Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
See Andrew Garfield in First Images from Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' See Andrew Garfield in First Images from Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' 6 Things Non-Record-Breaker 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reveals about the Current Box Office 6 Things Non-Record-Breaker 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reveals about the Current Box Office Box Office: 'Far from the Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Leads Specialty Openers Box Office: 'Far from the Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Leads Specialty Openers Friday Box Office: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Takes No Prisoners,  $84.6 Million vs. Rest of Top Ten's $10.2 Million Friday Box Office: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Takes No Prisoners, $84.6 Million vs. Rest of Top Ten's $10.2 Million Guillermo del Toro Feted at San Francisco Film Fest: "I saw my first corpse at age 4" (Video) Guillermo del Toro Feted at San Francisco Film Fest: "I saw my first corpse at age 4" (Video) Oscar Predictions 2016 Oscar Predictions 2016 It Looks Like David Lynch's 'Mulholland Drive' Is Indeed Coming to Criterion It Looks Like David Lynch's 'Mulholland Drive' Is Indeed Coming to Criterion Cary Fukunaga Teams with 'Brokeback Mountain' Writers for A24's First Original Film Cary Fukunaga Teams with 'Brokeback Mountain' Writers for A24's First Original Film Amy Berg's Sex Abuse Doc 'An Open Secret' Finally Lands Distribution, Goes to Cannes Amy Berg's Sex Abuse Doc 'An Open Secret' Finally Lands Distribution, Goes to Cannes Whither Sony? No Place to Go But Up Whither Sony? No Place to Go But Up Hollywood, Please Don't Remake Nicolas Roeg's 'Don't Look Now' Hollywood, Please Don't Remake Nicolas Roeg's 'Don't Look Now' Riviera Maya Film Fest Dares to Bring Edgy Fare to Cinema-Starved Mexican Audiences Riviera Maya Film Fest Dares to Bring Edgy Fare to Cinema-Starved Mexican Audiences Cannes First Look: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Long-Awaited Martial Arts Epic 'The Assassin' Cannes First Look: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Long-Awaited Martial Arts Epic 'The Assassin' '54: The Director's Cut' Comes to Digital HD in All Its Hedonistic Glory '54: The Director's Cut' Comes to Digital HD in All Its Hedonistic Glory Mark Hamill Shares Vintage Photos from the 'Star Wars' Set Mark Hamill Shares Vintage Photos from the 'Star Wars' Set Exclusive: Louisiana Film Fest Unveils 2015 Lineup Exclusive: Louisiana Film Fest Unveils 2015 Lineup Hear a Rare Recording of One of Stanley Kubrick's Most Revealing Interviews Hear a Rare Recording of One of Stanley Kubrick's Most Revealing Interviews 'Force Awakens' Star Domhnall Gleeson Joins Blacklisted Tom Cruise Project 'Force Awakens' Star Domhnall Gleeson Joins Blacklisted Tom Cruise Project Tribeca: 8 Highlights from the 'Goodfellas' 25th Anniversary Reunion Tribeca: 8 Highlights from the 'Goodfellas' 25th Anniversary Reunion Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW) Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW)

Open Letter Accuses Upcoming 'Truth,' to Star Redford and Blanchett, of Lies

Thompson on Hollywood By Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 25, 2014 at 4:46PM

Any film about semi-recent political controversy — and a classic battle of “they’re wrong, I’m right,” no less — is sure to incite more hubbub on release. When the film has only just cast two leads and has yet to shoot a single frame? Well, at least it's drumming up publicity.
1
Robert Redford
Robert Redford

Any film about semi-recent political controversy — and a classic battle of “they’re wrong, I’m right,” no less — is sure to incite more hubbub on release. When the film has only just cast two leads and has yet to shoot a single frame? Well, at least it's drumming up publicity.

But open letters are often about pulling attention to yourself. So many of these authors just happen to be starting a new cable series or publishing a book. In the case of “Truth,” everything down to the title is at stake. The story of CBS producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) and broadcaster Dan Rather’s (Robert Redford) wade through the controversy surrounding the George W. Bush war-record scandal (based on Mapes' own book) won’t begin production until this fall, but Megan McArdle’s open letter, published at Bloomberg, is having none of it. Hilariously addressed to “Hollywood" the letter lays down some damning supposed facts concerning the story.

While evincing some sympathy for Mapes and Rather, McArdle paints them as eager to take on right-wing groups, while suggesting that the “Truth” filmmakers are at risk of making “the same blind mistakes that destroyed several distinguished careers in New York.” The letter seems well-researched and hugely detailed — something writer-director James Vanderbilt will have to contend with from now to well past the release date. 

This article is related to: Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, James Vanderbitl


E-Mail Updates