Monday, June 17, 2024

Steven Spielberg’s Streep-Hanks Pentagon Papers Movie “The Post” Enters Oscar Race with a Bang


I can’t give you a review yet because of an embargo. But Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” has just screened in New York. It’s the first screening of the film about The Washington Post publishing the Pentagon Papers. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in a movie so timely and patriotic that it’s sure to make its own headlines. The movie was made in just a few months which is extraordinary in itself.

“The Post” is dedicated to the memory of Nora Ephron, who was a friend of both Streep and Hanks. It’s one of many nice touches in the film and it comes at the end.

After the screening tonight, Spielberg, Hanks, Streep, as well as Matthew Rhys (plays Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers) and Bob Odenkirk (as a Wash Post reporter Ben Bagdikian) turned up for a Q&A and a standing ovation. Also on stage was famed costume designer Ann Roth. I’m not supposed to say yet whether the movie or the actors or the costumes are any good, but I think you know I wouldn’t be writing all this if “The Post” had been a stinker.

Many people Tweeted from the Q&A moderated by journalist Mark Harris. You can look around and see what they had to say.

My one spoiler: Spielberg has made the prequel to “All the President’s Men.” It’s like his own “Rogue One.”  I kind of guessed it would end that way from the beginning, but it’s totally clever.

Great number of wonderful supporting actors including Bruce Greenwood, Alison Brie, Bradley Whitford, Tracey Letts, Carrie Coon, David Cross, and, naturally, the amazing Sarah Paulson.

More to come.


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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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