Saturday, February 24, 2024

See the Very Stylish Trailer for David Fincher’s “Mank” starring Gary Oldman as the Real Life Hollywood Screenwriter of “Citizen Kane”


David Fincher‘s “Mank” is a much hyped and anticipated Netflix film about Herman Mankiewicz, Oscar winning co-writer of “Citizen Kane.” His brother, Joseph Mankiewicz, won four Oscars in writing directing each “All ABout Eve” and “Letter for Three Wives.” Herman aka Mank was more of a Hollywood character. He drank and caroused and had a great time until he didn’t. Gary Oldman fills his shoes. Tom Pelphrey, who’s thisclose to being a star, plays Joseph. Pelphrey is coming off a stunning season on “Ozark.” He’s waited 10 year since leaving the CBS soap “Guiding Light” to become an overnight sensation. Lily Collins and Amanda Seyfried co-star.

“Mank” is incredibly popular with the folks on Film Twitter, who want it to win a lot of Oscars. The good news is it’s on Netflix and not in theaters so box office won’t be an issue. The trailer is really cool, and I loved the graphics. PS Yes, Josh Mankiewicz of TCM fame is Mank’s grandson, as is NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz. (They’re brothers.) Someone, somwhere is working on a parody song called “Manks for the Memories.”

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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