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Hugh Jackman And Jason Reitman Talk The Front Runner At Tiff 2018

If you were old enough to pay attention to politics in 1988, odds are you’ve heard this story before. U.S. Senator Gary Hart was running for President of the United States, and was considered the front runner for the Democratic party to do so, when suddenly his campaign was derailed by a scandalous love affair. Canadian director Jason Reitman loved the story so much that he decided to make a movie about it, and he pulled Hugh Jackman with him to star as the disgraced Senator.

In a press conference for the film, Jason Reitman admitted that the movie was a different type of movie for him to make. First it was about American politics, and being Canadian, not to mention eleven years old at the time it happened, meant he didn’t really follow the story when it was happening. It is also a true story, which meant it deals with real people and their lives, something that Reitman had never had to deal with before and something that he found to be a little scary. He did say however that the film was still relevant today, which is why he decided to make it. In the end he thinks everyone will have a different experience after viewing the movie, which he hopes will lead to conversations. He wants people to talk about it. And while movies always have to take at least a little creative license, he stated that the facts in the movie are the facts. They are relevant, and what we need to know about the scandal. 

Hugh Jackman told the crowd that when the events portrayed in the film were happening in real life he was around 19 years old, and probably drunk somewhere. Being from Australia, he hadn’t even heard anything about the scandal until the script was put in front of him. He knew however that he wanted to make the film, because he liked the idea of working with Reitman. As a journalism major in school, Jackman really enjoyed the story and he thought that it still connected to today’s world. To prepare for the role, Jackman spent a lot of time with the real life Gary Hart and his family, and during his research he kept hearing the man described as being smart, yet an enigma. Jackman himself found Hart to be very smart, interesting and knowledgeable, and in the end found that he respected him. He believes the world would be a very different place if Hart had ended up getting elected. One thing Jackman learned while filming the movie is that he has even less desire to run for public office than he did before, because he doesn’t think he could handle the journalists looking for flaws to take him down. 

If you go into The Front Runner thinking the film will make you look down upon the whole Democratic process, and be disheartened by the things that happen behind the scenes, think again. Reitman believes in voting, and thinks we just need to ask ourselves what sort of flaws are we fine with in our elected officials. Jackman on the other hand thinks that even though the process is broken, that it is fixable and worth fighting for. We couldn’t agree more.

By: Roderick Thedorff

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Jason Momoa To Join Dune Reboot

Dune is shaping up to be the next big franchise, and now the huge all-star cast is set to be getting even bigger.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa is in final negotiations to join the Denis Villeneuve led science-fiction film. The hulking actor will portray Duncan Idaho, a swordmaster in the house of Atreides. The cast already includes Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya. It seems like everyday another big name is added the cast, which raises expectations even further.

Dune is the first novel in a series of novels by Frank Herbert. Originally published in 1965, the book is set in the distant future, and follows the story of Paul Atreides. His family controls the planet Arrakis, which is home to a valuable resource, and after his family is betrayed by other noble families who want the resources for their own, Atreides leads a rebellions to reclaim what is his. If the film is successful, there are five other Herbert novels that could be adapted as well. 

Momoa is currently filming the Apple sci-fi series See, and can still be seen in the big screen in Aquaman and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. 

Photo: Eva Rinaldi fron Wikipedia

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Katy Perry Releases New Single / Video “365” With Zedd

With Valentine’s Day 2019 well on its way, Katy Perry and Zedd have released a new single and video called 365 that begs the question, can AI learn to love?

In the video Perry plays a Stepford-style robot who falls in love with a human male played by Zedd. The announcement says  “The video tells the poignant story of an android Katy Perry, who yearns to be human, as she attempts to make a genuine connection with Zedd.”  Perry herself tweeted out this morning “Does it know the difference between LOVE and OBSESSION?” as she tried to hype the video online.

Perry and Zedd wrote the song together, with Zedd producing. Perry was also responsible for conceptualizing the video directed by Warren Fu. Zedd said that the idea for the collaboration started to take shape last summer while they were on tour together in Australia. Perry on the other hand said she was “happy to collaborate” with Zedd as well. 

365 is the first single by both artists this year, and Perry’s first since the release of her 2017 album Witness. Zedd has worked recently with Shawn Mendes, Elley Duhé, and Maren Morris and Grey.

 

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Martin Scorsese And Leonardo DiCaprio’s Serial Killer Project Moves To Hulu

It’s been close to a decade that Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have been working to get an adaptation of Erik Larson’s “Devil in the White City” to the big screen, and now it looks as if the project will be developed as a project for TV instead of the big screen. Hulu announced yesterday that they’ve teamed up with Scorsese and DiCaprio (who will now executive produce) to make it finally happen.

The Devil in the White City tells two stories, one being the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, and the other of serial killer H.H. Holmes and his “Murder Castle” where he seduced, tortured and mutilated young women. The two stories are interlinked by their location and time lines, and present a chilling side of American history. DiCaprio originally bought the rights to the 2003 book back in 2010, and in 2015 he signed on to play Holmes, while bringing on Scorsese to direct. The film never seemed to move beyond that though, and has stayed in development hell since then. 

Hulu’s announcement didn’t say where DiCaprio would still be starring in the series, or if Scorsese was still intending to direct the project, but at least their names are still attached to the project.

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