brian-mcgee - October 16, 2019
In case you didn't get the memo, dramatizations of the backstage intrigue surrounding Roger Ailes and a number of female anchors at Fox News are all the rage right now. First there was that Showtime miniseries The Loudest Voice, where Russell Crowe packed on the pounds to play the disgraced and now deceased Ailes. Now we're getting the big screen version of the same story with Bombshell, this time with John Lithgow buried under a hundred pounds of latex and pancake makeup as Ailes.
It might seem strange that the flick was directed by Austin Powers and Meet the Parents helmer Jay Roach, but he moved into the world of political outrage comedies several years back with Recount, Game Change, and The Campaign. While this doesn't look as overtly funny as the rest of his films, I'm sure it will be filled with irreverently sardonic wit and cover this story in much the same way The Big Short covered the 2008 financial collapse.
The cast is far and away this film's biggest asset, with Margot Robbie playing a fictionalized amalgamation of a few different female producers, and Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron as Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, respectively.
Bombshell hits theaters on December 20, the same day as The Rise of Skywalker and Cats so, you know, good luck Bombshell.
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