One of the biggest government scandals of the 1980s was the Iran-Contra affair. That was the deal in arms were sold to Iran, with the proceeds from those sales funneled to Contra rebels fighting in Nicaragua. But arms sales weren’t the only funding tactic used to put guns in the hands of that Central American force. Contras also helped Colombians smuggle tons of cocaine into the US. It was sold as crack in Los Angeles, with money going back to the Contras. The CIA knew about the sales, and other official agencies helped prevent prosecution of those selling the drugs, so that the money got to the rebels.
It’s infuriating stuff. Right in the middle of the push for the D.A.R.E. anti-drug program and at the height of the War on Drugs, the so-called crack cocaine epidemic was facilitated by the same agencies who claimed to be fighting it. Much of the Contra-cocaine-CIA connection was uncovered by journalist Gary Webb, who wrote for the San Jose Mercury News. His reports were widely criticized at the time of publication in 1996. Despite the fact that those reports were eventually verified, his story does not end well. The film Kill the Messenger finds Jeremy Renner playing Webb, attempting to give him some new form of immortality. Watch the trailer for this sadly too-believable story below.
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If Martin Riggs of Lethal Weapon wants to be reborn with the help of Justin Lin, he’ll have to go through Aaron Cross, and perhaps Jason Bourne. Lin has moved on from Universal’s money-printing Fast/Furious machine to direct the next Bourne movie. And now there’s a new writer on board to help move things along. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
We got our first look at the Cannes 2014 slate this morning, but there are still a few Cannes 2013 films making their way to theaters. One is James Gray‘s The Immigrant, starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner.
Cotillard stars as Ewa, a Polish woman who emigrates to New York in 1920 with her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan). The two are separated upon their arrival at Ellis Island when Magda turns out to be sick.
Desperate, penniless, and alone, Ewa accepts the help of a charming stranger named Bruno (Phoenix) who turns out to be a pimp. He traps her in a life of prostitution, but she sees the potential for salvation when she meets his more pure-hearted cousin Orlando (Renner). Watch the new The Immigrant trailer after the jump.
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By now you know the drill. As a new Marvel movie is released, Kevin Feige gives us news on what’s coming up next. The biggest Marvel film on the horizon is Avengers: Age of Ultron, written and directed by Joss Whedon. So during the press junket for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, out April 4, questions about all kinds of thing in regards to the sequel were posed to Feige. Below you can read about the following:
- Hawkeye’s Phase Two whereabouts will be covered.
- Hulk and Hawkeye will have a bigger role.
- Agent Coulson could potentially appear.
- Whedon will not rewrite the script because of Scarlett Johansson’s pregnancy.
- Anthony Mackie’s Falcon won’t appear.
- Feige comments on Paul Bettany as Vision.
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Can you believe it? Yet another franchise sequel has been set for the summer of 2015. This time it’s the as-yet-untitled fifth Bourne film, directed by Justin Lin and starring Jeremy Renner. Universal also dated Luc Besson‘s thriller, Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a trained killer; read more about both below.
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Briefly: Justin Lin is going from fast and furious cars to fast and furious fists. The director has just signed on to direct the next Bourne movie, which will follow Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) in a story written by Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes). Universal is hoping for a summer 2015 release. [Deadline]
This looks promising. The Immigrant is James Gray‘s latest film, which debuted at Cannes to generally positive reviews. And no wonder: the film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner in a love triangle of sorts, as Phoenix “helps” Cotillard as she immigrates to the US in the 1920, then traps her in a life of prostitution. Renner plays Phoenix’s cousin, and the man who could set her free. Sure, that’s a pretty hoary old story, but with the talent involved it still has appeal. And coming from Gray (and cinematographer Darius Khondji) I’d expect more out of it than the basic description suggests.
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David O. Russell has reunited with his Silver Linings Playbook stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper for American Hustle, which tells the story of a scam operation run by the FBI in the ’70s. The film also features actors such as Christian Bale and Amy Adams (who worked with Russell on The Fighter).
The first teaser trailer sold the fun of watching them all decked out in period garb, lying, stealing, screwing, and scamming, with Led Zeppelin scoring the action, and probably costing more than Russell’s first couple films in the process.
This new trailer gives you a lot more to chew on, with Christian Bale’s character setting the scene and then dialogue from each of the major characters to establish each, and how they’re relating to and messing up each other. By the end you’ll have some idea of what American Hustle is all about, and you’ll probably want to see a lot more. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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