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Rod Lurie makes the Plame-ish political drama NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Now this really does feel like a Rod Lurie movie. If you're not sure where to place the name, Rod Lurie directed THE CONTENDER for Dreamworks a few years back. That film borrowed a lot from the Clinton sex scandal to create a fictional story about a female Vice Presidential candidate coming under attack when her sexual past is revealed. Now there's a flick called NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH at Yari Film Group that Lurie is attached to that takes the Valerie Plame case and makes a fictionalized parallel story. The beautiful Vera Farmiga plays a CIA agent outted by a female reporter (Kate Beckinsale is negotiating for the role currently) who is imprisoned for not revealing her source. Edie Falco will be the newspaper editor who published the story, Alan Alda will be an attorney trying to free the reporter and Matt Dillon is the prosecutor. I quite liked THE CONTENDER, but I haven't seen it since it came out. Not sure how it holds up. I'm a sucker for a good courtroom drama, so I'm sure this one will be right up my alley.

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  • July 19, 2007, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Kate Beckinsale???

    by Horace Cox

    Yeah, I'd do her.

  • July 19, 2007, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Vera Farmiga is genius casting.

    by ImFixingtoDie

    I just never would have thought of it. I await this eagerly. I just wonder if this will put the kibosh on the real Plame film that the Butterworths are writing that Sydney Pollack may direct? Robin Wright and Tom Hanks are circling it, or so I've heard. By the way, I have a very artistic role in mind for Ms. Farmiga. Lots of nudity will be required. ALso, fuck first posters, even if I am.

  • July 19, 2007, 2:37 a.m. CST


    by BirdMcMonster

    pwetty pwease!

  • July 19, 2007, 3:26 a.m. CST

    How is it that some directors only work on one topic?

    by Kevin Bosch

    Not that it's a bad thing, but it just makes me wonder. I can see how somebody can be a Horror director or an Action director - somebody who's particularly good at a specific genre. But what about these guys that only deal with the same subject matter? Like Romero and his zombies, doesn't Lurie have any other film making ambition besides making political themed movies? Deterrence, The Contender, running Commander in Chief. Even his first short had political undertones. I guess The Last Castle is different enough, but it's still kinda about politics. Can anybody else think of anymore examples like this, of filmmakers that only work on one subject? It would be like me only making movies that deal with time travel.

  • July 19, 2007, 5:29 a.m. CST

    I quite liked THE CONTENDER, but I haven't seen it sinc

    by judgemuffin

    Eh¿ how´s that then...???

  • July 19, 2007, 5:59 a.m. CST

    the Valerie Plame/ Scooter Libby Trial

    by TheBloop

    Gripped America like no other trial since OJ. When the sentence was passed down, you could hear all 4 people left in the Air America studio jumping up and down and cheering. America stood still on that day.

  • July 19, 2007, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Better Title

    by Roboteer

    HOAX 2

  • July 19, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    I was wondering when he was gonna do another movie.

    by Jakes Nel

    Political films are very popular these days. Perfect time for Lurie to do his thing.

  • July 19, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Best performance in The Contender - Gary Oldman

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Worst part of The Contender - Gary Oldman's hair. Or Joan Allen saying "I worship at the altar of the United States Constitution" Whuhhh?

  • July 19, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Contender - Oldman

    by bloodysam

    Concur. One of Oldman's best ever.

  • July 19, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Boy this talk back in rocking!

    by TheBloop

    Any more news on the Cloverfield-Slusho thingy?

  • July 19, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    The same guy behind the Gena Davis President show?

    by Big Bad Clone

    The Contender was great until the end with the bullshit "this is for the girls" speech. Prior to that it was a crawl through the dirty swamp that DC was built on. Total cop-out.

  • July 19, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I would've picked Naomi Watts for Plame

    by Tacom

    Just from seeing the clips of the real Valerie Plame in the news.

  • July 19, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Plame Name Blame Game

    by Anino

    I second what thebloop said. The 'leak' trial that ended up convicting someone that didn't leak anything about a CIA employee that wasn't covert. Riveting stuff I tell ya (yaaawwwn).

  • July 19, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Oldman really was brillant when remembering about this.

    by GQtaste

    Totally a different person in that one. Would have never thought it was him. The dude is a great f'ing actor. And dont' forget about "the dude" in this playing the president.

  • July 19, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I'm a solid Dem, and even I thought...

    by BlueDjinn1

    ...that The Contender was way over the top in portraying *all* Republicans as Evil, Horrible Monsters and *all* Democrats as Honest, Honorable Heroes. It would've been a much better film if they hadn't smashed The Message over your head like a gold brick. Plus, the *very* ending (in which Joan Allen reveals to the Prez (and the audience) the truth about the sex scandal COMPLETELY DEFEATS the entire point of the movie, which is that it was nobody's Goddamn business whether the girl in the video was her or not.

  • July 20, 2007, 12:16 a.m. CST

    AnimalStructure is a right-winger?

    by beamish13

    Goodness, after reading/being contaminated by dozens of your posts, I never would have guessed

  • July 20, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Nothing But The Truth

    by detinue

    Except that Plame's case just got thrown out of court the other day.

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Big Problems

    by Bad LT

    The real reporter in this case is Judith Miller. To have a wickedly sexy Kate Beckinsale playing her is insane miscasting. The real Miller is, with all due respect, a profoundly ugly human being both spiritually and physically. Spiritually, she is a partisan witch, a Bush stoolie, and a neocon whore who used the cover of the "liberal" NY Times to feed Pentagon propaganda about Saddam's massive WMD programs (oops they were nonexistent) to scare the public into supporting a war. Not ONE of her columns contained a smidgen of truth. Physically she is maybe 25 YEARS OLDER THAN BECKINSALE! Have Streep dye her hair black, give her a couple of moles and some ugly make up, have her channel her best servant of evil, and that would be a good Miller. Plame on the other hand is a super hot blonde with a brain to match her body, and the guts to stand up to the Bush regime. Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, even Charlize Theron would work here. The story as reported by most of the mainstream press is not that exciting. What the real story might involve however is the whole agenda to create false evidence to get us into a war with a country that did not attack us on 9/11, with Miller being in bed with and using for sources people like Libby and Ahmed Chalabi. how this false evidence was created and used, how most of the media went along without question and the real story of 9/11 and the Iraq war would make an intersting movie.