Issue 8: What’s New? (31 August)

No time to keep up-to-date? No problem. Every issue, RSL rounds-up relevant goings-on in the world of fact-based cinema. We start with the story of a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter…

One to watch!

TrumboWe first mentioned Trumbo a couple of issues back, but you can now take a first look at Bryan Cranston as Hollywood screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, whose career derailed when he was blacklisted in the 1940s for being a Communist.

Trumbo later worked under a pseudonym until he was publicly hired to write Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus and Otto Preminger’s Exodus.

Directed by Jay Roach and adapted by John McNamara from Bruce Cook’s book, Trumbo is due out in the US on 6 November and in the UK on 22 January.

More trailers…

Double your pleasure with not one, but two new trailers for Kray brothers’ biopic, Legend. Marketing for this anticipated gangster crime flick is intensifying ahead of the UK release on 9 September (2 October for US audiences). Take a butchers at Tom Hardy x 2 x 2 (Hardy-squared?)…




Forthcoming release: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the US release of Jesse Owens biopic, Race, has been moved up to 19 February 2016. The film is directed by Stephen Hopkins and stars Stephan James in the lead role. This is reportedly one of three films about the athlete, with the other two still at the development stage. Owens famously won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics.

In the works: According to The Hollywood Reporter, two projects are currently in the pipeline that purport to be sequels to 1981’s Chariots of Fire. The Last Race is a largely a Chinese production that will reportedly downplay Christian runner Eric Liddell’s religion. Absolute Surrender will focus on Liddell’s life following the 1924 Olympics when he returned to China, the country of his birth.

In the works: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miles Teller is in discussions to star Thank You for Your Service, a post-traumatic stress disorder drama which will mark the directorial debut of American Sniper writer, Jason Hall.

Quick hit: Variety reports that Whoopi Goldberg is co-producing a film about Emmett Till, a young black man whose 1955 lynching in Mississippi ignited the Civil Rights Movement.

Quick hit: Variety reports that Christian Bale is in discussions to star in Michael Mann’s biopic of Italian car-maker, Enzo Ferrari.

Quick hit: Empire reports that Colm Meaney will star as Martin McGuinness opposite Timothy Spall’s Ian Paisley in The Journey.

Quick hit: Majid Majidi’s biopic of the prophet Muhammad has had its world premiere in Montreal. You can find an interesting article on the film here.

On the big screen…

Straight Outta Compton: Out now, this tells of the rise of revolutionary hip-hop group, NWA, from the mean streets of LA’s Compton district in the mid-1980s. It features such key industry figures as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Suge Knight and Warren G. Take a look at the trailer:

A Walk in the Woods: Opening on 2 September in the US and couple of weeks later in the UK, A Walk in the Woods stars Robert Redford as writer, Bill Bryson, who hits the Appalachian Trail, with Nick Nolte in tow. Take a look at a clip:

Out to buy & rent…

(31 August)
The Rise of the Krays: This under-the-radar crime flick tells of the rise of twin gangsters, who terrorized London during the 1960s.

Wellington: John Malkovich stars as the Duke of Wellington in this curious Portuguese/French production.

(25 August)
The Doors (Blu-ray): Oliver Stone’s 1991 biopic focuses on Jim Morrison’s rise to fame and drug-fueled fall.

Love & Mercy: John Cusack and Paul Dano both star as Beach Boy Brian Wilson in this widely-acclaimed biopic.

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq: French novelist and poet Houellebecq plays himself in this offbeat fictionalized tale of his brief real life disappearance in 2011.

The Pardon: A true crime drama telling of Toni Jo Henry, a woman tried three times and executed in 1940s Louisiana.

Daniel (Blu-ray): Loosely based on the story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of conspiring to give information on the US atomic bomb to the Soviets in the 1950s, Sidney Lumet’s 1983 film is based on the novel, The Book of Daniel by E L Doctorow.

Issue 9 of RSL is out on 14 September.