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Posts Tagged ‘Cate Blanchett’

Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in ‘Rathergate’ Film

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Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in a film about the 2005 “60 Minutes II” story about Pres. George W. Bush‘s military record, which became known as “Memogate” and “Rathergate,” and would cost several CBS Newsers their jobs, and cost Rather millions of dollars.

“Truth” is based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power by former CBS News producer Mary Mapes, who worked on the story and was later fired by CBS after an independent review found serious flaws with it. Cate Blanchett will play Mapes.

Rather left CBS News in 2006, and would later file a lawsuit against CBS Corp. In 2009, Rather told TVNewser he spent $2 million of his own money fighting the suit which was later dismissed. “60 Minutes II,” also known as “60 Minutes Wednesday” was canceled, another casualty of the debacle.

CBS News has no comment on the casting of the film.

Redford has played journalists in the past. In the 1996 film “Up Close and Personal” he starred as Warren Justice, a local news director in Miami who molds “Tally” Atwater, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, into a network news star. Earlier in his career, Redford played Bob Woodward in the film adaptation of All the President’s Men.

The film adaptation of Mapes’ book is years in the making. In 2008, TVNewser wrote about who might play Rather in the movie. At the time, Anthony Hopkins was a top choice.

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CNN Won’t ‘F*cking Forget’ Cate Blanchett’s Post-Oscars Press Conference

Cate BlanchettFresh off a Best Actress Oscar for her role in “Blue Jasmine,” Cate Blanchett felt pretty free with her words live on CNN.

“And don’t you f*cking forget it,” Blanchett answered an Australian journalist during a post-show press conference on what it means to be the first Australian actress to win over two Academy Awards.

CNN’s Piers Morgan came out of the press conference swiftly moving to entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner, who was outside the Governors Ball interviewing Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o.

(h/t Mediaite)