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‘The Post’ writers: It’s ‘not a liberal movie’

It's the story of a woman navigating her role as a powerful leader in a male-dominated industry..

It's the story of a woman navigating her role as a powerful leader in a male-dominated industry. It's a suspense-filled tale about commitment to the truth. It's a mirror in which, politically and otherwise, 1971 looks strikingly like the first cousin of 2017. It's what screenwriter Liz Hannah jokes is "the most gripping business school movie you'll ever watch." But what it isn't, according to fellow screenwriter Josh Singer? A so-called "liberal movie." That's because as Singer, already an Academy Award winner for penning "Spotlight," about the Boston Globe's efforts to expose decades of child sex abuse and systematic failure within the Catholic Church, thinks the documents at the center of "The Post" were damning on all sides. "The [Pentagon] Papers were non partisan," he told CNN recently. "They were about a functioning democracy, and that's how we feel about the movie. I think a functioning democracy needs institutional journalism, needs a strong Fourth Estate to serve as a check on power." This film, starring Meryl Streep as newspaper publisher Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, is a "reminder of that," said Singer In some ways, "The Post" is a criticism of the media's failure in many respects, too. "There was a much closer relationship and a trust between government and the press and this broke all of that," Singer said. "It was a bunch of people in the press looking at people who had been their friends and realizing those people lied to them, and realizing that the responsibility of the press is not to be friends with those in office but to hold those people accountable." Hannah emphasizes, though, the movie is not a "condemnation of anything except the lies that four different presidents told and the lies that led to many, many, many American soldiers dying." "It's about the truth," she said. "The Post" started a labor of love by Hannah. An admirer of Graham, Hannah wrote the first iteration of the script in summer of 2016, having no idea if it would be purchased. Not only would it serendipitously land on the desk of producer and former Sony film executive Amy Pascal, who bought the script 10 days before the 2016 presidential election, but her idea would turn into a high-speed train with Spielberg as conductor. Spielberg has made it no secret that the rush to make "The Post" — he first read the script a little more than nine months ago — was fueled by his desire to release the film in a time when the smorgasbord of relevant themes would best resonate.For Hannah, however, Graham's story is one that's evergreen. "The story of a woman finding her voice and the story of a woman in a male-dominated industry and being the only woman at the table, that's relevant in 1971, that's relevant in 1985, and obviously it's relevant in any decade or year," she said. It's hard for it not to feel especially so this year, however, as Hollywood continues to reel from a string of sexual misconduct allegations that have had a ripple effect, shattering years of silence over the issue and resulting in the public downfall of many high-powered entertainment figures. Hannah and Singer call the reckoning a long-time coming, and the moment has shed a fresh light on their roles as creative voices. "I think it's the responsibility of art and artists to reflect on the current climate, to reflect on what we're going through in the world because we have such amazing opportunities to reach so many people and so many groups of people," she said. "And we need to take that responsibility seriously and try to inspire some of these conversations."

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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.

Image: Cast members (l-r): Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch at the launch of the new Bond film

Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.

"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.

"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.

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"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

Sean Connery and Mie Hama in You Only Live Twice, 1967
Image: The Bond films have been criticised for their sexism
Dr No turned Sean Connery into an international superstar
Image: Dr No featured the famous scene with Ursula Andress walking out of the sea in a white bikini

Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".

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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.

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Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.

The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.

But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.

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The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.

Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".

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"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.

"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.

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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
Ben Affleck has been pictured ..

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)

Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.

The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.

Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.

On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.

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Ben Affleck was on parent duties (Picture: Backgrid)

Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.

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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.

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Ben Affleck with son Samuel and daughter Seraphina (Picture: Backgrid)

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