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Just in time for impeachment season, here comes a new HBO Watergate series. The White House Plumbers will star Woody Harrelson as E. Howard Hunt, a shady CIA officer, and Justin Theroux as G. Gordon Liddy, a former FBI agent – two of the men who helped plan the Watergate break-in that eventually brought down Richard Nixon. The five-part limited series comes from Veep writers and executive producers Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, and will chronicle the events surrounding the political scandal.
THR has the news about The White House Plumbers, which “will tell the true story of how Nixon’s political saboteurs and Watergate masterminds accidentally toppled the presidency they were zealously trying to protect.” The series is partially based on Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons from the White House, by Egil “Bud” Krogh and Matthew Krogh. Here’s that book’s synopsis:
In 1971, Egil “Bud” Krogh was summoned to a closed-door meeting by John Ehrlichman, his mentor and key confidant of President Richard Nixon, in a secluded office in the Western White House.
Krogh thought he was walking into a meeting to discuss the drug control program launched on his most recent trip to South Vietnam. Instead, he was handed a file and the responsibility for the SIU, Special Investigations Unit, later to become notorious as “The Plumbers.” The unit was to investigate the leaks of top-secret government documents, particularly the Pentagon Papers, to the press. The president considered this task critical to national security. Nixon said he wanted the unit headed up by a “real son of a bitch.” He got the studious, zealous, and loyal-to-a-fault Bud Krogh instead.
In that instant, Krogh was handed the job that would lead to one of the most famous conspiracies in presidential history and the demise of the Nixon administration. Integrity is Krogh’s memoir of his experiences—of what really went on behind closed doors, of how a good man can lose his moral compass, of how exercising power without integrity can destroy a life. It also tells the moving story of how he turned his life back around. For anyone interested in the ethical challenges of leadership, or of professional life, Integrity is thought-provoking and inspiring reading.
The story of the Watergate break-in has been told on screen before, of course. There’s All the President’s Men, which tracks the investigation into the burglary, and the comedy Dick, which puts a hilarious spin on the whole endeavor. But most of the time, these stories are from the outside looking in. Even Oliver Stone’s sprawling Nixon presented an after-the-fact account of the story. The White House Plumbers, however, will take us inside the story from the ground floor....
Just one week ago, Sony Pictures had a sudden problem with their action comedy The Man from Toronto starring Jason Statham and Kevin Hart. After creative differences came to a head between Statham and the studio, the Hobbs & Shaw star left the production only a few weeks before shooting was slated to begin. However, since Sony was hoping not to delay the film’s release slated for this fall, they’ve quickly replaced Jason Statham with Woody Harrelson.
Variety has the news on The Man from Toronto cast replacing Jason Statham with Woody Harrelson. It makes us wonder if there was a mandate that the character have a shaved head, since both Statham and Harrelson have made that into something of a trademark. Is that weird speculation to make? Sure, but that’s just where my mind went.
Harrelson doesn’t often star in action comedies, but one of his biggest successes in the genre were at Sony with the Zombieland franchise. If we’re counting the Now You See Me franchise, then that doubles his work in the genre. Otherwise, Harrelson either plays it serious, whether it’s in the drama, sci-fi or thriller genres, or he goes full comedy like Semi-Pro or The Grand. So it’ll be interesting to see how he fares alongside Kevin Hart.
For those who haven’t kept up with The Man from Toronto, the movie follows Woody Harrelson as the titular assassin, one of the best in the world, who is forced to team up with a screw-up named Teddy Kevin Hart in New York when they are mistaken for each other in an Airbnb. The two must stop some kind of nefarious plot, but obviously they don’t get along very well and hilarity ensues.
The real test of whether or not this film works will be the chemistry between Harrelson and Hart. If they can drum up the same kind of camaraderie that Harrelson had with Wesley Snipes in White Men Can’t Jump, then we could be looking at something great. At the very least, hopefully this team-up is something that measures up to Kevin Hart’s work with Dwayne Johnson, which has been mostly satisfying.
Patrick Hughes The Hitman’s Bodyguard is directing from a script by Robbie Fox, based on a story he cracked with Jason Blumenthal, who is also producing along with Escape Artists partners Todd Black and Steve Tisch.
The Man from Toronto is set to hit theaters on November 20, 2020.Source: Slashfilm.com
Given the popularity of the new Netflix Original documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, it was just going to be a matter of time before the feud between big cat owners Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic was recreated as a movie or TV series. Now, it looks like that time will come even sooner than many of us may have thought, as TVLine reports that a limited series based on the well-publicized quarrel is currently in the works. In fact, the series has already found someone to portray Baskin in the series, as Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon is set to star as the Big Cat Rescue CEO.
This untitled Carole Baskin mini-series is in development from Universal Content Productions, but the project has not yet been attached to any particular network or streaming service. As the series has been in the works for months, it's not directly adapted from the Netflix docu-series, but rather inspired by Wondery's Joe Exotic podcast Over My Dead Body. Spanning six episodes in total, the podcast can be listened to at any time in its entirety, and listening to the series would be a great way to kill some more time for those of us who've been staying at home lately with nothing to do but binge-watch the Tiger King series on Netflix.
Recenly premiering on Netflix, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is certainly among the most bizarre documentary series you'll ever see. Delving into the world of big cat sanctuaries and its dark underbelly, the show features a particular focus on the relationship between Baskin and Exotic which ends with the latter landing in federal prison. Despite the allegations against him, Exotic has become somewhat of a pop culture icon over the past several days with many on social media sharing memes and comments relating to his appearance on the docu-series.
Though Kate McKinnon has been cast as Baskin, it remains to be seen which actor will be the lucky one to play Joe Exotic. Recently, Dax Shepard volunteered to play Joe Exotic in the 'eventual biopic,' joking that Hollywood was broken otherwise. In jest, Dane Cook responded that the role had already been offered to him first. Meanwhile, Tiger King fans have been speculating different options for actors who'd be a good fit for the social media darling. Reno 911! star Thomas Lennon has been mentioned as a great possibility, though other fans have also suggested names like Matthew McConaughey, Michael Keaton, and Sam Rockwell.
In addition to starring in the series, McKinnon will also executive produce. Because the show doesn't yet have a home, it's hard to say when we can expect to see it, but there's a good chance Netflix would be interested in hosting the series as a follow-up to their Tiger King success. In any case, it sounds rather fun and interesting, so hopefully we'll be getting some updates on its progress in the near future. This news comes to us from TVLine.
Homecoming‘s Sam Esmail is bringing another podcast to television.
He’ll executive produce Gaslit, a drama that focuses on the “untold stories and forgotten characters” of Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal. The series is based on the popular podcast Slow Burn, which debuted in 2017, and the TV adaptation has lined up an impressive cast: Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Armie Hammer, and Joel Edgerton are all set to star.
Deadline brings word about the adaptation, which will have Robbie Pickering Mr. Robot, Search Party on board as the showrunner. Joel Edgerton and his brother, Nash Edgerton, who have been a part of a filmmaking collective for years and have directed four features, 17 episodes of television, and a handful of shorts between them, will direct and executive produce this show.
Gaslit is a modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal, from Nixon’s bumbling, opportunistic subordinates, to the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes, to the tragic whistleblowers who would eventually bring the whole rotten enterprise crashing down.
Penn plays John Mitchell, the ruthless, temperamental, loudmouthed Attorney General, trusted advisor, and best friend of President Richard Nixon. Roberts is playing his wife Martha, who ends up being “the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing both the Presidency and her personal life to unravel.” Her decision puts her husband in a bind: does he choose his wife, or his President?
Hammer is portraying John Dean, the White House lawyer “torn between his ambition and his struggle with whether he can lie to protect the President.” Edgerton is set to play G. Gordon Liddy, the former FBI agent who finds himself as the primary operative of Nixon’s “Plumbers” unit, who is “tasked with plugging embarrassing leaks in the wake of the Pentagon Papers.”
As you can tell, there’s absolutely no relevance whatsoever to anything happening in today’s American political landscape. None.
“Now more than ever, truth is absolutely stranger than fiction,” Esmail said in a statement. “When Robbie first told me about the Slow Burn podcast, I devoured it instantly. The second I finished it, I felt compelled to bring this story to television especially after watching the cowardice on display during the recent impeachment hearings. To help realize this important chapter in our country’s history, my first call was to the brilliant Julia Roberts. After her captivating performance in Homecoming, I knew Julia was the only person who could tackle the complex role of Martha Mitchell and lead our stellar cast in adapting this bizarre and controversial...