and the theater, and is behind projects including “A Few Good Men” for the stage, “The Social Network” movie, and TV series such as “The West Wing.” His latest film, “Molly’s Game,” is based on the real-life story of Molly Bloom, a talented skier who set up a super-exclusive high-stakes underground poker school before being arrested by the FBI.

Aaron Sorkin is not only regarded as one of U.S. cinema’s greatest screenwriters. He is also widely acknowledged as the writer of several legendary plays and as the celebrated creator of ‘The West Wing,'”the Zurich Film Festival’s co-directors, Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri, said
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