Jason Guerrasio, provided by Published 8:08 am PDT, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Universal "First Man" screenwriter Josh Singer is known for making "based on true story" movies — "Spotlight," "The Post" — that really do recount what happened, without too many Hollywood embellishments. Singer told Business Insider what the challenges were of giving Neil Armstrong's story the same treatment. When Hollywood needs a true story to be told on the big screen, it often turns to one guy to write the script: Josh Singer. And we don’t mean a movie “based on a true story.” We mean a real true story. And there is a difference. For as long as there have been movies, the term “true story” has been used very loosely in Hollywood. To help move forward a plot or build more drama in a story, directors and screenwriters often embellish real events, or include moments that never happened. Jim Garrison’s memorable closing remarks in the trial … [Read more...] about The screenwriter of ‘First Man’ spent 4 years researching Neil Armstrong to craft a true-life story even some hardcore space historians didn’t know
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Many Hollywood movies are "based on a true story" but just how true are they?If you're the type of person frantically Googling during biopics, then you'll love this: a scene-by-scene breakdown of multiple "true stories" as told by Hollywood that compares the cinematic recreation with the reality.The site is called Information is Beautiful and it features movies like Lion, 12 Years A Slave, American Sniper and Dallas Buyers Club feature, among many others, with each scene scored by its accuracy.Perhaps the coolest function: the ability to literally highlight individual scenes and compare fact to fiction. Like this spotlight scene for example.And yes, before you ask, The Social Network is there!And it scores relatively highly! 76 percent. The least accurate from the movies currently on the site is The Imitation Game, the biopic on English math genius Alan Turing. Hacksaw Ridge and American Sniper also score pretty low. The most accurate movie on the list? Selma, the Oscar nominated … [Read more...] about Just how ‘true’ are Hollywood ‘true stories’?
caption “BlacKkKlansman” source Focus Features Critics are praising Spike Lee’s latest film, “BlacKkKlansman,” as the best work in years from the acclaimed filmmaker. The movie is based on the true story and memoir of Ron Stallworth, the first black detective to work in the Colorado Springs police department, who in the late 1970s devised a plan to infiltrate and expose the Klu Klux Klan. “BlacKkKlansman” was developed and produced by Jordan Peele (the Oscar-winning director of “Get Out”). Peele brought the project to Lee as a working concept in 2017, and critics are calling the resulting work a dynamic mix of crime drama and comedy, as well as a sharp social commentary on the past and present. The film, which stars John David Washington and Adam Driver, currently has a 96% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s what critics have said about “BlacKkKlansman,” which opens … [Read more...] about Spike Lee’s new film ‘BlacKkKlansman’ is based on an electrifying true story, and it has a 98% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes
There are so many big movies this summer that we’re breaking up our movie preview, and this is part one: Mark your calendars for event movies in May and June that you, or your kids or parents, should be excited to see.These include sequels to “Deadpool,” “The Incredibles” and “Jurassic World”; an origins story for Han Solo and an all-women twist on the “Ocean’s” heist movies.And that’s not the only gender-twist: Look for switcheroos on remakes of the comedies “Overboard” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” too.Then check out several under-the-radar choices, the “sleepers” that might be more thought-provoking fare and might break out.Among these, consider the comedic “Book Club,” full of female-star favorites; horror flick “Hereditary,” which is supposed to be a stone-cold nightmare; and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, the little documentary about Mr. … [Read more...] about Summer movie preview, part 1: Huge hits and ‘sleepers’ for May and June
Last summer wasn’t a great time for movies or movie theaters or moviegoers. It was, in fact, the worst-attended summer movie season in 25 years, with a string of would-be blockbusters like “King Arthur” and “The Mummy” crashing and burning at the U.S. box office.This summer, though, will likely fare a bit better. This summer, in fact, has a fair shot at being the highest-grossing summer in movie history, perhaps outpacing the current record-holder, 2013 — which grossed $4.85 billion domestic.Because this summer brings not just two Marvel movies but one “Avengers” movie. This summer brings “Deadpool 2,” the sequel to the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. It brings the first summer-released “Star Wars” movie since 2005. It brings fresh new installments to can’t-miss series like “The Incredibles,” “Jurassic World” and the “Ocean’s” movies.We’ve got a … [Read more...] about The 24 movies you’ve got to see this summer