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Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep to headline a Spielberg Pentagon Papers drama

03.06.2017

There's no doubt that Steven Spielberg and bringing controversial times in our history to the screen go together like peanut butter and jelly. Between such films as SCHINDLER'S LIST, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, AMISTAD, as well as several others, the legendary director sure does know how to hold a magnifying glass to some of our darkest of moments as people just trying to get along in this crazy world. That's not to say that the man doesn't spice things up from time to time. After all, he's also given us such cinematic delights as HOOK, JURASSIC PARK, and the madcap INDIANA JONES series. He's a man of vision and of variety, and in my book that means he's A-OK.

Today, we've gotten word that Spielberg will team with actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep (you may have heard of them) for a drama called THE POST, which will be based on The Washington Post's involvement in publishing the controversial Pentagon Papers study pertaining to America's role in the Vietnam War. More specifically, the film will focus heavily on Post editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and publisher Kay Graham's (Streep) involvement.

Spielberg is set to direct the feature which will be based on a script written by Liz Hannah, which was originally picked up by Amy Pascal to produce through her Pascal Pictures label. Pascal and Spielberg will combine forces to produce the picture, along with Macosko Krieger, Fox and Amblin Entertainment who will be in charge of financing, with Fox handling domestic distribution while Amblin carries the international side of the arrangement. 

Perhaps the most exciting project currently on Steven Spielberg's plate is his feature presentation of Ernest Cline's READY PLAYER ONE, which is now in post-production and is scheduled for a March 30, 2018 release. Personally, I'm hoping that Spielberg's version is better than the book, which I seem to be one of the few people on the planet who read it and didn't care for it in the least. I should probably explain. I thought it was a cool story with lots of solid ideas, but I loathed the characters, and didn't care for how heavily the whole presentation relied on nostalgia to bolster its appeal. Eh, you can't please everyone, I suppose. 

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Extra Tidbit: As the Vietnam War dragged on and the U.S. military presence in South Vietnam increased to more than 500,000 troops by 1968, the military analyst Daniel Ellsberg (who had worked on the study) came to oppose the war, and decided that the information contained in the Pentagon Papers should be more widely available to the American public. He secretly photocopied the report and in March 1971 gave the copy to The New York Times, which subsequently published a series of articles based on the reportís findings.

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10:05AM on 03/07/2017
Ah yes, another Tom Hanks in the 1960s period setting. Its been a while since we saw one of those, y'know someone should should create a video mashup of his roles from that decade and... nevermind
Ah yes, another Tom Hanks in the 1960s period setting. Its been a while since we saw one of those, y'know someone should should create a video mashup of his roles from that decade and... nevermind
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9:10AM on 03/07/2017
Speaking your mind against bullying, shouldn't alienate anyone. Bullys are bad news, no matter what job they have. Streep is awesome.
Speaking your mind against bullying, shouldn't alienate anyone. Bullys are bad news, no matter what job they have. Streep is awesome.
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7:27PM on 03/06/2017
Spielberg has a tendency to get attached to multiple projects that either get pushed back or done by other directors. I'd wait until they actually start working on the film before making claims this is happening. Also, what happened with Indiana Jones 5?
Spielberg has a tendency to get attached to multiple projects that either get pushed back or done by other directors. I'd wait until they actually start working on the film before making claims this is happening. Also, what happened with Indiana Jones 5?
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7:14PM on 03/06/2017
Can we please get a good action adventure or Sci-Fi movie from Spielberg? Kinda getting bored with all his drama movies. Go back to your roots!
Can we please get a good action adventure or Sci-Fi movie from Spielberg? Kinda getting bored with all his drama movies. Go back to your roots!
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5:11PM on 03/06/2017
Meryl Streep alienated almost half of her audience when she started saying non-scripted lines, and the Washington Post is a joke now, have zero interest in this garbage. The last time Streep had a successful movie was into the woods and that was only cuz it was based on a fairytale, and before that, almost 8 years ago she had a hit with Its complicated, but that was a nancy Meyers movie so it was gonna do well regardless, hope this movie BOMBS, still like Hanks though.
Meryl Streep alienated almost half of her audience when she started saying non-scripted lines, and the Washington Post is a joke now, have zero interest in this garbage. The last time Streep had a successful movie was into the woods and that was only cuz it was based on a fairytale, and before that, almost 8 years ago she had a hit with Its complicated, but that was a nancy Meyers movie so it was gonna do well regardless, hope this movie BOMBS, still like Hanks though.
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6:47PM on 03/06/2017
Spot on!
Spot on!
4:04PM on 03/06/2017
The Pentagon Papers certainly has sufficient talent bringing it to the scene. And, I appreciate Spielberg's historical movies. He is willing to be educational even if the movie is a bit drier for such a prosaic approach. The excellent Lincoln and Bridge of Spies are examples.
I look forward to this movie. However, a person can tell already that it will not interest everyone.
The Pentagon Papers certainly has sufficient talent bringing it to the scene. And, I appreciate Spielberg's historical movies. He is willing to be educational even if the movie is a bit drier for such a prosaic approach. The excellent Lincoln and Bridge of Spies are examples.
I look forward to this movie. However, a person can tell already that it will not interest everyone.
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4:05PM on 03/06/2017
The line should read "bringing it to the screen." The edit did not take.
The line should read "bringing it to the screen." The edit did not take.
4:29PM on 03/06/2017
I appreciate the tip, I think it's okay though. Cheers!
I appreciate the tip, I think it's okay though. Cheers!
3:56PM on 03/06/2017

F U Streep.

Admittedly they almost rope me in with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. But they lose me with Meryl Streep. With that said, Screw you Meryl and high horse you rode in on.
Admittedly they almost rope me in with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. But they lose me with Meryl Streep. With that said, Screw you Meryl and high horse you rode in on.
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3:48PM on 03/06/2017

Sigh

Tom Hanks playing Tom Hanks in yet ANOTHER Spielberg drama. Oh joy.
Tom Hanks playing Tom Hanks in yet ANOTHER Spielberg drama. Oh joy.
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