In honor of Steven Spielberg‘s new newspaper drama The Post, we’ve combed through the archives, pounded the pavement, dusted off the typewriter and put together a list of some of the best newsroom movies fit to print. It’s a list comprised of both crusading, truth-seeking journalists and career opportunists willing to bend the truth as long as it makes for a great story. The connective tissue holding these films together is the ever-present newsroom, where typewriters sing and the truth lives or dies when a story goes to the presses.
Posted on Friday, December 22nd, 2017 by Josh Spiegel
In such a fraught year as 2017, it’s hard for The Post — about pioneering journalists reporting a shocking truth that the American government wants to keep hidden, starring two of the biggest movie stars on the planet and directed by the most distinguished filmmaker of modern American cinema — not to feel Very Important™. Of course, Very Important™ Movies often feel very stodgy and lifeless, more notable for the well-intentioned people behind the project as well as the subject matter than for being lively and as vital as the subject matter itself.
Steven Spielberg’s The Post has the unique benefit of not only being Very Important™ but also feeling exciting and urgent, a reflection and refraction of our current state that is at once damning and thrilling. It’s also pleasingly familiar, as Spielberg is once again working with Tom Hanks, his go-to acting collaborator when depicting intense periods of 20th-century American history, though in a fresh, somewhat overdue new context.
Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 by Chris Evangelista
Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, The Post, once again proves that the acclaimed filmmaker hasn’t lost his touch. In less than a year, Spielberg has put together an expertly crafted film. Even more than that: he’s made what might just be the most important film of 2017. In tackling an historical story focused on the importance of a free press, Spielberg is holding a mirror up to today, reminding us what’s past is prologue.
Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 by Ethan Anderton
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Honest Trailers picks an easy target this week by taking aim at the hilariously awful movie The Room. Plus, watch a fanmade trailer for Avengers: Infinity War cut in the style of the final Justice League trailer, and experience the pure joy of Tom Hanks laughing throughout his film career.
First up, with The Disaster Artist hitting limited theaters this week, Screen Junkies decided to take aim at The Room. It’s largely considered to be one of the worst films ever made, so there’s plenty to make fun of here. If you’ve never gotten around to seeing this movie, it’s far too bizarre and terrible to avoid. Seek it out, especially before you see The Disaster Artist.
Next up, with the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War just around the corner, YouTube user Mr. Krepshus has created a fanmade trailer cut in the style of the final theatrical trailer for Justice League. It’s a clever use of existing footage from the other Marvel movies that serves as a cool teaser for what’s to come.
Finally, if you need a quick pick-me-up this morning, check out this supercut of the infectious and unique laugh of American treasure Tom Hanks. If you don’t feel pure joy when you see the star of Toy Story and Forrest Gump cracking up, then you really need to cheer up.
Posted on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 by Ben Pearson
Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie The Post is one of the most vital, compelling pieces of filmmaking of his career. Full reviews are still under embargo, but the early buzz from critics who’ve seen early screenings is overwhelmingly positive.
I managed to get into one of those early screenings last night on the 20th Century Fox studio lot, where stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Bradley Whitford appeared for a Q&A after the movie. What follows is a transcript of some of the most fascinating moments of that conversation, including stories about how ridiculously quickly this project came together, Spielberg’s approach to directing, and the impact of the movie’s costume designer.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 by Hoai-Tran Bui
The Post could not have come at a better time, if first reactions to Steven Spielberg‘s ode to journalism are anything to go by. Set in 1971, The Post recounts the events following the New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers. Determined to follow the Times’ lead, Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) face the wrath of the U.S. government over the course of the Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers, which divulge a decades-spanning cover-up of government secrets regarding the Vietnam War.
The embargo for social media reactions to The Post has been lifted, and critics are raving about how timely and important Spielberg’s latest film is in an era in which journalism is being assaulted.
See The Post early reactions below.
Posted on Monday, November 13th, 2017 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Remember that time that John Oliver spent $13,700 in a bidding war for wax figures of U.S. presidents against Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Rachel Maddow? That super wonky and pricy move begat Oliver’s movie trailer for his ideal Warren G. Harding biopic, featuring Anna Kendrick and Laura Linney acting the hell out of their wax co-star.
And because we’re nearing the closing months of 2017, it’s only fitting that Last Week Tonight pulls off something even more admirably ridiculous. Think of this as a highly anticipated sequel to “Harding,” in a shared cinematic universe of world-saving wax presidents, led by a resolute Tom Hanks.
Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 by Ben Pearson
There aren’t many filmmakers who could attach themselves to a movie in March, lock down a cast headlined by the likes of Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, start shooting in May, and have the film locked and ready for awards season that very same year. But Steven Spielberg isn’t your average director, and that’s exactly what he did with The Post, his new film about the controversial publication of the Pentagon Papers back in the 1970s. Hot on the heels of the first images from the movie, the first trailer has arrived and you can check it out below.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 by Chris Evangelista
There’s a new Steven Spielberg film due out before 2017 comes to a close and we haven’t had an official look at it. Until now. While we await an inevitable trailer for Spielberg’s new film The Post, a new image has appeared online, giving us our first glimpse at the historical drama that stars Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and one heck of a supporting cast.
Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017 by Hoai-Tran Bui
It’s a classic story: a man, his dog, and the robot surrogate that he builds for it. Throw Tom Hanks and a Game of Thrones director in the mix, and you’ve got the makings of a pretty intriguing sci-fi movie.
Tom Hanks has been cast in the “hot spec” package Bios, a science-fiction film set to be directed by Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, known for helming the fan-favorite “Battle of the Bastards” episode in season 6.