“Truth,” the James Vanderbilt film that stars Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in the behind-the-scenes story of Dan Rather’s last days at CBS, will open the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival, which also has set the lineup for its narrative and documentary competition films.
In “Truth,” Redford plays Rather and Blanchett appears as CBS News producer Mary Mapes, upon whose memoir the film is based. Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid are also among the cast of the movie, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival ahead of its Oct. 8 screening at HIFF. The Sony Pictures Classics movie is due for theatrical release Oct. 16.
The festival also announced the 10 films that make up the competition slates, with five titles apiece set for the narrative and documentary categories. The 2015 edition of HIFF, the 23rd annual outing for the fest, runs Oct. 8-12.
Cate Blanchett is to receive the British Film Institute’s highest honor, the BFI Fellowship, at the BFI London Film Festival’s awards ceremony on Oct. 17 at London’s Banqueting House.
“Truth,” starring Blanchett and Robert Redford, will have its U.K. premiere on the same night. Based on the book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes, the film tells the story of Mapes, a CBS News journalist and Dan Rather’s “60 Minutes” producer, and the risks she took to expose a story about President George W. Bush.
Greg Dyke, chairman of the BFI, said: “Cate Blanchett is a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerizing screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles. We are absolutely delighted to honor her extraordinary talents with a BFI Fellowship at this year’s LFF awards.”
The Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their “outstanding contribution to film or television.” The BFI described her as a “fearless and subtle actress,” adding, “She has the rare gift of seeming utterly to inhabit the characters she plays and has an amazing ability to convey complex layers of emotion to stunning effect.”
Blanchett also appears at the festival in Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” which is the American Express Gala screening on Oct. 14. She plays an alluring woman trapped in a loveless marriage who falls for a young woman, played by Rooney Mara, working as a department store clerk in 1950s Manhattan. Blanchett won a Golden Globe for her performance in Haynes’ “I’m Not There,” in which she plays an incarnation of Bob Dylan.
Previous BFI Fellowships at the same LFF ceremony have been presented to Stephen Frears in 2014, the late Christopher Lee in 2013, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter in 2012, and Ralph Fiennes in 2011. In the past year, Al Pacino and Mel Brooks were also awarded BFI Fellowships.
Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford star as 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes and anchor Dan Rather in Truth, a gripping docudrama about the newsmagazine’s investigation into George W. Bush’s alleged draft-dodging during Vietnam. The film will be shown at TIFF next month.
Directed by James Vanderbilt and costarring Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid, this will be the world premiere of Truth.
Meanwhile other Hollywood heavyweights will be gracing the TIFF screens – Susan Sarandon, Elle Fanning and Naomi Watts appear in About Ray, which follows a teen transitioning from a female to a male; Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette can be seen in the comedy I Miss You Already; and Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick star in Mr. Right, which will close out TIFF.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 10-20.
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Here’s the first still of Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford in Truth, which has been set to be released on October 16th.
Sony Pictures Classics has set an October 16 release date for Truth, the Dan Rather drama starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford.
The company plans an initial release in New York and Los Angeles, then will follow up with a nationwide expansion.
The movie stars Redford as Rather and Blanchett as Mary Mapes, Rather’s producer, in the tale of venerable anchor’s fall from grace.
The movie is James Vanderbilt’s directorial debut and also stars Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid.
Truth is based on Mapes’ memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power.
It tells of the firestorm that erupted in September of 2004 after Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, a report that was based on some documents that were suspected to be forgeries. Rather’s reputation was badly damaged and Mapes, an award-winning CBS News journalist and Rather’s producer, was fired.
New project for Cate, “Truth” is set to start filming soon. Co-starring with Robert Redford.
Australian actress Cate Blanchett is the latest star to film their big budget flick in Sydney.
It was announced on Thursday that the Academy Award winning actress will film the political drama Truth, alongside Hollywood legend and fellow Oscar winner Robert Redford, in the harbour city.
The shoot is set to take place in spring and will last for eight weeks, meaning filming should begin any day now.
Based on 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir, the story centres on the 2004 scandal that erupted after US news anchor Dan Rather reported that then president George W Bush received preferential treatment to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
Robert Redford will play the famous American anchor, while Cate will portray producer Mary, who was subsequently fired over the story.
Acclaimed screenwriter James Vanderbilt, known for writing the first two films in The Amazing Spider-man franchise, makes his directorial debut with this movie.
It’s believed that Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss will join the cast as associate producer Lucy Scott but no official announcement has been made as yet.
The official announcement of the film’s production was made with the New South Wales Government fully behind the project.
‘This international production, starring Sydney’s own Cate Blanchett, and one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, Robert Redford, shows yet again that NSW is at the top of the list of preferred international production destinations,’ Arts Minister Troy Grant said in a statement on Thursday.