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March 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm #1202030622
A timely film about the vital role of the press in keeping government honest is coming together with a powerhouse cast. Steven Spielberg just said yes to direct Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in The Post, the spec script by Liz Hannah bought last fall by Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures. The deals are being negotiated. The film is a drama about the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and how the Post’s editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham challenged the federal government over their right to publish them.
The idea is for Sully star Hanks to play Bradlee, the editor who would figure in the movie classic All The President’s Men. Streep, coming off an Oscar nom for Florence Foster Jenkins, would play Graham.
In an age where rampant web leaks of emails has left it difficult to figure out whether they are fair game or privacy invasion, the Pentagon Papers is the whistle blower equivalent of WWII, in how soldiers felt they were on the side of the angels fighting it. The classified study about the Vietnam War was commissioned by the Defense Department and revealed unreported facts about a secret dramatic escalation of troops and bombings in what was appearing to be an unwinnable war.
Military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, pro-war when he started working on the study at the RAND Corporation, became convinced it should be absorbed to set future policy, and leaked the classified information to the New York Times. That paper published a scathing first installment that charged the Johnson administration had systematically lied to the public and to Congress about Vietnam.
When the incumbent Nixon administration Attorney General John Mitchell and Nixon failed to get the paper to stop, they got a federal court injunction forcing the Times to cease after three installments. The Washington Post grabbed the baton (Ellsberg gave the study to Bradlee) and published more revelations from the 47-volume study. Other papers including the Boston Globe jumped in, and Alaska U.S. Senator Mike Gravel read highlights aloud in a Senate subcommittee hearing. The floodgates had opened, and together the New York Times and Washington Post appealed to the Supreme Court on First Amendment grounds. The justices ruled 6-3 that the government failed to prove a harm to national security and that publication was justified by the First Amendment.
Ellsberg was arrested and charged with conspiracy, espionage and theft of government property. While Ellsberg said he was willing to go to jail to stop an unjust war, charges against him were eventually dropped when the Watergate scandal revealed that staffers at the Nixon White House were involved in unlawful efforts to discredit him by burglarizing the office of his psychiatrist.March 6, 2017 at 5:06 pm #1202030785
Sounds boring and a chore to watch.March 6, 2017 at 5:10 pm #1202030787
Meryl Streep must have read the forum about her not working with prestige directors. Lol. She totally has iscar#4 in the bag. And Tom Hanks is trying so hard to get another nomination lol. I find it so funny tht he just can get a nomination.March 6, 2017 at 5:31 pm #1202030801
Meryl Streep must have read the forum about her not working with prestige directors. Lol. She totally has iscar#4 in the bag. And Tom Hanks is trying so hard to get another nomination lol. I find it so funny tht he just can get a nomination.
I quite like Hanks but I think his recent choices are too safe. These saintly hero characters are expected and not all that exciting at this point. That Captain Phillips snub wouldn’t have happened in most other years but the others, Sully especially, are a result of a lack of enthusiasm and fatigue IMO.March 6, 2017 at 5:36 pm #1202030806
Poor Tom Hanks (lolol) probably gonna lose another nomination if the attention is all on Streep when this comes out, especially if her role is meaty as fuck. They’re probably just tired of Hanks.March 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm #1202030808
I can’t remember the last great Spielberg movie. Lincoln and Bridge of Spies were good but deeply flawed.March 6, 2017 at 6:12 pm #1202030822
Every Spielberg movie is a great movie.March 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm #1202030829
Streep & Spielberg?!?!? Wow. Great and topical premise as well.March 6, 2017 at 6:36 pm #1202030836
I loved Hook and AmistadMarch 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm #1202030846
And as a primer to this, check out “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg & the Pentagon Papers,” an exceptional documentary all about the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and the Vietnam War. It was Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary, as well as Emmy-nominated and Peabody winning. Lost out to “The Cove” when it shouldn’t have. This is well-worth the watch even if “The Post” news doesn’t immediately grab your attention.March 6, 2017 at 7:24 pm #1202030852
I pray this is at least a step toward the more intense Meryl