Jeremy Renner is mesmerizing and totally unforgettable in the upcoming movie “Kill the Messenger.” He plays the true-life character, Gary Webb, the San Jose Mercury News reporter who exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and then importing cocaine into the mean streets of California.
When critics use the word gripping, they were probably thinking of “Kill the Messenger.”
Take a look at my interview with the actor who also moonlighted as producer in the film. What inspired him to do the movie, and wait ‘til you see his answer if we are still having war on drugs.
Official “Kill the Messenger” Synopsis
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. - and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life. (c) Focus
• Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb
• Barry Pepper as Russell Dodson
• Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Anna Simons
• Rosemarie DeWitt as Susan Webb
• Ray Liotta as John Cullen
• Paz Vega as Coral Baca
• Oliver Platt as Jerry Ceppos
• Michael Sheen as Fred Weil
• Richard Schiff as Walter Pincus
• Andy García as Norwin Meneses
• Robert Patrick As Ronny Quail
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I adore Rosemary DeWitt! She’s always been a fun, sweet, and utterly delightful interviewee. The last time I spoke to her was for “The Promised Land” with Matt Damon. Now, she’s duking it out with the CIA for the fantastic “Kill the Messenger” with Jeremy Renner! In this interview, we talked about her interest in the movie, how she prepared for her role, and is our country still doing the war on drugs?
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Arnold Oceng (Mamere), scriptwriter Margaret Nagle, and Kuoth Wiel (Abital) were in high spirits for the press junket of “The Good Lie” in Nashville. They are all proud of the film starring Reese Witherspoon. In this interview, we talked about the inspiration in writing “The Good Lie,” how Oceng got the part, and Kuoth’s passion to helping refugees. “The Good Lie” opens nationwide on Friday, October 3rd.
“THE GOOD LIE”
They were known simply as "The Lost Boys." Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. In "The Good Lie," Philippe Falardeau, (writer and director of the Oscar(R)- nominated Foreign Language film "Monsieur Lazhar") brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war, star alongside Academy Award(R) winner Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll. -- (C) Warner Bros.
• Reese Witherspoon as Carrie
• Corey Stoll as Jack
• Sarah Baker as Pamela
• Thad Luckinbill as Matt
• Sharon Conley as Erin
• Mike Pniewski as Nick
• Joshua Mikel as Dave
• Arnold Oceng as Mamere
• Kuoth Wiel as Abital
• Ger Duany as Jeremiah
• Emmanuel Jai as Paul
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“The Good Lie” is a powerful movie about the strength of the human spirit. Reese Witherspoon is front and center in the film but the breakout stars are the Sudanese actors like Ger Duany playing the role of Jeremiah. Sitting next to him is comedienne Sarah Baker with Corey Stoll right beside her. In this interview, we talked about their interest in making the movie, Duany’s personal story, and what they want viewers to feel after watching the movie.
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So I was preparing to do my stand-ups for “The Boxtrolls” when lo and behold, Fish, scared the bejeesus out of me! And I laughed out loud!
Offiical “The Boxtrolls” Synopsis:
A family event movie from the creators of "Coraline" and "ParaNorman" that introduces audiences to a new breed of family - The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs' family. Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable. (C) Focus
• Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Eggs
• Elle Fanning as Winnie Portley-Rind
• Ben Kingsley as Archibald Snatcher
• Toni Collette as Lady Portley-Rind
• Jared Harris as Lord Portley-Rind
• Nick Frost as Mr. Trout
• Richard Ayoade as Mr. Pickles
• Tracy Morgan as Mr. Gristle
• Simon Pegg as Herbert Trubshaw
• Dee Bradley Baker as Fish, Wheels, Bucket
• Steven Blum as Shoe, Sparky
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