Category:Films based on newspaper and magazine articles
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The following 44 pages are in this category, out of 44 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. American Gangster (film) – American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film stars Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in their first lead acting roles together since 1995s Virtuosity, the film also co-stars Ted Levine, John Ortiz, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Ruby Dee, Lymari Nadal and Cuba Gooding Jr. Development for the film began in 2000, when Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment purchased the rights to a New York magazine story about the rise. Two years later, screenwriter Steven Zaillian introduced a 170-page scriptment to Scott, original production plans were to commence in Toronto for budget purposes, however, production eventually relocated permanently to New York City. Because of the rising budget Universal canceled production in 2004. After negotiations with Terry George, it was revived with Scott at the helm in March 2005. Principal photography commenced over a period of five months from July to December 2006, filming took place throughout New York City, American Gangster premiered in New York on October 20,2007, and was released in the United States and Canada on November 2. The film was received by most film critics, and grossed over US$266.5 million worldwide. In 1968, Frank Lucas is the man of Harlem gangster Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson. When Johnson dies of an attack, Lucas takes control of the Harlem crime scene. After handing in almost $1 million that he found in a mobsters car, after his exiled and addicted partner overdoses on a potent brand of heroin called Blue Magic, Captain Lou Toback puts Roberts in charge of a task force that targets local suppliers. Lucas buys Blue Magic directly from producers in Thailand and smuggles it into the U. S. through returning Vietnam War servicemen and his low overhead allows him to eventually wholesale Blue Magic to most the dealers in the New York area. With this monopoly, Lucas expands his control to nightclubs, casinos and he buys a mansion for his mother and recruits his five brothers, including Huey and Turner, as lieutenants to spread his empire. During his rise to becoming Harlems crime boss, Lucas falls in love with Eva, as Lucas business prospers, he makes a point of operating quietly and dressing with a modest conservatism both as a sign of strength and to avoid attracting police attention. Also, he stays away from the drugs to avoid making decisions under the influence. Lucas must also compete with local crime figure Nicky Barnes, a young gun trying to take over Harlem who has been diluting Lucas Blue Magic, after the Fall of Saigon cuts off Lucas supply, he is forced to rely on the other crime rings. Roberts detectives witness Frank Lucas cousin and driver shoot a woman, the gathered information allows Roberts and his task force to identify and search one of the last planes carrying Lucas stock, discovering Blue Magic in the coffins of dead returning servicemen. With this evidence they obtain a warrant to follow the drugs into Newarks projects, in the ensuing shootout, Steve Lucas, Frank Lucas young nephew who gave up a promising career for the New York Yankees to join Lucas crime family, is killed
2. Argo (2012 film) – Argo is a 2012 American historical drama film directed by Ben Affleck. The screenplay by Chris Terrio is adapted from U. S, the film stars Affleck as Mendez with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman in supporting roles, and was released in the United States on October 12,2012. The film was produced by Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney, upon release, Argo received widespread acclaim, with praise directed towards the acting, Afflecks direction, Terrios screenplay, the editing and Desplats score. The film received seven nominations at the 85th Academy Awards and won three, for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. The film also earned five Golden Globe Award nominations, winning Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director, while being nominated for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for Alan Arkin. It won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards and it also won Best Film, Best Editing and Best Director at the 66th British Academy Film Awards and 37th Hochi Film Award for Best International Picture. On November 4,1979, Iranian activists storm the United States embassy in Tehran in retaliation for President Jimmy Carter giving the Shah asylum in the U. S. during the Iranian Revolution. 60 of the staff are taken as hostages, but six avoid capture. With the escapees situation kept secret, the U. S. State Department begins to explore options for exfiltrating them from Iran, central Intelligence Agency exfiltration specialist, is brought in for consultation. He criticizes the proposals, but is at a loss when asked for an alternative, Mendez contacts John Chambers, a Hollywood make-up artist who had previously crafted disguises for the CIA. Chambers puts Mendez in touch with film producer Lester Siegel, meanwhile, the escapees grow frantic inside the ambassadors residence. The revolutionaries reassemble embassy photographs shredded before the takeover and learn that some personnel have escaped, posing as a producer for Argo, Mendez enters Iran under the fake name Kevin Harkins and links up with the six escapees. He provides them with Canadian passports and fake identities to prepare them to get through security at the airport, although afraid to trust Mendezs scheme, they reluctantly go along with it, knowing that he is risking his own life too. A scouting visit to the bazaar to maintain their cover story takes a bad turn, Mendez is told that the operation has been cancelled to avoid conflicting with a planned military rescue of the hostages. He pushes ahead, forcing his boss Jack ODonnell to hastily re-obtain authorization for the mission to get tickets on a Swissair flight, the group boards the plane, which takes off just as the Revolutionary Guards at the airport uncover the ruse and try to stop them. To protect the remaining in Tehran from retaliation, all U. S. involvement in the rescue is suppressed and full credit is given to the Canadian government. The ambassadors Iranian housekeeper, who had known about the Americans and lied to the revolutionaries to protect them, escaped to Iraq. Mendez is awarded the Intelligence Star, but due to the classified nature
3. The Bling Ring – The Bling Ring is a 2013 internationally co-produced satirical crime film written, directed and produced by Sofia Coppola. It features an ensemble cast including newcomers Israel Broussard, Katie Chang and it is based on an article, The Suspects Wore Louboutins by Nancy Jo Sales, which dealt with a real-life gang known as the Bling Ring. The film had its premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 16,2013. It was released in a release on June 14, before opening in a wide release on June 21,2013 by A24 Films. The Bling Ring represents the work of cinematographer Harris Savides. The film is dedicated to him, quiet teenager Marc Hall arrives as a new student at Indian Hills High School in Agoura Hills, California. He is befriended by fame-obsessed Rebecca Ahn, while at a party at Rebeccas house, the pair check unlocked vehicles on the street, taking valuables such as cash and credit cards. When Marc mentions that one of his acquaintances is out of town. Rebecca steals a handbag, mentioning that her idol, Lindsay Lohan, has the same one and she also steals cash and the keys to a Porsche, which the pair use to flee the scene. With the cash, the two go on a spree, affording themselves the luxury lifestyle they admire in magazines. Marc visits a nightclub with Rebecca and her friends Nicki, Nickis adopted sister Sam, and Chloe, while researching Hilton on the Internet, Marc and Rebecca realize that she will be out of town. The pair go to her house, and finding the key under the doormat, they go through Hiltons belongings, Rebecca then flaunts a stolen bracelet to Nicki, Sam, and Chloe at a party. At Nickis request, Rebecca and Marc take her, Sam, the group marvels at the excess of Hiltons lifestyle, and steals shoes, bags, dresses, cash, and jewelry. Marc and Rebecca return to rob Hiltons house on a third occasion, the pair also decides to rob the home of Audrina Patridge, once again using the Internet to determine when she will not be home. The entire group uses the method to burgle the home of Megan Fox. The group enters the home of Orlando Bloom and his girlfriend, the girls proceed to steal similar items, while Marc finds a case filled with seven of Blooms Rolex watches along with a roll of cash. Chloe then helps Marc sell the watches to her friend, a club manager named Ricky. The group returns once again to Hiltons house, with Sams boyfriend Rob, a news report releases captured CCTV footage from the robbery at Patridges home
4. On the Waterfront – On the Waterfront is a 1954 American crime drama film directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon Brando and features Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, the soundtrack score was composed by Leonard Bernstein. The film focuses on violence and corruption amongst longshoremen while detailing widespread corruption, extortion. In 1997 it was ranked by the American Film Institute as the eighth-greatest American movie of all time and it is Bernsteins only original film score not adapted from a stage production with songs. In 1989, On the Waterfront was deemed culturally, historically or aesthetically significant by the Library of Congress, mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly gloats about his iron-fisted control of the waterfront. Terry Malloy is a dockworker whose brother Charley the Gent is Friendlys right-hand man, Terry is used to coax Joey Doyle, a popular dockworker, into an ambush, preventing Joey from testifying against Friendly before the Crime Commission. Terry assumed that Friendlys enforcers were only going to lean on Joey to pressure him into silence, Joeys sister Edie, angry about her brothers death, shames waterfront priest Father Barry into fomenting action against the mob-controlled union. Friendly sends Terry to attend and inform on a dockworkers meeting Father Barry holds in the church, Terry helps Edie escape the violence, and is smitten with her. Horrified, Edie breaks up with him, as Terry increasingly leans toward testifying, Friendly decides that Terry must be killed unless Charley can coerce him into keeping quiet. In what has become a scene, Terry reminds Charley that had it not been for the fixed fight. I coulda been a contender, laments Terry to his brother, Instead of a bum, Charley gives Terry the gun and advises him to run. Terry flees to Edies apartment, where she first refuses to let him in but finally admits her love for him. Friendly, having had Charley watched, has Charley murdered and his body hung in an alley as bait to lure Terry out to his death, but Terry and Edie both escape the attempt on Terrys life. After finding Charleys body, Terry sets out to shoot Friendly, Terry proceeds to give damaging testimony implicating Friendly in Joeys murder and other illegal activities, causing Friendlys mob boss to cut him off and Friendly to face indictment. After the testimony, Friendly announces that Terry will not find employment anywhere on the waterfront, Terry is shunned by his former friends and by a neighborhood boy who had previously looked up to him. Refusing Edies suggestion that they move away from the waterfront together, when he is the only man not hired, Terry openly confronts Friendly, calling him out and proclaiming that he is proud of what he did. The confrontation develops into a brawl, with Terry getting the upper hand until Friendlys thugs gang up on Terry. The dockworkers, who witness the confrontation, show their support for Terry by refusing to work unless Terry is working too, encouraged by Father Barry and Edie, the badly injured Terry forces himself to his feet and enters the dock, followed by the other workers
5. Dallas Buyers Club – Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. The film tells the story of Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient diagnosed in the mid 1980s when HIV/AIDS treatments were under-researched, while the disease was not understood and highly stigmatized. Two fictional supporting characters, Dr. Eve Saks, and Rayon, were composite roles created from the interviews with transgender AIDS patients, activists. Screenwriter Borten interviewed Woodroof in 1992 and wrote the script, which he polished with writer Wallack in 2000, several other actors, directors, and producers who were attached at various times to the development of the film left the project. Universal Pictures also tried to make the film, but did not, a couple of screenwriters wrote drafts that were rejected. In 2009, producer Brenner involved Matthew McConaughey, because of his Texas origins, Brenner selected the first draft, written by Borten and Wallack, for the film, and then Vallée was set to direct the film. Principal photography began on November 11,2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana, continuing for 25 days of filming, Brenner and Rachel Winter co-produced the film. The official soundtrack album was featured by various artists, and was released digitally on October 29,2013, by the Relativity Music Group. The film grossed over $27 million domestically and $27.9 million internationally and it grossed over $4.5 million from DVD, and over $3 million from Blu-ray sales. The film received critical acclaim, resulting in numerous accolades. The film also won the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and garnered nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, in 1985, Dallas electrician and rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof is diagnosed with AIDS and given 30 days to live. He initially refuses to accept the diagnosis, but remembers having unprotected sex with a woman who was a drug user. He is soon ostracized by family and friends, gets fired from his job, Woodroof bribes a hospital worker to get him the AZT. As soon as he begins taking it, he finds his health deteriorating, when he returns to the hospital, he meets Rayon, a drug addicted, HIV-positive trans woman, toward whom he is hostile. As his health worsens, he drives to a Mexican hospital to get more AZT, Dr. Vass, who has had his American medical license revoked, tells him that the AZT is poisonous and kills every cell it comes into contact with. He instead prescribes ddC and the protein peptide T, which are not approved in the US, three months later, Woodroof finds his health much improved. It occurs to him that he could make money by importing the drugs, since the drugs are not illegal, he is able to get them over the border by masquerading as a priest and swearing that they are for personal use. Meanwhile, Dr. Saks also begins to notice the effects of AZT
6. Con Air – Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West, written by Scott Rosenberg, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of The Rock. The film stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich alongside Steve Buscemi, Colm Meaney, Mykelti Williamson, Ving Rhames, Nick Chinlund, Jesse Borrego, Jose Zuniga, and Monica Potter. It was released theatrically on June 6,1997 by Touchstone Pictures and was a box office success, despite this, the film received mixed reviews from critics but praising Cage and the cast performances as well as its action sequences, stunts and the villain portrayed by Malkovich. The film also borrows its title from the nickname of the Justice Prisoner, honorably discharged Army Ranger Cameron Poe is given a ten-year prison sentence on charges for murdering & for using excessive force on a drunk man who attempted to attack his pregnant wife Tricia. Finally Poe is paroled eight years later, and is to be released after being flown to Alabama on the Jailbird, along with Poe are several other prisoners including his diabetic cellmate and friend Mike Baby-O ODell, who is being transferred with Poe. The transfer is being overseen by U. S. Larkin agrees, as the Jailbird takes off, another prisoner Joe Pinball Parker incites a riot, allowing him to set free Diamond Dog and Grissom. Grissom quickly rushes to the cockpit, killing the first officer, Grissom then announces the prisoners takeover of the Jailbird and takes the prison guards hostage. Sims attempts to control the only to be killed by Grissom. Pinball takes the aircrafts transponder and plants it on a sightseeing aircraft. Once noticing the cars headed their way, the Jailbird immediately takes off. Malloy berates Larkin for assigning incompetent guards to the transport aircraft, on the Jailbird, Grissom reveals that they will be landing at Lerner Airfield, a former air base where Cindino has arranged passage for them all to a non-extradition country. Poe finds Pinballs body stuck in the gear, the convict not having made it back in time. The body lands in the middle of Fresno, California, and Larkin is alerted, Billy Bedlam discovers Poes true identity after going through his personal possessions, identifying him as a parolee and former Ranger, and Poe is forced to kill Bedlam when he charges at Poe. At Lerner, the aircraft overruns the runway and grounds itself. There is no sign of Cindinos aircraft and Grissom orders the prisoners to start to dig out the plane. Poe uses the time to locate insulin shots for Baby-O, the two quickly brief each other on the situation as Poe has to return before suspicion is raised. Larkin encounters Cindino with his agents preparing a small jet for departure and is able to sabotage it on takeoff, Grissom realizes Cindinos deception on planning on leaving the prisoners behind and kills him by burning him with the aircraft as it explodes. Meanwhile, Johnny 23, assigned to watch for trouble, spots the approaching National Guard, the prisoners equip themselves with assault rifles in the aircraft that were originally intended for corrections officers and prepare to massacre the troops in an aircraft graveyard
7. Live Free or Die Hard – Live Free or Die Hard is a 2007 American action film, and the fourth installment in the Die Hard film series. The film was directed by Len Wiseman and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, the films name was adapted from New Hampshires state motto, Live Free or Die. McClane is attempting to stop terrorists who hack into government. The film was based on the 1997 article A Farewell to Arms written for Wired magazine by John Carlin, the film was released in the United States on June 27,2007. The project was stalled due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and when production eventually began. A variety of visual effects were used for sequences, even though Wiseman. In separate incidents during filming, both Willis and his stunt double were injured, unlike the prior three films in the series, the U. S. rating was PG-13 rather than R. An unrated version contained more strong profanity and violence not shown in the theatrical version, reviews were positive with an 82% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 69/100 score from Metacritic. The film earned total international box office receipts of $383.4 million. It debuted at #2 at the U. S. box office, the score for the film was released on July 2,2007. The fifth film in the series, titled A Good Day to Die Hard, was released on February 14,2013, the FBI responds to a brief computer outage at their Cyber-Security Division by tracking down top computer hackers, finding several of them have been killed. The FBI asks New York City Police Department detective John McClane to bring in Matthew Matt Farrell, McClane arrives just in time to save Farrell from assassins working for Mai Linh, who works for her boss and love interest, Thomas Gabriel. En route to Washington, D. C. with McClane, meanwhile, Gabriel orders his own crew of hackers to take control of the transportation grids and stock market, while nationally broadcasting a message threatening the United States. Farrell recognizes this as the start of a sale, an attack designed to target the nations reliance on computer controls. McClane and Farrell are driven to the secure FBI headquarters, McClane takes down the helicopter by launching a police car over a damaged toll booth into it. Gabriel initiates a second broadcast by showing an explosion of the U. S. Capitol building, causing a public panic. Farrell guesses that his target is likely the power grid. They find a team led by Mai taking over the station, McClane manages to kill all of them, including Mai
8. Call Northside 777 – Call Northside 777 is a 1948 reality-based film noir directed by Henry Hathaway and starring James Stewart. The picture parallels a true story of a Chicago reporter who proved that a man in prison for murder was wrongly convicted 11 years before, the names of the real wrongly convicted men were Majczek and Marcinkiewicz for the murder of Chicago Traffic Police Officer William D. Lundy. Stewart stars as the persistent journalist and Richard Conte plays the imprisoned Frank Wiecek, Wiecek is based on Joseph Majczek, who was wrongly convicted of the murder of a Chicago policeman in 1932, one of the worst years of organized crime during Prohibition. In Chicago in 1932, during Prohibition, a policeman is murdered inside a speakeasy, Frank Wiecek and another man are quickly arrested, and are later sentenced to serve 99 years imprisonment each for the killing. Eleven years later, Wieceks mother puts an ad in the offering a $5,000 reward for information about the true killers of the police officer. This leads the city editor of the Chicago Times, Brian Kelly, McNeal is skeptical at first, believing Wiecek to be guilty. But he starts to change his mind, and meets increased resistance from the police and the attorneys office. This is quickly followed by pressure from the state capital. Eventually, Wiecek is proved innocent by, among other things and this was the first Hollywood feature film to be shot on location in Chicago. Views of the Merchandise Mart as well as Holy Trinity Polish Mission can be throughout the film. Tony Barrett, Bob Sweeney, Betty Lou Gerson, and Frank Nelson played supporting roles, the April 17,1951 audition episode of the radio program Defense Attorney starring Mercedes McCambridge was based on the same plot, with some modifications. The film received positive reviews when it was first released. Wins Edgar Award, from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay,1949, nominations Writers Guild of America, WGA Award, Best Written American Drama, Jerome Cady and Jay Dratler, The Robert Meltzer Award, Jerome Cady and Jay Dratler,1949. The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists,2001, AFIs 100 Years
9. Dog Day Afternoon – Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, James Broderick, Lance Henriksen, the title refers to the sultry dog days of summer. The film was inspired by P. F. Kluges article The Boys in the Bank and this article was published in Life in 1972. The film received acclaim upon its September 1975 release by Warner Bros. some of which referred to its anti-establishment tone. Dog Day Afternoon was nominated for several Academy Awards and Golden Globe awards, in 2009, the film was deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. On August 22,1972, first-time crook Sonny Wortzik, his friend Salvatore Sal Naturale, the plan immediately goes awry when Stevie loses his nerve shortly after Sal pulls out his gun, and Sonny is forced to let him flee the scene. In the vault, Sonny discovers that he and Sal have arrived after the daily cash pickup, to compensate, Sonny takes a number of travelers cheques. Within minutes, the building is surrounded by the police, unsure of what to do, the two robbers camp out in the bank, holding all the workers hostage. Police Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti calls the bank to tell Sonny that the police have arrived, Sonny warns that he and Sal have hostages and will kill them if anyone tries coming into the bank. Sal tells Sonny that he is ready to kill the hostages if necessary, Detective Moretti acts as hostage negotiator, while FBI Agent Sheldon monitors his actions. Howard Calvin, the security guard, has an asthma attack, Moretti convinces Sonny to step outside the bank to see how aggressive the police forces are. Using head teller Sylvia The Mouth as a shield, Sonny exits the bank, Attica. and the civilian crowd starts cheering for Sonny. After realizing they cannot make a getaway, Sonny demands that a helicopter be landed on the roof to fly him. When they are informed that the roof of the bank will not support a helicopter, Sonny demands that a vehicle drive him. He also demands pizzas for the hostages and that his wife be brought to the bank, as night sets in, the lights in the bank all shut off. Sonny goes outside again and discovers that Agent Sheldon has taken command of the scene and he refuses to give Sonny any more favors, but when the bank manager, Mulvaney, goes into a diabetic shock, Agent Sheldon lets a doctor through. While the doctor is inside the bank, Sheldon convinces Leon to talk to Sonny on the phone, the two have a lengthy conversation that reveals Leon had attempted suicide to get away from Sonny. She had been hospitalized at the ward of Bellevue Hospital until the police brought her to the scene