Traversing slapstick comedy, political satire, and political docudrama sharpshooting seamlessly, director Jay Roach’s unorthodox career trajectory serves as a testament to both his artistic range and tireless work ethic. Not associated with the end product of Zoo Radio, Roach considers Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery to be his first project at the helm. A cultural sensation, it launched one of the highest grossing comedy trilogies ever made. In fact, Austin Powers in Goldmember remains the fourth highest grossing spy film in cinema history behind Mission: Impossible II, The Borne Ultimatum, and Skyfall.
The James Bond spoofs paved the way for Roach to align his directorial chops with subject matter that was closer to his heart. Recount, Game Change, and Trumbo allowed him to explore relevant current and historical political affairs, while The Campaign in 2012 bridged his background in comedy with his newfound aptitude for political perspicacity.
Dissecting the Roger Ailes scandal of 2016, Roach’s latest film, Bombshell, is an amalgamation of his most recent body of work. With help from Oscar-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph (The Big Short) and three impressive performances by Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie, Roach infuses a tragicomic, meta perspective into the narrative, crafting a biting critique about gender and power structure in the workplace and beyond.
On the cusp of Bombshell’s December 20 wide release, I sat down with Roach to discuss his career, the importance of authenticity in a story such as this, breaking the fourth wall, the progress of the #MeToo movement, the prospect of another Austin Powers film, and more.
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Fox News is probably the most nefarious, hypocritical news network out there (deal with it), and it’s largely thanks to the despicable men who helped make it the conservative-leaning media giant that it is today. No one deserves more credit for the degradation of cable news than Roger Ailes, and the story of his takedown from the empire he helped create is about to be told in a new movie called Bombshell from director Jay Roach.
Bombshell follows Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman as former Fox News personalities Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson and the story of how they fought back against the sexual harassment and chauvinistic behavior of Roger Ailes, who will be portrayed by John Lithgow. The first Bombshell trailer has arrived, and while it’s a short glimpse at the movie, it’s also extremely effective in how it creates intrigue and tension, even if it doesn’t entirely lay out what the movie is actually about. Read More »
Less than two years after Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes resigned amid reports of sexual harassment and misconduct, Hollywood is already planning a feature film. A Roger Ailes movie is in the works under Annapurna Pictures, with Charlize Theron headlining the untitled film directed by Jay Roach (Trumbo).
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The HBO adaptation of Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff‘s best-selling book about the utter chaos and ineptitude inherent within the Trump White House, has found its director. Jay Roach, who helmed HBO’s political drama Game Change, has been tasked with turning Wolff’s book into a TV series.
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Earlier this summer, Selma director Ava DuVernay departed from the Steven Speilberg-produced Intelligent Life. The Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly-written Amblin science fiction story is now being rewritten by Jay Roach, who is also being eyed to direct the movie. Hit the jump to learn more about the Jay Roach Intelligent Life news.
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It’s been almost 14 years since we last saw Austin Powers on the big screen. The third installment in the series, Austin Powers in Goldmember, was a massive hit. Director Jay Roach‘s sequel made over $300M worldwide at the box-office, which is three times more than what the first film made.
There have been talks of another Austin Powers sequel for around a decade now. Roach–whose latest film, All the Way, premiered last night on HBO–confirmed he’s still discussing an Austin Powers 4 with Myers. Below, read what the director had to say about the Austin Powers sequel.
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Following the first teaser trailer last weekend, a new look at the HBO Films adaptation of the stage production All The Way has arrived. Bryan Cranston stars as Lyndon B. Johnson, the vice president who became commander in chief when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The film shows the struggles Johnson has as he finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place in the tricky game of politics and morals. It’s the kind of movie a history teacher will show when they need to catch up on grading papers, but the good news is that it looks outstanding.
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After portraying President Lyndon B. Johnson in the stage play All The Way, Emmy winner Bryan Cranston is reprising his Tony-winning performance for an HBO film adaptation of the same name. The first trailer for the film which chronicles the struggle of the accidental president, working as hard as he can to fill the empty presidential shoes left behind by the belovedJohn F. Kennedy.
It’s 1964, and Lyndon B. Johnson must try to lift the country’s spirits in the face of tragedy, racism, war and more. Now the first All The Way trailer shows just how astounding Bryan Cranston’s performance as the 36th President of the United States of America. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The new Trumbo trailer features all of the things you love about the movies. Bryan Cranston with an awesome mustache. Helen Mirren scheming while rocking some serious old school fashion. John Goodman yelling and smashing things. The mere presence of character actors like Michael Stuhlbarg and Alan Tudyk. And that’s before you get to the exactingly recreated 1950s Hollywood setting and the fact that Dalton Trumbo‘s life story is genuinely thrilling stuff.
Check out the Trumbo trailer after the jump.
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Back in the summer of 2014, we learned that Emmy-winning Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston would be taking his Tony-winning performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson to HBO in an adaptation of the stage play All the Way.
Production is now underway on the HBO Films production, and we have a first look photo of Bryan Cranston as LBJ, in which the actor is completely unrecognizable. Read More »