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. Bernie (2011 film) – Bernie is a 2011 American black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, Tiede murders Nugent after growing weary of the emotional toll of her possessiveness, persistent nagging, and non-stop putdowns. For nine months, Tiede takes advantage of her reputation to excuse her absence with few questions while using her money to support local businesses. Finally, Nugents stockbroker uses Tiedes neglect of previously agreed upon payments to enlist the help of her estranged family and this results in an authorized police search of her house that concludes with the discovery of Nugents corpse in a freezer chest. The local district attorney, Danny Buck Davidson, charges Tiede with first-degree murder, Tiede is arrested and he soon confesses that he killed Nugent while claiming her emotional abuse as a mitigating circumstance. Despite this confession, many citizens of Carthage still rally to Tiedes defense, frustrated, Davidson successfully requests a change of venue to the town of San Augustine,50 miles away, to avoid selecting a biased jury. Despite the absence of evidence of premeditation, Tiede is found guilty as charged and imprisoned for life, the film creates uncertainty by mixing documentary conventions with fictional elements. There are talking-head interviews with Carthage town gossips, some of the heads are performers. Linklater said the screenplay he co-wrote with Skip Hollandsworth was a boring read, I said, But they’ll be funny characters. I could just imagine the accents. ”The film made its premiere as the opening night film of the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. Millennium Entertainment released the film on April 27,2012, on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 89% Certified Fresh rating, based on 150 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5 out of 10. The sites critical consensus reads, Richard Linklaters Bernie is a gently told, on Metacritic, the film has a 75 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times enjoyed the film, giving it 3 and he would go on to give particular praise to Jack Blacks performance as well as Linklaters direction, saying His genius was to see Jack Black as Bernie Tiede. In fact, it’s hard to think of other celebrations of small-town American life that are quite as rich, as warm. In a positive review in Slate, Dana Stevens lauded the performances of the three leads, saying that both Black and McConaughey are at their best when working with Linklater. But she reserved her highest praise for the people of Carthage. As ever, truth proves itself stranger than fiction and the human heart, and Jack Black redeems himself with a subtly quirky performance thats one of his personal best. Gregory Ellwood of HitFix said the film is not as funny as Linklater wants it to be, but he went on to praise Blacks performance, Black is simply great
4. Beyond the Law (1992 film) – Beyond the Law is a 1992 TV film written and directed by Larry Ferguson. It tells the story of Dan Saxon, an cop who infiltrates a group of criminal outlaw bikers behind a drug-smuggling and arms-dealing operation. In order to maintain their trust, he must commit ever more dangerous and heinous crimes, the film stars Charlie Sheen, Linda Fiorentino, and Michael Madsen. Based on a story, the film centers on Dan Saxon. He is enlisted by Conroy Price, an agent in Arizonas State Attorney Generals office, to go undercover to bust the illegal drugs, Saxon is unsuccessful until he meets and befriends Virgil, a mechanic who introduces him to the seedy world of criminal bikers. Virgil tutors Saxon on bikes and customs of the outlaw motorcycle brotherhood, after many lessons and a major change in appearance Saxon develops an alter ego named Sid and ends up infiltrating the Jackals and earning the trust of Blood, their president. At the same time, he begins a relationship with a photojournalist, Renee Jason, as Saxon falls deeper into this world of crime, he becomes more unbalanced. After a violent situation that led to the murder of a 20-year-old convenience store attendant, Saxons Identity is revealed, by Price, to the local, state, and federal law enforcement, much to their praise for Saxons undercover skills. Concluding the undercover operation, over 200 arrests are made including Blood, the end of the film shows Saxon walking into the desert. It is revealed in the epilogue that Saxon and Renee are living in California. Charlie Sheen – Daniel Dan Saxon Linda Fiorentino – Renee Jason Michael Madsen – Blood Courtney B, black served as a technical advisor on the film and appeared as an extra in the movie. Beyond the Law at the Internet Movie Database
5. Bigger Than Life – The film co-stars Barbara Rush as his wife and Walter Matthau as his closest friend, a fellow teacher. Though it was a flop upon its initial release, many modern critics hail it as a masterpiece and brilliant indictment of contemporary attitudes towards mental illness. In 1963, Jean-Luc Godard named it one of the ten best American sound films ever made, Bigger Than Life was based on a 1955 article by medical writer Berton Roueché in The New Yorker, titled Ten Feet Tall. Told by doctors that he probably has only months to live, Ed agrees to an experimental treatment and he returns home to his wife, Lou, and their son, Richie. He must keep taking cortisone tablets regularly to prevent a recurrence of his illness, mason, who produced the film as well as starring in it, blamed its failure on its use of the then-novel widescreen CinemaScope format. American critics panned the film, considering it melodramatic and heavyhanded, bosley Crowther of The New York Times called it tedious, dismal, and more pitiful than terrifying to watch. However, the film was popular with critics at the influential magazine Cahiers du cinéma, Jean-Luc Godard called it one of the ten best American sound films. Likewise, François Truffaut praised the film, noting the intelligent, subtle script, the precision of Masons performance. The film is recognized for its multi-layered examination of the American nuclear family in the Eisenhower era. Truffaut saw Eds drug-influenced speech to the parents of the association as having fascist overtones. The film has also interpreted as an examination of masculinity. List of American films of 1956 Basinger, Jeanine, I Do and I Dont, A History of Marriage in the Movies. Letterboxed, The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema, therapeutic Revolutions, Medicine, Psychiatry, and American Culture, 1945-1970. Bigger Than Life, Melodrama, Masculinity, and the American Dream, lonely Places, Dangerous Ground, Nicholas Ray in American Cinema. Twentieth Century Fox, A Corporate and Financial History, Bigger Than Life at the Internet Movie Database Bigger Than Life at AllMovie Bigger Than Life at the TCM Movie Database Bigger Than Life at the American Film Institute Catalog
6. 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
7. Bloodsport (film) – Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold. It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, the film is partly based on unverified claims made by martial artist Frank Dux. It sold well at the box office, grossing $65 million on a budget of $1. 5–2.3 million, Bloodsport was one of Van Dammes first starring films and showcased his athletic abilities. It has since become a cult film, during his childhood, Dux and a group of friends broke into Tanakas home to steal a katana, but Dux was apprehended by the Tanakas while attempting to return the katana to its display rack. Impressed by Duxs honesty and lack of fear, Senzo trained him together with Shingo in martial arts, following Shingos death, Senzo agreed to train Dux as a member of the Tanaka clan. When Duxs superiors learn of his invitation to the Kumite, they refuse to let him go, Dux goes absent without a leave, saying goodbye to his mentor and leaving for Hong Kong. Two Criminal Investigation Command officers, Helmer and Rawlins, are summoned to track down, after arriving in Hong Kong, Dux befriends American fighter Ray Jackson and Victor Lin, who becomes the manager and liaison for Jackson and Dux. The two Americans and the defending Kumite champion Chong Li—a fighter with a savage streak—all make it through the first day of the Kumite, Dux earns the enmity of Li after breaking his record for the fastest knockout. He becomes involved with American journalist Janice Kent, who is attempting to investigate the secretive Kumite, on the second day of the tournament, Jackson is matched against Li. Although Jackson gains the hand, he gloats instead of finishing Li off. Li recovers and brutally beats Jackson, landing him in hospital, Dux vows that he will avenge Jackson. Kent tries to convince Dux to pull out of the tournament for his own safety, on the last day of the competition, Dux is cornered by Helmer and Rawlins, but he defeats them and the local police. He then promises to give himself up once the tournament is over, Dux advances to the tournament final to face Li, who alienated the audience by killing his semifinal opponent. Dux gains the hand, but Li cheats by blinding him with a crushed salt pill. Dux uses his senses as Senzo had taught him to overcome the handicap and defeat Li. He then returns to the United States with the CID officers, I had known Frank Dux for a number of months before I came up with the idea for Bloodsport. Frank told me a lot of tall tales, most of which turned out to be bullshit, but his stories about participating in this so-called Kumite event sounded like a great idea for a movie. There was one guy who he introduced me to, named Richard Bender, who claimed to have actually been at the Kumite event and who swore everything Frank told me was true
8. Blue Crush – Blue Crush is a 2002 surfer film directed by John Stockwell and based on Susan Orleans Outside magazine article Lifes Swell. Anne Marie, Eden and Lena are best friends and they raised Anne Maries 14-year-old sister, Penny, ever since their mother took off to Las Vegas with a boyfriend who was uncomfortable with the idea of having the two girls come along. While Penny is at school, Anne Marie, Eden and Lena work as maids at a resort hotel. Her friends, especially Eden, have encouraged her to try it again, Anne Marie has been invited to join in an upcoming surf competition at the famed North Shore surf spot, Pipeline. She hopes to gain the attention of sponsors and get herself, as the Pipeline competition gets closer, she struggles to keep Penny under control and deal with her own personal issues. At work, Anne Marie meets and catches the eye of Matt Tollman, Matt is there with several of his rowdy teammates and instantly becomes attracted to the surfer. Through a series of encounters, she agrees to teach him how to surf for $150 per hour. When she goes to Matts hotel room to get the money, they kiss as a call comes and Anne suspects that it is his wife and her acceptance of a non-local begins to cause friction between her and many of the young men in her surfing social circle. Anne Marie faces more problems when she and Eden argue about Anne Maries lack of dedication to training for the Pipeline contest due to the appearance of Matt. Anne Marie confronts Matt about their situation and soon resolves to step up her game, on the day of Pipeline, Anne Marie wipes out during her first heat, but advances to the next heat after narrowly beating pro surfer Kate Skarratt. She is shaken, but Matt tells her a story about his first game as an NFL quarterback, determined, but still afraid, Anne Marie returns to the water. Competing in the heat is Keala Kennelly, one of the first professional female surfers. While Keala surfs the first few sets of waves without wipe-outs, Anne Marie still has inhibitions about riding one, visions of another near-drowning incident holding her back. Keala finishes her turn, then out and takes Anne Marie under her wing and encourages her to take the best wave of the day. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 61% of critics thought the movie was fresh with the consensus that The surfing sequences are exhilarating. On their weekly movie show, Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper gave the film Two Thumbs Up. The film opened on 3,002 screens in the United States on August 18,2002 and it grossed $14.2 million and placed 3rd that opening weekend. It went on to gross $40.4 million in the U. S. the films estimated budget was $25 million
9. The Butler – The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama film directed and produced by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong. It was the last film produced by Laura Ziskin, who died in 2011, the film was theatrically released by The Weinstein Company on August 16,2013, to mostly positive reviews and grossing over $176 million worldwide against a budget of $30 million. In 2009, an elderly Cecil Gaines recounts his story while waiting at the White House to meet the newly inaugurated president. In 1926, at the age of seven, Gaines is raised on a plantation in Macon. When the farms owner rapes Cecils mother, Cecils father confronts him and is killed, Cecil is taken in by the estates caretaker, who trains Cecil as a house servant. In 1937, at age eighteen, Cecil leaves the plantation, desperately hungry, he breaks into a hotel pastry shop. The elderly master servant, Maynard, takes pity on Cecil, Cecil learns advanced serving and interpersonal skills from Maynard, who later recommends Cecil for a position in a Washington, D. C. hotel. While working there, Cecil meets and marries Gloria, and the couple has two sons, Louis and Charlie, in 1957, Cecil is hired by the White House during Dwight D. Eisenhowers administration. White House maître dhôtel Freddie Fallows introduces Cecil to head butler Carter Wilson, Cecil witnesses Eisenhowers reluctance to use troops to enforce school desegregation, then his resolve to uphold the law by racially integrating Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. Louis, the son, becomes a university student at Fisk University in Tennessee. Louis joins a student program led by Southern Christian Leadership Conference activist James Lawson, which leads to a nonviolent sit-in at a segregated diner, Gloria, who feels that Cecil puts his job ahead of her, descends into alcoholism. In 1961, after John F. Kennedys inauguration, Louis and others are attacked by members of the Ku Klux Klan while on a ride to Birmingham. As a goodwill gesture, Jackie Kennedy gives Cecil one of the former presidents neckties, Louis participates in the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement, which inspires Johnson to demand that Congress enact the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. Johnson also gives Cecil a tie bar, in the late 1960s, after civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. s assassination, Louis tells his family that he has joined the Black Panthers. Cecil orders Louis and his girlfriend to leave his house, Cecil becomes aware of President Richard Nixons plans to suppress the Black Panthers. Charlie confides to Louis that he plans to join the war in Vietnam, after enlisting, Charlie is killed and buried at Arlington National Cemetery. When the Black Panthers resort to violence, Louis leaves the organization and returns to college, earning his masters degree in political science, Cecil repeatedly confronts his supervisor at the White House over the unequal pay and career advancement provided to the black White House staff. With President Ronald Reagans support, Cecil prevails, his growing to the point that he
10. 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