Issue 14: What’s New? (25 January)

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 an unlikely meeting between two very different icons…

One to watch!

EandNElvis & Nixon: One day in 1970, the King of Rock and Roll showed up at the White House and asked for a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon. The meeting was immortalised in a famous photograph that shows the straightlaced, button-down Nixon shaking hands with the flamboyant musical icon.

At this point in his career, Elvis was still at the height of fame, but had developed a number of strange obsessions: with guns, law enforcement, the war against drugs…and karate. An initially reluctant Nixon came to see the meeting as a opportunity to ‘connect’ with the younger generation and prove his street cred.

An irreverent new film from director, Liza Johnson, tells the story behind this unlikely meeting.

Michael Shannon dons the cape as the King. Kevin Spacey takes a break from playing one leader of the free world (President Frank Underwood in House of Cards) to take on the role of Nixon.

The film opens in the US on 15 April and couple of weeks later in the UK. Before Elvis enters the building, you can enjoy this (frankly, quite bonkers) trailer:


Other trailers…

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi:



Rabin, The Last Day:


Free State of Jones:


Other videos…

A featurette on The Big Short:


Michael Mann and Alejandro González Iñarritu discuss The Revenant:


20th Century Fox has released a 45-minute documentary on the making of The Revenant:


Idris Elba and Cary Fukunaga discuss Beasts of No Nation:


Tom McCarthy And Jonathan Levine discuss Spotlight:


Michael Fassbender discusses his preparations for Steve Jobs here.

Awards watch…

Golden Globes: The awards were announced on 10 January. Among the fact-based film winners were:

The Revenant – Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for Leonardo DiCaprio, and Best Director (Motion Picture) for Alejandro Iñárritu.

Joy – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for Jennifer Lawrence.

Steve Jobs – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Kate Winslet, and Best Screenplay (Motion Picture) for Aaron Sorkin.

See the full list of winners here.

Academy Awards: The nominations were announced on 14 January (ahead of the ceremony on 28 February). Among the fact-based film nominees were:

Bridge of Spies – Best Film, Original Screenplay for Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, and Actor in a Supporting Role for Mark Rylance.

The Revenant – Twelve in total, including Best Film, Director, Actor in a Leading Role, and Actor in a Supporting Role for Tom Hardy.

The Big Short – Best Film, Actor in a Supporting Role for Christian Bale, and Adapted Screenplay for Charles Randolph and Adam McKay,

Steve Jobs – Actor in a Leading Role for Michael Fassbender, and Actress in a Supporting Role

Spotlight – Best Film, Actor in a Leading Role for Mark Ruffalo, Actress in a Supporting Role for Rachel McAdams, Director for Tom McCarthy, and Original Screenplay for Josh Singer and McCarthy.

Trumbo – Actor in a Leading Role for Bryan Cranston.

Joy – Actress in a Leading Role.

Straight Outta Compton – Original Screenplay for Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff (with story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Berloff).

The Danish Girl – Actor in a Leading Role for Eddie Redmayne.

Embrace of the Serpent – Foreign Language Film.

See the full list of nominees here.

BAFTAs: The nominations were announced on 8 January (ahead of the ceremony on 14 February). See the full list of nominees here.

National Society of Film Critics’ Awards: These were announced on 3 January. Best Picture and Best Screenplay went to Spotlight. See the full list of winners here.

Writers’ Guild Awards: These will be handed out on 15 February. See the full list of nominations here.

Other news…

– Christian Bale has reportedly pulled out of Michael Mann’s forthcoming biopic of car maker, Enzo Ferrari.

– Aaron Sorkin will reportedly make his directorial debut with an adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir, Molly’s Game, which details her high-stakes Hollywood poker games featuring A-list actors and the Russian mafia.

– Martin Scorsese is reportedly developing a biopic of American classical pianist, Byron Janis.

– Recently re-captured Mexican drug kingpin, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, was reportedly arrested while trying to contact film producers in order to negotiate a biopic of his life.

– Transgender film, The Danish Girl, has been banned from cinemas in Qatar.

– Scott Ellsworth’s book, The Secret Game, which tells of a racially-integrated basketball game between college teams in 1944, is reportedly in line for a big screen adaptation.

– Kevin Spacey has reportedly joined the cast of Rebel In The Rye, which is based on Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, JD Salinger: A Life.

Issue 15 of RSL is out on 29 February.