Issue 12: What’s New? (30 November)

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 by putting the spotlight on an unholy cover-up and the reporters who uncovered the truth…

One to watch!

SpotlightArriving on UK screens early in 2016, following a limited US release, Spotlight tells the story of how reporters from the Boston Globe uncovered a child abuse scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese. The investigation led to a Pulitzer Prize for the reporting team and a crisis that reached the upper echelons of the Catholic Church.

Directed by Tom McCarthy and written by Josh Singer, the cast includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci and Rachel McAdams.

Spotlight has been doing the rounds of the festivals, picking up praise from critics and some early awards, including the Gotham Jury Award for Ensemble Performance. It looks likely the film will be a major candidate come awards-season, given its impressive cast and weighty subject matter

Take a look at the trailer:

For more, you can find an interesting interview with Spotlight writer, Josh Singer, here.

More clips & trailers…

Concussion: A new trailer has been released for Will Smith’s American Football drama. Smith stars as Dr Bennet Omalu, a neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player:

The Big Short: Take a look at this featurette, which goes behind-the-scenes of the star-studded drama set in the run-up to the financial crisis:

Life: The story of photographer Dennis Stock’s (Robert Pattinson) friendship with James Dean (Dane DeHaan) hits US screens on 4 December following its 25 September UK release. Take a look at the official UK trailer.

In the news…

In the works: Deadline Hollywood reports that the story of the first woman to swim the English Channel is headed for the big screen. Young Woman and the Sea is based on Glenn Stout’s non-fiction book of the same name. Lily James will star as Gertrude Ederle, who completed the epic swim in 1926, after first swimming a record 22 miles from Battery Park in New York to Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

In the works: The Guardian reports that Broad Green Pictures has snapped up the rights to theatre critic John Lahr’s 2014 biography, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, which deals mainly with the playwright’s later years. It includes accounts of his time working in Hollywood with the likes of Elia Kazan, Marlon Brando and Bette Davis.

In the works: Deadline Hollywood reports that the bidding war over film rights to Damien Lewis’s book, The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill’s Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze And Gave Birth To Modern Black Ops, is coming to a close. Set in 1939, the story tells of a group of British secret operatives sent behind German enemy lines to kick Nazi butt.

On the way: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s much-anticipated The Revenant will be released in UK cinemas on 15 January 2016. Set in the the 1820s, the story centres on a frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) who seeks vengeance against those who left him for dead. Be warned, the film is set to have a bum-numbing running time of 154 minutes! Take a look at some new pictures here.

Quick Hit: Tracy Morgan has reportedly joined the cast of the forthcoming biopic of Richard Prior. Lee Daniels will direct with Mike Epps in the lead role. Eddie Murphy and Kate Hudson have also joined the cast.

Quick hit: Forest Whitaker will reportedly play Archbishop Desmond Tutu in The Archbishop and the Antichrist, which tells of a fictionalised meeting between Tutu and murderer, Piet Blomfield, played by Vince Vaughn.

Quick hit: A movie of the life of boxer, Emile Griffith, is on the way. Griffith is best remembered for beating Benny ‘The Kid’ Paret to death during a boxing match.

Quick hit: Kevin Spacey will reportedly play Beverly Hills high-flier, Ron Levin, in Billionaire Boys Club, which tells of money and murder in mid-80s LA.

Quick hit: Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson are set to star in Denial, an adaptation of Deborah Lipstadt’s book, History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier.

Quick hit: Director Danny Boyle has been discussing why his critically acclaimed biopic, Steve Jobs, has not enjoyed box office success. Read the article here.

Quick hit: Liam Neeson has been discussing the trials and tribulations of working on Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming historical epic, Silence. Read more here.

Quick hit: Vincent Asaro has been acquitted in New York of charges related to the $6m Lufthansa heist at JFK international airport in 1978. The heist was featured in the 1990 classic, Goodfellas.

Quick hit: Philip Ng will portray Bruce Lee in martial arts action movie, Birth of the Dragon.

Quick hit: The New York Times article ‘The Rise and Fall of the Biggest Pot Dealer in New York City History’ is to be turned into a film. The article chronicles the life of Jimmy Cournoyer, the man behind a mammoth marijuana enterprise.

Quick hit: The troubled biopic of Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, is reportedly being resurrected, with Oscar-nominated writer, Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything) working on a new script.

Quick hit: Martin Scorsese is reportedly being courted to direct a biopic of legendary stuntmen, Evil Knievel, with The Departed‘s William Monahan slated to adapt Sheldon Saltman’s non-fiction book, Evel Knievel On Tour.

Issue 13 of RSL is out on 28 December.